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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

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Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

Why did I come to this movie/read this book again?

I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since the days of Saturday morning cartoons and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. I’ve liked some of the live-action films, but not all. This one looked quirky, funny and fresh. I’ve been excited to see it since I saw the first trailer like eight months ago.

5 of 5

 Characters

They kind of cheated, using so many Spider-Man iterations. However, each had their own quirks, and each felt true to themselves. I loved Miles. Good kid—not perfect—just looking to find who he is. His dad was awesome.

Kingpin isn’t always a 3-dimensional character, and he started out a bit flat here. However, I have to tell you, at the very end of the film (on the train if you’ve seen it) I had to feel for the guy. Maybe it hit me so hard because I watched Marvel’s Daredevil, and therefore know who Vanessa is and how much he loves her. Kudos writers, well done.

And Aunt May??? Talk about awesome.

5 of 5

 Did I care what happened?

Yes. From the opening sequence to the end, I cared what happened. I was worried that having so many Spider-Mans in the movie would dilute it, but I didn’t feel that way at all. The story revolved around Miles coming into his powers. The other Spider-Mans were quite funny about this, and also sympathetic. Knowing what kind of character Spider-Man is, I was rooting for Miles the whole time.

5 of 5

 Plot Holes

Nothing stood out to me. I’m sure there were one or two, but frankly, when you can draw on parallel dimensions—as Doctor Who says—there is no such thing as a continuity error. The fact that I don’t remember anything throwing me out of the story is a good sign.

5 of 5

 How many times did I yawn?

No yawning here.

5 of 5

 Cool Factor

Oh my gosh, this movie looked so cool! I read that they computer animated it, then added (by hand) comic book accents and flares. I loved it. For the first thirty seconds I thought the flashing might give me a seizure, but it abated and I was able to settle in.

4 of 5

 The End

The final battle takes place within the time distortion whatever it was machine, which gave the creators liberty to put whatever they wanted in the scene. If they needed a skyscraper, it appeared. Need a rocketing train? You got it.

I do have to say that the parallels between the Kingpin, the original Peter Parker of the universe and then Miles were awesome. My husband didn’t catch all of it (maybe I didn’t either) but once again, kudos to the writers. Nice job.

5 of 5

 Overall Enjoyment

This is where I might get into trouble. About 3/4 of the way through the film, I had a random thought. Unfortunately I don’t remember what provoked it, but my thought was, “This is a much better film than Black Panther.”

If you’ve read my review of Black Panther, you’ll know I wasn’t terribly impressed. It had potential, but fell flat in a few places—mostly the characters. Spider-Man did not have that problem.

I’ve told everyone I know to go see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And now I’ve told you.

5 of 5

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Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie Review

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Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet — the netizens — to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I didn’t expect much from Wreck it Ralph, and like many people, I found myself delighted by the first film. When I heard that Disney was making a sequel I was super excited.

5 of 5

Characters

The vast array of characters they shoved into this movie bloated it. Which is sad, because I think I lot of people, including me, wanted more of the characters from the first movie. Instead, the film left them behind.

Ralph learned a lot in the first movie—one of the reasons it was so enjoyable. It seems the creators took some of Ralph’s progress and left us with the old, selfish, not-so-bright Ralph. He made several decisions during the film that felt forced.

Vanellope almost had a more interesting character arc than Ralph, but the fact that she couldn’t talk to her best friend of six years tells me that any relationship they had was deeply flawed.

There wasn’t really a bad guy until the end. Sometimes that works, but I felt it didn’t help this movie.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

I did care what happened—for the first half of the movie. Then everyone got stupid and I didn’t care as much.

3 of 5

Plot Holes

It wasn’t so much plot holes, it was more like there was too much plot. Too many characters with too many things going on. I got lost and wasn’t sure who or what I should be cheering for.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

I rolled my eyes a few times, but didn’t yawn.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

The cool factor is off the charts for this movie. Everything about how the internet appeared to Ralph was brilliant. The computer animation is awesome. I laughed at all of the social media references and in general loved the look and feel of the film.

5 of 5

The End

The end left me feeling…empty. The theme of the film got lost a few times, and the resolution wasn’t my favorite. Watch it for yourself, but I probably won’t watch it again.

However, I do have to say that the very last bit after the credits was hilarious. The kids won’t get it, but my husband and I laughed and laughed.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I went into this expecting  more video game fun with strong bonds of friendship and an expanding circle of characters. What I got was a flood of new characters, a flat ending and more plot points that went nowhere than any four movies should have.

