Thursday, May 23, 2019

(2019) Aladdin - An Enjoyable Ride and A Decent Live Action Remake of 1992 Classic

I was pretty surprised that this movie got so much promotion in Indonesia and it even got the Advance Ticket sales event which was quite rare and normally given to major blockbuster movies such as those superheroes films. Anyway my wife and I bought the tickets since last weekend for its premier date show. Even if there was some chaotic moments due to the heated political condition in Indonesia particularly on that day, our studio was still packed with audience, though some studios in the area of demonstrations were not so lucky as they had to cancel few or entire show for the day. OK enough of that stuff and let's just get on with this movie.

Brief Story Line

In the kingdom of Agrabah, a petty thief named Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and his pet monkey called Abu was quite infamous for his acts. One day he somehow met and became attracted to princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott - Power Rangers the movie etc). As he was trying his best to be close to her, Aladdin found himself trapped in the political struggle masterminded by the evil Prime Minister Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) to become the most powerful person in Agrabah.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Uglydolls - A Great Idea Sadly Rather Poorly Executed

I found out about this movie when it was promoted in certain Indonesian cinemas websites and it premiered on Wednesday. I also read somewhere that the movie was not really well received, but my wife and I were willing to give it a try as we wanted to check and see it on our own before deciding if a movie is good or bad. However, as we were already having other things planned these past few days, we only got the chance to see it today. So will go on with the movie now.

Brief Story Line

In the world where defect dolls called Uglydolls were "thrown" into a place called Uglyville, the residents were happily living in peace with its mayor Ox (Blake Shelton). Moxy (Kelly Clarkson - From Justin to Kelly) was one of them who always dreamt of going to the outside world and be adopted by a child, but her wish never came true. Until one day, she decided to find out the way to fulfill her dreams. Together with her friends the wise Lucky Bat (Wang Leehom - Lust, Caution etc), the big & having many things in his pocket Babo (Gabriel Iglesias), the cool Ugly Dog (Singer Pittbull) and the sarcastic Wage (Wanda Sykes - Ice Age:Collision Course etc), they embarked on a journey to find ways to the outside world.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum - Fights, Fights and More Fights!

Finally I got the chance to see this movie on its 3rd day in Indonesia. I was unable to see it on its premier date due to office function and I was not keen on seeing this in the small size studio with average sound effects. So last night my wife and I bought the tickets for the 6.20 PM show at Epicentrum which was just nice as it would not be too late at night when the movie finished. Well we shall get on with the movie now.

Brief Story Line (warning possible spoiler)

Set exactly after the events in the previous movie, John Wick (Keanu Reeves - Speed, Siberia etc) had become excommunicado and exiled from the league of assassins. A major bounty was put on his head and all the killers in that league wanted to kill him, including a highly skilled assassin Zero (Mark Dacascos - Crying Freeman, Cradle 2 the Grave etc) and his pupils. John had no choice but to seek help from some of his old acquaintances such as a former assassin Sofia (Halle Berry - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Swordfish etc) and a mysterious Russian lady (Anjelica Huston - The Grifters, The Addams Family etc).