Detective Pikachu: Movie review

When It comes to anime / videogame live-action films I’m always hesitant in seeing it because of the bad history and backlash they had within the community. Soo, when I heard that there was going to be a Pokémon movie I was lost for words.  Leaving me asking a lot of questions such as, How are they gonna bring this world into reality? What about the character designs?  What’s the story even going to be about? Nevertheless, I went to the theaters with an open mind and a touch of curiosity. Resultado de imagen para detective pikachu movie

Detective Pikachu is directed by Rob Letterman (2015 Goosebumps ) and it starts Justice Smith has Tim Goodman, a former pokemon enthusiast. After his dad was in an accident, Tim has to go to Ryme City, a metropolis were humans and pokémon coexist. He meets his dad’s former pokemon, Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds. But, it wasn’t just a normal accident and it’s up to them to investigate.

The setting of Ryme City felt something straight of an anime. Using a variety of bright colors and neon-lit to set the environment.  The city wouldn’t be as it is without the pokémon; putting one in every corner. Seeing pokémon’s of the first generation until the recent one, these little CGI monsters were fun to watch come to life. A movie that was shot in a 35mm can’t help but look stunning.

Resultado de imagen para detective pikachu movie review The movie was consistently entertaining and funny because of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu itself. Making jokes throughout the whole movie . Also giving us interesting chemistry between him and Tim. But at times,  when the dialogue became simple or flat, Pikachu came and saved the day.

The movie is a simple yet solid story. Yes, Sometimes it gave us cliché tropes but it was balanced between funny and dramatic moments. Detective Pikachu is a film that fans from the franchise would love and an introduction to the world of pokemon for the younger audience.  It’s a goofy, lighthearted comedy that everyone can enjoy. I mean, Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite pokémon come to life?

I give this movie 3/5 Pokeballs

 

 

 

 

 

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Extremely wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: Movie Review

On this day and age, true crime cases have been a popular theme within the entertainment business. Streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix aren’t new in this subject. Launching several documentaries, mini-series, movies, and so on. It’s not surprising that sooner or later there was gonna be one related to America’s most famous serial killer, Ted Bundy.  Early in the year, Netflix came out with a  four-part documentary series called Conversations With a Killer: the Ted Bundy Tapes. After the success of this mini-series, the creator, Joe Berlinger, announced his next movie called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. A film about …you guessed it; Ted Bundy.Resultado de imagen para extremely wicked

After the announcement of this such film, many questions came up. How are they gonna portray this? What specific event is it gonna partake on? Are they gonna romanticize this evil man? Is the movie gonna make us sympathize with him? All of these questions were valid and reasonable.

The film focuses on the relationship of Ted Bundy and his girlfriend, Liz Kendall played by Lilly Collins. How they met and became a family; all leading up to the murder trials. The movie is told throughout her point of view. The director doesn’t glamorize the killer but rather sympathizes with the girlfriend. Showing us how slowly her mental health is deteriorating and helping us understand why it took her soo long to get out of his control. Resultado de imagen para extremely wicked

On the other side of the Story, there is Ted Bundy played by Zac Efron. The film portrays him as the documentaries and papers stated him to be; a manipulative and an arrogant person that charmed his way into peoples lives.  The film didn’t need to show us the murders for us to get this unnerving and creepy vibe from it. Zac Efron’s performance was really great in this film and I could even say it’s his best role yet. There were some scenes were his acting really stand out such as Ted Bundy’s indictment and court scene. Where he meticulously recreated his actions and speeches.

Being a movie about real-life events, they withhold a lot of information that happened. Only getting glimpses of it by using flashback narration. But, the movie at first felt too fast paced and a little slow on the third act. Sometimes it concentrated way too much on certain events and it became a little repetitive. The movie tried to cram up a series of events that happened for more than 10 years into an hour and forty minutes runtime. But nevertheless, they tried their best to highlight the important events to build a solid story.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a film that doesn’t glorify the killer. It didn’t need to show us the grotesque side of the story to give us the viewers an uneasy vibe. It’s a solid movie with great performances from Zac Efron and Lilly Collins. 

