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Review: The Seagull Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2018 01:12

 

Rating:  ZZZZ

By: Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  One summer, actress Irina Arkadina visits her son and brother at their country estate. She brings along her lover, who becomes infatuated with Nina, a girl from a neighboring estate.
 
The Good:  The amount of talent in this film is surreal, especially the powerhouse of female talent.  The main character, Irina, is played by Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright, 20th Century Women).  She stars alongside Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid's Tale).  It is clear that each of these women possess an extraordinary gift for acting, unique to each of them.  When all three are on screen at the same time, it is difficult to look away.
 
The Bad:  All of the actors in the world are not enough to save this movie from the true snooze fest that it is.  I spent most of the first 45 minutes of the film trying to keep myself awake.  Even taking into account that this movie is based on a Russian play of the same name by Anton Chekhov, it still left me just as uninterested as the play most likely would have.  A lot of the scenes took a long time to build up and the film just felt very slow in general.  I was also confused by the direction in which the movie was taken, because I know it’s based on a Russian play; it takes place in Russia and all the characters have Russian names, but everyone is speaking with an American accent.  More so, I just did not feel as though the characters were deep enough to truly connect to them.
 
The Ugly:  The Seagull is the type of film that someone will either really enjoy, or they will absolutely not care for it at all.  Maybe this play resonated well with audiences in its prime, however, it has not aged well nor transferred well onto the big screen.  Unless you are a true Chekhov fan, or a big fan of any of the actresses listed above, you can (and should) save this film for DVD, if that.


 



Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
Review: I Feel Pretty Print E-mail
Friday, 20 April 2018 04:25

 

Rating:  Z

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  Struggling with severe insecurities, Renee Barrett (Amy Schumer) stumbles upon newfound confidence after a freak accident.

The Good:  Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Snatched) makes a great leading lady for this movie because her acting feels genuine.  She also knows how to do slapstick comedy well and the best part about that is that it catches you off-guard which makes the laugh even better.  The love story between Schumer and her on-screen beau Ethan, played by Rory Scovel (Dean, The House), was fairly realistic, which I enjoyed.  There wasn’t anything too crazy that happened when they met and it progressed subtly.

The Bad:  There wasn’t as much laughter as you would expect in a comedy film such as this one.  I didn’t find myself laughing as much as I thought I should have been.  The pacing was also a little bit off which made the film seem longer than it actually was.  Throughout the movie I noticed that some of the plot wasn’t really progressing in an efficient manner, and it took me out of the film a little bit. 

The Ugly:  The aspect of this film that I found to be the most rewarding was the message of confidence that it sent.  There are so many people in the world who suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are ashamed of any number of parts of themselves, their bodies, or their lives in general.  I Feel Pretty tackles that and shows that it’s okay to let go and just live your life according to how you want to live it and not hold yourself back. 
 
 

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
Review: Love, Simon Print E-mail
Friday, 16 March 2018 03:14


 
Rating:  Z

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  An average high school teen lives his regular teenage life with one secret:  he hasn’t told anyone he’s gay.

The Good:  What worked best for this film is the fact that it’s not your run of the mill romantic teen comedy.  It was a romantic comedy, but with a very modern twist; not only in that technology plays a factor, but the fact that the main protagonist is a gay character.  Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, Being Charlie) plays Simon, the fairly ordinary high school senior who hasn’t come out to anyone except to an anonymous classmate via e-mail.  Robinson is great in the teenage high schooler role and has played it often, except this time there appears to be more depth to his character.  He is joined by Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) who plays his best friend, as well as Jennifer Garner (13 Going On 30, Mother's Day) and Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Safe Haven) who play his mother and father respectively.  The cast is very well rounded and their chemistry seeps through the screen.  

The Bad:  Overall the movie ran pretty smoothly, until it started to reach the end.  The timing for different reveals and wrap ups seemed a bit odd and some scenes were strangely placed.  There were also a couple of storylines that could have been explored a little bit further.  

The Ugly:  This film is recommended for anyone who enjoys romantic comedies because at it’s core, that’s what this film really is.  The direction in which Love, Simon takes the traditional romantic comedy is very refreshing and entertaining.  It will keep you wanting more until the very end!

  


 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
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