Director/s; Phil Johnston & Rich Moore
1h 52 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 1st.
Yesterday I attended one of the screenings during the Stockholm Movie Days (Film Festival), unfortunately, I had a lot of work so sadly I could only attend one the movies, Ralph Breaks The Internet AKA Wreck It Ralph 2.
Though to my huge disappointment, it was the Swedish version, why would one even consider showing that I don’t know, but I was already there so I figured I’d just embrace it and see the dubbed version of this animated comedy.
The duo Ralph and Vanellope are back, this time they discover WiFi and enter the world of internet to save Vanellopes game or she might end up without one, meaning no home nor knowing who she actually is if she doesn’t has her game to go to. It all goes well until V finds a new game and starts questioning her fate, does she want to go back to her old predictable game, or stay in this new one? Something that completely shatters Ralphs heart.
What seems to be an innocent friendship turns out to be rather creepy, at least from where I was sitting. Ralph is close to obsessed with V and her friendship, his own insecurity broke down the entire internet world, it just came to this point where it became creepy, even the lines V gave him to calm him down, ”I’ll go with you and I’ll be your only friend, it’ll just be you and I. Just how you want it.” I don’t know if that should be a message one would like to send out to mini adults, the ones this movie is mostly aimed for. It got weird and uncomfortable, besides that it’s a cute and charming film. 5.5/10
Director; Ken Marino
1h 53 minutes
One of the greatest feel-good movies I’ve seen in a long time, I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a film so much, and related to it beyond words. It was sweet, charming, and even delivered a few laugh out loud moments, something that truly surprised me. Definitely something I’d be able to watch twice, if not more.
Dog Days revolves around different characters and little stories that by the end comes together as one. You got love, pain, jobs, family, everything that a person has deal with from a day to day basis, only here they join forces with the most loyal of them all, dogs.
Dog days is a heartwarming and soul-hugging tribute to our fury friends, if you like myself is a proud owner of a beautiful creature of four legs, you of all will relate the most to it.
Besides, you get to follow these phenomenal beings as the try to make it through this fantastic thing we call life.
Dog Days is something I personally would recommend everyone to take the time to watch and enjoy. It’s a cute script that delivers so much heart and depth that you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy by the end. 8/10
Director; Rawson Marshall Thurber
1h 42 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY HOME
Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock will always remain being THE Rock, however, no matter how great he is and always will be, this movie is below mediocre and falls flat that not even he an save it.
Another action film, another hero that saves the day. Nothing more and nothing less will you get out of Skyscraper, a movie that you’d thought would deliver suspense, thrill, and action but turns out to be a another flick to kill time with and nothing else.
Will Sawyer (Johnson) gets invited to work on the security at The Pearl. A new skyscraper, the highest in the world with 220 floors above ground and falls into a swirl of betrayal and ache when finding out his family is trapped inside by criminals and the building is on fire.
I have hard time figuring out the right words to describe this mess of a film. A script that becomes dull after 30 minutes, a visual that doesn’t take your breath away, and beside Johnson and Campbell, an average cast. Nothing I’d personally recommend. 4/10
Deleted and extended scenes
Kids in action
Director; Ol Parker
1h 54 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy provided by SONY HOME
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, 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! 7/10
Deleted and extended songs and scenes.
Mamma Mia Reunited!.
+ so much more.
Director; Travis Knight
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
Director; Karey Kirkpatrick
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
Director; James Wan
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
Director; Gerard McMurray
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
A radical experiment
Bringing the chaos
The masks of the first purge
Director; Jon M. Chu
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
Director; Greg Berlanti
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