Bumblebee (Press screening review)

Director; Travis Knight
Action/Sci-fi
1h 53 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

Travis Knight just wiped his brilliant behind with Michael Bay. Knight delivered a highly entertained, action-packed, fantastically cast – altogether great blockbuster! I then remembered why I so much loved the first Transformers movie and BumbleBee. Knight brought back that cute and charming robot back into our lives and this time, also created that amazing bond between the teen and the robot that we got to experience in the first one. There is a touch of heart and soul in that relationship that Bay lacked to continue to deliver in the rest of the franchise films.

BumbleBee is in a way a prequel to all Transformers movies, the background story to how BumbleBee lost his voice and how it all began. A great script to know more about the Autobots that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 11 years (Insane how it has been 11 years since the first one, I remember seeing it and having such crush on Shia LaBeouf haha)

1987, and Bumblebee must find refuge in a little town in Cali, and that is when he meets Charlie, a heartbroken 17-year-old trying to find herself again after the loss of her beloved father.

It’s a fantastic roller coaster of robot fights, supreme music, and young love with a splash of humor. It has everything and a little bit more, strongly recommended. 8/10


Smallfoot (Review)

Director; Karey Kirkpatrick
Animation/Comedy
1h 36 minutes

Channing Tatum got some real pipes! Truly impressed by his singing talents, we know he could act, and we defiantly knew the man could dance, but sing? I mean, I’m not saying he should now focus on a music career and drop a solo album, but I wouldn’t mind hearing him in future in some animated characters delivering some tunes.

Smallfoot is a cute and charming semi-musical story in reverse, what if instead of the humans were the ones not believing in Bigfoot but Bigfoot not believing in the existence of humans?
It’s a beautiful movie for the entire family to enjoy and actually learn some from. It has a heartwarming message that the truth will not only set you free, but also to never let someone dominate your beliefs and thoughts. Don’t let someone else guide you, take a stand and create your own path, and walk alone if no one believes in you, doesn’t mean your wrong.

Migo gets banished from his community above the clouds because he comes with the news that he has actually seen a smallfoot aka human and that the stones are wrong, the writing that the everyone else believes in, he then embarks on a journey to prove them wrong. 6/10


Aquaman (press screening review)

Director; James Wan
Adventure/Fantasy
2h 23 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 14th
Press screening provided by Warner bros / Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

A cinematic experience at its finest, a delightful and magical tale with the perfect balance of action, thrill, and suspense with a touch of romance.
A beautiful well-written story that delivered a fantastic plot, act, and visual effects. A movie worthy of its long length and I enjoyed every second, minute, and hour of the latest DC film.

Aquaman was everything and a little bit more, I’m not a fan of long dragged out films that doesn’t seem to ever come to an end, when they’re two-three hours long I find myself getting uncomfortable on the chair, inpatient, and simply bored – wondering when the credit will start rolling, hoping it’ll be before I go entirely gray.

Based on the comics with the same name, Aquaman is an Atlantean creature that was born by being the son of the Atlantic Queen and the son of a mundane father. Here, for the ones who haven’t read the comics I believe they delivered a great small yet enough background story so one would be able to keep up, no moment became dull, everything had a meaning, a reason to being part of the movie and script and story. It never got dragged out and was highly entertaining from beginning to end.

Arthur AKA Aquaman learns he is the heir to take over the underwater kingdom and must take his place at the throne while battling his half-brother that’s after the throne and also convince his people that he is the right man for it, even though being half-breed.

Strongly recommend this great film, a must on the big screen. Personally, I loved it. 8,5/10


The First Purge (Bluray review)

Director; Gerard McMurray
Action/Crime
1h 38 minutes
Bluray/DVD release; November 12th
Copy provided by UIP/SONY Home

Hands down, the worst movie of 2018. I haven’t seen a film this fantastically awful in a long time, I enjoyed the previous ones but watching The First Purge was a waste of time from beginning to end.
The poor storyline, the dull plot that falls flat, and vision was just painful to witness. Pure embarrassment altogether.

As the title says, the film is pretty much about how it all came together, what made America start the actual purge that we got to follow through the previous movies. What led them to offer this outlet to inhabitants of the states and the answer was simple, anger.

I was quite excited for this film since the other ones had that delicate touch of the right amount of suspense, horror, and thrill. The story had you sitting on needles, you were gasping for air, wondering how it would turn out, and would the good ones make it through the horrid 24 hours…

Here, I was bored. I kept looking at the watch, praying to the movie lords for the film to come to an end. It doesn’t once, not even for a slight second grab you, capture, nor intrigue you. It doesn’t become interesting enough to grasp your attention. Nothing I’d ever recommend, stick with the ones you’ve seen and don’t even bother watching this. 1/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scene
A radical experiment
Bringing the chaos
The masks of the first purge



Crazy Rich Asians (Review)

Director; Jon M. Chu
Comedy/Romance
2h
Out; September 21st

Though categorized under ”comedy”, I must say that personally, I’d mark it with a huge stamp that says ”drama” instead because I did not laugh nor cracked a smile once during the 120 minutes. To call this film a romance would be too much of a stretch as well since it was mostly a story that involved one dilemma, and nothing else.

Nick Young comes from a wealthy Asian family and meets a Chinese/American girl in New York and decides to take her to Singapore to a wedding and introduce her to his family, though thinking it’ll be a smooth and harmless act, his family and friends tries their utter best to show that she doesn’t fit in.

Tale old as time, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t fresh, it was something that we’ve heard and seen over a million times before.
The mother who believes that no woman is good enough for her son, especially one that doesn’t come from wealth yet the mother was in the exact same position years ago, her husbands’ mother not approving of her. That annoys me, you’d think that out of EVERYONE she’d be the most understanding then but no.