I give this movie 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

Shoplifters : Reseña

A veces, el vínculo familiar no se define por sangre, sino por amor. El cineasta Hirozaku Kore-eda una vez más, regresa a la pantalla grande con sus temas emblemáticos; explorando la naturaleza, vínculo de familia y la sociedad japonesa. En su nueva historia, escrita y dirigida por él mismo, narra sobre una familia que se dedica a robar para poder sobrevivir. Un día, después de robar un supermercado, se encuentran con una niña hambrienta, llevándosela a su casa. Pero, cuando descubren que es maltratada,la adoptan como uno de ellos.Resultado de imagen para shoplifters

A lo largo de la historia, Kore-eda nos conmueve con la relación de los personajes y poco a poco nos encariñamos con esta familia. Son esos pequeños momentos que nos muestras esa dulzura y amor entre ellos mismos; especialmente los niños, que como la audiencia nos ablanda el corazón. Sin embargo, no todo es color de rosas. Incluso, aunque vemos lo bonito también esta el problema que lo que hicieron fue ilegal, ellos secuestraron a esta niña y le enseñaron a robar. Aquí es donde la película empieza a cuestionar nuestra moralidad. Sabes que lo que hizo fue ilegal, pero, aunque ellos no son sus padres biológicos la aman y la tratan mejor que sus propios padres. Ellos roban para poder vivir. La audiencia, subconscientemente, empezamos a justificar las decisiones de los personajes y estar de su parte. El director definitivamente supo definir su tema y capturar nuestras emociones.

Por otro lado, el director nos enseña el tema social de la película. Mostrándonos una familia de clase y recursos bajos; un aspecto que no se habla mucho en el cine japonés y a través de esta película se logro capturar. ¿Cómo? Hay que destacar las localizaciones y el diseño de producción de la película. La mayoría de la trama se desenvuelve en la casa de la familia. Vemos como la casa esta en su decadencia, baños descuidados, comida en las mesas y la acumulación de objetos en la casa; un símbolo del miedo de perder mas de lo que no tienen. El aspecto de deterioro de la casa y el cuarto nos deja ver la condición económica y la forma en que viven los  personajes. En si, esta película cuenta con un diseño de producción lleno de detalles interesantes que aumenta la calidad visual al filme.Resultado de imagen para shoplifters

Otra manera que podemos expresar las emociones es a través de tiros de cámaras. Shoplifters esta acompañado por una cinematografía espectacular gracias a Kondo Ryuto. La película esta compuesta de varios tiros para complementar las emociones a través de la cinematografía. Pero, hay dos tiros y escenas que tenemos que destacar. La primera es un simple tiro de plano general que nos mostraba el cuarto donde ocurría la mayoría de la interacción de los personajes. Ellos sentados mientras comían en el tatami o simplemente teniendo una conversación entre ellos mismos. Además, con el con el tiro plano general podíamos ver el ambiente en la casa y como era su estatus social sin tener que decirlo en voz alta. El segundo tiro es acompañado por una de las escenas más cruciales de la película. Uno de los personajes es intervenido y con una actuación espectacular puedes ver en la cara como su mundo se va deslizando de sus manos. Esta escena crucial es complementada con un tiro con de plano mediano con una duración de más de un minuto. Creando un ambiente emocional que hará la audiencia simpatizar con el personaje.

Shoplifters es una película que parte con premisas que cuestiona moralidades. ¿Qué significa familia? ¿Tu naces con ella o escoges tu propia familia? Son temas que el director Kore-eda planta en la pantalla sutilmente a través de este drama familiar. Enseñándolo por medios simple gestos de amor que los personajes se hacen con uno al otro. Plasmando que el acto de “elegir a alguien” como tu familia puede crear un vínculo más poderoso que simplemente nacer en ella. Tu escoges quien tu quieres que entre en tu vida y a veces una persona quien conoces en un solo día puede ser mas familia que una que nació con el titulo.

