Monday, December 3, 2018

New on Blu-ray & DVD December 4, 2018 "Mission Impossible: Fallout" and "The Happytime Murders"

The Happytime Murders
Starring: Melissa McCarthy
Rated R  

In a world where humans and puppets co-exist, the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one. A former cop, who has since become a private eye, teams up with his old partner to solve the case.

“The Happytime Murders” is produced by Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, and with that pedigree the movie should have been so much more. What could have been a sharp, witty and irreverent satire quickly degenerated into a bunch of missed opportunities. The film just runs out of ideas after the first 30 minutes and begins to repeat itself over and over.

"Happytime's" human star, Melissa McCarthy, looked lost in every scene. I think McCarthy is suffering from what Will Farrell went through and has been pigeonholed into playing the same caustic character over and over. Check her performance in this new film with her past performances in “The Heat,” “Tammy,” “Identity Theft” and even “Bridesmaids,” and you'll see what I mean.

All in all “The Happytime Murders” is a film offering little reward in exchange for your time.

Believe me you won't get this hour and 31 minutes back.

It gets a D and is rated R.

Mission Impossible: Fallout
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg
Rated PG-13   

In the 6th installment of the “Mission Impossible” series, Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar faces, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is one of the most thrilling cinematic experiences you'll have this summer. The film offers up an intense espionage story mixed with heart-pounding non-stop action and breathtaking stunt work from beginning to end.

It's no secret that Tom Cruise, who produces the film, does a majority of his own stunt work in the movie. That fact, I believe, brings the audience closer into the action of the film, escalating the thrill factor.

But supporting those thrills and spills is a terrifically well-written script and wonderful performances by Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is a rip-roaring, summer blockbuster and deserves an A.