Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

After a long wait, Spider-Man now has his own movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It seems it was worth the wait. Tom Holland comes through as the best Spider-Man yet. The two previous versions certainly had their strong points, but “Spider-Man: Homecoming” combines them all into a great character.

The story is very well written. From the very beginning, you know how the movie fits into the MCU. Maybe they pushed it because they wanted to establish that this was not the same as the previous Spider-Man films. Whatever the reason, it absolutely worked.

Michael Keaton also delivers as the villain Vulture. It is another case of believing he is doing the right thing, or at least doing the wrong thing for the right reason. In some respects, he is just a guy trying to do right by his family, which can make him somewhat likable to the audience. The ends don't justify the means, but his motives are clear.

The supporting cast comes through with solid performances. While most of Peter's classmates are not the ones you have seen appear in the previous versions, they create a great group.

There was a lot of speculation about how computer generated the suit was going to look. All in all, I think it looked great. It also plays homage to the comics while still giving the hero an updated look.

If you are looking for a fun theater experience, this would be a great one to see. There's a lot of action, a lot of heart, and still a lot of laughs. Can't wait to see “Avengers: Infinity War” to see Spider-Man have more interaction with the others.  This definitely would be labeled "Amazing" by our founder, Jeremy.

What do you think? Did “Spider-Man: Homecoming” deliver? Is Tom Holland your new favorite, or do you still like Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield?  Let us know in the comments.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!

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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Friday, June 30, 2017

Despicable Me 3

As a big fan of the Minions – I was anxiously counting down the days until Despicable Me 3 premiered! We went last night to see the first 3D showing at Essex Cinemas.
Let me be honest – it wasn't an awful movie, but it wasn't great either. There were some really funny parts. There were also some really corny parts and the story-line was very predictable. Unfortunately, they didn't include the Minions in this one enough at all. To me, they are the best part of the Despicable Me movies.

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!
See you at the movies!

~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” 

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight

 The Transformers are back again. If you are wondering what they are doing after they discovered their secret history on Earth and fought an ancient enemy from their homeworld in the previous movies, don't worry. They found another one.

The definite highlight of the movie was Sir Edmund Burton, played by Anthony Hopkins. Not only is he a key to advancing the story, he also provides some great humor. There is also a great dynamic between him and his butler, who happens to be a Transformer (you'll have to watch and see that one).

Michael Bay was at the helm again for this installment. Who else could add so many explosions to a medieval battle? That's not to say the movie isn't entertaining. It just lacks a solid flow through the story. They tried to add too many elements to connect it through human history as well as the previous movies. In fact, the attempt to connect it with the first one conflicts with the history shown in that movie.


If they would aim to make the Transformers movies the fun action adventures they could be, instead of attempting to make them mysteries, I think they would find more success. What do you think?

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!
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, June 26, 2017

Wonder Woman

 There has been no shortage of superhero movies in recent history. There is, however, a severe shortage of female title characters in these movies. That does not mean there hasn't been strong female characters, such as the Avengers' Black Widow.

This movie initially picks up following the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. It then uses the popular flashback concept to begin Wonder Woman's origin story. While her early years are covered in a short time, presumably in an effort to maximize screen time for star Gal Gadot. Overall, viewers are given a good look at life in Diana's home. Unfortunately, the piece they glaze over the most is a key piece in any superhero story. She discovers she has these powers, but shows little interest in knowing how. She more or less, seems to just know how to use them. Maybe there will be another flashback in a future movie, perhaps explaining them to another member of the Justice League.

This light detail in no way takes from the quality of the movie. In fact, it leaves more time for the main story. If you were a fan of “Captain America: The First Avenger”, or at least its concept, then you will like this. In a far cry from the extremely modern Metropolis and Gotham City where we met her in the previous movie, we find Wonder Woman in the midst of World War I. The film makers do a solid job of setting the scene. Not only do you see the action of war, but you see the effect of it on the soldiers and civilians.

Gal Gadot was an excellent choice for the role. The reason the movie has been so successful is that she creates a great character. It isn't just because she is a female hero. It is more so because she is a hero that happens be female. They manage to make a statement without losing the story under it.

