To be completely honest with you, it's rare I fire up my Netflix account these days because of both lack of time and lack of interest in most movies the service offers, especially stuff I've never seen before. But for the first time almost all week, I had some free time on Sunday night and I spent it watching the Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond documentary on Netflix thanks to a strong recommendation from wrestling podcaster Jason Solomon.
Let the record show I've actually never seen Man on the Moon, and perhaps it would've helped if I did to get a better understanding of the movie. That said, I've seen several clips from it and have heard about what went on behind the scenes.... but no one was able to see for themselves what went on behind the scenes until this movie was released. And let me tell you, it needs to be seen to be believed. As said in the documentary itself, the real movie was happening while Man on the Moon was being filmed.
Truth be told, I wasn't officially invested in the reboot of the Planet of the Apes saga until I saw the second one, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in theaters in the summer of 2014. I loved that installment, so to fill in the blanks, I went back and watched the first film, appreciating it more than if I just watched them in order. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was slightly slow, but it was necessary to tell the story, and I personally thought that the sequel was superior. After seeing Dawn, I was extremely excited for War for the Planet of the Apes, and I think it's safe to say that it was worth the wait.
Simply because the word "war" is in the title of the movie doesn't necessarily mean the entire film is all-action. If that's what you're looking for, I'd advice going to see Dunkirk or Baby Driver (both were quite good, by the way). That is the biggest criticism I have heard about War for the Planet of the Apes: that it was "too slow" for them, and I can totally understand that. Outside of the battle in the opening scene, there is a ton of talking before the war actually begins, but please do note that all of the talking is completely justified and needed in setting up the second half of the movie.
I'm going to be completely honest with you: I can't say I was thrilled when it was announced a year or so ago that yet another Spider-Man movie was in the works, so soon after the other five movies. I watched the first three from 2001 to 2007 and enjoyed them for what they were, but I realize that they were pretty poor in terms of being true to the Spider-Man comics. I actually didn't see The Amazing Spider-Man or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because I thought they were way too similar to the first three films, even though they received far better reviews and apparently offered a better depiction of Spider-Man and its characters.
It wasn't until Captain America: Civil War when we got our first look as Tom Holland as Spider-Man that I took an interest in the soon-to-be-relaunched franchise, because he played the part to perfection and had a natural wit about him. Combine that with the fact that I've watched almost every Marvel movie that has been released since the first Avengers film in 2012 and I pretty much had to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially after all the early reviews indicated it was worth seeing. Sure enough, I was not disappointed.
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.