Monday, January 22, 2018

Movie Review: "Paddington 2" (2018)

Director: Paul King
Year: 2018
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

When Paddington is arrested for a crime he didn't commit, the Brown family must work to prove his innocence while Paddington is forced to survive in a dangerous prison environment.

When the original "Paddington" came out in the United States in 2015, we will admit, we weren't really looking forward to it. We thought it would be silly and dumb, judging by the trailer. It completely surprised us and it wound up being one of our favorite films of that year. So when a trailer for "Paddington 2" popped up a few months back, we were much more excited to see it, but since we were expecting a good movie, would it live up to its predecessor?

"Paddington 2" is directed by Paul King, who helmed the original "Paddington." Also returning is (almost) the entire original cast including Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Samuel Josling, and Madeline Harris as the member of the Brown family, Julie Walters as Mrs. Byrd, and of course, Ben Whishaw as the voice of the titular Paddington. New to the cast and replacing Nicole Kidman is Hugh Grant as has-been actor Phoenix Buchanan. Another welcomed addition is Brendan Gleeson as rough and tough prison cook Knuckles McGinty. This sequel sees Paddington looking for the perfect gift to send to his Aunt Lucy for her birthday. He thinks he has found it in an old popup book of London. When Paddington is falsely accused of stealing the book from Mr. Gruber's antique shop, he is sentenced to 10 years in prison for grand larceny. Now, the Brown family must try to prove Paddington's innocence on the outside while Paddington must survive in prison, where his cheery disposition may not be so welcome.

Both Paddington as a character and "Paddington 2" as a film are endlessly charming and will bring joy to anyone who encounters with them. You would have to have a sinister, cold as ice soul and a hatred of all happy things to dislike Paddington. In many ways, "Paddington 2" has a lot of the standard family film fare. It has its fair share of slapstick humor, though it rarely if ever resorts to low-brow toilet humor for a cheap laugh. Sure, Paddington rides on the back of a giant dog, drops buckets of water onto his head, and gets carried away by a goose, which kids will love, but it also has loads of witty, smart humor for adults to enjoy as well. Visually, the film is gorgeous to look at. It has a whimsical, vibrant, pleasant aesthetic that will make you awe in its delight. We see shades of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Tim Burton's "Big Fish," as well as other impressive, wonderful techniques from other directors combined beautifully into one cohesive look.

Just because a movie looks cool doesn't always mean everything else works out. Luckily, everything else about "Paddington 2" matches its glorious visuals. The acting is incredible. Mrs. Brown is such a gentle character, and there is no better actor to portray a person like this than Sally Hawkins. She maintains the same loving, quirky, head-in-the-clouds personality from the first installment, but now, she seems like an even bigger dreamer who strives for more adventure. Hugh Bonneville cares for Paddington much more in this installment than the last, and it's fun to see him embrace the little brown bear we've come to love into his family. Both Brendan Gleeson and Hugh Grant are fantastic new additions to the series. They each give stellar, amusing, entertaining and fun performances. Paddington himself is such a good-natured, likable bear who never fails to see the good in people, even if they have sinister intentions. Ben Whishaw has the perfect voice to bring this sweet, lovable character to life.

We want to feel the way we felt when we watched "Paddington 2" all the time. It's a movie that will make your face hurt from smiling too much. At the same time, it has several moments of touching heart and a couple of instances that will stir up your emotions and may even bring a tear to your eye. This is the perfect film for the whole family. If they don't make another one, we don't think we'll ever be happy again. We highly recommend you go see it. It's the perfect movie we need right now.


My Rating: 9.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: ~8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~100%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

TOP 10 MOST DISAPPOINTING MOVIES OF 2017!

