Monday, March 4, 2019

New on Blu-ray & DVD March 5, 2019 "Creed II," "The Favourite" and "Instant Family"

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.

The Favourite
Starring: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman
Rated R   

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

"The Favourite" is an intriguing and well-woven tapestry of deceit, politics and greed as the queen's right hand, Lady Sara, played by Rachel Weisz, is slowly usurped by the queen's new interest, Abagail, played by Emma Stone.

This dark comedy may be too dark for some, as it is paced much too slowly for most audiences.

However, if you can get into the rhythm of the film early enough, this is a very rewarding movie to experience. Add in the wonderfully understated performances by Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz against Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman's eccentric 'Queen Anne,' and the end result is a film well worth seeing.

"The Favourite" gets a B and is rated R 

Instant Family
Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne
Rated PG-13  

Based on the true story of writer / director Sean Anders, a couple adopt 3 children and must navigate the highs and lows of parenthood.

“Instant Family” on the outset seems like another run-of-the-mill saccharine family comedy, but you'll be pleasantly surprised if you give this film a chance.

I found the film to be both touching, funny and well paced with good performances by Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as the couple in the center of the parenthood storm.

Although there are some problems with the script, including some long adoption sermons told by the adoption agent played by Olivia Spencer, the film stays its course and ends up being worth the ticket price in.

“Instant Family” gets a B and is rated PG-13.

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