Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Founder (2017)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 115 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Ray Kroc was a complete douchebag who not only screwed Richard and Maurice McDonald out of future royalty payments after buying the company from them, he screwed them out of their own name.  This is the story of their relationship.  It ends before things like the Big Mac and big locations with dining rooms.

Michael Keaton does a fine job as Kroc, but from his first sales pitch I found myself thinking how fantastic this movie would have been if they'd put Christopher Walken in the lead. Sure it would make this thing a cartoon, but it would have been hilarious.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Jackie (2016)

Rated: R - Runtime: 99 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Although I was born during Johnson's presidency, I was well aware of, and admired Jacqueline. She was media savvy. And this movie basically focuses on that from the assassination through the funeral.

 The cinematography does an excellent job of transporting the viewer back to that era. Portman gives a solid performance, even if she looks more like Natalie Portman Dressing Up As Jackie Kennedy than Jackie Kennedy.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 133 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

If you want a dark, moody sci-fi action movie, this is a pretty good one. If you want a fun sci-fi action movie with likable characters who help sell merchandise, this is NOT your movie. And nothing made that more evident than the kids discussing this after the show. "Dumb." "Not my favorite Star Wars movie."

Not even the snarky droid could save this for them.