2017 was a great year for movies, but it was also a fairly disappointing year for us as well. Many of the films we thought would be bad turned out to be good, and several films we were looking forward to were massive letdowns. Today, we wanted to share with you the disappointments of the year. A couple of dishonorable mentions that just barely missed the list by the skin of their teeth include "The Dark Tower," "Ghost in the Shell," and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." Without further ado, here is our list of the 10 MOST DISAPPOINTING MOVIES OF 2017! Do you agree or disagree with our list? What were some of the most disappointing films you saw in 2017?
10. "Birth of the Dragon" - We went into this movie thinking it was about Bruce Lee, and why wouldn't we? It was only completely marketed as a Bruce Lee biopic complete with a play-on-words title invoking the Kung-Fu master's name. Well, it's not! This is a film about some guy named Steve who happened to train under Bruce Lee. How disappointing.
9. "Personal Shopper" - This is a film that had massive amounts of festival buzz and critical praise. While we fully admit Kristen Stewart gives a great performance in "Personal Shopper," what starts out as a story with an interesting, intricate premise quickly turns into an uneven, meandering, mundane, rather forgettable drama. We much prefer director Oliver Assayas's other film "Clouds of Sils Maria."
8. "The Dinner" - With a cast featuring Rebecca Hall, Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, and Laura Linney, we expected "The Dinner" to be a rousingly true examination of how people "really act." So it was disappointing when the movie was actually about "vile, privileged, amoral people who raised spoiled, amoral, sociopathic children." We truly hated this film.
7. "Brad's Status" - Ben Stiller deserves good movies where he can showcase his dramatic abilities, which we think are underappreciated. "Brad's Status," sadly, doesn't let him shine, but rather makes him look like a pretentious jerk in a pointless movie. This seemed like it would be a relatable, truthful film displaying one man's existential crisis, but it is really just a frustrating slog featuring a man who has everything at his fingertips complaining for 101 minutes.
6. "All Eyez on Me" - As huge fans of Tupac Shakur, we've waited a long time for a feature-length biopic about his life. "All Eyez on Me" might have an actor who looks exactly like the late Shakur, but that's about it. This is a lifeless, dull stretch of the truth with no emotion or intrigue, which should have been hard to do since it was based on a man who was so interesting and entertaining.
5. "The Circle" - In our high-tech world, we're one step away from always being on camera for the world to see. "The Circle" takes this notion to the nth degree in what looked like it would be a spy thriller complete with a thoughtful discussion on connection, privacy, surveillance, and ethics. But, this movie is a mess. It's disjointed as all hell, it's sloppy in its execution, it's full of bland, one-note characters, and it's not particularly well acted. Hell, even Tom Hanks looks like he's phoning it in. This is mawkish, contrived, pseudo-intellectual tripe wrapped in a litany of technological buzzwords.
4. "The Snowman" - The tagline for "The Snowman" is "Mister Police, you could have saved her, I gave you all the clues." Add that to a cast featuring Micheal Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and J.K. Simmons and have it be directed by Tomas Alfredson (who directed one of our all-time favorite horror movies) and you've got a recipe for maximum intrigue. However, NO CLUES GET GOT in this awful thriller that makes no sense. Though the acting is mostly fine, this film is a horribly executed whodunit that drags and drags and drags, leading to nothing but a maddeningly idiotic ending. Please avoid this movie at all costs as it is a massive waste of talent.
3. "Alien: Covenant" - First, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the stellar visuals and awesome set design in "Alien: Covenant." Where it falters is everywhere else. We thought it would bridge the story between "Prometheus" and the rest of the "Alien" franchise. Instead, it only widened the gap by a lot. It is clear that director Ridley Scott is going through some sort of existential crisis in his old age, but for god's sake, don't take it out on your movies, man! There are so many head-scratching moments, so many dumb decisions, and way too much pretension. We left the theater underwhelmed, disappointed, and not really looking forward to seeing where this series goes in the future.
2. "Suburbicon" - George Clooney doesn't have a great track record as a director. His latest film "Suburbicon" is an absolute joke. It feels like three separate clumsily handled movies that never come together into a cohesive unit. Clooney's heart may have been in the right place here, but the material is handled in such a ham-fisted, irritating, mean-spirited manner that it will turn viewers off left and right. Considering who is in the cast and who wrote the screenplay for this flick (the Coen brothers), we're disappointed, to say the least.
1. "Downsizing" - Director Alexander Payne has made some of our favorite best picture-nominated films, including "Nebraska," "The Descendants," and "Sideways." "Downsizing" takes his stellar reputation as a director and shrinks it into nonexistence. Despite some cool visuals, this movie is a poorly paced, overlong, floundering mess full of banal dialogue, subpar performances, and a pseudo-smart plot. It's the final feather in Matt Damon's terrible 2017 cap.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Movie Review: "The Devil's Backbone" (2001)

