Not Ghostbusters ’84 good, but perhaps Ghostbusters 2 good. Not The Real Ghostbusters good, but way better than Extreme Ghostbusters.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a horrible movie because, honestly, even if it is a hollow shell of its predecessor, it still has some fun action and special effects sequences and does have some interesting world-building going on. That’s the problem, though… the world building looked a lot more interesting than the world-exploding.
Sure, there’s a misstep with the moral of the film, but even that misstep, as forehead slappingly insensitive as it is, is at least forgivable.
Truth: It’s not a bad little flick. Gaudy and flawed, yes, but it has some definite strong points to it.
These are characters who care about each other and seem more real than the “edgy” characters that seem to keep getting pooped out into these movies. Not once did I think, “Oh, I hope that asshole dies” like I did in Sinister 2 or the last Paranormal Activity movie – it’s the Poltergeist effect. Make the audience love your characters and then make the characters go through Hell.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows sticks close to the source material, has no problem being a live-action cartoon and, when so many movies actually seem embarrassed by the source material… this is surprisingly refreshing and a sugar-induced joy.
As far as the X-Men pantheon goes, this is hardly a franchise-destroying disaster, but it is below the bar set by the recent movies.
The Angry Birds movie is a cash grab based on a gaming app, but the most surprising thing is how much it doesn’t suck.
This isn’t the story of two superheroes being dicks to each other… it’s a story of hard choices, gray areas, and no road home. This is a story of divided loyalties, undying friendship, and problems with no real solutions. Realistically, you can side with either Tony or Steve in this movie… both of them are right, both of them are wrong.
Rarely has a fantasy adventure reached the levels of both fantasy and adventure that The Jungle Books reaches… it is wide-eyed and wonderful, a colorful and joyous spectacle that never loses its heart or its inclination simply to be fun.