Why Transformers Sucks!

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In 2007, the first Transformers film released starring Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox. Who would’ve thought that the series would receive so many sequels but also spiral into mediocrity? Personally, I enjoy the first two films and tolerate the third. However, when the fourth and fifth movie released I realized we’d get nothing like the film that started it all.

Rehashing the Same Plot

As a series continued I felt like we are watching the same movie over and over again. The government says that they cannot help the heroes that have protected earth with their lives and they state they’re not allied with them.

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Then the government proceeds to help the Decepticons find and defeat the Autobots. The story boils down to both alliances trying to find an artifact that will grant the user a great advantage in battle. After that point, the day saved and everyone goes home happily ever after.

Something New

In 2018, Bumblebee released and I believe it was received pretty well. Hopefully, as we go into the future more good transformers films will be released. As much as I hate to say it I don’t think Michael Bay was the issue nor Mark Walberg. One of the main reasons I believe the series is spiraled out of control is simply bad storytelling.

After the third film, I believe we needed something fresh and new. However, the formula kept on repeating itself. In Transformers: Age of Extinction I don’t believe Mark Wahlberg was really an issue I believe he did the best in the cast. I think the characters that surrounded him were the problem.

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Lack of Reasoning

For instance, his daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend added nothing to the narrative. At least in the first three films, it made sense why our protagonist is not the only one caught up the situation. The enemy constantly came after Shia Labeouf and the people surrounded by him.

In Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight I felt that the other characters didn’t have to be put in danger. They weren’t really involved in the conflict and they could’ve walked away at any point.

Too Predictable

If I can tell you what happens in a film before it begins that’s a problem. My biggest issue from the Transformers series is how massive the threat is. In each film it’s the end of the world for heroes fail The stakes are so high but they always come out on top so where’s the tension.

In the MCU, each film has differing levels of severity. If every entry was as high-stakes as the Avenger’s movies there’s no way they could’ve held the public’s attention for as long as they did. An Action-packed franchise, not every single found needs to possess a world-ending antagonist.

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If this is truly what they want they should make a different result in the end. Do something to shock audiences. Be bold if they kill off a character don’t bring them back. Maybe not make Megatron the main villain every single time. Who says that the villain has to be someone the audience already knows. Make a brand-new villain!

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Conclusion

I believe that huge amounts of money that the Transformers series has received has led to the creators of these films getting lazier and lazier. Each film was the same with minor differences here and there. At times the plot feels like it doesn’t make sense because of the decisions that certain characters make in these movies.

Finally, it’s all just too predictable audiences know exactly what the getting into. I want more good films to come from this franchise and I hope that future releases surpass the mediocre entries such as Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. 

 

 

 

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The Worst Film of 2019

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Have you ever seen a comedy that fails at the genre itself? Whether the answer is yes or no The Hustle will undoubtedly be one of the least funny attempts at comedy you’ve seen in 2019.

Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) is a British con-woman who makes a living off of gullible men. After years of perfecting her craft soon comes another woman named Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson), an energetic Australian woman who is also a con-woman. Despite their different methods, the two come together to try and pull off an extravagant score on a young billionaire in the South of France.

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From Bad to Worse

The beginning of a film is generally where you can tell if a movie will be good or bad. The opening scene is pivotal to nail and in The Hustle, they failed completely. However, seeing how the movie began it made me not surprised in the end result. The end result being an unfunny comedy.

Sorry to break it to you Hollywood but being fat just isn’t funny. Penny Rust is the one and only character who even utters something that could be considered comical. With that being said I still don’t find her too amusing.

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Having one of your main characters entire comedic routine be about how they’re fat is a film that is destined to fail from the start. I’ll admit that I did chuckle a couple times throughout the picture simply because of the adlib Rebel Wilson had to offer but a few chuckles throughout a full feature-length film are not enough to call a movie a comedy.

Running Terrible Jokes into the Ground

One of my biggest pet peeves while watching comedy is hearing the same unfunny joke multiple times. It wasn’t funny the first time so how do you think that it will be received when it is heard again. This is one of the reasons I believe this film is so unfunny because they don’t stop beating the dead horse.