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Year: 2001
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

A young boy is dropped off at an orphanage while his guardians leave to fight for the rebels in the Spanish Civil War. Once there, he begins to see the ghost of a young boy, which eventually leads him to uncover a sinister plot by one of the orphanage employees.

"What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time..." This opening quote drives the entire theme of Guillermo del Toro's historical ghost story "The Devils' Backbone." The film follows a young boy named Carlos, played by Fernando Tielve, who, after his tutor drops him off at an orphanage, begins seeing the ghost of a young boy who died there. Jaime, played by Íñigo Garcés, an older boy at the orphanage, gives Carlos a hard time upon his arrival and even pulls a knife on him at one point. Most of the adults at the orphanage have the kids' best interests at heart, except Jacinto, played by Eduardo Noriega, who grew up in the orphanage and now works there as an adult. He is only interested in himself and the gold that Carmen, played Marisa Paredes, the woman who runs the orphanage, is rumored to be holding for the rebels fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Jacinto will stop at nothing to get the gold all for himself.

This film is a period piece drama with a half-horror twist. Not only is it scary at some points, but it has an interesting story to go along with it. The ghost element is extremely engaging and intertwines very well with the drama of the sinister Jacinto and his desire to find the hidden gold. The ghostly storyline also acts as a metaphor for the Spanish Civil War. As we mentioned, the movie references a ghost being "an emotion suspended in time," much like the unexploded bomb that sits in the front courtyard of the orphanage. The rage it took to drop the bomb and the fact that it will remain there as a reminder of that anger long after the fighting has stopped. This is a very powerful, extremely haunting notion. The makeup work is really great, though this is not the type of story that needs a ton of it since the ghosts aren't the central focus of the film. There are some gruesome death scenes, but nothing like what you'd see in a traditional splatterhouse horror film.

This is not the scariest horror movie you'll see, but it is a beautiful, tragic, eerie story about life, loss, and war, complete with lots of strong emotion. Guillermo del Toro is a fantastic director, and he puts a lot of attention into the small details when he makes his films. He also puts his heart and soul into each picture he crafts, and that has never been more apparent than it is in "The Devil's Backbone."

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My Rating: 8.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 8.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Movie Review: "Proud Mary" (2018)

Director: Babak Najafi
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

A hitwoman who works for a crime family takes in the son of one of the targets she assassinated. Now, she wants to leave the business, but her boss won't let her go without a fight. 

January is a notorious dumping group for bottom-of-the-barrel movies. Every so often, a good one sneaks through the early-year cesspool, but more often than not, January is overloaded with the cream of the crop of frighteningly bad flicks. When a movie doesn't get a lot of promotion from a studio (regardless of its release date), it's usually because it belongs in a month like January. "Proud Mary" surprisingly got no love from Sony. It was barely marketed. We can only remember seeing one trailer for it in 2017 and we never even saw a poster for it being advertised in the lobbies of the theaters we frequent. It seemed like Sony didn't have much faith in the project. Despite that, we hoped it would be good since we are fans of both Taraji P. Henson and big action movies. So, is this movie any good? We will get to that in just a bit.

