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  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (R, 2017)

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    This is the best sequel Keanu Reeves has ever been a part of, or will ever be a part of. Yes, I know... read more that The Matrix sequels and the one atrocious addition to the Bill & Ted duology were the only times he actually revisited a franchise, but at this point in his career, I can't see him starting up another franchise like this. John Wick was a blast to see on the big screen, but that's honestly just an appetizer. Thanks to the critical reception and enough word-of-mouth, making its box office return enough to warrant a sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2 was made possible. It's very rare that a sequel can top its predecessor. Sure, the arguments of Aliens over Alien or T2: Judgment Day over The Terminator are made on a daily basis, but most franchises fizzle out after the original, say for a few. Happily, John Wick: Chapter 2 can very safely be added to those few. Here is why this film is not only a great sequel, but an even better film that the first.

    Literally the first frame of this film gets you right back into the action that you loved about the first film, which also leads me up to the first complaint I have about John Wick: Chapter 2. After a solid ten minute action sequence, the following 30 minutes seem to go by at a snails pace in comparison, but the film does shut you up from feeling bored, to say the least. Once again following John as the main protagonist after he has lost yet another portion of his life, a man from his past returns to remind his that he owes him a debt. After fulfilling that debt, a price is put on his head, leaving him nearly defenceless. Having said that, no number of people can take this man down, and the action never lets up from there.

    Once the film begins to deliver fans what they came to this film for in the first place, it literally seems like one drawn-out action sequence for about an hour straight. I found myself completely zoned into the screen throughout the second half of this film, which is superbly directed and some of the most fun I've had at the movies in a while. You can't help but chuckle at the fact that our titular character is able to get out of certain scenarios, because there is just no possible way that one man can take down this many men with guns and walk away alive. That being said, if you can buy into superhero films as serious dramas in todays day and age, then you can forgive a few ridiculous moments in John Wick: Chapter 2.

    Just like the first film, you shouldn't be going into a film like this hoping for Oscar-worthy screenwriting. I have to critique this, because from the villain plot line, which is fleshed out enough, to the dumb one line conversations that certain characters exchange, there are aspects in John Wick: Chapter 2 that you just have grin at and shrug off. Having said that, as by the number as the villain sub plot is, there is much more depth to this story than what the first film delivered, but don't even get me started on the way the film ends. Let's just say that if John Wick: Chapter 3 picks up right where this film leaves off, it will be one pretty ridiculous film, even by the already set standards.

    In the end, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a film that picks up right where its predecessor leaves off, which absolutely requires you to see the first film, but let's be honest, if you are going to see this film in theatres, you've probably seen the first. Due to its incredibly violent nature, there are many viewers who will easily be turned off by this film, but for straight-up shoot-em-up films, you can't get much more fun than this nowadays. With great direction, a cheesy and fun screenplay, action that is far superior than the original, and a set-up for a third that will have you itching for more, John Wick: Chapter 2 is just one big gift for action fans. It's in no way perfect, but it was an absolute joy to see on the big screen. My only warning is the fact that it's overly violent. If you can't stomach an excess of death on-screen, then this film definitely isn't for you.
  • Beauty and the Beast (PG, 2017)

    Disney has been on a tear lately with its slate of live-action remakes but Beauty and the Beast is t... read morehe first title to come from the relatively recent Renaissance period of the early 1990s. The 1991l classic, based upon the French fairy tale, was the first animated film ever nominated for Best Picture, and back when the Academy was only proffering five nominees for the category (Toy Story 3 and Up earned Best Picture nominations after the category expanded up to ten). This is a beloved movie still fresh in people's minds. I was curious what Disney and director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) would do with the material, what potential new spins, and how faithful they might be. Regrettably, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a charmless, inferior remake of a Disney classic. In short, there is no reason for this movie to exist.

    Belle (Emma Watson) is a small French town's least favorite daughter, namely because she always has her nose in a book and wants "more than this provincial life." Gaston (Luke Evans) is the most popular man in town and a dreamboat that ladies savor, and maybe also Gaston's silly sidekick, LeFou (Josh Gad). The hunk is determined to marry Belle at all costs but she wants nothing to do with the brute. Belle's father (Kevin Kline) falls prisoner to a ghastly Beast (Dan Stevens), a monster who used to be a prince who was cursed for his vanity. The Beast's servants were also cursed, turned into living objects, like cowardly clock Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), lively lamp Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), and a tea kettle (Emma Thompson), feather duster (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), harpsichord (Stanley Tucci), dresser (Audra McDonald), and probably a chamber pot somewhere. Belle trades places with her father, becoming the Beast's captive. The servants encourage the Beast to put on a charm offensive and change his ways to woo Belle, because if he cannot earn reciprocal love before the last pedal falls from an enchanted rose, then they will all be doomed to live their current fates.