Avengers Endgame: Spoiler-free mini review

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Talking about a film such as this one without spoilers is a challenge but here it goes…: Endgame takes place after the events of Infinity War. Thanos snaps his fingers and wipes out half of the population and it’s up to the remaining Avengers to fix it. There’s something charming that came out of this film. For starters, yes the movie is 3 hours long but it doesn’t feel like it. The first and second act were all about exposition yet you don’t get bored. Sometimes, too much exposition can be bothersome but they needed this to set up certain events that would later come up on the film. It certainly gives you the time to dig deep into character development and getting to know them more in depth. Even some of the characters that haven’t shined throughout the MCU gets a spotlight and becomes more interesting.  The character screen time on this film gets well divided and we see a little bit of action from everyone. The screenplay is written in a way where it leaves no room for fillers and every scene has the only purpose; to further the main plot of the story.

Every bit of exposition leads up to the final third act. On this point forward the film is a jaw-dropping piece of cinema. The actions scenes were incredible and satisfactory. Imagen relacionada it with the amazing CGI and you got yourself outstanding visual narrative. There are some scene that gives us tremendous fan service that would leave you wanting to stand up and maniacally applause. Others that would leave you anxiously on the edge of your seat. The third act is where the film truly shines.

Avengers: Endgame is a film where it seamlessly blends the last 11 years and 22 movies into 3-hour film. Bringing this saga into an end. It delivers what it needs to. It’s beautiful, but also a heart-wrenching payoff to these characters that we have grown to love. You’ll cry, laugh, scream and cheer when you need to. This film is a beautiful love letter to us fans and a perfect ending to a story we have come to cherish.

I give this movie 5/5 finger snaps.

 

 

 

Us: movie review

After Jordan Peele’s success with 2017 thriller Get out and winning best screenplay for this such movie; he’s back at it again with another film. This time, as he intentionally said, a horror film. US  focuses on the Wilson family. A year later after the death of Adelaide’s mom, they come back to her childhood home in California to take some time off. One day,  they decide to go to the beach, the youngest son Jason had a strange encounter. That same night, four mysterious people break into Adelaide’s home just to out they that all of them look alike.

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One of the many things that stand out in this movie are the performances. All of them were great. Winston Duke character gave us the perfect balance of comedy and horror. Not forced but natural reactions in a comedic way. The performance that we have to give the ultimate credit is Lupita Nyong’o with her mesmerizing acting.  Giving that the movie they had to play your “evil doppelgänger” you had to see multiple performances from the actors.  Both of her characters were amazing. Leaving you gripping from your seats.

us-movie-3-1546275853Jordan Peele was serious when he said his movie was horror. Giving us gory scenes but yet not scary. The story and the character are what makes this film unsettling. The movie is accompanied by a chilling score and amazing cinematography. Who wouldn’t appreciate those astonishing extreme closeup shots? One of the things that I would have liked the movie to leave out are the explanations as to why this event is happening. Why so? well, because I believe ambiguity can be scary. Nevertheless, it’s a solid story.

US is a film that after you see it for the first time it leaves you thinking and with a second viewing, it could change your whole perspective of the film. The director Jordan Peele has been creating these whole new worlds and contributing to the horror industry . Breaking the mold of traditional storytelling and giving us something new and innovative. US is a film that has amazing performances and the perfect balance of horror and comedy. It’s a movie that cinephiles and horror fans would certainly appreciate and enjoy.

I give this movie 4 / 5 bloody scissors.

