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! 

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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” 

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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” 

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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!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? It's a concept that has been a part of storylines in the comics and various animated versions. Now, for the first time, the two heroes face off in live-action in “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

The movie hits the ground running with action and story. As the previews have said, this version introduces us to Bruce Wayne, who has already been Batman for some time now. They don't spend much time on his back story because they don't need too. The combination of the writing and Ben Affleck's compelling portrayal of the Dark Knight give us a great sense of his life experience as Batman. You believe that everything he is doing is what he believes is for the greater good.

Henry Cavill reprises his role as Clark Kent/Superman. The movie's conflict begins with the aftermath of the battle in Metropolis that takes place at the end of “Man of Steel”. The effort to make these big screen characters more realistic gives a very interesting layer to the story. The world may be grateful that he stopped an attack, but that doesn't mean they don't still have to deal with the destruction caused by the fight, and that Zod only came to Earth because Superman was here. Cavill plays the role so well. This could be one of the best on screen portrayals of the struggle to be both Clark and Superman.

The story goes far beyond these title characters. After a few LexCorp Easter Eggs hidden in “Man of Steel”, “BvS: DoJ” introduces us to millionaire Lex Luthor. Jessie Eisenberg gives a surprising performance as the classic Superman villain. Calling it surprising doesn't mean he is not a good actor. He just wasn't necessarily someone that would have come to many people's minds when the think of casting this iconic character. If anyone is still doubting the decision when they go to the theater, he will prove them wrong. Running with a concept somewhat similar to Lex from the “Smallville” TV series, they start to give you a reason that he is the way he is. He is even well liked by many people for his “good work” in Metropolis. Eisenberg gives us someone who is not just a villain, but a character we want to learn more about.

Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane. Adams version of Lois is a combination of some of the best character traits of previous incarnations of the reporter. She still manages to find herself in trouble as a result of her “dive in head first” attitude, but she does not just wait around for Superman to show up. Sure, he still saves her on the occasion she gets in over her head, but often enough she is the one that saves herself and even rescues others along the way. She gives a good balance of needing help, but not being helpless. When Amy Adams first appeared in the “Man Of Steel” trailers, several fans were pretty upset that Lois had red hair instead of the traditional black hair the reporter has had most of the time before. It seems to speak well of her acting ability if the only complaint that many had was her hair color. It will be interesting to see what role Lois has in the Justice League movies.

There is a strong supporting cast in the film as well. Alfred is portrayed by Jeremy Irons. He may not be main character, but he gives a great performance as the famous butler. You believe that not only is he a loyal butler, but more importantly, a loyal friend and mentor to Bruce. As you know, Batman and Superman are not the only heroes to appear in the movie. Gal Gadot delivers the first big screen appearance of the Amazonian warrior princess, Wonder Woman. She is not a main character in the story but gives a strong performance to make us look forward to more to come.

This movie is full of Easter Eggs. Some are subtle, and some may as well be labeled “This is what we are going to do next”. Either way, it could be hard to wait until next year to see the “Justice League”.

“Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” was met with lot of harsh reviews. 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” 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Deadpool

They have said since the movie was announced that Deadpool would be different from any other superhero movie in the current sets. They were right, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

From the moment it starts, it goes right into action and a lot of comedy. Even the opening credits are part of the jokes. Do your best to pay attention to them as well as the visuals in the scene that is running at the same time.

After an actor plays two superheroes in two different movies and both of those movies were met with harsh reviews, you would think they were done in the genre. Thankfully, the studio realized the issues with those movies were not the fault of the actor and Ryan Reynolds was given another chance to become Deadpool. He does such a great job in this movie that you could almost forget about the reviews for “Green Lantern” or his previous attempt at Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. At least you could if he didn't keep reminding you. Keeping true to the comics and even some video game versions, Deadpool continues to break the 4th wall and let you know what he thinks of everything from the events of the movie, to the production of the movie. Reynolds was a great choice for the role. He keeps you laughing but is still convincing when it comes to the less comical story of how he got to this point.

The entire cast works so well together in the film. Although the recasting of Colossus plus some apparent alterations to his character may leave you wondering where exactly Deadpool fits into the X-Men movie universe and timelines. Hopefully it will be made clear in future installments. Who wants to see Deadpool at least make a cameo in “X-Men: Apocalypse”? I know I would, although it is not clear if the present day timeline has any part in that movie, so we may have to wait for that cameo.

The visuals are impressive throughout. Although there is no alien war in this story, the action will certainly hold your attention through very exciting camera work and special effects.

Please keep in mind that this is not part of the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe. It is not advisable to bring kids to see Deadpool. The level of violence is higher than the other Marvel based movies, as is the language. In fact, there is a funny cartoon going around social media showing Captain America's reaction to the “language”.

As long as you know you are going to an R-rated movie, than I would recommend Deadpool. Unless you are offended by crude humor, in which case this is not for you. It is a fun action-packed movie. Please comment below with your opinion of the movie. Just remember, no offensive language (even for this movie) or 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!