Love knows no bounds and that if it was meant to be it will be. Sleepless in Seattle is all that and more, thanks to the charming performances of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I say “and more” because not every couple has amazing chemistry and a genuine spark. The fun part of watching this movie in 2017 is how far the world has come in regards to dating. Yes, these two will meet online in a future movie, but some would say that meeting your potential partner is not what it used to be.
Robert DeNiro has nothing left to prove and can take on any role he pleases. Sadly his attempt to be a stand up comedy is a crash and burn experience, despite his best intentions to be a real stand up kind of guy. A lot of these jokes are hit and miss on top of being borderline scandalous. I may never quite understand why he would want to be the star of such a story because there was no amazing ending or life lesson to be learnt. I did enjoy the feel of the New York nightlife, but not enough to enjoy the whole film.
Stories bring movies to life. Usually these stories have meaning and provide movie goers with something of substance. People mock Fifty Shades for being boring, but Fist Fight was so pointless I honestly don’t have any words to describe the nonsense. Ice Cube has made some of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen and I’ve always thought Charlie Day brought down the whole gang in Horrible Bosses. The senior pranks got me to chuckle a bit, but if the whole point of this fight was meant to save public education, then there is something terribly wrong in the U.S. because this movie and subject matter were not funny at all.
People have told me that Movie 43 is just a terrible movie. I find that surprising considering the amount of talented people in the cast. It would be extremely hard to believe, but Date Night has an amazing ensemble of comedic actors and actresses who just don’t bring the laughs. I think I seriously laughed twice through out the entire movie and that’s because Steve Carell shouted something outrageously silly. This crazy, no sense story may be a hit for a few people while others like myself will wonder what could have been.
I don’t know where to start with The Other Guys. The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson may be the best of the movie, despite only being in the first 10 minutes. Mark Wahlberg being called the Yankee Clipper for shooting Derek Jeter is hilarious, but then he gets partnered with Will Farrell who isn’t funny at all. The story itself is really silly and really drops the ball in terms of being a good buddy cop movie. Wahlberg may be good at comedy in most films, I just wasn’t feeling it in this one.
Max Payne is the perfect example that not every video game, good or not, deserves a big screen adaptation. I vaguely remember this movie from 2008, so watched it again the other day. By the 20 minute mark I was totally disinterested and struggled to the end. I felt there was an interesting concept here, but it was so unrealistic I didn’t care about the outcome. Mark Wahlberg may be a huge box office draw today, but everyone is allowed a crappy movie every now and then, Max Payne would fall under that category.
Nia Vardalos and John Corbett share amazing chemistry on-screen. Whether dating or married with kids, they are one of Hollywood’s memorable couples. Now having said that, these two should have stuck to Greek weddings and not some watered down love story that really wasn’t all that magical, entertaining, or worth remembering. I think I laughed twice and had a hard time staying focused on the story, which featured two stupid people tripping over their own “rules” to keep themselves apart. Despite their best efforts, I Hate Valentine’s Day was a predictable story about love that doesn’t compare to may others in the genre.
The original north american version of Love Actually, Valentine’s Day explores the love lives of an ensemble cast in Los Angeles. There will be heart-break, frustration, joy, crying, laughing, and moments that will make you say awe. Like most movies with small interconnecting stories, there will be some you love and some you hate. My favourite one features best friends who really love each other but just don’t know it yet. There are young relationships and old relationships which really highlight the hope and struggles that come with long-term relationships. If the overall story doesn’t win you over, which I understand, maybe the main cast will.
Definitely, Maybe is by far one of the cutest romantic comedies to ever explain how complicated love can be. Ryan Reynolds is no stronger to good-looking women and the ups and downs of young love. The great thing about this story is we never actually know who the love of his life is/was, why he never got serious with them, and who the mother of his daughter is. There may only be three choices, which will leave you dying to figure out who the lucky one is. This may be a little long for a rom-com, but definitely a movie perfect for a night of cuddles on the couch.
The Lego Batman Movie is about as much fun as you make it out to be. Will Arnett is ideally the perfect voice for the cape crusader because he always plays an arrogant character who never quite realizes there are other people around him. There are a bunch of laughs throughout the movie, but the absolute best parts are when the movie pokes fun of all the other Batman movies and characters. For kids, this will be a great story with all kinds of funny spots, but for adults some may get disappointed for the lack of depth in the overall story.