We were in a huge theater on a Saturday afternoon. The entire row in front of us was 10 year old boys from a birthday party. I didn’t hear them laugh much. Our row was mostly adults. I didn’t hear them laugh much. I feel like the writers of this movie tried to please too many audiences and came away with a meh movie.

Although, the Disney princesses were awesome! See it for that at least. And stay for the after-the-credits bonus.

3 of 5

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Total: 30

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Little Women Review

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A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, we follow the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, and as they mature, they face blossoming ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, while maintaining their unbreakable bond as sisters.

 

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’m always looking for a good, clean movie. I saw the theatrical production of this story last year, and read the book when I was a little girl, so I was interested to see what this modern retelling did with the tale.

4 of 5

Characters

I thought the supporting characters were brilliant.

I didn’t like Jo. And I feel bad about saying that, because she is the reason I call myself Jo instead of Jo Ann, but they portrayed her as a super selfish shrew.

I haven’t read the book in a while, but I didn’t remember disliking the character of Jo nearly as much in the play I saw last year as I did in this movie. Perhaps the writer or the director was planning to use people’s love of the character to get them through this, but it didn’t work for me. Neither of the women I saw it with liked her much either.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes, I did care what happened. Meg’s struggle and love held the story together (something I do remember from other versions) and since I liked Meg, I wanted everything to work out. I felt for the other characters as well, and wanted to beat Jo about half of the time for how she treated them.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Considering it’s based on a book, there will always be things that are left out. Again, I admit to not having a firm grasp on the original story, so I didn’t find any large plot holes.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

I yawned a couple of times when Jo was super mean. By this point in the movie her character felt like a six year old who never quite learned what it meant to be a grown up.

3 of 5

Cool Factor

I suppose the cool factor to this film was the change to a modern setting, which I actually liked. Sure, it felt a little unrealistic considering the way most families don’t bond quite like this anymore, but I found it fun and refreshing.

4 of 5

The End

Even though I knew the ending and all of the tragic things that happened, I found myself excited when Jo finally pulled her head out of her butt and figured out what it meant to be a human being and not a spoiled child.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I went into this expecting a quaint drama with cute parts, and that’s what I got. I know I’ve harped on it already, but if they could have tempered Jo’s character a bit—or even tried to make her more subtle and less in-your-face—I would have thoroughly enjoyed the show.

4 of 5

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Total: 30

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Mission: Impossible-Fallout Review

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Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Okay, let’s be honest, that pretty much describes every Mission Impossible movie ever…

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve enjoyed most of the MI movies over the years, with Ghost Protcol and the original being my favorites. I was hoping for some great action held together with a bit of plucky humor and some semblance of a plot

5 of 5

Characters

The characters in this franchise haven’t changed much over the years. Hunt is a do or die guy who will do anything to accomplished the mission. Except lose a member of his team, which we’re reminded of in the opening of the film.

His team is great. I love Luther and Benji! As the vague description above tells us, there are quite a few characters from films of MI past that return.

My biggest disappointment was the bad guy. I knew who the bad guy was the first time they spoke. At least try to make it interesting…

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

This is where this movie did surprise me.

Most stories use conflict in two ways: Go wide or go deep. Wide conflict is what MI is all about: the entire world is in danger and we must save it!

Where MI doesn’t always shine is taking the conflicts deep. Sure, in every movie they disavow the agents and they’re on their own and bad stuff happens. When they do make it personal, it doesn’t resonate with us real people.

This movie, however, did a better job than I expected at deepening conflicts. The writers draw the net around Hunt so tight that I was actually shifting uncomfortably in my seat in the theater. While it’s far from perfect, I do have to give kudos for this aspect of the movie.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

Uh, this is a Mission: Impossible movie. Of course there are plot holes large enough to drive a cruise ship through. For instance, in what world do four experienced agents (one of them very motivated to keep the “package” safe) open a garage door that leads onto a street just anyone can be walking down before putting the guy with the hood on his head in the car? Not to mention stow the guns.

So I rolled my eyes a few times.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

No yawning. I did get action fatigue during the truck/car/boat/motorcycle chase through Paris.

P.S. I’ve been to Paris, and I never saw the roads that empty…

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I had to suspend my disbelief a few too many times to give this a 5, but there was some fun action. And that fight scene in the bathroom—I kind of loved that.

4 of 5

The End

There was actually one moment in the end that I was not expecting. So good job there. Everything else was totally predictable, but because the writers had given me cause to care about the characters, I didn’t mind as much as I might have.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Fun movie. Great action. More plot than I was expecting. Frankly, I liked it. My expectations were pretty low, so that might have helped.

5 of 5

 

Total: 33

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