Let’s Watch… Ghost in the Shell

The Live Action Remake

I was not expecting to have gone to the midnight showing of Ghost in the Shell (2017), but that is exactly what I did, and it was not worth it!

I don’t know anything about anime, I haven’t seen the original Ghost in the Shell anime or the TV show, so I went into this movie only thinking about THIS movie and not how it could compare to the original. That is how this review will be written… on this movie only!

This movie was kind of a miss for me! I was very curious about the movie from the trailers. It was a fun movie, but there was a lot of things that really got on my nerves. I will start with the things I enjoyed! The cinematography in this movie was, to my surprise, VERY good. There was a lot of slow B-Roll shots that you could almost compare to The Revenant. The framing was also very good. I also thought the technology in this world was interesting and I could honestly see a thousand years from now our world having some of the same.

What I did not like about the movie was practically everything else! First the story wasn’t interesting to me at all! I didn’t care about Major and that is always something filmmakers need to make sure is the first priority, for the audience to care about the main character. Also the dialogue in this movie was horrible. I did not believe a single conversation, they all felt scripted and fake. There were also a lot of one liners that made me laugh out loud at more than one time at serious points of the film.

If you are a fan of the anime version then I think you should go see it because I have heard it does it justice and those people really loved this movie! If you are someone that wants to go see a fun action movie….maybe go see Chips!

My Score: 5/10

Let’s Watch… Beauty and the Beast 2017

It’s as good as the original!

Back in 1991, at the start of the Disney Renaissance, a little movie called Beauty and the Beast came out. It went on to be the first animated movie to be nominated for the best picture award at the oscars and it captured the hearts of millions. Now, in 2017, Disney is attempting to bring it back. But the big question is…

Is it any good?

The answer is YES! It is absolutely amazing! Beauty and the Beast 2017 is a gorgeous recreation of the original, and Disney really brings out the magic in this film. Emma Watson as Belle truly shines in this film and her voice is remarkable! ‘Belles theme’ in my opinion is better then the original song just because of the way Emma Watson sings it and the ‘Be Our Guest’ number is amazing! I can’t way to go back and see it in IMAX 3D just for that part!

The actors in the film are Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (LeFou), and Dan Stevens (Beast). They are wonderful, every performance worked great for me! There has been a lot of criticism that I have seen that it is just an exact remake of the original and that is completely not true. There is plenty of new songs and story lines that bring more substance and understanding to the original story line. The new songs are very forgettable though and that part took me out of the film a bit. 

Beauty and the Beast is absolutely a must see for Disney fanatics like me, and for non Disney fans I believe you will still enjoy this film!

My Rating: 8.5/10

Let’s Watch… Kong: Skull Island

Is this movie any good?

From director Jordan Vogt- Roberts comes a whole new spin on the King Kong story, Kong: Skull Island. It is about a group of people that go to an uncharted island and try to discover it, but the island is not quite what it seems. They discover Kong, a giant gorilla who lives on the island, along with many other different creatures.

The question is though…is it any good?

Kong: Skull Island is good and you should go see it. As you may guess though it obviously isn’t a classic or an Oscar film. This film is a monster movie and it knows it. The acting in it isn’t the best which is surprising considering the cast of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly (who gave the best performance). That is forgivable though because if you are going into a movie like this expecting a great performance from actors then you are going into it for the wrong reasons! You should be going into this movie wanting to see a fun “popcorn film” where monsters reign supreme!

The best things about this film by far are the way it looks, and the creatures. Kong: Skull Island is probably my favorite looking movie so far this year. You could compare it to Mad Max: Fury Road from 2 years ago.

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The scene where they are going to the island is also the best scene of the film and the best King Kong scene i have seen out of any of the movies.

In conclusion, it is in my personal opinion that you should definitely go see this movie if you want to have a fun time in the theater but that is it. Do not except a ground breaking film, as I’m sure you already wouldn’t be any ways.

My Rating: 8/10