What to Watch in February 2017

I’m going to get mean. Some of these films are lousy or I will loathe intensely. Now just because I hate them (the very thought of them), doesn’t mean you are wrong for liking them. Some people go to the movies for different reasons than myself.  Some people look for other things beyond plots and character development.  If a film makes you feel something. Let that film be part of your life and don’t let myself or any other reviewer tell you it can’t be.  Accept that I hate it, and I’ll accept that you love it.

Now let’s get a little (or a lot) mean.

February 2017

February 3rd, 2017 

Rings– Some horror franchises won’t die! For some, the first American of this franchise was quite good. I never understood it. (Preferred the Scary Movie 3 version more.) Stop making these movies and start making quality original horror films. (I know my pleas fall on deaf ears.) Go and enjoy this tiresome garbage for the little value it has. The cheap thrills, the same idea done again. I would suggest finding The Ring (2002)  or better still Ringu (1998) from Japan.

The Comedian (2016) I can’t believe I’m saying this, but even with a star-studded cast of Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Charles Grodin, Billy Crystal, and Gilbert Gottfried I don’t want to see this film. I watched the 2:35 minute trailer and was bored by it! I love De Niro, but sometimes he clearly does a film for a paycheck. I hope he makes a couple better films this year than this. This is a waste of time.

The Space Between Us– An interesting concept about a young man who lives on Mars who ventures to Earth to experience life.  The film also has a solid cast like BD Wong, Gary Oldman, with Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield both having some good performances in their young careers. The issue is that this movie keeps getting pushed back. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be released in the summer of 2016. Anytime a movie gets pushed this far back, often a bad sign. Also, the trailer while showing it has a neat idea. It gets buried under lovey-dovey cheese. (Having a little cheese is fine, but too much can ruin a movie.)

I Am Not Your Negro– a cutting documentary that looks at race relations in America. Forget looking at most review sites for an accurate look at this film because some will be and already are overrun with hate.  Watch the trailer, look for trusted reviews of people you know, and make your own decision.

 

 

February 10th, 2017

A United Kingdom (2016)

Director- Amma Asante (Kudos for being able to find a film with a female director. We need more of these. I want to make it so a female director is applauded for her work rather than her gender.) Make this so common that it is a non-issue

Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton

IMDb: 6.7 of 1,200+ ratings

A black Botswana prince marries a white English woman in the 1940’s which of course causes an international stir (crisis). It tells the story of their love and their fight to protect it.

I want to see this film because it is depicting a historical moment in history about race relations on the world scale.  (Race wasn’t/isn’t just an obstacle for people to overcome in the United States)

First off, David Oyelowo is an amazing actor and he has been on my radar since Selma (2014). Rosamund Pike is also incredible and the two together, magic. This looks like one of the first movies of this year worthy of watching in theaters.

 

The Lego Batman Movie

Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Adventure

Starring: Jenny Slate, Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifinakis, Mariah Carey, Billie Dee Williams, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson.

I’m a little weirded out that the guy who made Morel Orel (2006-2008) directed this film. However, people can have a variety of tastes for sure.  Though I do love when a lot of famous people go out and give their voices to these characters. I was blown away about how good The Lego Movie was in 2014.) Batman was certainly among the best things about the film. This movie seems to capture a lot of the awesome that was lego Batman. With several movies and I believe even a series of some sort already paving the way. This looks like another major deal for Lego sets and the lego movie franchise. (Because many more are indeed coming.)

 

Fifty Shades of Darker– I am not surprised this film has a sequel. The franchise will continue and it will do well because it opens on the weekend before Valentine’s Day. The books are insult to my very profession among other things.  The movies aren’t any better. If you like really bad romance films and cheap, inaccurate sexual foreplay. Go watch this film. (If you are upset about me saying that. Remember what I said at the top of this post.)

John Wick Chapter 2

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Starring: Keanu Reeves

Did you see, John Wick (2014)?  If not, go watch it. (If you like action-crime films.) This is the continuation of that story. Now just because the original was awesome, that doesn’t mean the sequel will be. Often times sequels try to be so much bigger and better than the first one, they lose focus and forget that they must create a good movie. They get sequelitis as they say. However, the John Wick 2 trailers look exciting as the first one. I am hopeful this will be good although I am wary because it is February and that doesn’t always bode well for films.

