Movie Reviews

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Director:

Chad Stahelski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Riccardo Scamarcio

Ian McShane

Plot:

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Review:

I did not get to see this in theaters, sadly, I think it actually bothered my husband more than me, but what can you do. Newborns.

Anyway, knowing that it was highly unlikely we wouldn’t like this we ordered the steelbook from Best Buy and watched it the day it came out. We were not disappointed.

So many good fight scenes, and it was all shot so well, no stupid shaky cam or over usage of quick cuts. I loved the world expansion and all that we learned, it’s so interesting. Sure it’s romanticizing assassins, but it’s just so damn cool.

Something I really enjoyed was the fact that this told a complete story, but it also set up for the sequel. The point of this movie though wasn’t the sequel, I’m looking at you Avengers Age of Ultron. The way it was done made me want to know more about the characters and the world, but didn’t leave me without a conclusion to the current conflict.

Loved this movie, though, I’ll need to watch it another time before I decide if it was better than the first.

5/5

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Director:

Joel Zwick

Starring:

Nia Vardalos

John Corbett

Michael Constantine

Plot:

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Review:

It’s been a while since I watched this movie but I was in the mood for a cute romantic comedy and I saw there was a new sequel so I decided to start at the beginning.

I loved how the movie ended with both cultures accepting each other’s eccentrics. Love conquers all, which is always nice.

The story took new meaning with what is going on in the world now and I felt like we could probably all learn a lesson from it.

3.5/5

Central Intelligence (2016)

Central Intelligence (2016)

Director:

Rawson Marshall Thurber

Starring:

Dwayne Johnson

Kevin Hart

Danielle Nicolet

Plot:

After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

Review:

I was looking for just a dumb comedy and I happen to like Dwayne Johnson so figured why not. I was happy that there weren’t any short jokes for Kevin Hart, instead they just did more physical jokes on that side of things. It was an improvement.

However, in all honestly, I didn’t laugh until the very end of the movie with the end credits bloopers. It was an amusing movie, but nothing really remarkable about it.

3/5

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Director:

Roland Emmerich

Starring:

Jeff Goldblum

Liam Hemsworth

Bill Pulman

Plot:

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?

Review:

Wow, just wow. This movie was just a string of clichés and tropes, there was no build up it was from the get go the aliens are trying to kill us, here feel something for these people. Nope, not going to happen. Here watch a woman sacrifice herself for a new mother and newborn. Watch this father give his life for his child. Watch this dork say things that get the girl to like him. This movie was seriously horrible, but not in a way that made it good. This movie was never good, never. They took an interesting premise, a good piece of source material to build from, and made a joke.

1/5

Bad Boys II (2003)

Bad Boys II (2003)

Director:

Michael Bay

Starring:

Will Smith

Martin Lawrence

Plot:

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida from a Cuban drug cartel.

Review:

I didn’t plan to watch this movie, but flipping through streaming services it appeared and I couldn’t not watch it. This is really Will Smith at his peak, him and Lawrence were great together. I didn’t plan on watching the full thing, but each time I started to turn it off something funny would keep me watching. I love the marriage of comedy and action. My husband says that this is the best Michael Bay movie and I think I agree with him.

4/5