Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Director Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a real sleeper, in the fact it put me to in a semi-sleep trance.
This film is strictly for families with children under 7, ideally who are able to fend for themselves while their parents have a nice rest.

Based on a good trailer, I was expecting a lot more from this film, but was thankful for the snooze, all the same.

I give Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation a 2.5 out of 5.


Writer/Director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Skyscraper is, in Hollywood terms, Die Hard meets ‘74s The Towering Inferno with a hero (Dwayne Johnson) on steroids. 
If you are willing to suspend your disbelief, it’s tongue-in-cheek enjoyable, seeing Dwayne doing truly unbelievable feats of heroism.

But, it’s really a surprisingly good performance by Neve Campbell that holds the film together.

If you’re into chuckles and popcorn, you’ll have a good time.

I give Skyscraper a 3 out of 5.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is this year’s biggest surprise for me.  I was expecting little, but thanks to a brilliant script by Jumanji Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, as well as Actor Paul Rudd, this film is truly a joyful cinematic experience.
I must, also, herald Casting Director Sarah Finn for her outstanding selection of actors, including Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña,
Judy Greer, Walter Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburn, David Dastmalchian, T.I. and Abby Ryder Fortson.  Each one, perfect for his/her role!

The story is about families, succeeding over time, with a strange love story about a “ghost” and a thrilling chase for an amazing invention thrown in.  All, excellently performed with extraordinary effects.

For Marvel fans, this is one of the few movies of the year worth seeing again.  And, I hadn’t planned on seeing it at all. 

I give Ant-Man and the Wasp a 4.9 out of 5.