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

 

 

Advertisements

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Director: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson (Screenplay) Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mezleres (Comic Book)

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu

 

Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Visually Brilliant, Lacking Chemistry

 

Story: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starts as we see peaceful world of Mul destroyed setting out a flash out light across the universe. Move forward in time and we meet Major Valerian (DeHaan) and Sergeant Laureline (Delevingne) to elite soldiers that complete the difficult missions.

On their latest mission for Commander Filitt (Owen) the two learn the Alpha station where all races come to communicate in peace live, they learn a secret to what caused the end of Mul and they will need to potential bring down a problem from within.

 

Thoughts on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

 

Characters – Major Valerian feels like he is meant to be like a Han Solo like space pilot who is trying his hardest to bed his new partner but he is also slick at getting the job done, the ones others wouldn’t. Sergeant Laureline is the partner of Valerian that shows great working relationship but it does feel like she has only just been placed with him, but we don’t know why. Commander Filitt is trying to keep Alpha together from a threat coming from within, this is a typical strict military leader. Bubble is an alien species who can transformer effortless into whatever you desire.

PerformanceThe performances, well this will get interesting. Dane DeHaan does feel slightly miss-cast as he can always give us strange or strong character performances but as a strapping captain is just doesn’t seem to click. Cara Delevingne shows once again she isn’t ready for these leading roles, sure she looks stunning but otherwise not much coming from the delivery. Clive Owen can at least go off and do a string of indie films after this pay day. Rihanna works as the dancer but as soon as emotion is needed she starts to look lost.

StoryThe story is something that does feel like it borrows from a lot of other films, but also has all the potential to be something amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reach the top levels, it does feel like it gets dulled down and wants to be fun but just isn’t, the idea that the International Space Centre has become a beacon of peace across the universe is the highlight of the film showing how it continued to grow with new visitors. The story is easy to follow and you won’t get challenged enough though.

Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-FiThe action is big and huge sci-fi spectacles which is fine to watch but the adventure does feel slightly miss-leading because you feel like it will be across the universe when in truth it is across the mega station. The fantasy world of different alien species is enjoyable to see all the wonderful creations.

SettingsThe settings do look fantastic in places with the different worlds visited but certain other parts all feel like places we have seen before.

Special EffectsThe world created is mostly CGI effects which make the world we visit a great piece of fun.

Scene of the Movie – Quickest Route

That Moment That Annoyed Me –  We lacked subtitles for certain alien conversations.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable movie, it isn’t ground breaking though, you can sit back and enjoy this film unfold but it isn’t Luc Besson’s best sci-fi film.

 

Overall: Sit back and enjoy.

Rating

 

 

Taylor Kitsch Weekend – Battleship (2012)

battleshipDirector: Peter Berg

Writer: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber (Screenplay)

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson

 

Plot: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easy to Watch Nonsense Action Film

 

Story: Battleship starts as we learn the we have found a planet in space that could have life form and we try to communicate with them. We move on to meet flaky Alex Hopper (Kitsch) who is spending his birthday with his brother from the Navy Stone Hopper (Skarsgard), Stone always tries to talk Alex into joining him in the Navy but when Alex screws up he forces him into joining the Navy.

Years pass by and Alex has reached the level of Lieutenant and Stone is at the level of Commander. Alex is also involved with Sam (Decker) the Admiral’s (Neeson) daughter. Alex has always shown his skills but his attitude is about to get him kicked out of the Navy. During the Navy war games, the signal gets answered as they find themselves having to battle the unknown alien invaders where the Navy gets to prove all their skills.

Battleship is one of the easiest action movies to watch, it is based on the toys and follows the Transformers trend. We get the over the top action spectacle which makes us forget the weak story. The story is very generic with a reluctant hero that needed to do the right thing for once. We get the idea of opposites working together and nearly all the characters get to prove themselves by the end. The story is weak, the film is fun just sit back and enjoy.

 

Actor Review

 

Taylor Kitsch: LT Alex Hooper starts off as a screw up before being forced into the Navy by his brother. Once in the Navy his skills come off brilliant but his attitude continues to get him in trouble, entering into the annual wargames which might be his last Alex finally gets to prove himself to everyone when he must lead his ship in battle against an alien invader. Taylor does a good job in this role.alex

Alexander Skarsgard: Commander Stone Hopper is the responsible brother of Alex, he has been in the Navy for years and wants to take his brother in there to join him and learn responsibility. He is one of the most respected men in the wargames having led his team into winning previous years but this year is his biggest test to date. Alexander is good in this role but we don’t see enough of his character.stone

Rihanna: Petty Officer Weps is one of the toughest officers standing next to LT Hooper, she is deadly with a weapon and loyal till the end. Rihanna fits this role well as the bad ass with the gun.weeps

Liam Neeson: Admiral Shane is running the wargames, he is desperately trying to get inside the alien shields but isn’t willing to waste resources until they can. He is your typical Admiral that hates the guy dating his daughter and expects the best from everyone under his ranks. Liam does a good job in his supporting role we needed to see more of.

