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Beauty and the Beast

This is one of classic tales of princesses of Disney. This fantasy/romance movie of Beauty and the Beast was released on March 16th 2017 in USA. Its duration is 2h 19m. Staring Emma Watson as Beauty and Dan Stevens as the Beast, they are directed by Bill Condon. This is actually the remake after remakes of Beauty and the Beast since vintage era. The story is about a beautiful, bright and independent young woman, Belle. To save her father in the prison of the Beast, she lets herself captured to replace him and imprisoned in the castle. First of all, she was afraid but then befriends the staffs in the castle. They are enchanted. As time passes, she finally recognizes a prince that lives inside the Beast. She finds him kind-hearted. This is where the romance begins.

My first comment is that why Disney remakes this story? Are they trying to do the right thing by polishing it with brand new popular faces like Emma Watson? I mean a feminist sass injection on Emma Watson as Belle? Come on! That is a little bit of interesting but I think that there are much better actresses who can play the role. They would be Jordyn Jones, Natalie Alyn Lind, Brec Bassinger, Meredith Mickelson, Peyton Roi List, Debby Ryan and more other beautiful girls who deserve the role.

The coming of Beauty and the Beast is like revamping a material that has gone all out spectacle. However, the director Bill Condon did it very nicely which makes the movie lovable as if there were nice touches. Well, there are cons in every pros. I think that the design is overbearing for the movie.

One thing that really bothers me is about the talking dinnerware. I mean, yes the movie is a fantasy genre but talking teapot, cup and so on? This is just too much to consume even for a high level magic.

Overall, the story of this Beauty and the Beast is bringing 2D cartoon into real human with animation. There is no additional story that makes them different one from another. Nothing at all!

This movie does not suit boys but at least young couples who search for romantic one, this is a nice reference. Girls from tween to teen are for sure to love this film. However, the kissing scene should not be there at all. It is bad for the education. Kids should not see such of thing.

Suicide Squad

They are all expandable figures. They form a team of dangerous and villainous individuals. It consists of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and more. 2h and 17m make this movie quite a long one to watch. There are intrigue, drama, love and conspiracy poured. It was released on August 1, 2016. Action and comedy mix together.

The story is about super criminals who formed a suicide squad. The mission was to stop “Enchantress” from building a weapon that could destroy the Earth. Well, each story always has its own lines including the bad guys and the good guys. Between self-interest or focusing on the mission, they are crazy enough to take on the mission.

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The plot holes leave a head-scratch. You can see less drama and half-baked support of the characters. However, the story is straightforward without any complicated thing except the love-story between Harley Quinn and Joker. There are slick pieces of action set, zany dark comedy moments, and gripping beats of characters.

Among all super-villains, Deadshot and Harley Quinn are most notable. To the role of becoming the Deadshot, Will Smith has succeeded of bringing his charm and chops of action. A sympathetic entry point is to the movie very well. Thanks to him.

Harley Quinn which played by Margot Robbie is a deranged-minded character. However, she’s quite aware of the assignment given to her and the team. Yes, she’s in the dangerous effort to save the world that hates a-kind-of-her. Harley has succeeded in bringing the dynamic performance with bubbly comedy physically. Thanks to her.

The visual effect and design are striking especially in scenes of Enchantress. Among all figures, I think that Killer Croc is an awkward addition to the plot. I do not know but, he should not be in this movie at all.

Another deranged story of this movie is about the strong relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker. It seems that these two nuts deserve each other well. It is messed up yet captivating relationship in the story of comics brought to the big screen, I suppose.

The Suicide Squad is the reverse version of superhero movies. Colorful costumes and dulling glossy visuals are shown by the costumes. You can watch the movie in 3D and 3D IMAX. However, very dark is unavoidable. In 3D, we can experience a bigger screen with a better sound just like any superhero blockbuster. Well, it might be better sticking to 2D screen at the moment.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

This is one of moviegoers’ favorite movies in 2017. Personally, I love the characters of Vin Diesel in his movies. He is always tough, strong and almost invincible. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is an action movie with heavy stunts like its predecessor with fights and shoot-outs. Women have also become one of the objectifications.

Released on January 20th 2017, this movie was directed by D. J. Caruso. And, it has Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures as its distributors. Its duration is 1h 50m. Well, as a movie lover, I am giving comments on this one hell of movies. Although I am a fan of this movie, there are some critics on it.

Cage is Alive!

It is mentioned that Cage was dead in XXX: State of the Union by Gibbons. I mean why he gave false information to the second xXx, Ice Cube? Did he just have no idea about where Xander cage’s existence after the mission? I mean, hey how unprofessional Gibbon was by giving the statement. In xXx: Return of Xander Cage, it proves that Gibbons’ statement is nonsense. If Gibbon was a professional agent, he should be able to track down a non-military or unprofessionally trained Xander Cage. What do you think?

