The Little Prince (2016)

PreReview

First off, we all know that The Little Prince was a book written in 1943 by Frenchman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, right? Just making sure that we all know that incredibly important information.Secondly, this film was originally supposed to have a March 18th release, but then (very quietly) Paramount Pictures pulled it from their roster one week before its nationwide release. 

IGN via io9 Gizmodo reported:

With. No. Explanation. 

WTF Paramount?!

But whatev’s. It’s on Netflix now. So, that makes me very happy!

Anyways…on with the…

Review

This is exactly how I feel about this movie! It’s so delightful and heartwarming! Mmmm. The feels. The FEELS! 

Disclaimer: do not attempt to watch this movie without a box of tissues close at hand. 

Acting

The voice actors in this were nearly PERFECT! I loved the performances, with the exception of Paul Rudd. Now don’t get me wrong…I love Paul Rudd! But he was a little too Paul Rudd, if you catch what I’m saying. That aside, I particularly loved the sound of James Franco as the fox.So good! 

19/20!

Directing

Ok, if you’ve been a faithful reader of my blogs/vlogs then you’ll know that I’m a MASSIVE stop-motion animation fan! I love it! I’d eat it up with a spoon if that were even possible! And this film is so creatively delightful in that regard! It blends so well stop-motion animation with 3D computer animation. It’s just lovely! 

The colors, the art design, the music, the set pieces, the character design, the editing, all of it! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! It’s just a beautiful, beautiful movie!

The only critique I have in this category is an articitic decision that was made towards the end (don’t worry – no spoilers) to go from what you thought was going to be stop-motion animation to a 3D animation. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it for yourself. To me, it felt a little indulgent. It just didn’t play well in my opinion, and I didn’t like it much. 

But that vague critique aside…loved it!

19/20

Writing

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read The Little Prince, so there’s quite a bit that I’d forgotten. But needless to say, I was a little concerned with how this adaptation was going to turn out. Not all classic children’s books make for good movies. But thank heavens this one did!

I was worried that the inclusion of the mother & daughter characters might distract from the story, but it turns out that the one feeds into the other. So that was nice!Plus, I was surprised that the movie was told from a Princess Bride kind of perspective. It worked quite well!

The only thing that didn’t work quite so well for me was (again) the ending. So, without giving anything away I’ll just say that Paul Rudd’s character (and story) left much to be desired. That whole sequence, while entertaining and poinient, felt very “tacked on”. Actually, it felt like Pixar was hired to work on that whole sequence. 

I mean, it worked. And it worked quite well! But it kind of disrupted the flow of the film, and took the story in a very different direction. And while it was saying something important and heartwarming, it still seemed a little, “uhhhhhh…why is this happening, exactly???”

Also, there’s a scene where the little girl gets in the car with the old man from next door. There was just something about this scene that didn’t sit well with me, and it’s mostly coming from the fact that the little girl’s mother doesn’t know that her daughter is hanging out with the seemingly creepy old man from next door. 

I guess that it’s one thing for the little girl to sneak over to the old man’s house to listen to him tell stories, and watch him work on his backyard airplane, and such…but it’s an entirely different thing when that same little girl gets in the car with an adult that she “trusts”, without A) concent from her own parent, and B) the mother’s knowledge of her daughter making friends with the strange old man from next door in the first place.Idk, I just kept thinking “what if I had a daughter of my own and she hopped in the car with the strange man from next door without my knowledge?” I’d flip out!

So yeah. Kids, if you’re reading this…ALWAYS tell your parents where you’re going, and with whom you’re going with. ALWAYS! No exceptions! 

That being said, the movie as a whole totally works and is FULL of emotions! Even that ending bit that feels “tacked on” is beautiful and very meaningful; full of messages and inspiration! I’d just ditch the scene where she gets in the car with the old man. That’s all. 