Overdone Plot

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You have seen this movie before just in a different circumstance with other characters. We’re introduced to a character who knows how to do everything perfectly. Then, later on, we are greeted by a second character who isn’t necessarily as well polished in their craft as the protagonist. However, they still get the job done at the end of the day.

The film feels as though it’s on autopilot. Mainly because The Hustle seems like it wants to be like every other film that has a similar story. One example I have is that even though the two main characters are butting heads throughout the film and possess to signs that they enjoy each other’s company. They still become friends and it doesn’t feel right.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this film is a failure at comedy from beginning to end. Ninety percent of the jokes don’t fall and the other 10% that do aren’t too funny. You’ve all heard this story done before in many other films. Plenty of motion pictures have executed this plot with much greater quality than this.

Verdict 3 out of 10 Stars

 

 

The Peak of the Most Ambitious Movie Franchise

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Making History

In 2008, when Iron Man released I’m sure that no one saw this franchise becoming as big as it has become. Now 11 years later the hype that was built up for Avengers: Endgame is unavoidable. There is no escape if you have a social media account or are around people often since the announcement of the fourth Avengers film the public have made their excitement known.

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The idea of having a movie franchise composed of over 20 films all to culminate into one huge event has never been done before. To keep the interest of the public for years and years is a feat in its own right. For the fans, it is my belief that Avengers: Endgame is the event of a lifetime.

The Story

After Tony Stark’s battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War he has drifted aimlessly in space. With not much oxygen in his ship and lack of food, the end seems near. On Earth, the remaining Avengers Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner are tasked with finding a way to retrieve the allies they lost because of the infinity stones that Thanos wields.

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Hard Work Pays Off

After spending all of these years assembling the Avengers it has paid off with what I would say the definitive superhero film. I couldn’t imagine a replacement for any member of the MCU. The actors & actresses picked for their roles expertly portrayed their characters. Before these films, many audiences had no interest in the majority of the superheroes Marvel had under their belt.

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Depending on how invested you are in these films will determine how much you enjoy Avengers: Endgame. While I think this film can be enjoyed alone without seeing previous entries the development that most characters received will not be known to that individual. Not one hero is the exact same person they were when they debuted.

The Array of Emotions

To not mention the flurry of emotions that one goes through when attached to these characters would be a crime. There will be times where you laugh, feel tense, be filled with excitement, or maybe even cry. At no point was I hoping that the film went by faster and that’s because they kept me engaged.

To keep the audience engaged for three hours is no easy task and with that being said the Russo brothers did it expertly. In a film this long there will be slow moments that aren’t necessarily filled with action. Even in these instants a little or a batch of jokes kept most people entertained throughout.

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Some films can’t manage to make a movie funny while the protagonist has to engage the enemy. Marvel knows their audience and it shows since the different moods never ruin a scene throughout the motion picture.

Expectation Subversion

Without diving into spoilers what you expect to happen probably isn’t what actually develops. This goes for much of the film, not just the story. The superhero genre needs more of this. Many superhero films boil down to superhero battles the villain and the hero succeeds in the end. Because of this, it has made the general audience believe all of these films are exactly the same which the MCU has proven is not true.

A Love Letter to the Fans

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The creators, actors, actresses, and everyone who was involved in this project want the fans to enjoy this film. They want to reward the fandom and they do in the best way possible. Avengers: Endgame is a great movie but it’s a fantastic payoff of what’s come so far. This is much more than a movie it was a monumental event that has been talked about around the world for weeks. It leaves me thinking how in the world can they top this already marvelous peak.

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Conclusion

This is the first movie franchise of this scale and that has had this much success in the movie industry since it’s inception. Avengers: Endgame will leave audiences in shock at how many emotions they express while watching the epic. Your expectations will be subverted and in the best ways possible. Finally, This passion project not only promises to please fans of the MCU but even stands its own ground as a motion picture.

Verdict 9 out of 10 Stars

The Most Unique Animated Series on Netflix

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Love, Death, & Robots will be without a doubt one of the weirdest shows you can watch among all of the Netflix Originals. Many episodes leave you in need of answers or at least want a full series based on the particular episode.

