Monday, October 28, 2019

Movies from the plane ride

Last week I was travelling from the US to Ghana and had over 26 hours of flight time so I got caught up on some movies I had not seen. Here's a brief summary of how much I enjoyed each one.

Dark Phoenix- This was my least favorite of the four movies I saw and that is sad since I am a big super hero movie fan. I was mostly confused by this movie and could not figure out how it fit into the X-Men timeline. SPOILERS: I assumed it was supposed to be a prequel since it had many of the younger actors who were in the prequels as well as a younger version of Xavier and Magneto yet Mystique gets killed so that had me confused. If this was a sequel, why was everyone young? Anyway Dark Phoenix didn't have the magic of some of the earlier X-Men films. I give it only 6.0 stars.

The Hustle- I love Dirty Rotten Scoundrels so when I heard they were doing a remake featuring a mostly female cast I was looking forward to it. I didn't have huge expectations going in since the original is a masterpiece but I thought Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway were funny and brought a modern take to the story. Being familiar with the original I was looking forward to the details. It was not as good as the original but still had some funny moments. It seemed to end abruptly but it was better than I expected it would be. I give it 6.7 stars.

Alita: Battle Angel- I was not sure if this is based on a video game or comic book so I was clueless about the story. Even though I did not know anything about this movie, I really liked the special effects. It was one of those half real and half CGI movies but it didn't have that creepy and unnatural feel you get watching Polar Express. I was tired while watching this and honestly can't remember how it ended but it had enough entertaining aspects for me to give it 7.1 stars.

Stuber- I do not usually watch rated R movies, but the airplane version of Stuber was heavily edited. It was obvious since they dubbed over most of the swear words. This is a movie about a hardened cop who takes a ride with an innocent Uber driver since he just had an eye procedure and can't see well for 24 hours. He ends up kidnapping him and making him drive for him all day as he fights bad guys. I didn't care too much for Dave Bautista's tough cop portrayal but I thought Kumail Nanjiani was very funny. This movie is not the Godfather but it made me laugh and that's all I look for in a comedy. I know it got bad reviews but I laughed enough to give it 7.2 stars

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