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Jumanji (1995)

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Jumanji (1995)

Director:

Joe Johnston

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Greg Taylor

Jim Strain

Starring:

Robin Williams

Bonnie Hunt

Kirsten Dunst

Bradley Pierce

David Alan Grier

Blurb:

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades – and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Thoughts:

A lot of people remember where they were when they found out that Robin Williams died. I don’t. However, I feel a deep sense of sadness when I see him in a movie. He was such an incredible man. Even with that sadness, he can still make me laugh.

Having read the Jumanji book the writers of this movie took a lot of creative liberties and it worked out wonderfully. I love the concept of getting stuck playing a scary game. Something that the newer version doesn’t have is the effect that these things have on the real world. Seeing how others who had no idea what was going on reacted was great, but even better was seeing how the world was changed by the disappearance of Alan. I loved that and wish there was more of that in the remakes.

Jumanji is another movie that I watched a fair amount when I was growing up. I still can’t watch when the spiders are on the screen, but it’s still one of my favorites.

Alan is such a whiny ass that getting sucked into the game was probably good for him. As much as that sucked for him.

The special effects still look good and I think that’s because so much of it wasn’t CGI. I wish there was less CGI in films nowadays. I’m getting old lol

Aladdin (1992)

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Aladdin (1992)

Directors:

Ron Clements

John Musker

Writers:

Ron Clements

John Musker

Ted Elliot

Terry Rossio

Starring:

Scott Weinger

Robin Williams

Linda Larkin

Jonathan Freeman

Gilbert Gottfried

Brad Kane

Lea Salonga

Blurb:

A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Thoughts:

I was lazy and watched Aladdin on Disney+ instead of pulling out my Bluray copy. It may look better on the disc, but I thought it looked pretty good. Since I watched it that way, I saw that Disney now has a warning at the beginning of the movie about how culturally insensitive the depictions are. I thought that was nice.

It’s hard watching something with Robin Williams in it. His voice is so recognizable, and this movie was one of the few VHSs that I had growing up, so I watched it a lot. I think Williams was the first actor I grew up with that has passed away. It hurts a little to hear him.

The story is much more sexualized than I remember. Jasmine’s clothes were always revealing for a kid’s movie, but I missed other things. What is it with Disney in big-busted triplets?

Honestly, I didn’t think the movie was as amazing as I remember it, but it’s still good. My kids seemed to like it, and the music is still amazing.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Starring:

Robin Williams

Matt Damon

Ben Affleck

Stellan Skarsgard

Plot:

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Review:

My favorite part in this movie is when Matt Damon tells off the Harvard kid, it makes me feel like if I just applied myself I could be as smart as an Ivy League student. Then I don’t apply myself and instead spend my time reading fun books and watching TV and I guess I’ll never be able to tell off a douche bag that’s had more education than me.

Good Will Hunting is a movie about a genius, the level of Einstein, who’s had a troubled youth and has issues to overcome. Thankfully, Robin Williams is there to help him.

I miss knowing that Robin Williams is alive and well somewhere in the world.

Movie is good, definitely worth watching if you never have.

4/5

Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)

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Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)

Director:

Tristram Shapeero

Starring:

Robin Williams

Joel McHale

Lauren Graham

Plot:

Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Review:

I should have realized this wasn’t going to be a lite, happy, Christmas comedy. The title should have clued me in but I was looking for something new that wasn’t overly sentimental and I thought this would be perfect. Instead it was super depressing.

This was one of Robin Williams last movies and that makes it all the more sad.

Fairly certain I didn’t laugh or even smile throughout. It was all about a screwed up family that was supposed to come together at Christmas or just overcome some of their issues but I didn’t feel like that’s what happened. Instead each new revelation about the dad just made me wonder why he was a part of anyone’s life.

Would not recommend if you’re looking for a good Christmas movie.

2/5

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Director:

Shawn Levy

Starring:

Ben Stiller

Robin Williams

Owen Wilson

Steve Coogan

Dan Stevens

Rebel Wilson

Plot:

Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Review:

Movie ended on a sad note and not just because watching it I remembered how much I miss Robin Williams. What if I don’t want Larry, Ben Stiller, to move on with his life? What if I want him to be a night security guard for the rest of his days? Sure, I guess, they could do another with Rebel Wilson, but, no offense to her, it would not be the same.

Not sure why I reacted to the ending like I did because I’ve never been a huge fan of the movies. They’re cute and a nice little way to spend some time, which is all you need sometimes.

Anyway, the story was fine, a little contrived, they jumped forward on some things quickly. Mainly the relationship between Larry and his son, but it was a lot to cram into one movie. Lancelot actually made a joke about that and how it’s not how quests are done.

I liked the movie and if you’re looking for something on in the background it would be a good choice.

3/5