Welcome to "Last Month In Movies", a column that takes a look back on all the new releases that came out in the past month. Posted at the end of every month, LMiM talks about the good, the bad, and tops it off with a "Movie of the Month".
Before I begin I'd just like to say that we're already four months into 2016! I guess it's true what they say: "time flies when you're watching movies".
It's kind of funny how a month in movies can go. It could feature hits every single weekend, or it could be nothing but crap. But every now and then a month gets stuck in neutral with no way of knowing whether there was more good than bad or vice versa. This April was a perfect example of said type of month, for just about every good movie we had, a bad one came out. We had a fantastic live-action remake of a Disney animated classic, but also an unnecessary prequel/sequel to a famous fairy tale that was made famous by Disney. We had a hilarious comedy about a barbershop, but also an unfunny flick about business.
There's more where that come from, so let's take a look at what April had to offer in movies.
Rell (Jordan Peele) is heart-broken when his girlfriend dumps him, but when a cute kitten appears on his doorstep, he takes it in and names it Keanu. After coming home one night, he finds his home ransacked and Keanu gone. With the help of his cousin Clarence (Keagen-Michael Key), they track down the kitten-nappers and end up getting knee-deep in gang activity just to get the cat back.
I love the Key and Peele sketches, so naturally I got excited when I heard they were making a movie. And it was quite an awesome movie, the jokes were great, the action was amazing, and the kitten that was Keanu is probably the cutest one I have ever seen.
War of Bore
After the betrayal of her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), Freya (Emily Blunt) gains the ability to freeze her enemies in ice and retreats to the north. There she raises an army of Huntsmen to be her protectors. Despite the rule against falling in love, Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) have a secret romance, angering Freya. However, as the war escalates, Eric and Sara must team up with Freya to destroy Ravenna once and for all.
You know, it's nice to see that Hollywood has made a movie where the female leads outnumber the male leads. But why did it have to be the unexciting, unnecessary, and confusing prequel/sequel schlock that is this movie? 'Snow White and The Huntsman' was an interesting take on a classic tale by turning a princess into a sword-wielding badass. It wasn't a great movie so it wasn't in need of a follow-up, yet we got one anyway. There's awful performances from great actors, battle scenes that have too much CGI filling, and to top it off, it looks like they tried to blend a live-action remake of 'Frozen' into the mix. Bottom line, it's a mess of a movie and it doesn't look like it will make enough money to produce the sequel it set itself up for.
After Clavin (Ice Cube) and Angie (Regina Hall) merge the barbershop and the beauty salon into one business, tensions run high between the men and women. However, as crime is on the rise in Chicago, Calvin is worried about what will happen to his son. Realizing how important the business is to the neighborhood, the friends band together to save the shop from the trigger-happy gang members that roam the streets.
Considering the stinker known as 'Ride Along 2' that was released earlier this year,and the fact that it's been ten years since the last movie, 'The Next Cut' had some low expectations. Yet surprisingly, it's a fun, charming flick with plenty of heart and wit, and proves that rappers can be great actors.
CEO Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is sent to federal prison for insider trading, but is able to stay with her former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) once she leaves. After attending a Girl Scout meeting with Claire's daughter, Michelle devises a plan for a brownie empire, but it turns out she'll have to deal with old enemies in order to make it back to the top.
You can tell id a Melissa McCarthy movie is a hit or miss depending on the director. If it's Paul Feig, it's good, if it's Ben Falcone, then it sucks, and that's what this movie does. I mean, what did you expect from the guy who directed 'Tammy'? Now to be fair, directors can, will, and have bounced back with good movies, but this is not the case for Falcone. It's a wreck, it's unfunny and it's obvious he has learned nothing from what he did wrong the last time he worked with his wife.
FPM (First Person Movie)
A man wakes up from a coma with no memory and a loss of speech, while a woman (Hayley Bennett) claiming to be his wife tells him that his name is Henry. After being attacked and his wife kidnapped, Henry teams up with a mysterious man named Jimmy to save his wife and stop a madman from taking over the world.
What can I say about 'Hardcore Henry' that hasn't been said before. It's a fun, fast-paced, over-the-top cinematic experience that needs to be seen in a theater. You might stumble out feeling a little nauseated, but it's one amazing show and it's the first, and may probably be the only, first-person movie in history.
Movie of the Month: The Jungle Book
I have to say, this had a lot to live up to. It had to win over fans of the classic movie while giving the new generation a childhood favorite, and it delivers on both levels. The movie was a visual masterpiece, the story was more detailed, and the only real thing in the movie was the actor who played Mowgli and he did a fantastic job. After all, it can't be easy to look around at a lot of green screen and pretend it's a jungle, or talk to puppets and people in spandex and pretend they're real animals. There is a lot to love about this movie but my words don't do it justice. It really is a movie you have to see for yourself.
That's it for "Last Month in Movies", but be sure to check back in June!