Fantasy Island (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Wadlow
Action/Fantasy
1h 49 minutes
Out on bluray

Jedd Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Truth or dare, Never back down) delivers this dull 2020 a quite an entertaining film that if you watch it with zero expectations, you’ll end up enjoying yourself and having a good time.
It’s no masterpiece, but it ain’t garbage.

Due to all the bad reviews, I must say, I was skeptical about watching it, however, that took a drastic turn to the better once I sat down and saw for myself that it wasn’t as bad as many had painted it to be. Decent actors and well-known faces come together with an entertaining story leading up to a not so shabby plot twist.

Five guests have won a contest to a luxurious resort to live their most elaborate fantasies or to relive a moment they’d wish to have acted differently on. Once the set up is made slowly it starts to take a more grim turn, going from a daydream fantasy to a nightmare.

With stunning visuals of beautiful landscapes and waters, mundane costumes, and good sound, you’re in for a movie worthy of your time.
It has a semi-great script and quite a developed plot that took my movie companion and myself by surprise. Enough character development, showcasing a light background story to each persona, it had some laughable moments and some gasping ones. Not something I’d watch twice but definitely a recommendation. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Original Rated Theatrical Version Included
Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Wadlow and Cast (Unrated Version Only)
+ more



Emma (Bluray review)

Director; Autumn de Wilde
Drama/Comedy
2h 4 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Pictures

Not my cup of tea, even though I enjoyed movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or the book Duchess in Disguise by Caroline Courtney, I simply couldn’t quite enjoy this one.
Emma has had several adaptions through the years, one featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, and now we get to see Anya Taylor-Joy as the selfish Emma Woodhouse, a role she plays fantastically.

Played out in an 1800s England, the movie showcases some beautiful costumes, scenery, and dialogues, however, it was rather dull for my taste, knowing it is based on a novel, I understand that they had to add or squeeze in as much as possible into a two-hour film, but I still wanted some more character development. I get that many have seen the previous adaption and has read the book, not needing to know more about her, however, being a first-timer, I believe they needed to give a tad more information behind her persona.

If you enjoy this type of genre, then watch it and have a blast. If you find it rather difficult to watch and want something more modern and upbeat, watch Clueless, a more ”present-day” film based on the same story – a spoiled, rich, selfish girl who meddles in the love lives of those around her.4/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Gag reel
Feature Commentary
+ more



The Hunt (Bluray review)

Director; Craig Zobel
Thriller/Action
1h 30 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Pictures

It is practically a satire film more than anything else, a lot of killing combined with dark humor – an adult and more bloody version of Hunger Games in other words.
It was quite fun, delivering a splash of entertainment wrapped into a script that shouldn’t be taken seriously – no message, no point, just plain comedy with some action, some thrill, and the last condiment to make it a little more extra? Some political spices.

12 strangers wake up in the middle of nowhere, not knowing how they got there or whom brought them there. Now with the veapons they’ve ben handled they must defend for themselves while being on the hunt.

The Hunt is proving once again that people with money need to find an extraordinary type of sports to find themselves entertained, even by the cost of other people’s lives.
It’s quite fast-paced, it doesn’t become dull, or dragged out, the one hour and thirty minutes were more than enough for the viewer to catch up on the writing, trying to figure out the plot, and to enjoy some not so shabby acting and performances.
It isn’t a movie with meaning, so don’t look for one, nor expect one.
It is just mainly to pass the time. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Crafting The Hunt
Athena Vs Crystal: Hunter Or Hunted?
Death Scene Breakdowns



The Invisible Man (Bluray review)

Director; Leigh Whannell
Mystery/Thriller/”horror”
2h 4 minutes
Copy provided by SONY PICTURES

The Invisible man has hands down become one of my favorite thrillers, and I can even go as far as saying that it has also become my favorite of 2020. Yes, there are some plotholes here and there that should’ve been filled for the ”perfect” motion picture, however, not something that I was affected by, though certain many will point them out.

The massive tension devours you from beginning to end, and your anxiety kicks in, you got your blood pumping, heart racing, and unable to look away, craving more of the story – there wasn’t so much development as one would’ve hoped for, but I found it to be enough to be entertained by the film – plus, the camera simply adores Elisabeth moss, she has a certain sensual and delicate beauty about herself that I can’t really put my finger on, but I just become mesmerized whenever the focus is on her, plus her phenomenal acting makes it very easy to stay grabbed by the visual and story.