15/20

FunYeah. It’s a fun movie with a very high rewatchability factor! You can watch it as a child and love it, you can watch it as an adult and love it, and can watch it with your kids, and you can watch it with your parents, you can watch it your friends…you can pretty much watch this film anytime! It just holds your attention, and there is so much to glean from this movie that it won’t get old any time soon!

Side note: my favorite character is the stuffed fox. You’ll find out why when you watch it!

19/20

Overall Take Away

Oh man…there’s so much this movie is saying, specifically about allowing yourself to grow up. 

That’s always kind of been a huge part of my life! Years ago, when I realized that I was getting older and recognized that some of my friends were no longer playing with toys, I made a promise to myself that I’d never stop playing [with toys]; that I’d never stop playing make believe; that I’d never stop using my imagination; that I’d never allow myself to grow up.But of course, life has a way of forcing you be an adult, which is fine. It’s normal and healthy. Being an adult means that you have additional responsibilities. But it doesn’t mean that you need (or should) let go of that childlike amazement, wonder, imagination, and creativity!And that’s what this film is saying! It’s ok to grow up. But even as you grow up, don’t be so focused on the future that you forget to live for today! 

And it’s this message that I strive to achieve each and every day!

20/20!

Score

With a near perfect score of 92/100, The Little Prince gets one of the highest rated scores on GLTM to date: a 4.6!

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Jason Bourne (2016)

Review

The 5th installment in the Jason Bourne franchise is here! (Subtext: was anyone actually asking for a 5th movie???)

So here’s the thing, it’s a fine movie – just so long as you don’t look too closely into it. It’s your typical, average, action-packed, shoot-em-up, political, spy thriller type movie, but the glue that’s holding this thing together is more Elmer’s and less Epoxy. It has some really fun action scenes, very Bourne-esq, and a kind of Bourne-y storyline, with a lot of Paul Greengrass cinematography & John Powell scoring.  

So let’s break it down, shall we?

ActingSo, for the most part, everyone’s acting was just fine, if not slightly over-exaggerated, except for Ms. Julia Stiles who’s acting choices seemed forced and insincere. But whatever. She’s hardly in the film anyways, and is only there to get the ball rolling. 

So, overall acting score: 13/20. Par for the course. 

DirectingIt was almost as though this film was made with the sentiment “I’m Paul Greengrass. I made Bourne 2 & 3. They were excellent films because of me. Bourne 4 sucked because I wasn’t there. But never fear, I’ll make Bourne 5 and I’ll save your precious little Bourne franchise.”

I mean, not for nothing, but the film did feel a bit presumptuous. 

So…10/20? That seem fair? Good. Because that’s what we’re going with. 

Writing

Like I said before, don’t look too closely at this movie because you’ll find some big plot holes, first and foremost the entire plot McGuffin established in the trailer of Jason Bourne signing up for the Treadstone project because of a lie is a really really thin premise to base this kind of a film on. Then there’s everything going on with Julia Stiles’s character, and the head CIA lady, and the hired assassin (excuse me, the asset). It’s all quite convoluted.So for writing, you’re getting 8/20. 

Fun

Technical aspects aside, this movie was fun! Good action, good chase scenes, fun choreography, fun set pieces, etc! This film held my attention, and I was along for the ride! But I will say that a huge missed opportunity for the film was the “money shot” from the trailer where Bourne stone cold knocks that dude out in one punch. BAM!What a great shot! But somehow it ended up on the cutting room floor. 

Fun for fun? 15/20!

Overall Take Away

In a post Brexit world, I think it’s necessary to A) know who you work for, B) understand the consequences of your actions, and C) take the necessary steps you need in order to preserve your self, your family, and your liberty! 15/20. 

(That being said, don’t vote Donald Trump! NEVER vote Donald Trump! Ever!)http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/matt-damon-donald-trump-possibly-president-makes-nervous/story?id=40961422

Scoring

So all things considered, Jason Bourne walks away with a 61/100, which translates into a 3.05 on the GLTM scale! 

