Time to get scared. There have been too many Ouija movies lately and the only thing that does is taint the name. This latest edition tries to rein the series back on track and we can start by thanking Lulu Wilson.
Wilson plays the youngest daughter that’s possessed through the board. In some ways she reminded me of the girl from The Ring. The girl herself as to be creepy and uneasy. Over CGI her and you lose the movie. Most of her scare comes from her mannerisms. There are parts in the movie leading up to her possession where you’re not sure if she’s been taken over yet.
The story centers around her widowed mother and daughters running a sham seance before the demon comes out. Add to this a priest who comes to assist the house of liars which itself is funny.
Elizabeth Reaser and Annalise Basso are solid. They were scared which made me scared. The chaos they added to the movie raise the what is going on factor.
What hurts is the PG-13 rating. It prevented Ouija from going to some truly ridiculous places. The movie itself is erratic enough which helps with tension. Then the ending comes and the whole thing falls flat. This is a case where knowing the ending first and working back would have made all the difference. What seemed to happen is a movie that was R got cut down a rating and it shows.
That doesn’t mean it’s a disaster. It’s creepy but not frightening. Don’t compare it to the Conjuring and the The Ring is in a whole different league. But there is a market for people who want to be scared at a level 5 and that’s where this fits.
For what the movie does, it works. There’s scenes where it becomes a guessing game. If you’re looking for a more raw terror the title comes off as misleading. The story does well until the ending.
Who’s going to see this movie? Tabasco horror fans because it won’t too much. Mostly the 16-35 range.
I get so excited over anything Madea. Seriously, Madea Goes To Jail, Madea’s Christmas. Everything. Just give me my Aunt Madea. I was surprised that it took so long for them to get to Halloween. If we’re at the point where we’re getting a Star Wars film once a year, why can’t Tyler Perry do that with this Madea? Don’t say overkill- there are eight Policy Academy movies.
There are some big name Youtubers in this movie. Or so I’ve been told. I had no idea. It’s not a blink and you’ll miss them situation, the whole high school kids scenes was overdone and gimmicky. Beyond the cheesy acting it was so forced. I started thumb tapping waiting for them to get back to Madea and her gang of friends. At least they were believable, body suits and all.
The premise of the movie is Perry’s character paid to babysit to keep a teenage girl from going to a Halloween party. While staying in the house, ghoulish things start happening. You get the feeling you wondered into on the Scary Movie episodes. The thing is, it’s not just cornball scary, it’s funny Madea angry fight back scary. Cassi Davis who plays Aunt Bam and reactionary funny. Patrice Lovely (Hattie) gave fascial jestures that played well off Madea.
These three along with Perry playing multiple characters are the movie. The sprinkled in Youtubers are here to bring the internet kids, but don’t make too much of them. I just wish they were written in to be funny and less annoying.
Who’s going to see this movie? The Madea and Scary Movie fans. Throw in anyone that wants to laugh at your scared aunt for over an hour.
Ratings 8.5 Duffies
Let me make something clear, it’s between Rogue One and Suicide Squad for movie of the year. There are no other contenders.
I go into every comic book movie hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. See Game of Thrones and X-Men for further clarification. If you come from the original source of work you know how disappointing translations can be. While that’s fine for 90 percent of moviegoers, the 10 percent of readers lived with these characters long before a camera came along and should be respected.
The comic book movie to beat is Watchmen. There’s no better translation and when it came to keeping gritty. Sorry Margot Robbie you just couldn’t compete with Malin Akerman. Not overtaking Watchmen doesn’t hurt Suicide Squad’s overall appeal.
DC needed a win. Batman vs Superman wasn’t terrible but the writing relied way too much on fight scenes. You’ve got two of the most interesting people in the universe and you need CGI to carry a movie. Suicide doesn’t fall for that cheap mistake.
Ninety percent of the movie is Harley Quinn (Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Joker (Jared Leto). Ninety percent of the movie between those three is Quinn. This hurts the movie. Not because Robbie can’t act because she’s a stellar Clown Princess, the problem is where is Enchantress? Her role not only gets stunted, it’s depleted. You forget she’s there. Katana’s role isn’t a complete afterthought, but even most of her scenes get thrown to Deadshot.
Will Smith can act. This is not a movie for beginners. Thankfully Smith can bring it, some of the writing in this movie between him and Harley sets up for things later to come. (Cough cough).
