Storks (2016)

storksDirector: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

Writer: Nicholas Stoller (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Anton Starkman, Keegan-Michael Key

 

Plot: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Typical Childish Animation

 

Story: Storks starts as we learn storks used to deliver babies before they moved into the main stream delivery business. Junior is the known as the best delivery stork and is about to get a promotion of Hunter as we learn why the storks stopped delivery babies is because they lost an address for a human and adopted her Tulip. She is turning 18 and the Hunter wants her out of the business and to enter her back in the human world. With the stork problem looking to be solved we move onto meet our human family which is young boy Nate who feels lonely because of his constantly busy real estate agent parents are always working leading him to ask for a baby brother or sister.

Tulip continues to cause trouble by accidentally restarting the baby making machine and she must team up with Junior to clean up the mess. The story turns into an adventure between Junior and Tulip to deliver the baby while also seeing how parents need to look after their children over work.

Storks is an animated film that goes for the low attempts of comedy to give the laughs to the youngest of its audience not making any of the laughs come off for an adult audience. Against the low level of comedy, we do have a film with heart based story as the parents don’t give the time to the child they have and learn they only get one chance to raise their children. The adventure between Tulip and Junior does feel like it got ripped out of the original Ice Age but otherwise this isn’t the most inspiring comedy film.

The characters are very generic with most just wanting to find a way to fit in the world be it from being the popular one of being the one completely out of place. The boss character is always the loudest of the group while the family all works well but doesn’t get enough time for what could be a more important story.

 

Overall: Dull animated comedy that doesn’t give enough time to the heart in the film.

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Seth Rogen Weekend – Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

badDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (Screenplay)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Bryne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Kiersey Clemons, Dave Franco, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kelsey Grammer

 

Plot: When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Terribly Written Characters

 

Story: Bad Neighbours 2 starts as we meet Mac (Rogen) & Kelly (Byrne) going to have a new baby as they are planning to sell their house and with the deal down they have 30 days before the house is official sold. We also meet Shelby (Moretz) fresh into college but want to have their own parties with drugs and they happen to find the house next to the Radner’s. We also catch up with Teddy (Efron) who has been struggling since college with his friend’s all moving onto the next stage of their lives.

Teddy arranges to mentor the sorority who want to be treated fairly in the none sexist world of college leading to a new battle between the Radner’s and the sorority, but the rules are different this time. The Radner’s team up with Teddy to battle the girls planning their own games.

Bad Neighbours 2 continues the grossed out comedy with terrible parenting and unrealistic characters happening throughout. The only character that seems real is Teddy because who is struggling to find his place in the grown up world with all his friends moving on. But this doesn’t get enough focus from the film. I found myself wondering one simple thing through this film, why doesn’t Teddy just call his cop brother from the fraternity in the first film and everything will be solved. I think the story went over heavy with the sexism side of the story and when it comes to those parents I couldn’t help but ask how they still have their children. The story is a rinse repeat of the first one with laughs that seem so out of place for a normal situation the film is just bad.

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Mac is still our stoner dad who is delighted to be having a new baby and moving into new home, but his world is about come back into the nightmare when a sorority moves in next door as they are trying to sell the house, Mac must team up with Teddy to battle the girls. Seth is his usual stoner comedy level humour.

Zac Efron: Teddy is struggling with his own life still working in retail while his other brothers have moved onto be successes. He decides to help the girls start their sorority only to find himself being seen as too old to be around them and teaming up with Mac to fight them and finding his own place in the world. Zac is the highlight of the film and the only character that comes off feeling real.

Rose Byrne: Kelly is pregnant again and now the family is looking to move she has to enter into the battle to get the house the family need. Rose doesn’t seem to get as much screen time as the other three main characters.

Chloe Grace Moretz: Shelby is the college student who wants to express herself after a bad high school experience and be strong female household away from the sexist male ones. Chloe is good for this film showing a mature performance but the character comes off very confusing.

Support Cast: Bad Neighbours 2 has the same sort of supporting characters with a few returning faces grown up but the college students feel familiar.

Director Review: Nicholas StollerNicholas gives us the same old comedy that really just doesn’t work for this story.

