2017

Despicable Me 3

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Adventure continues with Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the minions on this 3rd installment of the Despicable Me series. Their life was quickly threatened when their Anti-Villain League’s new boss fires the couple after they failed to catch a villain named Balthazar. They must all stop this villain from achieving world domination. This movie is directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin & Eric Guillon under Universal Pictures.

Featuring the Voices of: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier & Nev Scharrel.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animated Flick

Previous Related movie: Minions

WHAT I LIKE?

I like and love everything about Despicable Me 3. For me, this is the best among the franchise. There is so much to love about the film. The plot itself is generally non-sense but I loved how creatively the Director played with a new premise by inserting Gru’s twin brother. Also, the movie has effectively set the mood right after their termination on the job. Phasing was fast-paced. Overall, it was a very exciting ride with lots of eye-popping visuals and action sequences we love from a Despicable Me. Its a visual spectacle indeed from start to finish. What I also like about the movie is its musical theme this time. The inclusion of retro music and higs from the 80s was a very brilliant attack to make the film even more enticing, interesting and engaging. Among the 3, this is my favorite in terms of visuals and cinematography. The plot was justified well and the comedy was not sacrificed. Moreover, the injection of family and heartwarming formula is still as effective as ever. For the characters, there is still so much to love about Gru, Lucy and the 3 girls. Loving the Gru on this 3rd installment. His twin Brother was also a good addition. I am also glad that Lucy’s character was given with importance too. Agnes is still cute as ever. Balthazar was a great villain too. I love the vibrancy of his character. My most favorite characters in the movie are the Minions. They really made me laugh hard. They are just so adorable and delightful to watch. The film will take you to whole new kind of entertainment that never gets old even on its 3rd installment already. Worth-watching and highly recommended to everyone.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Naaah! Can’t point out anything. I was laughing like a kid the whole time.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Can we still be friends? (Star Cinema, 2017)

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Can we still be Friends is a story of Digs & Sam who has been together for 8 years. Due to indifference, they decided to end their relationship but still constantly checking on each other. Aside from finding the right blend to start friendship, they will also face the challenges of dating others separately. This movie is directed by Prime Cruz under Star Cinema.

Casts: Gerald Anderson, Arci Munoz, Bryan Santos, Ria Atayde, Erika Padilla, Bryan Sy & Juan Miguel Severo

Genre: Romantic, Comedy, Drama

Past Movies of Gerald Anderson: How to be Yours

Past Movies of Arci Munoz: Camp Sawi

WHAT I LIKE?

The tried and tested Gerald-Arci chemistry is truly evident in their latest movie, “Can We Still Be Friends?” from Star Cinema. The good thing about the film is that it showcases the natural side of both Gerald and Arci. They truly gave raw performances which is actually fit for the demand of the plot and the demand of their characters as well. Acting-wise, I am impressed with Arci on this one. Their chemistry is really good and their performances really compliments each other. For the story-line, I like that the Director invested on a very light approach in dealing with heartbreak and exes. Also, much of the scenes were very relatable too despite its confined and limited setting. The plot started off just right showing the cause of the break-up. After the breakup, the movie will bring you to an awkward set-up that is a prelude to the conflict itself. At some point, it became effective in adding to the film’s premise though the technique used was really risky. I also like the supporting characters in the movie. I personally love Juan Miguel Severo here. The injection of comedy and very casual conversations made connections with its audience as well. The comeback of Gerald & Arci is truly one of the reasons to watch this film.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The first part of the movie was very engaging. The middle part was a bit lost. The consistency of the plot was tested when the risky part of the story was presented. At some point, the movie was out of bounds. Considering that the movie is very subtle in terms of cinematic approach, I expected thrill, excitement and intensity on most scenes especially on the conflict and realizations of the characters. The ending was uninteresting. I believe all Pinoy RomComs are predictable but it can also be exciting as well. Can we still be friends lacks that exact formula. I already lost grip of my interest starting in the middle part of the movie. I also find the resolution to be half-baked as they invested solely on establishing the story-line and establishing the conflict. For me, the movie lacks supporting scenes that strongly affect audience on the title itself – Can We Still Be Friends?. The second half of the film failed to sustain the energy the characters is giving. They were drowned by a very shallow plot that could have been better. It is one of the lousiest Start Cinema Movies of the year.

RATINGS:

6/10 Popcorns.

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2017

The Mummy (2017)

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Nick and his partner accidentally unleashed an ancient power from an Egyptian Princess, Ahmanet, who was entombed for thousands of years, after they were attack in the Middle East. Nick and his team must now find ways to stop the resurrection of the Egyptian Princess who is on rampage through the streets of London and poses a threat to the whole world as well. This Directed by Alex Kurtzman under Universa Pictures.

CASTS: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney Vance, Marwan Kenzari & Sean Michael

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

PAST TOM CRUISE MOVIES: Jack Reacher: Never Go BackMission Impossible: Rogue Nation

WHAT I LIKE?

