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
Copy Provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

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



Ad Astra (Bluray review by guest writer)

Director; James Gray
Adventure/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Thanks to 20th Century Fox for the copy

The seasoned astronaut Roy McBride has had his fair share of space travel and is now amazed to know that his father might be alive after considering him to be dead for a long time.
The space agency otherwise does not take lightly on interstellar warfare, they believe that Clifford McBride, Roy’s father, is behind the recent power surges that recently have created major damage on Earth infrastructure, let alone damaging humanities greatest accomplishment; The International Space Antenna, and nearly killing his own son.
Knowing that Roy would be loyal to the agency, they send him out to the moon to try to hitch a ride to Mars where he will try to communicate with his father and hopefully bring an end to the power surges.
First stop, the Dark Side of The Moon, where the broadcast will be sent to Neptune, Clifford’s recent location and it seems here that the Moon is no longer a scientific exploitation that strives to understand the planet and space overall but has become more of a tourist attraction, but I’m not shocked – somehow there’s always money to be made, even for fast-food franchises such as Applebee’s and space pirates.
I know, who would even think to allow space pirates on the Moon?
Coming to the launch pad, the Moon seems to be more rough than usual since space pirates are trying to kill you and steal your… I don’t know, metal, gold sheets, and technology?

With its dreadful script and dull visual, the movie was a sad attempt to maybe become the new Interstellar, but it became a tragic crash instead. It failed miserably, almost insulting the genre and it won’t be the next big ”space” film. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
To the stars
The art of Ad Astra
Audio Commentary by James Gray
+ so much more




Review by Atlas Hawa.

It: Chapter two (Blu-ray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Fantasy/Horror
2h 49 minutes
Copy provided by 20th Century Fox Movies
and special thanks to Sara & Marianne

Following the highly anticipated film from 2017, chapter two is a new chapter with an old demon known as It, continuing the haunt and his mission to torment Beverly, Bill, Mike, Richie, Ben, Eddie & Stanley once again – several years later.

I wanted to genuinely love it, but my heart failed miserably to do so, my soul carefully trying its hardest to enjoy it since it so much enjoyed the first one, ecstatic to finally see it ever since an announcement for a sequel was released, and though it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t what we fans deserved after the brilliance that was the first movie.

27 years later, the losers are all grown up, shattered around the land doing their own things until one phone call gatherers them all back to where it all once began, facing the one they terrify the most, It.

I am once again lost at where to place this film, genre-wise it is more of a comedy meets dark thriller than a horror. The horror essence is subtle, slowly making itself known throughout the movie, however, I felt it wasn’t enough to call it a horror film.
The acting, just as superb as the first, personally I am fully satisfied with not only the chosen actors to play the losers as adults but also how they managed to find actors who actually looked what one would’ve thought they would look like as older. The ”demons” tormenting them were okey but nothing that would keep you up at night, and I believe that the length for this genre was a tad to long.

Something that I think would be quite intriguing and entertaining to see would be an origin story of It – to explore more him and his roots. That is what I wanted more of, where it all began for him, the creation of this demon who has become a cult, history, and do I even dare to say the legend of nightmares? No offense to Freddy.

In conclusion, it’s a great film to keep you entertained on a rainy Saturday afternoon, do you need to buy it? No.
Can you wait until Netflix does? Yes.

Extras;
Behind the scenes
Commentary by director
+ more



The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Bluray review)

Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
Animation
1h 26 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a great sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it is an entertaining, laughable, and cute film, ready to steal your heart with its endearing moments – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.

The story revolves around Max and his fluffy pet friends, following their secret lives and shenanigans throughout the hours the owners are at work. With its great voice over actors, beautiful colors, sound, and visuals with a well-written script and story, the movie truly captures your soul, especially if you are a pet-owner yourself. 5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
80 minutes of original content
Two mini-movies
+ more



Brightburn (Bluray review)

Director; David Yarovesky
Horror/Sci-fi
1h 30 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY Home

Well, that was a waste of time.
A new story that had both potential and quite an interesting concept, yet it failed miserably.
I had some high hopes, I guess, one has in one way or another wondered ”what if?” – debating the thought if Superman was the opposite of good? What if he was part of the dark side, not wanting to save the world and instead of helping others, actually hurting them.
Well someone thought of it as well and created Brightburn – the same story but with a twist.

Tory and Kyle, a couple unable to conceive think they’ve had their prayers heard when a child from another planet crash-lands near their landscape. The only problem, as he grows, something more sinister starts to take over his within, and instead of becoming a hero, he grows into being someone everyone around him fears.

It starts dull, slow, and dragged out – and it doesn’t get any better nor even slightly entertaining as it goes on. It missed the high suspense, the true elements of a real horror flick. Not something I’d personally recommend nor watch twice. 4/10 And that is solely based on that I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth Banks on a more serious role rather than the fun-light-hearted character she tends to play.

Extras;
Filmmaker Commentary
Creating a New Supervillain
Quick Burns – Vignette Social Series
+ more