Slender Man (Press-screening review)

Director; Sylvain White
1h 33 minutes
Horror
Swedish premiere; August 10th

A total disgrace to horror films all around the globe. Categorizing Slender Man alongside classics it’s hands down just disrespectful, a movie that should be kept away from theaters all around the world, and I want my hour and a half minutes back after watching it because I have never insulted my vision with such awful script, dialogue, and visual.

Slender Man was something that sounded appealing to me, the idea of an terrorizing entity intrigued me, it always has.
I’ve always been drawn to the dark and bad, and just like IT, Slender Man went in particular after children.

In Massachusetts, we get to join the group of four friends who summons Slender Man one drunken and dark night, only to have brought upon themselves a curse that will follow them and slowly tear their spirit and mental state apart.

It was painfully dull, a movie that never seemed to come to an end, a poor dialogue that was weak and didn’t carry the plot whatsoever. A real disappointment. 1,5/10


Mamma Mia 2 : Here we go again (Review)

Director; Ol Parker
Musical/Comedy
1h 54 minutes
In theaters now.

Like the title itself, the wonderfully joyful and sparkling story of Mamma Mia is finally back with a much longing sequel that will most likely spin your entire being into a swirl of dance and fantastic music.
An emotional and beautiful vision of summer flings, breezy and blue vibes, and strong voices. A film that just like the first one will stay with you for a while, and you will love every bit and second of it.

Mamma Mia 2 delivers the best songs and a phenomenal performance and acting by the whole fantastic ensemble that they have managed to put together, a cast that grabs ahold of your heart in the most amazing way ever, having you leaving the theater with a smile from ear to ear, daydreaming about bursting out in a ABBA song whenever the mood strikes.

A wonderful film for the whole family to enjoy, a blast from beginning to end, strongly recommended. The feel-good movie of this year! 8/10



The Equalizer 2 (Review)

Director; Antoine Fuqua
Action/Thriller/Crime
2h
Swedish Premiere; August 24th

Based on the Tv-show that aired between 1985 and 1989, The Equalizer is the story behind one retired agent who takes on justice into his own hands and makes sure the bad gets exactly what they deserve.
Denzel Washington is back as Robert McCall in the sequel that is a thrilling and emotional film with a visual experience that will take you for an action-packed ride of beautiful sound and excitement.

Denzel Washington is on a league of his own, there’s a certain essence not only to him as an actor, but also to the roles he takes on.
The sort of charisma and feelings these characters that he plays reflects through the screen in a sense that has a way of connecting with the viewer, and that is something truly I enjoy about him.

In the second film, we get to once again follow Agent McCall as he equalizes the good and the bad, this time getting justice for a very personal murder that will you take you on a roller coaster of twists, new enemies, and not knowing who to trust. 7/10


Back.

Annnnnd, I’m back. Took a very long and much needed vacation, strolled through the vibrating streets of New York and became one with the blue waves in the oceans of Puerto Rico – For pictures, feel free to visit my Instagram @beautymartinez.
Got a press screening tomorrow for Slender Man and that review will show up here later during the day. However, took a few visits to the movies in Puerto Rico and thought I’d start by updating with some reviews of films I got check to out there.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the insane heat in one way or another, I feel like I brought the Puerto Rican sun back with me, anyways. Come back soon, XO

Deadpool 2 (Press screening review)

Director; David Leitch
Action/Adventure/Comedy
2h
Swedish Premiere; May 16th
Press screening provided by 20th Century Fox Movies.

Ryan Reynolds is finally back in the highly anticipated sequel to what could be one of Marvel’s greatest yet most idiotic superhero, Deadpool. David Leitch, delivers an action-packed cinematic experience, however, with a very oh so gentle script that needed a much more stronger dialogue, one that ended up being slightly light and very kid-friendly.

The sequel rarely, if ever, lives up to the first one and that was proven here. It ended up being Disney and soft compared to the first one, and that was a disappointment. The script was kind of weak in the sense of conversations and Deadpool’s lines, it tried so hard to come off as hilarious and raw but it ended up being close to desperate.

Here, we get to follow Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool, gather a team of mutants to save a young boy from supernatural powers that even himself cannot handle. Together, they all join forces and it all becomes a roller coaster of fast cars, explosions, and fun.

Ryan Reynolds is phenomenal and shines like a diamond in the darkened sky as Deadpool, and delivered another fantastic performance, and thankfully it wasn’t overshadowed by the somewhat weak script that was missing more of the raw vulgarity humor that the first one had.

The action is there, the visual just as beautiful, but it still didn’t satisfy my burning yearning for everything that is Deadpool. 6.5/10


The greatest showman (Bluray review)

Director; Michael Gracey
Biography/Musical
1h 45 minutes
Copy Provided by 20th Century Fox Movies

I’m not a fan of musicals, the only one that I find tolerable and actually find myself enjoy watching is, Mamma Mia. Other than that, I simply find it annoying and close to ridiculous, but that took a whole new turn after watching The Greatest Showman.

I cannot find the correct words to express the exclusivity of it.
It wasn’t simply your typical average looking musical, it was pure magic, from beginning to end.
It is so extraordinary that it will transport you into a dreamful world of flawless image, stunning movements, and brilliant performances; a motion picture that is just the finest of pure perfection, down to every single scene. It reminded me why I loved movies so much, that is what this film does to you – suddenly, you’re a child again. Your heart and soul chanting with glory, every bone and muscle wants to burst out and dance right there on the spot. For a brief moment, you will find yourself in this enchanting atmosphere, praying that it’ll never come to end.
You won’t even know how to continue with your life after it, how to even cope when coming back to reality.

The details were perfect, there is no doubt about it. Every scene was the essence of beauty and wonder, a cocktail that left me drunk swimming in bliss and joy. Once the film ended, besides one glistening tear escaping my eye, (truly a vision for sore eyes), I just wanted to put it on repeat, like a drug, I got addicted to it, craving for even a crumb of more that is everything this film holds. I loved it. I worshiped it. I bow to it. 10/10

Bluray Extras;
Over 2h sing along
The Family Behind The Greatest Showman
The Songs
The Spectacle
and more


A Ghost Story (Bluray Review)

Director; David Lowery
Drama/Romance
1h 32 minutes
Copy provided by SONY HOME

Where to begin, a story that I thought would take me by storm but instead made me want to claw my own eyes out, apologizing to them for even letting them waste vision by watching this.
Barely any dialogue, grey, and it felt like it never came to an end, I was legit praying for the credits to roll but no matter what I did, nothing seemed to make time pass, a snoozing fest at its best.

A husband returns as a white-sheeted ghost to his home in hope to reconnect with his bereft wife, proving that true love truly is the strongest bond and can conquer anything, even death and being in two different worlds.

It was dull, slow, and watching paint dry would’ve been a blast compared to this, the script was trying so hard to be rich in heart, soul, and emotions, that it ended up being empty instead. It needed more conversations and a much deeper plot and faster pace. 3/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes
A composer’s story
A Ghost Story and the inevitable passing of time