No One Can Save the World Except Xander Cage!

I am sorry Cage but you are just a “PUNK” character in the movie. You are not a military, special agent or professionally trained individual by the government. This movie shows that US government was nothing before The Almighty Groups of Punks.

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Overall, I think that this movie is weak on characterizations. Sloppy direction completed its poor story. Most of moviegoers must love this thriller / action movie. But for me, it is just a brainless action fun one. Completely lacks of unique styles and plays.

Well, these comments are my own only. You have your own.

The Legend of Tarzan

The film was released on July 1st, 2016 in USA. The genre is drama/action with 1h 50m duration. The story is about Tarzan who lives in Victorian England. He is married with Jane and uses the name of John Clayton III. A treacherous Leon Rom who envoy for King Leopold lures Tarzan to come to Kongo. This is where the story begins. It turns out that he killed the son of chief Keewazi, the leader of Waziri tribe. It was not without reason but because Kolunga the son of chief Keewazi has killed Tarzan’s Ape mother first. So this is about vengeance after vengeance.

In the Box Office, 356.7 million USD has been earned. The Legend of Tarzan is a lot of fun, adventure, romance and adrenaline. There are beautiful forests, natural landscapes, digital animals and more. Well, there are pros and cons about this movie. And, we are discussing them with you.

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Where is the original story of Tarzan? The real Tarzan would not love to stay a long time in the city. Jungle is his home sweet home where every single day is an adventure. I mean, Tarzan in a suite? Oh come on! This is simply not right for the story relatively to the king of the jungle. Well, apparently many viewers love it at all due to uniqueness and distinctive story line.

When it comes to optics, this Tarzan has always the bad one. I do not mean to be racist but hey it is so obvious. Except his childhood which was raised by apes and turned into a wild man. Although it is impossible and irrational, the story is not too hard to accept at all.

Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan has given the character a very good attraction. The diamond-cut muscles of his are indeed an attraction to the big-screen. It is a part of the allures to expose to audiences. I say just “nice”.

Leon Rom with his beaded talisman, he seems so powerful with it at his hands. I mean he is like an expert of martial art with talisman stuff. Even the mighty Tarzan cannot stand against him. Strangled and choked Tarzan looks helpless. But well, he is the hero in the story so it would not be funny at all to see him defeated.

One of the most exhilarating scenes is that the flock of wild the beast rumbling to destroy Leon Rom’s port house. It is so much. Another scene is where Tarzan fighting Akut. It is just awesome although only a few minutes scene.

Underworld: Blood Wars

This movie is one of the most awaited by moviegoers. Since its first sequel in 2003, it has been making action/adventure movies combined with horror more thrilling. It was released on January 6th 2017 in USA, Underworld: Blood Wars has reached 81.1 million USD in the Box Office. The theme is about the wars between two races, Lycan and Vampire. The main character here is Selene as a Death Dealer which played the role by Kate Beckinsale. She is against both Lycans and Vampires who betrayed her. Allies are David (Theo James) and Thomas (Peter Andersson).

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So what are the comments about this movie? I love to see the classy black-leather badass. I think it is more playful with guns and swords to settle the old-feud for centuries between the races. The fights are just nice with quite fabulous scenes especially, the cage-fight between Selene and Marius. Although there’s a drama in the scene, it ended furiously. It was so horrified to see the spine of Marius pulled out easily just like that. Well, it is quite great to see such of it.

What I am curious about are the fate of Michael Corvin and Eve. It is too bad that Michael died and his blood all drained. About Eve, where was she? I believe the movie would be more intriguing with the existence of her. More drama is certainly a thing for sale in the movie whether she’s dead or alive in this sequel. Let us see whether the next one (5th sequel) shows character of Eve or not.

Underworld: Blood Wars full movie is 1h 33m. The time should enough for watching. However, it is constructed in a poor quality. It has failed to engage in any impactful manner in audiences. Many of choppy editing and close-ups make the screen hard to keep track. They are by design to hide poor works of stunts. However, Karl Walter Lindenlaub the Cinematographer has been done a great job in every scene with low lights. His works make the movie shrouded in darkness. This makes it impossible for a 3D version.

Messy and sloppy narrative makes this Underworld: Blood Wars a poor one. Noteworthy performances are caused by bland and uninteresting players. Connecting with audiences is a fail. However, Kate Beckinsale proves that she is the ideal for the cool action heroine including in this movie.

In short, there is nothing new to say in this sequel. It is unlikely that the movie to move the positive direction for this series.

Kong: Skull Island

One character that makes me open my eyes is that “Loki” (Tom Hiddleston). He plays the role as Captain James Conrad in Kong: Skull Island. Born on February 9th 1981, this English actor appeared in West End theatre productions at the beginning of his career. He is also a producer and musical performer. In this 2017 Kong, it is included into fantasy/science fiction movies. The duration is 2 hours. It was released on March 10, 2017 with 185 million USD budget.

