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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Review

THESE ARE TROUBLED TIMES

(AND THE LAST KNIGHT PROVES THAT)


 

Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has been many things, including loud, boisterous, silly, excessive, slightly racist / stereotyping, nonsensical, mind-numbing frustrating, etc. However, despite these numerous problems (it might vary from viewer to viewer), the films have never been boring, creating a visual spectacle that’s worthy of the very definition of a summer “popcorn” blockbuster. Based on the super popular Hasbro toy franchise, 2007’s Transformers (the first installment in this live-action franchise) was met with scrutiny and criticism from both critics and moviegoers, but garnished the most positive acceptance from its viewers and did score big at the worldwide box office. Naturally, this action prompted the studio heads to green light future installment, further continuing the adventures of the Autobots, the Decepticon and their alien conflict battle on our planet. While many have praised the first film, which found a balance between large action and exposition (laying the foundation for a creative sci-fi cinematic tale of giant alien robots with their “war” brought to Earth), the Transformer sequels misses their mark, with franchise director Michael Bay helming each installment and ultimately pulling the saga down with his signature barrage of explosions and action and other senseless elements and nuances. On the other hand, each sequel film did make a substantial return at the box office, with the lasts film Transformers: Age of Extinction crossing the billion-dollar mark (the only 2014 movie to do so that year). Thus, despite majority opinion, the Transformers cinematic franchise is a financial success for the studio (and those other involved). Now, three years since Age of Extinction came out, Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay returns to the world of Autobots and Decepticons with the film Transformers: The Last Knight. Does this fifth chapter in the franchise find “greatness” or is it just another haphazard blockbuster that’s plagued with MBF (Michael Bay Fatigue)? Read more

47 Meters Down (2017) Review

NOT DEEP ENOUGH


 

Sharks. There’s something about them that both terrifies and fascinates a person’s mind about this carnivorous sea creatures. From their outward appearance and portrayal in both real life and in pop culture refences, these cold-blooded creatures have existed since the pre-historic era and have diversified into over 500 species, including some common types of sharks such as Great White Sharks, Whale Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. In the realm of Hollywood, several features films have been dedicated its main narrative to being on and / or about sharks, including the most iconic one of all Steven Spielberg’s 1975 Jaws. Others noteworthy films include Deep Blue Sea, The Reef, Open Water, and The Shallows. Now, curtailing to the allure of these sea-dwelling predators, Entertainment Studios and director Johannes Roberts present the survival film 47 Meters Down. Does this movie captivate its viewers with its tale or is its mindless dribble? Read more

Baywatch (2017) Review

SHALLOW WATERS


 One word…Baywatch. The show, which was created back in 1989 by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann, follows a team of Los Angeles County Lifeguards (led by David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchannon) as they patrol their shores of Emerald Bay (and later Hawaii) from natural disasters, shark attacks, serial killers, and saving lives in the process. Originally, the show only ran for one season (being cancelled by its original backer NBC) before being picked up again, running for another nine more seasons and spanning the entire length of the 90s era of television, with additional material added with a spin-off show (Baywatch Nights) and three movies. Now, almost sixteen years after the show ended, Paramount Pictures and director Seth Gordon revamp this once popular TV show series with the film Baywatch. Is this film worth seeing or does it drowning underneath its own insurmountable follies? Read more

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

WONDER WOMAN SHINES IN THE DCEU


 

The DCEU (DC’s Extended Universe has had a bit of a rocky road. Much like its comic book counterpart rival Marvel, DC has established its own shared cinematic universe, showcasing their popular and iconic superheroes for the big screen. Unfortunately, while Marvel, for the most part, has succeed in this endeavor with its ever-growing MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), DC has faltered in this challenge. Beginning with 2013’s Man of Steel (a rebooted Superman origin story), the DCEU showed the grandeur and blockbuster thrills that can be achieved with their shared universe. However, Man of Steel, despite make money at the box office, was met with mixed reviews from both critics and fans. In 2016, DC, desperately trying to compete with the highly successful MCU, released two more movies underneath the DCEU, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Much like Man of Steel, both films did produce at very hefty dollar amount at the worldwide box office, but were once again faced with mixed reviews (ranging from mediocre to negative criticism from moviegoers and critics). Now, in their fourth attempt, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Studios and director Patty Jenkins present the newest film in the DCEU with the movie Wonder Woman. Does this latest comic book feature finally deliver critical win for DC’s shared cinematic universe or is it another “swing and a miss” for their superhero endeavors? Read more

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