Saturday, August 11, 2018

Christopher Robin

Life has a way of getting away from us.  Sometimes we need to slow down and remember what it was like when we were younger, and our view of the world was simpler...more innocent.  That is the idea behind "Christopher Robin".

As the trailers show, Christopher has grown to a man since he last played in the 100 Acre Wood.  In this movie, you can find out what happened after all those stories we grew up with.

“Christopher Robin” is a fun nostalgic experience, but it is also more than that.  It is a story about family, friends, and what should be important in life. I have to admit, when I first saw the original trailer about Pooh finding him, and being real, I was thinking this was just going to be an attempt at a  family friendly version of “Ted” (an extremely non-family friendly movie). I am happy to say that it isn’t.

It is a really well written story that keeps you engaged the whole time.  There is a small word of warning. Christopher grew up in the early 1900s, which means there is reference to World War 1.  It is still a very, very family friendly movie, just don’t mistake it for a Winnie the Pooh cartoon. It’s pretty much along the lines of Disney’s recent live action adaptations of “Cinderella”  and “Beauty and the Beast”.

The acting is terrific.  The legendary voice of Jim Cummings is the perfect choice to bring life to Pooh Bear.  Add to that the other amazing voice talents, some veterans some new, and you will be brought back to the “enchanted neighborhood, of Christopher’s childhood days.”

For the majority of the story, Christopher Robin is all grown-up and portrayed by Ewan McGregor.  He really connects with the character and gives you a real sense of the history of the character and how he went from the young boy in the 100 Acre Wood to the man we meet in the movie.  Hayley Atwood joins McGregor as Evelyn, Christopher’s wife. She proves her strength, even in a supporting role, and provides an important drive to the story. Comic movie fans probably noticed that Agent Carter was married to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The visuals for this movie are simpler than many recent CG releases, but that is perfect for this movie.  They could have easily gone 3D, with big sweeping views of the scenery. Given the design, that would have been a great thing to watch, but it would have distracted from the feel of this film.

Whether or not you grew up reading and/or watching the stories of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh like I did, I really recommend this movie.  It is more toned down than some, but that really is a plus here. Our Founder, Jeremy, would have called it “Amazing”. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp


A great thing about Marvel Studios is that they have started trying to answer the questions about where the other heroes are during various movies.  For example, where was Ant-Man during Infinity Wars? You’ll find out in the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.  Not only that, you’ll even be able to see exactly how the timeline connects, which isn’t always the case in the MCU.

The movie shows what life has been like for Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, since aiding Captain America in the Civil War.  It continues with the same great balance of heart, humor, and action that made the first Ant-Man film such a fan favorite.

Paul Rudd was the perfect choice for Scott.  His timing and delivery on the jokes and one-liners is spot on.  Add to that, the rest of the amazing cast, and Marvel has another home run.

It was great to see Evangiline Lilly have the chance to develop her character, including becoming Wasp.  It took some careful balance to transform Hope into a superhero, and yet still have the pull and emotion of a person trying to find a long lost loved one.

The villain of the story is another that has an interesting story behind their motives.  The only concern at this point with the MCU is that their effort to create adversaries that are not just evil has almost created its own pattern like the one they attempted to avoid by doing that in the first place.  Still, it works and helps to create another compelling story.

Marvel proves again that the reason their stories work is because you care about the characters.  Every twist in the story gets a reaction from the audience, because you want them to succeed. Plus, the fact that they have ended previous movies without the standard victorious finale leaves you wondering all the way through.  Our founder would have absolutely called it “Amazing”.

I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here and how the characters fit into the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.  What do you think? Do you like the the lighter, funnier movies like this one, or the heavier ones like Tony’s struggles in Iron Man 3?  Please leave your opinions in the comment section. Please keep it family friendly and SPOILER-FREE.


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, April 28, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

10 years ago, “Iron Man” appeared on the big screen. Known as one of Marvel's B-List heroes, what chance would be have of being a successful movie, It turns out, it was the right call. 10 years and 19 movies later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going stronger than ever.

The 19th film in the MCU has finally hit theaters in the form of “Avengers: Infinity War”. The movie does not disappoint. The story starts before the opening logos are even off the screen, and it doesn't stop until the credits. Actually, this is an MCU movie, so it didn't stop until the scene after the credits.

With all the speculation about actor contracts and who has how many movies left, your head will be spinning trying to guess what's next. The movie has an endless supply of twists and turns, yet still manages to keep a solid flow.

My biggest concern when they announced a movie with so many of the beloved heroes, was that it could easily become choppy as they tried to fit multiple stories into the run-time of one movie. This certainly wasn't the case. Although I wouldn't advise looking away from the screen because you may miss a transition. Not that looking away will be an issue here. It takes some very talented filmmakers to have this many characters and locations, and make it into a terrific piece of art.

Many people have asked why the Marvel Comics based movies have done so well while the DC Comics based movies continue to struggle. I believe it is because Marvel and Disney have found a way to make you really care about the characters. Even in these fantastic sci-fi style scenes, the emotion feels very real. You connect to what you're watching, and that is what makes it all work.

That is thanks in large part to the cast. The cast in “Avengers: Infinity War” is enormous in both size and talent. It's impressive that a cast of this size can all be so perfectly picked. They all bring so much heart to their characters, it's hard to imagine them being played by anyone else, even though some actually were to start with.

There is no doubt that World Wide Blog of Movies founder, Jeremy, would call this movie “Amazing”. Although I don't think he would have stopped there. I definitely recommend this to anyone into fun action movies. Remember this is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means stay until the credits are over. Also, the standard cliffhangers are replaced by scenes giving the audience the desire to see the next one before leaving the theater.

Do you agree with this review? Did I leave something out? Please comment below with your opinions. Please keep it family friendly and SPOILER-FREE.


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!