As far as Christmas Netflix Original movies go this one is pretty okay, the first Christmas Chronicles was fine enough and this one is on pretty much the exact same level. Kurt Russell is still pretty solid as Santa Clause and at least they changed the story up a bit even if it’s not very original at all. What bogs this movie down is the villain he’s really not interesting at the slightest in fact he’s very annoying and really holds the movie back from being anything other then “fine” the humor is really not great a lot of the jokes are a huge miss or just don’t make any sense at all. On the top of my head I can remember only 1 or 2 jokes I laughed at during this movie. Despite what I said I can definitely see kids loving this movie, it has all the elements it needs to be a very safe kids/family Christmas movie and sometimes that’s really all you need. Also this is a huge step up for Chris Columbus since the last movie he did was Pixels.
I debated if I should even count this as a film and add it to my 2020 movies count. But since a lot of people are counting it I might as well, it’s only 48 minutes long which for what it is the movie is fine enough. There’s tons of Star Wars memes thrown in the film such as “Hello there!” To my surprise they actually got Kelly Marie Tran to voice Rose, it’s actually pretty nice to see although her part isn’t that big. What this movie really reminds me of is when I was like 8-10 years old I use to make storylines with my action figures. That’s the vibe this movie gives off which is not a bad thing at all, in fact in this case I think it works well. The movie is clearly not going for a serious tone, the comedy is a hit or miss some of it works and some of it doesn’t. It really comes down to if your a huge Star Wars fan or not, because a lot of it is Star Wars oriented humor. But overall The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special is very straightforward and gets to the point quickly, I can’t see myself ever watching this again but for a first time watch it’s passable.
The Witches did not need another remake, the first adaption was solid enough and got the job done…why do another one? This version of The Witches suffers from multiple problems, Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer do the best they can with a very poor script, some of the visuals and the makeup are kinda solid as well. But that’s seriously where it ends for me, acting wise everyone else felt way too wooden. Heck at times Octavia Spencer fell in wooden territory, the writing was just not engaging, a lot of it was typical family movie tropes that really fail to live up to the original adaption, the biggest problem this movie has is it’s too forgettable. It’s one of those movies where you watch it and then two hours later you forget 70% of what happened, outside of Anne Hathaway it really doesn’t do anything that’s going to make the viewer remember it. Chris Rock’s narration does not work at all, it feels way too out of place and does not fit the atmosphere of the actual story. A matter of fact the atmosphere of the movie is a big issue, it has no idea what it wants to be. Does it want to take itself seriously? Does it want to be some wacky family movie? It switches constantly back in forth between many different type of atmospheres, overall The Witches (2020) is completely unnecessary this is going to be one of those many cases where people are going to remember the original adaption and forget the new one as it does almost nothing to make itself standout.
I had little to no expectations with Love and Monsters, it looked like a Zombieland clone, however the movie is actually not that. Sure Love and Monsters does share some similarities as Zombieland but director Michael Matthews is able to bring a lot of different elements to the table. First off the film itself has to be the sweetest apocalypse movie I’ve seen, underneath all the monsters and the villains you have Dylan O’Brian and Jessica Henwick’s chemistry which is just beautiful to watch. You actually root for both these characters and care about their relationship, so to combine a very cute chemistry in a monster apocalypse movie was really clever. The acting is pretty strong, Dylan O’Brian and Jessica Henwick are both fantastic and give tons of memorable moments, the writing is cleverly written with character moments and humor both combined it turns out to be a interesting little movie. The filming is pretty well done and really does the location of the film justice, the special effects and the monsters I have to say are pretty solid. That was one of my main concerns going into this movie but I thought they were done pretty well. I feel like what I like most about the film is it feels quick and goes straight to the point. It knows what it wants to be and what it’s set out to do. Be a quick monster apocalypse film that has some similarities to some other movies but keep things fresh as well. I definitely recommend giving Love and Monsters a watch! One of the biggest surprises of the year.