 

Comedy: Bad Neighbours 2 has full out grossed out humour that is way over the top.

Settings: Bad Neighbours 2 keeps most of the settings in the same locations as the first but as I find the story is so bad.
Special Effects
: Bad Neighbours 2 has a few effects needed with one looking terrible and the others working.

Suggestion: Bad Neighbours 2 is one I do think people can avoid. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Teddy character works for the post college lost person character.

Worst Part: Terrible parents happening.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Parenthood vs. sisterhood

 

Overall: Another terrible addition to the comedy genre.

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Toy Story 2 (1999)

logoDirector: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich

Writer: Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin, Chris Webb (Screenplay) John Lasseter, Pete Doctor, Ash Brannon, Andrew Stanton (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Wayne Knight

 

Plot: When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.

 

Verdict: Keeps Getting Better

 

Story: We start be seeing how united the toys are now and Woody is getting all excited about being able to go to cowboy camp with Andy. After Woody gets damaged Andy doesn’t take him to camp leaving Woody to look after the toys during a yard sale. While Woody tries to rescue a toy he ends up getting toynapped by a man who wants to complete his collection. The toys lead by Buzz come up with a plan to try and rescue Woody, while Woody learns about his history as an iconic television cowboy from ‘The Round Up Gang’.

How do you improve on what was almost perfect, well you start the same you follow similar ideas created in the first. We have the same idea that stepping outside is dangerous, but that it is worth it to save a friend.  The idea that the toys don’t know that they could be part of a bigger collection (which most are) is very important to this and shows through really well. As I will be looking at the third one tomorrow there is some foreshadowing here that we see in the third showing brilliant story telling. This is my least favourite of the three but it also can’t be faulted. (10/10)

 

Character Review

 

Woody: After getting toynapped Woody learns his history and how he was part of a whole television show. He learns that he is part of a collection and without him the collections worthless, Woody is left with the question of returning to his friends or staying with his new collection in a museum. Learning more about Woody works for everything here giving him a chance to show the leader could give up everything for something bigger. (10/10)

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Buzz Lightyear: Buzz leads the group of toys on an adventure to find Woody, they have to race to Al’s toy barn and he shows his leadership skills as well as coming up against an old enemy. This is a great look at Buzz especially when he meets another Buzz and he realizes what he must have been like. (10/10)

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Jessie: Cowgirl who was the star of the show with Woody, she wants to be out of storage but has to convince Woody to stay with the group. She has one of the most devastatingly sad backstories, because of her owner but still keeps her enthusiastic nature. Add the excitement level need being way too happy. (10/10)

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Stinky Pete: Wise old man who is part of the collection that has never been out the package. He turns into the villain of the piece by making Woody stay after he figures out he should go back to Andy. Showing the jealous that can build up in someone really well to show that everyone could get jealous. (9/10)

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Support Characters: The support characters are all perfectly placed into scenes none more so than Hamm joking about getting a hot dog with extra ham, chips and Rex as the toy.

 

Director Review: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich – Great direction from the three to bring us another great chapter to the animated series. (10/10)

 

Animation: Brilliant animation that has yet to look dated even after 15, yes 15 years. (10/10)

Comedy: Great laughs throughout, with some brilliantly placed references. (9/10)

Family: This one would be for all the family, it isn’t as dark as the first one which means it will be more suitable for everyone. (10/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between all the characters comes off perfectly. (10/10)

Music: Another master class on music and song selection from Randy Newman. (10/10)

Settings: Placing our heroes into a toy store makes for extra laughs and more characters, but the road crossing works great too. (10/10)

Suggestion: You just got to watch this one. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Road Crossing.

Worst Part: Nope

Funniest Scene: Road Crossing

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: You might get a few from Jessie back story (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one more made sequel.

Closing Credits Rating: Joke outtakes make for extra laughs through the credits. (9/10)

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar

Box Office: $482 Million

Budget: $90 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: The toys are back in town.

Trivia: According to rottentomatoes in 2007, this is the best reviewed movie of all time.

