“The LEGO Batman Movie” (2017)
Everything is awesome – Batman style! Bruce Wayne/Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) collaborate with the Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), the adoptive son Dick Grayson/Robin (Michael Cera), and Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes) to destroy the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate). The LEGO Batman will remind you why you adore “The LEGO Movie” (2014): Innovative animation – creatively playing with the Lego toys, refreshing yet familiar narrative – Batman teaming up with the DC Comic characters – worlds magically collide – bam!, and irresistibly amusing without mocking Batman and the Lego toys. “The LEGO Batman Movie” puts the fun back into movies and yes, please count on additional sequels in the near future. Can Hollywood adapt all the live action films into the Lego movies? A-
“Fifty Shades Darker” (2017)
The fifty shades translates into too many mood swings. Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. James, Anastasia ‘Ana’ Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) reunite the relationship and eventually engage in the marriage. “Fifty Shades Darker” is cheap porn – less narrative, more sexual encounters – punishment, kiss, punishment, kiss, rinse, and repeat. The darker equals the almost unbearable movie – but the women (i.e. this lady) discover Mr. Grey is surprisingly tolerable. Sure, invite me to witness “Fifty Shades Freed” (2018). And why didn’t I see “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) in the first place?! See ya later, Ms. Steele and Mr. Grey. C-
“John Wick: Chapter Two” (2017)
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is back in the house! Well, I am late to the party, alongside the Fifty Shades party. So, yes, apparently, I haven’t been missing much. “John Wick: Chapter Two” is the conventional actioner with incredible stunts and beautiful eye candy. Otherwise, Mr. Wick and Company is the snoozefest. What is the point of the unnecessary sequel? I would’ve died to see the LEGO John Wick. Regardless, I guess I am obliged to provide “John Wick: Chapter Three” a whirl within a year. Second time is the charm? We’ll have to see. C
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