Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Okay, mild spoilers for something that happens in the first ten or so minutes of the movie. This movie is about time travel, suprisingly enough. Yeah, I didn’t get that from any of the trailers at all. But Jake wants to feel closer to his grandfather, so he goes to his grandfathers old group home. His granfather has been telling stories about the home and about all of the peculiar children that live there and the woman that runs it, Miss Peregrine.

And when I say peculiar, I mean all this children have some kind of ability, like X-men.

Of course it’s all true. And so, Jake gets drawn into a strange new world of time travel. It’s kind of confusing time travel, too. There are some stories that don’t make time travel so confusing. This one just rolls with it and hopes people don’t think about it that much. It just feels like a really convoluted way to hide the peculiar children.

I have not read the books, but I think it was that way in the books, too. Might as well keep it the same for the movie.

The movie is a bit slow paced. It takes a long while before we get to know why the peculiars all need to hide within a time loop. I do not mind that at all. I really liked the parts where Jake is just getting to known the children. There’s a lot of them, and they all get some cool or cute scenes to show off. I hear most of them are pretty different from the book, but I do like the movie versions. The group is a family, and that comes through over the first part of the film where they’re just living and getting along.

Miss Peregrine is a sharp figure that has a tight control on keeping the children safe. It’s also a prison of sorts, but there are dangers out in the world for the peculiar children.

The atmosphere of the movie is pretty nice. Miss Peregrine’s home is locked in a loop back in World War 2, and everything has that old feel charm without the horrors of war. Overall, the feel of the movie is engaging and really adds to it.

Once the action starts, things get weirder than before. The CGI could use some work, but the monsters are still really creepy. And Samuel L. Jackson is great in the film. He’s just so over the top in all instances, and it’s hilarious how he acts like minor things are personal affronts to his very being.

It is a peculiar movie that builds up a great atmosphere throughout. The pacing in the beginning is really slow. I enjoy it, but I can see it as being a bit too much consecutive moments of just building characters. Then the second part happens with all the danger and action. It still retains the feeling of the first half, which is good, but I felt it was weaker than the first part.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is enjoyable, especially for someone like me that enjoys a glance at people just living their strange life.


The Accountant

It’s like John Wick, but with an accountant! Alright, perhaps not as badass as John Wick. No one is. Still The Accountant strikes up a good tone and an interesting main character.

Christian Wolff, a total fake name, is an accountant. He has some sort of autism, which makes him socially awkward but also really great at certain things. His father, wanting to toughen him up, gives him all sorts of harsh training ever since he was a kid. It leaves him really skilled not but social at all.

As an adult, he works as an accountant since he’s great at numbers. He gets hired to check over the numbers of a company and he finds something weird. That’s when people start to die and everything goes wrong. Someone is trying to cover things up, and Christian Wolff can’t have that. He needs to finish things, and he also needs to protect his new friend, Dana.

Aside from the main character, the other characters all just come and go. They still feel important to the story, but it’s just not clear how until the end.┬áThe story bounces around a bit here and there. At first, I didn’t think the out of order sequence was necessary. A lot of things just seem to happen. Once everything is explained, though, it all makes sense and really adds to the movie. For the most part, the out of order parts were alright, but perhaps one scene too many.

I think having a more stable base would help the movie.

Once the action starts, however, I think the movie doesn’t live up to what it built. The fighting isn’t bad by any means, but I guess I had some ideas of how awesome it could be. As it is in the film, Christian Wolff is merely alright within the movie realm of legends.

The Accountant is a cool film that slowly builds up an atmosphere around our mysterious accountant. I think maybe not setting up how much of a badass the main character is would make parts of the film better. And then they could go into just what the accountant did to earn his reputation. Or maybe that’s what they did in the movie, but I already knew about things from the trailer, and thus, it colored my perception of the film. Oh well.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

I know that this is based on a cartoon. I just have not seen it before. So I’ll be taking on the movie as a new viewer.

I like the premise of a dog adopting a boy. And what’s even more fun is how no one cares that this one dog called Mr Peabody can talk and is pretty much the smartest being on the planet. And it can’t even be excused to people just getting used to him as even when he time travels backwards, no one cares.

That’s right, Mr. Peabody has invented a time machine. And he uses it to teach his adoptive son, Sherman, about history. They have fun, wacky adventures with Mr. Peabody being awesome at getting out of any scrapes they get themselves into. But then comes a new adventure. Sherman has to go to school. And Sherman pretty much gets into trouble that results in a whole new set of time travel shenanigans.

Sherman gets into a fight with his classmate, Penny, and as a result, Mr. Peabody invites Penny and her parents over to try and smooth things over. Penny then gets into the time machine. The movie follows their series of events, perhaps even unfortunate events, as they try to get back home with a lot of things going wrong.

