Monday, March 12, 2018

New on Blu-ray and DVD for March 12, 2018

Starring the vocal talents of: John Cena and Kate McKinnon
Rated PG 

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

The moral of “Ferdinand” is all about staying true to who you are inside.

Unfortunately, the film's execution and underlying agenda about animal rights sours the audience's enjoyment. What could have been a delightfully understated breezy film, becomes it's own worst enemy.

Added to the mix are several annoying characters, not least of which is Ferdinand's sidekick goat, “Lupe,” played by Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon.

In the end, the film is like pleasant hors d'oeuvre, it tastes ok, but you cannot make a meal out of it.

Ferdinand” gets a C and is rated PG.

The Shape of Water
Starring: Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins
Rated R 
In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely cleaning woman trapped in a life of isolation discovers a secret classified experiment.

“The Shape of Water” is a beautifully acted, although brutal and graphic, fairy tale about finding love and connection despite almost insurmountable differences.

Inspiringly written and gorgeously filmed, “The Shape of Water” is well worth the time to see.

It gets a B and is rated R.

Justice League
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa
Rated PG-13  
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to recruit a team of superheros to defend Earth.

“Justice League” is a fan film at it's heart.

Although it really isn't covering any new ground for a superhero movie, it is fun to watch. Gal Gadot is back and in top form as Wonder Woman, who is beginning to fit in in the modern world.

Ben Affleck takes on the maturing Bruce Wayne, who now realizes he can't do it alone.

Along with solid performances, the film is well-paced and even offers a few humorous moments along with it's CGI battle scenes.

Overall “Justice League” is an entertaining action film. It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

The Disaster Artist
Starring: James Franco and Dave Franco
Rated R 

Based on the true story of the making of the movie “The Room,” after aspiring actor Greg Sestero meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

The major issue most viewers will have with “The Disaster Artist” is it lacks the broadness to be enjoyed by a large audiences as a comedy about making a movie.

Films like “Bowfinger,” “And God Spoke,” “The Player” and “Tropic Thunder” are all movies about making movies that approached this topic for a wider audience and mass appeal.

“The Disaster Artist” is a film for a very select audience like film students, die-hard film fans and cinemaphiles who have actually seen the movie at the center of the story, 2003's “The Room.”

James Franco, as Tommy Wiseau, delivers an unabashed and unapologetic performance which is so over-the-top it is almost mesmerizing. But it is not enough to make the film more palatable or watchable.

In the end, “The Disaster Artist” is a disappointing biopic that had a lot of promise but never delivers.

It gets a D and is rated R.

I, Tonya
Starring: Margo Robbie and Allison Janney
Rated R  

Bio-pic about competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, who rises in the ranks of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. And her association to the leg bashing of competitor Nancy Kerrigan on January 6, 1994.
“I, Tonya” is a brilliantly written, comedic and yet tragic look at the life of Tonya Harding, played by Margo Robbie.

Allison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of LaVona Harding, Tonya's caustic mother.

“I, Tonya” does everything right and was one of my favorite films last year.

It gets an A and is rated R.

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