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Adventures in Babysitting
11 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Having little to absolutely no expectations going into this film, I did not expect much from this Disney Channel remake of Adventures in Babysitting. I believe it to be unfair to judge this film solely on how it stands up to the original, due to the fact that the original was meant for slightly older kids. This film being for a very young crowd, is a harmless remake in the sense that kids can enjoy it. Was it really necessary to have a remake to a film that nobody really talks about anymore? Probably not, but is that not why most films are remade in Hollywood these days. I have come to forgive the fact that eventually everything will be remade. As long as they change it up for a new generation I am willing to accept it. Some remakes improve on the original, most fall short, and then there are remakes like this. Lets discuss Adventures in Babysitting and why it was completely unnecessary.

Following a duo of babysitters who have a feud outside of their job, it is clear that the film will become cliched right off the bat. Both trying to get into photography, they are both up for the same position and then must learn to become friends to protect the children from evil. You will see everything coming from a mile away and even though the original film does the same, at least it was not afraid to go dark at times to create a more grounded feel. Disney Channel has become both too commercial and too kid-friendly nowadays, but that is fine if the emotion of the film is still present, which this film actually lacks. Due to the fact that the outcome is so cliche, there is really no raw emotion to back up the film, even though the writers did make a valiant effort. You can tell they were trying to make the best of what thy were given to work with, but it ends up being a sloppy final product.

Not thinking about the original, this film does stand on its own, and even though the original is better film, it wasn't all that great to begin with. That begs the question of why this film was made in the first place. With a story this simple and cliched, the cast needs to be tip top for me to buy into any of the events occurring throughout this film. I can gladly confirm that the cast is definitely the strongest aspect of this film.

I personally feel that Disney Channel shows hit rock bottom after the early 2000s, and while there are a few decent kids shows still on the air, this is definitely the one area Disney is lacking in. That being said, I think the television show Girl Meets World is the best thing to come from the Disney Channel in years. If kids should be watching anything from this channel, it should be that. One of the stars of Girl Meets World, Sabrina Carpenter, takes the lead in this film and delivers a very fun performance for what she has to work with. The kids, the second babysitter and the rest of the cast all work together as well.

It is a far better cast than I was expecting from a remake of Adventures in Babysitting, but that doesn't come without the farfetched ages of everyone. None of these kids acted their age, which completely threw out any realism attached to this film. The babysitters looked like they would have maybe been halfway through high school, but the plot has they going off to college. This was a huge turn-off for me, but again, the film is for kids.

Filled with ridiculous scenes, childish humour, and a plot that is more predictable than most of the Disney Channel sit-comes, Adventures in Babysitting is less than stellar to say the least. That being said, I am insanely far and away from the demographic that should be viewing this film, so I will give it the benefit of the doubt when I say that I probably would have had a lot of fun watching this film as a ten year old kid. For kids, there is a lot of fun to be had, but to put it plain and simple, it is an unnecessary remake to a film that was just okay to begin with. Unless you are a kid, there is not much enjoyment to be had here. For kids, it does its job well enough. My advice is to take these statements with a grain of salt and view this film is you have seen the original. Otherwise, it may just be a waste of time.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It should go without saying that the John Wick movies were never intended to be award-winning films by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes a film can spawn sequels due to fan appreciation and then build a world off the things that audiences grew to love, which in this case, was heavy violence. I'm almost baffled that movies like this are still being made in today's climate, but to be able to look past our daily lives and invest ourselves in fictional stories will hopefully always be around, no matter what the subject matter may be. At times too violent, even by the standards set by the previous two instalments, here's why I believe John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a great action film, but not quite a great movie as a whole.

After making a few bad calls in the previous film, this third instalment follows John Wick once again, as he now has a 14 million dollar bounty on his head, and everyone wants to take him out. That's the basic premise here, but as all of these movies have tended to do, the story gets a little muddled and tries to build out this world a little too much. Let's not kid ourselves though, if you're someone who hopes for an incredible piece of storytelling in a movie like this, you're going to be incredibly disappointed. These films are made for the incredible action and this one definitely doesn't shy away from that.

