Happy Halloween Scooby Doo! (2020)

Scooby-Doo and the team gather again to solve the mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove.

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.

7/10 B

All Together Now, Superman Man Of Tomorrow and The Binge (2020)

An optimistic high schooler with musical aspirations must learn to accept help from her friends to overcome her personal hardships and fulfill her dreams.

All Together Now is the second film directed by Brett Haley that has come out this year! The first being All The Bright Places (which I loved) while All Together Now might be not as good, it’s still one of those rare Teen movies that ends up being very solid. The acting is overall decent with Auli’i Cravalho giving a really strong performance, the writing has some genuinely beautiful moments with the music helping certain scenes standout. If I had one main criticism it would be towards the end the movie does feel like it gets a little bit weaker, it does feel a bit formulaic at times. But I can say at least this movie is interesting and is enjoyable unlike some other Teen movies. Definitely worth checking this one out.

7/10 B

Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis.

Not going to lie I was worried for this movie, it’s another Superman origin story so I was a bit worried that this movie was going to bring nothing new to the table. While it does bring some familiar elements it also does bring some new elements to the table as well, it has some solid character development and and actually some decent dialogue. My main issue with the film however is that it feels way too stuffed, between having way too many villains and a lot of other ideas it does fall short from being anything noteworthy when it comes to the DC Animated movies. The animation is really going to be up to the viewer, some people like the animation just fine others see it as a step down from the other movies. I personally don’t know what to think, at times it’s pretty great by giving detail for the action scenes and at other times it’s just not that interesting. Superman Man Of Tomorrow is definitely not the best of the DC animated movies but it’s passable and fans will definitely enjoy it.

6/10 C+

Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the “fun” is on Binge day.

I really don’t have much to comment on about this movie, it’s basically The Purge meets Booksmart which really could have worked. If the movie was actually funny, at times the jokes landed I found myself laughing. The problem is the rest of the movie is just not good, the acting is terrible and the originality is just nonexistent, it feels like one of those terrible Teen sex comedies that came out back in the early 2000s except here it’s drugs. Some of the humor is screaming really loudly which is something I’m really getting sick of directors putting in their films thinking people are going to laugh just because the characters scream. As I said before this movie does have it’s moments where it is genuinely funny, it’s worth noting that this is by the guy who did The Wedding Ringer, overall The Binge is just not worth sitting through…

2/10 F

The One And Only Ivan (2020)

A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Ruby as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

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!

7/10 B

Deathstroke Knights & Dragons (2020)

The assassin Deathstroke tries to save his family from the wrath of H.I.V.E. and the murderous Jackal.

Solid enough DC animated movie, Deathstroke is one of my favorite characters and I’m pretty happy with the end result. While the animation isn’t that great and the final act does fall apart, the rest of the movie is a lot of fun. There’s plenty of gore for people hoping there are some great kills, the action scenes are very strong and actually have some great detail to them. It’s pretty fast paced and gets to the point rather quickly which is very refreshing to see, I do wish the movie built more development on some of the other characters, there’s a lot of characters who are just there and never get seen again. A major thing this movie benefits from is how it looks like a comic book and that really is it’s strong point. Overall a very solid movie that I recommend giving a watch.

7/10 B

Animal Crackers (2020)

A family must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington.

Animal Crackers is a film that took awhile to come out in America, it was originally supposed to be released in 2017 but over the course of several delays it just wasn’t happening. At some point Netflix bought the rights to it and released it in 2020. Which I’m actually surprised I enjoyed this movie, usually I would not like animated movies like this but there’s this certain charm to this movie that I can’t really explain that I really like. The voice acting is fantastic between Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen and a few others it’s quite great and probably the best thing about this movie. I thought the premise of the movie was done well and did it’s job, the one thing with this movie I didn’t like however was the animation. I don’t think the animation was necessarily bad it was just nothing noteworthy there was clearly effort put into it but it’s just not the type of animation that I would jump up and down about. For what this movie was it was decent and it’s definitely harmless!!

