Transformers: The Last Knight

Surprisingly, this movie gets 3 Icees out of 5, and my wife would’ve given it more!  I was totally ready to trash this movie. I hadn’t seen a single reviewer give it positive comments. Even in cases where (on a reviewer gave it a “fresh”, they just trashed it in their narrative.  I think some reviewers were hoping that the title would be “Transformers: The Last Movie, We Promise”.  You add in that I thought that this franchise had jumped the shark a couple of movies ago and I was really just going out of a sense of commitment since I had seen all the previous entries into the franchise.  I am thankful I did because I was pleasantly surprised. For reasons that I can’t really explain, I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it.

Yes, this movie has all kinds of problems, but all-in-all, it was enjoyable to watch. In fact, it’s easier for me to say what’s wrong with this movie as opposed to what’s right with it.  It has a character that basically adds absolutely nothing to the movie (the teenage girl played by Isabele Moner), bots that you the director doesn’t really don’t get you to care about at all (even Bumblebee has lost some of his appeal), a total lack of respect for what the moon does for our planet (to explain that would be a spoiler), and just a variety of other things.  The most frustrating thing for me though?  It seems like some scenes were cut that led to other things happening.  Suddenly allies show up and you really don’t know how or why. A friendly ship comes in and picks up good guys and you’re wondering, “where has that been all along?”.  Then there’s this guy in Cuba that suddenly knows everything about the famous sword without any real explanation as to how he found out.  Finally, and this is a pet peeve of mine, there is a famous line in all the trailers that just didn’t happen in the movie.

So, what’s good about this movie?  Why did I like and my wife liked it more?  It’s really tough to put into words.  It’s just enjoyable to watch.  It has pretty people includng a nice shot of Mark’s abs and Laura Haddock in a “stripper dress” (not my words) and the aforementioned teenager with a young boy who all but drools over her.  It has nonstop action, with the typical Michael Bay style. It has a plot, convoluted as it is sometimes it’s still a plot nonetheless.  The transformers turn into some really nice rides. I asked my wife why she liked it and she said she liked the constant action, the character development of Mark Wahlberg’s character, the story flowed well for her, and to be blunt, “It’s a lot less bad than the last one”.  Now there’s a ringing endorsement!

For those that are wondering if this will be the last in the franchise because of the fact that it didn’t open as well as any of its predecessors, don’t be too sure.  It may not have done great here, but overseas it is a total blockbuster and so I see another one on the horizon.  Rumor has it that Michael Bay has said it would be his last (a statement some are hoping is true) and if it is, it will be interesting to see if someone else can pick up the mantle and run with it.

There is a scene shortly after the credits start, but none afterwards.


Power Rangers Trailer

This new trailer shows more of the action that will be involved with this movie.  It looks like a sure-fire hit and I am hoping it is!  What do you think?


Lovesong Trailer

This movie, which comes out on Feb 17th, appears to be one of those sappy movies that I tend to avoid.  However, if you’re into that sort of thing, check out the trailer below!


XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage Trailer #2

This trailer is similar to trailer #1 but does have a couple of new clips in it.  It will be fun, I am sure.  It comes out on Jan 20th!


Everybody Loves Somebody Trailer

This rom-com, which opens on Feb 17th, has one aspect that will probably stop me from watching it.  Too much reading!!  This movie appears to be in two languages almost equally, which means you have to read subtitles if you are not bilingual (which I am not).  I don’t know that I will enjoy that.  That’s almost like working to watch a movie and who wants to do that?  Anyway, check out the trailer below and let me know if you agree.



CHiPs Trailer

I was looking forward to this movie, until I saw this trailer. It looks very disappointing. Instead of either an action movie, or even a good comedy, this looks like a low brow vulgar set of jokes that probably won’t be good to see at all.  Check out the trailer and let me know if you agree. It is coming out on March 24th.


All Nighter Trailer

Ok, so this movie is one that I can’t quite put into a particular genre category.  Is it comedy?  Well, I think it has comedy aspects to it.  Is it an action movie?  Although I’d like to see J.K. Simmons star in an action film, I think this only has aspects of action, at least according to the trailer.  In any event, this is a movie I think I will see on the weekend of March 17th. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.


Don’t Knock Twice Trailer

Okay, if someone tells me not to knock twice, you know what I’m not going to do… Knock twice!  Just sayin’.  Apparently, this young lady does knock twice and it doesn’t bode well for her.  This movie, which also has Katie “Battlestar Galactica” Sackoff in it, opens on Feb 3rd.


Rings Trailer

This movie comes out Feb 3rd, and is not one that I will be doing a review for.  I have long since passed on horror movies, and this definitely falls into that category.  Although the premise of this movie sounds familiar.  It should, as we’ve seen this before in The Ring. Maybe now there’s more than one ring?  Either way, if you are into horror movies, let me know what you think about this one!


Lost In Florence

This movie is probably one I won’t see, although it does star two actors that I like, Brett Dalton (Agents of Shield) and Stana Katic (Castle). It appears to be a romance movie with some forbidden love aspects to it.  Eh… Ok…  I think I’ll pass.  However, if you are looking for a date movie, this might be one to try out.  It comes out on Jan 27th.


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