The story is about adventurers which include soldiers and scientists who explore a mythical uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Eventually, the adventure is cut off from everything they expected after entering the mighty Kong’s domain. It is where humanity does not belong. It eventually leads to the ultimate battle, a battle between nature and man. And, everyone should have to survive by escaping from a primal world.

One of the differences from other Kong movies is that the entire scenes are on Kong’s jungle island. There is no skyscraper where Kong climbs up and gets fired by planes. Let us say that this film is less ambitious than other series.

This Kong: Skull Island is a good remake after watching it. It shows us all about wide-eyed amazement of primal world. Kong is the king of the jungle island while the real monsters are living below ground. What kind of monsters are they actually. They do not look like dinosaurs at all. I see them more like mutated worms with two legs and sharpened mouth full of teeth. The fights between Kong and the monsters are extraordinary. This is due to a very good and creative cinematography. The military adventurers make the better fights with all monsters that are up against. This is a plus.

The set is in 1973, you can see that by taking a look at the model of the choppers and guns. The clothes are not very much different from nowadays’ trend. I personally prefer the 2005 Kong to the latest one in matter of sceneries and coloration. The older is brighter.

Primeval wonder is shown in this King Kong movie for the first and foremost. Array or giant creatures make the watcher of the movie to pop eyes. One of most exciting scenes is when a giant buffalo/wild the beast comes out of water. If it was in 3D, it would just be amazing to watch.

I think this is a very good movie of 2017 which should earn an award as best cinematography. Yes, it is!

Doctor Strange

The story is about a disgraced former surgeon played by Benedict Cumberbatch. As a egotistical neurosurgeon, Dr Stephen Vincent Strange had an accident which destroyed his professionalism. He can no longer use his hands to his works. It led him to a maddening quest. He was hoping for a miracle cure to bring back the function of his hands. It eventually introduces him into the magical and mystical realms.

The rating was PG-13 for the action and violence sci-fi also for its intense of crash sequence. Included into the genre of action and adventure as well as fantasy and science fiction, the movie’s runtime is 1h 30m. It has reached $232,630,718.00 in the Box Office.

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There are various categories of outstanding achievement in Oscar nominations. Most part, superhero movies tend to be moneymakers. This is one of the reasons of why superhero movies never got any Oscar. If the Academy recognizes, then it is surely in the category of cinematography, visual effects and sound editing. Best hairstyle and makeup are possible too as award-winning materials. Well, for the customs, I think that Dr Strange deserves an award. The movie does also deserve a nomination for the best screenplay. Another category would be for the best director nomination.

The movie adopted from Marvel Comics was intended to be a mind-bending and rule-breaking. I mean in the field of superhero cinema which eventually turns out into a rebel. Well, at least in name only.

In comparison with other superhero movies, Dr Strange is weird. I mean, like particularly weird.

Although not better than other Marvel Comics movies, Doctor Strange gives a bit bigger show after all. This should be appreciated, though.

Impressive visual effects with head-spinning mythology are a too much, at least a bit more than others owned by Marvel Comics.

A sizable return has always been received by Marvel on their investment. This is because of the movie was not a wonky sell only. In fact, it became mired before its release in controversy.

In matter of visual, the film is classily distinctive and coherent mostly. The complexity is handsome, fascinating conundrum endlessly.

Personally, I think the story is simple and easy to follow. A comedy is also a good addition for some more interesting section of the film. With mate or family, it is enjoyable since there is no inappropriate scene at all. So yeah, everyone at any age can watch this film.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very exciting science fiction movie with action. Its duration is 3h 3m which very long to watch. The story is about 2 years after the great battle between Superman and General Zod. It destroys the city of Metropolis and causes life loss. It has been making many people around the globe to feel angry and helpless at the same time.

What makes the fight between Superman and Batman is that a crime-fighting Bruce Wayne the billionaire was unsure that Superman no superhero of earth realm. This is why making Batman to battle Superman by using Kryptonite as the only weakness of the Man of Steel. The fight is just cool but Batman’s fighting skill and power are nothing at all to Superman.

The movie was released on March 20th 2016. It was a year ago. By spending 250 million USD for the budget, the movie gains 872.7 million USD. What a franchise of DC Comics to rival Marvel Comics. Director Zack Snyder is the man.

The story is horrible to me, especially about the Dark Knight who shows brutality. The tortures and branding criminals like cattle are just intolerable for a superhero. Bad Batman! Even more, he doubt on Superman. Feeling insecure, Batman has a plan to defeat and murder the Man of Steel.

