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Movie Review: The Dark Tower (2017)

Starring

Matthew McConaughey – Walter
Idris Elba – Roland
Tom Taylor – Walter

Summary

“The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

I’ve been waiting a while to see this movie, especially after I had read the first book of the series last year. After the first book, I was really wondering how they were going to put all of that into a movie, especially with how complex and confusing it was. I really struggled to write the book review for it because it was one of those books that was quite difficult to summarize and turn into words. So how would they visualize it all?

Well I got my answer. They dumbed it down….a lot. While the basic idea was there, it was nothing like the first book. I mean they started to play around with what was given to them. In the book, there was a lot more of it based on a derelict world with everything destroyed. It felt like a wild west kind of book, but the movie was based more in NYC and a little bit in the waste land around the other universes. I mean, sure it worked, but if you read the book you would most likely be a little disappointed.

Don’t get my wrong, I did really enjoy it and I absolutely loved the cast. Idris Elba was a perfect Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey was an amazing Man in Black, but I felt like there just could have been so much more. It quickly explained who the Man in Black was, and that he was magical, but in the book you never really understood. Of course I only ever read book one. But considering how many books that the movie series had to work with, with each book averaging about 500 pages (and some as long as 800!) they honestly could have done so much.

The movie was also only 95 minutes too. Harry Potter Book 1 was the same length and it got a movie that was over two hours. Of course, it was much more popular but I feel when you make a movie based on a book, you need to stick a little closer.

Movie Review: The Dark Tower

They answered a lot of questions that were left unanswered, or made you wonder, in the book. It was clear the movie ended in a way that meant that another one wasn’t needed. So if you watch it, you wouldn’t be waiting for a second movie. With the book, it had a similar way to end, like you could just not continue to read, but there were so many questions left unanswered. The movie was a nice neat package.

Visually the movie was incredible. it was beautiful and the gun-work rivaled that of John Wick 1 and 2 (which I thought was impossible)! But the Gunslinger is supposed to be incredible with weapons. It was just impressive to see that.

But the idea of the book, the deeper psychological and philosophical idea seemed to be completely ignored in the book. So I was a little upset about that.

C’est la vie…nothing you can really do.

If you haven’t read the book, it’s a good movie. If you have read it, you might be a little underwhelmed.

For a more detailed technical review, check out here!

Happy Watching!

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The Mist (2017) TV Show

The Mist (2017) TV Show

Starring

Morgan Spector – Kevin Copeland
Alyssa Sutherland – Eve Copeland
Gus Birney – Alex Cunningham
Danica Curcic – Mia Lambert
Okezie Morro – Bryan Hunt
Luke Cosgrove – Jay Heisel

Summary

“After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

So honestly, I hated this TV show. Sure, it was pretty entertaining and a decent TV show as just a show, but since it was based on a short story I had pretty high expectations for the show. But of course, I never go into it too excited because they always seem to mess up these shows…

I did really enjoy the movie and while the ending was pretty different from the book, it was still well done.

I don’t know about this TV show though. I really hated the actors that they chose for the roles. Of course most of them were just so pretty and too perfect and I just hated that kind of stuff. And what was it about the daughter being immune?? Like what?! Where the hell did that come from? That was never in the book and wasn’t answered.

Like of course the TV ended with SOOOO many questions not being answered, and was angled for a season 2, but I don’t really want a season 2. It’s supposed to leave lots of questions in the air and all of that stuff, but you KNOW that the producers, if it will make them money, is going to make a second season.

But I don’t know…

The show was pretty gruesome. While the movie was only an hour and a half of some creepy stuff, and blood, the TV show was 10 episodes of that. I don’t know, it just didn’t sit well with me in the entire TV show. It was entertaining and I finished the entire season, but would I watch it again? No. Will I watch season 2? Probably, just because I’m curious.

But if you were thinking that the TV show was going to stick to the short story, then you will be utterly disappointed, because very little actually stuck to the short story.

Overall, I mean it was a decent watch, and if you have Netflix, maybe worth checking out. But it you were looking for it to be close, then probably don’t waste your time on it. There’s so many other great King movies/tv shows out there currently.

Happy Watching!!!

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[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

Starring

Mark Wahlberg – Cade Yeager
Anthony Hopkins – Sir Edmund Burton
Josh Duhamel – Colonel William Lennox
Laura Haddock – Vivian Wembley

Summary

“Autobots and Decepticons are at war, with humans on the sidelines. Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

I honestly don’t think that movies can get any bigger than this one. I mean we had explosions left and right, we had  Transformers dying, we had the most epic of cars (from the classic to the new, from the badass to the exotic), we had supernatural beings, we had plants eating other planets…I mean Michael Bay literally has the best job ever. He probably just says, “How in the world can I f@%& stuff up beyond anyone’s wildest dreams?” I aspire to be him!

So, visually this movie was stunning. The graphics were incredible and the explosions were big. So it was a big movie! The colors were vivid, so it had the slightly larger-than-life feel but it was never too far out there that it was totally unrealistic (I mean, Transformers are totally real guys! I park Bumblebee in my garage).

The music, ONCE AGAIN, was absolutely superb. Steve Jablonsky is amazing when it comes to soundtracks. Since day one of Transformers 1, all of those years back, he has impressed me. This one did not disappoint. I love listening to the music while I study, or while I write blog posts. It’s so beautiful and so epic. He really is a master when it comes to capturing the scene/moment and turning it into notes. The music created an air that added to the movie, per usual.

The story itself was pretty good too. It had a few moments in the beginning like…where is this going? But then it would tie together. There were a few moments that I could tell that they had cut a few scenes out, as a person would show up and you wouldn’t know how they got there, and an explanation would be left out, but it didn’t detract from the movie for me. They had to do it because the movie was 154 minutes long. I mean that’s a long movie. It honestly didn’t feel like it though. Transformers 4 felt like it was long and had moments that it felt like it should have ended but it kept going, however this one kept you engaged.

[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

There was some fantastic comedy too! The British Transformer butler, Cogman, was absolutely hilarious! I mean he was a great Transformer to put in it. Hot Rod, another new character, though you didn’t get to see tons of him, was a pretty funny Transformer as well. Then you had Anthony Hopkins. I mean this guy is incredible (he’s not a Transformers).  I always see him play this very classy character, and in no movies really like this. Sure, he was in Silence of the Lambs, but this was just tons of action and I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. But he gave a great performance! He was classy and funny and just a joy to watch! I absolutely loved him in the movie!

The banter between Cade and Vivian was pretty good as well. Of course there was a very slight amount of romance there, but nothing that detracted. They mostly were just bickering back and forth which was hilarious.

[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

All the Autobots, and Decepticons, got upgrades and were sexy as heck! So it was nice to see them as their original cars, but modernized!

Honestly I loved this movie. It may be up there as one of my favorite Transformers movies (however there was no Ironhide – once he died…the series all got a little dimmer (he was my favorite Autobot)). I highly recommend watching it if you like the series.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Happy Watching!

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A Wrinkle In Time Trailer

WHAT?!
I had no idea that they were coming out with A Winkle In Time! And the cast looks good!
Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine?!
It comes out March 9th!
I’ll be waiting for it! And have to read the series again…to remind myself of the book. Childhood reborn.