    I figured, at worst, I would be indifferent to the live-action version of a great animated musical, especially since they were following the plot fairly closely. I was not indifferent; I was bored silly, and as the boredom consumed me I felt the strong urge to simply get up and leave. Now I didn't do that, dear reader, because I owed all of you my complete thoughts on the complete film. I'd be lying if I didn't say I debated escape, which is a rarity for me (I've never walked out of a movie, but Beauty and the Beast now joins a small number of films where I considered the inclination). The source of my urges spring directly from the realization that I knew exactly what was going to be coming at every step, even down to shots, and I knew it was going to be worse than the source material. It felt like watching the soul slowly get sucked out of the 1991 film. It was imitation that squeezed out all the delightful feelings from the original, stamping out joy and replacing it with an awkward, stilted facsimile. There's also the problem of live-action being a medium that distorts some of the charming elements from the animated movie. The anthropomorphic servants are especially unsettling to watch.

    The new additions are few and completely unnecessary, adding a half hour to a classic's efficient running time. It's kind of like remaking Casablanca and adding forty minutes of stuff that doesn't belong, which might as well be known today as Peter Jackson Syndrome. With Beauty and the Beast, there are four or five new songs added, and they are awful and needless. Two of them are back-stories for Belle and the Beast/Prince, both of which were already covered earlier either explicitly or implicitly. They are the clear clunkers and further evidence that the 2017 additions are artistic anchors hampering an otherwise great musical. The Prince is given more screentime pre-Beast transformation but it covers the same ground that a simple voice over achieves in the original. I don't think much is added seeing Stevens get gussied up and partying with the pretty people of his village except as an excuse for costuming excess. Some of the elements added also feel remarkably tacked on and feebly integrated, like the Beast's magic teleportation book. He has a book that will take the user anywhere in the world, which Belle uses once to visit her parents' old home and learn redundant information. At no point is this powerful magical device ever used. Why introduce a teleporting book and never bring it up again, especially if only to reveal something superfluous? Why does the Beast need a magic mirror to spy on people if he can teleport there? These are the unintended questions that befall poorly planned story elements that nobody asked for.

    The 2017 Beast also wants to celebrate itself for being more inclusive, feminist, and forward thinking than its predecessor, but this claim is overblown. Much has been made out of Condon's claims of an "exclusively gay moment" in the movie devoted to LeFou, which wouldn't be that surprising considering his Gaston-adoring behavior walks a homoerotic line in the original. This "exclusive" moment is LeFou dancing with another man and seeming to enjoy himself, or at least not hating the idea. It lasts for a grand total of two seconds on screen as part of a closing epilogue scanning across our happy characters reunited on the dance floor. It seems like much ado about nothing, especially since the 1991 film had the exact same comic beat of a man discovering an unknown joy of dressing in women's clothing. Watson has been an outspoken actress, a UN human rights ambassador, and has said in multiple media interviews that it was important to make Belle a more actionable feminist figure. There was certainly room for improvement considering it's a romance that many have cited as a clear case of Stockholm syndrome. If a modern remake of Beauty and the Beast were going to make socially conscious strides, it would be here, naturally. It's pretty much the same movie except now she creates a washing machine by completely occupying the town fountain. That's it. Considering that the movie added thirty minutes to the running time, you would think a majority of that would be judiciously devoted to building a plausible bridge from the Beast being Belle's captor to being her lover. Nope. It's a more forward thinking movie in fairly superficial ways that feel overly designed to warrant applause, like the inclusion of two interracial couples in the small staff of a seventeenth century French castle.