"Proud Mary" is directed by Babak Najafi, who is known for directing "London Has Fallen," because if you want to make a killer action movie with a strong Black female lead, the director of the critically panned "London Has Fallen" seems like a good place to start, right? It stars the aforementioned Taraji P. Henson as the titular Mary, a badass assassin working for a Boston crime family. After her most recent hit, Mary notices her target had a young son, played by Jahi Di'Allo Winston, whom she leaves alive since he was too busy playing video games to notice his dad got shot in the head. A year later, the boy is now delivering drugs for a mob under-boss named Uncle, played by Xander Berkley, who regularly beats him and doesn't appear to feed him regularly despite saying that he does. Once again, Mary runs into the kid, and feeling a little guilty, she wants to free him from his tormentor. She takes steps to make that happen and takes her former target's son into her home. Her action may start a crime war, but she wants to leave the crime business anyway. Unfortunately, her boss Benny, played by Danny Glover, won't let her go that easily.

If the description of "Proud Mary" sounds a bit disjointed, that's because the movie itself is massively disorganized. The narrative makes almost no sense. There is no real sense of cause and effect. Things happen regularly that have little bearing on the overall story. The series of events goes from A to B, then from B to H to Q, then to F and back to B, and then finally we end at Z. It's truly all over the place. The entire plot about a crime war brewing between two mob families seems like it only exists to fill the very short 88-minute runtime with moments of try-hard tension, all of which ultimately fail to deliver any thrills. More important but not quite clear is why Mary goes from killer to mother just like 'The Bride' in "Kill Bill." The main plot is about Mary wanting to leave her criminal past behind and even that seems to come out of nowhere. It feels like giant chunks of the story got left on the cutting room floor, pieces that would have filled in the gaps to make a more cohesive screenplay. The movie is also far more melodramatic than we expected. The trailer promised audiences a character along the lines of Foxy Brown meets John Wick, but this promise is quickly broken. Apparently, women can't just be kickass assassins, they have to be nurturing, too. The action comes here and there, but even those scenes feel underwhelming. On the other hand, the final big action sequence is so over the top and unbelievable in an otherwise mostly serious movie that it was hard to fight off our laughter with how ridiculous it was. It felt like we went from watching a Michael Mann movie to a Michael Bay movie completely out of nowhere and for no reason.

So, is this movie good? No, no it is not. Here's the real question: did the studio have no faith in "Proud Mary" because it was bad, or is it bad because the studio never had any faith in it in the first place? We will never know. All we know is Taraji P. Henson deserves a better vehicle than this awful film to showcase her tremendous talents. She tries her best to elevate the mess that's made here, but even someone with her skills can't make something out of nothing. There are only a handful of genuinely decent moments in this movie, and even those aren't enough to make "Proud Mary" worth renting let alone seeing in a theater.


My Rating: 3/10
BigJ's Rating: 2.5/10
IMDB's Rating: ~5.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 23%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Movie Review: "I, Tonya" (2017)

Director: Craig Gillespie
Year: 2017
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes

The life story of infamous Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.

Many of us who were alive at the time are all too aware of the incident that made Tonya Harding a household name in the mid-1990's. But who is Tonya Harding beyond being the woman linked to the knee-capping of one of her fellow U.S. Olympic figure skating teammates? Is she the mastermind of a horrendous act, or did she just happen to surround herself with stupid people doing stupid things? Those are the questions explored in director Craig Gillespie's darkly comedic biopic "I, Tonya." The film is written by Steven Rogers, who has worked on films like "Hope Floats," "Stepmom," and "Kate & Leopold," so this screenplay seems to be new territory for him. The film stars Margot Robbie as two-time Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. Joining her are Sebastian Stan, who plays Harding's abusive first husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney, who plays her abusive mother LaVona Golden. As you can already plainly see, abuse played a big factor in Tonya's upbringing. More on that later. The film follows her from her early youth to her rise in the ranks as a figure skater, all the way through the Nancy Kerrigan scandal and its aftermath.

