Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pete's Dragon Review

Keep in mind that there will spoilers. Skip past the synopsis if you don't want to know the ending. 

Well, here we go again...Another favorite childhood classic of mine gets the Disney remake treatment. When will you learn, Disney? When will you learn??

Upon hearing the announcement for this film, I was immediately worried. For one, you have to understand that Pete's Dragon is an extremely silly movie. I mean, it's really great, but still silly. The main plot centers around an orphan boy who is running away from his abusive "adopted" family with his pet green and purple dragon named Elliot. He then goes to a town called  Passamaquoddy where a evil conman who sells faulty medicines wants to capture and kill Elliot so he can use his various body parts to put in his remedies. All the while, its a musical. So you can see what I mean when I say it's kinda silly. As a result, I wondered how it would be possible to adapt such a film to today's audience. Did this remake succeed in making a serious and current take on the Pete's Dragon story? Or did it fail in more ways than one?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"God's Not Dead 2" Review

In 2014, a film was released that questioned the ethics of the college education system. God's Not Dead was a huge hit in the box office grossing almost 61 million dollars. The story of a college boy whose faith in God is persecuted and challenged by his professor seemed to really strike home with many people. When hearing about a sequel to one of my favorite Faith-Based films, I couldn't help but wonder how they were going to "up the ante". Did God's Not Dead 2 extend on it's predecessor? Or should it have itself been taken to court?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Miracles from Heaven" Review

As you could probably tell from my review of Heaven is for Real, I'm not a big fan of these "true story of miracles" movies. It's not that I don't believe in miracles, I do, it's just that these are rarely done even slightly well. So when I saw that Miracles from Heaven was coming out, I wasn't excited and wasn't planning on seeing it. But through curiosity and certain circumstances, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. So, was this a bigger flop than Heaven is for Real? Or did give miracle movies a better name?

Monday, March 14, 2016

"Zootopia" Review

Disney is THE  leading source of family entertainment today. Not only do they own Pixar, but also Marvel, ABC, and Star Wars. But the films they make that I always look forward to are the animated ones, and the first of the two they have lined up for this year is Zootopia. I was surprised to see that not a lot of people were talking about this before it's release and that they were more excited for Moana coming out in November. As for me, I was very excited when I saw the first stills and trailers. Does Zootopia meet my expectations? Or should I have just waited for Moana?

Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Risen" Review

Christian movies have been on the rise in the last few years, but with the likes of the Kendrick and the Erwin brothers, come people like Darren Aronofsky and Ridley Scott. These secular filmmakers have tried to take the stories of the Bible, and present them in completely fictional ways that only shame the original source material. When Risen was announced, it wasn't presented like some of the other Biblical-fiction movies. So, does Risen shed a new light on Christian media, or does it only cast a shadow?