Movie Review – Wreck-It Ralph

wreck it ralph and vanellope
An unlikely friendship

Wreck It Ralph has a little something for everyone. Gamers from way back in the 80’s will relate well to this movie. The film is retro, sweet, charming, and funny.

Initially, I thought it would only have appeal to the small kiddies of 3 to 7. But as the movie progressed, I realized that the plot, the dialog, and unexpected twists and turns had completely grabbed my attention. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Ralph was as good or better than Toy Story, but is definitely in the same league.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: I tried to find another Peetime, but the movie has lots of action and character development which made it difficult. The one Peetime I did find is one long scene.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Wreck-It Ralph. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Movie Review – Perfect Pitch

The name says it all: Pitch Perfect. I seriously, didn’t see or hear anything I didn’t like. This was one of those movies you are constantly smiling through. When the characters excel, you feel overjoyed for them. When they fail, you feel their pain.

The singing in this movie was fantastic! There is a scene that takes place in a giant empty pool where a lot of the groups have gathered. They are there for a riff-off. That particular scene was so cool it gave me chill bumps. The way they can sing without any music just dumbfounds me. If you are a fan of singing movies, you can’t miss this one.

Some characters didn’t have huge roles, but they still pulled off stellar performances. Based on what I saw, we will be seeing more of these lesser known actors take off. Two thumbs up for sure!

Movie Grade: A

Movie Review – The Other Guys

I’m not sure how to rate this movie. It started out brilliant, then lost all steam and comic coherence.

The opening sequence with The Rock and Samuel L Jackson spoofing themselves is a wonderful riot. The scenes between Will Ferrell and Mark Walhberg in the NYPD offices have some of the best humor seen this year.

Actor Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is like the Energizer Bunny. He just won’t stop. 🙂

Ferrell and Walhberg delight the viewer in their passive-aggressive and aggressive-aggressive differences. Characters Allen and Terry have just enough logic in their idiocy to lay the foundation for a completely enjoyable romp. The lion vs tuna discussion is easily the single best absurdist argument ever heard on film. A respectfully silent funeral brawl must be seen to be believed – that they pull it off, in context, cracks me up. And Micheal Keaton fantastically underplays some neo-dadist pop culture referencing that weirdly nutshells his career.

Then The Rock and Jackson do something so note perfect in a buddy/action cop movie, so funny and surreal, that it shocked me. Incredibly great stuff.

It’s all hugely funny. Until it falters. Somewhere along the way the movie becomes annoying; the jokes go limp…and the senseless plot becomes the driving force in what should have been a complete send up of the mismatched partners cop genre.

There’s a talent to writing a script using low-brow humor in a classic way, and The Other Guys stays in that perfect zone for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, a few set pieces – the ex-girlfriend scene comes to mind – veer off into the form of crazy that isn’t funny. And most of the scenes with Ferrell and Eva Mendez, as the hot wife who takes his verbal abuse, get more embarrassing the longer they go on. Maybe the unfunny funny stuff is forgivable in a Will Ferrell movie.

What’s not forgivable: when Ferrell and director McKay forget their movie is a spoof, and elevate the flimsy plot with an attempt at serious follow-through. It’s just not that kind of film. The long running time (1 hour and 46 minutes by my count) absolutely could not support itself.

By the three quarter mark into the film, I was ready to leave. The humor wasn’t all that any more; the action wasn’t good enough to entertain. If I didn’t have to stay and monitor the end credits for RunPee, I’d have gone home. Barring a few good moments (Ferrell complaining that a real explosion hurts and the movies have it wrong, whining it’s not fair the bad guys have a helicopter), there’s nothing to actually miss. Including the interesting but depressing golden parachute powerpoint credits presentation, and the unfunny outtake tag.

So, how to rate The Other Guys? If the first act earns an A and the middle and end a C-, then I can live with a B- total score.

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Movie Review – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – An Appealing Kid Flick in Any Weather

This might be the best children’s move of the summer, and I think it will appeal to a lot of adults as well. Visually, I think it will speak most to children in the 3-6 age range. The action and physical humor will appeal to the 7-10 age range and the story will appeal to the 11-15 age range. Adults will appreciate it too, as we do most of today’s clever animated films. However, your mileage may vary.

As an adult, I certainly enjoyed it. [pullquote]And I must confess a weakness for stories that involve nerds finding their place in life. [/pullquote]…Which is what this movie is all about. So if you have a precocious child who has trouble fitting in, then this is for them.

There were at least 5 good LOL moments, and many more chuckles from the audience. Plus, the crowd of children that watched the movie with me actually clapped at the end!

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Movie Review : Land of the Lost

Actor Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is like the Energizer Bunny. He just won’t stop. 🙂

If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, this movie won’t disappoint you. He does what he does best – slap-stick humor. I did find myself laughing out loud a few times.

A word to the parents that are not Will Ferrell fans: if you can safely drop off your pre-teen/teenager at the movies and go shopping, please do so. And don’t worry about the kiddies seeing something shocking…Most everything in this movie can be seen on television. Lots of slime, spit and urine being tossed about. The kids will love it. I can’t say anything bad about Land of the Lost. You’ll be entertained and the final scene with Matt Lauer is priceless…..

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