It’s fun and they don’t really gloss over the violent parts of history. Instead, they present it in a kid-friendly way that’s done really well. They go to several time periods, my favorite of which is the renaissance. That place is colorful and fun. In fact, all of the historical figures they meet are great.

And the relationship between Mr. Peabody and Sherman is really strong. They build it up over the course of the film where Mr. Peabody slowly stops being an intellectual all the time and becomes more caring.

I enjoyed Penny’s character. She starts out antagonistic to Sherman but after the time traveling starts, they become friends. It just happens really quick, too quick really. And out of the three main characters, she’s the one that’s the most useless. The movie is only called Mr. Peabody and Sherman, but Penny feels pretty much just there to fill a female character slot.

But the movie is fun with a lot of historical jokes and a great relationship between the two main characters. The ending is quite a blast, too.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

After the whammy of Infinite Wars, Marvel is coming back for a bit of fun and relaxation. Like the first movie, there’s no world-ending threat here, because that’s somewhere else. This movie is about more personal problems and smaller situations. There is a greedy businessman, finding a lost parent, strange other dimensions and a ghost. Well, it’s still a Marvel movie, after all.

I enjoyed the movie for it’s fun. Scott is great and goofy. Luis and the rest of the crew are back in the best way. The shady businessman isn’t as unhinged as the first movie’s villain, so even he’s more fun, though in the serious sort of way. The heart of the movie revolves around the Pym family. Hank is trying to save his wife, Janet, from the Quantum Realm.

There’s a lot of family stuff going on in the movie, actually, and it’s all done well. Scott has a great relationship with his daughter, Cassie. And Cassie is really adorable in this film. She brings up all the scenes she is in. Scott’s ex is a lesser part of the movie, but I enjoyed how much she was on Scott’s side throughout. They already did the plot where she feels Scott is not a good parent in the first movie. Now, the ex and her new boyfriend are both fully team Scott.

The other family here is more of an adoptive family. Ghost is the main villain of the movie, but I really liked the character. For once, I’ll say I actually read the comics featuring the character of Ghost, and the two characters are nothing alike. Suffice it to say, movie ghost is a totally different character with a similar costume and power set.

Movie ghost is a great character, though. I really enjoyed her motivation for doing what she is. And her adoptive father is trying to help while keeping her from going full-overboard. I liked this different version of Ghost and would like to see her again.

The movie has great actions scenes that makes creative use of everyone’s power. The effects look slick, especially Ghost’s. The quantum realm is wildly strange. And it has a good humor. Ant-Man and the Wasp is like a palate cleanser after the harsh events of Infinite War. It brings things back to small scale stuff around the characters rather than the world, and it works out great.

Fate of the Furious

This will be a bit shorter of a review. Not because I didn’t enjoy the movie. I liked it, about as much as I like the Fast and Furious stuff after they became superheroes in cars. But it’s also about on par with what they’ve been putting out. So, if you enjoyed Fast Five, Furious Six, Something Seven, then Fate of the Furious will be great for you. And me.

This is trailer information, but it is spoilers for the movie. This time around, the team is fighting Dominic! For reasons that will be revealed during the movie, Dom is now working for the bad guy. And boy, do they make for some great action and character scenes. The movies always talk a lot about family, and this one is no different. So why is Dom going against his family?

The movie is full of all new over-the-top car sequences. And I’m sure they still have much more crazy ideas for the next one. Ramsey is still here, and I think she’s a fun addition to the crew. She is a non-combatant, non-driver, but still gets a lot of great scenes. The other characters are all still doing their thing, getting a few scenes now and again.

The villain is decently threatening while not being a direct physical threat. This time, it’s Cipher, the best hacker in the world. Like some of the previous movies, Cipher is the boss without being the strongest around. She’s the boss by being smarter and planning better, and I find her quite effective.

Maybe moving into some spoiler territory here. But joining the team this time is Deckard! The villain of the previous film. He’s more fun being sort of a grumpy ally. This movie knows it’s goofy and plays it up, especially with the scenes between Deckard and Hobbs.

Fate of the Furious is a cool ride on crazy cars. You already know the characters. Now they’re trying to ramp up the villains and give more wild stunts. Still not boring, yet. Waiting for The Fast and the Furious Nine, or their own version of that name.

Ocean’s 8

I really enjoyed the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Yes, that includes 12. No, I did not watch the original one all the way back when. I’m talking about Georgy Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and the rest of them. So when I heard about a female heist team with the same style and pizazz, I wanted in.

This movie stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Danny’s (younger?) sister. Apparently, the whole family comes from slick heist crime. For the most part, this movie is great fun. It works well with a similar style, but there are enough differences to give it a new identity.

As for the new heist group, all of them are fun to watch in their own way. Perhaps my favorite of the group is Helena Bonham Carter as Rose Weil, a fashion designer. The one that I felt was the most wasted was Cate Blanchett as Lou. I’ll go into my thoughts on the new cast later on. But they come together well when they have interaction scenes. There just weren’t enough of them. I wanted more random interaction woven in through the plot parts. Just slide it in there somewhere.

