Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Press-screening review)

Director; Rian Johnson
2h 32 minutes
Adventure/Fantasy
Swedish premiere; December 13th

Due to having signed an embargo stating that I couldn’t post a review until after a certain date and time, I had to wait before writing and sharing my thoughts on the latest installment of one of the history’s most beloved films, Star Wars.

I simply adore them, maybe not all of them equally, but the love and excitement to see every single one is always there. My heart simply chants songs of joy at just the mere thought of once again seeing the beautiful galaxies, the action-filled lightsaber battles, the troops, the wise words and life lesson by the precious Yoda, the cute-yet-impossible-to-understand Chewie, the cuteness of R2D2 and C3PO, the slight essence of romance, and the powerful hope and faith these movies possess.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we welcome Rey, and here we once again get to follow her through the journey of finding more about herself and the powers within her, while also being part of the emotional roller coaster that is fighting the dark side, unlocking forces, and discovering more secrets from the past.

The vision still manages to blow me away, several years later. It still holds the beauty that the previous films had, if not even better thanks to today’s technology. The details are close to flawless, a blessing for sore eyes, reaching in and touching your very soul and inner child. An amazing cinematic experience that has to be seen in IMAX 3D. 6,8/10



Dismissed (Review)

Director; Benjamin Arfmann
Thriller/Horror
1h 27 minutes

An exquisite violently written script that will lure you in with its depth, thrill, and beauty.

Lucas, a student who comes off as every teachers dream; punctual, straight A’s, and eager to learn, but don’t let that excellence fool you, underneath hides a complicated and obsessed persona that’ll do practically anything for a good grade.

Though it’s categorized under horror as well, I found it to be more of a thriller/drama than anything else. But the essence of a horror film is there – the tension, the sound, and the dark emotions.

Dylan Sprouse shines like a diamond in the darkened sky in this role, and though his character was dark, complex, and destructive, he still came off ass alluring and beautifully twisted in this thrillingly breathtaking motion picture – delivering a psychopath with grace and elegance from beginning to end. This movie truly showcases his talent as an actor, his ability to transform, and also being able to act out any type of role and character he is given to play.

It’s about diversity, of being a chameleon – in the end, isn’t that what acting is about, of playing someone else?
Just take a look at Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Cruise, though fantastic actors, DiCaprio being one of my many favorites, somehow, the roles he plays are very similar in a way, same with Cruise.
Now think of Matthew McConaughey, he went from How to lose a guy in 10 days, to Magic Mike, to Dallas Buyers Club, THAT is diversity, that is talent. That is what Sprouse shows here, that he can do it all, but most important that his talent hasn’t faded away through those years away from the camera – all grown up, this is a brilliant comeback for him. He will enchant you with his performance and dazzling good looks. 8.3/10 Strongly recommended, kudos to the entire cast and crew for their performances and work.


Daddy’s Home 2 (Press-screening review)

Director; Sean Anders
1h 40 minutes
Comedy
Swedish premiere; November 24th

Sean Anders is my type of director when it comes to comedy, I loved Horrible Bosses 2, We’re The Millers, and of course, the first Daddy’s Home. This time, we hop-on an insane roller coaster of family drama that includes step-kids, step-dads, and new wifes and of course, welcoming the grandpas.

Mel Gibson became a warm welcoming into the cast, adding him and his character was a joy to watch, and only made the movie better. Truly enjoyed it from beginning to end, from the story to delivering that warm fuzzy feeling making you look forward to celebrating Christmas, wearing lame X-mas sweaters, fireplaces, and listening X-mas music.

In the sequal we once again meet Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, this time getting along by co-parenting the kids, though everything seems to float smoothly and better than it has ever been, their fathers join in to celebrate the Holidays with them and turns everything upside down.

It’s entertaining and soulful with a lot of heart, sweet moments that will warm you and have you leave the theater with that good-feeling that we often crave after these types of family films.
6.5/10


Despicable Me 3 (Bluray review)

Directors; Kyle Balda. Pierre Coffin. Eric Guillon.
Animation
1h 30 minutes
Out on Bluray

It’s almost close to impossible to hold back a smile when one or all of the minions pop up, they shine like little diamonds in the darkened sky every time, delivering a laughter to the whole family. Sadly, they didn’t bring home the gold in the third Despicable Me film.