    I went in and thought, if all else, I would at least have the instantly humable and highly pleasurable songs to fall back on. Then I realized this imagined respite was a fallacy. Like every other element in the film, the singing was going to be worse than the originals, and it was. The biggest aural offender belongs to our heroine, Miss Watson (The Bling Ring), whose singing vocals are Auto tuned within an inch of their lives. I have no idea what Watson's singing voice sounds like in real life but I can almost assuredly bet it does not sound like what comes out of her mouth in this movie. The Auto tune effect was immediate, and overwhelming, and it felt like daggers in my ears for the entirety of the film. Auto tune flattens out a singer's vocals and makes them sound tinny, unreal, almost like the comedown from sucking helium. I listened attentively to the other performers and it seemed like Watson was the only one given this exaggerated treatment. I've said before I'm not a fan of Watson as an actress, feeling she plateaued at a young age from the Harry Potter series, and her performance here will not change my mind. Similarly, the Beast's vocals are so enhanced with bass that it would be hard to judge Stevens authentic singing voice. McGregor (T2 Trainspotting) has proven his singing chops before but a French accent was clearly something that got away from him. Evans (The Girl on the Train) is acceptable as a singer but lacks something of the brio that makes Gaston a larger-than-life pompous ass. Gad (Frozen) is right at home with musical theater. If I had to pick a musical highlight I would cite "Be Our Guest" simply for the visual barrage of colors and playful imagery that is absent most of a rather dreary looking movie. The other performers are adequate and sing their parts with equal parts gusto and reverence, but they're all clearly weaker singers than the less known cast of the 1991 edition. It leaves one with the impression of a shabby celebrity karaoke version of a better movie.

    Beauty and the Beast isn't just a disappointment, it's an artistic misfire on multiple fronts that is looking for applause but doing too little to even earn such consideration. It wants to be forward thinking for a contemporary audience but they're empty gestures, as it just copies the 1991 movie down to similar shot selections. The 1991 movie is great, no question, but I don't need a Gus van Sant Psycho-_b_style remake that only serves to make me appreciate the original more. This movie has no reason to exist outside of the oodles of cash that Disney will probably collect from repackaging its much beloved classic to a new generation of fans and an older generation seeking out millennial nostalgia. The singing is off, especially from a painfully Auto tuned Watson, the new songs and scenes are pointless, and even some of the production design resembles a play that ran out of budget halfway through. If you're a fan of the original, you may find entertainment just reliving the familiar beats and notes from the 1991 film, just to a patently lesser degree of success. It's not like Disney's other live-action remakes of their extensive back catalogue of titles. The Jungle Book and Pete's Dragon were sizeable improvements, and the agreeable Cinderella found some welcomed maturity to go with its fairy dust. Those movies found new angles, and in some cases had little relationship to their original material as in the case of the wonderful and heartfelt Pete's Dragon. These are examples of filmmakers who were inspired by their sources but told their own stories. Beauty and the Beast, in contrast, is just the hollowed out husk of the original, now made putrid.

    Nate's Grade: C
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (R, 2017)

    A surprise improvement on the first John Wick film and does a great job of also setting up a possibl... read moree third film
  • Logan (R, 2017)

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    HELL OR HI, DAUGHTER - My Review of LOGAN (3 1/2 Stars)

    If you read my reviews with any r... read moreegularity, then you already know my profound distaste for all things superhero. I can only take so many CGI-infested, nuance-deprived tales of good vs. evil wherein the third act consists of endless fights, explosions, and end-of-the-world scenarios. I just don't care, and even more importantly, I never remember a thing about these multiplex seat fillers. Having said that, LOGAN, the latest installment in the WOLVERINE/X-MEN series, is about as good and as unusual as one of these, to me, less than marvelous Marvel movies is going to get, so I'm giving credit where credit is due here.

    If you're a fan of ultra violent, neo-western-noir road movies, then LOGAN just may bowl you over. Once again, Hugh Jackman plays the title character at a juncture in his life where he just wants to hide away from the world. He's shored up with a very ill Professor X (Patrick Stewart) somewhere in Mexico when trouble in the form of a mysterious, silent little girl named Laura (Dafne Keen, and holy sh*t, more on this amazing talent in a bit!) upends their isolation by drawing various Big Bads to them. I won't say more about the story, but it's not spoiling anything to say that in a film starring Wolverine, the claws come out.

    LOGAN, directed and co-written by James Mangold (WALK THE LINE, GIRL INTERRUPTED, COPLAND) with additional writers Scott Frank (MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT, LITTLE MAN TATE) and Michael Green (GREEN LANTERN, AMERICAN GODS), doesn't feel like most comic book extravaganzas. Fatigue sets the tone in this odd mixture of the world-weary western elements of HELL OR HIGH WATER and the father-daughter road relationship of PAPER MOON. Yes, the movie contains almost non-stop action and violence, but the settings seem gritty and real and the themes of aging and of giving up on life lend the movie more gravitas than one usually experiences with this genre. These are filmmakers who clearly elevate a genre I despise with adroit characterizations and plenty of grace notes.

