Disney’s Pixar new film Onward is set in a suburban fantasy world. The story is about two teenage elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) Lightfoot that go on a journey to discover if there is still magic left in the world in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.
From UP to Coco, Pixar always knows how to move us with their compelling stories and Onward is no exception. This movie tells a story about brotherhood, love, and personal growth. Being a film that’s marketed for children they really did a great job to showcase mature situations in a way that kids could understand and at the same time be entertaining. The script is well written and I can’t find a flaw in it. In addition, the characters are very relatable one way or another.
When it comes to Pixar, they are topnotch in the animation industry. Onward shows us what it’s like to live in a world where there’s little magic left behind. The film is visually pleasing and I think you should expect a couple of cosplay of the main characters in a Comic-Con near you. On the other hand, the voice acting was great and the chemistry between them made the relationship of these elf brothers more believable.
I honestly enjoyed this film very much and it even made me shed a couple of tears by the end of it. Onward is a moving and heartfelt movie about brotherhood. It has an amazing script and animation as expected from Pixar. All the characters are relatable. I can definitely say this is an Oscar contender film.
Sonic comes to earth to escape forces that seek to harness his power of super-speed and hides away on Green Hills , Montana . After accidentally causing a massive power outage, Sonic is targeted by the government who then hire Dr. Robotnik to hunt him down. Meanwhile, Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski meets Sonic and decides to help him evade capture, collect his rings, and stop Dr.Robotnik from using Sonic’s powers.
What Can I say about Sonic the Hedgehog ? The movie has a certain charm to it. The jokes are fun and were making the audience in my theater laugh. It also had a number of film references that I certainly enjoyed. Can you believe that Sonic is a Keanu Reeves Stan ? Me neither !
On the other hand , the actors did a pretty good job with what they had. One of the surprising cast members was Jim Carrey. It’s been a while since we last saw him in a film (since 2016) and he’s back to reprise the villain Dr. Robotnik. Known for his body humor he brought his A-game and gave us a cartoonish interpretation of Eggman.
If you didn’t know, Paramount Pictures launched the First trailer of Sonic the Hedgehog On November 8 , 2019 ; revealing a pretty disturbing design of Sonic. As a result , the trailer received a big amount of backlash and hate. After hearing the fans , Paramount Pictures delayed the movie to redesign it. It was a wise decision from the creators to hear the fan and follow their opinion. Also a round of applause for the design and VFX team to take their time to create what the fans wanted. Other than that , the effects were wonderful and a job well done.
Sonic the Hedgehog was fun and full of nostalgia . It’s an entertaining family film that kids and fans of the franchise would like .
Birds of Prey or as the long title says Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is a Spin-off that’s told by Harley herself. When Gotham’s narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis ( Black Mask) puts a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
When I first heard that the spin-off was being made I was skeptical about it because of the outcome of Suicide Squad and how harsh the critics were with this film. But after watching the movie all my expectations have exceeded and left me with great satisfaction.
One of the Good qualities that Suicide Squad had was the introduction of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The small moments we had of her seemed to be what I liked about the movie. Now, Birds of Prey takes her character to another level of craziness. Even the film also behaves just like her with the amount of madness that each scene has. Margot Robbie embodies the character soo well and I can’t see another actress that can pull it off other than her. Meanwhile, Ewan Mcgregor shined as the cynical and narcissistic villain that is Black Mask. I honestly can’t complain about the acting. Birds of Prey had a great cast ensemble and everyone did an amazing job.
On the technical side of the film, I was impressed by how well made it was. The cinematography was spectacular and the color palette gave us vibes straight out of a comic book with its vibrant colors. On the other hand, being that it’s Cathy Yan’s second film it is clear that she has an eye for direction. They also brought John Wick 3 stunt coordinator and provided us with some phenomenal and entertaining fighting sequences. The soundtrack was just a bop after bop and I loved it.
However, the only problems I had with it were the odd choices of the back and forth narrative but at least it wasn’t overbearing that it made the movie lose the story. Plus, being an origin story of the group Birds of Prey it didn’t have much of a moment together as it should have been. Other than that, I have no complaints.
Birds of Prey is the closest DC movie that feels like a comic book. It’s entertaining and a blast to watch. Fans of the franchise would certainly be satisfied with the film.
It’s notorious that once you drop a horror movie in January means that it’s not gonna be any good. But this film brought a lot of surprises to the table. Directed by William Eubank, Underwater is about a crew of underwater researchers that must find safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. However soon after, the crew encounters unexpected visitors.
Being a film with an 80 million budget it clearly shows where most of the money went. This creature feature contains a great production design that gives us an atmosphere true to its story with; accompanied by a color palette of muted colors. With the help of the cinematographer of A Cure for Wellness and The ring, this film contains a lot of close-ups and extreme close-ups to help build the tension and to show the emotions of each character clearly.
To enhance the eerie feeling, one of the choices that they made is very dim to no lighting at all. But at one point it felt that it was a bit overused and a cheap way to create jump scares. On the other hand, the creature design was great and it gives us a very love crafting feel to it.
One of the highlights of Underwater is the leading actress, Kristen Stewart. Giving us a great performance as Noah. Bringing a strong emotional presence and showing the intensity of the situation.
Is this movie by any means original? the answer is no. Right off the bat this film felt like Ridley Scott’s Alien but underwater. Even the first time the creature came on the screen I was waiting for it to pop out of the stomach ( just joking). Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching it and it’s one of the good movies that have come out in January.
