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New to Home Video: October 18th 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence
I've heard and seen many awful things about this movie. I'm not going to defend this movie to those people as I think everything is justified. I did not like Independence Day: Resurgence, but I didn't think it was AS terrible as everyone is making it out to be. I went into this movie expecting a dumb action sci-fi movie. It was exactly that and it emphasized the dumb, but I didn't expect anything more from it. So maybe that's why I don't have as much frustration with this movie.
Decades after the events of the original movie, humanity thinks they have prepared for an inevitable second alien attack. Surprise surprise, the aliens have prepared as well and humanity's defenses are put to the test. This installment in the Independence Day series brings in a few original cast members (not including Will Smith), and there's an alien presence that made me wonder "that's the best they could come up with?"
With a predictable plot, cheesy lines, sci-f/action effects that just didn't live up to other blockbusters this year, and an overall silly tone. This movie was a colossal disappointment, so if you plan on checking this movie out, be sure to check your expectations at the door.
I won't lie to you, I was not a fan of this movie and I feel as though die hard fans of the original hated this one. I don't think this movie was quite as terrible as a lot of reviews make it out to be but you need to know what your getting yourself into ahead of time. This movie was a major disappointment so I do not recommend adding this to your home video collection.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
A sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass tells the story of Alice once again journeying to Wonderland. This time she discovers that the Mad Hatter is in trouble and needs her help. Alice must then travel back in time to stop the Red Queen and Time himself.
While this installment was not directed by Tim Burton, the visual style of this movie is outstanding and matches what you would expect from Tim Burton. The effects are bizarre to fit Wonderland and the colors pop in some remarkable shots. That being said the over-the-top acting was also copied from the last installment. Now, I understand that this is Wonderland and that everything is supposed to be crazy and strange, but for a live action version of Wonderland I think it should focus more on the strange and less on the crazy. This is a sequel however so if you saw the last movie, you should have a pretty good idea of what this movie is going to be like.
I was a big fan of introducing the time element. While the character was a bit ridiculous, I enjoyed adding time travel to an already bizarre world such as Wonderland. This could have been handled better in my opinion, but I appreciated the attempt.
I know that Johnny Depp is returning to an already established role, but I am sick of Depp only playing these crazy gimmick characters. It seems we only get to see him in ridiculous roles which is a shame considering he is such a talent. I unfortunately think this hurt the movie in a lot of people's eyes. So here's to hoping he starts taking on roles more fitting for his talent!
To sum it up, I was not a fan of this movie either but, if you saw the last one, then you know what to expect from this movie. If you HAVEN'T seen the last movie, then I suggest seeing Alice in Wonderland first. As a whole, I don't think these movies are anything impressive once you get past Tim Burton's visuals.