The Rocky Comedic Adventures of ‘Solo’

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Easily one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2018, Solo had a lot to prove. It definitely didn’t help that most people went into the movie assuming it was going to be bad. I can’t blame it for trying to prove everyone wrong.

In this Star Wars Story, a young Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich, ) is in the initial stages of becoming a smuggler with his best buddy Chewbacca while trying to balance an unfortunate relationship with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones). He meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson, The Hunger Games, Now You See Me) along the way as well as a very intelligent robot named L3-37 and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover, Atlanta).

As expected, all of these characters affect the story in some way or another, whether it be for entirely comedic purposes or actual damage. The comedy in this is, unfortunately, going to have to be one of my negatives.

Star Wars has gotten into this habit of trying to make every single droid as successful and hilarious as K-2SO in Rogue One, when it’s just not going to happen. L3-37 makes some decent jokes (one being about equal rights for droids), but it feels so obvious that the writers are forcing it.

To future Star Wars Stories writers, stop trying to make the droids as funny as K-2SO, it’s not going to happen.

The movie itself wasn’t the most fun to sit through of the Star Wars franchise. In fact, it may be one of the least enjoyable yet. I had never found myself so bored for the majority of a Star Wars movie than I did with this one.

Luckily, it made up for that with its last 20 minutes which were actually pretty entertaining to watch. I say this because it’s in the last 20 minutes that anything wildly important happens, including a plot twist and introduction of a familiar character that I was saying, “uhm… what?” to.

The cinematography was beautiful, as it is in a Star Wars movie. It was beautifully made, even the camera work wasn’t nauseating like some movies have become nowadays. There were plenty of oddly named planets and several mentions of Tatooine, which I thoroughly enjoyed being a hardcore Star Wars fan myself.

Honestly, I have very mixed opinions regarding Solo. I don’t think it was bad, but it’s definitely in the bottom five of Star Wars movies. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it shouldn’t have been made because at the end of the day, it told a story about a character we all loved that we all wanted to know a little more about.


My Rating: 84%

Acting: 3.4/4

Cinematography: 3.5/4

Story: 3.4/4

Enjoyability: 3.2/4

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‘Show Dogs’: An Alright Family Film

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Therese Gardner

Show Dogs, the combination of Miss Congeniality and Beverly Hills Chihuahua that nobody asked for.

In this movie, police dog, Max (voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), has to go undercover at a dog show with FBI agent Frank (Will Arnett) to catch an exotic animal smuggler and save a baby panda.

This movie was exactly what you would expect it to be, but it is a kid’s movie from a newer studio so expectations aren’t exactly high. I will say that I don’t feel like this is the kind of movie that is funny for both kids and parents. Most of the comedy was based on immature jokes that are really only funny for kids. It didn’t have the intelligent, well-thought-out humor of movies like Zootopia that works for any age.

This movie also did not have any kind of bigger message that other kids movies have to draw in the parents. The story really doesn’t have anything interesting or different to keep you engaged if you are above the age of 12.

This movie lacked the heartwarming charm of director Raja Gosnell’s other films like Scooby-Doo. I mean granted Scooby-Doo had the advantage of being about a beloved cartoon mystery gang, but the difference was that it had a likeable main character, interesting story, and compelling man and dog relationship that Show Dogs just lacked.

The one redeeming quality of this movie for me was that the actors really did try even though what they were given was absolutely ridiculous. Will Arnett and Natasha Lyonne, who played the FBI’s canine consultant (yes I am serious) Mattie, put all that they could into these absurd roles and made the emotions of these characters seem more real. The voice actors also did very well and their ridiculous voices were some of the funniest parts of the movie for me.

Show Dogs really is just your average kids movie. If you have a kid or a little sibling, this would be the perfect movie to take them to. However, if you were thinking about seeing this movie because you are a huge dog-lover just wait for Dog Days. Because you’ll be too busy cringing during Show Dogs to even enjoy all the cute dogs in the movie.


My Rating: 63%
Acting: 3.3/4
Cinematography: 1.5/4
Story: 2.5/4
Enjoyability: 2.8/4

‘Book Club’ is the Romantic Comedy that Older Viewers Deserve

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

While romantic comedies seem to be limited to the 30 and under crew, there are those few films that connect with an audience that deserves more love than it’s given.

