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Review: Ready or Not (Carson’s View)

Ready or Not puts a unique spin on the “People Hunting People” genre

Review: Good Boys (Carson’s View)

The people who will enjoy Good Boys the most are the ones who shouldn’t be allowed to see it in the first place

Review: Hobbs & Shaw (Carson’s View)

Before you spend your hard earned money or valuable time watching Hobbs & Shaw, please do yourself a favor and watch the trailer.  That way you know exactly what you are getting into.  And if you feel like you need some non-stop, over-the-top ridiculousness in your life, then absolutely go get yourself a ticket.

Hobbs & Shaw is just what this summer needed. The first spin-off to the Fast and Furious franchise is an action-packed, light-hearted adventure. The Rock’s usual smoldering charisma is in full force as he brings Jason Statham into comedic banter.  Vanessa Kirby is a fantastic addition to the series. She more than holds her own between two massive egos.  Both title characters deliver their signature ass-kicking styles and many explosions to make you forget all about Vin Diesel.

Hobbs & Shaw is fun.  Movie logic, physics, and common sense were abandoned when making this movie, and that’s okay. They completely lean into the absurdity and that’s what makes it so entertaining. Turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.

Review: I Am Mother (Garrett’s View)

A well-crafted sci-fi movie with enough twists to keep a potentially tropey plot feeling fresh.

Review: The Lion King (2019) (Carson’s View)

The visual effects team truly outdid themselves with this one.

Review: Anna (Carson’s View)

It is an absolute mess to follow with no redeeming qualities

Review: Child’s Play (2019) (Carson’s View)

Child’s Play is a movie franchise about a 29 inch tall toy doll named Chucky who kills people.  Pretty straight forward premise. There have been seven Child’s Play movies proceeding this reboot.  Unlike many of the slasher horror movies, Chucky desperately needed to press the reset button.  It was a reboot that was needed, not a re-imagining.  Especially not when the re-imagining changes what makes Chucky a unique and interesting character.

Child’s Play brought in Mark Hamill to voice the new iteration of Chucky.  They changed the design of the doll which makes you wonder why anyone would buy this creepy thing in the first place.  They “aged-up” Andy in the remake to 13 from 6 years old.  All of these changes would have been acceptable had they kept what made Chucky the Chucky we know and love.  Instead, these changes were made to fit a new narrative in an attempt to be more relevant in today’s society.  It became another generic warning of where society and technology is going.

Child’s Play relies on a few gruesome murder scenes to carry the heavy lifting of this film.  A bit of humor and pop-culture references are sprinkled throughout, but not enough to distract me from the absence of the core of the original.  The Child’s Play for a new generation will be forgotten soon and I hope the next attempt will get back to the basics.

Review: Child’s Play (2019) (Garrett’s View)

Some enjoyable campy moments from Chucky’s lines to the heavy-R gore. But not full-on, tongue-in-cheek humor like its B-movie slasher predecessor.

Review: Toy Story 4 (Carson’s View)

Toy Story 4 brings us back to the secret life of toys for the last time. Woody, Buzz, and the gang are the latest in a long line of friends that we are forced to say goodbye to in 2019.  We have already lost certain Avengers, Westeros’ finest, Singer’s X-Men (thankfully), and later this year the Skywalker Saga will be concluded.  Spin-off and reboot talk has already begun on all the other properties (and perhaps eventually Toy Story will be no different), but this seems like a fitting end for Andy’s Room Toys.

Toy Story 4 did not “wow” me with the trailers. There was nothing in particular I was looking forward to.  In actuality, there were parts that I was dreading and hoped wouldn’t make it into the movie.  But as a big fan of the series along with my self-diagnosed condition of being a completionist, they had my ticket money from minute they announced production.  However, unlike Dark Phoenix, Toy Story 4 did not take advantage of the brand and put together a unique, fun, and heartfelt conclusion that any fan of the series will enjoy.  Even the scenes I was previously concerned with were entertaining in their entirety.

The crew we have grown to love over the past 25 years are a now part of Bonnie’s toy collection.  Breaking in a new kid certainly has it’s challenges, but our heroes handle it like champs!  The new adventure bounces from lighthearted and amusing to touching and inspiring, and back again. I am repeatedly amazed how these digitally created characters can trigger so many different emotions, while most human actors cannot.  You feel for these characters.  You feel with these characters. It is sad to see them go, but I thank them for their story.

Review: Men in Black: International (Garrett’s View)

Incredibly plain. Like eating a bowl full of bland oatmeal with a side of bread and washing it down with lukewarm water.