As the summer films roll out, I try to catch the movies on opening weekend. This way the reviews are fresh in case anyone were to see my perspective before seeing the movie. So here are some short reviews of the films I caught over the past couple months.
The Purge: Election Year
I waited to watch this movie because I wanted to see the first two beforehand. I enjoyed the first movie as it brought an interesting premise: The idea that once a year all crime is legal for a 12 hour period. There’s definitely a political undertone in the first films; Election Year is about politics. The story primarily follows a senator running for president who opposes the annual purge event. Apparently a lot of people don’t like that about her and use the annual purge as an oppurtunity to try and have her brutally murdered, legally of course. There’s two major problems that didn’t sell well for me as I watched through the movie. One, the heavy right-wing political angle is overbearing and that lost me. Even the addition of the evangelicals extremist was a bit much. Two, the girl who was going to kill to get her candy is one of the most annoying characters I have ever seen. Sorry for the spoilers here, but her death was extremely satisfying. Maybe that was the point. In my honest Noble opinion, I think The Purge needs to take a permanent hiatus.
The Angry Birds Movie
The ridiculous flinging birds app game gets its own movie adaptation. I must admit upon first hearing the release of this movie, I thought it was ridiculous. It still is, but that is the premise of the movie. The movie brings to memory, and a bit of nostalgia, of saturday morning cartoons like the Looney Tunes. Just a bunch of slapstick humor, and the kid in me couldn’t help but laugh. Sure it’s a kids movie, but sometimes it’s nice to feel like a kid again.
The Legend of Tarzan
Under the direction of David Yates (known for the last 4 Harry Potter films), Tarzan gets a gritty adaptation. The cast boasts incredible talents, with the likes of Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and playing the title character, Alexander Skarsgard. The visuals are incredible and the action sets are quite entertaining, even with the heavy-handed CGI. However, Legend of Tarzan, it being Tarzan’s 49th adaptation, the story is utterly predictable. The film works as a blockbuster flick for those seeking some adventure but without leaving any impression. My honest Noble opinion, Legend of Tarzan is a decent film, but don’t expect much else.
Ever since Jaws, the first summer blockbuster, no summer season is complete without a shark movie. Ok, that may be untrue as there have been several summers without its shark antagonist. This summer, we find Blake Lively, whose character finds herself surfing at a secluded beach which is a feeding ground for a great white shark.
The Shallows find its strength in the simplicity of girl vs shark, nothing else. A very minimalistic B-movie with its focus on tension and simplicity. The cinematography is beautiful enough to make you want to visit the ocean, but the story may keep you from stepping into the waters. The Shallows is great fun, even at its short run-time of 87 minutes. That’s my honest Noble opinion.