There is no dip in quality or effort in this film. If you enjoyed the first one and can willingly suspend disbelief when it comes to characters that come and go, you should have no problems here. Vaughn's sense of humor, understanding of visual flair and development of character is still on point here.
So if you are looking for things to blow up, expectant surprises to pop out or just plain misery to abound, you may like this film. If you want the same thing, but you want your daughter to feel like she can be a hero, better stick to The Force Awakens.
As the third sequel gets ready to roll off the assembly line, lets take a look back and try to figure out if they've made anything close to that first classic film.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - 2014 Director Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Sam Clafin, Jena Malone Screenplay by Danny Strong, Peter Craig based on the book by Suzanne Collins At this point we've all become accepting of the process of dragging out books into multiple movies. … Continue reading The Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay 1 (***)
Non-Stop - 2014 Director Jaume Collet-Serra Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Jason Butler Harner, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong'o, Linus Roache, Corey Stroll Screenplay John W. Richardson, Chris Roach, Ryan Engle Non-Stop is the kind of movie that is full of surprises. It has the burden of a premise that we've seen many times before, most notably in Passenger 57, Executive Decision, … Continue reading Non-Stop has Characters, Heroes
Don Jon - 2013 Written and Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Tony Danza There is a certain amount of irony in the fact that Brie Larson is featured in not only this film, but she is also a player in The Spectacular Now. Each film features a man working through some … Continue reading Don Jon (****1/2): Consideration is the key
Live action comedy films are inexpensive to make but they are incredibly hard to master. It's a generally accepted axiom that there is no generally accepted axiom as to what is universally funny. That said, most makers of comedy barely even try. Whether it's the rancid Scary Movie franchise, Tim Matheson's Animal House / Meatballs … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time
Movie 43 - 2013 Directors Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Adam Cagely, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Devin Eash, Anna Faris, Richard … Continue reading Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?