There are a lot of glamorous shots in the movie. And, for some reason, a glamour shot of all of the heist team at the end. It’s like their victory walk. I’m not sure what it has to do with the plan, but it was slick and gorgeous to watch. There were a lot of cool musical pieces throughout, too.

There are some problems with the movie, though. Hmm, it might be considered spoilery, so from now on, the spoiler section is a go. But first, let me say that I enjoyed the film and felt it follows the spirit of the previous Ocean films. And I want the crew back for a new heist!

Anyway, onto the spoiler section and some problems with the movie.

Everything goes off too smoothly. In Ocean’s 11, there were a few points where it seems like the plan is going to fail before showing it did work. Here, they try to do that, but don’t really capture that feeling. The plan pretty much goes off without an issue. The second issue is that the main bad guy, the one Debbie is trying to take down, feels kind of like a wimp. He’s not talked up as threatening or dangerous like Terry Benedict. This guy, upon seeing Debbie Ocean fresh out of jail, whimpers about calling the police. A dangerous villain, he is not. And thus, it’s not that satisfying to see him get taken down in the end.

Now, on to the new cast. Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) is a movie star and more of a mark in the movie. The crew is using her to get what they need. She’s a fun character, especially the times when she turns into a ball of stress. She mentioned that she is lonely, but they really don’t show that much through the movie. Maybe put a few scenes to show she is lonely earlier on.

Debbi Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is the sister of Daniel Ocean. She’s a cool main character. From the start, we get several shots of how she operates. She’s different from Danny but from the same cloth.

Lou (Cate Blanchett). I feel like she’s supposed to be the second-in-command, but overall, she feels underutilized. She’s the one Debbie goes to for help and the one that finds most of the crew. However, after that, the team works well enough that she become sort of an extra body doing whatever needs to be done. She’s the one that was supposed to rein in Debbie from going too far into the revenge part of the plan, but Debbie doesn’t go off the rail that much, so that part didn’t amount to much. Lou needs to be more invovled with things.

Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), my favorite of the group. I think there must be a scene missing or something, because out of the group, she is not a criminal. She’s a fashion designer that has fallen on hard times and sort of a nervous wreck. I really wanted a scene that showed her reaction to finding out her new friends were actually planning a heist. That could have been spun into her growth, such as later on when she was thinking on her feet in getting a shot of the necklace’s special unlocking mechanism. But I found her really fun.

Amita (Mindy Kaling). I liked the introduction scene with her. I think a running plot about her trying to find a date through the film would have been fun to see.

Nine Ball (Rihanna). She’s the hacker of the group and she’s fine. I wanted a bit more to her. Out of the group, she’s the only one that wasn’t shown being recruited, just already recruited.

Constance (Awkwafina) is a somewhat awkward street hustler. She has some fun interactions all around.

Tawny (Sarah Paulson) has a fun introduction. I liked that she has settled down and has a family. She does a lot of work through the heist.

Ocean’s 8 is a fun heist film that needed more things to go wrong. I wanted to see the crew scramble a bit. As it is, the plan went off too well. Make it a bit more challenging for them!

Deadpool 2

It is no time rest between superhero movies. In fact, it is no time, at all. Though how much of a superhero Deadpool can be considered is debatable. He’s back, making jokes about everything while trying to solve a more small-scale problem. Deadpool doesn’t need to save the world, just the few people closest to him. To do it this time, he’ll need a team.

No, not the X-Men. Deadpool is getting his own team, the X-Force. They need to stop Cable, a mutant from the future, from killing a kid in their time. Cable is great in the film. He’s gruff and serious but still has his soft side. Cable and Deadpool fight several times with some different action each time, making it fun to watch.

The members of the X-Force are fine. Domino is the most important one, and she’s pretty great. She has cool scenes that show off her powers well. I did want her eye spot thing to be more pronounced. Make it pop more from the rest of her. In the film, it feels too mundane.

Now Russell, the mutant that Deadpool is trying to save and Cable is trying to kill, he’s a pretty good character. There is a lot of pain to him, and it comes through with almost everything he does. He has great interactions with Deadpool because of that pain.

Much like the first film, there are jokes and humor throughout, but it also has powerful emotional moments. The movie balances things well while skewing more towards the comedic side, but it does the serious things well. Deadpool shows a lot more heroism this time around, showing why he’s considered a superhero rather than just a mercenary.

The X-Men are still avoiding Deadpool except for Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and new member, Yukio. They have more limited roles, but they’re still fun to see, and Yukio has nice interactions with Deadpool. Dopinder is still around, and he’s better than ever.

Deadpool 2 is a superhero movie with smaller, but still important, stakes. There’s quite a lot of amusing violence along the way.