Although this instalment does feel its slightly long runtime of 130 minutes, this film also features the biggest headcount, which was almost jarring at times. Even for action junkies who loved the violence in the first two films, it has been cranked up much more this time around, if that's even imaginable. From stabbing to shooting to crazy choreography, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a no-holds-bar thrill ride from beginning to end. If you find yourself slightly bored by a few story elements throughout the second act of the film, don't worry, because you'll be given more than enough action to make up for that, which also leads me to my biggest complaint with this movie.

First and foremost, this movie focusses on being an action film and never once does it stray from that goal. For that reason alone, action fans are going to get their fix here. It's not, however, all that interesting when it comes to world-building. There is a significant portion of this film that introduces new characters and other organizations, which could make for some great standalone stories, but just felt like a bit much to be included in this film. There were moments where I felt the movie dragging because it slowed down immediately after a 10-minute action scene.

Overall, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a very solid sequel to the first two films and is pretty much on par with the quality of the franchise in general. This is a consistently entertaining series that I will continue to recommend to those who like a lot of violence in movies. If you're someone who can't take a violent death scene, then I would advise staying away from this franchise, with an emphasis on this film in particular. John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum definitely has issues, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

See You Yesterday
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I will always applaud a film for taking a tired storyline and injecting new life into it with a fresh spin. From bizarre sci-fi films to mediocre comedies, it almost seems like film has reached its limit in terms of how many original stories can really be told, without feeling like another film from the past. One of Netflix's newest feature films is a film that takes the time travel idea and flips it on its head. Injecting enough new elements to feel like a new premise, I was hooked just by reading the plot of the movie before watching. Sadly, although admirable, I don't believe this an effective film overall.

Upon research, I found that See You Yesterday is based on a short film of the same name and stars the exact same cast. I was unaware of this at first, but this story may lend itself better to a short film. Following CJ and Sebastian, as they invent time travel, a murder of someone close to them sends them on a mission to bring him back from the past. Although flawed as many time travel films are, this movie sets up the rules very nicely and sticks to them. In terms of the overall story, this movie works very well in blending the fun time travel journey with some very serious real-world issues.

Where this film fails for me is in the outcome. I had quite a bit of fun during the time jumps, but these characters hardly ever pull anything off successfully and there is no real resolution to the movie either. Open-ended movies usually pique my interest and make me think, sometimes making the movie better, but not this time. I found the film's conclusion to be very, very poor, due to the fact that you really have no idea how certain story threads will be tied up. The movie does a pretty solid job at setting the stage and getting you invested, but you never feel rewarded for sitting through it.

Where I found See You Yesterday to be most impressive is in its casting. Having never seen any of these actors before, aside from a small (facepalm-worthy) cameo, they really sold these characters well. Being their first feature film with a wide release, I can say they all have bright futures ahead of them. If not for their dedication, I probably would have found myself bored with this movie.

In the end, See You Yesterday benefits from a devoted cast and a first act that gets you very interested, the real world issues blended with the aspect of time travel was a very neat twist, and the time travel itself is fun at times. Sadly, this is a film that doesn't know how to properly end and ends up making for a very frustrating movie as a whole. I can't get myself to recommend this one. A decent premise with nowhere to go.

PokÚmon Detective Pikachu
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While today's generation may not realize this as much as those who grew up in the 1990s or early 2000s, Pok├ (C)mon has been a worldwide phenomenon for quite some time. From portable video games to eventual platform games, the fad of Pok├ (C)mon has never really died out. Becoming popular through card games, television shows, and movies, this is a brand that has many attached to it. Although I'm not a die-hard fan as some are, I have played the games, watched the shows and movies, and even played the card game as a kid. For these reasons alone, I may be slightly biased in this review, but I still believe many people can find enjoyment in Pok├ (C)mon Detective Pikachu, and here's why.

