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    Jungle Cruise Review

    Jungle Cruise Review

    It's hard to imagine anyone coming into Disney's Jungle Cruise movie full of high expectations and excitement. First off, this is a movie based off a Disney theme park ride that needed a makeover for racist imagery. I mean who thought a theme park ride would make for a good movie?

    Well it turns out that while this film might not too memorable, it's actually pretty entertaining. Again, the bar coming in was super low, but even still, Jungle Cruise has several things that make it work. First, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt have great chemistry together and that's the main thing that carries this film. The script finds a good use for Johnson's humor using his really bad puns and dad jokes as a running gag through the film. For her part, Blunt is perfect as always. She's playing the typical archetype for a female character that shuns the rules that tell her she needs to "know her place".

    The other thing that works for this film is the PG-13 rating. It's actually a bit of a shock how violent this film is. It leans heavy into showing the violence of colonialism. Set in the 1920's, the main villains are undead conquistador's that were cursed after going full colonialist against an indigenous population. Where Jungle Cruise starts to sink is that it doesn't fully commit to this storyline. At times it feels like this film was really going to "go there" but then they realized it was a Disney film and was going to be released on Disney+ and the film they had was creeping up on a R rating so they had to pull back. The result is a film that exceeds expectations but also falls short of what it should be. This makes Jungle Cruise just not memorable. Which is a shame for a film that cost $200 million to make (You read that right...$200 million for Jungle Cruise). 

    Overall Jungle Cruise is entertaining enough to check out. Johnson and Blunt work well together. Just don't expect it to stick with you long after you see it.



     



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    • 35 min
    Black Widow Review

    Black Widow Review

    And we're back. Black Widow's release was delayed due to the pandemic and since then there were questions about when Marvel Studios would drop the film and why they delayed. There was even doubt that maybe it wouldn't be good. Maybe Marvel was finally loosing it's step. Maybe the Disney+ series were where they were really hitting their stride and where they should focus.

    Well let's answer the second part first: Yes Black Widow is good. Of course it is. It's a Marvel Studios film. This is a studio that hasn't really missed and the few times they have (which are debatable), they always come back strong. 

    So why now? This is a question that was asked even when the film was announced. Made even more curious from the fact that Natasha Romanoff died in Endgame. Well there's a few reasons. First, Natasha is one of the few original Avengers/Avengers associates that have played a major role in the MCU yet we know little about. She's joined by Nick Fury and Clint Barton in that category. Fury's background came to us in Captain Marvel and he's going to be popping up a few more times in the future. Barton has a whole Disney+ series coming (which might have some ties to this current film). So it's about time to give some background on Natasha and give her her own dues even if the character is gone in the present. Especially since the one time they tried to give her more depth, it didn't go so well (Age of Ultron). And you know what? It's about time that we learned more about Romanoff's past and the Red Room, her training and even how she got out. 

    What makes this film work is what makes most Marvel films work. A great cast, great action and a story that, even if it's not groundbreaking, serves its purpose. We've seen films like this before. Some good (Atomic Blonde), some not so good (Red Sparrow). What this film does is take the spycraft and the concepts and throws them into the MCU world we know and love. We get some great action scenes that really will have you wondering how the hell Wonder Woman 1984 didn't do better.

    Even if you're not a Scarlet Johansson fan, this film bolsters the cast with enough names that you definitely will want to see. Florence Pugh as Yelena is perfect. Her character works really well to contrast against the Avenger we know Black Widow to be. Add in David Harbour and Rachel Weisz and you have a really intriguing dysfunctional "family". On the villain side, this version of Taskmaster works well for the story that's being told and really serves almost as a silent-Terminator like character and threat. 

    Overall this is another welcomed addition to the MCU. It will be interesting to see what Marvel does next with some of the characters introduced in this film. With Hawkeye coming to Disney+ later this year and some of the other things we've seen on the horizon, the future is clearly bright for the MCU.





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    Luca Review

    Luca Review

    Overall, Luca is a fine film. It has mostly what one would expect from a Pixar film. The animation looks as sharp as ever. There's a message that's aimed at kids trying to navigate the world in front of them. And there is the classic Pixar humor. But even with all that, Luca just feels boring and predictable. 

    Luca is a film that feels like it's on cruise control for 90 minutes. It does what it's supposed to do but at the same time leaves a lot of gaps that should have been filled in the story. Even worse, there are story choices with the characters, particularly Giulia that will leave anyone over the age of 10 scratching their heads. It's 2021, sacrificing the story and growth of a female character for that of two young male characters is really unforgivable at this point. Especially when it's unnecessary. 

    There are a lot of story choice in Luca that just don't make sense. Yes, this film is aimed at children. But there's a level of expectation and quality that we've come to expect from Pixar that includes tackling tough issues in a manner that's digestible by children but also relatable to adults. There are times in this film where it feels that the story just decides to "not go there" and the result is a story that just falls flat. It's funny. Disney & Pixar have no problem killing off parents but somehow find explaining that a father just abandoned his child with no backtory, in an info dump is all they needed to do here. It's very odd and unfulfilling. 

    Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan work well as part of the voice cast here but even they can't save this film. Hopefully the next Pixar film will get us back on track.



     



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    • 25 min
    Cruella

    Cruella

    After the success of the first Maleficent, centering another iconic Disney character in a live-action film was inevitable. Having that character be Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians? Well, that's a move certain to have a some people asking why. But it's not really that complicated. There's plenty of opportunity for mayhem (and monetizing) telling a villain's origin story. The twist? Just don't watch Cruella expecting a redemption arc....or a story about dogs. 

    Cruella blends aesthetics together with its rather obvious storyline into a stylish-to-death path of a young genius' (Emma Stone) turn to the dark side. It is a Disney property; so despite its PG-13 rating there's a line this story doesn't cross but it has it's moments. There's excessive signposting via an overloaded soundtrack/score. It's a Camp meets Punk, while The Devil wears Prada with Mannequin sensibilities. Come for the vampy two dimensional villain. Stay for a hyper-stylish, messy, and ridiculously imperfect peek at nature versus nurture. 

    It's a heist film, a found family story, mentor v mentee pit fight. But mostly its a delightfully garish test of your ability to not rolling your eyes. But overall, Cruella is for the dark and twisty little kid who really wanted to know what's up with the nutty lady obsessed with dalmatians. So come for the fashion and stay for Emma Thompson's brutal foil Baroness von Hellman. 

    But whatever you do, for goodness sake don't expect the film's deadpan humor, and romp through the 60s and 70s to ever be more than a snarky, sly bit of sleight-of-hand when it comes to the backstory of Cruella De Vil. 

    Listen as Phenom and Ro discuss Cruella's highs and lows wherein Ro freely admits she's that kid who only watched 101 Dalmatians for its absolutely unhinged villain.  

    Cruella releases simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on Friday, May 28.





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    Wrath of Man Review

    Wrath of Man Review

    The team-up of Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham for Wrath of Man comes together as a very solid film combination of revenge mixed with heist. Is the film perfect? No. But there's a solid enough story with intense, bloody action that it makes a pretty entertaining pre-summer film.

    The film follows the mysterious H (Statham) who joins an armored cash truck company in order to find the thieves who ended up killing his son as part of a prior robbery. H uses his own seedy background and connections to try to hunt down who the inside man in the cash truck company is and who the crew is that lead to the death of his son. 

    Wrath of Man has all the elements we've come to love (and hate) about a Guy Ritchie film. Between this film and The Gentleman, Ritchie really is in his wheelhouse when it comes to this type of film. The suave, nearly-silent, focused and deadly man who can exact ruthless revenge on those that wrong him is clearly something Ritchie does right. He also loves making his protagonist someone who isn't necessarily a good guy but rather a bad guy with a moral code that the audience can get behind. And it works. What doesn't work is the fact that Ritchie still has problems with directing/writing female characters. Niamh Algar's Dana is criminally underused in this film and in many ways her character almost feels like a backslide for Ritchie. 

    Wrath of Man is a film worth checking out. Jason Statham is...well, Jason Statham and who doesn't love Jason Statham? The action scenes are intense with the final one being so intense it makes up for the anti-climatic ending. Still, there's enough here to overcome the flaws.



     



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    • 29 min
    Movie Review: Without Remorse

    Movie Review: Without Remorse

    If Without Remorse's purpose is establishing Michael B Jordan as the covert operator the spy genre's desperately missing then this action-packed thrill ride rolls out one hell of an origin story. Given director Stefano Sollima's (Gomorrah, ZeroZeroZero) kinetic shooting-style that leaves little room for stunt doubles and cutaway scenes, Without Remorse is an introduction to edgy John Kelly it's not too hard to get behind. 

    If you're a fan of Tom Clancy novels (or the Rainbow Six games) put everything you think you know about John Clark/Kelly to the side. Especially the book, Without Remorse. While the movie adaptation has its flaws, let's just say it does a very good job of steering clear of all the problematic elements of that particular Clancy novel. In that respect, Without Remorse is a breath of fresh air. Jordan's John Clark is active duty and finds himself knee deep in a conspiracy that causes the death of not only members of his SEAL team but also his wife and unborn child. 

    Where Without Remorse struggles is with giving the story the room it needs to be told. Honestly, fair or unfair, its hard not to watch this under 2-hour film and not think of what could have been if it had gotten the Jack Ryan series treatment. This movie is so fast paced that story elements and characters don't really get a chance to settle in. While watching this film, there were several parts where audiences will feel disappointed they didn't get to spend more time to develop. You couldn't easily break this film up into three 8-episodes seasons like the Jack Ryan series and it would be a hit. Instead there's a rush to the finish at break neck speeds and it sucks some of the air out of the room for the characters and the conspiracy story. 

    If the sole purpose of Without Remorse was to give a quick introduction to the character of John Clark/Kelly into the Jack Ryan world that Amazon is building, then it works. It builds anticipation for what could be and setting up a future meeting between Jordan's John Clark and John Krasinski's Jack Ryan. If the idea was to make this the start of its own stand alone franchise, then there may be a bit more work to do to sell this on its own.





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