Movie Marathon Review

It was a long week of ugly, cold, rainy weather here in Vacaville, California. Besides binge watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager on Netflix, I also rented 12 movies and was the third wheel for my boyfriend and his cousin to the movies. I thought I would write a review of all the movies from this crazy week/weekend!

Pitch Perfect 2 pitch-perfect-2-pp2_rgb

Ya’ll already know how I feel about this one, given I reviewed it when it came out. I only rented it because my mom hadn’t seen it yet. Good movie to watch just because it was raining; still not better than the first.

 

 

Pixels 

I LOVE ADAM SANDLER MOVIES. Seriously one of my guilty pleasures! This movie was equally corny and nerdy, and it was perfect for a rainy day in. It’s not Oscar-worthy, but the thing with Adam Sandler movies is that they are feel-good movies and this movie is no different. The movie features favorite classic arcade games and actors Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad.

Spy 

I love Melissa McCarthy; I love Jude Law; heck, I even like Jason Statham, even if he is my boyfriend’s boyfriend; but not in this movie. It was slightly funny in the beginning, but we ended up turning the movie off at the part where she was in Italy because we were bored and on our phones. I expected this movie to be funnier and it was kind of a let down. Maybe McCarthy will be better in the new Ghostbusters movie, and Law and Statham can return to their usual movie genres.

Paper Towns 

Now this wasn’t disappointing. It followed the book closely and was quite enjoyable. However, I didn’t like the casting of Cara Delevingne as Margo. I feel as though Delevingne was a random hit into left field that no one was expecting. She just isn’t what I pictured as Margo given that she was described as this beautiful girl that everyone loved but was mysterious. In all honesty, I don’t think Delevingne is that pretty. This may be against popular opinion, but it’s what I believe. I pictured a few people playing the character of Margo including Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Collins, AnnaSophia Robb, or Chloe Grace Moretz.

 Vacation

Surprise! I’m also a National Lampoon fan! And for those of you who haven’t seen it, this movie did not disappoint! It was laugh-out-loud funny. The two kids, James Griswald played by Skyler Gisondo and Kevin Griswald played by Steele Stebbins, reminded me of me and my little sister when we were younger and on road trips. If you’re in the mood for a good comedy, check this one out! You even get to see Chris Hemsworth, and if that doesn’t sell you on it, I don’t know what will!

Jurassic World 

Chris Pratt. That is all. Just kidding. This movie was really good. It was a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire film and I enjoyed it. I applaud Bryce Dallas Howard, who played main character, Claire, for running in heels for the entire movie. It is a little shocking that the entire movie takes place over the course of ONE day at the island Jurassic World is on. The dinosaurs are scary. I also don’t understand how these people ran for the entire movie – I definitely would have died from an asthma attack or the Pterodactyl thing would have eaten me.  Overall, it was definitely a great movie and has made me want to watch the entire franchise from beginning to end.

 Magic Mike XXL

Let’s be honest, I watched the first five minutes and then fast forwarded to all dance/strip scenes, because that was the only part worth watching. Also, I watched those scenes with my giggly mother, so it was aca-awkward. But boy, are those men hot and they know how to strip. Thank you Channing Tatum for making a sequel!

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Warning: I have never seen any Star Wars movies prior to me seeing this film. My boyfriend is a Star Wars nerd and growing up with the pop culture we have, it’s easy to know the general idea of the franchise or even know what the iconic things are.

With this is in mind, it was a really good movie in terms of special effects, costumes, sets, acting, etc. But to someone who only knows the pop culture references and iconic props/lines, it was a little predictable. Proceeding with SPOILERS. The main character, Rey, looks like she could be related to either Luke or Leia, and 3/4 the way through the movie Luke’s lightsaber calls to her. Hans Solo also dies at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, which I TOTALLY PREDICTED, but my boyfriend said I didn’t understand the significance, blah, blah, blah. Like I said, it was a good movie, just predictable.

  Inside Out

The Pixar movie where our feelings have feelings! I originally saw this movie with my gymnastics camp kids over summer, then I just recently re-watched it with my boyfriend’s nephews and niece.

The movie is adorable. It’s funny. From a psychological perspective it’s completely interesting, not that I’m a psych major or anything. But it puts a movie out there that is a great resource for social workers and psychologists to use when dealing with children. I’ve already read plenty of articles confirming that it’s being used in practice. I like that Pixar listens to our burning questions like “What happens with our toys when we leave for school?” or  “What really goes on inside our brains?”

Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation

I’ve seen all of the Mission Impossible movies. They improved with each one over the years, but I really thought that Ghost Protocol was going to be the last one.

Rouge Nation was okay. It started right away with action, but slowly became boring about half way through the movie. Apparently there will be another Mission Impossible, and I must say, Mission Impossible has run it’s course.

 Aloha

Aloha, hello; aloha, goodbye.

I had high hopes for this film due to the star-studded cast, but it was a major flop for me. I’m not sure if it was the DVD I had, but the sound quality was so poor, our TV was turned all the way up, and I still felt like I couldn’t hear what they were saying in the movie.

The movie itself was kind of boring. Right away we’re thrown into the story and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on or why Bradley Cooper’s character was now in Hawaii, since it was stated in the beginning, but very vaguely. I’m not going to lie, but I definitely fell asleep during the movie and only woke up when it was finally time to put in a new movie.

American Sniper

My boyfriend and I have been trying to catch this movie for a while now. When we finally got it recorded at his house, his DVR stopped working, so I finally just rented it. This was definitely one of the best movies I’ve seen in a really long time. Clint Eastwood directed a beautiful masterpiece that depicted the life of American hero and legendary sniper, Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper did an amazing job portraying  our fallen hero.

It’s a terrible thing that happened to Chris Kyle in the end, but his legacy will live on through his autobiography (which I hope to read this coming year!) and this movie.  This is the type of movie that makes me proud to be an American. I salute you Chris Kyle and all those who have fallen for this country.

Pan

I’ve heard nothing about this movie anywhere and deserves more credit than what it’s been given. It’s a twist/prequel of our beloved Peter Pan story  and how he and the lost boys arrived at Neverland.

The “evil” character is Captain Blackbeard played by Hugh Jackman (swoon) who kidnaps orphaned boys and brings them back to Neverland to mine for pixie dust to he can live forever. Pan and an unlikely alliance, James Hook, fight their way through Neverland to learn the truth about the island, Peter’s mysterious past, and how to defeat Captain Blackbeard.

The movie’s whimsical vibe created an atmosphere of adventure; kind of like the ones we would day dream about as a child. The movie also reminded me of the movie, Stardust, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, because of it’s whimsical and adventurous nature; which also made me enjoy the movie that much more. I think what really put me over the top, was when the lost boys were singing choruses from Nirvana and The Ramones. It took me a second to think about what they were singing, and I literally looked at my mom and was like “Are they singing the chorus from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana?” She thought I was hearing things, and then the next scene they were singing “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones, and she looked at me and said, “Yeah, they’re singing Nirvana and The Ramones alright…” Overall, I thought this was a really good, whimsical twist on one of my favorite tales.

Well, there is my review of my very long movie marathon. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Look for my post about Never Never part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher as well as my yearly wrap up! Happy reading lovlies!

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