Video Views Extra: New Review of an Older Movie
"Castle in the Sky" may be the most straightforward action/adventure movie made by Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki, and it provides an excellent introduction to his catalog.
Whatever goodwill the movie builds up during its first 85 minutes is thrown away in the idiotic, anticlimactic final ten.
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A study in mood and emotion, about using the canvas of film to convey to the audience the inner feelings of the characters.
Almost seems too bizarre to be true, even though it is - an inadvertent success story that illustrates there’s more than one way to stardom.
The central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie’s capacity to enthrall and engage.
Although the surface tone is breezy and cheeky, there’s a lot going on beneath the facade.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Cartoon Violence, Profanity, Mild Sexual Content)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Mason Gussione
An improvement over the 1995 original, this quasi-sequel mixes adventure with humor, fun performances, and a canny understanding of late 1990s-style video games.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Comic Book Violence)
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Billy Crudup, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Joe Morton
Succeeds in assembling the title team and getting the internal dynamic right but fails in crafting a memorable or imposing villain.
An adult fairy tale that encourages the same emotional responses often engendered by such simple, heartfelt stories.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Billie Lourd, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis
Standout, signature scenes make for moments of great viewing power but can’t hide the flaws of an untidy, overlong story.