This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser
THE LION KING – Rated PG – 1 hr. 59 mins.
DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau
WRITERS: Jeff Nathanson and Brenda Chapman
STARRING: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé’, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogan, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan Michael Key, Eric Andre and Chance the Rapper
As we venture back into the Circle of Life, and the storyline that has moved us for generations, we once again meet Mufasa (James Earl Jones), as he teaches his son Simba (Donald Glover) the ways of their kingdom. Enter Mufasa’s nasty brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is bound and determined to make sure that Simba never becomes the ruler he is destined to be. And as Scar seeks his revenge on his own family, it seems that it’s going to be up to Simba’s friends Nala (Beyoncé’), Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner) to help Simba find his way back to his homeland, and Kingdom that are rightfully his…
I give THE LION KING a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: From its masterful CGI, to its timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and finding your destiny, The Lion King is nothing but sheer enjoyment yet again! I was super excited that 25 years later James Earl Jones was given the opportunity to return as the mighty Mufasa, as replacing his voice, would have been a travesty to say the least. But, with that said, the other voices that were chosen to take on this classic tale were next to sheer perfection – including the nasty Scar himself, this time portrayed by the very talented Chiwetel Ejiorfor, and a new Simba too, played by the Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover, and then when you add in Beyoncé’ showing off not only her voiceover chops, but sharing her shining singing voice too as Nala, you have one incredibly entertaining film, that stands atop the pinnacle of awesomeness. Plus, I must share too, that Jon Favreau’s decision to cast Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen together as our favorite pals Timon and Pumbaa, was a total “slam dunk” as they not only brought the joy and excitement of these two characters to life, but added enough of their own “stuff” to the mix, that it will make you love these two pals now, even more! The fact is Favreau, and his all-star cast have managed to make the stars align, as they stay true to the magic of the Original Disney Animated classic, while adding enough of each of their “own magic” to the storyline along the way too, that it makes this film one of the best Disney remakes to date. Mark my words when I tell you, you will be fighting an array of emotions through every minute of this film, as it manages to draw you in more and more with each passing frame. Bottom line, If you and your loved ones have enjoyed viewing the 1994 original animated film as much as my family has over the years, then you have to make plans to get your entire pride together, and go get your Hakuna Matata on at a theater near you too!!!
This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser
STUBER – Rated R – 1 hr. 33 mins.
DIRECTOR: Michael Dowse
WRITER: Tripper Clancy
STARRING: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Karen Gillan, Jimmy Tatro and Steve Howey
When undercover detective Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) gets a tip on the rats he’s been tracking a long time, it seems that impaired vision after Lasix surgery is no match for this cop on a mission! Now, unable to drive, Manning must enlist the services of the nearest Uber driver…enter Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), who is more than happy to take Manning wherever he needs to go, as he continues to strive for a 5 star rating! But when a one-way ride with his new passenger ~ turns into a crime stopping spree of epic proportions ~ Stu’s soon realizes his second job as an Uber driver to help pay his bills, is about to totally up the ante of his less than exciting life…
I give STUBER a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD! For all you Uber drivers out there…I can only hope that your excursions with your passengers are ½ as much fun as the encounter portrayed in STUBER, as I haven’t had this much fun watching a comedy in quite some time! Perfectly cast together, Nanjiani and Bautista bring their own spin to “the partner scenario”, playing off one another very well, thus making this film a laugh a minute the whole way through. And the supportive character cast, including Sorvino, Morales, Gillan, Tatro…even the cameo performance by Steve Howey, were so perfectly played out this time around, they all had me chuckling throughout every frame that they occupied too. Suffice to say that if you love Nanjiani the way I do, or if you are dying to see Bautista play a character totally different than Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, then you have to head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch STUBER. But, if buddy films that are a laugh a minute aren’t really “your deal”, then you’ll be fine waiting to catch STUBER when it hits on DVD too, as even though this film it very entertaining, it’s still not one of those super funny films that you just can’t wait one more second till you get the opportunity to see it. And regardless of which way you view this film, know too that you don’t need to stick around past the credits, as there are no post credit scenes shared once its through…Enough said…
This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards
STUBER – Rated R – 1 h 33 mins
Director: Michael Dowse
Cast: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan, Iko Uwais
A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.
