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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Review



Back in 2014, Warner. Bros. Pictures (under the name of Warner Bros. Animation Group) produced a surprising smash with The LEGO Movie. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind 21 Jump Street (and its 22 Jump Street sequel), The LEGO Movie dropped viewers into an imaginary cinematic constructed world of LEGOs, telling a creative tale that was full of humor, talented voice-actors, dazzling animation, and some heartwarming drama. Surprisingly, The LEGO Movie was met with overwhelming positive reviews from fans and critics, garnishing nearly $470 million at the box office against its $60 million production budget. The success of The LEGO Movie fueled Warner Bros. with the idea that a cinematic universe could be formed around the property idea of the popular toy brand. However, in a somewhat unorthodox way, the studio, instead of developing a sequel to The LEGO Movie, decided to create two spin-off feature LEGO films in 2017, with The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. While The LEGO Batman Movie, which was directed by Chris McKay and continued the cinematic LEGO representation as well as introducing new elements such as rifting / playing on the lore of Gotham’s “cape crusader”, was met with critical / positive success from its viewers (and critics), The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which was directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan, was met with mixed reviews; citing that the movie (though fun playing with their Ninjago property as well as the voice talents) was just sub-par and, mediocre, and that the franchise movie formula had lost its edge. Now, two years after the two spin-off LEGO Movies of 2017, Warner Bros. Studios (under Warner Bros. Animation Group) and director Mike Mitchell finally return for the much-anticipated sequel to the original 2014 film with the movie The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Does this long-awaited sequel succeed or does it fail to “reconnect” with its moviegoing audience? Read more

Power Rangers (2017) Review



Two words…Power Rangers. Created by Saban Entertainment and deriving from the Japanese tokusatsu called Super Sentai, Power Rangers first appeared on the air back on August 28th, 1993, with a show’s first incarnation titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In a nutshell (and a set formula for the future installments), the show follows several youthful teenagers, who are endowed with special power (transforming into the Power Rangers), and are called upon to save the world from an evil threats, which was usually an aggressive alien being or a primordial ancient evil. Despite the immediate criticism for its action violence targeted to children audiences from parents and critics (something that was a bit common during the mid-90s), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers became a TV series phenomenon in the 90s-pop culture as well as becoming the one of the flagship kids show for Fox Kids Saturday morning block during the 90s. From there, it goes without saying that Power Rangers (as a brand) swelled into a monumental success, launching an expansive TV series empire (24 seasons), seeing the first six season / series of the show (from Mighty Morphing Power Rangers to Power Rangers in Space) followed a continuative story arc narrative (gradually changing up the roster with new cast members and characters). From there (beginning with Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy to the present), each Power Rangers subsequent series (though taking part in the same universe) carried its own self-contained storylines that was independent from the previous one, with a few ties here and there (appearing as crossover episodes). The Power Rangers brand even grew beyond its television series, exploding on the market with various clothing apparel, toys, action figures, video games and even two theatrical films (Power Rangers: The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie), which were both tied to their corresponding Power Rangers series. Although, the franchise isn’t as highly palpable as it was during the mid-90s, the legacy of the Power Rangers continues into present day, seeing the brand survive the constant change of popularity since its inception 24 years ago (as of 2017). Now, Lionsgate films, SGC (Saban Capital Group) films, and director Dean Israelite returns to the world of villains, zords, and teens “with attitude” in the highly-anticipated film Power Rangers. Can this reimagined feature film of the popular 90s speak to today’s modern audience or is just for its fans (and their childhood nostalgia)? Read more

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Review



Back in 2012, moviegoers everywhere were introduced to the motion picture phenomenon The Hunger Games, a film adaptation that was based off of Suzanne Collins best-selling teen series. While the film, which followed the female protagonist Katniss Everdeen, had its critics, ultimately won over its millions of fans, paving the way for other dystopian teen book series to be adapted (Divergent, Maze Runner, The 5th Wave, etc.). With the first installment movie a success, the series continued forward with its lucrative sequential sequels with 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Now, with the year of 2015 slowly drawing to a close, the time has come for Katniss Everdeen (the girl on fire) to bow out of her cinematic franchise with the highly anticipated finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Is this last film a fitting conclusion to the series or is a bloated feature that has troubles ending its tale properly?

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