It speeds up rather fast, it doesn’t go slow yet it falls flat and dull when there’s no building up to the actual plot, alongside flashy cars, fancy dresses, and huge mansions the movie lacks depth and soul. It’s just a script about a group of people flashing their millions thinking that money makes them better than anyone else. 3/10



Love, Simon (Bluray review)

Director; Greg Berlanti
Comedy/Romance/Drama
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray/DVD on November 12th
Copy provided by Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

A movie that will not only move into your entire system and spread itself through every vein of yours like a sweet cocktail at Happy Hour, but also intoxicate you with its beautiful love story, overloaded cuteness, and meaningful message – having you completely and utterly floating on cloud nine by the ending with a smile from ear to ear.

Love, Simon is an important movie that should be seen by every soul out there, a story that will grab ahold of your heart and soul.
It is a script that is everything from intelligent, sincere, and lovely with a lot of depth. It never falls flat, doesn’t fail to make you smile, and is an all-around great film for everyone to enjoy.

Nick Robinson portrays Simon excellently in every aspect, besides a lovable face that the camera adores and delivering a fantastic act, there’s an essence all around him that simply makes it easy on the eye to watch him from beginning to end.
Here, we get to follow Simon, an ordinary teen in his all-around normal day like going to school and hanging with friends but carrying a huge secret within him.
Throughout, we get to be a part of him and his ride of revealing his true self to his family and the rest of his world that includes classmates and best friends.

Sweet, cute, and a splash romance. A film I strongly recommend for every generation to take the time and not only watch but to understand. To see that love exists in all different ways. To learn from his friends and family. To accept, to respect, and to be yourself. 8/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
The adaption
The squad
Audio commentary
+ more



Ocean’s 8 (Bluray review)

Director; Gary Ross
Action/Comedy/Crime
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

Stars in a clear blue sky, that is the definition of Ocean’s 8. Great actresses that don’t shine due to the lack of substance and depth, a lifeless script that delivers absolutely nothing besides a cool-attitude Rihanna, a preppy Sarah Paulson, and a greedy Sandra Bullock.

If you are familiar with the Ocean’s franchise, you’ll have a clue of what this film is all about. Masterminds doing crimes with style and some humorist lines to lighten up the atmosphere and give you that action thrill yet chill vibe all wrapped together with a bow and an ensemble of big actors and actresses, all gathered in one place.

Debbie Ocean is planning the biggest heist so far, and in order to pull it off during the most significant party of the year, the Met Gala – she needs a team of experts, and that is where every recognizable face from the entertainment industry waltzes in.
You got Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, and so many more. A ride of expensive jewelry, fancy dresses, and spy-mentality. 5.5/10

Bluray extras;
A heist in heels
Ocean’s team 3.0
Reimagining the Met Gala
Deleted scenes



Deadpool 2 (Bluray review)

Director; David Leitch
Action/Adventure/Comedy
2h
Out on Bluray
Copy Provided by Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

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

Bluray extra;
Gag Reel
Deleted/Extended scenes
Until your face hurts; Alt takes
The most important X-force member
Deadpan family values
Directing Deadpool 2
Audio commentary
Theatrical version
+ so much more


I feel pretty (Blu-ray review)

Director; Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein
Comedy
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by UIP

I Feel Pretty is a romantic comedy that goes flat every now and then, a somewhat remake of the 2001 film with Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow, Shallow Hal. A story about seeing someone with a whole new perspective, in this case, yourself. Renee played by comedian Amy Schumer, an ordinary girl with a semi-confidence personality has a minor accident and starts seeing herself differently, the gorgeous woman she always dreamt of looking like with a brand new attitude.

I feel pretty is an OK feel-good movie with a touch of everything from humor, romance, friendship and learning to love yourself as you are. Though a rather dull script and not anywhere near being anything one hasn’t seen or heard before, it’s not a complete waste of your time, the movie isn’t great but you’ll get a few laughs and a smile throughout and the acting itself ain’t all that shabby. 4/10

Bluray extras;
Being Pretty – Featurette
Deleted scenes
Gag reels



Pacific Rim: Uprising (Bluray Review)

Director; Steven S. DeKnight
Sci-fi/Action
1h 51 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a blend of Transformers meets Alien with a splash of Enders Game from 2013.
A cocktail of cities getting destroyed, futuristic technology, giant robots, and kids. A new generation being recruited to become Jaeger pilots.

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost played by John Boyega, mostly known for his role as Finn in the latest Star Wars installment, reunites with Mako and join forces with his former rival Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood to dive into battle and save the world from a new Kaiju threat.

There was no depth nor soul, it felt flat throughout until it reaches the ending, and not even then does it deliver with an epic closing, besides the predictable and obvious end that was bound to happen and easy to figure out due to previous similar films.

It tried desperately to come off as lighthearted at times, and to make the audience laugh or at least smile but failed miserably.
It felt forced. Let’s take the first Transformers as an example, the humor came naturally to Sam Witwicky and Agent Simmons played by Shia Labeouf and John Turturro, even the second and third film delivered some really good laughing moments that you felt in your core, making the entire theater crack up and shed a tear of joy. Here, I practically cringed.

The vision wasn’t spectacular, the shades ended up being dull, grey, and slightly average. The cinematic experience felt almost jacked from a Michael Bay action flick, and the music was pretty much none-excisting.
Not my cup of tea and I highly doubt it’ll become a huge blockbuster, however, did you enjoy the first one, then I am certain you’ll have a good time during the sequel. 4,5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary.
Hall of heroes.
Bridge to uprising.
Becoming cadets.
Unexpected villain.
Next level jaegers
+ more.