READY PLAYER ONE MOVIE REVIEW

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. The plot of the movie is when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.    I was very excited to see this movie because it looked like Spielberg was going back to the fun movies that he used to make like E.T., Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark. I am so happy to tell you that this movie is fantastic.  The world of the OASIS is breathtaking. I haven’t felt this sucked into a world in a movie in a long time. The parts of the movie that takes place in the real world are also well done.  I have to give this movie props for being the most immersive movie I’ve seen since the Spielberg movies that I mentioned before. He is so good at making you feel like a kid with this childlike wondrous quality. This movie had that, but it felt like it was updated for 2018.    There are a ton of references to video games and movies. You might be thinking if you don’t understand most of them that you won’t enjoy the movie. I got most of them, but there were a few I didn’t know and it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the film.  I also really enjoyed the characters in this movie. The main character Wade played by Tye Sheridan is a very likable protagonist. Art3mis played by Olivia Cooke was a badass character and she had really good chemistry with Parzival.  Aech is Parzival’s best friend. I’d say he is the comic relief, but he is a lot more than that he is a supporting character. He does get a lot of funny moments.  The bad guy in this movie is Nolan Sorrento played by Ben Mendelsohn he is just a corporate asshole, but he plays it well. The action is the movie is terrific. There is a race scene early in the movie that is so much fun.   In the end Ready Player One was awesome. I love the world of the OASIS. Steven Spielberg directs this movie beautifully he is, in my opinion, the greatest filmmaker of all time. The story sucks you in right away. I felt attached to all of the characters.    5 out of 5 stars for Ready Player One. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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LOVE, SIMON MOVIE REVIEW

Love, Simon is directed by Greg Berlanti and stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner. The plot of the movie is Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.    This movie has a terrific cast Nick Robinson is excellent in this movie he nails the comedy and the drama extremely well. Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner play Simon’s parents and they are fantastic. The actors playing Simon’s friends are very good as well. The stand out in his group of friends for me was Leah played by Katherine Langford. She was on Netflix’s 13 Reasons why and was amazing on that show and she is just as great in this I look forward to seeing more from her. All the performances are really great. The cast works very well together.  As for the movie itself, there is a lot to love. The screenplay for this movie is fantastic it had the perfect balance between comedy and drama. It reminded me a lot of some of John Hughes’s high school movies.     Going into the movie I was worried about the dramatic senses. Thankfully when it becomes more dramatic and gets into what it is like to come out or be forced to come out it is handled well and not like some crappy Lifetime movie. There are some great emotional scenes between Simon and his parents and friends that worked very well.  The romance part of the movie doesn’t fell forced you completely buy why he falls for this guy. When the movie ended and the credits came up I wanted to watch it again right away.  This is a really fantastic movie that I think everyone should see.   5 out of 5 stars for Love, Simon.  I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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TOMB RAIDER MOVIE REVIEW

Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug and stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas. The plot of the movie is Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. I didn’t know anything about Tomb Raider going into this movie. I have never played the video games.    This movie is not perfect, but I was able to have fun with it. Alicia Vikander I thought was very good as the main character Lara Croft. She does very well in the action scenes and they make it very easy to like this character.  When she is going to the island she is paired up with a guy named Lu Ren played by Daniel Wu and when he first was introduced I found him annoying, but by the end, I liked this character more than I thought I would. He provides some comic relief.  The villain of this movie is Mathias Vogel played by Walton Goggins this was the one character that I thought was pretty weak. They do give him a backstory that ties him to Lara’s father, but I wasn’t that interested in that. I liked the relationship between Lara and her father there are some good emotional moments between the two.   When I saw the trailer for this movie I thought the stuff when she is on the mainland was going to be the weakest part of the movie. While there are entertaining moments in that part of the film for the majority of it I was bored which is a big problem because that is 40 minutes of the movie.  There are also moments when she is on the island that the movie slows down, but it is not as bad as the first 40 minutes.    3 out of 5 stars for Tomb Raider. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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ANNIHILATION MOVIE REVIEW

