Trolls (2016)

trollsDirector: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Writer: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Erica Rivinoja (Screenplay) Thomas Dam (Good Luck Trolls)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooe Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani

 

Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

 

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Verdict: Simple Animated Story

 

Story: Trolls starts with the Trolls living a happy life but the Bergens discover them and learn that eating a troll will make them happy. On the grand day of Prince Gristle is to be feed his first troll the Trolls escape to rebuild their society.

20 years later Princess Poppy continues the stories of how they escaped and continue to be positive with single and dancing but on troll Branch doesn’t believe they will ever be safe from the Bergens.

When the Bergens find the trolls Princess Poppy must team up with Branch to save the taken trolls from the Bergen and save the day.

 

Thoughts on Trolls

 

StoryThe story feels like it could just be another episode of the Smurfs really because it is about a small group of creatures Trolls that get taken by bigger creatures Bergens that want to eat them. Everything that goes on through the is generic with the reluctant hero having to work with the overly cheerful character to beat a villain that is using the royal figure to get what they want. This all works for keeping things simple without being anything overly original.

Animation/Comedy/Family/MusicalThe animation is all good and works for the world of toy trolls but the comedy misses on most levels but would work for the young audience. I don’t feel this has enough for all ages but the musical songs used will bring back memories for the fans of the music of people’ youths.

Characters/PerformancePoppy is your typical heroine for this style of film plucky and over ambitious while Branch is your reluctant hero. The villains all come off like Gargamel from Smurfs while the others feel like mis-lead over the years. The choice of Kendrick and Timberlake in the lead singer characters does work because know they are great singers.

SettingsThe settings all would be what you would expect from the world of Trolls with nothing else coming off too exceptional.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film to stick on for the kids to enjoy but otherwise it will be hard to get through.

 

Overall: Easy to watch kids distraction film.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 4 There’s No Disgrace Like Home

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Season 1

Episode 4 There’s No Disgrace Like Home

Couch Gag – This time Homer pops out ending up on the floor.

Plot SynopsisAfter being embarrassed by the rest of the family at a company picnic, Homer becomes obsessed with improving their behavior towards each other.

What is going on reallyThis episode starts with The Simpson family preparing for a work picnic which means everyone must be in good behaviour, or Mr Burns will fire the employee on the Monday.

While Homer tries to keep Bart in order Marge ends up having a couple of drinks of punch only to find herself wasted at the work picnic. We get to see how Mr Burns ends parties quickly releasing the hounds on anyone who is late out of the party.

After the party Homer sees how his family could be better behaved compared to other families and more together in everyday routine. After witnessing the togetherness in other families Homer and the rest of the family try to work on improving things.

Seeing an advert on the television at the bar Homer turns to Dr Marvin Monroe family therapy, as we also get to see Itchy and Scratchy for the first time. We get to see how the therapy failed but also bought the family closer together.

Star Character

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Final ThoughtsThis episode showed how the family needed to work together to be happy even if the rest of the families you know seem different. Your family is what keeps you happy is the message in this episode and easily on that you will not remember in the rest of the series.

Rating 3/5

My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

myDirector: Isao Takahata

Writer: Isao Takahata (Screenplay) Hisaichi Ishii (Comic)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Tore Masuoka, Yukiji Asaoka

 

Plot: The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

 

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Verdict: Fun Family Comedy

 

Story: My Neighbours the Yamadas starts as we meet the Yamada’s Noboru, Nonoko, Takasi, Matsuko a family in Japan we learn how they must get through each different life moment be it positive or negative but whatever happens you will have each other to help you get you through.

 

Thoughts on My Neighbours the Yamadas

 

StoryWhen it comes to the stories going on here we have plenty that can be everyday life for a family each one feels like it could and would have be a Simpsons episode. While these stories are all nice short snippets you just won’t get drawn into this like you could with of Ghibli other pieces of work.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy comes from each odd story going on as most feel like a series of unfortunate events. The family side of the film comes from the idea that we could all relate to moments in this film.

CharactersWhen it comes to the characters in this film you get what you could call a traditional family with their strengths and weakness that get supported by the rest of the family. The characters all work for this film without being anything special.

SettingsThe settings are mostly where you would see a family go to with their wild adventures.

AnimationThe animation is designed to have its very own unique look which does work for the extra comedy.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sweet little family comedy that is filled with little moments for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Overall: Enjoyable for everyone watching.

