Secret Society Of Second Born Royals is basically X-Men for a much younger audience mixed with a ton of Disney Channel original movie elements. There really isn’t a whole lot to comment on, the acting is what you would expect…terrible outside Peyton Elizabeth Lee which is hands down the best part about this movie. The writing plays way too safe to the point where it becomes predictable and really bad. It really doesn’t do anything besides repeating plots that’s been seen in far better movies. The third act feels very rushed, it feels like they had no more ideas so they went with the most predictable third act they possibly could. While the movie is very bad and I highly recommend not watching it…for the most part for a very young audience it’s harmless enough. The biggest problem with it is it really serves no purpose, it’s outclassed by X-Men and Sky High and is overall very forgettable. This could have honestly been so much worse but that doesn’t make it anything worth looking into.
Tate Taylor is a very unbalanced director it’s nice that he tries several different genres but most of the time his attempts turn out terrible. Sure he’s had some success with Get On Up (which is really great) and The Help (although I am not a fan of The Help but it is one of his better movies) but then you have stuff like Girl On The Train where it’s clear that creating a thrilling atmosphere is his struggle (Ma is at least fun and does a bunch of things right) Ava is one of those movies where if you have seen at least one action movie you have already seen this one. Jessica Chastain (for whatever reason is in this) is definitely the best part about it, but honestly she isn’t even that good in it either. Ava tries to copy off of almost every action movie that has been releasing in the last 3 years have a few recognizable stars and have one of them be the badass character. The problem is the action in this movie isn’t good, it does nothing to separate it from the crowd. The score consists of mostly one song just played over and over again in different styles, trust me it gets very annoying quickly. It would be one thing if the song was you know good..but that’s not the case here, it’s a piece of music that really isn’t that exciting or interesting. Ava is also yet another action movie trying to be John Wick but completely fails at it, mostly due to the action scenes which as I said before aren’t exciting at all and have no depth. The character development is barely in there and just filled with cliche characters and the writing just isn’t there to back the movie up. Overall Ava is a terrible action movie, give this one a pass.
Howard Ashman was one of the best lyricists of our time, this documentary about how an incredible of a human being he was really shows that. The documentary goes over quite a bit and really goes into many emotional aspects, plus what inspired him to write certain songs. Take “The Mob Song” from Beauty And The Beast for example, Howard Ashman had AIDS by the time he wrote this song, Ashman viewed the Beast’s curse as an allegory for AIDS. He was inspired to write this song from a public sentiment at the time that was against AIDS and the gay community. Which is honestly something I would never think that would be what the song’s inspiration was but it shows there’s a story even for songs you wouldn’t expect. He also wrote several classics Arabian Nights, Under The Sea, Belle, Prince Ali, Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast and several others. The man was a mastermind and really seemed passionate at what he does, then there’s the emotional parts of the documentary that almost made me cry. It’s honestly really sad and shows how much of a good person Howard Ashman was to everyone around him, it’s heartbreaking to watch. Overall what else is there to say really? It’s a very straightforward documentary yet something truly special and one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year, I highly recommend watching it as soon as you can!
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!
A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.
This was definitely an interesting a little movie, I’ll start off by saying what I really felt was strong. Nicholas Cage was definitely the highlight, his performance was so well done and very strong too!! The cinematography was beautifully done, the direction I have to say was very strong too (for the most part) and the writing was very well done which also contained some very strong moments. Now unfortunately what holds this movie is back is it is a little messy at times, so the movie is not going to be for everyone. The first act does also drag a bit which is unfortunate, but if you can get passed that this movie is a very interesting one.
An 11-year old boy who believes that he is the best detective in town runs the agency Total Failures with his best friend, an imaginary 1,200 pound polar bear.
I think the most surprising thing about this movie is learning that the director is Tom McCarthy the same guy who directed Spotlight! Anyway I’ll keep this straight to the point if you are a fan of the books, you are most likely going to like this movie. I have never read the books or either hear of them up until watching this movie, as far as the movie itself it’s very below average. The acting is all over the place and the writing is very in the middle, sometimes there will be a good couple scenes and then other times there’s moments that are just bad. I’m sure kids will find it really enjoyable because it is very harmless and means well, but in terms of actual good filmmaking this really doesn’t do much. Also seeing a Polar Bear falling over multiple times isn’t really funny..
The story of the sled dog, Togo, who led the 1925 serum run, but was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race.
See this is the kind of movies Disney should really focus on making, not make like 3 or 4 live action remakes a year. Anyway on to the movie itself, so everyone knows about Balto however this movie tells you the actual truth of what happened and Togo is actually the one who deserves all the credit, the movie does a fantastic job with explaining that. Willem Dafoe gives a really strong performance, the score is really beautiful and the setting combined with the cinematography is beautiful. Also using “The Swimmer” by Max Richter is always a plus the scene where it’s used is so beautiful and absolutely well done. A lot of people may right this off as just okay, which I can perfectly understand why but something about this movie I just really liked! If you have been disappointed but Disney+’s original movies so far you certainly won’t be disappointed here!!