NO SPOILERS BELOW
STUBER had the potential to be a really funny movie filled with amazing action, but instead it misses the mark ever so slightly. Buddy comedies are hard to do because it is entirely based on the chemistry of the actors in the film. Bautista and Kumail are both great individually and their resumes speak for themselves, but their chemistry in STUBER just couldn’t quite find its groove. I mean there were a few moments in the movie that were laugh out loud, but not enough for me to consider this movie a “hit” or a “must see”. It felt like Kumail was holding back too much and Bautista was too worried about being more dramatic. There was no common ground between the two of them and that caused the jokes to be less funny. Normally, when this happens the action is upped a few more notches and this in turn compensates for the movie dragging, but even the action couldn’t keep my attention, which is a real shame because you have Iko Uwais in your movie and his martial arts skills are unbelievable to watch. Even the movie’s story had the potential to be better than it was, but once again it fell just shy of the goal line. I think if they added about 30 more minutes of story and focused a little bit more on the relationship of our two leads, then the finished film would have turned out better. Now, I do realize that I’m getting greedy when it comes to a movie about a quasi-blind cop commandeering an uber driver to help him solve his ongoing case…I see that – LMAO, but Hey…I want, what I want. In all honesty, I really was pulling for STUBER to be better than it was and had high hopes that it would turn into a classic comedy worthy of a sequel, but unfortunately it just didn’t entertain me as much as I wanted it too. I love action comedies and we don’t see enough of them and I will be in the front of the line for the next one that comes down the pipeline. As for STUBER, save your money and watch this one at home. It still has some funny parts in it and it’s worth a watch, just not in the theaters. Until next time, thanks for reading.
P.S. – There is no post credit scene.
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I was surprised to hear that writer and director Ari Aster referred to his sophomore effort “Midsommar” as his first horror film. I thought that his debut, last year’s unsettling family drama “Hereditary,” was his first horror film because it sure as hell scared me, and a lot more than “Midsommar.”
I later realize that what made “Hereditary” such a satisfyingly disturbing experience was that, by the end, the resolution was clear and far more accessible. With “Midsommar,” the purpose behind anything that takes place is near impossible to comprehend, keeping you in a thoroughly disorienting nightmare that you have no control over.
When Dani (a riveting Florence Pugh) is reluctantly asked by her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) to attend a rare event of peculiar festivities in Sweden with his eager friends Josh (William Jackson Harper), Mark (Will Poulter) and native Swede, Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), the retreat, at first, appears to be the escape they all needed.
Well, knowing what kind of trickster Ari Aster can be, you can expect that this vacation is not all sunshine and daisies, while there is still plenty of that.
Admittedly, I walked away from “Midsommar” a little underwhelmed. I had nothing but praise for its serene cinematography, astounding performances and moments that will undeniably make your skin crawl. However, I just really did not get it. All it took to convert me was deep reflection, a few conversations with friends and a healthy reminder that Aster is the kind of filmmaker who wants to invoke deep thought and inspire group discussion to come to a satisfying conclusion.
“Midsommar” is a bit hard to swallow at first and, if you are still scratching your head by the end, I would be happy to talk it out with you. Until then, I cannot and will not say anymore except, be prepared for one hell of a trip.
This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser
MIDSOMMAR – Rated R – 2 hrs. 27 mins.
DIRECTOR: Ari Aster
WRITER: Ari Aster
STARRING: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter and Archie Madekwe.
