Monday, September 4, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: Colossal

I think this film lasted all of two weeks in the theater and what a sin that was.  Mix an Indie feel with a love for the Godzillaesque monster movies of our youth, a well-crafted script that is filled with heart and subtle surprises, and stellar performances from its cast and you have one quite remarkable little flick.   In addition, this director is able to shift from light hearted, to heartfelt and hopeful to outright dark, with a fluidity rarely seen in cinema today.   It's hard to label, as it would diminish the totality of the production, so think something between a dark comedy and conscientious drama with a smattering of surprisingly sophisticated effects that enhance not overpower this thoroughly engaging and satisfying take on an utterly unique science fiction concept.  Hathaway is brilliant,  Sudeikis is genuine and unnerving, and the remaining ensemble compliments each other with a definitive sincerity.   In a quagmire of the wrote and repetitive, it's refreshing to find a clarity of creativity and true talent.  4 out of 5 Kernels; this was truly a colossal success.

#JustaQuickiePlease: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Director Guy Ritchie decided to take Conan the Barbarian,  The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Assassins Creed, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and combine all of those plotlines and concepts into one film and then add in the most CGI PlayStation 4 graphics he could find.   So, you can only imagine how that worked out, and I would seriously recommend the imagining part over wasting one minute on this effects heavy, performance light, medieval disaster.   The cast oversells every line of dialogue as if they are paid by commission only and, like CW's Arrow with its incessant flashbacks, Ritchie spends more than half the film either rehashing or piece mealing dream sequences together in a futile attempt to make up for the absolute stale and predictable plot.  The real star of this flick is the sword, yes, the sword, which is too, a hodgepodge of borrowed ideas, lying somewhere between Final Fantasy, Star Wars, and Frozen, if you can believe it.    There are better adaptations of this twice told tale, as long as you multiply the twice by about ten.   1 out of 5 Kernels: got to give them credit for the best use of stylized contact lenses, that has to be some kind of record.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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#JustaQuickiePlease: Marvel: The Defenders (TV Series 2017) Review

The producers of the first outing of Marvel's Daredevil brings us the cumulation of 5 seasons worth of gradually worsening story telling, mostly solid character development, and some of the most breathtaking fight scenes ever captured on screen (not counting Iron Fist).  The Defenders are, in essence, a Nolanesque take on The Avengers,  removing all the cool powers, tech, humor, and flair of the Whedonverse and replacing it with a dark, gritty, mostly realistic tone and feel.   What was once an inspired launch to a more hard core approach to some of Marvel's E-List heroes, has now become the typical cash cow, trading substance, and sophistication for a hurried product rampant with flawed progressive ideology, ad nauseam exposition, bland villains, and either overt predictability or outright unbelievability.   Daredevil uno and dos gave us two of the best comic features to ever grace the small, or silver screen, as well as, The Kingpin, Elektra, and Punisher fandom deserved.  Jessica Jones redefined what a comic book film or series is and gave us the most frightening bad guy in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Cosmos.  The first half of Luke Cage provided a long awaited, well earned, dignity to one of my favorite printed heroes.  Then, without warning, the shark jumped itself, as the latter episodes of Cage became outright propaganda and delivered one of the most disappointing climaxes in geek history.   Kung Fu Justin Timberlake followed, um...I mean Iron Fist, which was mostly one dragon sized train wreck, rampant with horrific choreographer, frustrating redundancy, and the birthing of the infamous excess exposition.  The Defenders should have been the saving grace, instead, it provided a fitting bow to a crap package.  Luke Cage can't get hurt until the plot requires him to.  Jessica Jones can lift an elevator, but has a problem with the equivalent of the Hand's Yoga instructor.   Daredevil can best a stairwell full of thugs but struggles when it comes to one on one.  Then there is the Karate Kid, who is an annoying mix of Eddie Haskel, Ricky Shroeder, and that one Cobra Kai kid who got kicked out because he just couldn't cut it.  Add in the most vanilla villain they could conjure, and the fact that club dread's only real weapon is unending exposition, and you have an absolute profanity when it comes to concluding a story arch.   The only highlight is Elektra who can kill entire rooms of highly trained ancient ninjas but has a bit of trouble taking out her former beau...which wasn't predictable at all, total shocker.   In the end, the script was inferior, the action cool, and humor hit or miss, mostly the latter.   Let's hope The Punisher will bring us back to the glory days when Mike Murdoch first graced the Netflix stage.  Not to mention the set up for a possible Born Again plotline.  2 out of 5 Kernels: Still trying to figure out what exactly they were defending, and, especially, how a skyscraper haphazardly imploded without affecting a single building around it.

Monday, August 21, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: Ghost in the Shell (2017) Review

This film has come to represent so much.  For me, it is undoubtedly, the Blade Runner of a new generation.  For the world, it was an example of the power of censorship by the easily offended, ridiculously hypocritical, ignorant and entitled social justice warriors who inundate and contaminate every avenue of the web in all of its incarnations.   Visually enchanting, majestically filmed and scored, this live action remake not only honors the original anime but takes it to new and stunning levels.   Johansson is perfectly cast, as the strangely stoic and mechanical, yet deeply disturbing and mesmerizing Major.  Her supporting cast is equally remarkable, as they easily, organically bring their individual characters to illustrious life. The story isn't new, not just because it is a retelling of its animated predecessor, but the idea itself has become an overdone action fare staple.  However, it is masterfully told, unbelievably making it feel fresh and unique.  The action is breathtaking, as are the effects, which blend seamlessly into each scene, enhancing instead of overwhelming the plot.   Sanders may have failed with his Snow White sequel, but there is no doubt, this will quickly become his swan song.   4 out of 5 Kernels: This is what filmmaking should look and sound like, creating a total experience that inspires the imagination and occupies all attention.

#JustaQuickiePlease: Kong: Skull Island Review

So, we tried to have a cinematic genius like Peter Jackson, make a good King Kong film, and failed. What do we do now?  I know! Let's have an indie comedy director, with two whole films to his name, try his hand at it.  What could possibly go wrong?   Umm...how about two hours of disappointment.  However, if Ray Harryhausen ever dabbled in CGI, this would be the film he would make, as the effects are the only star of this feature that actually delivers.   What, in essence, is the cast as Marvel's Avengers 2.5, this stellar cast should have brought us epic performances as enormous as a skyscraper-sized ape.  Instead, the acting is stale and disingenuous, riddled with poorly executed Bathos style humor meant to defuse tension but instead quickly becomes counterproductive in setting the right tone of tension needed.   Even when these behemoths battle, we don't really care who or what gets caught under foot, or tail for that matter, because the character development is so superficial, every portrayal feels undeniably stereotypical and predictable.  I will give some points to the writers for their attempt at a modern take on Moby Dick, making the King of Monsters Sam Jackson's white whale. Instead, his performance is so over the top, it borders on silly,  diluting any symbolism or merit.  There is a very cool end credits scene leading into a bigger universe, which now seems to be a moral imperative for any and all productions these days.  However, Godzilla was just slightly worse than this monster foray, so a clash of these titans, maybe more hype than horror.  2 out of 5 Kernels; Please let this be the last reboot of Mighty Joe's bigger cousin, or are we going to have a freshman film school student direct the next one and really kill the franchise.
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