Second Act (review)

Director; Peter Segal
Comedy/Drama
1h 43 minutes
From; January 4th

Peter Segal gives us a sweet, charming, and a quite lovely film, nothing more, and nothing less.
I wouldn’t call it ”comedy” per-say, I don’t recall laughing once nor even so much as cracking half a smile, yet, it was heartwarming.
A semi-predictable script with a fantastic cast.

I cannot help but become completely smitten by Jennifer Lopez whenever I see her, she is most certainly a girl crush of mine. I simply adore her, she has an essence of charm and beauty that radiates through the screen that is quite impossible to ignore. However, I feel like she isn’t reaching her full potential with scripts and movies like this one. She can do so much more, yet here we are.

Maya, a 40-something woman without any fancy educations decides to reinvent her life and wants to show what street-smarts can do.
After 15-years at the same place as a store worker, she gets a call from a big brand wanting to take her in as a consult, little does she know that the reason behind that position is because of a decision she made when she was 16 and is now coming face to face with a special someone she never thought she would ever see again.

It’s a cute movie, definitely worth your time. 5/10



First Man (Bluray review)

Director; Damien Chazelle
Biography/Drama
2h 21 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy provided by SONY HOME

Watching paint dry would have been a much more entertaining Saturday night than watching this long depressing dull drag of a movie.
A film that didn’t even capture my attention nor slightly kept me interested for one bit. Not a single moment went by without me praying for its end.

I haven’t been this bored during a movie in a long time, and hope not to go through it again anytime soon. First Man is an historic event yet I didn’t experience anything remotely near something as legendary as I would’ve hoped from such story, it quickly becomes dull and dry and nothing I’d ever watch twice nor personally recommend. Making a motion picture that is over 2 hours long is one thing but making it THAT boring is just cruel.

A look at Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

A sleeping pill at its finest. A film that you will do just fine not watching. 2/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes.
Shooting at NASA.
Astronaut Training.
Recreating the Moon Landing.
+ more.



Instant Family (press screening review)

Director; Sean Anders
Comedy
1h 58 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 27th

A delightful, heartwarming, and soul-touching film based on a true story.
A well-written script with its sharp, entertaining, and reasonable dialogue to phenomenal acting, truly a movie worth your time.

I was pleasantly surprised at this unexpectedly great family movie for everyone to enjoy, it grabs a sweet and gentle hold of you and doesn’t let go until the very end, it was an emotional roller coaster and I was ready to hop on a second time around once the credits started rolling because I had a blast, like one I haven’t had in a long time.
I laughed, I smiled, and I shed a tear and loved every second of it.

Based on directors Sean Anders life, a couple decides to open their home and hearts to become foster parents. And what first seems like the perfect set of siblings turns slowly into a living nightmare for Pete and Ellie when nothing goes as hoped.

It’s the perfect feel-good movie, a story that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear, and have a great time and be in the best mood when leaving the theater. Strongly recommended. 8/10



How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Premiere review)

Director; Dean DeBlois
Animation/Adventure
1h 44 minutes
Swedish release; February 22end

A heartfelt goodbye to a magical adventure and colorful journey. In the final installment, we get to say our farewell to Hiccup, Astrid, and our favorite dragon, Toothless. In the last thrilling battle, we get to join the team in hopes to take down Grimmel and save the remaining dragons under his grim care.

It is an adorable film for the entire family to enjoy and get a kick out of, I even shared a few laughs and plenty of smiles during what must be this years cutest movie, a story that warms your heart and touches your soul with its loving bond between a human and his pet, no matter what kind of creature.

When discovering that Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, Hiccup must lead his family and friends into a courageous path in search of ”The Hidden World”, a magical dragon paradise before his enemy finds it first.

With its beautiful scenery and animation plus unique story, it’s a film that must be seen, especially if you’re a fan of the previous ones. 6/10



For pictures of the premiere go to Instagram @beautymartinez, and they should be under the highlight ”Movies” if they haven’t ran out of time on my story. Enjoy ;)

Venom (bluray review)

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Action/Sci-fi
1h 52 minutes
Out on bluray
Copy provided by Sony Home

Let us start off with the fact that I haven’t read the comics, however, do most often enjoyed the motion pictures based on them.
Venom took me by surprise, mainly because I had no expectations, it was one of the heroes I had missed and never heard of, yet, it was a movie that I felt had to be seen when coming out.

It turned out being one of the films that I truly enjoyed of 2018, it had a gentle mix of everything and it never got too much nor too dull, it was kept at a good pace with a well-written script, the dialogue was there, the visuals, and act and story was enough to keep you both entertained and intrigued.

