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.
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.