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Bumblebee (2018) Review

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE


 

The Transformers live-action movie franchise has been somewhat of a “slippery slope” since it began back in 2007. Overseeing by director Michael Bay, the cinematic saga (based on Hasbro’s classic toys line of “robots in disguise”) has been called many things, including loud. bloated, slightly racist / stereotyping, nonsensical, too silly, repetitive, mindless, etc. However, despite these glaring problems, the films have never been boring, creating a big visual spectacle worthy of the very definition of what man would consider a classic summer “popcorn” blockbuster from Hollywood. The first film (2007’s Transformers), the first installment in the live-action franchise) was met with problematic scrutiny and criticism from both moviegoers and critics alike, but was still able to garnish the most positive acceptance from its viewers (of the entire film franchise no less) and did score big at the worldwide box office. Naturally, this prompted the studio hivemind to green light future installments, further continuing the adventures of the Autobots, the Decepticons, and their alien conflict on Earth. Unfortunately, after the success of the first film (setting the cinematic foundation for the large-scale sci-fi tale of giant alien robots with their war brought to Earth, the Transformers sequels (2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, and 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight) missed their mark, with series director Michael Bay helming each installment and ultimately pulling the saga down with his signature barrage of explosions, excessive action, and other senseless elements. Thus, the Transformers franchise has been “on the decline” of movie popularity, with many loosening interests in the cinematic series altogether. Even series director Michael Bay has lost interest in directing the franchise, stepping down the role and moving on to other projects and endeavors. Now, a year after the release of 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount Pictures and director Travis Knight return to Bay’s movie world of Autobots and Decepticons with the prequel / spin-off film Bumblebee. Does this latest Transformers movie bring the franchise back to its former glory or is it a failed spin-off endeavor from a failing cinematic saga? Read more

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

IF YOU MUST BLINK….DO IT NOW!


 

While Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and Illumination Entertainment jostled for position as the “dominating powerhouse” of animation features, Laika Entertainment, a stop-motion animation company has been producing cartoon films and building a steady reputation for the quality and care of their movie’s presentation, including features like ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Coraline. While other animated companies find their usually groove in traditional styles for the genre, Laika’s films are more advanced, offering more artistic invention and bringing a more mature themes / sophisticated messages to the proceedings. Now, Laika Entertainment, Focus Features, and director Travis Knight bring the newest animated film to life with the movie Kubo and the Two Strings. Does this latest animation feature enchant its viewers or is it a dull picture with bland cartoon razzmatazz? Read more