Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a decent Who Framed Roger Rabbit clone.

Chip and Dale live amongst cartoons and humans in modern-day Los Angeles, but their lives are quite different now. When a former cast mate mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale must repair their broken friendship and save their friend.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is surprisingly not too bad, what could have been an unfunny IP and cameo fest turns out to be a movie that has some pretty decent jokes and solid voice work. John Mulaney and Andy Samberg work very well together and truly hit it out of the park with some of the delivery from the jokes, J.K. Simmons is also pretty entertaining as well. The cameos are luckily very limited and the movie itself doesn’t spend too much time on them, plus they don’t over stay their welcome. What does stop this movie from being anything really strong however is mostly the villain Sweet Pete and third act, if you are aware of Bobby Driscoll’s story (actor who voiced Peter Pan in the original) Sweet Pete’s backstory has some very noticeable similarities, which lead to a controversy. While it may seem not a huge deal at first the more you read into Driscoll’s story and how he was treated the more uncomfortable this decision really becomes. Even if you took away this controversy Sweet Pete as a character still falls flat, he’s a very run of the mill villain to the point where his henchmen are actually more interesting. Then there’s the third act which while it’s not exactly bad it’s just not anything noteworthy and does feel like the movie ran out of steam. Overall Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a decent movie that definitely could have been a lot better had their been some better decisions and a stronger third act.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is available on Disney+

6/10 C+

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is a very satisfying new direction for the MCU!

Dr Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is the newest film of the MCU, without beating around the bush a major problem that myself and many others have had with some of these movies is they rarely feel like the directors are given the creative freedom. There’s definitely the exceptions such as the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies, while some of the other movies are still great I wish the directors had more creative freedom. Luckily Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness allows Sam Rami to go absolutely wild with this one, for starters the acting all around was really strong particularly Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong (who’s finally given a lot to do since his debut in the first Doctor Strange) and lastly Xochitl Gomez who plays America Chavez. While America Chavez definitely needs to get a lot more development from what was presented the movie gets your interest in her character and I’m very interested to see where they go with her. The Sam Rami style kicks in with just about everything else, there’s a lot of callbacks to The Evil Dead films with a few particular scenes using close up shots that are wildly entertaining. There’s a few body horror elements that work very well, the writing has a lot of that Sam Rami style to it. Even if the writing isn’t always the strongest in some areas there is this sense of it bringing you more into the film than a lot of the other films in the MCU, plus the build up was incredibly worth it and does finish the film off with a complete bang. Doctor Strange’s character is a lot more fleshed out here than he was in the first movie, we get to see a lot more of his relationship with Christine (Rachel McAdams) and how he feels about it, (the way their relationship is handled here heavily reminds me of Peter Parker and Mary Jane from Rami’s Spider Man films) Wanda is also done really well here, it’s a great continuation of Wandavision and wraps up a few plot lines very nicely as well. The action scenes are some of the most detailed and entertaining of the franchise to date, there’s a whole lot of different directions the action decides to go so it’s refreshing to see something a bit different with each action scene. Lastly it’s the most I’ve been entertained from a film from the MCU in quite awhile (besides No away Home) while at the same time trying something completely different and not following the exact formula of these movies. Overall Doctor Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness is a ton of fun and shows that the franchise can evolve quite well, if the franchise takes this approach there can be truly some great films ahead.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is available in theaters!

10/10 A+

The Bad Guys is an electrifying and energetic ride!

Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.

I’ve said this numerous times before but I think it needs to be repeated, I like to give every film a chance to impress, surprise or disappoint. It’s a huge part of why I absolutely love watching and reviewing films, The Bad Guys is an example of a fantastic surprise. First off the voice cast are really strong from Sam Rockwell to Zazie Beetz to Marc Maron plus Craig Robinson and Anthony Ramos everyone has their time to shine and take full advantage of it. The chemistry between all of them is really great as well it really adds to the film and gives it such a fun atmosphere, the jokes are actually quite great as well. Sure some don’t land but It surprised me how well written a lot of the jokes actually were, the film itself is not only a really strong animated film but it’s also a really good crime/heist film as well. It uses a lot of elements you see in the genre but still feels fresh at the same time, the animation is absolutely stunning there’s so much detail and personality in the animation with every scene. The characters have so much expressions, it’s fast paced, the editing energetic and the animation is very electrifying. The characters are absolutely well done, not every character gets a huge amount of development however what remains consistent is that each of them are very fun. They have their own personalities and the voice work makes them that much stronger. Overall Dreamworks hit it out of the park, The Bad Guys is hands down Dreamworks’s best film in awhile and it’s something you should absolutely check out!!

The Bad Guys is available in theaters!

9/10 A

The Northman is a masterfully crafted revenge story!

Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow — save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.

Robert Eggers continues to show he can take what seems like straightforward concepts but adds so much to it that his films become an experience. The Witch and The Lighthouse were some of the best films of the 2010s and highlight a completely different type of horror as well. The Northman has a lot of elements that The Witch and The Lighthouse did but also has it’s own identity as well, for starters the film is a lot bigger with it’s scale plus the world itself is completely massive. Yet it still feels focused on a few characters like Eggers’s previous films, which is truly incredible. The performances are all fantastic here Alexander Skarsgård is phenomenal in the leading role who plays a Viking that seeks revenge, who also gets a ton of character development. The Northman is one of those films where even the little details matter quite a lot because they add so much to the film and give it so much personality and character, Anya Taylor-Joy is absolutely incredible here and continues to show that she’s one of the best actresses working today. Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe are both terrifyingly great, there’s handful of scenes where they are terrifying and add to the atmosphere of the film. It was also great to see Björk in another film again, the atmosphere is masterfully done not only does it have a brutal type atmosphere where the gore and kills are incredibly raw. But there’s plenty of horror in the atmosphere, Willem Dafoe is only in the film for a few scenes but those scenes absolutely stick with you throughout the film, so it really adds a haunting type atmosphere. The film is also hauntingly beautiful it’s an absolutely well shot film that truly feels massive with lots to explore in each scene, the writing is completely well done and really takes a straightforward revenge type story and pushes it into something quite terrifying but beautiful at the same time. It comes down to how well presented the story was told and Eggers absolutely nails it every time when it comes to presentation. Sure the revenge story might not seem like anything new but the execution, writing, acting, filming and presentation all make it truly something special and engaging. Lastly there’s the direction which like the rest of the film is masterfully done, Robert Eggers truly hit it out of the park in all categories and created something unique when it comes to how these types of stories are presented, overall The Northman is a film I highly recommend checking out as it is one of the best films of the year so far!

The Northman is playing in theaters!

10/10 A+

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a lighting fast ride that’s a satisfying step up from the first film.

After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove that he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of a mystical emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since the first Sonic The Hedgehog film released in theaters, for what the first movie was and considering the circumstances of changing things up (Sonic’s design) the team did a very solid job. There was definitely room for improvement such as including a lot more elements from the video games, tone it done with the memes just to name a few. Luckily Sonic The Hedgehog 2 takes a lot of what the first movie did wrong and corrects them very well. For starters let’s talk about the cast and characters, because this time around both are a lot stronger! First you have Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic which of course does a fantastic job, I would argue he’s even better in this film mostly due to having more breathing room with the script. Jim Carey as Doctor Eggman is once again fantastic, like with Schwartz there’s a lot more breathing room so the writing allows Jim Carey to take full advantage of the role. But the two absolute standouts are Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails (who has been voicing Tails since 2014) and Idris Elba as Knuckles, the film does such a fantastic job of introducing both these characters and giving them the character development they deserve. Idris Elba as Knuckles is quite honestly a brilliant casting choice, he takes a very interesting approach to the character and really makes it work. The action scenes combined with the special effects are a huge blast as well, there’s a lot of call back to some of the 3D Sonic games such as Sonic Heroes, the action scenes are fast (as they should be) sure not every single action scene is a winner but they really stay true to the source material and are just a blast to watch, the main criticisms I do have with Sonic The Hedgehog 2 are the jokes don’t always land (although there is this one particular joke that I laughed quite a lot at). But I will give credit where credit is due, they toned it down with the memes from the first movie so that’s a plus, the other main criticism is the subplot felt a little out of place, which is Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) and Maddie Wachowski (Tika Sumpter) go on a trip to Hawaii for Maddie’s sister Rachel’s (Natasha Rothwell) wedding, granted the movie doesn’t focus on the human characters (outside of Eggman which is a good thing) plus Marsden and Sumpter give the film points for delivering some admittedly heartwarming lines that are actually very touching. That also give some development for Sonic, lastly there’s the writing which is better than you would expect. As I’ve been hinting at the film uses a lot more elements from the video games and the writing really compliments that very well. Overall Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a very worthy sequel and is one of the rare cases (especially when it comes to video game adaptions) where the sequel takes far more advantage than it’s predecessor, fans will absolutely love this movie and if you haven’t played a Sonic game but liked the first movie you will also really like this one! Be sure to give this one a watch!

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 releases tomorrow in theaters!

8/10 B+

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood is a masterclass of storytelling and narration.

A man narrates stories of his life as a 10-year-old boy in 1969 Houston, weaving tales of nostalgia with a fantastical account of a journey to the moon.

