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Average User Score: 6.8Aug 4, 2019The trailers for this movie suggest a balance between humor and action that is not present in the movie. I expected this film to be along theThe trailers for this movie suggest a balance between humor and action that is not present in the movie. I expected this film to be along the lines of the movie, "Knight and Day" with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz with respect to the mix of action and humor, but this movie is actually lots and lots of action just as in any straight forward action flick, with tiny bits of humor here and there. You could literally remove all humor and still have a full length movie. It is that incidental. The result is that much of the humor seems out of place because between humorous moments you forget it's not just a straight forward action flick. Also, the movie opens with a pretty extensive and brutal scene introducing the bad guy, which also seems out of place in a movie that attempts to ride this particular line between action and humor. I know the bad guy isn't supposed to be part of the humor, but there is still a limit to how brutal a movie like this should get in any scene or else it feels schizophrenic. Unless it's shooting for black humor like the Coen Brothers, which it most certainly isn't. In fact, it has a very strong, unmistakably Disney-esque message at the end, about the power of love etc. So bottom line, it was OK but I think they need some serious reshoots to rebalance.
Also, one more point from a strictly action perspective. I saw the opening to one of the Fast & Furious movies. It's the only other Fast & Furious bit I've ever watched. I don't remember which one it was but the scene was with the good guys racing down a road in the Dominican Republic and some kind of truck threatening them. It was a brilliant action bit. Nothing in Hobbs & Shaw comes close to that Fast & Furious scene, despite all the over-the-top stuff with a helicopter linked to trucks and so on.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Jul 21, 2019Unlike many others, I did not like the original Lion King movie. I thought the drawings and animation were some of Disney's weakest. This newUnlike many others, I did not like the original Lion King movie. I thought the drawings and animation were some of Disney's weakest. This new Lion King movie, however, kept me engaged throughout. It was visually breathtaking and well acted. The story was the same, but that's why it has the same name. If you don't want to see The Lion King again, then don't go, because that's what this movie is. Just look at the title.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Jul 3, 2019I find it hard to believe anyone thought Homecoming was better. This is by far the best MCU movie. It's brilliant on every level. I will beI find it hard to believe anyone thought Homecoming was better. This is by far the best MCU movie. It's brilliant on every level. I will be going to see it again. I cannot recommend it more highly. STAY for the after credits scenes! Both of them.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jun 24, 2019NOT FOR SMALL CHILDREN
The main problem with Toy Story 4 is that it is definitely NOT for small children. My 4 1/2 yo daughter enjoyed ToyNOT FOR SMALL CHILDREN
The main problem with Toy Story 4 is that it is definitely NOT for small children. My 4 1/2 yo daughter enjoyed Toy Story 1, 2 and 3. Toy Story 4 terrified her. She kept saying she was scared and wanted to go home. We considered it, but then my wife picked her up and held her on her shoulder and she fell asleep for the rest of the movie.
Toy Story 4 has a dark and creepy tone and several scary ventriloquist dummies that hold other toys captive. For an adult the movie is OK, maybe a 7. The plot just isn't quite as complex or interesting as previous entries as I remember them, but it's entertaining. For a small child it's a 0, so giving this a 5 overall is actually generous.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8May 28, 2019I thought to myself, "Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, together! What could go wrong?" A bad script, that's what. Why these two, not toI thought to myself, "Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, together! What could go wrong?" A bad script, that's what. Why these two, not to mention Diane Lane - 3 of my favorites! - agreed to act in this ridiculous nonsense is anyone's guess. Do not waste your time on this movie. And to the actors I say - Next time, think before you sign. The one star I give is for the quality of the acting, which is as good as in any movie that has one of these actors or actresses in it. There is no fault on their part except for their bad judgment in accepting this project.
The movie starts with Matthew living on a Martha's Vineyard style island, obsessed with catching a certain fish. It's like Moby Dick but there is no reason given for his obsession. At first I thought the fish killed his son, but that turned out not to be the case. He simply had no motivation to be so possessed by this single-minded goal. It was literally the only thing that mattered to him in life, in addition to a little casual sex.
SPOILER BELOW - It's the only way to explain why the movie is so bad.
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It turns out, he's obsessed with catching this fish because he is a character in a computer game about catching fish. A little boy is controlling him on his laptop. THIS IS NOT A PRANK. It's TRUE!!! Stay away, far far away, from this joke of a movie!!!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Apr 29, 2019The biggest problem with Endgame is that it is far too long. Right from the start it has ponderously long scenes. The same story could haveThe biggest problem with Endgame is that it is far too long. Right from the start it has ponderously long scenes. The same story could have been presented in 2 hours without losing a word. Other problems include never learning why Dr. Strange did what he did at the end of Infinity War, a funny but unexplained change to the Hulk, and a major plot device we have already seen in an X-Men movie, a plot device that renders all drama going forward meaningless. Nothing that happens in the next Spider-Man movie, nothing that happens in the upcoming Black Widow movie, matters ... at all. All problems are now, according to what Endgame established, completely fixable after the fact. Finally, Captain Marvel is MUCH too powerful. In one scene (I'll be vague to avoid spoilers) she destroys something very very very large simply by flying through it. If she can do that, none of the other Avengers are really even relevant. Also, I recall that no one but Thor could lift Thor's hammer, so why is Captain America running around with it like it weighs 10 pounds?