 

 

February 17th

The Great Wall– What happened to Matt Damon? I imagine this was forced on him for some reason or another. A shame when good actors are in bad movies. To be fair, the word is that this movie isn’t quite as bad as you would think. (It’s not good, but not terrible.)

Fist Fight – Another comedy which couldn’t make me laugh with the trailer. If your best material can’t get me, the rest of the movie will have little hope. I think some of the people in these movies are funny, but I am doubtful this will be.

A Cure For Wellness

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Director: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Dane DeHaan

Plot:  A younger executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a remote “wellness center” in Swiss Alps. Things are not what they may appear to be. .

This look quite interesting and creepy. Could be an early thriller worthy of watching. I’m hesitant because February always has those movies that could have been good, but often went a very unusual way. This may not win over mainstream audiences, but I could see it getting a cult following. (Sometimes those are the best films.)

Rock Dog– Not looking forward to this animated feature. It feels like one of those direct to video releases that somehow got a release date. Expect Lego Batman to crush this as far as animated films go.

Tulip fever– Going to be very strange to see Zach Galifinakis try to do a really serious role. Am I interested in this…..historical drama?  Not at all. (It also stars Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevinge, Christoph Waltz)

Get Out– Jordan Peele directs this horror movie, but it is so bad it looks almost funny. One of those horror films.  Here is hoping it is funny bad and not just bad bad.

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Movie Review: A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls (2016)

Genre:Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson

IMDb:7.7 of 6,000+ (Feels about right for this movie.)

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% and 7.7/10. (One of the few times I completely agree with Rotten Tomatoes.)

Plot: A young boy seeks assistance from a tree monster to help deal with his mother’s terminal illness.

What I Didn’t Like.

The movie is a downer. It is to be expected when you know a child is dealing with his mother’s illness, but there was never a reprieve from the tragedy.  I am fairly well verse in the sands of agony and even then there was always something no matter how small which made life not constantly terrible. Perhaps the monster voiced by Liam Neeson was the one shining spot in this boy’s life, but not enough.

The first act of the film is a bit slow. It takes a while to build and the unpleasantness is overwhelming.

At first the special effects seemed very average, but it did improve quickly.

What I Did Like:

I must commend all the actors for doing a wonderful job. First, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones were excellent in supporting roles. Both of them should be nominated for their work in this film.  They added heart and depth to the situation. Sometimes the emotions boiled over in such a manner, it took a talented actor to shine light on it. They were almost masterful in this film.  Also, Liam Neeson’s voice was outstanding. The majority have known about his beautiful voice for decades, but once you remove it and place it into a giant creature, takes on a new life and it is magical.

The young Lewis MacDougall blew me away. I am not a fan of many child actors, but Lewis was way beyond anyone I saw in 2016. Further proof that Pan (2015) as a whole was the problem, because this kid was incredible.

I understand this is based off a novel and that makes sense. The themes in this film are very mature and complex. It dives into a very difficult situation and offers several vital tidbits of advice for us all. In a world that arguably tries to shield the young from everything they will eventually face, this film sugarcoats nothing. It goes after pain, death, and suffering like few films I’ve ever seen. Unapologetic and real and that coming from a fantasy film is quite impressive.

At first I wasn’t feeling the special effects, but once the monster was established, I found him quite impressive. The variety of artistic style mixed with special effects in this film was impressive.

Conclusion:

A Monster Calls is among the more powerful films I saw in 2016 (or released in 2016). The visual effects are stunning, the acting of everyone involved is superior to most. The themes are very mature, but they are important for all of us to accept. If you appreciate good film making and can put up with some heart wrenching scenes, I strongly recommend you check out A Monster Calls.

The Ladder:

A Monster Calls

The Jungle Book

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The BFG

Pete’s Dragon

 

 

 

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Best and Worst of January 2017

Year of the Movie 3?