One of the great things about the writing is that you are piecing together the clues right along with the characters. They don't just spell it out for you and then let you watch as Diana catches up.

Steve Trevor debuts on the big screen, portrayed by Chris Pine. The relationship between Steve and Diana has a fairly good balance. While Wonder Woman is clearly the superhero of the story, they avoid simply reversing the sadly typical stereotypes of making Steve the one always in need of saving. He has his fair share of heroic moments.

There still seems to be a common issue with many superhero movies. The fight with the big bad guy doesn't quite happen how you imagine it. That isn't to say it's disappointing, it just isn't quite on par with everything leading up to it.


Overall, I would say this is the hit DC and Warner Bros. Have been looking for. Let's hope “Justice League” continues on the upswing. Our founder, Jeremy, would certainly put the “Amazing” stamp on this movie. If you want a movie with a great story and exciting action, this is one for you.

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!
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!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol 2

I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.

That is my full review, as read by the best character in the movie, Groot.  In the event that you are not fluent,  I will include the translation below.

"Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" is another hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It is laugh out loud hysterical, but also exciting and even emotional.  You will not be bored for even a second., but that won't be at the expense of a great story.

With the origin story taken care of in the first movie, there is a great family dynamic in the team this time around.  Especially when it comes to their care towards Groot.  As you have probably seen in the trailers, as well as the merchandise through the stores, Groot is Baby Groot in the movie.  Not just in appearance, but also personality.  Vin Diesel returns as the lovable tree creature.  While Groot sticks to his trademark phrase, which could easily become monotone, Diesel delivers the line so that you can understand how he feels each time.

The presence of Baby Groot creates a role reversal of sorts between him and his best friend, Rocket.  In the first movie, Groot was the muscle there to help protect Rocket.  This time, Rocket is looking out for his childlike friend.  Bradley Cooper voices the small but strong raccoon, although he is still not sure what a raccoon actually is.  While many of the movie's jokes are thanks to Rocket, he also displays a compelling, and maybe even surprising, depth throughout.  Not to worry, he has not lost any of the great sarcasm he is known for.

Zoe Saldana returns as the fearsome warrior, Gamora.  As with the others, her character development continues.  Gamora certainly had a strong presence and Saldana is fantastic bringing the character to life.  While her story arc might now be as big as some of the others, Gamora plays a big part in the primary story as well as her subplot involving her sister Nebula.

Drax still has some issues with social interaction.  Although his time with his team seems to have given some sense of what is literal and figurative, but not completely.  It doesn't take long for him to leap before he looks.  Dave Bautista reprises his role as we get to learn more about this character.  At first, he may seem to come off as pretty simple, but there is more to him than that and Bautista portrays it well.

Rounding off the Guardians is Star-Lord himself, Peter Quill.  Played once again by Chris Pratt, Peter struggles with some very human issues, just on a galatic scale.  It would be easy in such a big action movie, for these type of emotional scenes to drastically take from the film's momentum.  However, not only do they avoid that pitfall, it actually fuels you to root for the hero even more.   I can't tell you much about the villain without revealing certain story points.  What I can tell you is that they commit what I believe is the most despicable crime of any of the MCU villains to date.

Michael Rooker is back as Yondu, the Ravager captain from the first movie whose motives were never quite clear.  His performance is fantastic.  Yondu may just surprise you this time.  Not saying if that is good or bad, all depends on what you thought of him last time.

While "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" certainly continues the franchise's trend as the funniest movies in the MCU, that's not all there is to it. They also manage to deliver a gut-wrenching, yet extremely heart-felt scene.  It is perhaps the most powerful one yet, maybe in part because it comes in such an otherwise hilarious movie.  Don't let that scare you off though, the sequence following is done with just enough humor to keep with the feel of the film.

If you are looking for a thoroughly entertaining and high energy movie to see, "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2" is the choice for you.  You will never be bored and the story is extremely well written to keep it all together.  I have no doubt that Jeremy (my little brother, and the founder of World Wide Blog of Movies) would have called this movie "Amazing" and he would have been right.  He loved the first one and would have felt the same this time.

Friendly reminder, it's a Marvel Studios movie, so don't leave until you know the credits are done.

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!

