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Fast & Furious - Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Fast & Furious - Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

The factory chase and the helicopter fall. The unsuitable but ever present Transformer sound effects. The withheld love story for the sake of superficial age restriction and equally veiled eye candy in the scenes where such stuff exists to savor. Those are the things I could do without. A select few, but irritating things, that keep blockbuster movies like this from going down as classics, because everything else is just PURE AWESOME.

From the main duo to the villain, to the girl, to Samoa, and everything in between! It's filmed with both class and comedy. It's Fast and Furious with a twist, and a tone of sci-fi that almost borders on Kingsmen or G.I. Joe property.

Not that I mind, because those were awesome too.

I like how it's just non-stop adrenaline from start to finish, yet done the right way.

Maybe the bickering goes a bit far sometimes. Maybe it starts feeling forced as they delve into the second half. Maybe Hattie's expression when Margarita joins in shows a surprising and somewhat unfitting naivete in her otherwise so tough persona - and part of that toughness seems to fade away in the final phase on the film - even if she saves herself. But overall I love it!

It's fast-paced, ferocious fun. I love the truck designs. I love the apocalyptic sci-fi blend. I loved the Kevin Hart cameo maybe most of all. I love Ryan Reynold's always so appreciative in-movie persona too. I love the music. I love the sceneries. I love most of the special effects as well. There's not much here that I don't like, but I think I detailed all of that in the first paragraph.

I'm already looking forward to more of this spin-off blend. Even without Vin Diesel: it works. It's something new, yet it's not all unrecognizable either. They've still got that grit. That gasoline. That life and death race against time grime. And both Statham AND The Rock in the same movie? As the shared lead duo?

Can't wait for the next one. Just hope they don't go too far into special effects or mainstream censorship then.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Trail Of The Pink Panther (1982)

Trail Of The Pink Panther (1982)

The jello scene... I wonder how they did that. The reality gives a theory.

Anyhow, if you ever wanted to learn more about Inspector Clouseau then you might as well start here! Or end here. I'm not sure if this is the last one, or if this is all a new beginning, but it seems to hint at the latter.

It might take a while to get into, but this is slapstick humor at its most eventful. Think Jackie Chan of Europe - not so much stunt work but windows, glass, explosions... it's got it all!

And the dad. Awesome. XD

Doesn't really feel like a complete movie when it's all said and done, it's a strange kind of chase, and interview - a story with the main character missing - much unlike other installments in the series, but you can't say it's not great anyway.

Classic Pink Panther. Can't hate. It's great.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Pokémon - Detective Pikachu (2019)

Pokémon - Detective Pikachu (2019)

I didn't think I'd think this but... I feel too old for Pokemon right now.

Not that there's just too much cuteness - they really took things further than I'd expected with the Mr. Mime and Ditto stuff - but it was so predictable. Even if Ryan Reynolds played a great detective, and an unexpectedly good dad right at the end, the rest of it felt lacking in substance. Tame and untainted.

The special effects were cool and all, and they had a great idea, but when it's all said and done it didn't really capture the magic. Not for my age group, at least. Even the older movies seemed to have more layers.

I'll hope for the next one.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part (2019)

The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part (2019)

The LEGO movies never seize to impress me! I enjoyed the (LEGO) Batman movie recently, even though it felt like something was missing there - but then this comes along! The second masterpiece. It's supercool, fantastic and amazing. There's no other way to say it.

If you're in the right mood when you see this you'll appreciate every bit about it - it just gets better and better as it goes along, and just when you thought it was over... it gets better yet.

I wasn't totally satisfied with the fourth-wall bit in the last one, since it seemed to derive the characters of their reality somehow - not just within the movie but to the viewer. It was cool, but at the same time disappoint­ing... but here they somehow bridged that gap. They put up a fifth wall behind the fourth one, and made the characters masters of their own world.

I love the music too - the movie has a select few musical bits that are so catchy that, like with the recent Moana, I actually went and dug up the music videos on YT after watching the movie itself.

Can't say they got so stuck in my head that they're in there permanently, but I wouldn't mind hearing them again, or watching this again. It's a wholesome adventure, complete with not just the typical witticism, relational bonding and crisis, part-time stopmotion and digital LEGO mastery, but bits and pieces of plot progression that seem to transcend what I thought the LEGO realm could provide for me.

They take it past expectations and cliche - good as those might have been - and past the witticism and creativity too. It's a family friendly world in all areas, but at the same time it's chock full of references, values, and existential difficulties that even an adult can relate to.

But then again maybe I'm just still a kid at heart?

If I really was a kid, still, I'm sure I wouldn't say something like that. I'm growing old, but my love for LEGO remains unflinching, and stronger than ever after this. It goes to show that you don't need to stick to stereotype to keep things the same. If that makes sense at all.

Also the feeling. The atmosphere. The personalities. Will Ferrell. The intentional cuteness, portrayed in a way that somehow still doesn't make you gag. And those credits - they just might be the best credits ever.

They really got things right with this one. No complaints. Just a blast with catchy tunes and optional adult depth included.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Escape Plan 3 - The Extractors (2019)

Escape Plan 3 - The Extractors (2019)

It's another escape a movie! Another sequel. Stallone's at it again.

The savagery: they got it. It starts kind of cliche. Kind of typical. The cuts seem a bit too many. The plot seems overly simplified. Only the essentials. But then they get back to the prison, and the fight, and you can't help but feel it. It's what it's all about after all.

And aren't we all living in a cage, in one way or another? The expressions, the final thirty minutes, and the credits, moved this all from a 3 to an easy 4. It's not complex. It's just. So. Gritty.

Leaves you feeling.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Jake Speed (1986)

Jake Speed (1986)

In a world where, unbeknownst to the public, all famous pulp fiction heroes are real, one of them, Jake Speed, agrees to help desperate Margaret Winston save her sister from sadistic white slaver Sid, who's operating in Africa.

They don't make movies like this these days! Adventurous. Exotic. Creatively fictional too, but not without a sense of sobriety amidst the craze. And the soundtrack! Big props on that. Wish modern movies could copy the vibe. It sounds like: adventure!

I barely recognize a person on the cast, but if they're in any more movies like this I'll be seeing 'em. Great watch. Fun, just fast-paced enough and full of characters with charm and character. Great watch.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

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