Get ready to experience an emotionally charged, and just as emotionally draining film hitting the big screen this Holiday weekend, as Midsommar’s Summer solstice festival isn’t like anything you have ever experienced before… even if you enjoy cult like gatherings, with questionable endings yourself…
As we are thrust into the world of college co-eds Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), it seems that their personal lives are as disconnected, as the present state of their flailing relationship. When they decide to venture to Sweden with their friend Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), his homeland is filled with lots of lovely people ~ making the most of their communal lifestyle, within their warm and cozy farming community…
As sweet as it all seems to begin with, it doesn’t take too long for our friends Dani and Christian, and fellow friends/followers Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Mark (Will Poulter), to start questioning the premise of these apparently very demented individuals that they have surrounded themselves with, as this is far from any type of world that they are accustomed to thriving in…
I give MIDSOMMAR a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX: Both mind boggling throughout and as intense of a psychological thriller as it could get, Midsommar left me feeling very disturbed, and totally uneasy, the whole way through. Aster’s vision is put on full display, and for some others who don’t live in the logical world in which I do, you might beg to differ on the reality that this film conveys ~ I just personally couldn’t get into the deeply demented circumstances that were being portrayed on screen, as it seemed as more time passed, the more illogical this film grew for me. This is not to say that I don’t usually enjoy emotional and thought-provoking films, I do, I just think that Midsommar’s premise was a little too far out there for me to totally ingest, with all of its horrific happenings being unveiled. Suffice to say, that even though the cinematography is very good, and deserving of a mention, and the actors throughout doing a fine job too, Midsommar just disturbed every fiber of my being so much, I can’t bring myself to tell you to venture to a theater near you to see it, unless you are totally into this kind of stuff…then by all means, don’t let me stop you. But, if “totally creepy and disturbing” just isn’t your vibe, then I suggest that you wait till Midsommar hits on DVD or Netflix.
“SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME is definitely a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN…but not a second before you make a point to see AVENGERS: ENDGAME, as you have to see these two films in sequence, and no other way!
Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com /She Said He Said Show on AM 590 THE FAN – KFNS
SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 9 mins.
DIRECTOR: Jon Watts (Spiderman: Homecoming)
WRITERS: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
STARRING: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Colbie Smulders and J.K. Simmons
What a wicked web we weave as we are all still reeling from the fallout from Avengers: Endgame ~ including Spiderman himself, Peter Parker (Tom Holland). As he tries to put his web slinging on the back burner for a while, it seems that Peter is ready to refocus his attention back to real-life, and his continued crush on the girl of his dreams, MJ (Zendaya).
While Peter and his bff Ned (Jacob Batalon) try to figure out a way to let MJ know of Peter’s feelings ~ it seems that their class trip to Europe, a chance encounter with new Superhero Mysterio, aka Quintin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), and the reappearance of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) are all about to impose upon his time too ~ and it appears it may be quite some time till Peter can focus on his love life ~ and not being our favorite web-spinning Superhero…
I give SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: With this film arriving only months after the Marvel-altering events that took place in Avengers: Endgame, I must say, I wasn’t too excited to move on so quickly, as I was still reeling from that conclusion. But, much to my surprise, Director Jon Watts manages to not only entertain you every step of the way, but to bring another gem to the Marvel Universe with his latest addition to the Spidey Universe. To my astonishment from the beginning, SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME turned out to be exceptionally entertaining, as Holland managed to cement himself in my mind as “the best Spiderman yet” – sorry Andrew ;( I’m not sure if it’s his younger persona, or the particular puppy dog storyline this time around, or if it’s just the fact that my favorite Avenger EVER ~ Iron Man ~loved this kid so much…whatever it is, it really doesn’t matter, just know that Hollands performance is absolutely superb every step of the way. Watts also manages to garner incredible performances too from Gyllenhaal, Favreau, Jackson, Zendaya …heck, even Marisa Tomei’s short, but sweet interjections into this film add to Spiderman: Far From Home’s ultimate appeal. This film is strewn with the perfect combination of intrigue, love story, and Super-heroness, plus tons of humor at every turn as well, thus making it the MUST-SEE FILM of the week!
“Yesterday is one of those feel good movies you just don’t want to miss…
Kathy Kaiser – Matineechat.com
YESTERDAY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 56 mins.