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

PreReview

I will be discussing mild spoilers in this review. Nothing major, but I will definitely be giving away certain story points and thematic elements that occur throughout the film. 

So be warned!

ALSO…before I kick this thing off, I’d like to thank everyone (that’s YOU Internet users!) who continued reading my reviews long after I stopped writing to focus on my YouTube channel. You are true blue! I thank you, and I adore you!

Anyway, on with the SHOW!

Review

You guys! I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the DC Animated Universe!!!! It’s sooooooooooo good! (except for The Killing Joke). 

You know, I say that…but the reality is that it’s not terrible. It’s just nowhere near as amazing as The Dark Knight Returns, Under The Red Hood, or Mask Of The Phantasm. 

Here’s the thing, The Killing Joke is broken up into two separate movies if you think about it. 

Movie A: Batgirl: Unleashed

Movie B: The Killing Joke 

For the record, Batgirl: Unleashed is not the actual name of a DCAU film. It’s just how I’m referring to the first half of The Killing Joke movie. 

Ok, so here’s the thing…Batgirl: Unleashed has NOTHING to do with The Killing Joke. It’s almost as if they took two episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, removed the ending credits from one, the opening credits from another, and let them play as one continuous hour-long episode.The problem here is that it’s glaringly obvious. Act I has nothing in common with Act II, which is just bad writing. I mean, I get it…the filmmakers wanted to establish Barbra Gordon as a complex character with her own abilities, desires, struggles, and intensity. I get that. But this story was A) too long, B) convoluted, and C) didn’t support the overall story, which is the real reason we’re even watching a film called The Killing Joke

Ok, so Batgirl: Unleashed aside, let’s talk about the story of The Killing Joke. I’ve never been a huge fan of the comic to begin with, if for no other reason than we get a small glimpse into the Joker’s past. The thing that makes The Joker so scary is that we really don’t know who he is or where he came from. He could be anyone! And that’s truly terrifying! 
Ok, yes, yes, yes. We know that he got his white face and green hair from falling into a vat of chemicals, and most likely that helped make him the crazy psychopath that he turned out to be, but besides that…I don’t want to know more about his background. Just like Wolverine from the X-Men. I don’t need (or want) to know his backstory.But like I said, that’s more of an issue with the comic than it is with the movie. So instead, let’s break it down:

Acting

I LOVE how they brought back the original team from Batman: The Animated Series to reprise their roles! Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray Wise…but they’re voices are now 20+ years older since Batman: The Animated Series, and it shows.Kevin Conroy seemed tired and Mark Hamill seemed to have lost that edge in his voice. I don’t know…I guess they just didn’t do anything that wow’d me, you know?

Then there’s Kevin Conroy’s Batman laugh at the end of the movie. Maybe it works better in concept than it does in practical application. That laugh does NOT fit into this film at all. It’s so out of place, and odd feeling, but not in a good way or a way that makes sense. It’s very disjointed, forced, and all empty. 

Yeah…it just doesn’t work. 

12/20

Directing

The big thing I want to focus on here is the animation style. They tried something new, which is to blend the look from The Animated Series with the modern look of the present day DCAU with the specificity of the art from the original comic. It kind of worked and it kind of didn’t.This movie would have looked much cleaner had they settled on one definitive look, rather than blending them all together. Plus (and maybe this was just me, but) the animation itself seemed to have a herky-jerky quality to it; kind of start-and-stop motion. Is this just me? Did anyone else pick up on that? Because it was quite distracting. 

The other thing I’d like to address is the film’s graphic nature. There’s been a lot of talk about it’s inclusion of implied rape and torture from The Joker directed towards Barbra Gordon. But here’s the thing, you guys…it’s in the comic. 

