For some reason, the 2002 live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo always baffles me because of some of the creative decisions made. Now knowing that this film was written by James Gunn (the man behind the great film known as Guardians of the Galaxy) this film really throws me for a loop. For example, I'm not too sure who this film is made for. You'd think it was made for kids due to a property like "Scooby Doo," but then why all the sexual innuendos? Okay, then maybe this film is for teenagers who would not only get all the jokes, but they also grew up with the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. It would make sense due to the fact that the plot revolves around college students partying on a resort island and the film casting such actors as Freddie Prince Jr., Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Geller, and Linda Cardellini.
If you have ever met me in person, you will know that I have an old soul. I really dislike the modern trends of music and celebrities and seem to be stuck in the past in terms of the entertainment I consume. Basically saying that I love everything the 80s. So one fateful trip to my local flea market, The Running Man caught my eye. A cheesy 80s action movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wouldn't want to watch it? While The Running Man did entertain me for the most part, unfortunately, we have a movie that simply came and went without leaving any real emotional impact.
When re-watching all of the Fast and the Furious movies again, I now understand why this entry is universally the most liked in the franchise. I will always have a soft spot for the first film for starting the franchise and for nostalgic reasons, but all the films leading up to this have been dull and boring despite having exciting car chases and action sequences. With Fast Five, the franchise decided to change course from a movie about a gang of drag racers in Los Angeles to fun heist film. It no longer feels like a film that is taking itself seriously. It now feels like a film that knows what it is and has fun with it.
So over the last few months, I have been on a real Tom Cruise kick. I have rewatched all the Mission Impossible films, Rain Man, War of the Worlds, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, and now Knight and Day. I remember watching the trailer for this film when it came out and it looked like a fun movie, but for some reason, it just slipped through the cracks until now. However, after watching it, I wasn't too upset that it took me this long to watch it because the one word I can use to describe this movie is "lazy".
We have all heard the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" before right? If you haven't, let me bring you up to speed. The saying implies that something may have many mediocre features, but when you take a step back and look at it as a whole, it's beautiful. However, with First Man, I would use the saying "the whole is less than the sum of its parts." I could list off every single aspect of the movie from acting, directing, cinematography, writing, production design, costumes, sound design, visual effects, editing, and literally everything you can think of and I will tell you that they did an amazing job, but when I step back and look at the movie as a whole, I would say that I am pretty content with never watching it again.
It was the week of Christmas, 2013. I had just completed my first semester of film school and because I was so busy studying the past couple of weeks, I decided to reward myself with a trip to the movies for four days in a row. American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Anchorman 2, and on Christmas Day, after opening presents with family and friends, The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, I didn't really know what to expect and I was also extremely tired. Therefore, I wasn't the biggest fan of this movie for my first viewing. I thought it was extremely long (which it is) and I thought all the excess nudity, drugs and profanity was way too much. I had a hard time getting over all the craziness and seeing the actual story. However, there are some movies that I come across that I may not fully enjoy during my first viewing, but I can't stop thinking about it and give it a second chance where I end up loving it. The Wolf of Wall Street went from a three-hour snooze fest on Christmas morning, to one of my favourite movies.