I claimed that 2015 was going to be an awesome year for movies. Turns out I was more right than wrong. (Many huge box-office hits that year).  For 2016, I was hopeful, but less sure of what would come. There weren’t that many exciting things for me to look forward to. Turns out that 2016 was lackluster with a few exceptions.

Here we are in 2017, the movie landscape is littered with garbage once more. From endless remakes, reboots, and sequels, to the same tired story told over and over with no interesting characters to make it worthwhile. I want movies that make me love movies again. Those types of films are a dying breed.   Like any year, we will get wretched films, but we will also receive some good ones (maybe even a couple great ones).

One thing I won’t be doing is holding back my opinion. If I hate the concept of a movie. I’m going to rail on it.  (To be fair, I will watch many of them, but likely not right away.)

 

January 2017

We know what January is, the dumping ground for movies that studios have no faith in. (With few exceptions).  The December movies of the previous year are often the only things to catch.

Is there anything in this entire month worth watching in theaters?  Let’s have a look

January 6th

Silence (2016)

Genre: Drama, History

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield

IMDb: 7.8 of 1,800+ ratings

Martin Scorsese is one of the finest and most respected directors out there. Every time he releases a movie, you should take notice.  This film is about priests in eleventh century Japan who face persecution for pushing their beliefs onto the people. A mentor has gone missing and they set out to discover what happened.  From what I’ve gathered, this is Scorsese’s Apocalypse Now (1979). A well-made film about searching for someone who may or may not want to be found. With dire consequences.  With the talent of Driver, Neeson, and Garfield led by Scorsese at the helm, this film is bound to be among the finest films leftover from 2017 and may even get an Oscar nod or two (especially if it is depressing).

Hidden Figures (2016)

Genre: Drama

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst,

IMDb: 6.9 of 583 ratings

The story of three black women who were pivotal in the success of NASA’s early space program and the missions featuring John Glenn (May he forever RIP). This film dissects the talent of these women and how they assisted NASA greatly, but also goes into their struggle to be accepted. It was a time where people of any minority were still very much beneath the white population.  These women wanted to be treated as equals and use their skills to better the state of the United States Space Program by any means necessary. These women are heroes and their seldom heard story is one that should be remembered.

 

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) – They somehow made another one of these films. I love vampires and werewolves, and I thought the original film was pretty sweet for its time.  The sequent films, much less so.  I can hope that this is better than some of the sequels, but I’m very doubtful. It would be nice to see Kate Beckinsale break away from this series once and for all. She is trapped in what seems an endless Hell.

 

A Monster Calls (2016)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson

IMDb:7.7 of 5,000 ratings

Another film from 2016 that is getting a wide screen release in America in early 2017. Probably because the earlier months were too jammed with movies and January is a safe dumping ground for movies worth something.  This movie was described as powerful and heart wrenching. It has Liam Neeson which is often something worth your time. This is my must watch film of January 2017.

 

January 13th

Live by Night (2016)

Genre: Crime, Drama

Director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Anthony Michael Hall, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning

IMDb: 7.6 of 589 ratings

A story about a group of people who during prohibition became involved with the growing organized crime ring supplying alcohol to speakeasies.

Ben Affleck is a talented director and he brings with him a star-studded cast to feature in this crime drama.  I may not be a fan of this style of movie (must deal with enough crime in present day), but looks to be a solid Oscar contender filled with Oscar talent. (Not that you need an Oscar to be talented, but it doesn’t hurt.)  If you enjoy a solid crime flick, this film is for you.

Monster Trucks– Kids need movies too. Need to find a way to occupy some time? Send them to this “gem”. It looks as ridiculous as it sounds.

The Bye Bye Man – Sigh, just watch Sinister (2012) or the hundred other versions of this. Save your money!

XXX: Return of Xander Cage– That’s right, they actually did it. They brought back Vin Diesel for another XXX movie.  The first one was ridiculous and quite bad (it was fun though, be honest). This one just looks like barely watchable nonsense. XXX should never have had a sequel let alone another.

