KANSAS CITY, Mo -- "Huntsman" gamey? "Nice Guys" finish first? These and other Popcorn Bag Home Video reviews!
1) THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR (PG-13)
Someone must have watched the Pixar/Disney films “Brave” and “Frozen” and then decided they should do a very gloomy amalgamation of those stories. The result is “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” a sequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
That's the point. It intentionally borrows from other stories. Now it may not succeed. It does have a few moments of excitement. Not much of a script and lacks the magic of the first movie. It is less dark but also not as good.x
A great cast, terrific production values and impressive costumes almost save this murky and violent fairy tale, but it never achieves any real magic.
The cast is very good. It's just a tad too predictable and a bit boring at times.
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
2) THE NICE GUYS (R)
The ‘buddy comedy’ gets a new treatment...in an old way...with “The Nice Guys.” The writer/producer/director team that brought you the “Lethal Weapons” movies reunite for a foul-mouthed action comedy set against the sleazy backdrop of 1977 Hollywood.
Snarky and shamelessly over the top. At times, cliched Shane Black but always interesting and flat-out hilarious at times. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are great together. Well executed dark humor even if it does run on too long.
The movie is overlong and the mix of humor and violence doesn’t always work. But Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are money. They may not really be playing nice guys, but the pairing is certainly a nice one.
Was expecting way more bonus material. Pretty anemic stuff. But hey the movie is really good. Decent extras including an extended cut and decent making of featurette.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
3) THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (PG-13)
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” is an earnest and well-meaning biopic starring Dev Patel as an Indian mathematical genius and Jeremy Irons as his British mentor. It lacks the dramatic spark that fueled other films about math geniuses, like “A Beautiful Mind” and “Good Will Hunting.” Still, it’s sincere and well produced even if all of the elements don’t quite add up.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
4) RATCHET & CLANK (PG)
Based on the video game this animated feature could have easily been on TV. Although it is somewhat fun despite the average animation and somewhat idiotic story, not much in the extras department. But your kids may enjoy.
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags
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