Support Cast: Battleship has a large supporting cast that all help make this a good watch as they help fight the aliens in their own ways.

Director Review: Peter BergPeter gives us something very easy to watch and full of entertainment.

 

Action: Battleship has massive action sequences that all help make this a fun watch.

Sci-Fi: Battleship has the alien invasion with technology we can’t fight against all being used well.

Thriller: Battleship does keep us on the edge as we wait to see what will happen next.

Settings: Battleship uses mostly Hawaii as the setting make for good visual looks throughout.
Special Effects
: Battleship has a mix of good and bad effects through the film with the aliens being the bad side.

Suggestion: Battleship is one to sit back and enjoy but only if you’re not looking for something serious. (Brain Off Enjoy)

 

Best Part: The battles look great.

Worst Part: Aliens look terrible

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $209 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes

Tagline: The Battle for Earth Begins at Sea

 

Overall: Over the top action that is easy to watch

Ratingcard

Home (2015)

logoDirector: Tim Johnson

Writer: Tom J Astle, Matt Ember (Screenplay) Adam Rex (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Brian Stepanek, April Lawrence

Plot: Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Cute and Charming Animation

Story: Home starts with Oh (Parsons) a member of the Boov an alien race who keep moving home and there new home is targeting Earth as they continue to Gorg. The Boov relocate the humans as they hide out and continue their lives on Earth but Oh clearly standing out as different but keeps excited about everything. We also meet human Tip (Rihanna) who along with her cat are trying to find her mother after the Boov invasion.

When Oh accidentally gives away the location of the Boov to the Gorg he has put their entire species in danger become enemy number one. When Tip and Oh end up teaming up they have to avoid the Boov authorities while learning about the truth about what they both see really are about.

Home fills the expectation of an animated movie that will appeal to all, it ha messages that will end up having meaning for all that people are capable making mistakes. The film has a constant charm when Tip and Oh are together but I do feel like the Captain Smek lowers the tone of the overall story. This is a simple film story but does feel like it took a lot of ideas from different films. (6/10)

Characters Review

Oh: Oh is the Boov that just wants to make friends with everyone but his style always ends up putting him in trouble. When he gives away the location from their enemy he has to hide and become friends with a human girl to save his own species before it is too late. Over his adventure Oh learns the lesson about being different and standing up for what he believes in. oh is a great character that shows that being different isn’t a bad thing. (8/10)oh

Tip: Tip is the plucky kid who gets left behind when the Boov relocate the humans, she is scared and alone with just her cat, when she teams up with Oh to find her mother. She has mixed feelings as the adventure starts but by the end they become friends. Tip is a good character that shows how independent the age is. (7/10)tip

Captain Smek: Captain Smek is the leader of the Boov and always runs but is idolised by Oh, his ways have shown the Boov to be cowards and his mistake is what caused the problems the Boov face. He is a typical captain that is cowardly till the end. (7/10)smek

Support Character: Home has supporting characters that end up being generic and used for basic attempts of laughs but really don’t add too much to the film.

Director Review: Tim JohnsonTim gives us a basic animated film that has a great message but lacks too much originality. (6/10)

Adventure: Home puts our characters in an adventure that they could never have managed to go on in their wildest dreams. (9/10)

Animation: Home gives us high quality animation level that fits into the modern world of animation. (9/10)

Comedy: Home does lack the level of comedy I feel it requires but does have some simple laughs (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Home brings us a good race of aliens showing that we don’t always have to fear an alien species. (7/10)

Settings: Home uses iconic settings for the characters that don’t seem to end up adding too much to the story. (5/10)

Suggestion: Home is one to try because it does have a charm about it but lacks that little something to make it great. (Try It)

Best Part: Jim Parsons was a great choice for Oh.

Worst Part: Supporting characters are very weak.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few. (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: No.

Post Credits Scene: No.

Similar Too: Lilo and Stitch

Oscar Chances: Noo

Box Office: $172 Million

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Worlds Collide

Trivia: Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci, voiced by Rihanna, is the first human black protagonist in a feature film by DreamWorks Animation. However Will Smith‘s character in Shark Tale (2004), though a fish, was written and portrayed as stereotypically black, potentially making him the company’s first black protagonist, regardless of species.

Overall: Sweet little animation that will leave you with a smile.

Rating 70