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BAYWATCH (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson
Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson

Random great one liners here and there are really the main highlight in the 2017 version of Baywatch. Directed by Seth Gordon and starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Aexandra Daddario, this is a film that made me laugh mostly when I watched the trailer. It’s unfortunate foe me that Gordon’s movie contains some seriously cringe worthy moments and dialogue. If you like that sort of thing then you’re in luck! I mean, people complained about Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones but David Hasselhoff’s appearance in Baywatch felt far more awkward, for me.

Am I crazy for thinking that the original Baywatch television series about a group of California lifeguards may have had a little more substance than this re-imagining? The first thing that disappointed me when the movie started is the the lack of sufficient character back story. How else was I going to connect with them and become invested if I hardly know a thing about most of the key players. 

It had never really occurred to me just how dissatisfied the Baywatch characters must have been with their own jobs. In Seth gordon’s movie they appear to be so unhappy that they assume the roles of police officers. Isn’t that illegal? Did the TV series take things this far and I just didn’t notice? Generally, I know that this is a movie and things have to be ‘bigger and better’ but for me it was definitely bigger and more ridiculous.

If I had to pick a favourite moment, in this movie, I choose the beautiful fireworks display towards the end. That’s really it because the trailer proved better than the finished product. A far too common trend with comedies, it seems.

Watch it only if you absolutely must.

Happy Film Loving

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X-MEN – THE NEW MUTANTS (2018): New Trailer From Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton…

X-Men The New Mutants (2018), Anya Taylor-Joy
X-Men The New Mutants (2018), Anya Taylor-Joy

Directed and co-written by Josh Boone, X-Men – The New Mutants follows five young mutants who are just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. They must fight to escape their past sins and save themselves…

The X-Men young mutant story is one I’m more familiar with than I particularly care to be. However, this one has my attention because of the ‘horror’ and the setting / psychoanalysis element. There’s also the fact that no mention of ‘coming together to save the world’ has taken place, a pleasant surprise for those fatigued by the super hero movie story formula.

X-Men – The New Mutants Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI (2017): New Trailer From Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega Mark Hamill, Adam Driver…

Star Wars - The Last Jedi (2017), Daisy Ridley
Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017), Daisy Ridley

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega Mark Hamill and Adam Driver; trailer one for Star Wars – The Last Jedi is here…

I still haven’t watched a single Star Stars movie but even I know that what happens at 2:03 is a really big deal.

Star Wars – The Last Jedi Release Dates: December 15th, 2017 (UK & US)…

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SNATCHED (2017): There’s Something I Liked…

Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer
Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer

The trailer for Snatched, an action comedy about a mother / daughter adventure in South America had me a little hopeful. Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and directed by Jonathan Levine, I was not as enthused by the end product as I’d hoped to be. There are a few unexpected twists in the story and a funny piece of dialogue approximately every twenty five minutes the I enjoyed but overall, the story is largely unbelievable and not adequately fun or executed well enough for that to not really matter. I also wished that the story could have moved a long a little faster.

You may watch Snatched and find it less disappointing that I have. Should you want an action comedy that isn’t necessarily completely believable yet executed in a way that makes the lack of believability a non-issue, try The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).

Happy Film Loving

G

 

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (2018): New Trailer From John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona…

Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), John Boyega
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), John Boyega

The fight to save the world from an apocalypse continues in Pacific Rim Uprising, where Jake, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots to confront the looming threat…

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight; the names Pentecost, Mako Mori and Jaeger pilots – none of these names mean anything to me since I haven’t actually watched (Pacific Rim (2013). I am however, contemplating rectifying that just so I can get to the new movie and listen to Boyega deliver the speech partly featured in this trailer in its entirety. I had no idea there was that much beautiful bass in Boyega’s voice.

Pacific Rim Uprising Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018 (US); May 18th, 2018 (UK)…

Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman and Charlie Day also star.

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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

I had a good time with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the Patrick Hughes directed action / comedy in which Ryan Reynolds stars as the bodyguard to Samuel L. Jackson’s Hitman who needs to be safely delivered to testify in court.

A lot of the fun in this movie is thanks to the dialogue and action sequences. It ended up not really mattering how ridiculous and unbelievable some of the action seemed, let alone the forced romance that resulted in awkward dialogue and questionable chemistry between Reynolds and his love interest (Elodie Yung). The reason why The Hitman’s Bodyguard remains watchable is because the most important chemistry, that between Jackson and Reynolds is near enough faultless.

The number of times the word m********* flew out of Jackson’s mouth didn’t bother me at all. After all, no one really delivers that word quite the way he does. There’s also the beautiful visuals of London, England and Amsterdam in the summertime to enjoy.

The truth is, you’re not going to be able to completely suspend your disbelief as you watch this movie, But fun, you shall have. Especially if you’re already a fan of Jackson and Reynolds individually. I haven’t even mentioned how fun Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman’s characters were to watch.

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ANNIHILATION (2018): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez…

Annihilation (2018), Natalie Portman
Annihilation (2018), Natalie Portman

Annihilation is the latest movie starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac and Gina Rodriguez. Adapted from novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s best seller of the same name, Portman plays a biologist on a dangerous secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply…

There are a number reasons I want to watch this. 1.) Acting queen and all round smart woman, Natalie Portman. 2.) Alex Garland, writer and director of my favourite Alicia Vikander movie, Ex Machina (2015)  – I’m still fantasising about a sequel that I know will very likely never happen.) 3.) This trailer is great! It made me so happy that I punctuated watching it with the words ‘Yeah baby!’ and the thought, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for.’ I’m so ready. I just hope it isn’t too similar to Arrival (2016), a movie I’m still yet to watch.

Tessa Thompson, David Gyasi, Cosmo Jarvis and Sonoya Mizuno also star.

Annihilation Release Dates: February 23rd, 2018 (US & UK)…

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MAZE RUNNER – THE DEATH CURE (2018): New Trailer From Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Walton Goggins, Nathalie Emmanuel…

Maze Runner - The Death Cure (2018), Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Maze Runner – The Death Cure (2018), Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Director Wes Ball is back with stars Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario in Maze Runner – The Death Cure. In this third instalment, young Thomas is determined to find a cure to a deadly disease called the “Flare”.

Why will I watch this, you may wonder. Well, the truth is I feel as though I began so I must finish. Not that I’m this committed with all films – let alone franchises that I start watching. There’s also the horrible on-set accident that nearly ended Mr. O’Brien. I kind of want to watch and remember how close it came to him not being here, whilst being very glad that he is. He is a young man in his prime after all. A worse end than what’s transpired would have been awful.

Nathalie Emmanuel and Walton Goggins also star.

Maze Runner – The Death Cure Release Dates: January 26th, 2018 (US); February 9th, 2018 (UK)…

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