 

Overall: My least favourite but still an improvement on the first

Rating 96

The Expendables 3 (2014)

logoDirector: Patrick Hughes

Writer: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikit (Screenplay) Dave Callaham (Characters)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Jet Li, Glen Powell

 

Plot: Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mindless Enjoyment

 

Story: The Expendables 3 stars by Barney (Stallone) and his crew trying an ambitious assault on a train to rescue Doc (Snipes) cue the over the top opening action sequence. Barney, Doc along with Christmas (Statham), Gunner (Lundgren) and Toll Road (Couture) meet up Caesar (Crews) and go off onto the next mission. This mission will bring them face to face with an old enemy who was long thought dead Stonebanks (Gibson). Beaten down Trench (Schwarzenegger) and new addition Drummer (Ford) get and give the next status update before gearing up to take on Stonebanks again.

Barney decides not to risk his long-time friends on the next mission and along with old associate Bonaparte (Grammer) helps him build a new younger team which includes Thorn (Powell), Mars (Ortiz), Luna (Rousey) and Smilee (Lutz). With his team together and an old favour called in on Trench, Barney sets out to stop Stonebanks. The plans seems to go down well but Stonebanks has a plan and this leads to Barney’s new team getting captured leaving Barney to go back alone but Galgo (Banderas) joins him before Barney’s old team show up to join him in saving the day and rescuing his old team.

The Expendables 3 is never going to be a film to challenge you on a story level, it does all we want when we go to see an action film with any of these stars in. I do feel this one tries to make the story slightly more personally and also tries to pass the baton onto a younger cast without dismissing the originals. Let’s be honest we don’t care what the story is really about we just want to see these guys and girl this time kick ass and survive impossible odds. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: Barney the leader of the unit known as the Expendables he faces tough choices when an old enemy he thought was dead returns and wants revenge on him and his team. Sylvester does a good job in the role that is all enjoyable from him. (7/10)

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Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren: Lee Christmas, Doc, Toll Road, Caesar and Gunner. I have decided to look at each team. First the originals with the addition of Wesley Snipes all the characters are fun poke fun at their age compared to the new team. (7/10)

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Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger: Drummer and Trench while both are with CIA both work with Barney to get Stonebanks. Both the actors get to pole fun at themselves and in Ford character stick the fingers up to Willis via Stallone’s script. (6/10)

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Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz: Thorn, Mars, Luna and Smilee when Barney needs a younger team he picks this group of misfits who can bring the fight into the next era. All four do well with their limited screen time and look like they could fit in with any of the rest of the cast. (7/10)

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Mel Gibson: Stonebanks an old friend turned enemy against the Expendables he is now a war criminal that has to be bought down. Mel does a good job while trying to do the same and Van Damme last time out. (7/10)

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Antonio Banderas: Galgo the man desperate to prove himself who gets shot down at first but finally gets his chance. Antonio does a great job and is easily the scene stealer this time around. (8/10)

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Director Review: Patrick Hughes – Patrick gives us everything we have come to expect from these stars, plenty of guns a blazing. (7/10)

 

Action: The Expendables 3 is full of action be it fire fights, hand to hand combat or just blowing stuff up. (9/10)

Thriller: The Expendables 3 does struggle to bring the tension to the party but you can forgive it because of the action. (4/10)

Chemistry: The Expendables 3 has great chemistry between the cast showing a real unite between them all. (9/10)

Settings: The Expendables 3 uses it settings to make a good combat scene showing how far into conflict these characters will go. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Expendables 3 is one for the action junkies to enjoy, don’t expect anything serious just sit and enjoy it. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Banderas steals the film.

Worst Part: Still not enough Jet Li.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Showdown

Funniest Scene: Banderas introduction.

Favourite Quote: Lee Christmas ‘You were stupid enough to get yourself into this mess! And we’re the only ones crazy enough to get you out of it!’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has talks

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Any action films that these guys have done

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $206 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Tagline: New team. New attitude. New mission.

