Monday, March 13, 2017

Movie: John Wick: Chapter 2| Moana

Name: John Wick: Chapter 2
Year: 2017
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Country: USA
Time: 122

Outline of the movie:
After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

My thoughts:
            I do not have much to say about the movie… unfortunately. It was much weaker than the first chapter and was lacking common logic. First of all, I am so sick of actors not being able to say a single phrase in a foreign language. When the budget of the movie is $40,000,000 could you please, please find a native speaking person, who at least will tell you if what you are mumbling does not make sense at all! This looks so unprofessional. If your actors are so dumb and not able to articulate 2 words in Italian or Russian, just cut their voices and make the phrase up on the computer! In today's era of technology I am spending 2 minutes in the movie trying to put the random sounds coming from the character's mouth in a sensible sentence!
          But on the whole I cannot complain; the movie delivers everything it promises: beautiful settings, style and a lot of killing. Two scenes I really appreciate: one with the sommelier and the other with the tailor, nice dialogues in addition to the endless row of killings. On the other hand, I totally did not understand and not appreciate Laurence Fishburne's character in the movie: such a great actor in such a meaningless scene.
Rating:
     5/10    
Name: Moana
Year: 2016
Director:  Ron Clements, Don Hall
Cast: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Country: USA
Time: 10 
Outline of the movie:
    Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart.
My thoughts:
      What a nice movie! The visuals in this movie are so gorgeous! But, besides the visuals there is such a heart and imagination and creativity to it. Moana is such a likable, smart, and relatable person. The voice work for Moana is so sweet and so good. The chemistry between Moana and Maui is so great and so natural, and I appreciate that there is no romance in it. The songs in this movie were too much for me, but some were charming, catchy and fun, especially "You are Welcome".
       I liked the novelty of the settings and plot. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology, which is quite interesting to get to know even in the format of the animated movie.
Rating:
     8/10    

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