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Alita Battle Angel (Movie Review)

When it comes to transforming anime or manga into live action films, it can lean in two ways: being an actually good movie or go horribly wrong. Every couple of years or so, we’ve been getting live actions adaptations that have gone wrong such as Netflix’s Death Note and thus being completely disappointed. Alita Battle Angel is an adaptation of the cyberpunk manga created by Yukito Kishiro. Ever since the trailer came out I had this small hope that this movie can be one of these adaptations that could actually be good and please the anime community.

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 Alita Battle Angel is a film directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. In 2563, planet Earth has survived a war known as “The Fall.” There is a city floating above the earth in the sky, called Zalem, but beneath it, there is a city called Iron City. The story is about Alita (Rosa Zalasar) a cyborg that has been saved by the doctor Ido (Christopher Waltz) but she doesn’t recall who she is. Alita starts to uncover clues to her past but also finding out the secrets of Zalem and a mysterious scientist called Nova.

From the start of the movie, it looks like they put a lot of time and effort into creating this cyberpunk world. Giving us an aesthetically pleasing experience accompanied by good use of CGI. James Cameron had the rights for this film for a long time now and it certainly looks how much passion and love he had for this story by how the film was made. Paying homage to the main style of the manga with all the details that have been passed into the movie.

screen-shot-2018-05-07-at-2-53-55-pmRosa Zalasar has the main spotlight in the movie by giving us a good performance throughout the movie. Christopher Waltz also stands out with his role as Ido. But, they hired good actors such as Mahershala Ali by giving them small roles that were just there to move the plot of the story. Left me wishing they could have used him more in the film.

The movie certainly had some cheesy and cliche moments. The romance between Alita and the love interest Huge felt forced.  I just wasn’t invested in their relationship and when they had their tragic moments I just didn’t feel moved by it. Sure, it does make Alita more human but their love story didn’t work out for me.

Alita Battle Angel is a passion project that’s been transcribed into film. Even doe every adaptation suffer from minor changes, this movie sticks with the main story. Giving us a visual Syfy experience that anime fans would certainly enjoy.

I give this movie 3 / 5 cyborgs.

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Happy Death Day 2U: Movie Review

Happy Death Day 2U  is the sequel of 2017 thriller movie of the same name. After the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) finds herself once again, re-entering the time loop. But things have changed.  She is stuck in a new in a new parallel universe.  Carter, Ryan and his group of friends are involved this time. There’s a new killer in the loose. Now, Tree must find a new way to get out of the loop and catch the killer.happy-death-day-2u-release-date.jpg

When I heard there was going to be a sequel for this movie,  I was a little lost. The first one was entertaining enough even if I had small problems with it. But I knew exactly that they were going to play with the same  Groundhog Day formula. Never the less, I was also quite curious how they were gonna pull the sequel off.

This sequel gives us the explanation as to how she’s in the loop the first place. Mixing element of SyFy into the story. On this movie, they really double up the comedy and left the slasher genre as a subplot. Giving us rather dark humor montages and clips.  In which I think it was a smart move because it went with the theme of the story. When it came to the horror aspect of it; it gives us the old formula of creepy hallways and the killer creeping in with jump scares. Leaving me asking myself: “Remember when this was a horror movie?”.

2507_T1_00059ARV2.0.jpgJessica Rothe performance keeps the movie interesting. She’s funny when she needs to but can also give us emotional scenes.  The last act gave us serious undertones with just a small touch of comedy. But, they were some serious cringey moment such as awkward kissing in slow motion. Obviously keeping in mind that this is no longer a horror/slasher but a comedy.

Happy Death Day 2U is one of those cases that the sequel is better than the first one.  The first one for me kinda fell off because it didn’t know how to distinguish itself. This time they doubled the comedy and it became an enjoyable experience for me. If you wanna have a laugh or have a good time watching a movie with your friends; I recommend Happy Death Day 2U. 

I give this movie 3/5 baby masks.

 

TRIGGER WARNING and small spoiler  : 

Y’all the movie has a suicide montage with Hard Times by Paramore in the background… I’m speechless…

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