Underwater is certainly categorized as a good b-movie. It’s a creature feature that has intense moments; eerie and claustrophobic feel to it. Kristen Stewart shines and it’s a film a would recommend watching.
Directed by Miguel Arteta, Like a Boss is about Best friends Mia and Mel who own a cosmetics company but unfortunately, they are in-depth. They get an offer from Claire Luna, a notorious person from the makeup industry to help them pay. Too tempting to pass up, Mia and Mel agree but soon after, this negotiation threatens their business and personal relationships.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie my first thought was, “This is not my type of humor” but nevertheless I gave it a chance. Surprisingly I had a couple of laughs throughout the film. There were some unexpected jokes that made me think “who would even come up with that?!”.On top of that, it was well-received with the audience bringing some laughter in the theater.
One of the comedic remarks was Mia and Mel’s friendship played by Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish. Being a film centered in their relationship they had to have some chemistry in which they achieved. The one who brought out most of the punchlines was Tiffany Haddish with her comebacks and overt the top personality. On the other hand, we had Salma Hayek playing Claire Luna. Representing in a very cartoonish way a woman driven by money with a very thick accent. Again, using her for comedic purposes.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The film has flaws, the jokes get repetitive throughout the third act and the pacing felt dragged but nevertheless, it’s a very cheesy almost campy movie that it had good moments and a great ensemble cast. Like a Boss feels like that kind of movie that you put on a sleepover and share a couple of laughs with your friends.
Ever since the Safdie brothers brought us 2017 Good Time, there’s been a certain hype for them within the film community; with their unique casting and overt the top stories. Leaving us thinking: “what are they gonna do next?“.
Early this year they announce their next movie Uncut Gems with another casting choice that made us gasp; Adam Sandler as the main guy. We know him for his bad movie choices such as Jack and Jill and well, Grown ups. But, when he’s given a chance to leave the role of the goofy guy, he shines. One great example is Paul Thomas Anderson 2002 film, Punch-Drunk Love.
Adam Sandler plays the character Howard Ratner, a New York City jeweler that is always trying to find the new big score. He makes a series of bets that could endanger his family, business and even himself. From the start of the movie, you’ll know that it is gonna be a crazy two-hour ride. The choices that Howard Stern makes and even the way he is as a person causes you to have a couple of veins pop up. It’s unbelievable how persistent he is after so many failures; but deep down as an audience you just wanna root for him because, in a sense, the film makes you feel compassion for him. Howard Ratner is literally the embodiment of chaotic energy. Meanwhile, I can’t visualize anyone else that could play this character. Adam Sandler gave one of the best performances of the year and all the praises they have given him are well deserved.
On the other hand, the other performances shined in their own little way. The actress Julia Fox debuted on this film and brought a certain charm to her character. I liked seeing Lakeith Standfield (Knives Out, Atlanta) have his memorable moments on the big screen . Even the basketball player, Kevin Garnett did a great job in his role. All of them brought their A-game into the film.
This film is not for the faint of heart. While watching it in theaters I was on the edge of my seat. Inducing levels of stress that I haven’t experienced in a long while by watching a movie. Between the choices that Howard made, characters over-speaking each other, the camera barely keeping up and even the psychedelic sounds all add up to a roller-coaster filled anxiety that doesn’t stop till the end of the film with a jaw-dropping payoff.
Uncut Gems is a movie that gives you a full adrenaline rush. every scene there’s something crazy going on and it doesn’t let you breathe until the end of the film. It’s chaotic, nerve-racking and tragic. The Sandman gives one of his best performances yet. Another win for the Safdie brothers.
I give this movie 4.5/5 diamond-encrusted furbies.
Earning strong reviews and getting praised at festivals, Portrait of a Lady on Fire seems to be the next big hit on the foreign film category. Directed by Céline Sciamma, this french movie tells the story of Marianne, a painter who is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse. While being reluctant to be painted, it’s Marianne’s job to observe her and secretly paint her. But as the days go by attraction seems to grow stronger .
Much like the film, the characters slowly take their time to know each other. Pauses between dialogues, glances, and games of questions; it felt that we as the audience had the privilege to see an intimate look at how these two young women fell in love in a time where same-sex couples were frowned upon.
Being that the setting of the film is on an island, we get a sense of isolation that makes the movie build quite a lot of tension. Beyond the attraction that Marriane and Héloïse have for each other, the actresses had a quite a big chemistry going on that made the bond of these characters believable.
The film has an exquisite color scheme that makes you not take your eyes out of the screen. From big bright colors to red undertones to it; the film was shot in 8k to preserve the color palettes. Much like a portrait, this film is a beautiful moving painting. Each shot is vibrant and tells the story in a compelling way.
“Subtle” is a perfect word to describe such a movie. As the relationship between Marriane and Héloïse progressed from small glances to physical attraction; Sciamma made those sexual instances soo subtle yet very intimate. It goes to show that sometimes a movie doesn’t need an explicit scene but rather a small sexual connotation can be more impactful.
As the film progressed it slowly sinks you into the story. You feel for the characters and root for them to be together. Every detail, glance, and conversation leaves you with a bittersweet payoff of unrequited love. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a visually stunning period film. Followed by the remarkable cast with an impressive production design. Sciamma brought us a devastating tale of heartbreak and how love can still transcend through time. This movie is definitely one for the books and will be remembered for years to come.