Slender Man (Press-screening review)

Director; Sylvain White
1h 33 minutes
Horror
Swedish premiere; August 10th

A total disgrace to horror films all around the globe. Categorizing Slender Man alongside classics it’s hands down just disrespectful, a movie that should be kept away from theaters all around the world, and I want my hour and a half minutes back after watching it because I have never insulted my vision with such awful script, dialogue, and visual.

Slender Man was something that sounded appealing to me, the idea of an terrorizing entity intrigued me, it always has.
I’ve always been drawn to the dark and bad, and just like IT, Slender Man went in particular after children.

In Massachusetts, we get to join the group of four friends who summons Slender Man one drunken and dark night, only to have brought upon themselves a curse that will follow them and slowly tear their spirit and mental state apart.

It was painfully dull, a movie that never seemed to come to an end, a poor dialogue that was weak and didn’t carry the plot whatsoever. A real disappointment. 1,5/10


Mamma Mia 2 : Here we go again (Review)

Director; Ol Parker
Musical/Comedy
1h 54 minutes
In theaters now.

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 and 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! 8/10



The Equalizer 2 (Review)

Director; Antoine Fuqua
Action/Thriller/Crime
2h
Swedish Premiere; August 24th

Based on the Tv-show that aired between 1985 and 1989, The Equalizer is the story behind one retired agent who takes on justice into his own hands and makes sure the bad gets exactly what they deserve.
Denzel Washington is back as Robert McCall in the sequel that is a thrilling and emotional film with a visual experience that will take you for an action-packed ride of beautiful sound and excitement.

Denzel Washington is on a league of his own, there’s a certain essence not only to him as an actor, but also to the roles he takes on.
The sort of charisma and feelings these characters that he plays reflects through the screen in a sense that has a way of connecting with the viewer, and that is something truly I enjoy about him.

In the second film, we get to once again follow Agent McCall as he equalizes the good and the bad, this time getting justice for a very personal murder that will you take you on a roller coaster of twists, new enemies, and not knowing who to trust. 7/10


Deadpool 2 (Press screening review)

Director; David Leitch
Action/Adventure/Comedy
2h
Swedish Premiere; May 16th
Press screening provided by 20th Century Fox Movies.

Ryan Reynolds is finally back in the highly anticipated sequel to what could be one of Marvel’s greatest yet most idiotic superhero, Deadpool. David Leitch, delivers an action-packed cinematic experience, however, with a very oh so gentle script that needed a much more stronger dialogue, one that ended up being slightly light and very kid-friendly.

The sequel rarely, if ever, lives up to the first one and that was proven here. It ended up being Disney and soft compared to the first one, and that was a disappointment. The script was kind of weak in the sense of conversations and Deadpool’s lines, it tried so hard to come off as hilarious and raw but it ended up being close to desperate.

Here, we get to follow Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool, gather a team of mutants to save a young boy from supernatural powers that even himself cannot handle. Together, they all join forces and it all becomes a roller coaster of fast cars, explosions, and fun.

Ryan Reynolds is phenomenal and shines like a diamond in the darkened sky as Deadpool, and delivered another fantastic performance, and thankfully it wasn’t overshadowed by the somewhat weak script that was missing more of the raw vulgarity humor that the first one had.

The action is there, the visual just as beautiful, but it still didn’t satisfy my burning yearning for everything that is Deadpool. 6.5/10


A Ghost Story (Bluray Review)

Director; David Lowery
Drama/Romance
1h 32 minutes
Copy provided by SONY HOME

Where to begin, a story that I thought would take me by storm but instead made me want to claw my own eyes out, apologizing to them for even letting them waste vision by watching this.
Barely any dialogue, grey, and it felt like it never came to an end, I was legit praying for the credits to roll but no matter what I did, nothing seemed to make time pass, a snoozing fest at its best.

A husband returns as a white-sheeted ghost to his home in hope to reconnect with his bereft wife, proving that true love truly is the strongest bond and can conquer anything, even death and being in two different worlds.

It was dull, slow, and watching paint dry would’ve been a blast compared to this, the script was trying so hard to be rich in heart, soul, and emotions, that it ended up being empty instead. It needed more conversations and a much deeper plot and faster pace. 3/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes
A composer’s story
A Ghost Story and the inevitable passing of time



Truth or Dare (Review)

Director; Jeff Wadlow
Horror/Thriller
1h 40 minutes
(Tickets provided by UIP)

Jeff Wadlow, the man behind Never Back Down, Kick-ass 2, and several others, delivers a mediocre, mostly thrill and barely any horror film with oh so little reasons to even consider putting an hour and 40 minutes into it. But if you want some laughs due to the poor visual, performance, and script, then this might just be up your alley.

A game that takes a twisted turn when few teenagers decide to play Truth or Dare during a trip in sunny Mexico, but instantly darkens when the games goes from innocent fun to follow them back home, and not letting them get out of the game unless they follow the horrific dares and rules.