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!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

This movie absolutely does not disappoint! Yes, most of us may already know the main story line, but don't let that allow you to think you won't enjoy this version. There are lots of twists, turns, and additional stories along the way. Additions to the backstory of Beauty and the Beast are a definite treat in this movie. They give the characters and the story a lot more depth and allow you to feel like you know them better. If you had questions about the plot and how things got to where they were after the animated film, they will be answered after you watch this. It keeps you interested and locked into the story until the very end. Even the end credits are enjoyable to watch, so be sure to stay through them.

Belle is portrayed by Emma Watson and she brings an unbelievable depth to this character. She shows that Belle is a strong individual, who believes strongly in family, and who never gives up. She shows care to those around her, and doesn't let others bring her down. The costumes for Belle throughout the film are beautiful and truly fit the character and the scenes. All of the costumes for this movie are works of art.

The Beast is a fantastic combination of making you angry at the person he is to begin with, while making you slowly grow to care for him as Belle does. Dan Stevens, who Downton Abbey fans will recognize, performs this role very well. He brings a great personality to the character.

Gaston is truly the bad guy you love to hate in Beauty and the Beast. Luke Evans is excellent. His facial expressions are a really good addition to the character. His sidekick, LeFou, portrayed by Josh Gad, is awesome. His comments are very entertaining and make you laugh! For avid fans of Frozen, you may occasionally feel like you are listening to Olaf talking!

An iconic character in Beauty and the Beast is Mrs Potts. Emma Thompson is so good and her singing is beautiful. The spunky little Chip is adorable and loveable. He is portrayed by Nathan Mack – who brings a bright, youthful, inquisitive personality to Chip.

The music is the perfect mix of the original songs from the animated film and new pieces. Many of you will leave the cinema wanting to purchase the soundtrack! The production numbers for songs such as “Be Our Guest” are mesmerizing – a nod to classic stage performances.

The sets and scenery really make you feel like you are emerged in their world – from walking through the village to entering the castle – it is all very realistic and well done. There also seems to be a nod to “The Sound of Music” in Beauty and the Beast – let us know if you see it too!


In the words of our founder, J-Wing, Beauty and the Beast is truly an amazing movie. Please go see it and share your thoughts! Just remember – no spoilers on World Wide Blog of Movies!

~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! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Logan

 Before we get going with the review, I want to address one issue around going to see “Logan”. This is not a part of the Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Please do not decide to take young kids to see this thinking it is just another superhero movie. In fact, there were kids in the theater for the premiere that were under 10-years-old. Not all of them stayed through the entire film.

With that being said, if you are ok with the viewing advisory, it really is a good movie. As you may have seen, the story concept was based on the “Old Man Logan” story arc from the comics. While it was reported that this would be Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine, I hope they do an installment that explains a little more of how they got to this point in the story. It is a far cry from the happy world Logan returned to at the end of “Days of Future Past”. They do paint a picture that suggests the worst of it may be at the hands of a beloved mutant.

Hugh Jackman doesn’t fail to deliver in his 9th appearance as the Wolverine. This includes his short but funny cameo in “X-Men: First Class”. He continues to build the depth of this very intriguing character, with a mix of the animal instincts of the Wolverine and Logan’s desire for a simple life.
Not surprising, Patrick Stewart does an outstanding portrayal of Charles Xavier. He gives a powerful performance as the professor like you have not seen him before on the movie screen. The veteran actor packs so much into every line.

The two of them play off each other so well. You can really feel the family bond that has formed between them. They have an onscreen connection that makes it sad to know this is planned to be Hugh’s last time in the role. There could be reason for concern about the X-Men franchise going forward. This may be the best installment yet, but most of what made it work so well will not be a piece of the future movies.

With all the talk about the brutal violence in the movie, it may surprise you to find out there is really a compelling and well-written story under it all. You will go from being on the edge of your seat through the intense acting, to finding yourself feeling for the characters in emotional scenes. The filmmakers really do a great job of blending the two together into a terrific movie


As long as you are ready for some fairly brutal action, I think you’ll enjoy “Logan”. We’d really like to hear what think of it. Was it too violent? How does it compare to the other movies? Just remember not to include spoilers and let us know in the comments below.


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!