I can’t figure out if these movies are getting worse or if I’ve had enough of them. It wasn’t awful, but it is slowly fading into becoming a movie that will end up with dust on the shelves.
Maybe I’m not the greatest judge considering that this film is targeted for children, but deep into my twenty-five I can still appreciate a good animated story, my inner child hasn’t left the building, and probably never will.

After several years in the unknown, believing he was the only child, Gru finds out that he has a twin brother, after meeting him, not only are they the complete opposite, but his twin is dying to get into the family business that is being a villain, and he wants Gru’s help.

I found the plot rather dumb, dull, and going at a very slow pace, making it even more boring since it never seemed to come to an end. However, the very few scenes the minions have alone are almost worth watching the movie. Personally, I would continue on making movies with just the minions, and end Despicable Me with this one. 4/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes.
Minion moments.
Making of Despicable Me 3.
Dru’s development.
Sing Along.
Music Video.
Mini-movie.



Cult of Chucky (Bluray review)

Director; Don Mancini
Horror/Thriller
1h 31 minutes
From October 24th 2017.

It’s been four years since The Curse of Chucky came out, and our beloved yet tormented doll terrorized Nina. This time he’s back to not only finish what he started back then but to also team up with his former wife, and to settle some scores with his enemies.

I’ve been a fan of Chucky for as long as I can remember, it reminds me so much of my childhood, and was one of the first horror films that I watched. It was a bittersweet sensation, the thrill of being afraid, wanting to look away or run and hide, but also sitting there almost by the edge thanks to the suspense that these films brought to me as a kid.
Today, several years later, and me being much older there’s still definitely some sort of thrill left floating in the air, yet not as exciting as when I was younger of course. Now, I found it idiotic even, wondering how through the years no one ever manages to overpower a damn doll?!
However, I do appreciate the storyline and plot better now due to actually understanding it rather than being a child and only focusing on the pictures and messy killing.

Of course, there’s a difference and upgrade of Chucky himself, and I must say that I found him rather strange in the latest version, not the classic look we’re used to even though the red hair was there and the known outfit. But equally entertaining with his evil laugh and sarcastic lines that ends up being humorous. I enjoyed it, besides him looking different there isn’t much negative I can say about it. 6/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary by director.
Inside the insanity of Cult of Chucky.
Good guy gone bad.
The dollhouse.
Feature commentary with director puppeteer Tony Gardner.


The Mummy (Bluray review)

Director; Alex Kurtzman
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I was looking forward to experiencing something parallel and epic, I got mediocre and mellow. I wouldn’t call it a disappointment, it just simply didn’t make the cut.

Though the visual was stunning some scenes looked rather cheap, and certain characters were completely unnecessary, it just wasn’t enough to satisfy my movie-loving-soul that had been waiting to see the always handsome Tom Cruise in another adventurism story, this time involving mummies, and some other non-human creatures.

It lacked excitement, barely any thrill as these genres are supposed to have, and the plot was quite dull.
Tom Cruise, a talented actor and though I am a fan of his, he didn’t quite fit in here as a treasure hunter, he seemed out of place.
And though the script is supposed to be all about Sofia Boutella, of course, it ends up being a movie where Cruise gets beaten up most parts yet as always comes out without a single scratch nor bruises – too unrealistic.
She, being the main character as the actual MUMMY, was barely showcased as she should’ve been or deserved. No interesting powers whatsoever, and don’t even get me started on Russell Crowe.

A character that was completely unnecessary to have along for the ride was actor Jake Johnson, and as much as I adored him in Let’s Be Cops, he was just awfully placed here.
The acting and expressions were bad, lines, and attempt to throw some humor in ended up being painful.
Brendan Fraser had some sort of charisma and a sparkling smile that he automatically became more charming on screen, and humor became a natural ingredient of the movie as well as for his role. But here, they failed.

As this being an introduction, welcoming characters for the Dark Universe that Universal has planned for the future, bringing us cinematic experiences with some classic monsters, then I’m saddened to say that after this, they’re off to a rocky beginning.