6/10 C+

Scoob! (2020)

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

It took me a bit to actually come up with a rating for “Scoob!” Mostly because of how many mixed thoughts I had with this movie. With every couple things it does right there’s more things it does either nothing to write home about or bad. I’ll start with the positives, I do like the animation I thought it was well done and matched the movie pretty well. The first 10-15 minutes were pretty good and give a nice introduction, the recreation of a certain thing (I’m not going to give it away) was very entertaining. Everything else in the movie ranged from bad to nothing to write home about, the cast was just not very exciting at all. First off Velma, Fred and Daphne are barely in it, sure they do get some screen time but a lot of that is towards the end which by then just turns into a superhero movie. Which leads me to my next point Scoob doesn’t feel anything like Scooby Doo it feels like all they did was throw the Scooby Doo cast into a superhero movie that’s just desperately trying to create a Hanna Barbera universe. There’s a ton of Hanna Barbera characters, references and more it’s painfully obvious what they are doing. The writing is not really well done either, a lot of it just doesn’t have the charm that a lot of Scooby Doo movies usually have, it just feels very manufactured which is really sad to see. Overall Scoob is a result of what happens when a studio becomes greedy, they want to jump into something that’s popular but it completely backfires. If you wanted to make a superhero movie make a Blue Falcon movie, if you wanted to make a Scooby Doo movie make a Scooby Doo movie that has them solving mysteries. Not something as forced as this…

4/10 D+

Justice League Dark Apokolips War

Following the decimation of Earth, the Justice League regroups to take on Darkseid and save the remaining survivors.

Justice League Dark Apokolips War is the final DC Animated Universe Movie, which is kind of hard to believe. For years this series has been going on and to see it end is kind of mind blowing, the important question is did it end with a bang? I would say it most definitely did, in terms of quality Dark Apokolips War is one of the best films in the series. Let’s get the basics out of the way, the animation is really strong and matches the mood that this movie is going for. The voice acting is some really great stuff, a lot of the characters are fantastic. One in particular that I really liked was John Constantine who was voiced by Matt Ryan, I thought he stood out among a lot of the characters. What I loved most about this film are two main things, first the action scenes!! They are very detailed and extremely well done with some excellent suspense thrown in as well. The other thing is the kills and gore, without spoiling anything I will say this there are a lot of deaths and it’s pretty crazy to see. But at the same time it’s kind of fascinating and very well done, there’s a ton of emotion and reactions from the character that make the deaths have a meaning. I won’t say anything else because I do not want to spoil this movie, but overall I highly recommend his film! It’s definitely a great way to end the Animated Universe!!

9/10 A

More 2020 Quarantine Movie watches! Mortal Kombat Legends Scorpion’s Revenge, The Willoughbys, Sergio, Extraction and Behind You

The champions of Outworld and Earthrealm fight to the death in a brutal tournament that determines the fate of Earth.

This is hands down the best adaption Mortal Kombat has ever gotten, while I do like the first Mortal Kombat movie it’s definitely more of a guilty pleasure. As for Mortal Kombat Annihilation we don’t talk about that one, anyway this movie is actually made by Warner Brothers and takes the Mortal Kombat name and kind of just does it’s own thing with it. I really appreciated the gore the movie put in, the acting scenes were also a very nice welcome as well! The writing was pretty well done, the animation was beautiful and the overall movie was a very fun but at the same time really great experience. It’s one of those video game adaption movies that really gets it right and shows how much care was put into it. The movie also feels like one of those Saturday morning cartoons where you would be really excited to see and I mean that in a very positive way. Because this movie does get you excited to see what happens next! If you are a Mortal Kombat fan I highly recommend giving this one a go!!!

8/10 B+

Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

I’ll keep this rather short because I really don’t have much to add, The Willoughbys was one of those movies where the longer I thought about it the more I kind of liked it. The animation is beautiful, it’s bouncy, colorful, stylish and so on. It gives the movie it’s own personality and helps it separate it from a lot of other films! The writing was pretty creative at times and the plot was pretty interesting as well. I will say the movie had a rough start and took a bit to get going, but once it did start moving it was at it’s best. It turns itself into something quirky which I really liked, it’s definitely an interesting movie that I would recommend!

6/10 C+

A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.

Sergio is a painfully below average movie, outside of Ana De Armas giving a solid performance and a few moments in the film that are actually quite good. It really does not have a lot to offer, a lot of the acting and writing is just okay with nothing really to it at all. A lot of the movie is kind of uninteresting mostly due to the movie jumping forward and backward through time to the point where it will definitely confuse the audience. It also leads me to believe that they honestly had no idea what they wanted to do with this movie, the movie also did not have that extra push to make it stand out among the crowd. A very painfully below average film that I don’t recommend…

5/10 C
Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

I still stand by if Chris Hemsworth was not in this movie, the movie would not be getting anywhere near the amount of attention it is getting. The movie itself is one of those action movies that just kind of exists, the positives I can give this movie are Chris Hemsworth giving a good performance, the action scenes are solid and the camerawork is pretty good. The rest of the film ranges from bad to very forgettable. The acting from everyone else feels very wooden, the writing is just not well done and feels very rushed at times. The writing also feels like it’s trying to be something much bigger but ends up being something so small and overall pointless. In fact that’s what I feel about a majority of this movie…pointless, it just feels like one of those action movies that saw what some other action movies were doing and just copied ideas from those movies and hope it sticks. Overall it’s really not worth checking out unless your a huge Chris Hemsworth fan…

4/10 D+
Two young sisters find that all the mirrors in their estranged aunt’s house are covered or hidden. When one of them happens upon a mirror in the basement, she unknowingly releases a malicious demon.

