You would be surprised by how many of my male friends asked me in recent months, "Hey, is it weird if I want to go see Beauty and the Beast?" And every time I'd reply with, "No, because I want to see it, too." Granted, it wasn't the most anticipated movie release of 2017 for me. Hell, I wouldn't have even made a conscious effort to go see it unless I had a reason to. Well, I ended up going to see it the day of its release with my family (more specifically for my younger sister) and actually thoroughly enjoyed it.
Don't get me wrong, though, don't feel you absolutely need to see this movie with a family member or even your significant other. It's just a good movie in general. Now, does it measure up to original? Of course not, but that was never the intent. I usually don't have faith that animated movies will be done right when they become live action, but Beauty in the Beast proved me wrong in that respect. Then again, I initially assumed it would be worth seeing and it met my expectations.
I'm a little late to the party on this one as Daddy's Home was released Christmas 2015, but after recently rewatching it for a third time, I figured I would give my two cents on it. And don't assume that simply because I have seen it three times in the span of a little over one year means it's by any means great, because it isn't. Rather, it was a movie I enjoyed and got a few laughs out of, and definitely a recommended viewing if you're in a mood for something throwaway. Other than that, though, this movie didn't live up to the lofty expectations some might have set for it (myself included) considering the cast it had.
Personally, I'm a big fan of Will Ferrerll and loved Elf, Anchorman, Semi-Pro, and Step Brothers. But it seems as if he hasn't had that same level of success since those films from a decade ago. For example, I liked Anchorman 2 (which I also wrote a review of here), but it was far from being as good as the original. I thought Daddy's Home fell in the same category as Get Hard in that it was nice for what it was, but it won't be remembered as one of Ferrell's better movies.
Before we get started here, just keep in mind this review will not be professionally written by any stretch of the imagination. If you're looking for an opinion on this film from an official critic, I would advise you to look elsewhere. This is merely one casual fan's two cents on "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Also be aware that there will undoubtedly be spoilers featured in this review. With that said, let's dive right into talking about the latest installment in the Star Wars cinematic universe!
First and foremost, and I could be wrong on this, but I don't think the hype surrounding "Rogue One" was nearly as big as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." I guess that kind of goes without saying considering Episode VII was the first major Star Wars film since Episode III a decade earlier, and this was merely a spin-off. There was still excitement from fans heading into "Rogue One," of course, but because it went under the radar, that was what I think made it so much better as the level of expectation may not have been nearly as high.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
I was searching through the sale section on WWE.com earlier this month and came across the "Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!" DVD for the small price of five bucks, so I decided to jump at the opportunity. It isn't often you get a deal quite like that on documentary DVDs. After watching it last night, however, I remember why I wasn't in a rush to get it when it was initially released last summer.
Don't get me wrong, it was a pleasant documentary, but at only one hour in length, it isn't must-see by any means. Furthermore, I quickly realized that it was essentially the same special that aired on WWE Network shortly after WrestleMania 30. They did something similar with the Ultimate Warrior special that was made after he passed away by releasing it on DVD the following spring, but at least that seemed to have some extra elements to it and wasn't a total repeat. I was hoping for more from this documentary, something I hadn't already seen, but no such luck.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Before we get started here, let's address the obvious: there are spoilers ahead! If you haven't seen the movie yet and don't want it spoiled for you, stop reading immediately and check back after you've seen it. I don't think I've ever avoided spoilers like the plague for a movie quite like I did for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." That's how incredible the hype was for this movie. I can still remember where I was when I heard the franchise was being bought out by Disney and they were going to make another three movies. My immediate reaction, as I'm sure was the same for many, was, "Really? Why?" That feeling subsided a short time later, and then the excitement started to set in. "So, how many days until 'Star Wars 7' is released?" I had a countdown in my dorm room for the last four months. True story.
I don't know everything there is to know about the Star Wars universe. Not by a long shot. I don't claim to be the biggest Star Wars fan there ever was. I haven't read any of the "Extended Universe" material other than what I've been told by friends and have read online. Hell, I didn't watch the full Star Wars saga until I was in sixth grade! I had only watched the first three movies (Episodes 1-3) and saw the third one in theaters and was chastised by a peer during a school trip that summer. I never understood why he made such a big deal about it. After watching the prequels back all these years later and realizing how deplorable they were, I understand his anger.