A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Director: Ava DuVernay

Writer: Jennifer Lee, Jeff Stockwell (Screenplay) Madeleine L’Engle (Novel)

Starring: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Guge Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis

 

Plot: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.


Tagline – Be a warrior

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Dragging Adventure

 

Story: A Wrinkle in Time starts when a trouble high school student Meg (Reid) hasn’t given up hope on being reunited with her father Mr Murry (Pine) after his sudden disappearance. Meg has become closed off from the world with her adopted brother Charles Wallace (McCabe) noticing the change in her. Meg, Charles and Calvin (Miller) get visited by Mrs Whatsit (Witherspoon) that opens up the possibilities for answers.

Mrs Whatsit takes the three children on an adventure through the universe with Mrs Which (Winfrey) and Mrs Who (Kaling), who believe they can locate Mr Murry after his research has taken him across the universe unlike anyone in human history.

 

Thoughts on A Wrinkle in Time

 

Characters – Meg is an outsider teenage girl, daughter of two brilliant scientists, with her father disappeared for four years now. She went from the popular out going girl to the shy closed off one. she has never given up hope of finding her father, which does leave questions about her relationship with her mother, she gets a chance to find her father with the will she shows in her heart. Mrs Which leads the three light entities that can help Meg travel the universe to find her father, she isn’t just guiding Meg, but the newest member of the team Mrs Whatsit. Mrs Whatsit is the bubbly member of the light entities, she is on her first mission of guidance which does see her make mistakes along the way. Mrs Who is the third member of the team, she is always positive like the rest only she gets the least amount of time to do anything of the three. Mr Murry is the father that has gone missing, he is a brilliant scientist that has always believed in travel through the universe to be possible and has been searching for a way to achieve. Calvin is the high school friend of Meg that ends up on the journey, he wants to support her even when it shows his own weakness in the world.

PerformancesStorm Reid is the highlight of the film which sees her going on the adventure to find her father, this is a disappointing as we do have a talent cast, only they just don’t seem to shine on the levels you would expect them to reach.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that gets to do on an adventure across the universe in search for her father through the powers of light entities. This is a story that has come from a popular novel and is meant to show the science behind potential travel through the universe and how the power is within us all. This is a story that just drags along, it doesn’t offer anything to the world we are entering. This story could have so much potential and ends up just glossing over too much, making it a hard watch.

Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-FiThe adventure side of the film shows the journey that takes the children across the universe to see just where one’s father has gone, this does show us the fantasy elements of the film in the sci-fi universe we end up going along.

SettingsThe film is set in a fictional land where the people can travel to unknown planets in the universe, each one has its own unique look.

Special EffectsThe visual effects used to create the different worlds look beautiful, only they don’t seem to make anything feel as important to the story.


Scene of the Movie –
Understand other people’s problems from behind closed doors.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This story just doesn’t become interesting.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that had so much potential only to fall so short, it has an amazing cast that just don’t get a chance to shine, the story just doesn’t get us going like it should do.

 

Overall: Disappointing.

Rating

 

 

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Ocean’s Eight (2018)

Director: Gary Ross

Writer: Gary Ross, Olivia Milch (Screenplay) George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell (Characters)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Richard Armitage, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Dakota Fanning, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson

 

Plot: Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.


Tagline – The plan is priceless.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Heist Movie

 

Story: Ocean’s Eight starts when Debbie Ocean (Bullock) is released from prison, sister of Danny with the same habits, she heads to New York to connect with her oldest friend Lou (Blanchett) to put together a team to pull of a heist in the Met Gala. Debbie’s team includes celebrity Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), fashion designer Rose Weil (Carter), jeweller Amita (Kaling), computer hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), street hustler Constance (Awkwafina) and retired thief turned tradeswoman Tammy (Paulson).

With the team together we need to learn the plan as Debbie teaches us about the motivation for the heist, can Debbie follow in her brother’s footsteps and prove she can put a team together.

 

Thoughts on Ocean’s Eight

 

Characters – Debbie Ocean is the one that get released from prison, sister of Danny, the heist work runs in her blood too. She puts the team together showing the leadership needed, while also risking the job for her own personal reasons to be involved. There doesn’t seem to be much more about her character though. Lou is the best friend and most reliable person in Debbie’s life, she has been working on her own money making ventures, with this being her chance to make a big payday by bank rolling the plan. She does have the most connection to help the job happen. Daphne Kluger is the famous actress the women use to help transport the necklace, the only way to get it out, she gets to poke fun at the celebrity culture we know, even though she is never in the plan. Rose Weil is the clothing designer in a need of a financial boost, she joins the heist by becoming the designer for Daphne. Amita is the jeweller that gets bought into the team to help make sure the necklace can be replicated, she has good banter with Constance. Constance is the pick pocket that street hustler that can’t sit still and must be on the move. Nine Ball is the tech wizard that likes her code name and helps show the ladies about the new modern way of tracking criminals. Tammy is the retired member of the team, she doesn’t get involved anymore, which gives her a reason to get back out there because family life just isn’t keeping her entertained enough. The problem here is the man the heist is against just doesn’t get anytime on screen to make us hate him.

