Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Almost every Star Wars fan remembers the first scene, where the Rebel ship comes into the screen, followed by the Imperial Star Destroyer. What you don't know is how they got there. Now, “Rogue One” is your chance to find out.

The writers did a great job in creating this film. If you are new to Star Wars, or just not extremely into it, this movie tells a whole story from start to finish. However, if you are someone who may even be able to chart out the Skywalker family tree and how all the characters connect, then you will love this too. There are several Easter Eggs, and name drops throughout this movie that connect it to the Star Wars universe.

The acting in the movie is certainly of top Star Wars caliber. Although if the stories do take place “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” then it is possible that the descendents of several characters go on to travel to Earth and settle in Europe, because the number of English accents continues to increase. That is no way a negative, just a funny side note.

One of my favorite parts of the production is the continuity to the original trilogy. When “A New Hope” came out, it was full of futuristic tech based on the 1970s view of the future. Since then, the view has changed, but that doesn’t matter when the story takes place earlier in the timeline. One of the issues with the story flow from the prequel trilogy is that the tech all looked newer than the original trilogy. They really went the extra mile with “Rogue One” to make it fit.

The writing, directing, production, and acting all come together to create a fantastic movie experience. Like other Star Wars films, it is a great combination of action and drama, with plenty of laughs along the way. Many of those laughs are thanks to one of my favorite characters K-250. Every Star Wars story has a droid, and he is a great addition to the cast. He is sort of a mix of R2-D2 and C-3PO. I imagine what he says is similar to what you would hear if you could understand R2-D2’s beeps, with the addition of C-3PO’s lack of tact for when to say it.

I believe that if this team was in place when they created Episodes I, II, and III, it would have turned out so much better. “Rogue One” is not an episode in a trilogy, and they waste no time in showing you the difference, but it is a part of the timeline and connects some dots along the way. Whether you are a full-on Star Wars expert, or someone just looking for a great movie this is the one to see. Our founder, Jeremy, would have definitely called this film “Amazing” and I agree.

Who spotted Easter Eggs? Comment below and tell us how many you caught.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Doctor Strange

Throughout the course of the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have have seen heroes abilities come from a variety of sources. Technology, science, skills, and training have all been a part of the Avengers origins. Something that has never been a part of it is magic. The closest has been Thor, but that has since been explained as having only appeared to be magic because it was alien technology that humans did not understand. It appears that we now have a hero whose power does come from magic, at least for the most part.

Benedict Cumberbatch gives an incredible performance as Doctor Strange. The audience can really sense the pain he goes through as he moves on from the life he has always known. What I really like about this story and his portrayal of the title character is that it fits with the going trend in the MCU. While he does change throughout the origin story, he still holds on to what made him who he was to begin with.

When Doctor Strange begins to learn about the mystic arts, he meets Murdo, portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. He gives a compelling performance as a supporting character who also has his own complex back story.

Along with an outstanding supporting cast, the acting in this movie will keep you glued to the screen. If they don’t, the visuals certainly will. As Doctor Strange and the others bend the very reality of their world, the special effects pull you right into the scene. If you are able to, I would highly recommend attending a 3D showing of the film. Although I am sure the effects are extremely compelling in 2D as well.

I can’t wait to see how Doctor Strange will interact with the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adding another very unique power set will increase the already great dynamic of the Avengers. I think I am most interested in what will happen when he meets Scarlet Witch and Vision, and what Marvel Studios take on that will be.


As always, remember this is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel Studios, remember what our founder, Jeremy, said and don’t go anywhere until the credits are completely finished. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Easter Eggs. I didn’t know much about Doctor Strange from the comics, so I am sure there are plenty that I missed. If you spot the Easter Eggs, let us know in the comments below. Just remember, NO SPOILERS, so please don’t over explain the context of what you saw.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

Lots and lots of laughs from this one, especially if you have, or have had, pets in your home! The personality of each character is unique and very well portrayed. They bring to life all the things you wonder about when you close that door and leave the pets at home. The animation is great with lots of scene details, and lively characters.


Must warn you though, although its a cartoon - it definitely earns its PG rating – and I wouldn’t recommend taking young children to see it. Might be a little too rough and scary for them at times.

