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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, I found Jumanji – Welcome To The jungle to be OK. It’s just the kind of silly fun that kids will likely love most. It’s well modernised and there were some amusing moments, especially courtesy of  Jack Black’s portrayal of a teenage girl and Kevin Hart’s one-liners.

The reason that Jumanji is OK and not great is because by the end, I felt as though something was missing from the movie. Perhaps it’s substance, heart, character development or a mixture and then some, but for me, the amusing and clever moments aside, something is definitely missing at the very core. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t wholly convinced of Nick Jonas’s acting skills.

As I watched the film, the jungle setting did have me reminiscing about how much fun I had while watching Kong Skull Island (2017). Overall, I say watch Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle if you’re curious enough. It may just be the kind of silly fun you need.

Happy Film Loving

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SKYSCRAPER (2018): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Pablo Schreiber, Neve Campbell…

Skyscraper (2018), Dwayne Johnson
Skyscraper (2018), Dwayne Johnson

In new action movie Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson is Will Ford, former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran.

On assignment for his new job in China as assessor of the security of skyscrapers, Ford finds himself framed when suddenly the safest building in the world is ablaze.

Also starring Pablo Schreiber and Neve Campbell, Skyscraper is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber…

I like Johnson. I particularly enjoy watching him get better and better at his relatively new career as a n actor. Hopefully this movie will prove a winner. I kind of feel as though I’m forgetting something as I type this but my favourite of his acting roles so far is probably what he does in HBO’s Ballers series.

Skyscraper Release Dates: July 13th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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RAMPAGE (2018): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris…

Rampage (2018), Naomie Harris, Dwayne Johnson
Rampage (2018), Naomie Harris, Dwayne Johnson

Starring Rampage Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Naomie Harris, Rampage is a new action/ adventure / sci-fi movie that’s based on the classic 1980s video game that features apes and monsters destroying cities…

King Kong – like story combined with the end of the world, except that Johnson is playing a regular hero not a super one with a cape.

I’ll probably watch just to see how much of Johnson’s one liners I can take before I’ve had enough. In other words, I’m tuning in on the strength of The Rock’s charisma. A great reason, obviously.

Rampage Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (UK); April 20th, 2018 (US)…

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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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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

Jumanji - Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black
Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black

Four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji‘s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. They must  beat the game to return to Planet Earth with their lives. Directed by Jake Kasden, the stars of Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle are Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

All I remember about Robin Williams’ Jumanji (1995) is that the characters sported khaki attire and ran away from stuff in the jungle. This trailer looks very promising and I’m most excited about the humour.

Nick Jonas, Missi Pyle and Rhys Darby also star.

Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle  Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US); December 29th, 2017 (UK)…

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MOANA (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Moana (2016) Cute Baby Moana
Moana (2016) Cute Baby Moana

What I like most about Moana is that it’s a well told story about a young girl who’s brave, strong and courageous enough to follow her heart. Set in Ancient Polynesia and starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, JeRmaine Clement and  Nicole Scherzinger, Moana also scores quite highly on the ‘animated cuteness’ factor, particularly baby Moana.

Cinderella (2015) is still my favourite Disney movie, in large part because of how much I enjoyed the recent live-action remake. If I had to choose between Brave (2012) and Moana for the preferred Disney story about the adventures of a courageous young girl, Brave definitely wins. I just found the characters more entertaining, the story personally more relatable and engaging. Nevertheless, I say watch Moana because it’s good – and who knows, it may end up being your favourite.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (2017): New Trailer Starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson…

The Fate Of The Furious (2017), Charlize Theron
The Fate Of The Furious (2017), Charlize Theron

From Straight Outta Compton (2015) director F. Gary Gray, The Fate Of The Furious, the new Fast And Furious movie trailer starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham to name just a few is here…

Trailer sneak peak

Trailer 1

I haven’t watched any of the furious films since the original but I have two reasons that make me more likely to get back into them: Charlize Theron and director,  F. Gary Gray.

Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Scott Eastwood and Lucas Black also star.

The Fate Of The Furious Release Dates:  April 14th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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BAYWATCH (2017): New Trailer From Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra…

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

Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra are the stars of Baywatch, the new Seth Gordon directed comedy based on the very successful 90s TV series of the same name…

This version of Baywatch is categorised as a comedy, whereas the TV show was an action / drama. I sure hope that bodes well for the end result.

I want this movie to be good so I can reminisce about some of my youth with a smile on my face. My fingrs are firmly crossed.

Lee Hodge, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera and Jon Bass also star.

Baywatch Release Dates:  May 12th, 2017 (UK); May 19th, 2017 (US)…

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