I’m not sure which is more surprising…David E. Talbert finally making an actual decent movie or that this is the best Christmas Netflix Original movie since Klaus. It’s definitely not something I would say is really great, but it has a lot going for it. For starters the music and the singing blend very well together, everyone did a very good job when it comes to singing. The acting was decent enough and the writing did have some heartwarming moments as well. The one major flaw with this movie is the running time, it’s 2 hours and 2 minutes which it definitely did not need to be. Some scenes really drag out and are only dragged out so they can make the running time. Trim at least 15-20 minutes of the film and you would still have the same movie. With that said Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a very fun Christmas movie that families will definitely love!
I’m going to keep this brief as David Byrne’s American Utopia really speaks for itself. Earlier this year we had a recording of Hamilton and now we have one of American Utopia! I really want to point out that it was a very clever idea that combine both Spike Lee with his direction and mix with it David Byrne, the end result is quite beautiful. Spike Lee makes sure to capture everything and when I mean everything I mean everything, from the movement of the performers, to the beautiful and powerful music it’s truly an amazing performance. The “say his or her’s name” segment is my absolute favorite it’s a huge reflection on current events and really makes sure to tell the viewer on why it’s important. What I absolutely love about this is that it delivers powerful messages through the music, it doesn’t need a lot of dialogue it shows and tells and that is a truly fantastic way of showing your message. I said in my Hamilton review that the running time went by extremely quick and didn’t feel like a very long movie, well this is the exact same case here with American Utopia. Even though it has a running time of 2 hours and 15th minutes it goes by quickly, it’s mostly due to the performance pulling the viewer into it, you feel like your sitting there watching it in person having a blast. Speaking of having a blast this performance is a blast, another thing I absolutely love is how American Utopia combines both fun and meaningful moments, neither of them out balances the other it truly is mesmerizing! Overall American Utopia is fantastic truly one of the highlights of the year that I recommend!!
A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.
The very fact this movie came out in 2019 is absolutely unbelievable, you would think by now they would put a lot of effort into something like this but nope!!! The best way to describe Cats is…imagine someone or a group of people taking several different types of drugs all at once, now imagine that same person or people actually trying to write a script, direct a movie and do the CGI that’s how you get this movie. I’m going to be honest here when the first trailer came out I was sort of excited for it, I loved Les Miserbales which is by the same director Tom Hooper so I thought “maybe this could be good.” The main problem right off the bat is how horrifying the cats actually look, it’s nightmare fuel and not in a good way. The acting is terrible as well as the songs, outside of Taylor Swift (who’s not even in the movie for that long I believe it’s 5-7 minutes which really doesn’t matter at one point) everyone else just feels miserable, but oh god the writing don’t even get me started…it’s quite honestly some of the worst I’ve heard in 2019, the jokes it tries to pull off are terrible, It’s incredible how something this terrible and so messy could exist. I went into this movie with open mind hoping that maybe some people overreacted but this is no overreaction, this is downright terrible and definitely bottom of the barrel material.