Rating70

 

 

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 3 Homer’s Odyssey

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Season 1

Episode 3 Homer’s Odyssey

Coach Gag – In the 2nd ever couch gag we get have the couch collapse when they all sit together on it, not the best but they are building up the idea.

Plot SynopsisWhile Bart’s class is touring the power plant on a field trip, Homer crashes a cart into a radioactive pipe. In the aftermath, the plant is forced to shut down and Homer loses his job.

What is going on reallyBart’s class is going on a field trip and we meet partier Otto the bus driver who for the second out of three episodes suggests Bart wants a tattoo. The trip is to the nuclear power plant where the class learn all about nuclear energy.

Trying to impress Bart Homer goes on a cruise around the plant crashing his vehicle and getting himself fired. In this episode, we get the first prank phone call to Moe by Bart with the I P Freely being called out at the Tavern.

With Marge returning to work Homer struggles to leave the house or to find money for beer resorting to the ultimate sin of stealing from Bart before leaving him family in what is a planned suicide attempt. Saving his family from a near death experience Homer sets out on trying to improve the safety in Springfield by pushing the town into putting signs up all over town.

His final mission is to take on his former boss as the Nuclear Power Plant about how unsafe it is having it in the town before Mr Burns giving him a job opportunity as the new safety inspector going against everything he has been fighting for.

Star Character

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Final ThoughtsThis episode does lack the heart the first couple did because we all know Homer isn’t going to become truly unemployed by the end of the episode. It does go into suicidal talk but never really deals with the situation. I feel this episode shows how the show can wrap up a story easily by trying to build the characters within the Simpson household.

Rating 3/5

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

john-wick-2Director: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne

 

Plot: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

 

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Verdict: Great Sequel

 

Story: John Wick Chapter 2 starts as we see John Wick (Reeves) continuing he revenge mission against Abram (Stormare) the brother of Viggo from the first film, Abram only has his car but Wick the ruthless hitman cleans out his operation in the style on John Wick can do. This opening sequences fills in blanks if you missed the first one and show just how deadly John can be.

Continuing the story John wants to put this life behind him for good now and enjoy the retirement once more. Just when John thinks he is out, Santino (Scamarcio) visits him requesting him to do a job for him now John refuses the marker for the job, leading to Santino to push John back out of retirement as a hitman is never allowed to reject a marker. John must travel to Italy to eliminate Santino’s own sister because only the ghost like abilities of John Wick can get the job done.

When John gets this job done he finds himself betrayed and now Santino has placed a bounty on his head with all of the best hitmen coming to kill John Wick.

 

Thoughts on John Wick Chapter 2

 

Characters/PerformanceJohn Wick is the character that took the world by storm first time around and now he is just as emotionally broken and deadly with a weapon as ever. Santino is a similar villain to the first one, but this time Santino did know what he was getting into which was good. Ares is a very interesting hitwoman that I think we would have liked to have seen a lot more from. Winston does return in a similar vein as last time too.

Performance wise this is what Keanu was born to be as he shines once again as this ruthless, emotionless killer. Ricardo does a good job in the villainous role and doesn’t play the character over the top like he o could have. Ruby Rose once again this year I playing a bad ass character and is worryingly becoming the new Michelle Rodriguez because of this. Everyone else fits the film perfectly.stars

StoryThe story does continue from the first one with the idea now John has resurfaced he can be hired once more. The story works well because John just wants out of this life but he just keeps getting dragged deeper into the world he is trying to escape. Being a sequel a lot of people could worry the story will be flat, but this time we go bigger learning more about the overall world of the hitmen living among us.

Action/Crime/ThrillerThe action does feel similar but you can’t really take the style of John in another direction without taking away from the character, he just isn’t going to be jumping from helicopters or planes in action sequences, he is going to shoot people in the head. We are kept wondering how big this crime world is and that plays into the crime and thriller side of this film.

SettingsWe have some action in Rome the rest in New York and of course we do like to see the iconic locations being used to the most which I feel they do because the look of the hotels the hitmen can stay in always make for an interesting setting in these big cities.

Special EffectsThe special effects are mainly used to show the effects of the gunshots which all look brutally real.genre

Final ThoughtsSequels can go either way in action with Taken is went bad, with John Wick it went well, great watch for all.

 

Overall: Great sequel you can truly just enjoy if you are an action film fan.

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