Lex Luthor is quite insane in this movie. His character shows thirst of knowledge, extortion and disrespect. By his hands, Superman has to face Doomsday. The monster created from the dead body of General Zod, Kryptonian Genetic Engineering and Luthor’s blood. The purpose of Doomsday born is to kill Superman only. Well, although stronger than the Man of Steel, Doomsday cannot easily kill him. In fact is that Doomsday himself has the same weakness, the green Krypton stone.

When fighting Doomsday, Superman is not alone. There are Batman and Wonder Woman. Well, Batman cannot do much in the fight unlike Wonder Woman. I love the fighting scenes. They are so extremely exhilarating just like ones in Superman: Man of Steel between Superman and General Zod. It seems like watching fights in Dragon Ball.

This Batman v Superman is believed to be the first movie to step up to “Justice League”. It is a group of DC Comics’ superheroes. It is just like the Avengers of Marvel Comics but I believe much stronger. DC Comics superheroes can beat Marvel Comics in one-on-one fight. I bet!

Warcraft: The Beginning

This movie was released on June 10th 2016. Although as a year-ago film, it was one of best fantasy/action choices by moviegoers. Its duration is 2h 3m which features Warcraft song. By spending budget around 160 million USD, the franchise has earned 433.7 USD in the Box Office. This video game inspired movie tells story about Clans or Orcs who are looking for a new world to live from their dying world. Gul’dan, the orc shaman utilizes green magic to make a portal which opens to human realm of Azeroth. After the story is about to end, it turns that the portal is also opened from inside by human wizard, Medivh. He supposed to be the protector of Azeroth.

Fierce fights by Blackhand, Durotan and Guldan on orc’s side with Anduin Lothar and King Llane on human’s side. Although orcs are bigger and stronger, humans can stand against them after all.

Durotan son of Garad, the chieftain of the Frostwolf clan has to follow his heart. He dislikes the green magic “Fell” of Gul’dan which devastates the surrounding each time of use. And by that, he desires an alliance with the humans to take down Gul’dan. But in the way making the treaty, he and his clan are ambushed by other orc clans below Gul’dan. It makes him, his family and Frostwolf clan in the verge of annihilation.

Eventually, Durotan challenges Gul’don into the sacred battle tradition Mak’gora. The fight shows equality of their powers. But Gul’dan cheats by using his green magic “The Fell”. This is even more pushed because the portal to orc’s world is opening. Durotan dies, sucked out all of his life energy in the hand of Gul’dan.

I think the cinematography of this film is just nice especially the orcs like in the gaming. The mix between human and orc and other exotic creatures looks fantastic. The movie should earn at least a nomination for best cinematography.

All random stories are brought and managed in a well quality. Every frame is passionately crafted impressively. The central of the plot in Warcraft: The Beginning is about the Frostwolf chieftain Durotan son of Garad. I believe that the next series is about his son who grows from an ugly little green marimo into a strong warrior just like his father. Let us see that in Warcraft 2. I hope it would be more exhilarating than this series. I am a fan of this kind of movie.

Moana

It is a 2016 Fantasy/adventure movie which suitable for family to watch together. The story is about an adventurous teenage girl named Moana. In the effort to save her people, she sails out on a daring mission. In her journey, she meets a demigod Maui. They both sail across the open ocean with impossible odds and monsters on their way. Well, that is where the great story lies.

Beside of fulfilling the quest of her ancestors, Moana is also seeing her own identity. Especially for girls, this Disney movie is the brand new one to love. However, there are some issues to criticize about it.

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As said the journey is about saving her people. If the sea is really on her side, then why not just bring Moana to the site directly? It seems that the sea wants her to be hard in finding the quest. Well, the quest even includes the legendary Maui, the demigod. After all, Maui has done something really bad by stealing the heart of Te Fiti, the creator of all things as well as the Mother Island.

However, there are positive elements by watching this movie. There are educational parts which surely good for children to copy and paste in their life. It is all about sacrifice and loyalty. These qualities are what define the character of Moana. As a determined and focused teenage girl, she fights for what she believes in. A better world is what she after for everyone.

Spiritual content in this movie contains mythology about a demigod and an island goddess. Personally, I think this is just nonsense but I have got to respect others’ belief.

There is no sexual content at all which is greatly safe for children to watch. But, those tattoos on Maui’s body, kids should not see such thing.

A few of thumping moments are shown in this perilous overly movie. The most perilous one is the fights between Maui and fireball-thrower Lava Giant who apparently unpredictable is the Te Fiti herself.

There is something I dislike about Moana anyway. It is about when she is angry and yells out an unfinished words, son of a … It is should be said even by a warrior goddess which she is not at all.

Negative elements about this movie are a few but still bad as they are. The content has drug and alcohol which featured by tranquilizer. Although she is adventure for the sake of her people, Moana should not stand against her father. This is disobedience!

Overall, the animation is bright and colorful which everyone falls in love with. Catchy songs are wonderful as the pairs to the animation.