The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

legoDirector: Chris McKay

Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington (Screenplay) Seth Grahame-Smith, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster (Story/Creators)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate

 

Plot: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: PG Suicide Squad?

 

Story: The LEGO Batman Movie starts when Joker brings together every villain Batman has face to try and take down Gotham City once again only for Batman to save the day with the Joker escaping. We follow Batman in his lonely life in his Bat Cave and Wayne Manor with Alfred his loyal butler.

When Gotham gets a new commissioner in Barbara Gordon she wants to work with Batman to actual catch Joker and the rest of the villains locking them away once and for all. Batman must learn to work in a team and learn that he needs the Joker in his life while he adopts Dick Grayson.

 

Thoughts on The LEGO Batman Movie

 

StoryThe story focuses on how Batman lives a lonely life hiding from commitments while still having to take on the villains in the city. This does end up being slightly too serious in places which doesn’t work for me because we must deal with elements most Batman movies never have. Through the film, we do get plenty of references from every Batman through the years which we do get to understand for all generations.

Action/Adventure/ComedyWe do have plenty of action going on through the film with the adventure that Batman must go on. The comedy is very much hit or miss for me with plenty of laughs coming from references previous outings that not everyone would understand.

CharactersBatman is always a popular choice for the leading character but this version does feel almost too serious when he is alone, he does have laughs but he is very hit or miss, The Joker works in places and has good chemistry with Batman while Robin, Barbara and Alfred all become the family Batman never had. I feel most of the cameo like characters get extras laughs which all come off well if you understand their references.chracers

SettingsThe settings are nearly all in Gotham city with the references to location the character would find themselves in.

AnimationWe always have flawless animation throughout the film which you would expect to see from the studios now.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is fun and can be enjoyed but I do feel if you miss the certain references you might not understand.

 

Overall: Fun, but too many misses in the jokes.

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The Watch (2012)

logoDirector: Akiva Schaffer

Writer: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Mel Rodriguez, Doug Jones, Erin Moriarty

 

Plot: Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

 

Verdict: Standard

 

Story: We start by meeting our everyday man Evan who works around the community bring the people together to become closer, until a night watchman is killed at his place of employment. Following this event Evan starts his own neighbourhood watch to find the killer, but his group of misfits struggle to work the way he wants. While they finally get their first bust they celebrate only to hit something that could be the answer the questions. This leads to the idea that we could enter into an extra-terrestrial encounter as the group needs to save the world from an invasion.group

When you see the main cast you know the level of comedy you are going to get, over used sex puns that go on too long for their own good. We do get a group that all have solid real world problems that they are all dealing with in their own way. The alien storyline works well for the story as the attempted comedy side to it all works well. Having the team come together in a neighbourhood watch works to because it shows how different type of people can work together. In the end we get a solid story that ends up using old boring jokes that ruins the flow of the film. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ben Stiller: Evan everyday community man who is involved in many clubs as well as manages a local commercial store. After one of his employees is murder he starts a neighbourhood watch, all along while he seems to push his wife away. He has to overcome his own problems to pull the team together to save the world. Ben gives a solid performance in the role which you would expect to see him in. (6/10)

 

Vince Vaughn: Bob over the top reacting part of the team who wants to make the watch more of a freedom from his family commitments and have a fun night out. He will do anything to protect his teenage daughter. Vince gives a solid performance that you expect to see him in too. (6/10)

 

Jonah Hill: Franklin after failing high school and the police academy he joins the watch to prove he was worthy of being part of the force. Jonah gives a solid performance but sometimes ends up being the awkward one of the group and that can get uncomfortable to watch. (5/10)

 

Richard Ayoade: Jamarcus British man who has just moved to the area and sees joining the watch as a chance to make new friends while hiding a secret. Good performance from Richard who seems to get the extra laughs and is a breath of fresh air to the frat pack. (7/10)

 

Rosemarie DeWitt: Abby Evan’s wife who wants to have a baby but is clearly getting tired of second to all of his clubs. Rosemarie gives a solid performance but like most of the female characters in these films rarely gets screen time. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: These comprise of doubters and potential undercover aliens, each adds to laughs and keeps you guessing to who could be an alien.

