Friday, June 21, 2019

Toy Story 4 (2019)

Rated: G - Runtime: 100 min
tesg's Rating: Four stars (out of four)

The thing about the Toy Story franchise is the endings.  You can go through what is a fairly routine and pedestrian approach for a Toy Story script (which is always above average anyway) until that ending, and then...pow.  They knock you upside the head.

Wow.  They did it again.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Shaft (2019)

Rated: R - Runtime: 111 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

The movie opens with a backstory that has more Shaft to it than Samuel L Jackson's entire first Shaft movie.  We lead into Shaft's estranged son enlisting his father to help him figure out what happened to his friend.  That leads to a loose plot wrapped around outdated jokes when the modern man and a blaxploitation legend's worlds collide.  You'll either roll your eyes or you'll laugh a lot.

I laughed.  A lot.

Expecting something deeper?  Remember this going in...IT'S A FREAKING SHAFT MOVIE.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rocketman (2019)

Rated: R - Runtime: 121 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

Elton's story is (verrry loosely) told through a script full of snippets of his lyrics and half-ass musical numbers.  It feels a lot more special early on than it does by the end.