Friday, February 15, 2019

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 122 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

This was an abandoned James Cameron project that somebody else took up and wanted to make into a James Cameron-style epic.  He failed miserably, but you can see why Cameron would really like the source material.  I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this, but then it just kind of went off the rails for me.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cold Pursuit (2019)

Rated: R - Runtime: 118 min
tesg’s Rating: three stars (out of four)

Now THIS is my kind of revenge movie. It may be my favorite Neeson revenge movie ever. It’s a ton of fun with some ridiculous death scenes. The bad guys and law enforcement are completely oblivious to what’s going on in a way that reminds one of Clint Eastwood in “The Mule”. The dialogue is sparse. Laura Dern’s absolutely perfect letter reflects this. The cinematography is stark and beautiful, but it’s set in the mountains of Colorado in the winter, so why wouldn’t it be.

I probably had as much fun watching this as I did most of “The Lego Movie 2”.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Rated: PG - Runtime: 107 min
tesg’s Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

We start off with real world Dad declaring the son is now allowed to play in the basement an onimous tone...his little sister. Back in the Lego world, everyone has toughened up and become all gothy as a defense mechanism against the Duplo (little kid Lego blocks) and the fear of “Armomageddon.” If you can’t see where this is going, consult your neurologist.’re brain-damaged.

The original movie was a surprise for a lot of people, especially that ending. This movie follows that exact path. It’s just as clever and funny up until the ending, which I did not like at all. Maybe it was because I correctly guessed who the real villain was and what direction this was going, but I left really unsatisfied with how they wound this up.

But prior to that, I was laughing, often out loud, a good 75 percent of the time.