I think it was inevitable that this film would be made. You have two of the most entertaining actors of the 21st century so far one who has been around for a while creating cult classics in cinema and the other blowing up right now (about time I might add). There was going to be no way that a studio would pass this up especially because of how bankable it is as a summer blockbuster. Now I love Ryan Reynolds, I think he has versatility, and I love Samuel L. Jackson whose instrument with which to express emotion is profanity but I was cautious of this film. I feel like this is a film that could be easily cashed in for a quick buck and disregarded as soon as the year is done. This is usually how these things end up unfortunately, but can the Hitman’s Bodyguard be that one obvious buddy action comedy team up that could stay around for a while?
I absolutely respect Christopher Nolan, he is one of my inspirations as a lover of film as many of his films are top grade. You look deeply into these complex films weaving together not only great plots and film techniques, but just a fascination with an entertaining/captivating ride. He creates living portraits turning characters into realistic depictions of humanity at its best and worst. I can’t praise the man enough and why it is my saddest displeasure to say that I did not like Dunkirk. Yeah right out of the gate I am going to say that this film did not resonate with me. Before the pitchfork of many a fan comes to attack me I just want to in this look at the film why I respect the experiment Nolan did and why even if I respect the craft it just didn’t work for me.
I have done it! I have finally lost all sense of reason! I decided to put myself through the one film I told myself I would never tackle. Now I don’t have an issue with the Despicable Me movies, I am actually quite fond of the two that I have watched. The minions in those movies in small doses were tolerable pieces of merchandized entertainment. They were made for mass appeal and to sell and it worked. Merchandise galore popped up with minion faces everywhere! They even made a ride at Universal Studios in Orlando dedicated to the minions. I mean I can honestly say this was a phenomena that took a while for it to die down. So inevitably a spin-off was going to happen which prompted a big question. Can these little guys carry an entire movie on their own? Well unfortunately I decided to find out the answer to that question myself and one movie later I regret every choice I have made in regards to it.
Superhero cinema has been predominantly Marvel and DC driven for a while now. We have numerous films from their roster of characters for a while now that other superhero films are kind of glossed over for the most part. Take a look at the Green Hornet’s revival in 2011. Completely glossed over and never talked about these days either in the bad or good superhero pile, it has kind of eluded the public eye after release. I mean it came and went, until of course Netflix put it up in my queue. Also seeing Seth Rogen in 50/50 and Steve Jobs have proven his dramatic talents to me, so I feel like he can play a superhero with this tragic and troubled background. So does Green Hornet deserve to be considered these days or is there a reason why not many people mention it these days?
Horror is something I always find myself drawn to. As stated in many of my looks at the genre over a few dozens of films and two Halloween events, I am fascinated by its ability to chill us to the bone. It is like an adrenalin rush, but sometimes films try to be a bit more subtle with its terror. Not one that will have you screaming or really have you drenched in sweat, but one that tries to unnerve you at your core. The Eyes of My Mother is one such horror film that tries to not be your stereotypical shock factor horror film but rather one that wants to burrow under your skin. It takes on the whole black and white approach with interesting choices in both narrative and aesthetic, but does it manage to be just an interesting aesthetic or is the film far more chilling than the idea is interesting?
It always has to be time travel doesn’t it?! I honestly never thought I’d see Naruto tackling time travel to be able to have him be in an adventure with the Fourth Hokage, Minato. I can’t honestly say that I thought a Naruto film has jumped the shark yet, though there is a high chance that this one will. I mean I fear that my best Naruto films are behind me, not even the Will of Fire’s visual flair was enough. I am in a bit of a drought, and a Naruto film about time travel is not exactly instilling me with confidence. I am starting to almost regret my decision to go through each one in an attempt to capture some essence of why I enjoyed Naruto as a child. So while I am down and out does the Lost Tower manage to reinvigorate my investment in this marathon or am I still going to careen ever so slowly off the cliff of spin-off films?
We all have that one genre of media that doesn’t usually appeal to you. It isn’t that the film you are watching is bad or anything, but more often than not you will not get invested in what is going on. Unfortunately mine is comedy as I find myself the odd duckling in terms of what I laugh at. I don’t usually enjoy pure comedy movies and would rather something else to coincide with it. Sketch comedy while really fun in some moments does not usually appeal to me because the joke can run flat very fast. Films that feel like a sketch comedy have a doubly hard time with me purely because they are that previous fear personified. Keanu has been praised by people I know as a funny comedy and luckily for me it came on Netflix so I was finally able to watch it one night. I am a fan of Key and Peele, two funny guys who I have enjoyed watching their careers (Key in acting and Jordan recently in directing). This seemed to me like a hit out of the park, but for some reason it still loomed in my head that maybe my gut reaction to it originally was right. That maybe it just wasn’t my type of movie. Who knows though, I have been surprised before.