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood is a prime example of investing and beautiful storytelling, the film is about a man narrating stories of his life when he was 10 years old living in 1969 Houston and talks about how nostalgic he was and his journey to land on the moon. Right off the bat the animation is quite beautiful it has this style to it that strangely feels nostalgic which is a huge theme of the film, so it matches quite perfectly here. The film is a coming of age story that’s also a look at the daily lives of the people living in Houston during the time, this is a type of element that I absolutely love when films do and this is no exception. The film gives the characters a very grounded feel that’s probably due to the film actually being loosely based on the childhood of Richard Linklater (the film’s director, writer and producer.) which I found just absolutely fascinating, what of the strongest parts about the film is Jack Black’s narration especially combined with the nostalgia feel, I was not expecting to feel so relaxed by this film but the narration did just that. It’s the type of narration where you could sit and listen to it for hours on end and never get sick of it, the narration feels like you are actually having a conversation with adult Stanley and he’s sharing his experiences with you. Lastly there’s Richard Linklater’s direction and writing which is the cherry on top, it’s truly some of the most grounded and beautifully done writing so far this year, it really blends all of the film’s elements together to create something absolutely spectacular. It captures the feel of the time of the moon landing and it captures time passing in general, it’s truly well done film from beginning to end!

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood is available on Netflix!

10/10 A+

Quick Review: Jurassic Island (2022)

A group of explorers find themselves on an unknown Island surrounded by “extinct animals”.

Jurassic Island is basically something The Asylum would make, it’s completely what you expect from a movie like this. Terrible acting, writing, special effects and so on. There’s a ton of it’s so bad it’s hilarious moments that are by far the best part about the movie, but outside of that everything else feels like a chore to sit through.

Jurassic Island releases tomorrow on all VOD Platforms and April 12th on DVD.

1/10 F

The Lost City doesn’t do anything new but is very entertaining!

Reclusive author Loretta Sage writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan. While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city’s lost treasure from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her.

I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say here but The Lost City might be a nothing special about it adventure comedy movie, however it’s entertaining enough due to the cast who work incredibly well with each other. Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt (although I wish he was in it for much longer because he really is one of the strongest parts of it) all do a great job and bring so much charm to the movie. There’s quite a few jokes that I found surprisingly quite hilarious and definitely makes the movie very entertaining, there are jokes that don’t land very well at all and the movie does kind of run into the same problem I had with Uncharted. It doesn’t do anything new for the adventure movie genre, however as I said before the movie is entertaining and the cast is very strong. The music choices are actually pretty fun as well and add to the charm of it all, the chemistry between the cast is truly great especially Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum who really know how to entertain audience. This is definitely the movie to watch if you are just looking for a fun night out to the movies and not expecting anything new.

The Lost City releases tomorrow in theaters!

6/10 C+

SXSW Review: Slash/Back (2022)

When Maika and her ragtag friends discover an alien invasion in their tiny arctic hamlet, it’s up to them to save the day. Utilizing their makeshift weapons and horror movie knowledge, the alien realizes you don’t mess with girls from Pang.

I really don’t have much to say about Slash/Back but the movie itself is a very straightforward Sci-Fi movie, a group of teenage girls fight aliens while protecting their home. The cast look like they had a blast making the movie which is always great to see, plus the performances are all pretty solid as well! The same can be said for the music, it’s genuinely fun and brings the film a lot of entertainment value to it. The film definitely reminds me of Attack The Block so if you liked that movie you are more than likely going to like this one. The biggest flaw is the movie not really doing anything noteworthy, however it really isn’t trying to do that. It’s the very definition of a Indie film where a small group came together and made a film plus worked with what they had. And for that the movie definitely deserves credit, it’s a decent enough time to recommend.

Slash/Back currently has no release date.

6/10 C+

The Adam Project is a bland Sci-Fi movie that doesn’t come together.

After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.

The Adam Project did not work for me at all, this is another Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds collaboration the previous one being last year’s Free Guy which I did not like. The Adam Project is somehow even weaker, for starters Ryan Reynolds once again plays the exact same character as he does in a lot of his other movies, which is no surprise at this point but it hurts the movie badly. Zoe Saldaña and Mark Ruffalo have some great bits here but what’s holding them back is the writing, it’s very half baked and almost feels incomplete at times. It’s like the writers had a ton of different ideas written down but had no idea which one to go with, there’s also some very decent family drama that have genuinely touching moments that I actually found myself being very interested in. But the action is incredibly forgettable despite having some great music to go along with it. It tries to be this 80s throwback movie but this is an example of a movie simply referencing the 80s over and over again and not doing anything special with it. Overall The Adam Project is something that definitely could have worked had there been much stronger writing, action and better direction.

The Adam Project is available on Netflix!

4/10 D+