Split– M. Night Shyamalan keeps finding money to make films and I’m not sure why.  His last film was The Visit (2015) and I will admit while not great, it wasn’t his worst movie. From the looks of this film, it is probably a bit better than recent installments Shymally (just going with random nicknames now) has made.  James McAvoy is a very talented actor and he could save this movie.  We all know it will have a twist at the end.  (It was all a dream!) I’m not going to rip it to shreds, but be cautious going to this film. (Unless you love Shyamalan.)

The Founder (2016)- McDonalds needs more advertising I guess. I am not a fan of biopics and even less so of McDonalds.  The movie does have Michael Keaton and Nick Offerman, therefore I’m going to guess aspects of the film such as the acting won’t be terrible.  Still, I have no interest in the story and not even two actors I like are going to drag me to this film. I’d sooner eat at one those “restaurants”.

The Red Turtle– An Animated French film lacking dialog of any kind. If you enjoy that artistic style, then by all means enjoy. Animation is moving art and I often appreciate that.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter–  Talk about a franchise that won’t die! They make terrible movie one after the other, but if they have Milla Jovovich. Sure, why not? Stop making these films! Have any actually been good? If so, I haven’t seen that one. Trash like this is why the movie business really struggles at times. Who wants to really see another one of these besides a niche market. (For those in that niche market, don’t listen to me. Go and enjoy this movie for all its “glory” and don’t apologize.  For the rest of us, let’s go watch something worthwhile, obvious not a new release in January.)

A Dog’s Purpose– A very cute idea, but from a creative standpoint it would be a far better short film than feature length movie. It will pull at the heart strings to the point of inducing nausea.

January 27th

Bastards

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Owen Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Ed Helms, Glen Close, Harry Shearer, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Retta (Parks and Rec!), Ving Rhames.

The last week of January is the best chance to get a decent film. This may be the first watchable comedy of the year. The trailer looks decent (I always like when a comedic trailer can make me laugh some.) The cast is also filled with talented and interesting people. Chances are that this movie isn’t going to be the funniest film of 2016, but it could be something worth watching and given the dire state of comedy these days, I’ll take it.

Gold (2016)

Genre: Drama, Adventure, Thriller

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Corey Stoll, Bryce Dallas Harper

6.9 of 106 Ratings

Since Tropic Thunder (2008), it seems the McConausance has been quite strong.  He has picked good scripts and made a lot of great movies. Having McConaughey in your film now instantly gets it noticed and possibly amps the possibility of Oscar talk. His last movie was Free State of Jones (2016) which received mixed reviews though most agreed that he was the best aspect of the film. (The man has become a good actor.) Gold is about two people going on an adventure to find gold in Indonesia and actually finding it. Turns out that finding the gold and becoming extremely wealthy overnight was the easy part as now things have gone haywire in many unpredictable ways.

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New Blog Same Old Topic

Welcome to my blog. This is going to be the new home to all things related to Movieguy14 and my love of movies.

 

For now, both sites will be in operation to varying degree, but over time this one should become the official blog.

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Box Office Madness- (The Top Seven) Return of the King

Top Seven

1- The Martian– 15.7 million. The film has now grossed over 167 million domestically and 385 million worldwide.  This movie a beautiful film, I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece, but definitely among the better films I’ve seen in a long time.

2 Goosebumps 15.5 million. It lost the top spot to The Martian, but still held strong in second place.  The film is in its second week, but has already surpassed 50 million worldwide. Expect this one to make back its 58 million budget by week’s end.

3 Bridge of Spies 11.3 million. This drama directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks may not be tearing up the box-office, but it has been steady throughout.  It has already gained back its 40 million dollar budget which is a good sign for the studio.

4 The Last Witchhunter didn’t open all that well. Grossing only 10.8 million on its opening weekend.  Facing plenty of negative feedback, and more films coming, it is looking like this film is going dissipate rather quickly.

5 Hotel Transylvania is still rolling in money with 8.8 million this past weekend. It also reached above 300 million worldwide. (All but ensuring a Hotel Transylvania 3 is a few years away.)

6- Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension only mustered 8 million on its opening weekend.  Hopefully the dismal numbers will ensure that this film truly is the last of the franchise (Until they decide to reboot it in 2020).

7 Steve Jobs– Apathy for the life of the Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple) seems to have set in. People are willing to sit in line for the newest update of the Iphone, but not sit for two hours watching the story of this man’s life and three pivotal areas.  The film made on 7.1 million and may struggle to reach its 30 million dollar budget.  (Please let’s not have a third Jobs film.)

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2015 the Year of the Movie. November Edition

2015- The Year of the Movie: November

November 2015: Year of the Movie

For those of you new to this segment, I cover some of the biggest movies coming out in a particular month. Some I am excited for while others I dread.  Here are some of the movies coming your way in November.

November

November 6th

The Peanuts Movie

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The beloved Peanuts gang is back together for another movie. This time Charlie Brown and his best friend Snoopy deal with the arrival of the little red-headed girl. Meanwhile Snoopy takes to skies to do battle with his arch-nemesis.

Spectre

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Starring:Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista

Are you ready for Daniel Craig’s final Bond movie? I’m so excited for this film. This film has Bond going on a secret mission to uncover a sinister organization. He is able to unravel that dark secrets behind SPECTRE and what it means for the future. The film looks good, and while it may not be able to live up to the high standards which Skyfall presented us, I expect this film to be among the better Bond films all the same.

Spotlight

Genre: Biopic, Drama, History

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Liev Strieber, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup,

The story of how journalists for the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. Events which forever altered the Catholic church and shook it to its very foundation. It has a tremendous cast and covers a very daunting topic. I’d be interested to see how it plays out.

November 13th

The 33

Genre: Drama

Starring: Josh Brolin, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond-Phillips, Antonio Banderas

The true story of 33 miners trapped for 69 days

It’s about a historical moment in public history. I always find these more interesting than most biopics. You may know the ending, but not how it reached that end and that is what is worth watching. Also, Brolin, Binoche, Diamond-Phillips and Banderas: a great cast always makes a story better.

November 20th

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Genre:Adventure, Science-Fiction

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore

If you are a Hunger Games fan, then you are eagerly awaiting the final movie in the wildly successful franchise. I’ve never understood the love, but again I never read the series and frankly I don’t believe I was ever the targeted audience and that’s okay. (Young women need movies to watch, too ) Great cast and a great story-line coming to an exciting conclusion. I may be against taking two movies to finish one book, but it certainly has proven beneficial at the box-office.

The Night Before

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Mindy Kaling, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Michael Shannon

Three best friends who celebrate Christmas Eve together with a night of drunken madness and overall debauchery look to find the best party in New York City in what may be their long-held traditions final night.

Legend

Genre: Biography, Crime, Thriller

Starring: Tom Hardy, Christopher Eccleston

IMDb: 7.5 of 10,083 ratings

The movie has a good cast, it has done very well overseas. Discussing the most notorious identical twin brothers who happened to be gangsters in England during the 1960’s, particularly around the East End of London.

November 25th
Creed

Genre: Drama, Sport

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan

When I heard that they were going to make another Rocky related film, I suddenly took ill. How come Stallone can’t let it go! I wasn’t looking forward to this film at all, until I saw the trailer. I thought it was a refreshing take on the Rocky franchise. This time following in the footsteps of Apollo Creed’s son who wants to be a boxer like his father. He must contend with everyone’s belief that he is a mere shadow of his father (no substance). With the help of Rocky Balboa, he looks to train hard enough to earn the right to be call a champion.

The Good Dinosaur

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Steve Zahn

A Disney Pixar film where an Apatosaurus named Arlo befriends a human. (I know, I know,SCIENCE, but think animated film for children). I’m not as excited for this film as I was for Inside Out earlier this year. However, it is a Pixar movie and that means there is a legitimate chance of it being good.

Victor Frankenstein

Genre: Drama, Horror, Science-Fiction

Starring:Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

I love the story of Frankenstein and have long waited for a good movie about the character. (That 1990’s film was close, but not good enough.) This film was that hope all until I saw the trailer. It comes at you from a completely different tone than expected. This one is told from Igor’s (Radcliffe) perspective. I will keep open-minded for now, but gradually my hopes are dissipating. Who knows, maybe it will feel great. They did get it in before the presumed dreaded post-Thanksgiving cruse.

