Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New in Theaters November 21, 2018 "Ralph Breaks the Internet," "Robin Hood" and "Creed II"

Robin Hood
Starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Fox
Rated PG-13 

In this retelling of the famous English legend, Robin of Loxley goes from Old English playboy to a battle-hardened sniper during the Crusades. Upon seeing the grimness of war, he is changed.

There is a difference in retelling and reinventing. This “Robin Hood” reinvents the legend but without justifying the changes to the story. Most likely a group of producers sat around a table and started by saying “wouldn't it be cool...”

Wouldn't it be cool if Robin Hood was a rich spoiled brat who got drafted to fight in the Crusades?

Wouldn't it be cool if there was a rifle that could shoot 30 rounds of arrows a second?

Wouldn't it be cool if Robin teamed up with another war-weary soldier, who was once his enemy?
Wouldn't it be cool if Maid Marian was an outspoken voice against social injustice?

Someone needed to say “No. It wouldn't be.”

What “Robin Hood” is a miserable mixture of strung together scenes looking for social relevance, scenes of battle with bows and arrows are shot as if we're watching a Gulf War movie, scenes with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) are melodramatic and over acted. And scenes with Marian insulting the Sheriff to his face and going unpunished. Especially when its established he can end someone's life with a finger snap.

Because of those terrible decisions, “Robin Hood” is a ridiculous film so poorly written it is unintentionally funny.

Pass it by. It gets a D and is rated PG-13.

Creed II
Starring: Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone
Rated PG-13 

Adonis Creed, trained by Rocky Balboa, is now the heavyweight champion of the world and is challenged by Viktor Drago, the son of the boxer who killed is father in 1985.

“Creed II” is a better-than-expected sequel, but has its roots in the film “Rocky IV.” Although, the film has some great action scenes, it is a bit too manipulative by stacking so much emotional weight on its lead character.

However, it is exactly what audiences will expect and follows through on its promise to entertain.

It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

Wreck-It-Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Starring the voices of: John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman
Rated PG 

When Venelope's game is broken Ralph and Venelope journey into the internet to find a replacement part.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is an enjoyable romp but the film lacks the fun and whimsy of the first one. The movie is dialogue heavy with meaningful messages and really no action. The animation is bright and cheery, but the film feels forced and over written.

The film's saving grace is when Venelope meets the Disney princesses. I added 1 grade for that.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” will please kids and their parents, but it's only an average movie. It gets a C and is rated PG.