ZOOTOPIA, BvS: DAWN of Justice & Hardcore HENRY aka A lot of shit I forgot to review – HM Movie Reviews (Catch Up Edition)

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I have noticed one thing that I have forgotten to do on this site for a while and that is……reviewing movies. Truthfully, I haven’t seen a lot of movies this year due to other personal things and this weekend I plan on seeing Captain America: Civil War and reviewing that as well so I’m going to look upon 3 movies I’ve seen from the past 2 months. Remember, this time, this reviews will not be the usual standard of how I do them.

So let’s begin with a little something from Disney…….

SYNOPSIS: From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

VERDICT: Disney is going on a roll with their animated movies division ever since Tangled as this is officially my top favorite Disney animated movie in their recent Renaissance. Everything about the movie blends well with its comedic moments about living in a society of prey and predators along with the social issues so identical to what’s going on in real life and it can be looked at through any race, sex, creed, etc. Hell, it does that better than most live-action media and it never sounded preachy nor loses its focus to be an entertaining feature.

Not only the animation is beyond perfect, you’ll feel immersed into the world of Zootopia and be in awe and wonderment like Judy was as she arrived. Performances in here are great from the main cast with our leads Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman  as Judy and Nick, respectively and definitely extends to the rest of the supporting cast, particularity one Idris Elba as Chief Bogo. This one is a classic in the making and reminds us of the early Disney animated movies that had anthropomorphic animals as the lead.

FINAL SCORE: 10/10 – HALL OF FAME!

And now let’s go on to course with one of the anticipated comic-book movies of the year (well, before Civil War and Doctor Strange).

SYNOPSIS: It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

VERDICT: *sigh* Wow, for a movie that is supposed to be about two of the biggest comic-book superheroes battling it out, this is one mediocre and half-baked final product. The more I think about this movie, the more I realized that most of it was rather crap. The reason for Batman and Superman to fight was eye-rollingly stupid, the big fight wasn’t as impactful as the trailers make it out to be since we pretty much seen it all in the trailers, the plot-holes are gaping and very noticeable, not to mention certain characters are added in there for no strong reason just to set up their cinematic universe like instant pudding. Most of the acting is fine, particularity Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Alfred, respectively. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was fine in here but felt unnecessary. As for Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg…….yeah, no…..I thought those two are bad in this.

Also the more I read about what Zack Snyder wanted to do in this universe, the more I lose respect for him as a director since one time I did find his directing style appealing to me but now……I just don’t want to watch anything of his again and yes, I did like Watchmen. Let’s hope Suicide Squad ends up better than this.

FINAL SCORE: 4/10 – AN ACQUIRED TASTE

And now for something a little more creative in here…..hopefully…..

SYNOPSIS: A man wakes up in a Moscow laboratory to learn that he’s been brought back from the dead as a half-human, half-robotic hybrid. With no memory of his former life, a woman who claims to be his wife tells him that his name is Henry. Before she can activate his voice, armed thugs storm in and kidnap her. As Henry starts to understand his new abilities, he embarks on a bloody rampage through the city to save his spouse from a psychopath (Danila Kozlovsky) who plans to destroy the world.

VERDICT: So basically what we got is one huge video game cutscene in first person masquerading as a movie…..yeah, that’s basically what it is and once you take away the first person angle out of this, this is nothing but a mediocre action movie. Then again, the first person angle does not do the movie any favors with its frantic chaotic style as all we see is what the main character sees. That part is only good for a 5-minute sequence but for a 90-minute movie? It becomes disorienting, nauseous and can give you eye strain or a headache. Some people think this style is original which explains why early reviews are mostly from SXSW when it premiered but that’s when they’re wrong. It’s original but it’s doesn’t always guarantee it’ll be watchable.

Notice I didn’t say anything about the plot or characters. Now as far as I’m concerned, if the action was watchable, it could’ve made it up for that but with this…..no. I give Sharlto Copley good merits on his performance but that’s it. It’s a lame action movie done with a style that’s better used for video games. If you wanted something like this but more energetic, watch the two Crank movies. You’ll have more fun with that than this. Hell, Gamer sounds better than this and I’m not a fan of that movie whatsoever.

FINAL SCORE – 3/10 – NOT FEELING THIS….at all.

 

Until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format even though one of them was only good.

ZOOTOPIA – courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios / Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios
BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment
HARDCORE HENRY – courtesy of STX Entertainment

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