Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Fate of the Furious

Director F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious is an action-packed thriller that is designed for all of us who have been fans of the Fast and Furious franchise.  
The addition of Charlize Theron as the team’s nemesis Cipher and her hold over Dom (Vin Diesel), the essence of which I won’t divulge, along with the interplay between Jason Statham’s and Dwayne Johnson’s characters, makes for even more excitement than past episodes.
Whether you’re a franchise fan or just like great action with bits of comedy thrown in, you’ll certainly enjoy The Fate of the Furious. 

My only objection was that there is a better and more exciting way in which one of my favorite characters should have departed the story.  That’s the only thing I hold against Writer Chris Morgan’s story.

Nevertheless, I give The Fate of the Furious a 4.3 out of 5.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife

Director Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife is a harrowing, but extremely well-made drama about the keepers of the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, during the Nazi occupation in World War II.
Although I find it difficult to watch films concerning the Holocaust, Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski (the Wife), the wonderful animals and the strong script by Angela Workman made the film enjoyable despite its tense subject.

Of course, having a good bad guy makes dramas more thrilling and Daniel Brühl makes an exceptional bad guy as the Nazi commander in charge of the zoo.

Production Designer Suzie Davies created a great tableau against which Cinematographer Andrij Parekh captured the action with the necessary excitement.

The Zookeeper’s Wife is well worth seeing.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

The Boss Baby

Director Tom McGrath’s The Boss Baby is a wonderful family film which transforms the myth of how babies are born in a very funny way.
Puppies are putting a crimp into the baby business and Boss Baby (voice of Alec Baldwin) is sent into the family of the couple (voices of Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow), who work for the Puppy Company.  His mission is to find out the stats on the new puppy they’ve created.  It’s his interaction with their 7-year-old son (voice of Miles Christopher Bakshi) that is the center of the story.
The script by Michael McCullers is amusing for both young and old.  It’s the quick asides, sometimes off-camera that produce the best laughs and will, most likely, go over the heads of the younger folks in the audience.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Boss Baby and give it a 4.6 out of 5.