There has been a few remakes made of the classic, however, (personally), none that has captured my interest like this one has, with today’s modern technology and tomorrows writing and acting – you’re in for a suspenseful ride worth every minute of your time, don’t listen to the negative reviews, prepare yourself a warm cup of tea, snuggle underneath a blanket, and watch it – if not for the story, but for her because Miss Moss is superb.

As Cecilia manages to escape her abusive boyfriend she soon enough finds out that he’s taken his own life and left her his fortune.
Although, with very slight belief that she’s finally out of his hands for good, lethal occurrences start taking places, ones she has no idea how are happening but by someone she cannot see…

I loved it, I truly couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen the entire time, though flawed, it was still a film with few twists, thrill, and the horror essence makes itself present throughout the story keeping the viewer on its toes and interested throughout. 9/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Moss Manifested
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell
Timeless Terror
+ more



Dolittle (Bluray review)

Director; Stephen Gaghan
Adventure/Family
1h 41minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY HOME ENTERTAINMENT

No, no, and more no’s! Stephen Gaghan, an Oscar-winning man for best writing on the movie Traffic (2000), also the director behind the movies Syriana and Abandon, directed the reboot/remake of the charming family script that is Dr. Dolittle, the man who can communicate with the animals – a favorite of mine as a child, that is when the role was played by Eddie Murphy.

I tried to keep my disappointment on a down low when it was announced that someone other than Murphy was going to play the part, however, being a fan of Downey Jr, I figured I’d still give it a chance, but it was a fail – all of it.
The dull writing, the overdue visual that looked like an almost desperate attempt to make it a cinematic experience for the whole family to enjoy, but I cannot even see myself as a child enjoying this – it reminded me of the movie BABE, a family/adventure film aimed at kids, yet, I found it more entertaining watching paint dry.

A well-known physician (Robert Downey Jr) with a talent only he has – he can speak to the animals must embark on a colorful journey to an Island – to find a medicine so he can help the dying Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley).

It wasn’t for me, and it had nothing to do with Downey’s talent because I am a fan of his, this role just wasn’t made for him.
The script didn’t capture my attention, I wasn’t hooked on it once.
But I’m sure it’s a movie that can be put in the background for kids to probably enjoy. 4/10

Extras;
Talk to the animals
Becoming the good doctor
+ more



Bad Boys for Life (Bluray Review)

Directors; Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Action/Comedy
2h 4 minutes
Out on Bluray
COPY provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

Another action-comedy rollercoaster for you to hop on for the 3rd time – the latest installment to the Bad Boys films delivers laughter, emotional moments, and car rides. If you watch it without any expectations, you will end up loving it!

I wasn’t expecting much since movie sequels / third films hardly if ever deliver any good entertainment or the slight of enjoyment, but when I received the Bluray I decided to take the time to watch it so I would be able to write an honest review – and can I say that I LOVED it?! I was stunned, shook to how much I laughed, and that is the thing you have to keep in mind, never to expect something out of this world and you’ll end up being surprised instead.

The chemistry of these two radiates through the screen, no doubt about it, and that alone makes the movie worth watching.
It’s an easy watch with no over-developed plot or script, decent action frequencies, and a few heartfelt scenes – nothing more, nothing less.
The act of certain actors were questionable, wondering how they did not manage to hire other actors? But nothing that ruins the film.
The comedy is great, and it didn’t have to be so much a line but something small like a look or a movement and I cracked up, it is all about the build-up of the scene.

A pair of drug lords are raising havoc in the city of dazzling Miami because of old ghosts, a vengeance that leaves the detectives Mike and Marcus to go on an action-filled ride to face the villans but also finding out about some ties with loose ends – making this catch a little more difficult, and a little more personal.

As I said, don’t go into watching it and expecting something epic and you’ll enjoy it, I understand the negative reviews and comments, when people wait years for another film of what can be a series, they end up being disappointed, but give it a chance. 7,4/10

Extras;
Outtakes & Bloopers
Extended & Alternate Scenes
Partners in Crime: Behind-the-Scenes Series
Easter Eggs
+ so much more



Black and Blue (Bluray Review)

Director; Deon Taylor
1h 48 minutes
Action/Crime
Out on Bluray
COPY proivded by SONY Entertainment

Heyy, not too shabby, a quite decent action film that’ll surely keep you entertained during these dark times that we are facing and have upon us. The gripping suspense, crime, and intriguing monologues are there, great visuals with enough tension and action to keep you locked on the screen.

