Channing Tatum

Logan Lucky (2017)

Logan Lucky (2017)

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Starring:

Channing Tatum

Adam Driver

Daniel Craig

Plot:

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Review:

I like a good heist movie and this was certainly a good heist, however it moved too slow for my liking. There was a ton of talking and just watching and set up, but it kept you in the dark about some things too.

There was hardly any action and several times I was triggered by parenting choices. I also wish they’d make a movie set in the South that wasn’t—ugh. Okay, I know that what they showed was completely accurate, the way the people were and the fair they showed, and I’ve heard people talk like Adam Driver did, but can we not see a movie where the South looks normal? It’s just a personal pet peeve of mine.

Anyway, even though I wasn’t a fan I did really enjoy the ending. It answered all the questions and gave you closure but was just ambiguous enough that I could think what I wanted to happen did and if someone else wanted something else they could do that too. I liked that.

My husband loved the movie, he named out all the NASCAR drivers that appeared and enjoyed the whole thing, it just wasn’t for me I guess.

3/5

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Director:

Andy Wachowskis & Lana Wachowskis

Starring:

Channing Tatum

Mila Kunis

Eddie Redmayne

Plot:

In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

Review:

First off, I thought the score was amazing. More movies need full scores.

Now onto the rest.

I was really looking forward to this movie because I love the Wachowskis. The last time I doubted them, they brought me Cloud Atlas, and that is one of my top ten movies. So I tried to ignore all the negative reviews I was seeing for Jupiter.

Honestly, I didn’t hate the movie, but it is not one of my favorite. I thought it was merely ok.

The first fight scene was fine, though I thought they cut too often to people’s faces and didn’t show the action as well as I would like. It wasn’t shaky cam it was editing. My husband says they wanted to highlight the fact that the actors did their own stuff, to which I say, I don’t care, I want to see action, not close ups.

There were several jumps in the story, where I guess they ran out of time and assumed the viewer could figure it out. When they did this it took me out of the movie while I figured out an explanation for what was going on. I found that to be incredibly frustrating.

I hated the romance between Kane, Tatum, and Jupiter, Kunis. I thought it was completely unnecessary and they could have easily cut it and filled out all the places that they jumped over.

I didn’t mind the casting, though, Tatum was not my favorite. I thought Kunis was able to pull off regal well, but I disliked the fact that Kane was always saving her. That being said I thought she handled the last fight well enough. Balem, Eddie Redmayne, the main bad dude, wasn’t someone I enjoyed either. His low voice at times was hard to hear. I understand that him yelling was supposed to show his uncontrollable temper, but I thought he could still do that without talking so low all the time.

I did not like the ending. The movie was on such a grand scale. Universes and planets and corporations that last a millennium. All that, and the ending is her on those stupid gravity boots flying through the Chicago skyline with her new boyfriend. Talk about anticlimactic.

Not my favorite movie and I thought there was a lot wrong, however, the world that was created was incredibly interesting and I would love to know more. Also, and it bears repeating, amazing score.

2.75/5

22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street (2014)

Director:

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Starring:

Channing Tatum

Jonah Hill

Ice Cube

Plot:

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Review:

That movie had no business being 112 minutes. Too long. I was barely holding on by the end. Also the jokes about it being a sequel got old fast. I knew they were coming, every review I read mentioned them, but holy cow.

Credits were possibly the best part of the movie.

2/5

21 Jump Street (2012)

21 jump street

21 Jump Street (2012)

Director:

Phil Lord

Christopher Miller

Starring:

Jonah Hill

Channing Tatum

Ice Cube

Plot:

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Review:

Ok that humping scene was hilarious.

“You’re in too deep man.”

I’ve never understood why people would want to go back to high school. Just don’t get it. My high school years weren’t horrible, it’s not like I’m scarred for life over what happened there, but they weren’t awesome either. I have no desire to go back to that time, I have no regrets, nothing I would want to do over, so that part of the movie didn’t resonate with me.

Overall the movie was pretty funny. Loved the reveal at the end. This movie knew what it was and didn’t try to be anything more.

3/5