This series consists of a collection of animated short stories that range from horror to comedy to science fiction all from episode to episode.

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The Style

Regardless of how you feel about the show as a whole the animation style cannot be underappreciated. Most episodes look very different from the one previous, but it’s never distracting.

The Witness is the third episode of the series and it has a drastically different look from the CGI animation from the first two episodes. It is most reminiscent of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse with its overall look.

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Episodes such as Sonnie’s Edge & Beyond the Aquila Rift are some of the best-looking episodes throughout the whole series. Their CGI look as impressive as feature-length films produced by the biggest names in the business.

The Twists

Often when watching this series there will be a twist that occurred and it becomes something that you’ll to look out for. Sometimes the ending will be pretty obvious but many times my guesses were way off. This show is not trying to give you a happy ending most of the time and at times you’ll think “no they won’t do that” then they do exactly that.

 

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With the show not being so easily telegraphed it interesting to watch each episode all the way through. The suspense really gets to the viewer and the element of surprise is without a doubt one of the best things this series does.

Everyone Has Their Own Experience

When watching this series you’ll have a different experience from most people. There have been a few episodes that have consistently shown up at the top of viewer’s lists but most of the episodes I have seen people rate have been all over the place. The Dump is one of the weakest stories for me, but I have seen many people stand up for the short.

Episodes that I believe have much higher quality than others have been pushed to the side by fans in favor of episodes I believe are weaker. That’s the beauty of this show and good on Netflix to give these creators a platform for their beloved ideas to blossom. I look forward to seeing what other ideas stem from this anthology series.

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Conclusion

This is an odd show but implore you to give it a shot. The genres span between sci-fi, horror, comedy, and fantasy. The visuals are top notch when they want them to be and in the episodes that have cheaper looking animation is done that way on purpose. While some episodes deserve a full-blown series more than others I think that every episode offers something.

Verdict 7 out of 10 Stars

 

The Best Film of 2018

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Regrettably, I didn’t see Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse during the year of its release. I had the opportunity to see the film this past weekend and it surpassed every single expectation. Through the excellent characters, writing, score, and animation this becomes one of the greatest experiences you can have as a Spider-Man fan.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is your average teen who’s entire world gets flipped upside down when he gets by a radioactive spider. Thus he becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and must team up with others of his kind to defeat a threat who dangers all realities.

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Different Spider-Man? No problem

Miles breathes new life into the role of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. He’s biracial but the film doesn’t take advantage of his race to push some agenda. The film isn’t about him being both African American and Puerto Rican but his heritage gives him a little more character.

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He’s a young kid and for an animated film, the mastery of his newfound abilities are pretty grounded in reality. Miles doesn’t start jumping off buildings and swinging throughout the city the second he gets bit. This film could’ve easily made Miles a Gary Stu, but the writers refrain from doing that and the movie benefits from that choice.

Playing safe is a thing of the past

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Many movies fail because they don’t push their respective genres enough. When creating a film that doesn’t try to do many new things you can’t expect to do much better than average. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is the furthest film from that state of mind. The movie wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive if they just told us the same old Spider-man story.

The animation alone allows this film to stand out in a good way. In every scene, you could pause the movie and find a great freeze frame. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is filled to the brim with style. There are details that you might only notice after your third or fourth viewing and that is a sign of a film that does more than what is needed. This is a passion project and knowing that this film wasn’t about just making money and that it’s creators just love what they were working on makes me appreciate the picture more.

A Very Effective Soundtrack

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Having a soundtrack isn’t special it’s a thing that the majority of films have in common. However, there are very few films whose soundtracks elevate the product they’re played in. If you have a musical itch that needs to be scratched you’ll certainly be pleased while watching. Artists such as Post Malone, Swae Lee, Lil Wayne, etc. offer new songs and long after watching the picture you’ll be trying to look up a few their songs played through the film.

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Conclusion

This will go down as one of the best-animated films ever produced. The characters are varied and all have their place throughout the narrative. Deciding not to make a “safe” Spider-Man film really pays off by giving us an experience like none other in the realm of this superhero. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse oozes personality at every opportunity and the soundtrack is memorable, to say the least.

