Starring: Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Becky G. Featuring Bill Hader with Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks.
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Different. Is it different good or is it different bad? Let’s just say that it’s different.
The 2017 Power Rangers film gives us back the original 5 rangers but with brand new and young actors. Jason the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), Zack the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin), Kimberly the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott), Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G), and Billy the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) are the brand new teenagers with attitude chosen to fight the evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). The names are the only things linked to the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV Show. The rest is pretty much an all-new reboot. The movie gives us a brand new origin story of the Power Rangers and do keep in mind that it is an origin story so it takes a while before you get to see the colorful heroes on screen.
Nothing ever happens in the small town of Angel Grove. Little do the citizens know that millions of years ago, a war for the protection of life on earth has been going and it would later return to the present day. Fallen football star of the Angel Grove Tigers Jason Scott is sent to detention, given an ankle monitor by the local authorities and is out for the season for playing a nasty prank in school. In detention, he is joined by classmates Billy Cranston and Kimberly Hart. On his first day of detention, Jason saves the nerdy Billy from a bully. Billy then seeks for more assistance from Jason by offering him that he can remove the ankle monitor if he helps him do something at the gold mine where his father used to work. Jason agrees and Billy explains that before his father died, they would go to the mines and study certain geological elements in the facility. At the mines, it just so happens that Kimberly, Zack and Trini where in the area. Billy sets up explosives and discovers glowing coin-like medallions. The five teenagers find the power coins and suddenly gain superhuman abilities the next day. They go back to the mines and discover and alien spacecraft which eventually leads them to Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) and Zordon (Bryan Cranston). It is explained that the morphing grid makes no mistake in choosing the five rangers to which Alpha and Zordon doubt the five new chosen ones because of their age. All of a sudden, these teenagers need to save the world from Rita Repulsa and her army of evil “Putties”. The five new Power Rangers who barely know one another need to go through a journey of establishing camaraderie, building teamwork, and sacrifice in order to defeat Rita Repulsa.
Power Rangers may be of an acquired taste to moviegoers. It’s very different from the TV Show from the 90s but it still gives fans certain key elements of Power Rangers of teamwork, courage, and loyalty. The actors do a good job of revamping the original five and it really is seen in the film. However, a fair warning to die hard Super Sentai Series fans, there’s a good chance you will not like this film. 90s kids will also look for certain elements and will leave the cinemas longing for it. Minor spoilers, there is no brand new theme of “Go Go Power Rangers”, no one actually shouts out the type of dinosaur they are to morph, and no one actually teleports. Is it worth watching? If you grew up in the 90s loving the TV series, by all means go see it! If you are a die hard Super Sentai Series, you be the judge and go see it for yourself. If you want to watch an entertaining movie, go see Power Rangers because it still was very entertaining.
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbel, and John C. Reilly
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
FUN! In one word, KONG: SKULL ISLAND is a fun movie where you don't have to think of the story. A movie wherein you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride while munching on nachos.
It has a simple and easy to understand story. Set in the seventies, certain scientists from the MONARCH organization want to go visit this new island that suddenly appeared in the South Pacific on a satellite feed. The scientists seek approval from the US Senate to go an expedition on that new island and do some experiments. They then ask soldiers who just finished serving during the Vietnam War to accompany them to this so-called mysterious island. The scientists and soldiers drop bombs to check on the terrain and that's when it gets crazy. Little did the soldiers know that the scientists from MONARCH are aware of some things hidden from man living on Skull Island.
"You don't bomb one's backyard unless you're picking a fight!"
"King Kong" as we all know him isn't the bad guy in this movie. (He's referred to as Kong in the movie by the way) He's just the "King" of Skull Island who protects the people and animals living there from the deadly "Skullcrawlers". So it's a monster vs. monsters movie with some people along the way to witness it.
Kong really is the heart of the film. This particular version is the biggest in terms of size. The monster action scenes are a load of fun and that really is the main reason you have to see it. Sadly, the human characters in the story don't have much development despite having a number of stars in the cast.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND is now showing in cinemas with Nacho Bimby! Catch it in Greenhills Dolby Atmos Theater, SM The Block, Eastwood Mall, Venice Grand Canal, and Robinsons Magnolia.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen
Directed by James Mangold
One last SNIKT! Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the most popular mutant and X-Man of all time for one last rodeo.
Wolverine aka James Howlett aka Logan now lives in a world where mutants are on the brink of extinction. Only few remain in the world and he's now somewhat of an "Uber driver" to earn petty money and support his little family that includes a very old and ailing Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who is being troubled by worsening seizures.
The story gets interesting when Logan runs into a Spanish woman who recognizes him as The Wolverine. This woman begs Logan to take care of her young daughter Laura (Dafne Keen) and bring her to safety. Laura is being hunted down by dark forces and Logan must fight these forces to save the young girl's life. Professor Xavier had already sensed the young girl and little does Logan know, he and the girl aren't so different from one another. Laura happens to be a mutant who possesses adamantium claws and rapid body healing similar to Logan. The two veteran X-Men set off on a journey to bring the young mutant to safety.
LOGAN brings the debut of Laura Kinney or more popularly known as the mutant X-23. The movie is the best among the three Wolverine movies and is by far the most violent and bloodiest among the three. It's not the best X-Men movie but it does show comic-accurate depictions of the main characters and the story remains Wolverine centric. Director James Mangold has done an awesome "Violent Wolverine" movie and it's probably thanks to DEADPOOL that Twentieth Century Fox decided to go ahead with the R rating for LOGAN. Because of this, Mangold
was able to show the real essence of Wolverine that fans have been clamoring for. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart deserve a lot of praise for portraying their comic book counterparts one last time for all the X-Men fans. The two actors certainly gave performances fans will remember for years to come. The movie may have had some pacing challenges but it was still a fun ride and comic book fans will not be disappointed.
LOGAN is now showing at your favorite cinemas! Be sure to catch it with your favorite Nacho Bimby Champion Combo available in Greenhills Promenade, SM The Block, Eastwood Mall, Venice Grand Canal, and Robinsons Magnolia.
Please note that LOGAN is Rated R-16 because it contains graphic violence, profane language, and mature subject matter.