Transformers: The Last Knight
The story is complicated, building on the previous productions. It is a bigger story, bigger spectacle and the survival of the planet depends on it! It is also confusing, unintelligible and unsatisfying as it bounces around the planet, over, under and through it.
There is too much to follow and after a while, frankly, who cares. Audiences seem to agree with only 15 to 25% responding favorably in some markets.
There is a huge cast: Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Cullen, Tyrese Gibson, Stanley Tucci, John Tuturro, John Goodman and a dozen more.
It is rated PG-13 although there is quite a bit of violence and conflict. The genre is listed as a Science Fiction/Thriller. It runs a hefty two hours, 29 minutes.
47 Meters Down
Sisters go to Mexico for some sun, fun and adventure. Soon they decide to go scuba diving in a shark cage… Well, of course everything goes south from there and anything that can go wrong does.
Some moments are very tense, other moments are less remarkable. The story is pretty simple and the concept is often gripping. The small cast of actors are believable and include Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, and Chris Johnson.
Unfortunately, good acting is not enough to save this movie. It is rated PG-13 but should not be viewed by young children. It is listed as a Thriller/Horror and runs 1 hour, 29 minutes.
What a shame. All that talent wasted on a really bad script. It is often filthy with gross humor and moments of weird dialog that is just not worthy of the actor’s or the audience’s time.
The acting was disappointing. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell are all good actors. It begs the question: What were they thinking?!
The guys were OK but most played dead (or near dead) characters. No matter because the plot is stupid. As Forrest Gump once said “Stupid is as stupid does.” This film should be a shoe in for the Razzie Awards.
It is rated R (for raunchy and ridiculous). It’s listed as a comedy (if only for a few chuckles early on). It runs a painful 1 hour, 41 minutes.