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Did the Midway Movie Deliver? Midway Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Midway Movie Review by Ms. H

You’ve probably seen various World War II films and are wondering if it is worth your time and money to watch yet another one at the movie theater. To make a long story short and to cut to the chase — Yes — it is worth your time and money to see the Midway movie.  Check out my movie review here to find out why.

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Plot of the Midway Movie 

The movie centers around the surprise attack of Japan against the United States in 1941 as well as the Midway victory in 1942. The plot includes actions that unfolded after the attack. Intertwined in the bigger war movie, are human interest stories that happened during this time.

Cast of Characters in the Midway Movie

I think the casting staff of the Midway movie did a good job of choosing actors to play the different characters in the film with possibly one exception.  From the trailer, you’ve possibly seen one of the Jonas Brothers (Nick Jonas) in this film. I was not particularly keen on this — even though it seems to be vogue to cast singers, etc. in these type movies. The good news is that his part was miniscule so you will not be distracted from the storyline by thinking of Jonas Brothers songs when he appears. 

I believe the movie attempted to shift the story to a main character Ed Skrein as Dick Best along with his wife Ann Best played by Mandy Moore. However, if you watch the Midway movie, you will notice that each character in the film along with their story stood out in their own way.

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Viewpoint of the Midway Movie

If you watch this film, you will notice that it is not being narrated as the events of the movie takes place. To me, this was a plus and gave the allusion of watching the war events unfold. The movie also gives you an idea of how the other side was faring not only when the Midway victory happened but during the earlier times as well.

Movie Length of the Midway Movie

The Midway movie will most likely take up about  two hours and forty minutes of your time — including the previews. The actual movie, Midway, itself lasts 2 hours and 18 minutes. However, since you may become engrossed in the story as well as the events, the movie will not seem to last that long. I believe this is due to the way the writer/director developed the characters throughout the movie, including showing their family life and the comradery between the men.  

Realism of the Midway Movie

Some of the scenes in the movie may have been added for dramatic effect; however I think overall, the movie presented as realistic events as it could relative to what  happened during this time frame.

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Assessment of the Midway Movie

I believe it is worth your time and money to see the Midway movie. To answer the question of if the Midway movie delivered, my response is a resounding “Yes.”  After seeing this movie, it may even pique your interest in World War II as well as events that happened around that time. 

Even though I’ve seen other World War II movies, I would place this one, so far, near the top of the list. Tip:  After the movie ends, hang around just before the credits to see the brief biographies of some of the actual men the actors portrayed in the movie.

Rating of the Midway Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Midway movie 5 stars.

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Did Terminator Return in a Good or Bad Way? Terminator: Dark Fate Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie Review by Ms. H

Prior to watching the Terminator: Dark Fate movie, I found out the storyline would begin where one of the previous Terminator movies left off.  However, if you are like me, and do not keep up with all of the Terminator movies, you may not recall the specifics in the previous films. The good news is whether or not you saw any of the previous movies will probably not affect your opinion of this film.

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Plot of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

The plot had sort of a “Back to the Future” or other similar type movies spin since time-travel is involved.  The film features a character from the future who has traveled to the present to try to curtail events that may or may not happen. Particularly a character, Dani played by Natalia Reyes, is targeted by the Terminator for destruction because of events destined to happen in the future. The augmented human, Grace, is here to save her.

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Action Scenes in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

If you are a fan of action movies, complete with battles, as well as car races and explosions mixed in -- then you may enjoy watching theTerminator: Dark Fate movie.  On the other hand, if you like movies that have a solid storyline that you can follow and make logical conclusions about -- then you may want to pass on the Terminator: Dark Fate movie.

Pros of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Action Scenes in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

A plus for the Terminator: Dark Fate film is the myriad of action scenes throughout the movie.  The action scenes are mostly unique without giving the impression that you are watching the same scenes over and over again.

 Diversity in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Another plus for the Terminator: Dark Fate movie is the diversity in it. I think the casting staff did a good job of having a wide array of people in the movie. Along those lines, I liked the fact that women had prominent roles in the film, and participated equally in the action scenes.

I also believe Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor in the Terminator: Dark Fate film was a nice touch for the film  Unlike a movie I saw recently, Zombieland: Doubletap, she does not appear as a cameo in the movie near the credits like Bill Murray did -- but has a bona fide part in the Terminator: Dark Fate film.

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Cons of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Ambiguous Relationships in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

A con of the film is the ambiguous relationship between the Sharon Connor character played by Linda Hamilton and Grace played by Mackenzie Davis. In my opinion, more work should have been done on the dynamics between these characters. For example, in some scenes Grace lashes back at Sharon Connor with harsh, angry words, sometimes feathered with profanity that I had to close my ears to. Conversely in other scenes in the movie, Grace is like a buddy to Sharon Connor.   