The good stuff: great scenes with Tony Stark; great scenes with Steve Rogers. In fact, without the personal touches regarding Tony and Steve I would have given this movie a 5. There were a handful of jokes that made the audience roar with laughter but I was in the last row and the jokes were spoken so softly by the characters I couldn't hear what was being said. But I will assume they were great and so list them under the positives.
And that's about it. Not spectacular. Though I do give the writers credit for weaving so many characters into the mix (though not enough Black Widow fight scenes for my taste).… Expand
Average User Score: 3.5Mar 10, 2019This movie is below average, but its thinly veiled political message ruins what enjoyment was to be had. The story reverses 50 years of one ofThis movie is below average, but its thinly veiled political message ruins what enjoyment was to be had. The story reverses 50 years of one of the most basic elements Marvel canon that cuts across the whole Marvel universe, in order to identify one race as symbolic of the downtrodden and another as a symbol of the evil white Western Patriarchy. It is painfully transparent and dumb. Even worse, this movie completely destroys the character of Monica Rambeau, turning her into a cliched black child of a single mom. Even though in the comics Monica has a good father and becomes Captain Marvel, and the leader of the Avengers, years before Carol Danvers does.
Marvel has gone and joined Star Wars in the insufferable department. We still have D.C.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Dec 15, 2018A visually beautiful, superbly crafted, well acted, Spider-Man movie that encapsulates all the crazy multi-universe stuff that's been going onA visually beautiful, superbly crafted, well acted, Spider-Man movie that encapsulates all the crazy multi-universe stuff that's been going on in Peter Parker's world (or I should say, worlds) in the Marvel comic books for the past couple of decades. I would give it a 10 for its heart, it's capturing of the various character personalities, and the skill with which it introduces us to the complex tapestry of multiple universe stuff while still finding plenty of time to tell a good story.
However, I take off two points (I was tempted to take off 5) for one gigantic, and I mean gigantic, gaffe.
If you've kept up with the Spider-Man comics, you know there are multiple parallel universes within the Marvel scheme of things, each one with tweaks and modifications: in one, Peter Parker died and Miles Morales was then bitten by a super duper spider and became Spider-Man; in another, Gwen Stacy was bitten by the spider and became the super hero; her Peter Parker died, too. In our universe, of course, the biggest event in comic book history took place some years back. Gwen Stacy, to whom Peter Parker was engaged, was murdered before his very eyes by the Green Goblin. Spider-Man comics have reiterated and revisited and reminded us of this tragedy consistently ever since. Everyone knows about it. In fact, part of the reason the comic book telling the adventures of parallel universe Gwen has been so successful, is because it is so wonderful to see a version of Gwen who is still alive and, who to boot, is a super hero in her own right.
So it is nothing short of bizarre when in the movie, Peter Parker, our universe Peter Parker, doesn't even recognize his fiancee's twin from another dimension. She recognizes him, but he's oblivious. This just doesn't make sense. It's like a parallel universe version of Lois Lane showing up and Superman not recognizing her. It's a gaffe the size of the Grand Canyon. And a huge disappoint in what was otherwise an nearly perfect comic book movie.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Nov 15, 2018This movie needed more sets. It felt like 3/4 of the movie took place in Ant Man's home or the Wasp and her father's laboratory. There wasThis movie needed more sets. It felt like 3/4 of the movie took place in Ant Man's home or the Wasp and her father's laboratory. There was also a 'quantum realm' but it was shown for only a few minutes. I like intimate personal stories, especially when super heroes are involved, because too much super hero-ing without knowing the characters gets very dull very fast. However, was there a reason the movie could not have included a broader range of environments? And the two main actors all need a little more spark, an espresso at least, before filming. The movie was strangely low energy, despite all the shrinking and growing and fighting. I can't imagine such a problem if the movie starred, say, Robert Downy Junior and Margot Robbie. Those two have so much personality. But here something - something besides the relatively few sets - was missing. It wasn't the plot, the plot with a full range of sets of bad guys of varying degrees, was well done. But some element of personality and/or energy was lacking. All that said, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer did their jobs well. Both leads, though, were missing something I can't define. Maybe chemistry between them was lacking. That could be it. They're supposed to be in love but, I didn't feel it.… Expand