May Box Office Wrapup

Hey everyone.  I’ve recently caught up with some new movies that had been in theaters for a while, but hadn’t had a chance to see them.  Sorry for the four weeks that I’d been off this site reviewing.  Anyway, in this installment I’ m going to review three movies that were released around Memorial Day that you either saw or didn’t.  Most likely these films are still in theaters, but as the days go by they’ll be playing across less movie screens and will be inching closer to your movie collection or local video store.  Wait, we don’t really have video stores here anymore, so Redbox.  It really pains me to say that.  Anyway lets begin.

The Hangover Part III- Three Cheers for Phil, Alan and Stu!

I had no expectations whatsoever that this film would be good.  I didn’t hate the second film, but I didn’t think it was funny because it felt like everything was rehashed.  The latest installment though, hilarious!  I guess the lowered expectations really worked because I left loving the film.

The third film is different than the previous installments as the group takes Alan to a rehab facility to get him the help he so desperately needs in order to cure him from whatever is wrong with him.  Along the way the boys are run off the road by a group of gangsters and Doug is yet again taken out of the equation.  The Wolfpack must reunite one more time to find Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) and bring him back to the leader of the gangster group played by John Goodman.

The boys go all over, from California to Mexico and eventually back to Vegas where it all began.  Along the way they meet old and new love interests and play a cat and mouse game with bringing Chow back.  In the end, the series comes full circle with laughs and mischief and makes you realize how much fun this journey of debauchery was to watch.  Hell, it even makes the second installment more enjoyable.  I just hope there isn’t a fourth one on the horizon or worse, it becomes a horrible direct to DVD film series like the much less entertaining “American Pie” series.

Overall score: 8 out of 10

Fast and Furious 6- Too Fast, Too Furious, Too Much

I only recently saw “Fast Five” for the first time weeks before I saw this, due to never having intended seeing that or any of the other installments in my lifetime.  I did see the fifth film and really enjoyed it.  After seeing the sixth one, I realized I just watched the same movie all over again.  Now not seeing the other installments confused me at some points of this film, just because I didn’t know what happened before.  I was able to get a sense of who some of these characters are and what had happened in previous installments as I watched.  Yet I found it less entertaining than it’s predecessor.
That’s not to say it’s not watchable.  It completely is, but not even the biggest, most bombastic scenes can satisfy my want for an awesome action movie.  There’s little to no tension between the good guys or bad guys in the film, other than Michelle Rodriguez’s character is on the bad guy team due to amnesia.  Throughout the film it just feels like you’re passing time between this installment to get to next summer’s “Fast 7.”

The film also includes some of the corniest and most non-funny cliche dialogue that we’ve come to expect from action movies like this.  There’s also several stunts in the film that bothered me.  A tank is let loose on a major highway bridge and is just crushing cars with people in them.  Quite frankly that just unsettled me how no one gives a shit that innocent people are dying given recent real world events.  Yeah, it’s a movie but it just comes across being heartless.  Also, one major stunt in the movie involved a character leaping across the bridge to catch another person mid-air after crashing their car into a barricade.  For a movie set in a modern day world that would never, ever happen.  Again, a movie, but be realistic please.  Don’t insult the audiences intelligence.  Then again it’s a “Fast and Furious” movie so look who it can appeal to.

Maybe if I go back and watch the others I’ll get it and like it a little bit more, but regardless of how much box office intake comes along with the movie, it still doesn’t hold a candle to other summer sequels that have been released so far.  Not even “The Hangover Part III.”

Overall score: 6 out of 10

Now You See Me- How to Make A Good Idea Disappear

Probably one of the worst movies I’ve seen all year.  I had expectations for it to be unique and different from all the sequels and summer movies out in theaters now.  What I got was my $10 that magically disappeared into thin air with no chance of getting it back and sheer boredom.

You’d think a movie that markets Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher as it’s leading stars would actually be in the movie long enough to be the leading stars.  Instead Bruce Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, is the lead the film that isn’t a romantic comedy.  Which is fine because I like Mark Ruffalo, but not this movie.  He’s investigating these magician who use their magic to rob banks and steel from safes all over the world.  Sounds good right?  Well, the magic scenes are the only interesting part of this story, to which there’s only three total in the whole movie.  By the time you get to the third, the tables have been turned so many times you don’t know who is supposed to be on who’s side.

In the end, you find out who the true villain was, who really wasn’t a villain at all in the whole movie.  All he did was give someone a bad review (kinda sounds familiar) and caused that person to kill himself trying to show him he was wrong.  I mean if that’s all it takes to become a bad guy nowadays, Will Smith should be on suicide watch after the results of “After Earth.”  I didn’t see that by the way and by the looks of it, no one did.  Anyway, I wouldn’t think “Now You See Me” is much better.  It sucks you in with the idea that it’s going to be new and different and it just ends up with you as the sucker.  Not worth your time and effort.  “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” was probably a better movie about magic.  I didn’t see that either.

Overall score: 3 out of 10

That’s my wrap up for May.  So what did I learn?  Keep your expectations low and you will be rewarded.  Maybe.  We’ll see how the next few weeks go as I will be back with reviews for “This Is The End,” “Man of Steel,” “World War Z” and “The Heat” in the very near future.  Three out of four in which I’m highly anticipating, so lets hope the trend in this installment doesn’t continue for future ones.