Honestly, I must say that I was slightly disappointed because (as always) the trailer had me believe for it to be something much darker, scarier, and serious, yet I got terrible, average, and somewhat dull at certain moments. Not something I’d personally recommend. 3,5/10



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Rampage: Big Meets Bigger (Review)

Director; Brad Peyton
1h 47 minutes
Action/Adventure

Big Meets Bigger definitely delivers action, loudness, and a whole lot of humor that will make you have a blast from beginning to end. Rampage, is epic in every aspect from vision, sound, to the actors’ performance. A cinematic experience that can only be truly enjoyed and appreciated on the big screen.

Like the title itself, Rampage is about three animals being infected with a dangerous virus that makes them almost bigger than life, and a primatologist and a geneticist must now team up to make sure that these gigantic creatures don’t destroy the city and their home that is Chicago.

It’s an entertaining motion picture that will surely have your eyes bulge when seeing these enormous animals taking over the city, the effects were somewhat gorgeous though some misses were found here and there, but nothing that ruined the experience. 7/10



Midnight Sun (Review)

Director; Scott Speer
Drama/Romance
1h 31 minutes

I want to start off by apologizing for the lack of updates, but if you’ve read one of my latest entries, then you know that I’ve had some difficulties with my mental health, and besides that, did I make the decision to take a little break, I needed a change of environment, which resulted in me doing a little trip to Iceland. For pictures feel free to check out my Instagram account @beautymartinez, enough about me now, let’s continue with the review.

Midnight Sun was everything and more.
It was a beautiful story with a dash of pure delight throughout the journey of a young girl with a rare condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight.
It’s a movie that though predictable, it will still manage to get inside of you and play with the strings of your heart, creating the most sensational symphony of love, strength, and pain, all wrapped into one heart-wrenching script with the perfect blend of drama, romance, and a spark of humor.

Bella Thorne shines in the role of Katie, a girl that has to spend her days inside, and behind special windows and only comes out to play once the lights go down and the sun hits the ground.
One night, she finally meets Charlie, (Patrick Schwarzenegger). The boy from across the street, the one who she has spied on for years and has a crush on and together they embark on a rollercoaster of young love, sparks, and strength.

It’s cute, warm, and will definitely leave an impact on you. 7/10


Pacific Rim: Uprising (Press screening review)

Director; Steven S. DeKnight
Sci-fi/Action
1h 51 minutes
Swedish premiere; March 23rd

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a blend of Transformers meets Alien, with a splash of Enders Game from 2013.
A cocktail of cities getting destroyed, futuristic technology, giant robots, and kids, a new generation being recruited to become Jaeger pilots.

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost played by John Boyega, mostly known for his role as Finn in the latest Star Wars installment, reunites with Mako and join forces with his former rival Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood to dive into battle and save the world from a new Kaiju threat.

There was no depth nor soul, it felt flat throughout until it reaches the ending, and not even then does it deliver with an epic closing, besides the predictable and obvious end that was bound to happen and easy to figure out due to previous similar films.

It tried desperately to come off as lighthearted at times, and to make the audience laugh or at least smile but failed miserably.
It felt forced. Let’s take the first Transformers as an example, the humor came naturally to Sam Witwicky and Agent Simmons played by Shia Labeouf and John Turturro, even the second and third film delivered some really good laughing moments that you felt in your core, making the entire theater crack up and shed a tear of joy. Here, I practically cringed.

The vision wasn’t spectacular, the shades ended up being dull, grey, and slightly average. The cinematic experience felt almost jacked from a Michael Bay action flick, and the music was pretty much none-excisting.
Not my cup of tea and I highly doubt it’ll become a huge blockbuster, however, did you enjoy the first one, then I am certain you’ll have a good time during the sequel. 5,5/10



Blade Runner 2049 (Review)

Director; Denis Villeneuve
2h 44 minutes
Sci-fi/Mystery
From 2017

Let’s continue with snoozing fiesta number 2.
Blade Runner 2049, an even stronger sleeping pill that simply sends you into an early death, I could physically hear my heart-rate going flat on the EKG during these 164 minutes.
Could be my own fault though, I might’ve set my expectations ridiculously high due to the massive hype this film got at its release. The high online reviews, the high IMDb rating of 8.2, and the 5 Oscar nominations, and the total of 121 Award nominations and 57 wins! HOW?

The first film and this are officially the most boring thing I have ever let my vision witness, and I feel like apologizing to my own eyes for torturing them with this. My question now is, what is it about these films that people love and compliment so much?

The only positive thing about this experience, trying to find a silver lining, next time someone asks, ”which is the most boring, slowest, and dullest film you’ve ever seen?” I will have an actual answer other than, ”Oh, I don’t know. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such sucky movie.”
Now I officially have, it’s called Blade Runner 1 & 2.
1/10