Yes, I know that Alan Moore has since regretted his inclusion of rape into the story of the comic, but at the same time it paints a much more horrifying picture of the Joker. The thought that, if he so chooses, to touch you, that he can…that’s absolutely chilling. And this “touching” that I speak of isn’t about Barbra Gordon. It’s about her father, Jim.What’s more terrifying? Being hurt, or watching someone you care about being hurt? 

Yes, I’ve heard the argument that Joker shot Barbra Gordon in Jim’s house, and that that’s all you really need to establish fear in someone’s heart – to hurt them in their own home; their safe place. But Joker didn’t just do that. He didn’t just hurt them. He violated them. He put them both in a position of sheer defenselessness, and then defiled them. That’s what’s so chilling and blood curtling – that a human creature could commit such an act of terror on such a personal level. 

And that is who the Joker is.

And even though nothing is “shown” in this R rated animated film, it definitely is implied. Which, in my amateur opinion, wasn’t in bad taste at all. It was honoring the source material, it was honoring the character, and it is doing the job of a film and creating new ground to take our villains. 

Now let me make myself clear on two points: 1) I HATE rape with so much disdain that even the thought of it makes me turn into the Hulk and rage out against all who have ever defiled anyone in that sacred regard. 2) I’ve always considered the Joker the be an asexual being. Sure, Harley Quinn is his girlfriend, but to me that’s always been more of a “show” rather than an actual relationship. So for him to commit an act as heinous as rape, it’s not about the sexual act of it at all. It’s not even about the dominance or power over another human being. It’s about sending a message to Commissioner Gordon that he can’t ever be safe; that he can’t keep his own family safe. And if he can’t keep his own family safe then how is he supposed to protect an entire city? That is the message Joker is sending. 

So the decision to keep these themes, ideas, and elusions in the film…I support. That being said, there are other aspects of the film that needed work. 

12/20

Writing

So the existential question of the day: do I judge the writing based on the film or the comic? Or do I judge it on 50% of the film and 50% on the comic? Or do I judge it on 50% of the film and throw out the other 50% because it’s taken straight from the comic? Or do I judge 100% of it because they created 50% for the film yet changed nothing from the other 50% to stay true to the comic?

Questions questions questions.  

So…the story of Batgirl: Unleashed was (as I said above) too long, unnecessary, didn’t support the main story, forced, and convoluted. Very few interesting things came from it, and none of it was resolved by the end of the film. 

The Killing Joke portions were straight from the comic, with some very interesting bridges in between Act I and Act II. 

So my final ruling is to rate it smack dab right down the center. 10/20. 

Fun

Does Killing Joke have a high rewatchability factory? ‘Eh. I’m sure I’ll watch it a few more times throughout my life, but it’s not mind blowingly amazing. It’s not the film I’m going to point to to get someone interested/invested in the DCAU. It’s ok. Not as bad as others have been saying, either.So, I’ll rank it at a 13/20.

Overall Take Away

Anytime a story involves The Joker, it’s important to realize that the main theme is about trying to anticipate the unpredictable; the situations in life that take into account the unimaginable. That’s what makes Batman such a great hero, is that he tries to understand the impossible and calculate as best he can the unpredictable. 

The other thing about this story is that, as terrible and tragic as it is, it is indeed an exaggerated reflection of the world we live in. People ARE trying to make the world a better place, all the while other people actively ARE trying to make it burn. 

For better or for worse, The Killing Joke is a cautionary tale about what it takes to make a difference in the world, and sometimes that difference all boils down to is having “one bad day.”18/20. 

Final Score
So this leaves us with a final score of 65/100, which, on the GLTM scale is a 3.25! 