I’m not entirely sure why I even bothered with this movie, I guess the concept sounded interesting. But it completely missed it’s mark, the acting felt way too wooden, the writing was just terrible and about what you expect from a terrible horror movie, the pacing made the film feel like it was 2 hours long. The movie itself is pretty much any given horror movie you have seen, if you have at least seen one horror movie in your life then you can just skip this. It does nothing new for the genre at all…

1/10 F

2020 Quarantine Watch (TigerTail, Trolls World Tour, Wendy and Butt Boy)

A Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities in this multi-generational drama.

TigerTail is a beautiful story about following your own path and making decisions that you may not want to do but sometimes it’s for the best. Alan Yang puts his heart and soul into this film and it clearly shows, from a lot of top notch performances to beautiful and very powerful writing. Yang’s direction is definitely the best thing about this film, he really shows the emotions and struggles each of the characters go through. Which are very raw each of the characters have their own unique personality and feel like human beings who have flaws, the story itself is very beautiful and just overall very well done. Please go give this one a watch!!

9/10 A

When the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the Troll kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the Trolls.

Trolls World Tour was definitely a surprise, I absolutely hated the first movie. It felt like almost every animated movie released at the time, while yes this movie does feel like that as well at least Trolls World Tour has much more going for it. What I really respect about this movie is the message, it takes the topic of diversity and cleverly implements it into music genres. The covers of many of the songs were actually quite great which is something I was very surprised about, the cast seemed like they had a blast with this movie which is also great to see. The movie does feel formulaic which doesn’t really help the movie in the long run, but at least the movie is not painful. It’s a charming little movie that gets the job done, will I ever watch this movie again? Probably not but it definitely is a good watch!!

6/10 C+

Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.

Look I respect Benh Zeitlin and his attempt with this movie, but the movie itself is just not good. I thought the acting was fine enough and the filming was pretty great, a matter of fact visually this movie is pretty great. However the writing is a completely other story, the incoherent writing really destroys this movie. It’s a complete mess and feels like they rushed through certain scenes to get it finished, my biggest problem with this movie is that there is a good movie somewhere in this mess. It’s desperately trying to get out but it’s squeezed in between messy writing and horrible pacing, as I said before I respect what they were trying to do with this movie, however the movie itself should be skipped.

4/10 D+

Detective Fox loves work and alcohol. After going to AA, his sponsor, Chip, becomes the main suspect in his investigation of a missing kid. Fox also starts to believe that people are disappearing up Chip’s butt.

I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to give this
one a full review at first. The movie has it’s bizarre ideas and some are actually pretty good, the movie itself definitely could have benefited with a bigger budget and better writing. It has a lot of fun moments that I found myself enjoying and laughing at, but in terms of filmmaking it’s just okay. It’s on the border of being okay and being a little below average. It’s kind of hard to go into detail without spoiling and for the people who want to see it I won’t do that for you.

6/10 C+

Onward (2020)

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. Onward is definitely the movie that shocked me the most so far this year. Dan Scanlon who directed Monsters University which sadly I was not the biggest fan of. Plus I really think the advertising for Onward was not that great, however life is full of surprises and this movie turned out to be extremely great! First off the chemistry between Chris Pratt and Tom Holland was fantastic, I was really impressed with how well they both worked together, the animation was both stunning and really strong! It gave the movie it’s own unique feel which I really loved, one of the biggest reasons I was very skeptical about this movie at first was the character design and the style of the movie (adventure type) . I didn’t know if the movie could pull off something interesting with these types of characters, or pull off something new. However the movie takes a similar concept and turns it into it’s own, it throws in some Lord Of The Rings elements for the story and for the characters the movie gives them some great character development. Plus the movie does have it’s emotional moments which I will say almost made me cry, the final act is definitely worth the wait. It’s emotional, heartwarming and really well done, I had my doubts about this movie at the beginning but it proved me wrong which it ends up being one of my favorites of the year!

9/10 A