Jumanji was…

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

Directed By: Jake Kasdan

Grade: B

Actually a lot of fun. Which is hard for me to admit because pretty much from the first preview my reaction was along the lines of, “That looks awful. Oh my God. Could they make it look any worse!” “There’s not any ideas left in Hollywood…”

Though that last one is still true. It’s not the greatest movie or original (obviously) but I enjoyed it. It had some solid laughs and it was one that my nephew really enjoyed.

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The Nice Guys

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The Nice Guys

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice

Grade: A

This is probably the first movie in I couldn’t tell you how long that I want to go back and see in theaters again. I enjoyed it that much.

Ryan Gosling plays a down on his luck Detective investigating the case of a dead porn star from a rather strange angle. Russell Crowe plays Jackson Healy a little less down on his luck enforcer whose looking into a client that might be in trouble. The two cross paths and when the cases collide and they’re left to investigate the truth of an ever-growing list of murders all seemingly connected to the case.

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Gosling and Crowe really make this movie. Not only do they have great chemistry but both the actors and their characters just work together and bounce off each other very nicely. These aren’t the nicest guys and Gosling’s character isn’t going to win any awards for Father of the Year but you can’t help like them even when watching them fall apart.

Seriously, I think this is the best and most charming Crowe’s been in a while.

The movie is also crazy quotable with just a lot of funny lines and some nice character touches in the delivery. It’s always nice to go to a comedy that makes you laugh repeatedly throughout the film.

I also think they did a great job with the atmosphere. Not the biggest fan of seventies things but somehow it all looks good in this movie.

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Don’t be afraid of Holly! (Angourie Rice) She pretty much steals the show as Gosling’s daughter- definitely the most together character in the movie. Actually there’s some good kid actor interplay in a couple of places. Gosling and Crowe just work well with kids.

The mystery is engrossing enough. I like that you’re a bit thrown into working it out with the characters and it provides some good background players as well. It does get a bit out there at the end but I was enjoying the movie so much by that point and rooting for these characters that didn’t even bother me.

My only nitpicks were Amelia (Margaret Qually) and Judith (Kim Basinger.) Luckily neither one is actually in the movie a lot. I did get the impression they were going for annoying and a bit over-the-top with Amelia. Which, if I’m right, good job with that! Basinger- again- it could have been the character but she just seemed so cold and unnatural. Like I said though not in it enough to bother me. It was just a bit disappointing as L.A. Confidential is one of my favorite movies I was so looking forward to a Basinger/ Crowe reunion.

Overall impression is this is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. If you get the chance and are looking for something funny and not involving superheroes give The Nice Guys a try.

Recommend: Yes.



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Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein

Grade: A+

 Funniest movie I’ve seen in theatres in quite a while.

 Ryan Reynolds plays Wade, an ex-special forces soldier about to start a new life with the love of his life when he’s diagnosed with cancer. Taking a chance on a form of treatment that goes very, very wrong he’s turned into a mutant complete with super healing powers and a messed up face.

 Oh, an he really, really wants revenge upon the dudes that did this to him. Which seems reasonable. Luckily through all this Wade never loses his sense of humor and that and Reynolds is what makes this movie work.

 Honestly, I didn’t know if I’d like this so much. There’s fourth wall breaking and acknowledgement that this is a movie like crazy and two of the lesser known X-Men. But it works. I was laughing in the opening credits and Reynolds kept it going throughout. I would say if there was one weak part in the movie that would be the villains (not unusual for Marvel) but then I thought about it…

 Because this movie is R-rated and you can get into the nitty gritty of what they do to him that did give the villains and the revenge quest a bit more heft.

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 Personally I was also pretty happy with what they did with the Vanessa character.

 The fight scenes were also very well done again the fact that you could actual see consequences made them more realistic to me.

 I will say that I was a little surprised there were some really young kids at this showing with their folks. To each his own and all but this movie does earn it’s R-rating in my opinion and most of the jokes are going to fly right over the head of a young kid. Not only does the violence get gory and graphic in some instances, the language is constant and well, as an adult I thought the sex scenes were actually fairly tame but it’s not something I’d want to watch with my ten year old, you know?

 Recommend: Yes. This also might be my favorite Valentine’s Day/date movie ever!