    Now about that violence. It's an assault with more stabbing, dismemberments and beheadings than any film I can remember. It's aggressive, full throttle and seemingly without letup. Between that and the plethora of needle shots, I covered my eyes quite a bit. I haven't felt this pummeled by a film since MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, which also shares a lot of the same DNA. Both contain terrific performances and a careful attention to forward momentum.

    Yes, Jackman delivers big time with this angry, gut-busting primal scream of a performance, but it's Keen who astonishes. The earlier reference to PAPER MOON wasn't haphazard, as this has got to be one of the greatest child performances since Tatum O'Neal won her Oscar back in 1974. Keen has an incredible presence even when not speaking a word. So many child actors avoid eye contact with their co-stars and never appear to be listening, but Keen has a solid, frightening gaze and when she emotionally lets loose, it shot right through me. Although she first appeared in the TV series, THE REFUGEES from 2014-15, LOGAN marks her highly auspicious feature debut.

    Other notable performances include Stephen Merchant (the UK version of THE OFFICE) Caliban, a palpably frightened albino, and Eriq La Salle (ER), who does a nice job of sketching in family dynamics in what feels like a mini-movie right in the middle of the story. Stewart also adds some late-in-life texture to his now-familiar Professor character. Additionally, Cinematographer John Mathieson, no stranger to the genre, must have enjoyed shooting a film that takes place on earth and features great performances. He also has a field day with the "seizure" sequences, which also are stunning examples of sound editing and mixing.

    All good, right? Well.......ok, here's where the curmudgeon in me takes over.

    As I said earlier, this is as good as these movies are gonna get, but I won't remember anything about the story and just don't care anymore. I crave real stories about real people who don't have sharp blades sticking out of their knuckles. I've got nothing left in my tank for magical powers or energy being harnessed to make things fly in a huge swirly motion. I like real stakes that I can believe in to keep me involved. Sure, there's a place for fantasy and mind-bending science fiction, but when it's the only flavor being offered by the major studios, it makes me want to concentrate really hard, harness all of my energy, and lift them off their foundations and send them crashing into a black hole.
  • Beauty and the Beast (PG, 2017)

    Not my favourite Disney movie, but a nice live action remake. Emma Watson has an almost perfect lo... read moreok, the rest of the cast is just okay. The visuals are dazzling at times, and the costumes are also very impressive.
  • Logan (R, 2017)

    If there was a standard in films it's the unwritten rule (that was dropped in last years X-Men: Apoc... read morealypse) that the third film of a franchise is always the worst. No franchise has ever been able to break away from this tradition. I never thought I would see anything like that and that's why I'm a little bit shell shocked right now at how great a film Logan happens to be. This film is a revelation, an oasis in a desert of the tried and true comic book movie formula. Like last years Deadpool, Logan breaks the conventions and succeeds at several levels.

    The year is 2029 and Logan (Hugh Jackman) is a chauffeur, saving up his dollars to buy a boat and live out his days on the high seas. Mutants are all but extinct with Logan having a safe house across the border in Mexico with a senile Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and albino tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant) caring for the professor while Logan is away driving prom dates and bachelorettes around in the wee hours of the morning. When a woman mysteriously tracks Logan down and asks for help in taking a young girl named Laura (Dafnee Keen) to "Eden", a sanctuary for mutants that gets them into Canada and safety. They need Logan's help because they are being pursued by Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the corporation that has managed young Laura since her birth.

    Director James Mangold almost had it with The Wolverine, but that film derailed in its last 20 minutes. With Logan he makes it to the finish line with a film that isn't all about explosions and flashy costumes. The film takes a swipe at the comics that furnished the characters and how ridiculous the stories contained within them. Logan is a character piece expanding between generations and the passing of the torch that occurs in our lives. Both Logan and Xavier are old and beginning to feel the pains associated with aging, like we all do. Jackman is Wolverine and always will be, but he goes beyond the typical Bub and one liners by bringing a raw emotion to the tole that hasn't been there before. The breakdown of everything he once had has worn him down along with time. The rest of the cast holds up to the subject matter that is well written and doesn't play the audience like idiots. As a story the film does take pieces from the graphic novel Old Man Logan, but has managed to break it down into something else, partly out of storytelling (where it succeeds) and partly out of not having access to all of the pertinent characters.

