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Free Guy Review

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A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Why did I come to this movie again?

The previews of this show were hilarious! I was expecting cheap jokes, fun action, and all-around silliness. The show did not disappoint.

5 of 5

Characters

I liked Guy and the rest of the NPCs as much as I thought I would. The girl did a great job. The other real-world characters were great. My one problem, and this is my problem was the bad guy. He does the voice for the rock dude in Thor: Ragnarok and every time he spoke, I got twitchy because I expected him to be computer generated. It was actually kind of distracting.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. I was rooting for the good guys the whole time, wondering how they would get out of their messes, and in general enjoyed the film.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

This is a movie about a video game character that becomes self-aware. That in and of itself is quite a plot hole. However, none of the video game vs real life bothered me. Instead, there was a moment near the end when I was like, there is NO way they’re letting him out of the office with his laptop. That was the one thing that totally pulled me out of the movie.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None that I remember. The hubby even stayed awake.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

The effects and filming were good. Fun, but not distracting. I expected cool action, and got it. It reminded me of a lot of things (The Lego Movie and The Truman Show) but stood well on its own.

4 of 5

The End

Other than the laptop thing, the end was good. The Dude character still has me laughing!

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Like I said, I was expecting cheap jokes, fun action, and all-around silliness. The show did not disappoint, and it even managed to explore the meaning of humanity. I’d totally see it again in the theaters.

5 of 5

Total: 36

That’s a Black Belt!

***

Ranking System
White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Luca Review

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On the Italian Riviera, an unlikely but strong friendship grows between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.

Why did I come to this movie again?

It’s been kicking around Disney+ for a while, and since a few friends said it was cute, we finally decided to watch it.

4 of 5

Characters

The characters were solid, but…almost uninteresting. Unlike other Pixar movies, this one didn’t delve into the emotional depth that I’ve come to expect. I did like the characters—they were cute, but predictable. The bad guy was too over the top for me and had no redeeming qualities.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Most of the time. There were a few too many montages that got a little dull. Frankly, I think this film was pointed at a younger audience, and I bet they loved it.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Uh, yes. The film is about sea monsters, which are only rumors but literally have an entire civilization less than a mile from your village. That’s a bit iffy. And while I did like the resolution, I thought it was a bit of a stretch considering there wasn’t a great deal of set-up for it.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

No yawning, but I did check my phone a few times. Which means it got a bit slow here and there. However, this film never promised an action-packed pace, which I thought was nice for once.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I loved the animation. Some people thought the characters were ugly or too simple, but the film itself was quite simple, so I didn’t mind. The village was amazing and felt like a real place with real people.

4 of 5

The End

I thought the end was predictable, but good. As I said above, there wasn’t a great deal of set-up for the big turn of the people at the end, but if you’re looking for a feel-good film that leaves you hoping the world is a better place than it seems to be, this movie is for you!

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I know my review makes it seem like I didn’t like the movie, but I did. While, as I said, it felt simple, I think that’s exactly what they were going for. Instead of layers upon layers of plot, Luca stuck to the relationship between two misfit sea monsters and how they try to blend in with humanity. Frankly that’s a great theme for kids (and some of us adults) these days. In the end it’s all about acceptance of what’s on the inside and not the outside of a person, and that’s never a bad thing.

5 of 5

Total: 32

That’s a Brown Belt!

Ranking System
White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Jungle Cruise Review

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Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.

Why did I come to this movie again?

1-The Rock
2-Emily Blunt
3-The Rock
4-Cheesy humor…by The Rock
5-Expectations of laughing out loud because of pure silliness

5 of 5

Characters

My expectations were fully fulfilled with the characters in the show. Dwayne Johnson was just as slap-stick as I thought he would be. Emily Blunt was just as Librarian-Evie-from-the-Mummy as I expected. Her brother tossed in some good humor as well as depth . The prince dude was cringe-worthy bad. I can’t give this 5 for 5 mostly because nothing came as a surprise.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. Considering the 2+ hour length of the movie I worried about action fatigue, but I didn’t get annoyed with it like I thought I might. The plot, while predictable, kept me wondering where we were going next. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, but I did wonder.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Like a superhero movie, I expect plot holes. In this case, there were enough to drive a submarine through. I didn’t go to the movie expecting anything else, and mostly the film embraced its own cheesiness and dared me to question its flawed logic. Which I decided not to do, else I spoil the wonders shown to me, like the back side of water.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None, and I saw it very late.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

The effects were fun. My biggest CGI twitch was the jaguar. The film certainly had spectacle down to an art. All in all, good.

4 of 5

The End

I was torn with the end. Without spoilers, I would have been fine if the film had swung the other way. As it is, I was satisfied. The finale is fun.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Loved it. Would see it again in theaters.

5 of 5

Total: 35

That’s a Brown Belt!


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Black Widow Review

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Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Because I’ve loved Natasha Romanoff’s character since she was introduced in the MCU. Also, that Hopper guy from Stranger Things is in it. 😊

5 of 5

Characters

I felt like the characters were pretty solid. The whole family-ish dynamic was fun, and Natasha’s sister is a hoot.

The bad guys were flat. Oh so flat. Not unexpected for a superhero movie, but a little disappointing.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Spoilers here: Since we all know what happens to Natasha in Endagame, this movie was almost like filler. Nothing super drastic can happen to her in this show, so yes, I cared what happened, but the writers put themselves in a hard spot to keep the tension going.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

I’m pretty tolerant of superhero movie plot holes. This one was, like huge.

The MCU has established that Natasha was trained in some sort of finishing school for super-spy women. We’ve gotten the impression that she took the place down. Spoiler, this isn’t the case.

Fine, good plot device, however, how does the entire world miss a flying city over Russia? And how does the guy in charge have as much power as they say he does in the film and we’ve never even heard of him before.

I’d say that Natasha probably has her finger on the pulse of anything that even smells of the Red Room, which means this simple lack of logic by the writers bugged me.

Also, why have we never heard of the Russian super soldier? Pretty sure that would be a thing.

Too many things introduced that had no logical explanation.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

It wasn’t quite action fatigue, but the film went from 0 to 100 in about three seconds at least six times. Whiplash, that’s what this film gave me.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I love the martial arts, and this movie delivered. I liked the filming as well as the music.

4 of 5

The End

Th end was never in doubt. I have trouble thinking all of those poor black widow spy ladies would be stable, as they portrayed them, but it would be cool if the MCU did something with some of them in the future.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I did enjoy the humor. I loved the pseudo broken family dynamic and how they got put together as a family in the first place. The logic holes were irksome, but other than that, it was fun to watch.

4 of 5

Total: 32

That’s a Brown Belt!


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