Alita: Failing Angel
Heaven help me. The negatives. I don't want to rant and rave for pages, so I'll try to pick out what I hated most. This might become spoilery - you've been warned.
No rating. I can't give it a feather. It isn't worth one.
It's your choice, but I will never tell anyone I know to see Alita: Battle Angel.
The only way I'd see a sequel is if they learn how to handle Alita herself, stop insulting my intelligence, and give Hugo the pink slip.
Isn't It Hilarious
Because I love my readers, I can't tell you what that moral is. I almost thought they were going to miss it - a real #swanitude moment - but then they swung back around and hit a home run.
Rebel Wilson is a positive female lead, and a rarity amongst Hollywood. In her late 30s, more voluptuous, and with a history of being the sidekick, Rebel isn't what Hollywood generally puts in the Leading Lady category. Yet Rebel owns the role and your affection as the lovable Natalie, an architect with low self-esteem and a sarcastic sense of humor.
We're treated, once again, to Hemsworth humor - this time in the form of younger brother Liam. While not as funny as big brother Chris, he still shines as the American-turned-Australian Blake, a millionaire's son who falls for Natalie in the Romantic Comedy world Natalie wakes up in.
I can't say enough about the musical scene with Rebel and Adam Devine. Whitney Huston would be honored (I think) to see them bopping to one of her best beats.
Plus, the ending has a fun surprise.
The Negative -
You can't expect Isn't it Romantic to be A Star is Born. It's a chick-flick. Something fun, light, and mindless to soothe you after a hard day. Compare it to its fellows, and you'll have a grand time.
There are a few moments where Isn't it Romantic misses the mark, but it makes up for it with fun, heart, and happiness intentionally soaked in tropes and cliches.
Catch Isn't it Romantic for a girls night or with your guys. You'll have a great time.
Legos - Watch Where You Step
Maybe not *quite* as unique as the first one, but still enjoyable. With a great soundtrack!
Go see Lego Movie 2. It's so great.
The Kid Who Would be King
The whole point of acting is to make your audience believe you - your words, your emotions, your plight. I believed everything that came out of Alex's mouth as he accepted the mantle he'd been given. Just as compelling was Merlin - a teenager on the outside with an old man on the inside. Imrie played Merlin to a T, convincing as both old man and boy, and quirky as all get out.
Though these two shone brightest, their accompanying troupe of young actors left nothing wanting (if Lancelot and Kay were a bit on the wooden side once or twice, it was forgiven).
The directing - I loved the scenery, the cinematography, and the CGI. Nothing felt fake, and the stakes remained high throughout the film. Joe Cornish presented a world I wanted to be part of.
The story - King Arthur isn't just any old legend you can toss up on the screen. It's a British child's rite of passage. Everyone knows the story of King Arthurt - even in the States. Taking on a new and fresh telling had to be compelling, intriguing, action-filled, fast-paced, exciting, and daring.
The Kid Who Would Be King hit all the marks.
I loved being taken for a ride as Alex takes his noble character and broadens it, emboldening himself and his friends while making his enemies join his cause. I loved Alex. I rooted for him Bedivere as they strove to accomplish their task. It's a movie I will repeat watch with not a hint of guilt.
It was over too quickly. There were some scenes that were surprisingly violent. In the UK I'm sure no one bats an eye, but in the USA, everyone spends so much time shielding their children from EVERYTHING that I think it might go too far for some parents.
4 solid feathers. Maybe even 4.5
Why are you still reading this? Go get your King on!
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