    This is the movie Marvel wishes it could be. This is the movie DC once was (The Dark Knight). A gritty and realistic take on super heroes without the other worldly components. Logan is a film that borrows more from the western genre than the comic books where the characters were born. Shane is referenced heavily in this film as a man resists going back to what he once was only to be pulled back to it like the tides. Nature will always push you there. Logan and Shane are men cut from the same cloth. Add in the feel of The Searchers and you get a film that feels epic without blowing up a city. You just blow up someones life. If only other comic book films could be more like Logan and less like disaster porn. Where Stephen Spielberg compared comic book films to the westerns of old, Logan has embraced that identity fully. Films like this will keep the genre alive.

    My son turned 16 a few months back. Thinking back tonight I realized that in all the franchises out there Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is the only consistent throughout his life. The actor and the character have become synonymous with each other and the idea that the next time you see that character on screen played by someone else is a heartbreaking proposition. I can only compare it to Christopher Reeve as Superman for me (By the time I was 20 we had had 3 Batmen) and the attempts to recast that role in the years since have always led me to the finally verdict that "they were OK, but they aren't close to Reeve's Superman". Call it nostalgia or whatever, but that's what we have to face now. Hugh Jackman has (supposedly) stepped down from a wonderful run, though it had some low spots, he played the role with a relish rarely seen in today's franchised film world. Logan is a wonderful (possible) swan song for the man that has given us the original anti-hero in comic book cinema. We will all miss his take on the character and the permanent mark he has made on super hero films. This generation of the genre ultimately started with him and Logan manages to be the best super hero film I've seen in close to a decade.
  • Get Out (R, 2017)

    A weekend getaway to meet the new girlfriend's parents is a horrific consideration for most guys in ... read moreany case, but Jordan Peele's debut squeezes this chestnut as if it were a whole nuther nut altogether. While not worth the 100 it's getting this is still a decent thrill ride with paranoia whispering in you ear throughout.
  • Beauty and the Beast (PG, 2017)

    The tale as old as time is visually stunning and continues Disney's live action winning streak which... read more doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
  • The Lego Batman Movie (PG, 2017)

    After three years, Warner Bros. is finally bringing us back to the Lego universe in the glorious for... read morem of Batman, the best DC superhero (don't contest me on that: don't forget that he beat Superman last year). And despite being fairly cheesy and lacking subtlety, like its predecessor from 2014, it holds its own as a solid, funny, family-friendly second romp through the world of plastic bricks.

    The Lego Batman Movie tells the story of, well, Batman... obviously... and his life as a world-renowned, popular superhero stopping Joker (and every other conceivable Batman villain) in a Lego version of Gotham City, while also following his life as a lonely billionaire in Wayne Manor. He is joined throughout the film by other popular characters from the Batman lore, including Dick Grayson (Robin), a young orphan whom he accidentally adopts, Alfred, and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl). The plot in this movie is, understandably, something unlike anything we've seen in any Batman movie in the past, focusing heavily on both Batman's personality and character flaws and an absurdly over-the-top, and hilarious, showdown with the Joker. It's a fun time, to say the least, and one that I imagine will keep every kid, and most adults, entertained for its 90 minute runtime.

    The film is, overall, everything I would expect out of a Lego movie, given the way its predecessor set up the Lego universe a few years ago. First of all, it's gorgeously animated, this time seamlessly mixing non-Lego pop culture references into its brick-by-brick animations. Second of all, it's incredibly funny, incorporating a blend of humor that any-aged audience will be able to laugh at. Third of all, it is very over-the-top with its inclusion of pop culture lore. It makes frequent references to Batman's past in the film industry, features many other characters from the DC universe, and even features characters and copyrights from entirely different fictional universes altogether. It's not something you see often in movies, and it's something that made the film all the more entertaining. Finally, it tries hard to shove life lessons into the faces of everyone watching, kind of like the first Lego Movie did. However, it's a lot less subtle about it this time around, making it more of a tool to teach something to the kids watching. And while I understand the studio reasoning behind it, it takes away from the film for the adults in the theater.

    The Lego Batman Movie proves itself a worthy successor to its 2014 counterpart. It's smart and funny and beautiful all at the same time. Granted, it's not perfect (as I like to believe the first one was), due to its genuine lack of subtlety. However, it's overall a fun movie for kids and adults of all ages, and one I can see myself watching again in the future. Now let's pray that The Lego Ninjago Movie keeps up Warner Bros.'s winning streak. The Lego Batman Movie gets 4/5 stars.
  • Before I Fall (PG-13, 2017)

    Before I Fall is just the same old stories you guys have previously seen or read. What I did not exp... read moreect from this film is that they at least tried to make the old story feel like new, but even if its story is bland to the core, there's at least something else to enjoy about the film.