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New to Home Video: September 27th 2016
Kevin Hart and The Rock delivered a perfect balance between action and comedy. I went into this movie expecting a half-way decent comedy movie with a few chuckles but was very pleasantly surprised at the chemistry between the two lead roles and I found myself laughing beginning to end.
The story explores what both of these characters have done with their lives in the 20 years since high school. On one side you have Kevin Hart who was once a high school jock, now grown to be a low level accountant. On the other side you have Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, once an overweight nerd, now a jacked up C.I.A. agent. The two meet before their high school reunion, then Hart gets caught in the middle of one of Johnson's missions and the movie takes off from there. The plot has a few lulls in action, but the comedy fills those gaps perfectly.
If you have not seen this movie, I strongly recommend adding it to your home collection. I found it to be a surprisingly funny and action filled buddy-cop style movie.
I'm not going to lie, I had high hopes for this movie and it was by no means "bad" but it was disappointing. The movie did a good job of explaining why the shark was in the area as well as explaining Blake Lively's motivation for finding this remote beach. However there were a few silly moments in the film that kind of took me out of it, one of which was drunk man, while the other was unfortunately supposed to be the climactic finish.
That being said The Shallows did a fantastic job at keeping me on the edge of my seat every time Blake Lively tried to get off that rock (different rock than the one mentioned in the Central Intelligence recap). The movie was suspenseful and it was cool to watch Blake Lively trying out different ways to survive while also playing along and asking yourself "what would you do?".
The Shallows was not as great as it could have been and while I would not add it to my home collection, I can certainly see some people really liking this movie.
Warcraft had some less than great performances but it set up a fascinating world. I am not one who has ever played the game, but have heard that those who play the game love this movie.
As someone who has never played the game, I really liked the world that was set up. I liked that some orcs were good while others were evil and humans had the same issues. I found myself really liking and getting into the world of the orcs but I thought the human story was relatively untold and could have been way more complex.
The visuals and action sequences were incredible, but this movie could have used some work. Here's to hoping the sequel finds a way to fix the issues that this one had.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
I felt that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, got a bad rap. I didn't think it was a magnificent movie, but it certainly was not as bad as some have made it out to be. I thought Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza were hilarious, though Plaza was a little too much at times. There were a lot of fun sequences in here, some even had me hysterical!
Whlie the movie was technically based on a true story, all four main characters felt extremely exaggerated. This sometimes took me out of the movie but it usually pulled me right back in with the next scene. The plot was very almost ridiculously predictable to the point where I felt like I had seen the movie before.
This was not a terrible movie, but while it had me laughing hard in a few spots, I would not recommend adding this to your home collection.