The D Train (2015)

Here’s a movie that just came out today. Dan Landsman (Jack Black) is the chairman of his high school alumni committee. While it is coming up on the both reunion since he graded high school, he wants everyone to RSVP. This is hard because every time he calls people, no one remembers him or they just simply don’t want to go. He feels he needs something huge to convince everyone to come. When he watches television one night, he notices that the coolest guy in high school, Oliver Lawless (James Marsden) is in a huge commercial that is all over tv. Dan wants to get Oliver to come to the reunion so everyone else will want to come. Dan needs to travel to L.A. to convince him to come. While Dan is out there, the two of them party it up and live the dream for the weekend and Dan starts to think that there is a potential serious friendship forming.

The D Train is a very dark comedy that really did not seem all that funny to me. While it did have the occasional laugh, I think that it just was not a laugh out loud comedy the whole movie. I think The D Train started getting a little over-the-top with scenes. To me, it just feels like the movie started running out of ideas of what would be funny and it just started to get very sentimental, which did not work. They tried getting very sentimental towards the second half of the movie and I think that if they steer cleared of doing that, it would have worked out better for the movie. I think this is a movie that had some serious potential, but I didn’t see them do anything with it because of the lack of humor and over-the-top sentimental scenes.

I actually have to I thought some of the acting in this movie was pretty great. Jack Black could have done a little better, but I could not get enough of James Marsden. I thought that he was absolutely awesome and hysterical in this. Jack Black just wasn’t his usual self in this and that really made me upset because I think that when Jack Black is in his right element, he is absolutely hilarious. I just didn’t see that with this movie and I really wish that he could have been better in this. I also loved how they brought Ned Scheenbly into this movie and it was a little reunion between him and Dewey Finn. But acting overall, not all that great and I wish director, Andrew Mogel would have done some things different with this.

The D Train is nothing more than a goofy, comedy that got released just to try to make a lot of money because of the big names that are in it. I can’t really figure out which direction they tried to take with this movie because it really tries to be funny from the start, but then tries overly hard to get serious and sentimental. It just did not work and I felt as if I walked away from this movie with much more disappointment then I did satisfied. The only interesting character that we see in this movie is James Marsden. He really pulled this role off and the rest of the characters left us bored with them and we couldn’t wait to see more of James Marsden. This was just an incredibly dark and dull comedy that didn’t really work.

Overall, The D Train is a movie that is occasionally funny and doesn’t really know if it is trying to make you have a heartfelt moment or make you laugh. This movie was pretty dull and I hope Jack Black does better with his next movie.

Grade= D (Bad)

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

Looking for a ridiculous comedy to watch? Here’s one you probably won’t like! After the events of the first movie, let’s see what our old pals are up to. Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (Clark Duke) are living the dream. After they traveled back in time in the first movie, they used their knowledge of the future to get ahead in life and make them very wealthy and powerful. Lou ripped off the future by becoming a technology fanatic and a rock star. He was the inventor of a huge search engine website and became the lead vocalist for a huge rock band. Nick stole songs from people of the future and released them years before they were supposed to come out. While a party is going on in Lou’s honor, someone who is at the party shoots him. Nick and Jacob decide they have to go back to the hot tub and travel back in time so they can stop the assassin from killing Lou. The thing is, they don’t end up back in time. They travel ten years into the future. Jacob realizes the assassin is from the future who traveled back in time to kill Lou. Now they must figure out how to find the person from the future who killed Lou.

First off, I think we have another Dumb And Dumber To on our hands. I was a huge fan of the first Hot Tub Time Machine. I thought it was something totally ridiculous that absolutely worked as a comedy. I thought that movie had a ton of laughs and cool scenes. This second film, sadly did not. I was very nervous going into this because I didn’t think they could make it as good as the first one, or even close to good for that matter.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was a movie that was just not very funny and rather boring. This was just a movie that was comically hollow. It had an occasional laughing scene, but for the most part I found myself waiting for this movie to end. Adam Scott was now a major character in this film. They needed to find someone to replace for the spot of Adam (John Cusack). I was very disappointed John Cusack decided not to be in this movie, but I absolutely understand what the reason for not wanting to do it was.

This was just a really boring and dull comedy. I can’t stand how people try to ruin a great comedy by making a bad sequel. This was a movie I was really excited and anxious to see because I loved the first one so much. This movie just did not work at all. It was very poorly written and is a huge disappointment to you if you enjoyed the first film.

Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a movie that is poorly written, rarely funny, and just flat-out bad. I don’t think you should take time out of your day to go see this.

Grade= D (Bad)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)