You’re either going to love or hate The Joker. Honestly, I think most of you are going to hate him. Not because he can’t act- but be honest, you want Heath Ledger. Which is fine, I get it, but penalizing Leto isn’t right. Joker has to be unpredictable and psychotic. Master those two things and you can build upon him. Leto did that. Plus he gave great face in the movie. Classic Joker.
I have no intention of watching How To Get Away With Murder, but Viola Davis makes me a believer. She was a strong without being nasty component to the movie. Her character is unlikable. Her screen time limited. She along with Joel Kinnaman pulled off being backbones to the movie.
There was the villain? Are you sure because I know there were fighting against someone and it could have been the wide receiver for the Patriots and I’d be none the wiser. That’s where the biggest fail of this movie is. Our anti-heros become our good guys so now you need to write someone annoying that I want eliminated. Good writing could have solved this in minutes. Good shooting could have made me felt something. Honestly, I left the movie forgetting they were fighting against someone. It felt like fighting for the sake of explosions.
The big three take care of that. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Joker, overtake Killer Croc plot so you’re absorbed with their action scenes. It works but Captain America does a better job at plot structure.
Forget all that. This movie is still a wild, upside down ride! The first twenty minutes you get the character’s backstory and then hold on because it’s go time.
Duffies out of 5: 4.5. Fun. Well acted. Glorious fight scenes.
Viewer Demo: Comic Book fans and everyone in-between. Look for readers to be more critical which they should be.
Was glory restored to the Rocky Universe? How does Junior Creed measure up to the original? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z! What did you think of the movie? Did you prefer the original?
There is no bigger storyline in Rocky than the one with Apollo Creed. Going from opponent, to sparring partner, to mentor, Creed untimely replaces Mickey Goldmill. You’d be lying if you said you never cheered for Creed. Of course you did! We all did- and we all knew we were cheating on Rocky. There’s something magnanimous and likeable about the man. Squarely, the exact opposite of everything we felt for Ivan Drago. To this day, if you name your child Ivan, I harbor some resentment.
So when it’s announced that Apollo Creed has a son, I damn near fainted. It’s like Superman having a baby who grew up in Minneapolis and we’re all just hearing about it.
Live Tweet: Superman has a son. Dude, twenty-one. Training be like dad. Mom not so keen. Collective mouths still dragging on floor.
There’s actual boxing royalty out there and he’s pulling a Prince and the Pauper.
When the movie announced, I was nervousness. It’s the same thing when they change the Doctor. Like takeoff, this is the time when it’s easy to screw up. The past few Rocky movies were tempered.
Where Creed excels is you’re dealing with an original Rocky storyline. This is Apollo’s son. He wants to box. Who’s going to train him? Is he half as good as his dad? What comes with that is the internal battle, which is wholly why this franchise is so successful. I knew everything thinks it’s because of those fighting scenes, but truthfully, it’s because all the preparation beats you down. That’s where the fight is really won and lost. If that’s not a metaphor for life, I can’t give you one.
My dad passed on the tenth. Growing up, the first movies I ever watched with him were Goldfinger, Return of the Jedi, and Rocky. I cried the entire time through this movie. Adonis Creed deals with a legacy he wants, a father he’s never known, and a death he’s trying to push past. I was crying because I matched two of those things.
Don’t judge Michael B. Jordan for the Fantastic Four, judge him on this and Fruitvale Station. He. Can. Act. It’s hard coming in to a Rocky movie because we’re all so spoiled. The flow between him and Sylvester Stalone was so fluid, you believed he was his best friend’s son. Jordan pulled off being Creed without mimicking him.
The essense of the movie is when you see Rocky for the first time. Time stops. It’s not suppose to be a Rocky Balboa movie, but, they always are. They have to be.
Stalone does such an amazing job becoming his version of Mickey. The biggest part of training isn’t the fundamentals and technicals and it’s pushing past all the obstacles that lead you away from focus. Rocky’s always told a good story. Man versus man, man versus society, man versus himself. The franchise calls itself a boxing movie, but all the action happens before the fight. That’s how good writing weaves. The fight itself is an after dinner mint.
So who is going to see Creed? Everyone that grew up with Rocky. Boxing fans. Sports fans. People who refuse to be dragged on by the Hunger Games. People that still can’t believe Apollo Creed has a son.
It’s beyond good. Rocky went back to it’s roots. There’s criticism that Tessa Thompson character as Adonis’ girlfriend wasn’t given much attention. If she was this review would run different. The focus is where is needs to be, on Apollo’s son.
Ratings: 5 out of 5 Duffies It’s just that good.