It was quite a very great move to resurrect a well-loved Mummy-inspired film that has changed the tone of adventure films in the 90’s. Moreover, The Mummy (2017) is the start of the Dark Universe series set by Universal Pictures so expect sequels and follow-ups on this one. The movie was a great modern adaptation that benefited from modern-day cinema magic. The movie is visually-stunning. I loved the Cinematography and the editing is on-point. Visual effects were impressive. Also, Production design during the ancient times were staged well and the London-setting was also a good choice. Plot-wise, Universal had to introduce a separate ancient character for them to establish the Universe thing and I think they did pretty well in introducing the whole Mummy series especially to non-fans of the genre. The phasing was just right and I love the succession of the sequences until a very thrilling climax. They invested mostly on the modern part of the whole storyline. The comedy punch was also a good spice of the tone of the movie. The Mummy is also packed with several thrilling moments that will definitely give a handful of decent screams and edge-of-the-seat moments. Also, I loved the characters. Tom Cruise was actually fit for the role and I am impressed with his stunts on the film. Annabelle was a good partner too and their chemistry is strong as well. Sofia was a badass villain here. Loved that this film gave her such a huge break in acting. She was great too. Russell was a good addition in the franchise also. Well, setting aside some flaws, The Mummy is one Hollywood’s best in terms of the Suspense-Action-Science-fiction genre that is worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Unlike the original series, The 2017 Mummy somehow lacks charm and action formula I expected on the franchise. Its maybe because there were less desert scenes which should have been more considering its a first modern revamp of the franchise. I was finding that exciting desert and temple chases. At some weird point, the comedy punch is not working on some scenes. Also, they should have extended the London destruction scene. It feels like they were less distraction on the surroundings this time.  Despite its flaws, I still enjoyed the whole movie from beginning to end.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2017

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Being trained in an island inhabited by female warriors, Diana grew up in an ideal island equipped with extraordinary combat skills. Her life changed when a pilot crash-landed nearby. She found out that there is an eminent threat of World War and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. This DCU movie is directed by Patty Jenkins under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Tagmaoui, Ewen Bremmer, Eugene Braverock, Elena Anaya

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

Previous DCU Movie: Batman V Superman & Suicide Squad

WHAT I LIKE?

WONDER WOMAN exudes every frame and charm expected from Gal Gadot and a very superb and impressive Production design. This was the saving piece of DC Movies after Green Lantern, Suicide Squad & Batman V Superman. It is a well-crafted superhero film that will take you into new heights in terms of going deeper the story of Diana being an amazon princess and her discovery of her own supernatural powers that could save the world. It started with a very great introduction about the origins of the Amazon warriors. From then, the story progresses in the right phasing wherein we could grasp every details of the origins of Wonder Woman. The island of the Amazon Warriors was amazing. It is a visual-spectacle for me and editing and production design were top-notch. I also loved the old London setting during the War. It was superbly-executed and I must say, one of Hollywood’s finest indeed. Costumes, language, cars and even little things were very consistent with the period reflected. I must commend the costume design as well of all Amazon warriors and even Diana herself. Aside from a very impressive set, action sequences are to live for. Wonder Woman is one of the films with the best execution of man-to-man fight scenes. I personally love the fighting scenes in the island and of course during the war zone too. The slow-motion feature was utilized very well and it was so mind-blowing on the big screen. I was breathless for countless times during the action sequences. Visual editing was great too. It was somehow less CGI effects now except that Diana-Ares fight scenes which is actually good for a DCU film which is normally overloaded with CGI stuff. Plot-wise, I loved that Wonder Woman was able to mix well its semi-dark plot with very engaging and light conversations and modest comedy which are in timing as well. Comedy in the film as on its perfect timing. Aside from that, the film’s strength is attributed to the main icon – Gal Gadot. She was just charming and so hard to resist from beginning to end. Gal impressed me with her acting and fell in love with her in all fight scenes. Chris Pine was also one of the film’s win as they have a very good and strong chemistry with Gal. The romance of Gal & Chris was an icing in the cake. What more I can say? Wonder Woman is highly-recommended and I am so much okay in watching it again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

CGI-ish Visual Effects on Diana-Ares fight scenes could have been better but is forgivable anyways.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Baywatch can be a hit & miss to some but it was entertaining & charming as a whole.

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BAYWATCH is a story of lifeguard Mitch who found struggle working with a new recruit in the group. Together, they will uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the place. This movie adaptation is directed by Seth Gordon under Paramount Pictures.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass & Hannibal Buress.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Previous Movies of Zac Efron: Mike and Dave Need Wedding DatesNeighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Previous Movies of Dwayne Johnson: MoanaThe best installment so far. Fate of the Furious made a bold move in renewing its long overdue plot. The move was worth it.Central Intelligence

WHAT I LIKE?