~Jenny~


Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Finding Dory

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

Not only is that a funny song that is now stuck in your head after reading it, it is also the main message of the story. “Finding Dory” is the sequel to the much loved Disney/Pixar film “Finding Nemo”. What started as more of a running joke in the first movie, kicks things off this time.

We know Dory suffers from short-term memory loss. When Marlin first met her, she said “It runs in my family. At least, I think it does. Where are those guys?” That is the question she wants answered. Lots of laughs and excitement fill the adventure.

In a way that few filmmakers could do, Pixar manages to teach something without making a big monologue of it. Dory’s situation is really a form of a learning difference, or “intellectual disability”. Her friends respect the reality of the issue, but more importantly, they respect Dory. You’ll see that not only can these individuals function, they can lead. All of us at World Wide Blog Of Movies are very active volunteers with Special Olympics Vermont so it is so great to see something so mainstream taking an approach to this topic.

All the returning characters are all voiced by the original actors and of course they do a great job. Ellen Degeneres portrays the title character, Dory. The comedic timing is better than ever, but she also brings a depth to the character that we hadn’t seen before. Until then, they haven’t lost their touch.

No spoilers here, but I will suggest that you stay until the end of the credits. You’ll be glad you did.


If you’ve already seen “Finding Dory” share your thoughts in the comments. If you haven’t seen it yet, please come back after you do and let us know what you thought.  Please remember, NO SPOILERS!!! and no offensive language.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Let me first apologize for the small delay in this review. It has been a crazy week. We viewed the movie last week on Thursday evening, but we were out early Friday morning to volunteer at the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games for the weekend. I strongly encourage all of you to reach out to your local Special Olympics program and get involved. Even if it just for a couple of hours at one of their events, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Apart from the amazing weekend, the whole family is also getting ready to walk in the Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society as Team Jeremy. Team Jeremy was formed in memory of my brother and the World Wide Blog of Movies Founder, Jeremy Boquet. If you would like to learn more about our team and the Relay For Life, please check out this link http://main.acsevents.org/goto/TeamJeremy

Now, on to the review.

“Heroes in a half shell. Turtle Power!” Many of us remember having fun singing along with those lyrics when we were kids. “TMNT 2” is all about that kind of fun. After the first movie in this series drew a lot of criticism for its base story being so similar to “The Amazing Spider-Man”, the sequel movie goes back to what made the Turtles fun to begin with.

The Turtles, of course, are all back. Maybe not, but it sure looks like a few minor changes were made to character design. They seemed to look a little more turtle like and less alien this time around. The overall portrayals work well. Yes, they are mutant turtles with incredible martial arts skills, but they are also teenagers, dealing with living in a sewer, beneath the city they love.

Also returning is Megan Fox as reporter, April O'Neil. This is another character that benefited from the studio embracing the spirit of the cartoons. In some parts, she does seem to be written more as a segway to advance the turtle's story. Although if you consider that was basically the intent behind creating the character in the first place, then on a whole, she does very well.

Joining April and the Turtles is Casey Jones. Stephen Amell plays the goalie mask wearing vigilante. Casey is given a backstory this time. Although it isn’t extremely in depth, it is nice to get some idea of why he does what he does. They even have one scene where he hits a hockey puck at a distance to take down a bad guy. So Stephen Amell plays a masked vigilante with expert aim. That sounds familiar. Despite that similarity, he creates a character that is very different than Arrow but just as fun to watch.

There are also a few characters making their first big screen appearances. Who else was excited to see Beebop and Rocksteady join the movie universe? Even if Beebop’s trademark mohawk and glasses looked a bit out of place in the present day setting, they were essential to capture the essence of the character. Krang, the evil brain, also makes an appearance, although it was a little brief. There are some things that happen with this character that will be interesting to see play out in the next movie.


While the TMNT movie series may not be the next “Avengers”, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. “TMNT 2” brings you back to what the Turtles are all about. Fun, excitement, and energy. For those who remember the original cartoon series, this is is a great flashback. For anyone who doesn’t, this is still a lot of fun and may leave you heading to the store to by the series on DVD.

After you have seen the movie, please let us know what you think in the comments below.  Please remember, NO SPOILERS!!! and no offensive language.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!

Monday, May 30, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is the 8th movie in the X-Men series. However, thanks to “X-Men: Days of Future Past” acting as a big reset button, it is really only the 3rd movie in the story.