 

Director Review: Akiva Schaffer – Does an ok job with the alien side but lets the comedy jokes go too long and drag the story down. (5/10)

 

Comedy: Boring sex jokes that go on too long. (3/10)

Sci-Fi: Solid use of the alien invasion happening. (7/10)

Chemistry: Good chemistry between the neighbourhood watch even if it takes time for it all to shine through. (8/10)

Settings: The settings work for the film but also use of commercial over does parts of it. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Solid special effects used to create the aliens and incidents. (7/10)

Suggestion: I think if you are a fan of the cast you will enjoy this but otherwise you will struggle to enjoy this. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Alien Comedy side works

Worst Part: Sex jokes get out of hand

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $68 Million

Budget: $68 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Got Protection?

 

Overall: Solid Alien Invasion Comedy but Gets Dragged Down by Sloppy Sex Jokes

Rating 55

The Internship (2013)

logoDirector: Shawn Levy

Writer: Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern (Screenplay) Vince Vaughn (Story)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Josh Brener, Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar

 

Plot: Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

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Verdict: Solid Comedy

 

Story: In the new tech heavy world, this is a good story showing how that the people who never grew up with the tech world could be lost in the world of jobs when they get left behind. Not only this we get to see how a group of misfits can come together to make a team. We see how younger people still think it was ok to treat each other differently because of image or background but as soon as you put that a side people see the real potential in someone. This also encourages people to take a risk that could change their lives forever. On a negative side we get a flimsy romantic angle for Owen Wilson character that doesn’t get enough time to shine and plays out like a carbon copy of the ‘Wedding Crashers’ angle. In the end it really is a film that shows how hard it really is to find out who and what you are meant to be, but with the right people you could find out about yourself. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Vince Vaughn: Billy a top salesman who along with his partner Nick lose their jobs. He also loses he girlfriend and tries to figure out where to go next in his life and career. He discovers about an internship at Google and along with his partner Nick takes a chance there. He doesn’t fit in with the other younger interns but he uses his skills to motivate his team of outcasts to compete and work as a team against the others after a job. Good performance from Vince in a role he will always work in the quick talking man. (8/10)

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Owen Wilson: Nick partner of Billy who after he loses his job lands a salesman job with his brother in law but reluctantly goes along with Billy’s plan at Google. He shines in the position learning the computer skills needed and with the chance meeting with a girl of his dreams Dana he tries to impress her with his new skills. Good performance making a perfect double act with Vince. (8/10)

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Rose Byrne: Dana the successful Google employee that constantly gets followed by Nick as he tries to get to know her, before she agrees to go on a date. Good performance from Rose, but the role isn’t used as much as it should have been. (6/10)

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Aasif Mandvi: Mr. Chetty the head of the training program who reluctantly accepts Billy & Nick into the program. He takes an instant dislike to them and clearly sees they don’t fit in with the rest of the programs. He is strict but he wants the best for the job roles. Good performance showing a good authority figure for the competition. (7/10)

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Max Minghella: Graham a cocky English intern who thinks he has the job in the bag, he treats his team badly because he thinks he is the best and always trying to put Nick & Billy’s team down. Good villain performance but also been there seen that. (6/10)

 

Josh Brener: Lyle the team leader for the misfit team who discovers just as much about himself working with Billy & Nick than the rest of the team. He is still trying to prove his leadership skills and after this experience he has learnt a lot. Good performance playing the typical shy guy with brains. (7/10)

 

Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael: Stuart, Nehe, Yo-Yo the rest of the team who all have difference but come together to work on getting their dream jobs thanks to Billy & Nick’s leadership and life skills. All three give performances fitting into their own individual problems and overcoming them. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Shawn Levy – Good direction to create a good comedy about how fast life has changed for different generations with the technology. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Good comedy that has a number of laughs but doesn’t go over the top. (7/10)

Chemistry: After Wedding Crashers I said Vince and Own had great chemistry and this has continued to show that. (9/10)

Settings: Good setting using the Google headquarters for certain scenes. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this will be popular with the comedy fans it does come off funny and charming without being stupid comedy. (Comedy Fans)

 

Best Part: Wilson and Vaughn’s chemistry

Worst Part: Standard Villain character.

Funniest Scene: The first sports event.

Believability: The characters could all be real going through these problems, but the final outcome maybe not so. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $93 Million

Budget: $58 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: They just can’t click with the younger generation

 

Overall: Solid Comedy About Change

Rating 72