War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Following the epic last battle from then leader, Koba, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes still remain fighting for their lives against the humans who want the apes extinct. The apes are now forced into a deadly conflict with a large, manipulated army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After Caeser suffers the tragic loss of his wife and son, vengeance is the only thing on his mind. While the rest of the apes seek to find a new home, Caesar sets out on his own mission to finish the colonel once and for all. Once Caesar finally meets the colonel, a whopping battle takes place to determine the fate of both of their species.

The Planet of the Apes trilogy that we have been watching for the past few years has only seemed to have gotten better and better. Rumor has it that War is going to be the last film that the franchise has to offer us. Well, at least, for now, that is the word on the street. Is this a happy conclusion to the franchise you may ask? No, but only because there still seems to be some life left in these films and it would be sad to see it all end, even if the three films have been perfect.

That said, War For The Planet Of The Apes may quite possibly be the best film of 2017 so far. If the rumors are true and this does happen to be the end of this incredible franchise, with almost no flaws from any of the movies, then job well done. Even with the incredibly amount of overwhelming scenes and dialogue, War provides enough action and smartness to capture the viewers attention throughout and is undoubtedly the best summer blockbuster that you will see this year. And a lot of that credit goes to Andy Serkis who has mastered this character.

Following the prior two films I was a tad bit worried that this was not even going to be remotely as good as the previous two, but War gave us a story that actually works, and works better than the first two films. Even though this franchise has made its fair share of money, it’s clear that director, Matt Reeves was not just in this for the money because he wanted to expand on the previous film and continue an awesome story. And that’s exactly what the audience gets with War. It’s exciting, fun and at often times a little tense.

Overall, War For The Planet Of The Apes is the summer blockbuster that people have been waiting for. It’s extremely emotional, exciting and an all-around fun ride. If this is truly the end of this heavily underrated franchise, the finish was well worth the wait.

5/5

 

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Ant-Man (2015)

Here’s something I have been looking forward to seeing for a very long time. Billionaire, Dr. hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a retired scientist that has created the formula and suit for the Ant-Man. Pym left the company in the hands of Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Cross wants to figure put how to make this formula so the United States can wipe out any type of army. After realizing Cross is very close to figuring out the formula, Dr. Pym realizes he must act in a way that will stop Cross from doing this. Pym recruits Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Lang has just been released from prison and needs any job he can so that he can be in his daughter’s life. Lang now becomes the Ant-Man and is trained by Pym and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly). The Ant-Man suit will allow him to shrink in size, have normal human strength and also control a huge army of ants. Lang must use his skills to stop Cross from releasing this formula and allowing the world to get their hands on it and using it as a terrible weapon.

This is a movie that I have been waiting for since I heard it was being made and I am so glad it did not disappoint. This is the new installment that Marvel has to offer and I think it kicked-ass. This is really a movie that gets the job done and is everything you want to see out of an awesome superhero movie. I also really have to touch on the humor in this movie because there were some scenes that were absolutely hysterical. This is one of the summer’s most entertaining and awesome movie’s that you will see. This has been one the world and all Marvel fans have been waiting for. Ant-Man provides the audience with so much entertainment, some awesome action scenes and great humor. Also, there are a lot of awesome visual effects.

The acting in Ant-Man is pretty solid and I think this may be the main reason this movie worked as well as it did. Knowing that Paul Rudd was the lead really scared me in the beginning. I did not think this was going to be the right role for him and that it would make the movie really bad. I was definitely wrong and I think that he really showed that he can not only be funny, but he can also be awesome and bad-ass. I really thought Michael Douglas was pretty solid in this. Going into this movie, I really didn’t understand why he was doing this, but he did not disappoint in any way and he was one of my favorite characters. Besides the movie being awesome, I think the solid acting we see help this movie surprise people in bigger ways than expected.

Ant-Man is probably one of the more funnier Marvel movies and it absolutely worked. The humor in this movie is just another thing piled on to what makes this movie as awesome as it was. It is really unbelievable that this worked as well as it did because it is definitely goofy in ways. This is just an all-around fun movie that even kids can enjoy. While this was aimed more towards teens and adults, this is absolutely something you can take your children to see and they will probably enjoy it as much as the adults. With the success of this movie, there is no doubt we are going to see a lot more of Ant-Man. This is one I definitely recommend going to see if you wanna be incredibly entertained or if you are a fan of the Marvel movies.

Overall, Ant-Man provides humor, entertainment and all kinds of awesomeness. We see good acting and some awesome visual effects. You will leave this wanting to see more of Ant-Man.

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)

 

 

Jurassic World (2015)

Here’s something that I’ve been waiting fourteen years for! We fast forward twenty-two years after the incidents that occurred at Jurassic Park. Now we have, Jurassic World! Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the person who is in charge of making sure everything is running smoothly with the theme park. Jurassic World is not exactly creating the revenue Claire hoped for, so now the park needs something new. A new dinosaur is in the process of growing and it is called the Indominus Rex. It is around Christmas time and Claire has not seen her nephews in a very long time, so they come to pay her a visit on Isla Nublar. Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) arrive at the park hoping to have a nice and fun time. After something goes horribly wrong with the Indominus Rex and it escapes out of captivity, the park needs to be evacuated, but Gray and Zach are left in the middle of an attraction not knowing anything is going on. Claire needs to go out in the middle of the park and find them. This is where things get extremely chaotic. Claire obviously can’t do this alone, so she does this with the help of Raptor trainer, Owen (Chris Pratt).

