It’s quite simple. You white wash this classic Japanese story you will get some confusion.
Of course if you watch this with no knowledge of the original you might think it’s OK. But even at that, this story had no character development and felt rushed. The attempted infusion of Asian culture (or lack thereof) in this sense is not good either. Worst of all, it felt so confusing.
The plot is good but what makes this so bad was that it’s a complex story that you can’t fit in only 100 minutes. The characters need to develop. The background of L needs to be explained more. The love interest needs to be so much more complex.
This movie lacked a lot. On its own, it’s OK. But if you know the original, then you know that this was just an awful attempt to make an extra buck off someone else’s great idea.
I watched it. I wanted to like it. But I couldn’t. It just fell flat.
Let me first tell you that I am a huge Tupac fan. I am a fan that owns all his albums. I am a fan who researched and downloaded all his original recordings (which would later be put into his posthumous releases). I also have two posters of him in my childhood room. I have seen all his movies. I am a huge fan.
With that said, I came into “All Eyez on Me” with the knowledge of the critics’ less than enthusiastic reviews of the film. Jada Pinkett-Smith and 50 Cent have expressed their dislike of the movie as well. I was hopeful that maybe my perception wouldn’t be swayed. But it was. And when I watched the film, I was disappointed.
Overall the movie was decent for the casual fan who may not know his story. But still, the struggle to fit in 25 years of his life into a film is hard. Rather than focus on a part of his life, we got a directionless film that went all over the place. We struggled to identify with the character and that unfortunately led to the anti-climactic end which really didn’t give much to the enigmatic rap star.
Filed under Movies, Music
Remember when I expressed my concern over The Circle? Well I saw it a few days ago and it wasn’t as bad.
BUT THE BOOK WAS BETTER!
Hey, I am going to go into some spoilers so prepare yourselves.
Isn’t that always the case? The book is a lot more detailed. But I understand the difficulties a movie has to go through with time constraints and limitations in all details.
Filed under Books, Movies
About a year ago I saw “The Circle” at Barnes & Noble and put it on my list of books to read. I would later find out that the book was being turned into a movie.
Why wouldn’t it be? The idea and concept of the story was intriguing and I wanted to read it. So I bought the book and read it about a month before the movie’s release date.
I liked the book. I felt compelled to sympathize with characters. It wasn’t overly serious but it also was a perfect commentary on what we have become as a society.
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I just watched the Power Rangers movie and I have things to share. The second half of the post has spoilers so be careful when you get there. But first, some general thoughts.
It was nostalgic. Oh they had Bryan Cranston back which was nice! The names were the same and the whole premise was great. If you grew up watching the show as a kid, I think you would like this.
However, I do have to say that it was hard for me to get into this movie first because I held on to the past. I wanted to compare so much and find things I didn’t like. It was only until a little ways into the movie that I realized I had to let go. There were some great parts that took me back but it was a new chapter in the storytelling of Power Rangers. It was for the nostalgic kid in me and for the new generation to have their new heroes. Overall, I felt that they captured everything I needed to see in the movie. There was enough comedy, a little cheesy but a whole lot of fighting that gave me all the feels.
It was targeted to a PG-13 type audience and that was fine for me. I felt that anything less wouldn’t work for a movie coming out in 2017. It seemed like it was going in the direction of a movie like Spy Kids, but this was Spy Kids on steroids. It was action-packed and it was a simply fun movie. Letting go of the past allowed me to embrace this future.
NOW HERE COME THE SPOILERS!!!!
THESE SPOILERS DISCUSS EACH RANGER’S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW.
ARE YOU READY?
On Tuesday night, I finally got around to seeing “The Shack.” Check out the trailer above.
I read the book, which the movie is based on, when I was in college and I am a huge advocate for the book. I really love allegories on Christianity. So when I went to see the movie, I was hoping that it would tell the story I knew and love. It did. The movie matched the book.
For those of you who don’t know the story and want to avoid some kind of spoilers (well not really) then I suggest you stop reading now.
Are you ready?
Filed under Faith, Movies
You read that headline. Spoilers ahead.
If you’re not ready, GET OUT!
I can’t get this movie out of my head. It was done so well that I keep thinking of all the nuggets, hidden messages, symbolism to the entire movie. We can all talk about those things at another time. Or read someone else’s observations. My post is about the final scene of the movie.
The scene I am talking about is the one at the very end when Chris crashes his car. Georgina is dead. Walter is about to kill him before the camera flash stuns him back to a momentary state of normality. Walter shoots Rose and them himself.
Then we enter the scene.