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Sisters

MV5BMjM3MzQ5NDE5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODE5OTQyNzE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. (IMDb)

I’ve been meaning to see this one for awhile, because I love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and I love them even more when they are together. Throw in a cast of basically their friends, and we have a movie. Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite live up to its potential. The Fey/Poehler magic is definitely there. But the script tries to put the characters in boxes. Fey’s character is the “bad one” and Poehler’s is “the good one”. While the two of them are very funny, there wasn’t a whole lot of room for complexity. (Fey gives it a valiant effort with the daughter subplot, but it just couldn’t be taken seriously with all of the ridiculousness happening.) Basically, this two hour movie could have been cut by about 30 minutes. It was like there was one joke too many. Bobby Moynihan had one too many drug jokes, Maya Rudolph had one too many stuck up suburban lady jokes, Kate McKinnon had one too many lesbian jokes, etc. The list goes on because there were some brilliant comedians in this movie, and they all had funny moments, but in the end, it was just too much. So, when it tries to be sentimental in the end, it doesn’t fully hit. So, basically what I’m trying to say was that this could have been brilliant, but instead, it was just ok.

5/10

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Posted by on July 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Ghostbusters

MV5BNzAzODQ1NTk4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODIwOTIwODE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. (IMDb)

So, to be perfectly honest, I did not go into this with high expectations. I didn’t think a reboot was necessary, and the only reason I even considered going was the four main actresses. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was quick and funny, the special effects were amazing, and it had enough homages to the original to satisfy fans while still letting these ladies be their own story. I particularly loved the part with the Youtube comment about them (“Ladies can’t catch no ghosts”). Which I’m pretty sure was a real comment left online about the reboot. And as expected, the four main ladies were fabulous. All of them were smart, and hilarious. It was nice to see Kristen Wiig play more of the straight man, as was to see Melissa McCarthy not play someone gruff and low-brow. And the chemistry between the two of them from Bridesmaids is still totally there. Leslie Jones was hilarious, because duh, Leslie Jones. But I will say for me, Kate McKinnon stole the show. I’m pretty sure I laughed at everything that came out of her mouth, and I lived for her fight moment at the end with her ghost pistol-whips. Throw in using Chris Hemsworth playing a hot dumb dude in distress to make fun of typical movie tropes, and I was throughly entertained the whole time. Was this reboot necessary? I think my answer is still no. But that doesn’t negate how much fun this was to watch.

7/10

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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