Quick Reviews

                Here’s a list of a few recent viewings I have gone through lately that I didn’t or didn’t want to review for whatever reason.  Hopefully I can give a short review that may peak your interests to either watch or pass on a film you might have been considering.  There can be a mix of newer/older movies with a few insights.

Daddy’s Home

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                Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg team up again for a comedy about fathers and stepfathers.  Farrell plays a new stepfather who has always wanted to be a dad and struggles to connect with his new step kids.  Enter Wahlberg’s character, the ex, who is jealous and plans on taking back his family.  This may not be as funny as their first team up, The Other Guys, but it has enough laughs and heart to make it worth the watch.  Not knowing anything about being a stepfather, I still feel that the film takes both that role and the role of the biological father wanting a second chance heartwarming and in the end being a trusting and loving family is the central theme.  I was hoping for more in the comedy department, but some of it is lazy comedy and I couldn’t help but think Farrell was on autopilot.  2 and ½ stars out of 4

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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                When the book the movie this was based on was released a few years ago, I snatched it up.  The concept was that, author Seth Grahame-Smith kept Jane Austin’s entire original book, but added his unique touch of zombie and eastern combat techniques to match her language throughout.  Years later a film would unsurprisingly be adapted from it.  The surprise was that it was enjoyable on a campy level.  Lily James leads the film as the elder Bennett sister and she continues to be one of the better actress’ in the last decade to come along.  The rest of the film is made up of Game of Thrones actors and other actors you know you know them from something but can’t put your figure on it.  This is a high end grindhouse film with horrible CGI and cheesy action sequences, but it works.  It’s an enjoyable movie if you need a time waster and anyone who happens to enjoy Jane Austin and zombie movies will find it interesting.  2 and ½ stars out of 4

Hail, Caesar!

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                This was one of the films I was looking forward to this year and I finally got a chance to see it and its not great, but it’s not bad either.  I like the Cohen brothers, but one of the things that drives me nuts sometimes about their films is their lack of giving a fully satisfying ending to their films sometimes.  Whether it’s a central character getting killed off screen, plot points brought up and then dropped or whatever, it can get annoying.  This movie had that in spades.  There were some very interesting characters in the film and when the end credits role, you wonder why they were even there in the first place because they basically had no purpose other than being quirky.  Acting is all great, no surprise there, but the best part of the film is the cinematography and production value.  It feels like you transported to this era with the color, styles and language.  If you like Cohen brother films, check it out, but if you don’t, you aren’t really missing anything.  2 and ½ stars out of 4

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