Well, for fans of the show, you will feel nostalgic on this modern revamp and will be pleased to see cameos of the old Baywatch crew. Overall, it was entertaining and charming to begin with. Lowering expectations will somehow save you from disappointment on this movie. Plot-wise, Baywatch focused on the shallow side and invested more on green jokes, gross out humor and R-18 stuff. Well, the movie will appeal to a more mature audience. Conversations are very light and funny at times. The conflict was down-sized into something that could fit in a normal running time of a movie. It was fast-paced and it was more or less relevant to the whole story itself. I also enjoyed the beach actions here. Moreover, the new Baywatch crew is actually great and impressive. I am loving the Dwayne-Zac tandem and chemistry. They can be a good comic duo too. The inclusion of Alexandra and Kelly were actually a great choice especially when you are targeting for male audiences. They were both great in their roles as well. John was actually a good comic support in the film. It maybe weird that he is not an ideal Baywatch crew but the move was effective in adding spice to the whole story. Well, the slow-mos are also on-point. The production design is also good. I loved the whole beach setting. It is somehow closer to the original Bay. Despite its flaws, the movie entertained me.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Nothing spectacular and memorable about this movie aside from the fact that its a revamp of a hit TV show before. At some point, the movie is trying so hard to be funny with thinly-written conversations. Somehow, the classical feel was lost. I expected much since the premise is very good and it was a hit before. The plot could have been better though. I know they invested on shallow and easy-way of the storyline but it lacks intensity in execution. I expected a deeper  cause of conflict. Moreover, the visuals needs improvement especially on the boat and fire scene. I expected shark attacks too since its Baywatch but there was none. It maybe entertaining but you can pass this film on cinemas.

RATINGS:

6.5/10

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2017

Still the same breed of adventure and fun – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales delivers.

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Captain Jack Sparrow faces an old nemesis named Salazar, who along with his Spanish navy ghost crew escaped from the Devil’s triangle in the pursuit to kill every pirate at sea. Jack, with the help of new allies named Henry & Carina, must seek the Trident of Poseidon in order to defeat Salazar. This movie is directed by Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg under Walt Disney Pictures.

Casts: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

Bringing the same adventure and fun that only Pirates of the Caribbean Series could bring – Dead Men Tell No Tales (Salazar’s revenge) will always be one of your favorites. I really like the movie. It was visually-entertaining from beginning to end. I see a great improvement in visual editing this time with superb CGI effects (which is more real this time) and very impressive production design as usual. What I love about the movie is that there’s a lot happening around. You will be glued by exciting scenes and action sequences. Lots of thrilling moments this time. I love the variety of sequences until a very great climax. The twist and turns were great. The phasing was past. In as much it should have a reference to previous films of the franchise, but Dead Men Tell No Tales could easily stand alone. The plot is overall easy to understand for this one though I believe that the whole Pirates franchise are stretched too much to acommodate new ideas and conflicts in sea adventure. This time, I loved the new characters. Johnny Depp is still as iconic and impressive as the ever lovable Captain Jack Sparrow. Also, I commend performances of Brenton and Kaya and their chemistry on-screen. I really expect them both to be on the next sequels if ever. The comeback of Javior, Orlando and Keira were also a great sight in the movie. Overall, I am impressed and this is truly worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, if you focus on the fun and the adventure, I think Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is great flick.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’s impressive Production design is not enough to cover up its messy plot.

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When the Arthur’s father was murdered, his uncle, Vortigern succeeded the crown. Arthur grew up far from the kingdom and into the back alleys of the city. But as soon as he pulled off the sword from the stone, his life changed and he is force to acknowledge his legacy and the people who are rooting for him. This movie is directed by Guy Ritchie under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, Eric Bana & Annabelle Wallis.

Genre: Action, Adventure (PG 13)

WHAT I LIKE?

King Arthur’s strength lies in its production design. As far as any classical and period film is concern, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is one those memorable movies with impressive and very consistent set design that is truly one of Hollywood’s finest. I really like the visual editing and the set-up of the whole area. Cinematography and sound engineering is good. CGI effects are well-executed too. Aside from that, action sequences were greatly translated into the film. Camera angels were creative most of the time too. The variety of characters in the film were also a thing to watch out for. The cast is generally good on their portrayals. What I like also about the movie is its light attack and mixture of comedy. Its a modern twist of a classic piece. Its also a fast-paced movie with lots of exciting moments and some dull moments too.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you don’t have any idea and background about King Arthur, probably you’ll end up confused and bored in the film. Honestly, I cannot remember his story and upon seeing this film, I am a bit lost. That’s the major problem of this film – even those non-fans will find it hard to blend it with very classical origins that should have been better with even story-telling and a bit of slowing down in terms of sequences. Too much is happening and there is no room for audience to digest its messy and confusing plot. I had some issues with consistency as well. In telling a classic piece, it must be uniform from set until the conversations. The conversations were too lame for the period they are trying to live in. I mean, it should have reflected the way people act and speak during those times but for me, I see a bunch of characters in a 2017 movie kind of feels. Overall, its still a fun flick to watch.

RATINGS:

6/10 Popcorns

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