Book Club, starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen, offers a new look at the stereotype that the 50+ don’t have sex when four women in a book club reevaluate their love lives after reading 50 Shades of Grey.

Even though this is a regular romantic comedy, it also makes its audience question how we portray older men and women on screen and whether or not the film industry should be tapping into this kind of an audience.

As I walked into the theatre to see this movie, the entire audience was over 50 years old. Of course I’m just speculating there but generally that demographic doesn’t regularly go to the movies unless it’s something that they can relate to.

So why not make films that connect with all audiences?

Book Club challenges the stereotypes that falling in love is restricted to the 20 year olds and allows its viewers to see themselves on-screen with positivity and liveliness.


My Rating: 75%

Acting: 2.8/4

Cinematography: 2.7/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4

‘Deadpool 2’ Shows Exactly What Superhumor Should Be

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Deadpool is back at it again with his morbid sense of humor the entire world has come to love in Deadpool 2. This time, he comes with an even more complex story with long-term complications.

In this one, Deadpool (obviously still played by Ryan Reynolds) finds a new villain that he must defeat to save a little kid named Russell (played by Julian Dennison) – or “Firefist” if you ask him – as he struggles with, like, self-identity or something. Basically the X-Men version of puberty.

Regardless, Deadpool is as funny as ever. But it all started with something that most movies don’t put a ton of time in anymore – marketing. Deadpool 2 created dozens of alternate covers for its movie as well as replicas of other movies that were replaced with Deadpool himself. On the cover of War for the Planet of the Apes, Deadpool is seen riding the horse. It’s these marketing decisions that helped build the anticipation for this movie.

I have no complaints about the acting in this movie. Reynolds, the young Dennison, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, and all the other actors/actresses’ portrayals of unique characters were executed excellently. They each brought a lot to the movie no matter how much or how little they appeared in it.

Deadpool is known for his dark humor, which he plays very well. From comparing the new villian Cable and Thanos to understating the power of Hawkeye, Deadpool really brings the shaded joys to the MCU.

Even the cinematography was awesome in this movie. They used tons of different sets and locations to show all the different situations Wade Wilson manages to get himself into while still keeping the feel of his universe.

Finally, the writers hit the bullseye with a story that really has the ability to hook the audience. It jumps around, sure, but a lot of superhero movies do that nowadays. And who are we to complain about that after watching The Avengers: Infinity War.

That’s right, if you liked that story, you have no place to say that Deadpool’s was bad.

Deadpool 2 was definitely better than the first. That, right there, is a huge accomplishment within itself. It incorporates the X-Men storyline better than the first (shipping Deadpool and Colossus with every piece of my soul), and the humor worked even more thought out, adding in constant pieces of attitude towards the MCU. It just knew how to build on characters they already had as well as add in ones that would benefit the story (Brad Pitt may or may not make a cameo appearance… go find out!). Deadpool 2 is easily one of my highest recommended movies of 2018 thus far.


My Rating: 91%

Acting: 3.6/4

Cinematography: 3.5/4

Story: 3.6/7

Enjoyability: 3.9/4

Film Forecast Friday: May 18th

On Friday, May 18th we have…

Deadpool 2

Book Club

Show Dogs

Dark Crimes

First Reformed

On Chesil Beach

Julia’s Prediction:

Obviously Deadpool 2 will takeover the box office this weekend and may even give Avengers: Infinity War a run for its money for that #1 box office spot. Also, I literally just saw Deadpool 2 as I’m writing this and I loved it. I strongly recommend.

Book Club looks pretty funny, but I don’t expect it to make any big waves at the box office. Although it currently has a surprisingly high rating on Rotten Tomatoes for what it is, so who knows. Maybe it will surprise me.

I honestly can’t even believe Show Dogs is a movie. I mean are creepy real looking talking animals really anyone’s kind of movie? I definitely expect this movie to crash and burn.

Dark Crimes looks pretty intense and it has Jim Carrey in it so it will probably do alright. First Reformed is already Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes so that one will also probably do pretty good. And finally On Chesil Beach which stars Saoirse Ronan from Lady Bird. This one looks pretty interesting and I think among its audiences it will do pretty well.

