A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

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Good. This one comes to us from Raul in the BX and I’m a little taken back by this recommendation. I don’t typically look at him like a little girl but I guess I don’t get it because I’ve never owned a dog. As a catholic I don’t believe in reincarnation but it give us a nice story if you can accept that fact. The story is more about how important dogs are to humans and how some humans need them as much as the dogs need the humans. I thought the directing, producing, acting and even the dog training were all excellent. This is a good movie that you can watch with your entire family. Thanks for the solid recommendation Raul and please keep just the good ones coming. The Mobile Movie Movie Man has spoken!

 

The Jungle Book (2016)

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Good.  As a kid the original Disney cartoon The Jungle Book is one of my favorites of all time. I loved the music, and the story. This reboot had some amazing special effects and the modern day versions of the original songs had me feeling a little nostalgic. I have to tell you that nobody does family entertainment better than Disney. They used cutting edge technology to make one of the best children’s movies even better. These animals look so real with great voices and the plot fits with the story. We all know the story a million times over but you will not be bored watching this version. There is some top shelf talent doing the voice overs of the animals but it is the little boy Neel Sethi that seals the show. I highly recommend this movie with or without a child present. The Mobile Movie Man has spoken!!!

Captain Fantastic (2016)

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Ok. I got several e mails on this movie but the first two were Mr.Matt and Old Man Louie in Boston.  The critics calling this one of the  best movies of the year is a complete joke. It’s part of the reason I hate these people and write reviews myself. The movie is definitely a liberal fantasy land. A hippie and his kids live off the grid, rejecting capitalism and worship Norm Chomsky. I wonder if the critics would love this movie as much if it depicted a libertarian family living in the same circumstances but celebrating free enterprise, rule of law, and Ron Paul. In spite of cheering for unrealistic progressive values the movie does have good acting and writing and is overall OK to watch. The ending is too neat and does have some major holes in it but you could do a lot worse than watching this one. I will say that when the movie was over I thought about, are kids better off raised on a steady diet of mediocre schools, Xbox, and pop culture, or in the woods testing their will to survive, rock climbing, and hunting? Personally I think that non conformity is crazy, but maybe I’m the crazy one. I don’t know. What I do know is that the movie for me was just ok and I could do without full frontal scenes from men going forward. Thanks for the recommendations guys and please keep them coming. The Mobile Movie man has spoken.

 

 

The Hundred–Foot Journey (2014)

Fair at best. Off the bat I want to welcome @KatherinDaigle to the world of followers. Thanks for checking me out girl and please feel free to drop me some recommendations  at either www.themobilemovieman@gmail.com or at https://twitter.com/Mobilemovieman Now this comes to us from Rosie from CT and I have to go back and check the logs but I believe this is his 1st recommendation that went wide right. In my humble opinion I think the movie is so utterly predictable. The rags to riches theme is something we have seen a thousand times before. On top of the embarrassing worn out script it’s laced with the liberal democratic message, no matter what we all need to work together and stay true to our heart and we will live happily ever after. I know it’s only a movie and I’m supposed to just unwind and enjoy but I had a very difficult time enjoying this one. The movie is full of stereotypes throughout. French food, French people, France, idyllic French villages, Indians, Indian families, Indian food, and even Helen Mirren who I do like wore me out with her overacted culinary Cruella de Ville type character.  There is no doubt in my mind that she took this role simply for a pay day. There is potential here but it’s squandered fast and early. If you are north of 10 years old, and if your balls are still attached save your evening and skip this one. That’s again for the recommendation Rosie cause I do appreciate any and all feedback but you are much better than this. The Mobile Movie Man has spoken!!!!

Pan (2015)

Good.  Now off the bat I thought @TheHughJackman was a complete miscast for the role of Blackbeard.  Johnny Depp should have played him because it was perfect for him. He’s been completely typecast in that Jack Sparrow role forever because it seems like he brings a little of it to every other role he’s in going forward.  I mean he should just play pirates forever lol. Not sure if you guys know this or not but The Mobile Movie Man is a big Peter Pan fan, so there was no way I was not going to see this one eventually. Now I might be a little biased here, but only slightly. The movie could have been very good in my humble opinion but, I was surprised how they revealed the back stories of these classic characters. They could have done so much more. The movie focused more on Blackbeard, and made Hook and Peter unlikely friends because they could, and there was no hint about the drama that will no doubt ensue to make them enemies in the future. There was plenty of action here, and we all know that I love action, but there was something missing. Something I just can’t put my finger on. There were times that the movie was very odd to me. Like the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” part. That was just complete nonsense. You’ll understand if and when you see the movie. All in all I think the movie is good, not very good but not god awful either. If you are a Peter Pan fan like @gaspipe1 and myself then you will see this one for sure, but if you are flipping around and this is on you can do way worse than Pan.

 

Goosebumps (2015)

Good.  This one comes to us from Raul in the BX. Now the Mobile Movie Man is not a fan of @IamJackyBlack at all, but I am a fan of the Goosebumps novels, like every kid in America. If you read what I just wrote and think to yourself “Wow, I’ve never read a Goosebumps novel” Then your childhood was sorely lacking and you are probably illiterate. I thought Jack Black was very good here and I think he’s out of the penalty box with me. I watched this one with my kids, and the scares were tame enough for my kids and the jokes are funny enough for the adults. The movie was probably made to inject some life into the book franchise and get people reading them again. Every single monster in this movie is constantly angry. Do any of these monsters have off switches, or just feel like chilling out and not killing and terrorizing people? It takes a lot of effort to be mad 24/7 and that’s the sort of commitment I can’t imagine anyone making for an extended period of time. Bottom line the movie is solid and will no doubt be joining the ranks as one of the best Halloween family favorite movies. Thanks again for the solid recommendation Raul, and please keep them coming.

 

Tomorrowland (2015)

Fair at Best.  I knew this movie didn’t receive good marks from the critics, but I still wanted to see this one for myself anyway. When the budget for a movie is $190MM and it grosses 92MM domestically that should be a big enough sign not to see a movie. The movie starts out ok but it quickly dissipates into nothing. I was so hopeful after the first 30 minutes of the film but, alas, hope fades quickly with bad scripting and performances that are so over the top they would be laughable if they were not so painful to watch. Interesting idea, but terrible execution on all fronts. The real problem with this movie for me is that it spends so much time creating questions and not enough time giving answers. The film is like a dream. It’s creative, unique, and visually stunning, but when you start to really think about what’s going on it doesn’t make much sense. I really hope this is not the new direction for Disney under its new regime. If it is, there will be an entire generation of children who will miss the mystery and the magic that was Disney and that so many of us enjoyed in our childhood and continued to enjoy as adults. The movie is not awful, but it’s not great either. It’s just a middle of the road movie that has a slight Men in Black feel to it. If it’s on you can definitely do worse that watching Tomorrowland, but there is no reason to go out of your way to see this one. The Mobile Movie Man has spoken!!