PerformancesThe performances from the eight ladies are good throughout, each gets there moment in the sun, with Bullock showing good leadership, Hathaway enjoying playing into the celebrity idea, Blanchett doing her best Brad Pitt impression and the rest of the supporting team only increase the eyes on their abilities.

StoryThe story here follows Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie who just like her brother can put a team together for a heist even with her own motivations. Now for an Ocean’s movie, this follows the basic heist idea, with the plan coming together and having to overcome problems. The story does lack a main villain, while we do have one, they are just bad guy, the previous films in the franchise have always made us hate them and they always had a feeling something was going on. It would be fair to say this is one of the more forgettable stories in the franchise with this falling into the third best in the franchise ahead of 12. The brief cameos from former members are fine, though it might have been nice to keep some of the bigger names around the franchise.

Action/Comedy/CrimeThe slick action that we are used to in the franchise felt calmer and never gets us believing anything is going to go wrong. The comedy misses for the most part we get to see pokes at the previous films that never works. The crime world helps improve the film as we follow the check list for heist movies.

SettingsThe film is set in and around New York which shows us the big city will always be the big setting for the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The full heist.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of villain, the Ocean film have always made us hate the mark, this one doesn’t.

Final ThoughtsThis is another attempted cash in on the Ocean’s franchise, it is mostly an average heist movie, the lack of villainous figure just holds everything back.

 

Overall: Just an Average heist movie.

Rating

 

 

Inside Out (2015)

logoDirector: Pete Doctor, Ronaldo Del Carmen

Writer: Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Doctor (Screenplay) Pete Doctor, Ronaldo Del Carmen (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

Plot: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Brilliant

Story: Inside Out starts with the question on whether you wonder what is going on inside someone else’s head. We move on to meet emotions in young Riley’s head Joy who keeps everything happy, Sadness who makes all the tantrums, Fear who keeps her safe, Disgust who tries to judge each new experience and Anger who keeps her in a place when things aren’t going her way. All these emotions work to help create memories that will stick with Riley for her whole life.

Riley’s life is turned upside down when the family moves to San Francisco leave all the emotions in her head confused and trying to react to each unknown situation. Sadness starts trying to fit in where the increased emotion of Sadness starts taking over as Joy tries to keep control.

Joy and Sadness continue to clash and end up lost inside the memory bank with the core memories, leaving the most important parts of Riley’s memories falling apart. We watch how Fear, Anger and Disgust trying to keep the headquarters leading to new attitude in Riley. Joy and Sadness have to find a way back through all of the memories and on their journey they watch all of the main memories fall apart while they get help from the imaginary friend Bing Bong.

Inside Out is going to go down as brilliant, it uses the story to cater for every single age that will be watching will enjoy. The near perfect example of how each emotion could have a handle of each moment of your life, it is also great to show how even the best moments can have alternative emotions that change how important they were. This is such a great story that will give you such a range of these emotion going through your head. There isn’t much more to say that this could easily be one of the best growing up movies every made. (10/10)

Character Review

Joy (Poehler): Joy is the first emotion Riley ever felt, she controls all of Riley positive memories by trying keep the other emotions in the right place. Joy believes she knows everything but her problem is she doesn’t value the rest of the emotions. Joy sums up all the positive memories and thoughts you have during your life. (10/10)joy

Sadness (Smith): Sadness is the second emotion felt who never believes she fits in the head quarters, she is always trying to help but only causes Riley bad memories leading to her to constantly clash with Joy. Sadness is an important emotion for Riley because without the sadness the joy won’t feel as strong. Sadness perfectly capture the idea of depression and not feeling happy every moment of the day. Sadness steals all the moments in this film and shows how important this emotion is. (10/10)sadness

Bing Bong (Kind): Bing Bong is the old imaginary friend of Riley’s who is pottering around the memory bank, he doesn’t come back to the memories as often as before and helps Joy & Sadness find their way back to headquarters. He completely sums of the youngster stage off life, being the part that will get forgotten in time. (9/10)

Fear (Hader): Fear keeps Riley safe making everything the other emotions getting questioned. He sums up the neurotic moments that show that we all have when the moments unfold. (9/10)

Anger (Black): Anger is the loose cannon ready to explode whenever the emotion needs it, he does take charge of the situations when Joy & Sadness get lost. Anger places in the much needed emotion but only when she is needed. (9/10)anger

Disgust (Kaling): Disgust protects Riley from unknown moments of her life, Disgust doesn’t get as much screen time the rest do but does stick out during the film. (7/10)


Riley (Dias): Riley is the little girl who has all these emotions in her head, she has to go for a difficult time with moving across country and have to start a new life with new friends. Riley is a perfect example of of a child having to move and start again. (10/10)

Support Characters: Inside Out has a few supporting character which includes the parents, we also have the characters that are inside the memory bank that are just doing their everyday job.