Brady as Venom/Eddie Brock was brilliant, he brought a slight essence of humor and action to his character, making it a very likable one even though he’s supposed to be an ”anti-hero”, it became a lovable one despite the horrid look.

A reporter becomes bonded with an alien entity who slowly takes a liking to not only Eddie himself, but to earth as well, and together they decide to save the planet from the aliens who are determined to take over.

A fantastic ride, both action packed and fun. 7/10

Extras;
The Anti-Hero
Venom Vision
Designing Venom
Venom Mode: Trivia Track
+ more



Alpha (Bluray review)

Director; Albert Hughes
Adventure/Drama
1h 36 minutes
From 2018
Copy provided by SONY HOME

The trailer alone had me flying above clouds, waiting eagerly for this film to be released so I could fall in love, sadly, I didn’t even become smitten for the slightest of a second.
To be honest, I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this.
First of all, there barely was a dialogue throughout the entire movie, the silence quickly becomes dull, the poor dialogue falls flat, and it feels dragged out after just a few minutes in.

Keda gets lost from his tribe and finds companionship with a lost and injured wolf.

It felt like something that could be epic in scale when it came to the plot, script, and sound. But it terribly fails, and not even halfway in and you’re already praying for its end.
The visual however was beautiful, the landscapes truly were something taken out of a tale, and the star is not the kid but his new best friend, such a gorgeous creature to look at and dream about having one, besides that, not something I’d ever recommend. 3/10

Extras;
Director’s cut
Alternate opening & ending
Deleted scenes
Boy & wolf
Building the world
+ more



Bohemian Rhapsody (Review)

Director; Bryan Singer
Biography/Music/Drama
2h 14 minutes
From 2018

The director behind Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Superman Returns, and so many other motion pictures bring us Queen to the big screen, with the brilliantly talented Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.

What a fantastic cinematic experience from beginning to end, I didn’t want to hype myself up due to not end up being disappointed, but wow, I truly enjoyed every single minute and truly hope Malek wins an Oscar for his outstanding and awe-inspiring performance as one of the times greatest legends, Freddie Mercury.

The movie is the story of the creation of Queen, and the plot leading to their biggest concert at LIVE AID in 1985.

The script captures your soul and has you trapped until the credits starts to roll, the acting is beyond words can ever express, and Malek shines like a stunning diamond in the sky as Freddie.
They could have not picked a better actor to play this role, the man not only had the immense talent, but also such similarities regarding his looks that he almost looked like he was Mercury’s reincarnation, quite stunned on how alike they actually looked.

Just a wow-experience altogether, from the music to the visual. You’ll be entertained, you’ll be emotionally moved, you’ll simply love it. Strongly recommended! 9/10

A star is born (Review)

Director; Bradley Cooper
Drama/Music/Romance
2h 16 minutes
From 2018

Due to the hype all around this film, I had to sit down and see what it was all about, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was beautiful, it was filled with emotions, and there was an essence of soul and heartache combined with passion, talent, and abuse, all wrapped into a piece that will leave a mark on your heart.

Bradley Cooper doesn’t only shine as a singer, I am literally blown away by his singing talents (as if his good looks and phenomenal acting skill wasn’t enough), he also proves himself to be an amazing director, the camera moves, the vision was brilliant and it felt as you were right there which was a fantastic feeling, their emotions from anger, pain, love, everything just radiated through the screen.

Jack (Cooper) is a known singer who discovers Ally (Gaga) one night at a drag queen bar, he becomes completely enchanted by her entire being and from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same for her.

Worth a watch for sure. 7,5/10



The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Review)

Director/s; Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 39 minutes
From 2018

The princess and the bore realms is a more suitable name for what I just watched, I cannot for the life of me figure out how not a single soul that was part of this production didn’t stop this film from being released. It was 1 hour and 39 minutes of the purest and most utter boredom I have experienced in a movie in a long time. In other words, an insult to the original Nutcracker, both E. T. A. Hoffmann’s who wrote The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky who created the ballet version must be rolling in their graves.

First of all, it was about a princess and not a Nutcracker, and just that alone is quite the disrespect considering that the name is in the title itself.
The script was dull, lacked depth and soul, and falls flat immediately.
The acting wasn’t even remotely good even though huge names were seen on the screen, no emotions, simply plain.

Clara, a young girl enters a magical world of life-sized toys and an army of mice, a place where once her mother was queen.

The only credit I can give this movie, is the visual. A stunning and magical motion picture, such vivid colors and a dreamy fantasy land for one to escape whenever reality becomes to clear. Besides that, don’t bother with it. 2/10


Wreck it Ralph 2 (Ralph breaks the internet) press screening review

Director/s; Phil Johnston & Rich Moore
Animation
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