Alicia (Naomie Harris) a female rookie-cop in New Orleans must now be on the down-low, doing her utmost to stay safe and to reveal the truth after witnessing two corrupt cops committing murder.

For a low budget film it’s truly great, because how much can you truly expect? It delivers quite a bit and a tad more to the viewer, having us not lose all hope on film making these days and realizing that it hasn’t to be a big blockbuster film with endless sources to be good – providing us with exactly what we need, a satisfactory action flick with wonderful acting to keep us entertained while time being.
There won’t be a massive character developing, Oscar-worthy costumes, writing, or shocking plot, but it’s not bad. Definitely worth a watch. 5,5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Line of fire
Be the change in the big easy



Black Christmas (Bluray review)

Director; Sophia Takal
1h 32 minutes
Horror/Thriller
Out on Bluray
COPY provided by SONY Entertainment

So what do the years 1974, 2006, 2016, all have in common? They all released a version of Black Christmas, a dark story of a killer returning to his childhood home only to find out that it has been turned into a sorority house and decides to take the girls down, one by one. Now several years later, a new version has dropped and it is a disgrace to the previous films, making you truly question today’s writers, directors, and producers.

It is dull, poorly written, the visual is quite painful, and I am not even going to get near on commenting the acting because that along will take all day. It was so bad that it became sad, a tragic mess, and quite frankly, an insult to the genre. Whoever gave this motion picture a green go should have their mental health re-evaluated. Simply awful and I want nothing more than to get my 1 hour and 30 minutes back.

Few females students are being stalked by a complete stranger on Christmas Break, as their break takes a grim turn, the sorority soon discovers there are much more layers to the person behind the mask than just a random killing spree.

Don’t. Waste. Your. Time. 0/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Extended scenes
Feature commentary
Welcome to Mu Kappa Epsilon
+ more



Jumanji: The Next Level (Bluray review)

Director; Jake Kasdan
Adventure/Comedy
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

This pandemic is slowly taking a toll on us humans, but one thing we can still count on is Kevin Hart to make us laugh during such dark times.
Jumanji: The Next Level is a great sequel that delivers adventure, laughs, and warmth. From beginning to end its a fantastic ride to hop on for the second time, enjoying it as much as one did the first time back in 2017 – a film for the entire family to get lost in for 2 hours during this ”quarantine.”

Here we get to once again get inside the video game that is JUMANJI, modernizing it since the original was a board game, now it is a video game. As the gang returns to rescue one of their friends who went back in, a glitch in the game has managed to create a slight error causing this time one hell of a roller coaster for the old and new players.

I loved it, as much as I did the first one. It is an enjoyable movie that offers so much to the viewer, a fun adventure with stunning visuals of desserts, jungles, and snowy mountains + hilarious dialogues, great sound effects, friendship, love, and action. The cast is equally phenomenal this time, delivering amazing impressions of one another.
You’ll be satisfied, no doubt about it. 7/10

Bluray extras;
Gag Reel
Back together – reuniting the cast
Body swapping
+ much more



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Bluray review)

Director; Quentin Tarantino
Drama/Comedy
2h 41 minutes
Out on bluray
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Watching paint dry would’ve been a much more entertaining Saturday than watching this! You truly have to be a lover of 60s retro because of the stunning cinematography to enjoy this, but oh lord what a dull script. It was the most boring motion picture I have seen in a long time, the acting was brilliant, Dicaprio never fails to deliver, and Pitt was great but the writing, the pace, the story, it was tiresome, life drainingly even – the almost 3 hours were not easy to watch thanks to the mundane dialogues!

Quintin Tarantino delivers his 9th film, this time set in old Hollywood in the late ’60s. Colliding Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Margot Robbie, he creates little snippets stories parallel to each other as the star actor Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stuntman Booth (Pitt) tries to achieve fame in the city of angels.

Not something I’d ever recommend unless it’s an enemy of mine and I wish them nothing else but to waste 3 hours of their lives. 5/10 – and those 5 are sole based on the acting and visual.

Bluray extras;
The Fashion 1969
7 additional scenes
Restoring Hollywood
+ more