 

Overall: Does Exactly What it Says on the Tin

Rating 74

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

logoDirector: Michael Bay

Writer: Ehren Kruger (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T. J. Miller

 

Plot: Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who takes control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic and his daughter for help.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Headache

 

Story: Transformers: Age of Extinction starts by showing the elimination of the dinosaurs by an alien race. We move to the discovery of a frozen Dinobot. With little time through the first two scenes we get to meet our protagonist Cade (Wahlberg) a scrap fixer along with his employee Lucas (Miller) and his teenage daughter Tessa (Peltz). The three struggles for money but Cade is working his hardest to make sure he gets Tessa through college. The film picks up after the first three where the Autobots are granted asylum on Earth. We learn that Autobots have gone into hiding from the government where Harold Attinger (Grammer) arranges black ops missions to hunt them down. Cade discovers he has one of the hidden Autobots Optimus Prime, which puts him in the middle of a new battle against the government. The Autobots must reunite to put a stop to the plan which involves them being hunted down and used by the humans to make a new defence system. All while an old enemy is waiting for his chance to rise to power again.

optimusWell what was meant to be a reboot turns into a sequel without any of the annoying bad acting cast (LeBeouf, Huntington or Fox). The idea of an over protective father putting his teenage daughter in the most possible danger he can comes off rather funny and the over used generic hate towards the boyfriend does attempt to offer laughs. The core idea that we as humans are now the problem does work well because let’s face it if we got that power we would use it and mess it up big time. We have the same problem we always get while watching Transformers film of not being able to tell them apart during the fight apart from Hound (Voiced by John Goodman) who is an overweight Autobot. In the end we do get a better cast, but we get the same old crap we are used to. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Mark Wahlberg: Cade a mechanic who is struggling to support his daughter but wants to make sure he can put her through college. He finds an Autobot which leads him to have his daughter put in great danger. Cade joins the fight with the Autobots while risking his life over and over again. Mark does well in the action sequences but struggles to convince outside of them. (6/10)

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Stanley Tucci: Joshua mastermind behind KSI a technology company who was started to make their own transformers by using the Autobots technology. He learns the errors of his way but spends more time screaming during the action scenes. Stanley makes for a good ambitious businessman but wastes his talent with the final acts. (6/10)

 

Kelsey Grammer: Harold Attinger man behind the tracking down of the Autobots but under the cover of Decepticons hunting. He is the villain of the piece and uses his position of power within the government to cover everything up. He has a deal with an Transformer bounty hunter to help continue on the research being done by Joshua. Kelsey makes for a great villain and really is the shining light on the acting side. (8/10)

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Nicola Peltz: Tessa daughter of Cade who wants to have a normal teenager’s life but after Cade refuses to let her date before college, she has a whole other life behind his back. She never listens to her father and ends up in dangerous predicaments throughout. Nicola does up the lead actress acting but never really gets a chance to do anything except run, scream, argue or piss of her dad. (6/10)

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Jack Reynor: Shane boyfriend of Tessa who is also a race car driver. He joins in on the fight and ends up spending nearly the whole film trying to one up Cade to prove his love for Tessa. Jack does what he can with what is a very boring character. (5/10)

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Support Cast: Transformers: Age of Extinction is filled with plenty of supporting cast members usually used for attempted comic relief which is fair enough but known of them offer anything to the main story.

 

Director Review: Michael Bay – We know what Michael does with his direction, he makes popcorn films where you need no intelligence to enjoy, for that he does well again. (7/10)

 

Action: Transformers: Age of Extinction has plenty of action scenes, but knowing what the hell is happening is a different matter. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Transformers: Age of Extinction uses the idea of future technology from space that has created the Earth look interesting and it shows how reckless we would be with it. (7/10)

Settings: Transformers: Age of Extinction used a range of settings but they all become a blur with the action going on. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Transformers: Age of Extinction uses some great special effects to create the transformers. (10/10)

Suggestion: If you want a brainless action film Transformers: Age of Extinction is for you. (Try)

 

Best Part: Lucas

Worst Part: Lucas gets killed early on.

Action Scene Of The Film: Normal car chase escaping the farm.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes there will be one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Might get some special effects and sound nominations.

Box Office: $1 Billion

Budget: $210 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Tagline: This is not war, it’s extinction

 

Overall: Boom, boom, boom, what just happened?

Rating 55