My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

Movies

Army of the Dead (2021)

A fun adventure with zombies!

After a top secret military transport gets into an accident, the cargo (a contained zombie) infects the transport crew. The newly infected zombies then make their way to Las Vegas and infect the entire city. Upon failing to contain the zombie outbreak, the government walls Las Vegas and plans to drop a nuclear bomb on the city. A casino owner hires a team to infiltrate his vault and extract his money before the bomb drops. The team learns that the zombies aren’t mindless drones but an organized unit. Army of the Dead can be described as an zombie heist movie.

Those Who wish me dead (2021)

An Engaging Western Action Thriller

After Conner witnesses the murder of his father, he escapes to the wilderness of Montana to avoid being killed. Carrying his father’s secrets, the boy must find someone he can trust to help him get to the media. Hannah, a smokejumper, finds Conner and gains his trust. Suffering with her own recent tragedies, she has guide Conner safely through a forest fire and away from the killers. Those Who Wish Me Dead can best described as a modern Western action thriller.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

An enjoyable movie, for what it is

After the first few minutes of Mortal Kombat, it was clear that I was in for some creative violence. And it was a special kind of creative violence too. It wasn’t just an action movie with clever stunt work. Instead it stood out the way The Matrix and the Mission Impossible movies stand out for their action sequences. Mortal Kombat combined martial arts, CGI and fantasy with a heightened level of violence. And this wasn’t the violence seen in gore horror either – this was video game violence in a live action format. For the most part, Mortal Kombat really worked. Sadly, when the movie didn’t work, it really fell flat.

Love and Monsters (2020)

A fun and rewatchable movie

I can honestly say I didn’t expect to enjoy Love and Monsters nearly as much as I did. The movie has been available as video on demand since October 2020 but only when it landed on Netflix did I decide to give it a shot. And I’m very happy I did. The writing, cast, VFX and tone of the movie are all perfectly in sync with each other. Love and Monsters is a fun and rewatchable movie.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

Like a long episode of the TV show

I like SpongeBob. He’s a fun character who makes for easy TV watching. His laughs come easy and never feel like they’re at anyone else’s expense. But he’s never seemed like good movie material. Previous SpongeBob films weren’t anything special, but they were fun enough. They felt like really long episodes of the show. And that description just about fits The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run as well.

The Father (2020)

A humanizing portrayal of dementia and aging

The Father, based on Florian Zeller’s 2012 play La Perè, is a great example of adapting a play into a movie. In my Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom review, I noted that the movie genre often doesn’t properly switch from play-mode to movie-mode. In fact, they often just feel like plays that are being filmed. Fortunately, unlike many other play-turned-movie movies, The Father feels like it was made for cinema.

Godzilla vs Kong (2021)

Shallow Monsterverse fun

Godzilla vs. Kong is a fairly empty movie. There’s very little depth and the story is mostly fueled by movie logic. Still, it’s a fun ride for what it is. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s the key to the financial success of the movie. In a time of pandemic shutdowns across the world, Godzilla vs. Kong is a reminder of a different time. Watching a big empty blockbuster with giant monsters fighting each other is just what people need right now. It’s the closest most of us can get to the experience of a packed theatre before the pandemic.

The Croods: A New Age (2020)

A fun and re-watchable sequel

I put off watching The Croods: A New Age (The Croods 2) for a long time. It just didn’t seem worth it when there were so many other things to watch or read. But for some reason, the movie just kept living on. Four months after its November 2020 release and it’s still (as of right now) one of the top five earners in North America. So I figured there must be something to this movie that I’m missing out on. And sure enough, after watching The Croods 2, I can honestly say that it’s a really fun movie. More than that, it definitely has the re-watchable factor to it.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Feels like a TV movie

If there’s one word I would use to describe The Trial of the Chicago 7, it would be ‘heavy-handed’. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good. It has effective performances and a strong relevance to current events. However, most of the movie feels exaggerated in its execution. There are a lot of good guys and bad guys. Ironically, the movie would have been much better without the heavy-handedness.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Justice for the Justice League

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Zack Snyder’s first two DCEU movies. For me, Man of Steel didn’t have any emotional balance and Batman v. Superman was a mess. So I didn’t have much faith in Snyder to do too much better with Justice League than Joss Whedon did back in 2017. I knew it would be better (Whedon’s version was pretty terrible), I just didn’t think it would be by very much. Having now seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League, I can honestly say Snyder’s is the far superior version of the two.