Verdict 10 out of 10 Stars

Review: Big Mouth’s Valentine’s Day Special Gives Fans All They Could Ask for

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A Bright Future Ahead

In a show, all about teenagers going through puberty in a comedic fashion the idea for a Valentine’s Day special is genius. If this is a good representation of the following season I am incredibly anxious to see the continuation of this series. The controversial comedy this series is known for has not lost its knack to leave you speechless. So much so that you’ll have to ask yourself if you really should be laughing at times.

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Chemistry is at an all-time high

The relationship between Andrew (John Mulaney) and Maurice (Maya Rudolph) has easily been one of the best parts of the show since it’s inception. Andrew’s weird sexual obsession with almost anything as well as being convinced to do things he wouldn’t normally by Maurice never gets old. Maurice himself is unpredictable nothing is off the table and that reminds me of the early seasons of Family Guy. The creators of Big Mouth aren’t afraid to be bombarded by today’s sensitive people all over the internet and that’s the only way to make a show of this nature.
While Andrew and Maurice are a great pair this special brings us another interesting relationship being Nick (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph). Both of these characters have been on the show for quite a while, but with Connie being Nick’s new hormone monstress plenty of new problems arise.

Valentine’s Day is the Worst

This particular holiday is generally disliked by many people and it’s not hard to know why. For people not in relationships, a day that focuses on the love in the air can be frustrating. There are people that to step outside of their comfort zone and finally ask that person out that they’ve always wanted only to get rejected. This day isn’t just hard for people who aren’t in relationships it’s hard for people with partners as well because they are expected to be as romantic as possible. Seeing these ideas explored during this episode is not only relatable but entertaining to see play out.

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Conclusion

The no holds barred comedy is back and is the best it has ever been. New relationships have been forged and have only changed the show for the better. The odd musical numbers and taboo topics make their return as well. Fans of Big Mouth will be pleased with this double episode and if the following season can keep to the standard of this special we are in for the best episodes of this show yet.

Verdict: 8 out of 10 Stars

Review: Is Night School as Bad as the Reviewers Say? Let’s Find Out!

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Night School is a comedy about Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart) having to attend night school to obtain his GED after running into some unfortunate events. Once Teddy returns to Highschool he finds himself in a class full of misfits. A teacher who isn’t going to let him pass unless he puts in the work and a principle that he used to go to school with that holds a grudge with Teddy to this day. Let’s just say things aren’t going Teddy’s way.

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Don’t get me wrong this film is not a revolutionary comedy, but I think critics got it wrong. There are plenty of genuinely funny moments along with enjoyable characters as well. The pros far outweigh the cons with this flick and I’m not just saying that because I like Kevin Hart.

This cast stands out even while being total cliches of other comedies. You have the conspiracy theorist, the person who is in a bad relationship, the teenager with a bad attitude, and plenty of other tropes we’ve seen before. Surprisingly, they make it work in this film. The classmates are one of the best parts of the movie for this reason.

In my opinion, this movie wouldn’t be half as good without the excellent work of Carrie (Tiffany Haddish). She is the night school teacher and she does not disappoint. The way that Teddy and Carrie work off of each other in this film works very well. This isn’t a Shrek and Donkey situation where one hates the other. They have their differences, but even early on you can tell they enjoy each other’s company. That only makes their scenes funnier because of their chemistry.

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On the not so bright side, I don’t believe the level of friendship these characters share towards the end of the film. There were definitely bonding moments, but not enough on the screen to justify how they treat each other in the final act. Also, the conflict feels a bit too forced.

Conclusion

Night School is a great flick to go see with your buddies. It has plenty of cliches but the cast works together well enough that you gloss over the things that you’ve seen before in other films. Some of the moments in this film aren’t deserved because they didn’t put enough effort into building up to them. I don’t think this film is bad by any means or that it’s even average. It is my belief this movie deserves better ratings from critics despite the fact the directors didn’t try to do anything revolutionary.

Verdict: 7 out of 10 stars.