Movies: Chuck, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Snatched

Chuck

This film is based on the true story about Chuck Wepner, the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey set in 1975 when Wepner fights Mohammed Ali.  It is nicely produced, well acted and successful at weaving several aspects together at the same time.

Liev Schreiber plays Wepner brilliantly, Pooch Hall nails the Mohammed Ali role, and Elizabeth Moss gives a stunning portrayal of wife Phyliss.  There are at least a dozen more actors rounding out the cast.

It is rated R for violence, drugs, and adult content.  It is listed as a Drama/Sport genre.  Viewing time is 1 hour, 40 minutes.  It is very entertaining and well worth viewing.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The Legend of King Arthur has been around since medieval days.  This film by Guy Ritchie has lots of intrigue, swashbuckler, and loads of special effects.

It has a great cast, starring Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, Lude Law as the evil King Vortigern, Astrid Berges-Frisbey as The Mage, Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon and Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere.  There is also a bit part by David Beckham.

Since the story is mythology, the production takes full advantage of the storyline.  Lots of hocus pocus stuff and latitude on the traditional story line was not greeted kindly by many critics and some audiences.  Most ratings fall well below the midline.

So we are among the few that found some of the new twists interesting and intriguing, even thought provoking.

It is rated PG-13 but viewing by young children is cautioned.  The genre is noted as Fantasy/Drama.  Viewing time is 2 hours, 6 minutes.

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Snatched

This Mother/Daughter/Son comedy wasn’t terrible…well, err, yeah, it really was…corny, crude, awkward, often absurd, ridiculous, raunchy…

It’s a shame because both Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer have great chemistry on screen.  Unfortunately the script does not!  Ike Barinholtz plays the Hawn character’s son who ultimately is a hoot.  The funniest characters are Wanda Sykes and a silent Joan Cusack who were ex-undercover covert agents on “holiday”.

It is appropriately rated R. It’s listed as an Action/Comedy and runs 1 hour, 37 minutes.

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