Following Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) after he has been given some gut-wrenching news, returns home, but doesn't expect to bump into a Pok├ (C)mon known as Pikachu. These small creatures make very unique sounds and nobody can understand them, but for some reason, Tim can completely understand him. Pikachu, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, is easily the heart and soul of the film, as well as the comedic relief when times seem dour or hopeless. The journey these two take makes for a quite enjoyable little movie, even if the story itself seems a little been-there-done-that.

The world itself that surrounds this story is what you should see this film for. From the very first frame, it feels like a realistic setting where these Pok├ (C)mon would actually coexist with humans and other life. The world-building here is very well done and I truly hope that a sequel to this film gets the green light, because there is much more to explore. With that said, the premise of this movie is a simple detective story that ultimately may be predictable for some if you're trying to be one step ahead of the protagonists. In the end, the characters and settings themselves made for an enjoyable theatre experience and I was able to forgive the way the story played itself out.

Now, this is just me choosing to nitpick the movie as a whole, but I truly don't believe they should have shown live-action Pok├ (C)mon to average moviegoers with a movie called Pok├ (C)mon Detective Pikachu. With so many classic storylines and characters to explore, I believe easing the audience in with a fun movie about Pok├ (C)mon trainers would have been a great bridge to an eventual detective film like this. That has nothing to do with how I felt about this film in general, but it's just something I strongly feel should have been done first.

Overall, Pok├ (C)mon Detective Pikachu is the first film that was originally based on a video game series that seems to be pleasing the majority of audiences. For that alone, I believe it deserves a lot of praise. With a solid cast, some funny jokes, a world worth exploring, and even a pretty good score with subtle nods to past theme songs for fans of the television show, I feel that I can recommend this film to fans of Pok├ (C)mon, as well as newcomers, as there are explanatory moments for those unfamiliar. I enjoyed watching this movie for what it was, which is more than I was expecting to say.

Wine Country
Wine Country (2019)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Saturday Night Live has shot many actors and actresses to super-stardom throughout the years and even gotten certain members Oscar nominations. Even though that hasn't happened to many of them, there are a few that stand out among the rest, including the likes of the stars of Netflix's most recent feature film in Wine Country. From Amy Poehler to Rachel Dratch, there is a lot of talent littered throughout this film, so my question is, what went wrong here? Let's dive into why I believe this is one of the most disappointing comedies I've seen in a while, but also why it's forgivable.

Following a group of women, as they reunite after some time apart, they embark on a wine tour in Napa Valley and a series of character scenes take you through the full 100 minutes. From realizing what their friendship means to one another, to learning shocking revelations about their daily lives, this is the type of screenplay that should've been written by the likes of a Richard Linklater. An entire film based solely around characters talking to each other can work, but not if the dialogue feels stale and the comedy feels uninspired. I love pretty much everyone involved with this film, but the behind-the-scenes portion of this film is where I fear it all went wrong.

Having directed only a few television sitcom episodes throughout the years, Amy Poehler decided to take a crack at making a feature film. Sadly, I think Poehler's dedication to making a stellar comedy is what ultimately made this movie fail as a whole. There is care put into this production and the budget it clearly kept very minimal, as the entire film only has a few locations. Everything about this film felt standard and safe, but nothing stood out as terrible, aside from a few awkward choices in cinematography area. I can see her improving over time and eventually directing a film that will hit theatres become beloved by many, but Wine Country just isn't that film.

In the end, Wine Country is a film that had a lot of potential and even seemed to hold that potential throughout the entire duration, but never once took advantage of it. I found myself incredibly bored throughout the majority of this movie, aside from a few solid one-liners that had me chuckling. Every one of these actresses has been in better comedies or at least deserve to be a part of better comedies. I don't believe Wine Country is worth your time, even with the ease of it being available on Netflix.