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs)
WRITERS: Story by Jack Barth and Richard Curtis, Screenplay by Richard Curtis
STARRING: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Meera Syal, Sanheev Bhaskar, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran
As we meet struggling musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), he has been playing his own music for many years now, but it seems that stardom may not be in the cards…
Following Jack on this journey is life-long friend Ellie (Lily James), who longs for Jack to become a star, maybe even more than he does…
When a Black-out of epic proportions seems to have altered our universe, it seems that no one, except Jack, has heard any of the Beatles incredible music, putting Jack in a very precocious predicament, as everyone thinks that the songs he is playing are HIS – and as a result, this music thrusts him into the fame and fortune he has longed for, for much too long…
I give YESTERDAY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Truth be told, the premise of this film had me questioning if I was truly going to enjoy viewing it. I mean, how can the world not remember the music of one of the most musically influential bands EVER ~ but, as this premise and storyline unfolds ~ you become not only entranced with the concept, but totally enthralled with what is happening on screen. Boyle manages to bring out exceptional performances not only from his leading man Himesh Patel, but from Lily James as well, as the chemistry between them both is palatable throughout, thus adding another dimension that makes this film feel even more believable, as it unfolds. And once you add in the additional exceptional performances by Meera Syal and Sanheev Bhaskar as Jack’s parents, Kate McKinnon, as Jack’s new Manager, and a supporting role for Ed Sheeran, playing himself…you get one incredible film that will make you smile, and maybe even shed a tear or two, before it’s all through. Surprisingly, even my youngest, who insists she isn’t as fond of the Beatles music as her mother, ended up being blown away by Yesterday’s storyline, and soundtrack too. So, if you love romantic comedies that are filled with fabulous performances, plus an incredible soundtrack filled with the Best of the Beatles from “back in the day”, then you have to make plans to catch Yesterday this weekend for the “perfect date night”, at a theater near you!
*** Congratulations to “Yesterday.” The film has received the #CriticsChoice Seal of Distinction from the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association! @yesterdaymovie #YesterdayMovie
This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards
ANNABELLE COMES HOME – Rated R – 1 hr. 46 mins
Director: Gary Dauberman
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren keep a possessed doll locked up in an artifacts room in their house. When the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes a night of terror for the couple’s young daughter and her friends.
NO SPOILERS BELOW
ANNABELLE COMES HOME is the 7th movie in the CONJURING universe and just in case you didn’t know what movies were connected or you just forgot which ones were actually in this universe, here is the list (so far, more are on their way soon):
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the movies in the CONJURING universe. I have seen them all and by no means are they bad films, but they just don’t do anything for me. I don’t get scared and I don’t get excited when a new one comes out. Actually, at this point, I have even lost track of them all, which is something that never happens to me. I’m just not a fan of possession horror movies. I personally blame THE EXORCIST because that movie messed me up and I consider it to be the mountain top of possession films and nothing else after has even come close to it. That being said, ANNABELLE COMES HOME is just like all the other films in the CONJURING universe. It’s mainly filled with “shock & scare” images, like when you see a character standing alone, then the camera turns away to look at something, then it turns back and SURPRISE!!!…there’s someone else standing there looking all weird and creepy. That stuff has become predictable and I’ve become tired of it. This doesn’t mean ANNABELLE COMES HOME doesn’t have any spooky moments because it does. But all in all I’m getting tired of this doll and how people are taking care of it. We’re getting to the point in these films that our two protagonists (Ed and Lorraine Warren – played by Wilson & Farmiga) are becoming inept. For example, they have a room filled with evil shit – not artifacts – not trinkets – not old junk – but a room filled with “Evil Shit”!!! and they are so nonchalant with everything in there. Oh, don’t worry about the satanic doll locked in a glass case that’s possessed by a demon and if it’s let out will try to kill everyone it’s in contact with including my daughter that’s sleeping in the room upstairs, No don’t worry about it because I put up a sign up on the glass case that reads “Don’t Open”. See. We’re safe. We’re so safe that my husband and I are going to leave the house with the highly accessible “room of death” for a few days, but once again – don’t worry – because you can’t get into Satan’s playroom without the key and I keep that lying on my desk for everyone to find because I’m either the most trustworthy person on the planet or, (and this is the one I’m leaning more to)…I’m an idiot. Now I do realize this is a horror movie and that’s the point of all these characters. We need them to do dumb things so that we’re hooked and yell at the screen, but at the same time you have to remember – I’m desensitized by horror movies these days and the characters are just making me mad at this point. As for ANNABELLE COMES HOME, my suggestion is to only go see this movie in theaters if you have already seen and love all the CONJURING universe movies listed above. Otherwise, feel free to skip this one and watch THE EXORCIST instead – I won’t do that, but you should. LMAO. Until next time, thanks for reading.