There are some tremendous performances in "I, Tonya." Margot Robbie is excellent as Harding and plays her as a hard-nosed, rough around the edges, redneck-type looking for respect in a sport that expects and demands prim and proper. Robbie captures the mannerisms and vocal cadence of Harding with the looks to mostly match. The costuming and makeup work in this film should really be getting more attention. Allison Janney is brilliant as LaVona and completely steals the spotlight whenever she's on screen. Her character may be a little one-note, but she hits that note beautifully. She is mean, nasty, seemingly unloving, a complete and total asshole. Speaking of assholes, Sebastian Stan is great as one of the stories biggest dirtbags, Jeff Gillooly, the abusive lover Tonya seemed addicted to for years. Finally, Paul Walter Hauser delivers a hilarious performance as Tonya's bodyguard Shawn, who is a little too stupid for his own good but talks a big game despite being a brute and a loser who literally lives in his mom's basement.

The "I, Tonya" screenplay allows the audience to learn a little bit more about Tonya Harding beyond the media sensation and spectacle of the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. We learn about the struggles she endured in her life and how her eventual downfall came about post-attack. If you take what this film says as gospel, Tonya was not the mastermind of some grand assault and in fact, had no knowledge of an impending physical attack on her competitor. She simply surrounded herself with the dumbest, most moronic bulbs in the bunch like Jeff and his friend/her bodyguard Shawn. She may have contributed with words, but she was mostly a victim of circumstance, that the disorder, misery, and abuse she suffered growing up led to her eventually marrying an abuser. We assume the truth lies somewhere in between the lines. Some will not enjoy "I, Tonya" for the simple fact that they think she is not worthy of cinematic redemption or acclaim. Others will not like it because it is not a happy story. We found this movie to be quite funny, though darkly so and in the worst way possible. It highlights terrible people doing awful things for a bit of an uncomfortable laugh. By the time the film was over, we found ourselves sympathizing with Tonya Harding just a little bit. We started to wonder if her punishment truly fit the crime of guilt by association. There's no way around the fact that she was involved in terrible things, but this paints the story in a different light just a little bit. We enjoyed watching this film and think it's definitely worth checking out if it comes to a theater near you.

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: ~7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Movie Review: "The Post" (2017)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Year: 2017
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

The story of the Washington Post and the decision of its owner Kay Graham to defy a court order and publish the Pentagon Papers.

The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Without them, the United States would not be the United States. Right at the top of the list embedded in the First Amendment is the freedom of the press. You cannot have a democracy without it. Throughout the years, there have been challenges to what that 'freedom of the press' truly means. One such moment was in the 1970's after the New York Times published what was known as the 'Pentagon Papers.' The federal government sued The New York Times and got an injunction on publishing any more of the documents, claiming the release of more of the papers would be damaging to the ongoing military effort in Vietnam. "The Post" is the story of what happened next. The film is directed by legendary director Steven Spielberg and stars legendary actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Streep plays Kay Graham, who was the owner of the Washington Post which, at the time, was a relatively small family-owned paper about to have its initial public offering. Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, the editor-in-chief of the Washington Post. Joining them are an ensemble cast including Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Allison Brie, David Cross, Carrie Coon, and Jesse Plemons, just to name a few.

"The Post" tackles the importance of a free press and the cost of what it would mean to the American people if those in power ever tried to stifle it. It was a watershed moment in our country, one everyone should learn about from now until the end of time. Overall, this film is a very well shot historical drama that is very Steven Spielberg in its style and overall feel. It falls right in line with the movies he has made in the recent past with films like "Lincoln," "Amistad," or "Bridge of Spies." Spielberg has a keen attention to detail. Everything in this film looks very 1970's, which is something that can't always be said for period piece movies.

