Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

As a 90s kid, of course I had to see Captain Underpants, if only as an obligation to my younger self. Going in, I honestly had no idea what to expect, I hadn’t watched any trailers or researched the film at all, but t
o my pleasant surprise, I loved it.

Some of my favorites voiced the main characters, Ed Helm as Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants, Kevin Hart as George, Thomas Middleditch as Harold, and Nick Kroll as *ahem* Professor Poopypants.

The story is about two elementary school kids who just want school to be fun, and the school principal, Mr. Krupp, who wants exactly the opposite. They end up hypnotizing Krupp and convincing him that he is Captain Underpants. Most of the movie then follows the chaotic consequences of their action, that is until Professor Poopypants becomes their new Science teacher and explains his plan to rid the world of laughter. 

George and Harold along with Captain Underpants must work together to foil Professor Poopypants plan before it’s too late. Will they succeed? Of course they will it’s a kids movie. 

The film is chock full of childish bathroom humor, and I can honestly say I was laughing throughout the entire thing. It felt like the type of movie where everyone involved was just having a great time. I was completely caught off guard by how much I enjoyed it, but happily surprised. 

To the right crowd this movie will be a favorite of 2017. Although it isn’t likely to show up at any awards shows, it was a great tribute to the original comics and will have fans young and old waiting for the sequel. I give it a 4 out of 5 and recommend it to anyone looking to bring out their innerchild.

Snatched (2017)

Amy Schumer recently released her new movie, Snatched featuring her and Goldie Hawn. Emily (Schumer) and her mother Linda (Hawn) end up taking a vacation together after Emily’s boyfriend dumps her. The pair lands in an exotic country, and get settled in at their resort. 

While Emily is all ready to party and have fun, Linda is more interested in relaxing and playing it safe. Ruth (Wanda Sykes) another woman staying at the hotel with her partner Barb (Joan Cusack) approaches and warns them to be careful due to some recent kidnappings, but Emily blows her off and goes out drinking.

Emily ends up meeting a guy at a bar and convinces her mother to join them on a day trip the following day. As expected, it doesn’t go as planned and after a series of events they find themselves locked in a cell. This is where Goldie Hawn starts to shine. As Emily wakes up, she finds her mother reading a porno mag in the corner of the room pretending it’s a book.

Ruth and Barb show up again to help break the girls out, but they unfortunately get separated, and Emily and Linda are again left on their own to find their way home. Through a series of mother daughter bonding moments and some help from Emily’s brother (Ike Barinholtz) are found and rescued by US Soldiers and escorted to the embassy

I’m generally a fan of Amy Schumer, her last movie, Trainwrecked was a favorite of mine. I wouldn’t say Snatched was a bad movie, it was mildly entertaining, a few good jokes here and there. Overall though, I was left disappointed.

Most of the movie felt like a compilation of forced jokes, some landed, most didn’t. Truthfully, Goldie Hawn carried the film, her jokes were well delivered and were the only thing that really seemed to have any value. Joan Cusack

Overall I’ll give it a 2.5 stars out of 5. It was mildly enjoyable but ultimately forgettable.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant was exactly what i had hoped it would be, an extremely violent action movie with all the blood and gore you’d expect from the franchise.

James Franco plays an excellent role as captain of the covenant crew, and Danny McBride shows that he really can act in a semi-serious role and pull it off.

The movie is really stolen though by Michael Fassbender, playing both a good and evil version of himself. He is the primary focus of the flick, and for good reason.

I would give Alien: Covenant 4.5 out of 5 and highly recommend it to anyone looming for a good action flick and to fans of the series.

How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)

How to Be a Latin Lover was a feel good comedy directed by one of my favorite actors, Ken Marino (Party Down, Burning Love). When I say it was a feel good movie, I mean there was almost no conflict, and when there was it was immediately remedied. This is not to say that I didn’t appreciate that though. It was actually refreshing to see such an upbeat film.

The story revolves around Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) who has made his living seducing an older woman and leaching off of her for 25 years. When she ends it out of nowhere, Maximo is left with nothing and has to move in with his sister Sara (Salma Hayek) who he has not seen or talked to in 10+ years and her son Hugo (Raphael Alejandro).

Hugo is crushing on a girl in his class but is too nervous to speak to her, but when Maximo finds out that her grandmother is loaded, he selflessly decides to help Hugo out, sort of. He teaches Hugo how to “woo” a woman through the “art of seduction”. Needless to say it doesn’t go exactly as planned.

The movie is loaded with great side characters that achieve a surprising amount of screen time. Featuring Rob Lowe, Rob Cordry, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, Michael Cera and Kristen Bell, all with killer performances. Kristen Bell’s character Cindy, and Rob Lowe’s character Rick were among my favorites.

I would give this movie a 3.5 out of 5, and recommend it to anyone looking for a good laugh. It does its job, and does it well.

Gifted (2017)

Gifted was the movie I’ve been waiting for since I first saw director Mark Webb’s earlier movie, 500 days of summer, back in 2010. This movie was a beautifully told story about Frank Adler (Chris Evans) and his relationship with niece Mary (McKenna Grace) after his sister takes her own life.

Evans sets the bar with an award worthy performance, that leaves the audience sympathizing with him as he fights for custody of Mary against her grandmother.

Grace nails her role as a math prodigy, and flawlessly flips between a mature adult and an innocent child. The chemistry between her and Evans keeps it interesting as they transition between acting as roommates to a close father daughter relationship.

The story consistently keeps the viewer captivated without pause. I felt like I could really connect with Evans’ character and so his performance really resonated with me.

All in all I would give this 4 and a half stars, and highly recommend checking it out.

Obligatory Intro Post

My name is Derek, I’m from the Boston area. For as long as I can remember, movies have been a huge part of my life. My life has been shaped by the film’s I’ve seen and by characters I connected with.

In my spare time I like to write screenplays, but rarely have time to finish them. So that’s why I’m starting this movie review blog.

I will post at least once a week unless otherwise noted, but I may post more if I happen to see more than one movie that week. I am not, nor do I claim to be a movie critic, I’m just a guy who likes movies