P.S. – There is no post credit scene.
Whatever it takes…See the year’s number one movie on the big screen one more time before it leaves theaters!
Starting on Friday, June 28, participating theaters nationwide will hold a Bring Back event for fans to see Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME one more time on the big screen before it finishes its theatrical run.
Fans who buy a movie ticket will receive an exclusive piece of Avengers art (available in select theaters and until supplies run out) and will also be treated to a video introduction by director Anthony Russo and an unfinished deleted scene from the film, and it will be a chance for fans to get a head start on the upcoming Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Far From Home” via a special sneak peek!
Tickets to the Bring Back event are available wherever tickets are sold.
These thoughts are brought to you by Kathy Kaiser
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO – Rated R – 2 hrs. 1 min.
DIRECTOR: Joe Talbot
WRITERS: Joe Talbot, Jimmie Fails and Rob Richert
STARRING: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors and Danny Glover
When a young man dreams of securing the home built by his late grandfather in San Francisco, a life-long dream finally comes to fruition, if only for a short time, leaving him to question his entire existence…
I give THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX: With the back drop of San Francisco as it’s canvas, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO brings to life one man’s journey, within a place he longs to once again call HOME. Filled with superb acting from all three main characters, including Fails, Majors and even the small, but pivotal role played by Glover, to the very multi-dimensional and moving storyline, The Last Black Man in San Francisco manages to touch your heart, as it attempts to feed your soul, sharing the pain and anguish that comes from the changes that evolve within the Cities we live. So, with all these accolades, why am I not rating this film a MUST SEE? Even though I personally loved the effortless vision and creativity displayed on screen with this film, I also felt that there were many parts within that dragged on, and on and on, taking away from the essence that Talbot trying to create. I also wish that with the beautiful imagery throughout, that the storyline would have conveyed a more real substantial conclusion, in the midst of the secrecy and undercurrents throughout. If you love arthouse films, then you might want to catch this film at a theater near you, but, I must suggest that you wait and catch The Last Black Man in San Francisco either when it hits on DVD, or on NETFLIX, as I’m afraid you won’t be feeling this storyline, or its message as much, if you’re dolling out a bunch of cash to see it…
These thoughts are brought to you by Kathy Kaiser
TOY STORY 4 – Rated G – 1 hr. 40 mins.
DIRECTOR: Josh Cooley
WRITERS: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe
Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes and Stephany Folsom
STARRING the voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Joan Cusack, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Carl Weathers, Laurie Metcalf, and many, many more!
It’s been Nine years since we’ve had the opportunity to hang out with our “Favorite Toys”, and as we embark on our next adventure, we find that Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) are enjoying their new home with Bonnie, although it seems that Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) has created a new friend for them to hang with, her buddy Forky (Tony Hale). As everyone is lucky enough to join Bonnie and her family on a “road trip of a lifetime” …we find our friends both old, and new, soon find ~ the world outside Bonnie’s room is about to turn into one big fabulous adventure, yet again…
I give TOY STORY 4 a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN, but you already knew that right?!: Woody, Buzz and the gang are back and so is our beloved Bo Peep for this next installment of the best Pixar franchise for me! Toy Story 4 seems if no time has passed at all, as Hanks and Allen – I mean Woody and Buzz, bring their characters back to the big screen, with all the joy and humbleness that we’ve known and loved since the beginning! PIXAR has definitely managed to do it again, ~ as only they can ~ and with another adventurous storyline that will tug at your heartstrings, every step of the way. I just knew that Toy Story 4 wasn’t going to be able to make me “the blubbering fool” that the 3rd installment did, as that storyline was way too close to home with my eldest heading off to College, just like Andy did. Well, that was very wishful thinking on my part ~ and very stupid of me as well ~ because in true PIXAR Fashion, they managed to once again make sure that you need a few tissues to get through this one too! And let me assure you that I was not the only one in my family touched by this film, as both my 19-year old daughter, and my hubby too, were shedding tears right along with me. Yep, be prepared for this installment to