I absolutely could not wait to see this movie. Every since I found out that this was being made, this was the number one movie I wanted to see. Growing up I was and currently am a huge fan of Jurassic Park. I don’t even know how to start with this one. I tried to go into this with not all that high expectations and I am very glad I didn’t because I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Let’s face it, it was going to be damn-near impossible to beat the first one, but Jurassic World is definitely a movie that provides us with more than enough entertainment and is absolutely the summer blockbuster that everyone has been waiting for. If you are a Jurassic Park fan, then hold onto you seats and sit back and enjoy this ride.

The acting in this is pretty good for the most part. After the lovable and powerhouse performance from Chris Pratt in Guardians Of The Galaxy, it only makes sense that he would be one of the leads in this movie. As funny as he was in NBC’s sitcom, Parks And Recreation, I think Pratt really found his role in movies like this. Bryce Dallas Howard really didn’t impress me all that much, besides the fact that she is smoking hot. I don’t really think there was anything wrong with her performance, but I think that someone else would have fit the role a tad better. I haven’t really seen her in all that much, which isn’t really a problem, but with a big release like this one, I wish that someone else was the lead role.

I am not even gonna touch the CGI factor. Just know that there is a ton of it in this movie. Jurassic World is absolutely the movie that the entire world has been waiting for. The effects that you see in this movie are absolutely incredible. Something I really loved about this movie was that it often gave props to the original movie, which I found to be very cool. This is definitely a movie that you have to see in theaters because of the sound and effects. I think that any true Jurassic Park fan will definitely enjoy this to the fullest amount, but if you have never seen the original three, then you may not enjoy it as much. I think this was a really enjoyable movie that gives you all kinds of cool and awesome effects. Two thumbs up from me!

Overall, Jurassic World is the summer blockbuster that everyone has been waiting for. It provides us with entertainment, over-the-top awesomeness and is just simply an enjoyable movie that demands you see it in theaters. I definitely recommend going to see this one!

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)

Tomorrowland (2015)

Here’s one that just came out this weekend that I just got a chance to see. After a young science geek, Casey (Britt Robertson) finds a pin, she picks it up. Once she picks it up, she gets taken to a mysterious, new world that is in the future and she has no idea how this has happened. After being completely confused for a little while, Casey meets Athena (Raffey Cassidy), an eleven-year-old robot who tells Casey that it was her who was chosen to have the pin. Casey has to make sure the pin does not get taken from her and this will be a very difficult task because she starts having all sorts of different robots attacking her along her way. Now, Casey and Athena have to travel all around to find an inventor by the name of Frank (George Clooney). Frank will be able to help her and answer whatever questions she has. He can also help her stop the robots from coming after her.

First off, Tomorrowland is a movie that has had a lot of talk for quite a while. Brad Bird has wanted to make this movie for a very long time and now the time has come where he has his chance to shine. Sadly, Bird did not deliver as strongly as I would have liked with this one. After seeing Tomorrowland, I left the theatre in more of a disappointed mood than a good mood. I think that a big reason this movie didn’t work out as well as it should have is because of the fact that it is pretty confusing throughout. It takes a lot of time to put the puzzle pieces together as to what the hell is actually happening. I just felt like this is a movie that could have been a lot better than it was and it was more underwhelming than anything.

It’s hard to figure out the main reason why this movie did not really work out because of the fact that Brad Bird really tried with this and all the neat, effects are there. I can’t really say he is to fully blame for this. The acting is pretty solid as well and I can’t say they are to blame for this either. Britt Robertson really surprised me in this one because I have never really seen her in much and I thought she did a great job here. Having said all that, Tomorrowland is the type of movie where even when you know that it isn’t fully working out, you still feel a bit of excitement and cheer for it because of how awesome some of the scenes are. Tomorrowland is definitely aimed for all kinds of audiences, but kids will definitely enjoy this a lot more than teenagers or adults.

In order for Tomorrowland to tell a good, effective story, it needs a lot of sorting out. This movie takes you all over the place and you really need to try to figure out what is fully going on with every scene in the movie because they jump from one thing to another very quickly. For a movie that is so visually impressive, it makes you very angry to see that it was much more of a forgettable movie than one to talk to people and be really excited about. Some of the scenes are awesome and all, but I just can’t quite seem to think that those scenes power over the negatives we see with Tomorrowland. Also, at times, Tomorrowland can be a pretty boring and completely over-the-top film.

Overall, Tomorrowland is a movie that can be messy and all over the place. In order for this to be a good film, a lot of work needed to be done that wasn’t. This is one that you need to see for visual effects, but not for a meaningful story.

Grade= C (Okay)

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!)