The pre-teen version of me desperately wanted the recent Tom and Jerry movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and Colin Jost to be good. I was looking forward to being transported back to some of the happiest TV viewing moments of my childhood. Instead, what happened with director Tim Story’s film is that I quickly became bored.
My biggest issue with Tom and Jerry is that I didn’t find the writing engaging enough to keep me watching beyond the thirty-minute mark. My disappointment was further compounded by the lack of newness where Tom and Jerry’s antics are concerned. There’s also the fact that my sense of humour has undoubtedly evolved. Still, I don’t regret aborting my viewing session before the end.
As for the animation style, I may have appreciated it more had the background not been real-world New York City. This combination of the updated animation style with the real-world backdrop proved to be too much difference all at once for me. An overload that’s made worse because the story execution is lacking.
The best thing about my brief experience with Tom and Jerry is Jerry’s cuteness. I’ll remember that for a while, as try not to think too hard about how different the film could have been had the humans not featured so very prominently, when, for me at least, they were never the main attraction.
Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and Rob Delaney are the stars of Tom and Jerry; a movie adaptation of the classic series of animated films about the rivalry between a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry.
Directed by Tim Story; this new movie will show us how Tom and Jerry first met and how their famous rivalry began.
A chance to relive the carefree moments of childhood again? Of course I’m in! Plus, this trailer looks like so much fun. I’m ready.
Colin Jost, Ken Jeong, Pallavi Sharda, Jordan Bolger, Daniel Adegboyega, Ajay Chhabra, Janis Ahern, Leandra Ryan, Jeremy Ang Jones, Camilla Arfwedson, Eleanor Fanyinka and Christina Chong also star.
Starring Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Michael Peña and Portia Doubleday, Fantasy Island is a new horror / mystery / comedy based on the popular 1970s TV show about a magical island resort.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Additional key cast includes Kim Coates, Michael Rooker, Charlotte McKinney…
My familiarity with the Fantasy Island TV show starts and ends with the knowledge that it existed but this trailer definitely has me interested.
I don’t usually watch the ‘international’ versions of trailer releases, for this movie though, I accidentally clicked on the international trailer first and found myself rather unimpressed. Luckily, the version I’ve featured here is definitely a much better edit, right?
Ryan Hansen, Jimmy O. Yang, Austin Stowell, Robbie Jones, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Goran D. Kleut also star.
Directed by Ben Young; starring Michael Peña, Mike Colter and Lizzy Caplan; Extinctionis a Netflix sci-fi thriller. One where a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becomes a reality.
What I’d love to be writing at this point is: ‘The tide has finally turned. At long last, we have a good Netflix movie‘. But instead, the very best I can say about Extinction is that the full premise, which isn’t completely revealed until towards the last third of the movie, is exciting. It’s just unfortunate that when the revelation finally comes, you may not find yourself as thrilled and or delighted, story-wise as you might have imagined.
The acting isn’t bad, but I found the all-important big revelation very underwhelming, thanks to the story structure/edit and no doubt, the low budget. The script definitely needed more development because ‘hollow’ is how Young’s movie felt. Instead of me celebrating a well-executed movie that had a brilliant premise, I’m left thinking about how big a missed opportunity Extinction has turned out to be.
Watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise, there’s Minority Report (2002); which isn’t very similar to Extinction, but it is undoubtedly a good movie.
Extinction, a new Ben Young directed sci-fi / thriller about a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becoming a reality. The nightmare comes true when the planet is suddenly invaded by a highly destructive force and so the fight for their lives begins.
Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lizzy Caplan star…
I’m probably being way too optimistic here but I’m interested because I want an explanation for why he could see the future. I’d love a twist in the story. For example, is he linked to the invaders somehow? My fingers are crossed for a worthy Netflix movie.
Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Tom Riley and Georgia Goodman also star
I tuned in to ChiPs because of the trailer. I also happened to be in the mood for laughs in a movie with actors I already like. Michael Peña I appreciate because of End of Watch (2012) and Dax Shepherd for his recent appearance in an Interview on Hot Ones, a very popular YouTube series I enjoy.
With additional cast that includes, Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and Vincent D’Onofrio, CHiPs also has Shepherd occupying the director’s seat. The good news is that the thought, ‘that wasn’t a bad opener’ did cross my mind by the end of the first seven minutes of ChiPs. I enjoyed the shenanigans of the two Los Angeles Highway Patrol motorcycle officers played by Shepherd and Peña. I can therefore say that I found ChiPs adequately entertaining, story-wise. Another highlight with this movie is the beautiful imagery of Los Angeles plus Peña and Shepherd’s chemistry, however awkward at times.
I see ChiPs asan answer to the question ‘what’s the name of Dax Shepherd and Michael Peña’s movie?’ It’s certainly that for me more than it’s an answer to the question ‘which buddy / cop movie do you highly recommend?’
With that said, watch ChiPs if you’re really curious. I was, so I did. Luckily for me, I regret nothing.