Annihilation is directed by Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. The plot of the movie is a biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.  I went into this movie not knowing what to expect. I understood what Alex Garland was trying to do with this movie, but I don’t think it was conveyed very well.  The movie focused so much on the visuals and imagery which are fantastic. Because it focused so much on that I felt that it was really lacking in its plot and character development. We don’t learn much about anyone.  We have 5 intelligent scientists trying to basically save the world and the fact that I didn’t give a shit about any of them was disappointing.  The characters start getting picked off one by one and the viewer does not care because we don’t know anything about them. We don’t ever really understand their motivations for why they would go on this suicide mission.    The plot I had an issue with because this movie is told out of order. Usually, I would be into that unique storytelling narrative. I don’t think it works for this movie because there are certain details that you need to know or understand to understand different parts of the film. Something that happened at the end they show in the beginning. Something that happens in the middle they show at the end. Lots of events are shown to you out of order and it makes it hard to piece the story together.  The cast in this movie is great I am a fan of Natalie Portman, but she is not used well in this movie at all.  I found out after the movie ended that it is based on a book. So this might be one of those situations where reading the book would help you understand the film, but movies should be able to stand on there own    1 out of 5 stars for Annihilation. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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A WRINKLE IN TIME MOVIE REVIEW

A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay and stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The plot of the movie is after the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and a friend to space in order to find him.    I honestly thought that this movie could have been good. It had that classic Disney adventure feel to it. The Visual effects looked pretty cool. The CG in this world is really cool looking. Of all the characters in this movie, I only liked two of them. The main character Meg played by Storm Reid is excellent and I look forward to seeing her in other movies that are hopefully a lot better than this. I thought she did very well with the emotional scenes. I also Liked Chris Pine’s character. He is not in this film a lot, but I enjoyed the scenes with him and his daughter.    Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling’s characters I felt could have been left out of this movie completely. I didn’t feel like they added anything. Reese Witherspoon’s character was a complete moron. Mindy Kaling’s character only speaks in quotes from famous people in the real world and it gets old really quickly. Oprah was fine, but her character is forgettable. Levi Miller plays Calvin a friend of Meg’s. There is a scene where he is face to face with her and he just says I like your hair and the way he says it he comes off as a stalker.   This script is awful random things would happen and if I had not read the book I would have no idea why the hell they were happening.  This movie is like a Disney Channel original movie, but with a bigger budget.    2 out of 5 stars for A Wrinkle in Time. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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RED SPARROW MOVIE REVIEW

Red Sparrow is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons.  The plot of the movie is ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to Sparrow School a Russian Intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent that threatens to unravel the security of both nations.    The main character is someone that you never understand fully. Her decisions are very unclear and that is done purposefully. Jennifer Lawrence continues to prove that she is a fearless actress. There is very little she will not do on screen. This film has a lot of awkward moments and very uncomfortable moments. Our current political climate is going to find it difficult to watch some of these scenes. This lifestyle is not glorified it is definitely shown to be a horrible life.    As a story it has interest and I was compelled at times. On the other hand, it’s so long and the main character so confusing it makes it a difficult viewing. Since we don’t know what the main character is thinking it makes it hard to relate to her. You do fell for her because she is put in these horrible situations. It’s also never really made clear why she went from being a ballerina to being a Sparrow. It is also hard to understand why anyone would say yes to this.    Joel Edgerton is one of my favorite actors and he is great in this. Mary-Louise Parker has a scene that was somehow even more awkward than some of the sexual scenes even though that scene is not sexual. This film takes scenes that are really not that important and makes them go on longer than they should.    There are some positive elements the performances as I mentioned are fantastic. James Newton Howard has composed one of his best scores in a long time the music is beautiful. I do think that most of the action scenes are extremely entertaining.  I admire the fact that Hollywood has made a film like this. It will likely offend a lot of people.   2 out of 5 stars for Red Sparrow. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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THE 15:17 TO PARIS MOVIE REVIEW

The 15:17 to Paris is directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the true story of three Americans that discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France. I believe that Clint Eastwood had the best intentions with this movie, he did decide to use the real-life heroes and if this were a documentary maybe it would have worked better.  Having them in a movie that was released in theaters was not such a good idea.  The biggest problem here is an extremely boring story. The actual event on the train is very brief and so Eastwood has chosen to cover the characters lives all the way back to elementary school. Then we get to see there training in the different branches they have chosen and all this helps us understand what formed them into the people on that train. I understood why the decision was made to show us all that. It is all done in such a dull way that I felt the emotional weight wasn’t there.    This is one of Eastwood’s shortest films it feels like they were struggling to know what to do with the story. There is a five minute Skype conversation with these guys are planning this vacation. The vacation itself is the most boring part of the movie and if it had been any longer I would have fallen asleep. One of the guys for whatever reason feels the need to take a selfie every time he took a step it seemed.     The acting is also not good and I am not going to blame the guys they are not classically trained actors. I do blame Clint Eastwood because the children at the beginning of this movie also do not give good performances.  The actual event on the train I do feel had some tense moments. Overall I felt that these guys deserved a lot better.    1 out of 5 stars for The 15:17 to Paris. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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