June Must Sees – Results Edition

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS.  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

 

I finished seeing all of the movies from my “June Must-Sees” post.  Here are the results.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Grade: A+

Good:

What really drew me into the movie was that while an intense war narrative was being told, the movie seemed self-aware of itself that it allowed the perfect amount of humor throughout, giving the audience the perfect amount of levity to get through the heavy moments.  Oh, and Bill Paxton was ON IT, as always.

Opportunities:

I would have made the ending a little more clearer.  I am not sure how **** ended up ****, considering how the rest of the movie went.

Consensus:

If you are a sci-fi fan, this movie is perfect for you.  I’ve heard a lot of people already turned off by it because of Tom Cruise’s involvement.  Do yourself a favor: GET OVER IT.

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The Fault 

Grade: B

Good:

The performances in the movie were fantastic.  Shailene Woodley makes me really wish they had included her in ASM2, as now I would really like to have seen her Mary Jane.  Willem Dafoe, in the two scenes he is in, kills.  Ansel Elgort is someone I will follow, as watching his decent made me really feel for his character.

Opportunities:

I understand that this movie is set in the modern era, and that teenagers using their phones is DEFINITELY the norm, but I felt there were too many “texting back and forth” scenes.  If they weren’t going to be cut from the movie, at least make some of them face to face scenes.

Consensus:

Good movie, although I would NOT do a double feature with Divergent.  Things may get weird.

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22 Jump Street

Grade: A

Good:

Pretty much everything.  They went 100% with the self-awareness in this movie, EXTREMELY close to pushing the fourth wall down on top of the audience.  What made it work was that inside all of that, they fit in a story.  And just like the first movie, made care about the relationship between Jenko and Schmidt.  It also has THE best end credits sequence ever.  I have said this before, but Marvel has some competition now when it comes to something they had a grasp on for years.

Opportunities:

Not a lot really.  Ummm, more…jokes?

Consensus:

If you haven’t seen it yet, you must not be a fan of humor.  Or you have other responsibilities work and family wise that prevent you from going to the movies a lot, and when you do, it’s usually to a kids’ movie because you can’t find a sitter, and if you CAN, you are seeing a ROM-COM because you lost all grasp of pop-culture.  Godspeed to you.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Grade: B+

Good:

I could watch scenes of Hiccup and Toothless flying around all day, all day.  The story was solid, and I like how they had to take it in a little more serious direction, otherwise they would have just made a 100 minute episode of the Cartoon Network show.

Opportunities:

If you have seen the trailer, and understand how most cartoons work, you know the end usually ends with a large fight scene, and this one is no different.  I just didn’t get the payoff I wanted with the end fight.  It wasn’t as grandiose as I had hoped.  (I ALMOST wrote EPIC instead of GRANDIOSE, but everyone uses EPIC.)

Consensus:

Definitely see it.  And despite the opportunities, STILL more dragons than they tease on Game of Thrones.

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Jersey Boys

Grade: C-

Good:

I really liked the music.  I am mostly a heavy metal fan, but I respect anything that sounds good, and to say The Four Seasons “sound good” is an insult.  They are amazing.

Opportunities:

I know that a good portion of the actors were reprising their roles from the Broadway show, which I am sure is great, otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered with a movie adaptation.  To me, the movie just fizzled once the Season started having their “issues.”  I just wanted to hear the songs.

Consensus:

Wait for DVD.  If you are hard up for a Clint Eastwood movie, get The Good the Bad and the Ugly.  If you have to ask why that particular one, please unfollow.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Grade: D

Good:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had better be better than this.

Opportunities:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had better be better than this.

Consensus:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had better be better than this.

 

15 days until Comic-Con!!!

 

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Donnie (@dtrain1813)