In overall, it’s not a bad movie, might seem like it after this review, but it just wasn’t what I wanted or expected to see. Some scenes were beautifully made, Sofia Boutella as the ancient Princess was great, and it was entertaining for a once time commitment, but that’s practically it. 5.6/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted and extended scenes.
Cruise & Kurtzman; a conversation.
Rooted in reality – Life in zero-G: creating the plane crash.
Meet Ahmanet – Cruise in action.
Becoming Jekhyll and Hyde.
Choreographed chaos.
Nick Morton: in search of a soul.
Ahmanet reborn animated.
Graphic novel – feature commentary.


Happy Death Day (press-screening review)

Director; Christopher Landon
Thriller/Horror
1h 36 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 20th

Surprisingly good, director Christopher Landon, a writer and producer, known for several movies but he’s the brain behind one of my favorites, Disturbia. A fantastic thriller with the young talent, Shia Labeouf. Anyways, back to Happy Death Day.

Happy Death Day was better than I expected. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is what made it entertaining. Plus not having any sort of expectations might’ve helped as well.
It kicks off rather quickly and never becomes dull and has zero unnecessary scenes, that is what I mostly enjoyed.
You don’t feel like dozing off somewhere along the way because the script becomes boring or movie too long, the length of an hour and a half was just enough for this genre.

College student Tree (Jessica Rothe), ends up on a never-ending nightmare of a loop on her birthday, getting killed only to wake up the next day and for it to happen all over again. She must now face the same day she’s stuck on until she figures out the identity of her killer.

It even becomes funny, you’ll share a laugh or two throughout the film, it will even charm you. The chemistry between Tree and Carter is adorable though it started off rocky, they being together grows on you, and you end up cheering for these two.
The script will have you constantly thinking you have figured out who the killer is but it will manage to surprise you, that is the brilliance of it and what makes it worth watching. 6/10

Chris Brown: Welcome to my life (Review)

Director; Andrew Sandler
1h 20 minutes
Documentary/Music
Streaming on Netflix.

Not too shabby, for a documentary surrounding a celebrity it wasn’t that bad to be honest.
Usually, I can’t stand them because most times they open up with the crowd chanting the artist name while you hear news about them popping up in a flash, making it look epic and legendary. Here, it actually had some soul, you get a glimpse into his most difficult times during his career and how he handled it all when it felt like his life was falling apart thanks to his mistakes and poor decisions.

He talks about his pre-fame days, past, relationships, and you hear his side of the story of what happened with Rihanna.
I actually found it moving, I don’t know if he’s a good actor and is just pulling the right strings, but I felt bad for him, and everything that happened; all the hate he got at one point, him talking about his depressions, suicidal thoughts, and him being at his lowest.
We all face difficulties, but behind closed doors, he had to face it all while having the entire globe watching his every move and constantly judging every breath of air he ever inhaled.
Being at one end of a microscope can’t be easy no matter the situation, and none of us are God or Saints to be judging him or say what he deserves and doesn’t. It ain’t in our powers, and if someone is willing to admit his wrongs, shouldn’t they be entitled to be forgiven? They deserve redemption as much as the next person.

I’ve always enjoyed his music, and nothing will ever stop me from listening to it. If I like the song, sound, and lyrics, I don’t care who sings it, I won’t ever judge someone’s work of art based on the person they are or were. It is easy to judge when you’re not the one being the target, that says nothing about them but more about you.

If you already formed some sort of image about this man, then obviously it’s nothing for you to check out, if you’re a fan then it’s a must, or like me who enjoys his music, style, and creativity then you should also spend a little bit over an hour on him. 4.7/10


The Snowman (press-screening review)

Director; Tomas Alfredson
Crime/Drama
1h 59 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 13th.

A snoozing fest, that is what this film was from beginning to end. It was dull with zero building up toward a grand finale and me yawning until the credits started rolling. I’ve never checked my phone so many times as I did during this movie, literally counting down the seconds so I could leave.

Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), dives into an investigation alongside Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) who’s trying to solve a mystery case involving a killer that only targets women and leaves the crime scene by building a snowman. Little does Harry know that the killer was inside his circle all along.

Since I haven’t read the book this film is based on I can’t do any comparing, however, judging the movie alone I must say that it was a disaster, not something I’d watch twice or even recommend.
There were too many dragged out scenes, almost two hours for a movie of this genre is too long, or maybe it was me who wasn’t in the greatest mood when watching it, I don’t know, but do yourself a favor and save your money and wait until you can stream it online.
3.7/10
The rating is just for the actors whose performance was great but sadly overshadowed by the boring script and mediocre vision.