Anthony’s Prediction:

Even only being open for one day, Deadpool 2 is already breaking records. It’s killing it at the box office and will continue that through this weekend. Ryan Reynolds knew what he was doing signing on for this movie.

Book Club is going to be interesting, but won’t do crazy well at the box office. That being said, it’ll still take the second most spot next to Deadpool 2.

First Reformed is being very positively recepted and I love that. It’s a good movie with a story that needs to be told, and it deserves the good it’s getting.

Dark Crimes and On Chesil Beach are the two movies this week that I think will be looked passed and won’t be big or relevant at all.

‘Step Sisters’: Throwing Together College Trash

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Step Sisters is a new original Netflix film with a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. That, at least for me, says it all… but I gave it a chance. Unfortunately, that chance wasn’t worth it.

This is a movie that makes an attempt at combining stereotypes about race, gender, and college sororities to develop what the writers called a teen comedy. It’s a triple whammy that nobody asked for and nobody wants to see.

Don’t get me wrong, I can see where they attempted to make it work. They had characters who were having trouble with their own self identity and characters who wanted to embrace their self identity but couldn’t. This attempt crashed when they put it up against moments of blatant racial stereotyping, which just isn’t funny anymore in the society we live in unless it’s done with purpose.

Jamilah (played by Megalyn Echikunwoke, CSI: Miami), Beth (Eden Sher, The Middle), and Dane (Matt McGorry, How to Get Away With Murder) play three of the main characters, and were the strongest out of the cast. However, that’s not saying much because none of them were at their strongest performance by any means.

Sher seems to be stuck playing the same role in every production she appears in while McGorry is consistently losing his eye for good entertainment, which is a sad thing to me, as I really enjoyed him in How To Get Away from Murder.

On the whole, I did not like this movie and would suggest spending your time watching funnier teen comedies like Edge of Seventeen and Netflix’s very recent Dude. The acting wasn’t pristine or even good and the teen comedy it attempted to be just blew up on more than one occasion.

If I could give any advice to teen comedies in the future, steer away from race jokes every thirty seconds unless it actually needs to be said. Step Sisters just took it too far.


My Rating: 35%

Acting: 1.7/4

Cinematography: 1/4

Story: 1.7/4

Enjoyability: 1.3/4

Melissa McCarthy is the ‘Life of the Party’

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

2018 really has been the year of pleasant surprises. Melissa McCarthy’s newest comedy ‘Life of the Party’ is genuinely laugh out loud funny, charming, and heartwarming, something I did not expect from the absurd concept of the film.

The film starts out with Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) finding out that her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) is in love with their realtor and divorcing her. Deanna then decides to better herself in the wake of this awful situation, by going back to college and finishing her Archeology degree at the same school she started it at, which also happens to be the same school her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) is attending.

A mom and daughter going to college together sounds pretty ridiculous right? But McCarthy and the rest of the cast are able to make it work effortlessly.

First of all, this movie is hilarious. Watching the pure and adorable Deanna going through all of these insane college antics, paired with McCarthy’s impeccable comedic timing is a true recipe for good comedy.

Also, while we’re on the topic of how funny this movie was, I have to talk about Maya Rudolph. She plays Deanna’s best friend Christine, and although she doesn’t play a very big role in the story, she steals the show of every single scene she is in. From the absurd things she says, her never ending support of Deanna, and the comedic genius that is Maya Rudolph every single scene she is in is absolutely hysterical.

Honestly, watching McCarthy and Rudolph together again reminded me of the days of Bridesmaids, and man was it great to see these two talented ladies working together on another film.

The part of this film that surprised me the most was how well the story worked because the concept really does seem like a recipe for cringing and eye rolling. But the plot actually ends up flowing very well. The way it is done makes you almost forget how ridiculous it is, and honestly made it feel plausible and nearly realistic.

I think what made the plot work so well was the open and honest relationship Deanna and her daughter Maddie had. It was so nice to watch this charming mother daughter relationship unfold and see how they were always there for each other in every way. It reminded me of my relationship with my mom which made me love it even more.
If you’re looking for a heartwarming and hilarious movie where you truly care about the characters, then go see Life of the Party. You won’t regret it.


My Rating: 83%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 2.5/4

Story: 3.2/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4