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012/2013)

 
Trailer pt. 1

Trailer pt. 2

Review

Ok, so now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest BvS: Dawn of Justice and allow it to settle into our collective cognitive psyche’s, I feel that it’s time to return to a much better film that is quite possibly my favorite Batman flick of all time. (If not, it’s a close second!)Wowie, wow wow! I love this movie! And so what if it’s an animated film?! It’s a near perfect adaptation of an already perfect graphic novel, written by legend Frank Miller:I don’t need to tell you what it’s about because chances are very likely that you’ve already seen portions of it brought out in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). If it weren’t for Frank Miller’s graphic novel, none of these visions/incarnations of Batman would exist, including Batman: The Animated Series. So it’s only fitting that at some point the original source material be brought to life in a full length feature, even if it’s debut missed the live-action, big screen treatment.Dark Knight Returns is told in four parts, each leading to a more involved and complicated climax. 

  1. Gotham City is being pillaged by a new street gang: The Mutants  
  2. Batman comes out of retirement to take on this new gang  
  3. Joker is released from Arkham and wages war on Batman  
  4. Superman is sent to put an end to Batman’s seemingly violent and uncontrolled attacks against Gotham  

As I say, this is just a bare bones brief explanation as to what really goes down in TDKR, but let me tell you that it’s the most intense incarnation of Batman that I’ve ever seen on screen! Take that Batfleck! 

Here’s the thing, the story in Batman: The  Dark Knight Returns just makes sense! It’s starts from a single conflicted event and keeps snowballing. In a sense, Bruce Wayne doesn’t really have a choice not to go through with it. It all plays out methodically, and still pays pure respect and tribute to the character! 

Plus, the end fight sequence between Batman and Superman……woah. Just…woah. 

I’ve heard people say that Ben Affleck’s Batman is the most violent Batman we’ve ever seen. I argue: not so! Peter Weller’s Batman (or arguably Frank Miller’s Batman, voiced by Peter Weller) is the most violent Batman ever to be visually portrayed. He’s ruthless in his ideology, so much so that he’s not only willing to murder, but he’s kind of ok with innocents taking hits just so that he can stay focused on his end game. Plus, he’s brutal. I mean, just watch that throw down between him and Superman!  

The one thing that I don’t care for in this film, and I hate that it irks me so much because it’s such a small and insignificant part of the film, but it’s actually Peter Weller’s voice. I don’t know why, but to me…Peter Weller is RoboCop. Not Batman. It’s all I can picture when I hear his voice.  

Other than that, it’s an absolutely beautiful film with a great story, great character developments, and brutal reasoning that makes you question the not-so-black-and-white boundaries between right and wrong!

Gotta Love Them Movies give it a strong 5/5! 

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Gremlins (1984)

 


Review

It’s a classic for a reason! It’s fun, it’s dangerous, and as Leonard Maltin called it, it’s “icky” and “gross” (but that never stopped him from cameoing in the sequel): 

Also, if you’re interested, Maltin discusses his role in Gremlins 2 on Doug Loves Movies:

Anyway…yeah, so there aren’t many people in the world left who haven’t seen Gremlins, and up until a week ago I was one of them. It’s an interesting experience watching a culturally iconic film thirty years after its release. For one, just the mere process of growing up in the world you get exposed to various aspects of its influence. Take Star Wars for example. Everyone knows the quote, “Luke, I am your father.” But just think back in time for a moment. Think of what it would have been like to have had the privilege of sitting in the theater back in 1980, having been obsessed with its predecessor, and excitedly awaiting a sequel for three whole years. Now you’re there and you come to learn that the main villain is the main hero’s father. 

Yeah…B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

But for me, having been born in the early 80’s and watching Empire in the early 90’s, I knew the quote long before I saw the film. So I grew up always knowing that Vader was Luke’s father. 

There is a part of me that get’s it, though. I mean, it was one of the truly original spoilers to ever hit mainstream media (yes, yes, yes. Psycho did it too). But Star Wars gave birth to a whole new generation of film-goers that were, in and of themselves, truly passionate and dedicated to seeing and enjoying movies! Hence, in the late 70’s and all throughout the 80’s we get these brilliantly original concepts for film that become larger than life and take on a persona all their own, large and in part to their massive audience appeal and acceptance into pop culture and widespread creativity.Films like Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, Back To the Future, The Goonies, The Terminator, Aliens, and Batman are all examples of huge blockbuster hits that also have mass appeal and helped to shape the mainstream media culture. 