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Movie Review: Selma

January 2015

Selma (2014)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey

Budget: 20 million

Box Office: 52 million domestic and 66.7 million worldwide.

Watched  Selma tonight and I was astounded.  Selma was at times heart breaking and brutal film to watch, but also an inspiring tale of endurance and hope. It enlightened me further about the great man who was, Martin Luther King Jr.

I remember the first time I heard a Martin Luther King Jr. speech. I was raised to treat all people equally, but even at that age I noticed how people treated others differently. Something about it always bothered me to my core.  When I first heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak. Sharing his message of love, equality, tolerance, and peace.  Even though I was not a young black man, his words still touched me deeply.  Because here was a man who believed in the ideas I had started to believe in, a man who acted on these ideas in a world where often words and actions become separated.  These ideas some twenty years later I still believe in; peace, love, respect, and equality.

What I didn’t like about the movie.

I have very little bad about this movie. The last twenty minutes dragged slightly, but I think that was more because of the excessive amount of trailers before the film.  After a couple of hours, I want to get up and move around. This movie is not for the faint of heart. There isn’t gore, but there is certainly violence and disturbing imagery. There is monstrous acts of racism and hate that sickened me.  I can’t wrap my head around the idea of being able to look at people of any group as anything less than people. Some humans clearly can and did. (Too many still do.)  They did alter Lyndon B. Johnson a bit to appear more argumentative which hurts the film in the manner of accuracy.

What I liked about this film.

Often with historical films, they change key situations and events to make the story more interesting for film sake. This film took a couple of liberties, but  the vast majority (85-90%) was on par with actual events and the timeline in Selma. The movie captured my emotions with every scene. The terrible moments caused me grief and anger, while the good moments were heartwarming and inspiring,  The film made me care about the key characters in this movie. I ached with them, I laughed with him, I wished the best for them, I cried with them. It was a very moving film .

I love that this movie didn’t only focus on Martin Luther King Jr, but also showed the issues that President Lyndon B. Johnson had to deal with. He was coming from a different angle from that of King.   I understand why some would be upset with his portrayal, but I felt the film showed both his worst and his best sides.  The movie  didn’t hold back on the conflict of interests between King and Malcolm X either. Two mighty figures who came from opposing sides. It also dove into King’s personal life and the troubles he had at home and his moments of doubt and conflict with various other people.

This film didn’t go out to paint Martin Luther King Jr. as this god like figure, but rather as a great man with the courage and determination to stand up for what he felt was right.  He had his doubts, he had his flaws, but the man was able stand firm for the principles of nonviolence, love, and equality.

The cast in this movie was exceptional. I think every person nailed their role.  To name a few: Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace, Stephan James as John Lewis, Common as James Bevel, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. The standout was easily David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. (Get this man into more movies because he was incredible.)

The music was beautiful, the history mostly accurate, the cast was great. In every way, this movie was a wonderfully crafted piece of art. It brings Martin Luther King Jr. into the mindset of a whole new generation of Americans. A generation that may know of the man and his accomplishments, but the the importance of the events and people have faded a bit into the history books.

This movie ensures that this particular part of history will not be forgotten. That the ideas that these men and women fought and sometimes died for was something of great value. Something worth defending and fighting for even today.

I strongly recommend this movie to anyone with an appreciation for good acting, American history, and the idea that all people are created equal.  By the end, when I heard that booming voice or Dr. King, I shed a few tears. It took me back to the first time I heard King’s message of love and equality.  It warmed my soul and inspired me to the point I didn’t even feel the cold when getting to my car later that evening.

I initially put this movie as a 2014 release as it premiered that year, but I’m now considering it for 2015 since it was given a wide release this past Friday to the masses.  .

Rating-

Love It- I loved this movie. The acting, the music, writing, sets, and overall accuracy stands well above average.  It is a beautiful work about an important piece of history.

Liked It

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