Director Review: Pete Doctor, Ronaldo Del Carmen The pair put together a new perfect animated movie. (10/10)

Animation: Inside Out is perfectly animated as we always expect from Pixar. (10/10)

Comedy: Inside Out has plenty of laughs through the film with jokes for all ages. (9/10)

Family: Inside Out is one of the those perfect family films that everyone will enjoy. (10/10)

Settings: Inside Out mixes the settings real world settings of San Francisco and the scenes from inside our little girls head that have created beautiful locations showing all the moments she has experienced. (10/10)

Suggestion: Inside Out is an absolute must watch for everyone. (Must Watch)

Best Part: Sadness.

Worst Part: Hard to find one.

Funniest Scene: Fear watching the dreams and nightmares.

Believability: The emotions are ones we all ones we have felt. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: You will end up having a few tears through this film. (8/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is very good build for a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: Typical funny scenes through the credits going through other peoples heads.

Oscar Chances: It will be hard to see anything else winning best Animated Picture.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Meet the little voices inside your head 

Trivia: The writers considered up to 27 different emotions, but settled on five (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger) to make it less complicated. Some of the major emotions that ended up being cut included Surprise, Pride, and Trust.

Overall: This could well be the almost perfect animation film of the year.

Rating 95

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) (Revisited)

logoDirector: Rich Moore

Writer: Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee (Screenplay) Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Mindy Kaling

 

Plot: When Ralph of Fix-It-Felix gets tired of being the bad guy he heads into the gaming world to find a medal. He enters one game called Heroes Duty where he gets his medal but also accidently unleashes a series of events that could destroy the video game world they live in. Ralph ends up in Sugar Rush game where he meets Vanellope an apparent glitch in that game who just wants to race but the evil King Candy won’t let her. Ralph must now make up for what he has done before it is too late and become the hero he so much desired to be.

 

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Verdict: Brilliant animated adventure film

Story: When you get a film that has so many references to the game world much to the same level the toy references are in Toy Story are you know you have something special. This story shows that even when you are doing a job you need to be appreciated and if you are not you have to make a change. It also shows that you should appreciate the people that do the little things to make you so popular. It deals with the ideas of being treated equal and that should be treating everyone equal no matter what the differences are between each other. (10/10)

 

Character Review: Ralph – A great character that shows just because your job is to be bad doesn’t make you a bad guy. He is clumsy but also has a heart of gold who just needs to be welcome in by people. (10/10)

 ralph

Character Review: Vanellope – A hyper excitable character who is fed up of being left in isolation and just wants to be part of the game. An important character that shows no matter if you different you are doesn’t mean you should be cast a side by everybody. (9/10)

 vanellope

Character Review: Felix – He has to stop Ralph in all his game outings but doesn’t notice or want to fix how people look at Ralph outside the game. He is all about innocents getting put in the wrong hands whereas along as he good he ignores the rest of the people around him but has to learn he isn’t the centre of attention by the end. (9/10)

 felix

Character Review: Calhoun – Strict Sergeant from heroes Duty who has to stop all hell letting loose in the game world and fix what Ralph has caused. (9/10)

 callhoun

Character Review: King Candy – He is the evil ruler of the Sugar Land game but he has a bigger secret behind his motives. (9/10)

 king candy

Director Review: Rich Moore – In his first animated feature film he shows how well he can tell a story on screen. (9/10)

 

Adventure: Great adventure aspects in the film. (9/10)

Comedy: some very clever laughs and jokes that all will enjoy. (9/10)

Family: Great family friendly film that all will enjoy. (9/10)

Animation: Brilliant animated film using all different types of graphics references to show how old the characters games are and reflect with older graphics. (10/10)

Music: Brilliant soundtrack which includes great songs as well as great tunes from video game history. (10/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between all the characters is great up there with the chemistry between Sully and Mike in Monsters Inc. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few. (5/10)

Settings: Inside the video game world, where the characters travel through the wires to go to each of the games and can interact with all the other characters great setting for the film. (9/10)

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush

Suggestion: This is such a fun film for anyone who has ever played a video game. I would suggest this to everyone I feel this could have been the best animated film out in 2012, full of very likeable characters and a great storyline that all the family will enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Clever references to gaming history.

Action Scene of the Film: The final showdown.

Funniest Scene: Ralph invades Sugar Land ceremony.

Favourite Quote: Calhoun ‘Doomsday and Armageddon just had a baby and it is ugly!’

Oscar Chances: Nominated but didn’t win lost out to Brave, don’t know how

Chances of Sequel: It could have a sequel

Similar Too: Toy Story

 

Overall: This is Video game version of Toy Story

I Have to give this a better rating after watching a second time 

Rating 93