So how does Gremlins fit into all of this? It’s just one of the many, many films to culturally impact our mainstream society, and help establish the non-spoken rules that we use everyday when interacting with others. For instance, two films are credited with establishing the Motion Picture Association of America’s PG-13 film rating: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins – both with Steven Spielberg’s name on them.Say what you will, but Gremlins was dark! And so was Temple of Doom – so much so that the ratings board gave it an R rating, to which Spielberg intervened, talked it down to a PG, then helped to create the PG-13 rating we have today. 

I mean, for heaven’s sakes, just look at this:Mom kills a gremlin in a blender!

Then another one with a knife:  

And Billy is attacked with a chainsaw: 

And then there’s this:

So, yeah. It’s a dark movie. But it’s also really lighthearted & silly. It’s very, very comical in the delivery of it’s cartoonish violence, much like something you’d see in a Chuck Jones cartoon.Oh look! It’s Chuck Jones!

And speaking of Cameo’s…There’s plenty more, but I’ll let you find them. 

Anyway, all of this is just a long-winded way of saying that Gremlins is a fun holiday movie that has more impact than just on-the-surface hi jinx. The effects of the puppetry and stop motion animation makes it magical movie making at its finest! Sure it’s corny, but it’s specifically designed to be that way so that when its combined with its dark humor you’re left with an eerie feeling that you can’t shake off.It’s the whole reason we get Kate’s monologue about her father dead in the chimney dressed as Santa Claus. It’s grim, and it’s disturbing, and it’s like that by design. But it’s also a kid/family movie that’s built in such a way that you’re not meant to feel happy and warm (or safe) all of the time.The filmmakers want to leave you with a slightly creepy feeling after having watched a movie seemingly made for children. 

And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the magic that is Gremlins! 4/5! 

 

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

 

Woah. What a cool movie! Finally, a sequel that is completely connected to the original, and yet stands on its own as a completely separate film! So great to see that actually come to fruition! 

Here’s what I liked so much about this movie:

  • Very original – what a great concept to have three people stuck in a bunker during what might or might not be a nuclear war.  And what’s even more is that John Goodman’s character, Howard, is so strange and bizarre that you can’t quite tell exactly what his motivations are. Is he a bad guy doing a good thing? Is he a crazy guy who’s lost touch with reality? Or is he misunderstood and overcompensating? John Goodman is so compelling in this film, I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at next year’s Oscars.   
  • And then there’s Ramona Flowers, I mean Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I’m sorry, but for the rest of my life she will always be Ramona Flowers to me.   Anyway…yeah. Her. 
  • And the dude from HBO’s Newsroom whom everybody loves but very few actually remember where they know him from.  His name is John Gallagher Jr., btw. 

Anyway, this film takes some very unexpected twists and turns in terms of not knowing what is going to come next. 

The pacing was great! In fact I was quite concerned when I first saw the trailer as I didn’t know how the pacing would be if the only three people in the movie were all stuck in an underground shelter together, but they made it work (and feel) quite excellent!The tension was taught throughout, the mystery was incredibly intriguing, the intensity was well played with, and the suspense was nearly as clever as what Hitchcock would do. So yeah…it was pretty fun!

And that’s the whole take away from this, right?!?! Fun. It was just really, really fun! 

Yep…I’ve decided not to say anything more for fear of ruining it. Just know that it very much takes place in the original film’s “universe”, and that it just kind of does its own thing.Great viewpoint on the human condition, as well as drawing a line in the sand between moral and immoral acts. Nicely done! 4/5! 