The movie starts off shortly after the post-credits scene from “Days of Future Past”. As you may have noticed in the trailers, this is based on the younger versions of the characters. The only issue with this is that we saw many of these characters when Logan returned to present day in the last movie. This means there was little doubt that any of them would survive. However, this really doesn’t spoil the movie because the real point is what shapes them into the heroes or villains they will become. That is what you get when a movie is both a sequel and a prequel to the previous one.

There was some debate about casting choices for this movie. Overall it seemed to work. Not to keep referring to the altered timeline, but the thing to remember is that these characters are not going to become the exact characters we saw in the other movies because their histories on different. They did a good job of establishing a starting point for them. The ensemble works well together, laying ground work for the relationships and friendships we expect to see in the future. There are a couple of X-Men included in the movies that fans of the comics and cartoons will recognize which unfortunately don’t play a big role in this story. Hopefully they will work it out as they did when there was a brief glimpse of Kitty Pryde in the first movie, and she became a pivotal part of the team as the series continued.


As for the story, it played out well. There were one or two spots, one in particular, where it seemed that what happened was a little too obviously done just to advance the story. Overall, it was enjoyable and well written. It may not be the top ranked film to come from Marvel Comics, but it certainly doesn’t seem to deserve the harsh feedback it has received. Anyone who is into action movies, sci-fi, comic books, or all of the above, will enjoy this movie.

After you have seen the movie, please let us know what you think in the comments below.  Please remember, NO SPOILERS!!! and no offensive language.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

THERE ARE NO SPOILERS HERE!

Have you ever watched a movie in the Avengers series and wondered what happened after the fight? They saved the day, but what about all the buildings they destroyed during the battle, and were any civilians inside?

Well, those questions and others are faced head on in “Captain America: Civil War”. Similar to “Iron Man 3”, the movie deals with the aftermath of the events of the previous movies, and the effect they had on each of the characters. Only this time, it is also about the effect they had on the world itself. Governments want the Avengers to work for them and not independently as they have, and this causes a rift in the team.

The cast does a great job portraying the struggle to do what they feel is right, but not letting that mean they don’t care for their friends. I believe that part of the reason this worked so well is because many of the cast members have worked together over multiple movies. They have developed the characters and their friendships, which helps the audience to really care about the conflict. Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) make it hard to decide if you are #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan. You can respect both of their reasons for feeling the way they do about the rules. The trouble runs a little deeper than that, but you’ll have to watch and see for yourself.

One of the most important characters in the story is actually one of the newest. Elizabeth Olsen brings her character of Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, to new depths. Having grown since Sokovia, but still greatly effected by what happened there.

It was unclear at first how “Captain America 3” would include so many characters, but it worked. While it was a Captain America movie, they did a good job of making each member of the team have a significant role. Even brand-new characters such as Ant-Man play a big part (no pun intended). Scarlett Johansson returns for her 5th appearance as the Black Widow. She plays a pivotal piece of the puzzle as the events of the movie unfold. Rumor has it she is finally getting her own solo film. I hope so. Another hero is introduced in the movie as Spider-Man makes his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This really might be the best big screen version of the character yet. Peter Parker is a teenager, and his alter-ego still reflects that.

If there was any room for improvement with this movie, I would say it was with the main villain. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had mixed reviews on how it compares to the comics. This time, it seems they were a little further from it than usual. The villain seems to lack that big evil moment that makes you remember them. They do bad things throughout the movie, but most of it seems to be more the actions of a hired hand rather than the main villain. Don’t let that turn you away from the movie. It is an absolutely great film, but they could have done this one part a little differently.

As always, the production team hit it out of the park with visuals and special effects. It is not an easy task when you consider the wide range of powers that the team has, but they make it all come together in a very believable way. They take these amazing powers and abilities, and make you believe they work in real world physics. Well, except for maybe one thing, but they’ll let you know which one.

This is a definite win in a long line of entertaining movies. In true MCU fashion, many story lines come to a head in the movie while others lead us towards the future movies. “Captain America: Civil War” delivers on action, drama, and even the right amount of comedy. One of the best so far in the MCU. It the words of the World Wide Blog of Movies founder, Jeremy, “It was AMAZING!!”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Please remember, NO SPOILERS!!! and no offensive language.

See you at the movies!


-Brad-

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 

The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 

Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!