Meryl Streep is wonderful as Kay Graham, a woman who had to change her way of thinking in order to attack the problem presented to her. Her character starts out taking a back seat to the men around her. She plays the socialite role admirably but doesn't seem like the boss of a major publication in the beginning. Even when men speak politics after dinner, she leaves the room with the rest of the women to attend to less important gossip-type talk. At one point, Kay finds her strength and listens to her heart in order to do what is right in spite of the advice of the men around her. Streep's portrayal is very nuanced and subtle but oh so powerful at the same time. There is a specific scene towards the end of the movie that left us in awe of Streep's raw talent yet again. It is acted so well, in fact, that I didn't realize I was crying until her scene ended. Tom Hanks delivers another fine performance as Ben Bradlee but uses a gravelly vocal tone that felt a bit distracting to us. Though he does have a few shining moments, Hanks definitely takes a back seat to Streep in this instance. Other notable performances include Bradley Whitford's disagreeable portrayal of Arthur Parsons, Tracy Letts' imitation of the supportive yet cautious Fritz Beebe, Bob Odenkirk's thorough but slightly paranoid depiction as journalist Ben Bagdikian, and Sarah Paulson's powerhouse performance as Ben Bradlee's "not just another wife on the telephone" Tony. That being said, the movie does take a bit of time to really get going. The first half of the film isn't nearly as engaging as the second half despite its meticulous inclusion of the history surrounding the leadup to the publication of the Pentagon Papers. In the end, we do believe most viewers will be satisfied watching "The Post" due to Meryl Streep's superb acting, Steven Spielberg's great visuals, the movie's powerful message, and its stellar, tension-filled finale.


My Rating: 7.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: ~7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~88%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Movie Review: "Ferdinand" (2017)

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Year: 2017
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

A flower-loving bull named Ferdinand is mistaken for a dangerous fighter after he is stung by a bee. He is then taken to a camp where matadors select bulls to be their competition. He may be forced to fight but will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening.

Ferdinand may have been the original 'flower child.' Don't believe us? He held strong beliefs in 'flower power' and non-violent resistance. Okay, maybe he just really liked the smell of flowers. "Ferdinand" is the latest film from Blue Sky Studios, which is known for producing animated features like the "Ice Age" franchise and the "Rio" franchise. The story itself is based on a 1936 children's book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munroe Leaf, which was adapted once before by Disney into the 1938 Oscar-winning short film "Ferdinand the Bull." This film stars John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand, who, despite being the strongest and mightiest bull in the yard, is far happier sniffing flowers under a tree and spending time with his friend Nina, voiced by Julia Saldanha as a little girl and Lily Day as a slightly older adolescent girl. When the flower festival comes to town, Ferdinand is supposed to stay home now that he's a giant bull. He likes flowers so much that he can't stay away. After getting stung by a bee makes him accidentally rampage through town in pain, Ferdinand is captured and sent to a camp where matadors select bulls to fight. Now, he must find a way to escape or fight for his life in an arena for the entertainment of an audience. Joining Cena in the film are Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, David Tennant, Gabriel Iglesias, and even Peyton Manning of all people.

We weren't exactly looking forward to "Ferdinand" and put off watching it for quite some time. We were wondering what Blue Sky could possibly do to stretch a 36-page illustrated kids book into a 100-minute feature. We feared it would lose the general sweet-natured sentiment of the original story. Luckily, "Ferdinand" does a good job of staying relatively true to the spirit of the story. There is a lot of heart in the movie, and Ferdinand is an extremely likable character. It does have the standard kid's movie message of "you can be true to who you are and be what you want to be in life, even if what you want to be is a flower-sniffing bull." There is also a bit of a tragic undertone to the whole thing as the young bulls watch their fathers going off to fight in the arena and never come back. Later, we see the bulls who don't have what it takes to be fighters get shipped off to the chop house. It may be a bad idea to take your kids out for a burger after seeing "Ferdinand."

Overall, this movie is way funnier than we thought it would be and brings about several big laughs here and there, which luckily far outnumber the eye-rolling, groan-worthy moments. John Cena does an excellent job playing a timid, sympathetic, lovable main character and his supporting cast does a great job alongside him. Kate McKinnon does a good job as Lupe the goat, though it is a very McKinnon-like character with all the bizarre eccentricities we see from her silly style of comedy. Chances are, if you don't like her, you won't like the goat, and the goat is in a lot of the movie. Others like Gabriel Iglesias, Gina Rodriguez, David Tennant, and Bobby Cannavale each get their moment to shine and round out a wonderful ensemble cast. In the end, "Ferdinand" is an above average kids film. It is one of the better animated features of the year. It's full of heart, silliness, and decent animation.


My Rating: 7.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: ~6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~70%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!