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Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

 

PreReview

First of all, thank you to everyone who has been reading our weekly movie reviews! You guys (and girls) are the absolute best! This wouldn’t have sustained any amount of longevity had it not been for you guys. So thank you so, so much!

Second, HAPPY 50th REVIEW!!! In the past 52 weeks, I’ve only missed two self-appointed deadlines which has been no easy feat. This past year has had some major up’s and down’s, but one thing that has kept me focused has been this weekly blog. And as I’ve pointed out above, I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement from all of you! So again I say thank you!

Third, being that this is our 1 year anniversary at Gotta Love Them Movies, some changes are afoot, and I’m super excited to announce them! 

  • First, as some of you know, our YouTube channel has been up and running for a few months now and we’re hungry for new subscribers! (So please Subscribe & Share!) Our video editor, George Chrysiliou, has done some amazing work at bringing to life the video reviews by giving them a brilliant style all their own! I love his work, and actually get butterflies before watching each video he works on. I love what George is bringing to the channel!
  • And speaking of bringing people into GLTMovies, I’m overjoyed to announce our first official hired writing staff member, Jeremy McClintock from Pittsburgh, PA! He will be doing much of the heavy lifting in terms of taking over the majority of writing for the blog, and I hope to see everyone supporting Jeremy as much as you’ve all been supporting me over this past year! So let’s all tip our hats and raise our glasses in support of Jeremy and George!

Can’t wait for this to be actually taking off! Whoo-hoo!

Oh wait…this is a review. Ok. Let’s get back into it! 😎

ReviewFirst and foremost, Mission: Impossible 2 was not a terrible movie, despite what many have said and/or believe. I will say, though, that it isn’t a great Mission: Impossible movie. 

M:I-2 takes a HUGE departure from the first film in terms of tone, style, aesthetic, and feel. It’s just a big action popcorn-movie that’s pretty much all explosions and very little intellect. And that’s ok because it’s fun! A little slow, at times, but that’s mostly just to try and balance out the fast paced nature of the rest of the film. 

Is it ridiculous? Of COURSE it’s ridiculous! It’s a John Woo big budget action movie starring Tom Cruise and flying doves, for crying out loud! I mean, for heaven’s sakes, motorcycles fly through the air unprovoked while the lead hero and villain collide mid-air and fall over a 20 foot cliff, landing on pure rock…unharmed. Not to mention all of the insane amount of gun fights, mid-air flip kicks, explosions, and high speed car chases along mountain cliffs that defy any amount of physics, gravity, the laws of inertia, or basic bodily harm.But DAMN if Tom Cruise doesn’t look cool doing it! I mean, just check out those doves flying inside of a fireball while a sunglassed & leather jacketed Tom Cruise speeds off to get the bad guy! How amazing! (It’s totally stupid) but how AMAZING!?!?

Ok. So now the story of the film. Surprisingly, it’s pretty solid. Much better than you’d think. (Ps. You’ve had 16 years to see this film. Don’t bite my head off for spoiling the story.) 

So there’s this scientist in Australia that develops a deadly virus in his bio lab…  …and former IMF agent (Dougray Scott) wants to steal it……infect the public……and sell the antidote back to the pharmaceutical company for a crazy amount of money (plus stock options). 

All in all, not a terrible plan for a bad guy in an action popcorn-movie. 

So now, Tom Cruise… …must convince Dougray Scott’s ex-girlfriend……to team up with IMF and take down the bad guy. 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand cue the explosions with doves…Wow. I mean…just wow!

Ok, so here’s the thing…nothing about this film ever feels like a Mission: Impossible movie. It’s clever at times, but not a Mission: Impossible kind of clever, you know? It doesn’t really take itself too seriously, which is kind of fun…but again…not in a Mission: Impossible kind of way. At least, not in the way we’ve grown accustomed to in M:I 1, 3, Ghost Protocol, or Rogue Nation. It just kind of does its own thing. And I like that. 

Gotta Love Them Movies rates it a 3/5! 

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