emotionally affect your whole crew as well! I mean, truth be told, I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, once this 4th installment finished playing out. And I am amazed at how each of these actors/characters manage to touch your soul so deeply, that you just start to relive your childhood each time another film is released. I absolutely loved seeing Woody and Buzz again, and Bo Peep too, and the writers brought along some incredible new characters to add to the excitement too, including Duke Caboom – played by Keanu Reeves, and the masterfully crafted addition of Bunny and Ducky, brought to life by none other than Key and Peele, thus making this next installment even more stupendous, if you can believe that! So now that you know to prepare yourself for another very exciting, and very emotional adventure at the hands of Pixar, make sure to gather up your whole family, and head out the a theater near you to catch TOY STORY 4 this weekend. This film is absolutely sheer perfection to view, throughout each passing frame – including the last few…so make sure to stick around till the very end 😉
This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards
TOY STORY 4 – Rated G – 1 hr. 40 mins
Director: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Bonnie Hunt, Joan Cusack
When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
NO SPOILERS BELOW
Let’s not pull any punches here, if you have kids or if you have seen any of the other TOY STORY films, you’re going to see TOY STORY 4. It’s a fact and we all know it. And to be honest, TOY STORY 4 is worth your time and money. These four movies are done with such love and heart that I would say it is impossible to not get caught up in all the fun they provide their audience. Each story is its own and after watching TOY STORY 4 I have now noticed the outstanding character arcs provided for all these wonderful toys we see on the silver screen. It’s very subtle, but it’s there and that is one of the many reasons why I fell in love with these movies. Another reason why I love the TOY STORY franchise is the evolution of the animation. It is the perfect example of how Pixar has evolved into the animation giant they have become. The original TOY STORY movie came out in the year 1995 and since then, the world of computer-generated movies has been pushing the limits of how far they can actually go. The attention to detail has become astounding. For example, a cowboy’s leather hat has visible wear and tear, the stickers on an astronaut’s spacesuit are now showing they have bunched and bubbled over time, and a porcelain sheep herder has a sheen to her that reflects all her surroundings. Seeing these things is just the tip of the iceberg too. The use of camera angles has gone to a place that even the animators probably never thought it could go. I absolutely cannot wait to see what these digital geniuses come up with next. And finally, I would like to talk about the voice talent. Tom Hanks – well it’s Tom Hanks. He’s amazing and comes across as one of the most caring human beings ever. Tim Allen has brought his A game once again. But the surprise of this movie is Annie Potts who voices Bo Peep. She started off in these movies as a supporting character, but this time around she is a major contributor to the pushing forward of this story. And that’s the beauty of Pixar animation. An actor may only have a couple of lines in the first film, but then in a sequel (which could be years down the line) they could be the main focus of the movie. Great job all around!!! Go see TOY STORY 4 in theaters as soon as you can! Like I said earlier, it is worth your time and money. Until next time, thanks for reading.
P.S. – There is no post credit scene, but if you’re a true fan of the TOY STORY franchise, then stick around until after the credits have rolled because there are a couple of dedications that deserve your nod.
Their world is about to get a whole lot bigger, and a whole lot louder.
#TrollsWorldTour is in theaters April 2020.
TROLLS WORLD TOUR – In Theaters April 17, 2020
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.
A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.
Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a hip-hop newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.
Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first Trolls. Trolls World Tour will also feature original music by Justin Timberlake, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his song for 2016’s Trolls, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” and a score by Theodore Shapiro (2016’s Ghostbusters, The Devil Wears Prada).
Genre: Animated Musical Adventure
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, Flula Borg, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Gustavo Dudamel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar, Ozzy Osbourne, Anderson .Paak, Anthony Ramos, Sam Rockwell, Betsy Sodaro, Karan Soni, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, with George Clinton and Mary J. Blige
Director: Walt Dohrn
Producer: Gina Shay
Co-director: David P. Smith
Co-producer: Kelly Cooney Cilella