The Secrets We Keep is basically Roman Polanski’s Death and The Maiden, only that this movie is nowhere near as good. I thought The Secretes We Keep started off interesting and had some good ideas, however it quickly showed that this movie is just a lifeless copy of Death and The Maiden, while the acting was very decent especially from Noomi Rapace. It isn’t enough to make any of the performances believable, it all just feels way too middle of the road and very below average. The writing isn’t really great at all, it has it’s moments but those are far and few in between.. I really don’t have anything else to say, if it sounds interesting to you check it out I guess. Otherwise don’t bother.
I’m going to keep this short, Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo is refreshing after the mess of a movie Scoob which came out earlier this year. This time the crossover is with Elvira and Bill Nye the science guy, both of which fit in pretty well! The jokes are the typical Scooby-Doo humor and that’s a good thing, you can’t help but just laugh at it! What I appreciate about this movie is it actually gives Daphne a bigger role, a lot of the times she really doesn’t get much to do in some of the movies. But here she is actually used pretty well, I was honestly pretty surprised so I give credit where credit is due. Otherwise it’s a typical Scooby-Doo movie extremely harmless fun that at the same time is very charming, any Scooby-Doo fan will love it.
I really have to say I’m actually surprised by how much I really liked this movie. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter really pull it off, they are both hilarious and their performances are quite great!! The humor is genuinely funny, sure not every joke lands but a majority of the jokes landed pretty well there is even some creative ones as well. Speaking of which the writing was quite clever a lot of the time and explored other themes, it’s also pretty heartwarming as well especially towards the end. The movie is very touching and leads to some surprisingly emotional moments and manages to combine that with humor. Which is what I think I loved most about this movie, it manages to combine the humor and the serious moments really well which leads to some excellent results! Overall this is a very satisfying movie that I highly recommend giving a go!!
The One and Only Ivan is a movie I was not expecting to like as much as I did, based on a true story we have a pretty interesting story. The acting and voice acting were both really solid, Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Brooklyn Prince, Ariana Greenblatt and Danny DeVito were definitely the standouts. The writing was overall not too bad, it did have it’s hiccups at times (a few fart jokes) but otherwise there was some genuinely meaningful dialogue in the movie that was heartwarming. The movie does start off slow but picks up quickly as it goes on, the score I thought was overall well done and matched the tone of the movie. The original song from this movie “Free” by Charlie Puth and written by Diane Warren was excellent and matches the movie really well. There are some sad moments that add to this movie that are actually well done, The One and Only Ivan is a huge crowd pleaser and is definitely one of the better Disney+ Original movies!
Chemical Hearts is another high school romance movie, sure it’s better than some of the other ones that have been coming out recently. But that is really not saying much at all, I will say the acting is not too bad Lili Reinhart isn’t too bad and everyone else does a fairly decent job. But everything else just ranges from bad to below average, it feels like the people who worked on this movie just copied off of every other high school romance movie and didn’t do anything to change it up at all. Chemical Hearts really does not have much to say at all, sure there’s a few good moments that are supposed to give the characters some development, but a lot of it is elements that you have already seen several times before. I really don’t know what else to say, if your a fan of high school romance movies you will probably like this…otherwise skip this one.
Why does Ethan Hawks sing “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” in a movie about Nikola Tesla? I swear if someone asked me what is one of the most uninteresting and just downright terrible movies so far this year. I would say it’s Tesla, I mean sure in concept the movie sounds pretty okay a biopic about Nikola Tesla how could you possibly mess that up? Unfortunately the writers wanted something different and then came up with whatever this was, it’s actually really hard to explain because I still don’t know what they were trying to do. The only good thing I can give this movie is Ethan Hawks’s performance, he definitely tries his best in such a terribly written movie. I feel like the worst part about this whole movie is how it is just not interesting at the slightest, it quickly loses the viewer’s interest by not doing anything really. It’s biopic that honestly felt like it did not need to be made, sitting through this movie is like doing chores around the house. You don’t want to do them but if you want to be done you have to do it, just give this one a skip..