Best of 2016…so far

Staff Writer: Ulises Lara

2015 had many great films with some reviving old franchises, some incredible sequels and others made a mark on the genre. However, that was almost three months ago and now the start of a new year.

There were many good films that came out late January and during February. I am going to tell you which movies are worth your time and which are not. The films reviewed are Hail Caesar, Kung Fu Panda 3, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Deadpool. Let’s start off with the bad…

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: A steam punk setting with women from the era acting like they should while killing the undead made into a movie sounds awesome…on paper. Maybe having this made into a movie isn’t such a great idea when put into action. I’m not saying this movie is bad, entirely that is, but maybe if the film wasn’t trying to be something it wasn’t. And that my friends, is a film where it tries to combine the intelligence of a movie set in the 1900’s with an up-to-date plot of a zombie movie filled some action sequences that will amaze audience and some other scenes for people with very low standards. Like people thinking Michael Bay is the new Steven Spielberg standards. This formula of being sophisticated and mindless wouldn’t fit together. I have seen this formula before in another movie with the same kind of genre – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer. Another idea that is interesting on paper, but likewise, when put into action seems not only cheap but like it would be a completely absurd idea. The verdict of the film, it is dull, it is a complete waste of potential, and it seems like a playground discussion of children making up weird and completely strange fights. Walter White vs Godzilla, Batman vs Pacman, Charlie Brown vs Rick Grimes, Nathan Drake vs Lora Croft…actually, that last one isn’t insane. Still, if you really want mindless zombie killing with an actually purpose, play Call of Duty. Score: 5.5/10, Rotten Tomatoes 43%.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: A steam punk setting with women from the era acting like they should while killing the undead made into a movie sounds awesome…on paper. Maybe having this made into a movie isn’t such a great idea when put into action. I’m not saying this movie is bad, entirely that is, but maybe if the film wasn’t trying to be something it wasn’t. And that my friends, is a film where it tries to combine the intelligence of a movie set in the 1900’s with an up-to-date plot of a zombie movie filled some action sequences that will amaze audience and some other scenes for people with very low standards. Like people thinking Michael Bay is the new Steven Spielberg standards. This formula of being sophisticated and mindless wouldn’t fit together. I have seen this formula before in another movie with the same kind of genre – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer. Another idea that is interesting on paper, but likewise, when put into action seems not only cheap but like it would be a completely absurd idea. The verdict of the film, it is dull, it is a complete waste of potential, and it seems like a playground discussion of children making up weird and completely strange fights. Walter White vs Godzilla, Batman vs Pacman, Charlie Brown vs Rick Grimes, Nathan Drake vs Lora Croft…actually, that last one isn’t insane. Still, if you really want mindless zombie killing with an actually purpose, play Call of Duty. Score: 5.5/10, Rotten Tomatoes 43%.

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Kung Fu Panda 3: The warriors of black and white. If you are thinking, wait why would someone review a movie about zombie, then one about kidnapping, and another about a foul mouth murderer also cover a “children’s movie”, the reason is because DreamWorks made another sequel with a beautiful art style and plot. Kung Fu Panda 3 is not just for children, it is like How to Train Your Dragon 2, it is fun, emotional and really is a very comical film. Cartoon and animated movies are not just for children anymore and this movie is a great example of that. The movie has a beautiful art style, a nice voice cast, and a finale that leads the main character to an ending that will make everything right in the end; there really is a lot to enjoy. I cannot say good things about this movie all the time, so let us get the nitpicking out of the way. Some moments when the main character is supposed to find his “inner peace”, it really gets somewhat frustrating, granted the scenes do look very pretty. However, I have to admit, it really does not make sense when he does the inner peace moments, so getting confused is really something I did not pay for. The art style of the movie is very, very nice, with CG animation, and hand drawn paint brushed animation, it looks incredible. It makes great use of the combination, especially when in montages, scenes and especially the inner peace scene, which does not feel like a whole lot of a long watch. The verdict is, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a sequel that lives up to its predecessors. It is a great way to end the trilogy. Score: 9.2/10, Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

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Deadpool: The Merc with a Mouth. There are plenty of comic book movies that are dark and brooding, but there is now a film where the main character is not a super hero fighting for justice but for vengeance. Deadpool is a crazy, loudmouth, insane, raging killing machine with ADHD, and his quest for vengeance is exactly what the comic book version of Deadpool would do. The film certainly earns and deserves its R rating. What makes Deadpool unique is how he interacts with the audience because he is well aware there is one. When he interacts with the audience, the film only becomes better and funnier. The story is regular for a superhero film, especially since it is about a hero saving his lady friend. However, when Deadpool breaks the fourth wall, everything that is a part and is not a part of the movie is hard to tell and that’s not really someone wants to focused on in a movie. The verdict is Deadpool is as fun and exciting as the trailers show, his sense of humor is portrayed brilliantly by Ryan Reynolds. It is a must see, it is very funny, action packed and it can make awesome conversation. Score: 9.0/10 rotten tomatoes: 80%

 

 

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