Movie review: Sherlock Gnomes

Let’s start off by saying this — the trailers I saw made this movie look like it was going to be hilarious. I was bit by the deceiving trailer bug again. Yeah, there were funny parts, but not as many as I was expecting.

I paid attention to the adults and the children in the theater, and there wasn’t the roaring laughter and excitement that I was expecting either. These movies are usually really good about throwing in stuff that just tickle our little ones, and then they also throw in the stuff that us adults get. Sherlock Gnomes only had a few.

The story itself was cute. I loved the way it looked, and really enjoyed the soundtrack. I’m a huge fan of Elton John and his music was really prominent in it. Other than that, I feel like it was an okay movie.

Grade: B-

Movie review: Unsane

Luckily, before watching Unsane, I looked it up on IMDB. I discovered that the entire movie was shot with an IPhone camera. I was really curious to see how the movie ‘looked.’ It was hard to get used to, and it kind of threw me off. For the first hour of the movie I really was disappointed, and not at all into it.

The story took a while to shape up. Once it did, I was really interested in what in the world was going on. They did a great job of keeping you in the dark. There were a few times that I thought I had it figured out and then poof, I was wrong again.

I’m really on the fence about this movie. I didn’t really like it but I didn’t hate it. I think the bad and the good evened out, and therefore I’ll give it a C. I’ll give you a heads up that you should really pay attention to everything going on. There were a few things that I look back on, and had the light bulb go off after it was over.

Grade: C-

Movie review: I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine was an amazing movie. It was gut wrenching, sad, happy, moving, and powerful — all at the same time. I’ve always liked the song, but now I have a deeper understanding of where it came from.

The childhood Bart went through was devastating to me, as a mother and grandmother. I cried the entire movie. My heart went out to him on so many levels that I gave up controlling my tears. His story was a sad one, but through the power of God and his beliefs, he turned his pain into something beautiful. I need time to digest the movie and the feelings that it stirred up. I can guarantee you this though: if you watch the film, it will deeply move you.

Grade: A+

Movie review: The Strangers: Prey at Night

The Strangers: Prey At Night…where to begin? Let’s start off on a positive note. I’m fairly convinced the makers of this movie fully intended on wanting you to hate the lead female role. Boy,oh boy, they nailed that one. Her character made my blood pressure rise. I was rooting for The Strangers to take care of her quickly. I’m not going to spoil it and tell you if I was given what I was hoping for.

What I really want to know is why in the world were The Strangers doing this? Back story, much? Nope, not here. You should just prepare yourself to wonder why throughout the entire movie. Perhaps the makers are just going off on what society is showing us lately. People will do what they want just because. No reasons or motives anymore, just plain self entitlement at its finest.

Here’s another thought that puzzled me. When the potential victims are literally holding a gun on the bad guy, and has the opportunity to unload on the freak, why, oh why, do they stand there like an idiot? If it were me, I would have killed them, buried the body, and left town, by the time it took them to cry and look helpless. You were holding a gun!

Let’s wrap this up. I did not, in any way, shape, or form, enjoy this movie. When I got home, I ran my nails down a chalkboard so I could relax.

 

Grade: D-

Movie review: Death Wish

I really liked this movie. Earlier, I was so bummed when I was told this was my movie for the week. I begrudgingly said yes, and stewed about it for days.

The movie started and I was literally glued to the screen. I’m not into action at all, but this movie had enough substance that I was hooked from the beginning. Bruce Willis was awesome. There was never a dull moment, and let me tell you this, you will root for him like crazy.

The only reason I’m giving it a B+ instead of an A+ is there was one tiny plot hole that is still kind of boggling my brain. I won’t say what it is because it would ruin some other points for you. It’s not a big deal, but I’m one of those OCD people; the smallest things bother me terribly.

I would recommend this movie. It’s a story where you root for the hero/victim and applaud when he pulls off some cool stuff, and boo when the bad guys are on screen. Our theater was full, and for quite a few moments there was laughter and yelling. It was a fun night at the movies.

Grade: B+

Movie review: Every Day

I’m giving this movie an A. It started slow and I was a little unsure…by about ten minutes in I thought I was going to hate it. I was very confused, and didn’t know where the movie was going. I was really wrong. They were just laying the groundwork for a phenomenal story. You won’t be disappointed.

Grade: A

Movie review: Early Man

I grew up watching The Gumby Show and Davey And Goliath, as did my children so I’ve watched a lot of stop motion movies. When Nick Park’s Wallace And Gromit began back in the 90’s I was thrilled. So yes, I’m a fan of stop motion and Nick Park.

If you’re also a fan of Park, you won’t be disappointed with Early Man. His British humor kept me smiling throughout the movie and the story has a great plot; cavemen playing football. You just can’t go wrong with that formula.

 

Movie review – Insidious: The Last Key

The Insidious franchise took a very difficult, yet ingenious approach to movie-making. Others have tried, and failed, to create a series of screenplays with a backwards timeline. Meaning, the first movie took place long after this last installment. With that said, they really did do a good job.

Elise Rainier, played by Lin Shaye, did a killer job portraying a heartfelt woman with a twisted past, while still keeping it together. As always, she did not disappoint. She lived up to all my expectations, and being an *Insidious* follower from the beginning, that was hard to accomplish.

For horror fans, this franchise is always going to give you what you’re looking for. Sit back and enjoy; be ready to jump a few times, and then laugh at yourself for jumping. I know I did.

Grade: B+

Movie Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards was amazing. If I were to sit here and critique every actor in this movie, I’d run out of every compliment known to man. Seriously. When I think about individual performances, I’m blown away. When I sit and think about the movie as a whole, it’s indescribably great.

It’s definitely a deep movie. There’s more than meets the eye to this flick. One of the things that was most appealing to me was that the movie didn’t follow any traditional movie formula. They went in a different direction that was refreshing and thought-provoking.

Like I said earlier, trying to explain each actor’s performance would take too long and I’d run out of words — however, I’ve got to talk about Frances McDormand. She gave me chills. That woman can seriously do anything and do it phenomenally. Her performance better win her some awards! She completely deserves it; what she did for that character was the best I’ve seen all year. Frances McDormand for president!!

Movie Grade – A

Movie Review – Coco (RunPee Danielle’s POV)

This is a movie that anyone who values their family should see. If you’re having a rough go of it with your family, go watch Coco. If you’re as close to them as possible, go watch Coco. I assure you, you will not leave disappointed.

I took my 4 year old daughter to see this, and she ended up making fun of me for my “ugly crying” at the end. Coco did an outstanding job of pulling on heart strings you didn’t even know you had, while still leaving you begging for more.

The animation was spot on and absolutely beautiful. The best part is that the voices weren’t at all annoying like most children’s movies out there. I honestly can’t wait until Coco is released on DVD, because I will be the first in line to buy it.

Movie Grade: A+