 Violence in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

There is quite a bit of violence in the Terminator: Dark Fate movie including use of guns, fighting, hand grenades, explosions, chains etc.  Also similar to cartoons, you just wait a few minutes some of the characters are back as they were before these incidents happened. 

As a reminder, this movie is rated R so you must be 17 years or older or accompanied by parents or guardians to watch it. That being said, there were no really gross parts where I had to turn my head away from the screen. 

Dialogue in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

I would describe the dialogue in the Terminator: Dark Fate movie as “needing work.”  I got the impression the writers were looking for a tagline to leave with the movie, similar to the one that Arnold Swarteznegger made famous during at least one of his previous films which is “I’ll be back.” In this movie Linda Hamilton says words that were similar to these but not with the same impact. Other than that, some of the conversations seemed elementary, contrived and did not flow naturally.

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Casting of the Terminator Character in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Most of the actors performed adequately for their roles, except for the actor Gabriel Luna who plays the part of the Terminator.  To me, he seemed ordinary and was not a good fit for the Terminator -- unless the Terminator is some sort of unassuming insurance agent or a non-action oriented type figure.

Assessment of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Unfortunately,  I think the Terminator: Dark Fate movie did not deliver. Specifically, the story was not engrossing, some of the characters were miscast and the dialogue was elementary.  Except for some of the action scenes, this movie to me was barely watchable. To answer the question posed in the title of my movie review -- the Terminator did return but to me, the movie returned in a bad way. On a positive note, I went to the matinee so I did not pay full price to see the Terminator: Dark Fate movie.

Rating of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Terminator: Dark Fate movie 1 ½ stars.

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Video Footage or a Bona Fide Movie? Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review by Ms. H

I think we all know that a fair amount of Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) is used in movies.  Think of those slow motion shots or any movie dealing with monsters, dinosaurs and others, and you expect to see this. However, when I watched Zombieland: Double Tap, I did not expect the large display of notices to display on the movie screen. 

In Zombieland: Double Tap movie, you will see different rules and other messages displayed in various type graphics on the screen along with whatever else is going on in the movie. What did I think of this, and would I recommend you watch Zombieland: Double Tap? Check out my movie review to find out.

The Graphic Notices on the Screen in the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

If you watch Zombieland, throughout the movie you will see certain rules, etc. not only voiced, but large graphic displays on the screen.  In my opinion, this took away from what was happening in the film and made the movie seem more like a powerpoint or video footage presentation instead of a movie.  To be fair, the displays were not continuous, so you saw real life acting without the displays. However, the appearances of these pop-up notices took away from giving the film a movie atmosphere.

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Nothing Scary about the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

Last time I checked, zombies are scary creatures and are to be feared. I did not see any of this displayed by the actors in this movie. Maybe it was because of the period of time, or because they expected to see these creatures -- but the film was underwhelming to me in the way of the scare focus.

Little known fact about Zombieland: Double Tap:  The cast was already selected for this sequel movie prior to the film being written. In fact, the project was on hold until the writers were free to write for the movie.

Characters Depictions in the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

The more I watched Zombieland,  the more I viewed it as a disjointed comedy instead of a well put together movie. That being said, one of the characters in the movie seemed straight out of the Legally Blonde movie franchise where a female seemed to have no idea of what was going on, and spoke and acted as such.  Maybe this was seen as a comic relief but I think this character and an annoyance was my least favorite of the cast.

Predictability of the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

Zombieland: Double Tap had highly predictable sequences in the movie. Spoiler alert:  Whenever there was some sort of danger, you knew the main characters were going to get out ok. There was an incident where the writers led you to believe that one of the characters was destroyed, but in the end, you find out that nothing really happens to her.  

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Grossness Displayed in the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

Along with the unending profanity voiced by Woody Harrelson and a few others, there were many grotesque scenes where I had to turn my head away from the screen.  In fact, I had to do this quite a few times given the number of times someone was shown vomiting, etc. in the movie. Additionally, there is a really graphic scene showing the destruction of a Zombie’s head and face that you may want to look away from if you see this movie.

Diversity in Zombieland: Double Tap

This movie gets a passing score regarding having Rosario Dawson in the film; however, her appearance alone was not enough to save the movie.  

Assessment of Zombieland: Double Tap

With Halloween being only a few days away, I planned to see this movie long before it was released.  Was it a disappointment to me? I would have to answer a resounding “Yes.” Even with big stars in the movie such as Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Luke WIlson, and others -- the movie, to me, was a dud. There is a scene with Bill Murray after the credits roll, but I don’t think it’s worth your time hanging around to watch it.

Rating of Zombieland: Double Tap

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Zombieland: Double Tap 1/ ¾ stars.

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