Who would have thought that music and a heist themed movie would go so well together. Imagine a crime/action movie paired with high-speed car tricks and great music. This movie was a delightful surprise. It also had moments of humor and tragedy which made for well rounded characters. Watching the trailer, I wasn't sure what I was in for. When the movie started with all this music and choreographed moves, choreographed driving, and fighting it was a surprise and I didn't see it coming. My knee jerk reaction was that it was cheesy, then suddenly without me even realizing it, I really got into it and I enjoyed it immensely.
I can hear it now...."Tamara, YOU'RE reviewing Baywatch?!?!" Yes, yes I am! The Rock...and muscles. Enough said. Well, there's more to be said. Starting with the fact that Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock is really likable in this movie. He always is. Zac Efron looked a little plastic to me for some reason, but he provided his fair portion of comedy. Together along with the rest of the Baywatch squad, they delivered the laughs. During two specific parts of the movie I was nearly in tears because I was laughing so hard.
Logan was one entertaining, sad, violent, and well done movie. My reaction while watching Logan compiled of things like "Oh, how dreadful!", "No!", Why?!" Logan takes place in the future, 2029, and Logan (Hugh Jackman), the once swoon-worthy hero that he was, is not the same as when we last saw him on screen. His looking older and he's feeling it. His healing abilities aren't what they were, he's slower, he's not as powerful, but one thing that is the same is his hard as nails and stubborn personality. Hugh Jackman really showed his acting chops this go around as Wolverine. As expected his character is bull headed, rough around the edges, with some bits of mushy bits on the inside. No matter how tough he is, he cares for others and it peeks out from underneath the emotional armor that he wears.
This movie was perfection. I don't say that lightly. I was uplifted and inspired when I walked out of that theater. While watching the movie, I could relate with some of the things happening to Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer). In 2016 women are still being taken advantage of in the work place. From equal pay to getting the correct title and pay for the work they are doing. This really hit home for me in a major way. I've been dealing with this for a white in my recent history so I could relate to her and it angered me. Once I was able to shake off my anger from those initial scenes, I was enthralled by these women.
This movie was so much more than I expected. I'd heard good things about the classic stage play written by August Wilson, so I expected a "play feeling" movie. Did I get that? Hmm...not exactly. Essentially it does feel like stage play-like, but that stage play feel fell away bit by bit as the movie went on. It was engrossing from the very first moment.
Denzel Washington's performance as Troy was memorable and impressive. He knows how to spot a good role. I suspect he may be nominated for an Oscar for this role. Viola Davis killed it as Rose, I'm sure she'll be nominated for an Oscar as well. The two of them together was on screen magic. She's an early 50's housewife that must manage a washed-up baseball dreaming, alcoholic, angry and bitter trash man husband with many issues. The rest of the cast is great. Everyone had a strong performance and those supporting roles were just as substantial as the leads. The actors and actresses fit the roles amazingly. I felt horrible for Mykelti Williamson's (best known for his role in Forest Gump) character, Gabriel. His time fighting in the army has left him mentally challenged and damaged. Hell, I felt bad for all of them. They were all in a bad way at one point or another in the film. There is heartache, anger, and a bit of healing that touch these characters.
I enjoyed this movie. Not only was it was entertaining, but the action scenes were well done and the Assassin fight scenes were phenomenal. I really loved watching those parts the most.
The best part is that you don't have to be all about the Assassin’s Creed video games to enjoy this movie. I took my mother with me and she'd never heard of the video game and she had a great time watching it. For those that have played the game - sorry, I can't speak to how it translated to the big screen. But if it's anything like most book to movie adaptations, I can almost guarantee that there were changes. Hopefully they changes did the game justice.
This movie was everything that you'd want in a war time romance. Yes, I said romance. This movie was served up to us as a drama and a spy movie in the trailers. Possibly an action movie, but I disagree with that assessment a bit. Yes, there are a good amount of scenes where they are clearly spies. Explosions and guns, lots of action. But with that said, this movie is more about the relationship between the characters played by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
Today I'm doing a collaboration with Tiffany from Angelized 1st. With the Halloween release of Horns staring Daniel Radcliffe, we decided to both read Horns by Joe Hill and view the movie. Visit Tiffany's blog to follow Daniel Radcliffe’s movie journey from Hogwarts to Horns. Below you'll find my review of Horns the book and my opinion on the movie adaptation.
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Publisher: William Morrow | HarperCollins e-books
Release Date: First published January 1, 2010
Pages: 466 pages
Review Date: October 30, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis:At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . . .
What I can say with absolute certainty is that this book is memorable. Every chapter, every page, things just got more and more shocking. Ig and Merrin were a true idealistic love story that crash and burned in the worst way possible. We watch Ig and Merrin fall in love and we watch the relationship crumble. Merrin is murdered and while not put to trail or convinced, Ig is the number one suspect in everyone's eyes. After a night of drinking that he can't remember Ig wakes up with horns and his whole world shifts. With these horns people blurt out to him every bad thought and secret that they would never normally speak aloud. Ig can also touch them and see everything that that they've ever done, the horrible things anyway.
This book is dark, it's screwed up, and it's hard to put down. Characters have tons of depth and they all evolve. Some for the worst and some for the better. Ig is a good guy, for the most part all of these characters are good people in their teen years. They get good grades, they get accepted into Ivy league colleges, have internships in amazing and high places. They all seem like the quintessential New England middle upper class teens. But there's always one rotten egg that spoils the bunch. You'll have to read the book to find out who and why!
I liked how everything was wrapped up at the end of the story and the revelations were compelling. We find out why Ig and Merrin's relationship crumbled at the end, and it's sad. We find out who murdered, how and why.
This was my first time reading Joe Hill, and it was a good experience. I'll be reading more from him. I recently found out that Hill's father is Stephen King, go figure. I had no clue, but once I knew that, I could see where the ability to weave a twisted story comes from. If you're up to reading something in this genre, I recommend giving Horns a try.
Continue on to find out my thoughts of the movie adaptation of Horns.
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