I have always loved to go to the movies and this is the time of year when there are so many movies to see. I love summer! Okay, it’s not technically summer yet; but the movie feast has begun.
I also love that our theater has converted all their seats to recliners. *bliss* It’s a double bonus that you get assigned seating as well. No more having to get to the movie theater early to ensure a good seat. Now we can just stroll in ten minutes before the movies starts, head to our seats, kick back with our feet up, and enjoy the film!
In the past month, I have seen three movies and decided to lump them all into one, hopefully unique, review. (warning: slight spoilers ahead)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (or how to do a sequel right)
The guardians are back and this time they are a cohesive team (well, mostly). Everything that made the first movie fun is continued in the sequel. The humor is there as well as the special effects. This time around, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot are hired by the Sovereign alien race to protect their valuable batteries from invaders. But Rocket decides to steal one of the batteries and so the Sovereign send out their army to seek revenge and kill the guardians. Meanwhile, Star-Lord discovers who his father is and that’s when the fun begins. I thoroughly enjoyed the new character, Mantis, and hope that she will be joining the team in future movies. Baby Groot is a hoot. Hey, I’m a poet and don’t even know it! And what’s not to love about getting to see an old favorite like Kurt Russell playing Ego? Yes, this sequel is how it should be done – with one tiny exception – the soundtrack from the first movie was better. Eh, you can’t have everything. My score: B+
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (or how not to do a sequel)
This is the fifth Pirates movie and while there were some parts that were good, I found many of the action scenes incredibly ludicrous. Yes, the Pirate movies are known for some over-the-top stuff but I still had trouble suspending my disbelief at some scenes, in particular the team of horses dragging a giant building through the streets of town at top speed. Yeah… no. This new adventure has the pirate-killing ghost, Capt. Salazar, and his deadly ghost sailors escaping the Devil’s Triangle and hunting down their nemesis, Capt. Jack Sparrow. Meanwhile, Will Turner’s son, Henry, has discovered that the legendary Trident of Poseidon will free his father, who is living a cursed life at sea as the captain of the Flying Dutchman. He is aided by the headstrong astronomer and horologist, Carina. Eventually, everyone is after the Trident because of its power to command the ocean. Much of the “humor” in this film fell flat. Johnny Depp as Capt. Sparrow was inept and bumbling throughout the movie, relying on others to save him time and time again. The flashback to his younger days with the use of CGI wound up being very creepy. I just don’t think they have perfected CGI technology enough to convincingly show someone as younger. For me, the best parts of this movie were the scenes with Capt. Barbossa, played so well by Geoffery Rush; and the eventual reunion of Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner. And yet that end scene was still not long enough to satisfy me. It’s obvious they are trying to revive the franchise with new characters, namely Henry and Carina, but I think it’s time to let it all end. My score: C
Snatched (or how to do ludicrous right)
Frankly, the only reason I went to see this movie was because of Goldie Hawn. I’ve always been a big fan. Despite that, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this movie and it certainly wasn’t the best comedy I’ve ever seen, but I still found myself laughing heartily. Sometimes I think that the audience and the person you are seeing the movie with (in this case, my daughter) can make all the difference in a viewing experience. Maybe that was the case for me. I mean, some of the humor was crude but the plot was so ludicrous at times that it became hilariously funny. And the people in the audience were loving it. There were even some endearing mother/daughter moments. Amy Schumer plays Emily who gets dumped by her boyfriend shortly before her planned “non-refundable” vacation to Ecuador. She persuades her reluctant mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to accompany her. Emily and Linda are almost polar opposites in their vacationing style and views on life. They have some squabbles and differences in opinion but when they are kidnapped by some bad guys, they have to work together to escape their captors. When all is said and done, these two women wind up doing more bad things than their captors. Joan Cusack as a stealthy ex-special ops agent trying to help them is a riot. And Emily’s freaked out brother and a less than helpful State Department official working to get the ladies rescued is a funny side story. I do think that some of Goldie’s fun-loving silliness was missing in this movie. Even so, it was good to see her acting again. When all is said and done, the best part of the movie was afterwards when my daughter gave me an extra long hug. So this movie ranks right up there with one of my best memories. My score: A