Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Director: Lucia Aniello
Stars: Scarlett Johnansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: Friends from gather for a bachelorette party, but things turn for the worse when they accidentally kill the stripper
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
This is a moderately humorous comedy. It isn't a movie that will become an always-on-tv-classic, but seeing it once isn't a bad thing.
Scarlett Johansson does a surprisingly good job in her first lead role in a raunchy comedy. In fact, there isn't a sour note with any of the casting choices. But, as usual, Kate McKinnon steals the show.
The trailers make this movie look like a fairly simplistic and formulaic comedy, but the full story is actually much more complex and interesting. It is filled with twists (although they are super-easy to spot), and out-of-the-ordinary moments that make this film better than your average party flick.
If you are looking for a comedy that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter you may want to look elsewhere, but this film will give you several chuckles. If you're hanging out with your girlfriends this weekend and are looking for something to do, give this one a shot.
NOTE: Make sure you stay through all of the credits.
GHOST IN THE SHELL
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Director: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Juliette Binoche, Peter Ferdinando
Plot: Scientists have put a human brain into a robot and created a crime-fighting weapon, but she soon finds out there is a lot more to her story
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD and make someone else rent it
This is one of those films that has all sorts of potential and yet still manages to let you down almost completely. It is slow, it has huge plot holes, the acting is terrible, and the story doesn't do anything to make you want to care for any of the characters.
The good news is that many of the visuals are incredible. Obviously, they decided to spend most of their budget on making the film look good rather than be good.
Unfortunately, origin stories tend to be slow simply because so much information has to be given to the viewer, but this one is exceptionally slow. There are several place where the pace could have been ramped up, but it never was.
As for the acting, most of it is sub-par, but Scarlett Johansson is exceptionally bad. I get that she is playing a robot, but even so, she needed to give the audience something with which to connect. There was never a moment where I cared if she lived or died.
This film is also full of plot holes and story lines that make no sense. If you start critically thinking about this movie while watching it, you'll be highly disappointed with what you are seeing.
Overall, this is a forgettable film that isn't worth your time. I doubt even hard core fans of the anime are going to like this version.
VIEWER WARNING: For those of you susceptible to flashing lights, there is a fight scene with lights that will cause headaches and feels like it has the potential to trigger seizures.