Movie Review: Finding Dory

I am entitled to be first in line in this film than the kids who went to watch this on Father’s Day. Like most people my age, I waited for a very long time thus I should be more prioritized than those children! LoL

Synopsis:

Dory sets on a journey with Marlin and Nemo to find her long lost parents which brought them to a marine institute. On their journey they met funny and quirky characters which helped Dory reunite with her parents.

 

Likes:

Everything about this film!! Hahah!!

Characters – of course, Dory is given to be the funniest character in Finding Nemo but in this film, I get to know her even more. She’s more than that. I also loved Hank the octopus (septipus), Becky, Destiny and a lot more.

Plot – even though it’s more on of finding Dory’s parents, at the end of the film you’ll understand why it’s Finding Dory. :’)

Humor – of course, it’s not gonna be such a huge hit if Dory’s antics won’t be funny but more than that, new characters brought more laughs in this film. I would love to have a Finding Hank or Finding Destiny sequel. LoL. Hank is just so funny.

 

Dislikes:

Pacing/Editing – there were just some scenes where I got bored for a few seconds, maybe because I wanted Dory and her parents to meet already. 😀

 

Over All Impression:

Finding Dory made me laugh, giggle, cry and laugh some more. Its humor is in its characters but its heart is in the story itself (like most Pixar films) and what sets it apart is its reach not just to kids but to everyone.

 

Eight tiaras out of ten.

Movie Review: TMNT Out of the Shadows

This sequel is one of the movies I anticipated to watch this year but decided to not watch it after reading a critic review that it’s not worth to watch but then, an office mate told me that he enjoyed the film so I spent 200 pesos to see if it’s worth it.

Synopsis:

The brothers, having their own personal struggles, were conflicted and their relationship as a team and as brothers were threatened until an invasion brought them together. With the help of a new member, they went on to save New York (and the world) jeopardizing their anonymity.

 

Likes:

Characterization – the characters are more defined than the first film especially the individuality of the brothers. And I also liked how bad ass April is on this film.

Plot – it has more story than the first film. Just enough conflicts for subplots but the main story is there even though it’s tailored to some of the successful films lately (Marvel movies).

Humor – it has its cricket moments but I had more laughs in this film than the first.

 

Dislikes:

Execution – it feels like a bit “cartoony”, of course they use CGI but the whole movie seems like an animated movie for me.

Effects – too much unnecessary stunts and explosions that I thought it’s directed by Michael Bay, only to find out that he produced this so…

 

Over All Impression:

It’s explosive and visually entertaining. I would say that this could’ve been the first installment, I mean there’s no need to build an origin story if you can’t execute it well, right? Contrary to some (or most) critics, I can say that I enjoyed this movie.

Six tiaras out of ten.

 

 

 

Movie Review: Now You See Me 2

Another sequel movie that has a cult following (I guess). This is not on my list of anticipated movies in 2016 but I still braved through the rain to watch this in a movie theater because I was a fan of the first film. I hoped not to get disappointed and I guess I was not.

Synopsis:

After being gone and in hiding for a year, the horsemen were setup, framed and blackmailed to retrieve a high-tech chip using their skills and magic tricks which lead to twists and revelations that almost shattered their team.

Likes:

Cast – in this sequel, they have a new character played by Lizzy Caplan which brought dynamics to the film. And of course, Daniel Radcliffe, who is my first love. *sigh*

Execution – it is not that complicated and it has the right amount of visually appetizing shots and exhibitions.

Dislikes:

Plot – it’s a little bit cliché and common and predictable and the twists made a few plot holes.

Acting – Discounting Morgan Freeman and Michael Cain, the acting of some of the cast are a little bit over the top, some are forced and some are mediocre especially Jesse Eisenberg. I liked him in The Social Network but his acting is somewhat just the same (also in BvS).

Over All Impression:

I already forgot the first Now You See Me but this second one made me smile not because I find it a joke but because I liked how some scenes were executed. I loved the scene where they infiltrated and stole the chip though it could’ve been done in a different and less complicated way – it was a fun scene. I just feel like the final heist could’ve been more epic.

Six tiaras out of ten.

Movie Review: The Conjuring 2

I am a HUUUGE horror movie fan and it’s just nothing but usual for me to be on the first day or week of showing. The Conjuring was directed by James Wan and for me that’s where he cemented his mastery in telling a horror story. I thought that he was just lucky with Saw and Insidious but I thought wrong. He is a master storyteller.

Synopsis:

The Conjuring 2 is based on a true story of the Hodgson family’s experience with paranormal. Janet, the second daughter, was the object of the haunting that started after playing witn a ouija board summoning an angry spirit and a demonic entity. Came in the Warrens, who were skeptical at first but after realizing about what’s really going on helped the Hodgsons cast out the evil in their home.

Likes:

Direction – I have become a huge James Wan fan because of how he sets the mood by building the scare gradually without the aid of too much gore, blood or sound effects to jump scare the audience. He’s no Alfred Hitchcock but he can be the next one.

Camera Works – the continuous shot were tastefully done which made me feel like I was in the movie.

Lighting – for me lighting is one of the components in movie making that can make of break the mood of the film. Too much or too less in a horror movie can make it laughable. The lighting in this film is terrifyingly good.

Acting – the acting of the child actors especially Madison Wolfe, is giving the lead actors a run for their money. 🙂

Dislikes:

Scares – first off, the movie is indeed scary but as a horror fan it has become formulaic for me. I understand that it is James Wan’s style and it still is effective, mind you, it’s just that I thought he could have shown something new. But the scares are really good while watching but for me a good scare is something that you bring with you even after leaving the movie house.

Over All Impression:

The first Conjuring is still my favorite especially the plot and the scares (hide and clap, cabinet scene, etc) but I would give this sequel a two thumbs up still. James Wan sure knows how to make the audience scream and cover their eyes with their hands peeking through the gap between the fingers (like what my Mom and I did… lol). The Conjuring 2 has the right mixture of scares and heart which made it somewhat a family movie if your family is a horror movie junkie. :p

Seven tiaras out of ten.