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What Worked and Didn’t in Charlie’s Angels 2019? Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie Review by Ms. H

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

Introduction to Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie Review by Ms. H

Charlie’s Angels 2019 is basically a predictable spy movie about agents who happen to be women. If you’ve seen the Charlie’s Angels television shows as well as the previous movies, you probably know the story will be about spies tracking down and ultimately defeating the bad guys. Did this latest version of Charlie’s Angels stick to the script or was something new added and if it was -- did it work for the film?  Check out my movie review to find out.

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Plot of the Charlie’s Angels 2019  Movie

Unfortunately, the Charlie’s Angels 2019 story is hackneyed and has been told many times before. I attended an AT&T Shape convention in June, 2019 where I heard first-hand during a stage interview the director--Elizabeth Banks’ early announcement of the Charlie's Angels movie to be released in November, 2019.  During her discussion, she alluded to the fact that there are no new original stories going back to the days of Shakespeare and before, so if you send in a script and are afraid someone will steal it -- more than likely, the story has already been told. You will notice the truth in this statement if you watch the Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie. In other words, this story has been told before.

Cast of Actors in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

A huge plus for me was to see diversity in the actors selected for roles in the Charlie's Angels 2019 movie. I was impressed that one of the lead Angels was played by Ella Balinska, who was unknown to me. Also in the movie is Naomi Scott who recently appeared in the Alladdin movie. Kirsten Stewart as one of the Angels made an impression on me due to her acting skills. I’ve seen her on a few talk shows where the host seemed to literally pull answers from her, but on the movie screen, I think she did a good job in her role.

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What Worked in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

--Diverse Characters in the Charlie's Angels 2019 Movie

As mentioned previously, I think the diversity of actors definitely worked in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie. The casting staff did well in choosing these actors for the Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie. 

--Action in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

For the most part, the action was well orchestrated in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie. Spoiler Alert: One of my favorite action scenes in the movie dealt with Kristen Stewart's character being in danger while battling an enemy in a vault of coals and Ella Balinska’s character heroically coming in at the nth hour to save her.   

Additionally, there were the usual car chases which were executed in an entertaining way as well. Another favorite scene in the film for me was the big party dance scene that is almost at the end of the Charlie’s Angel 2019 movie.

--Music in the Charlie's Angels 2019 Movie

The songs and background music chosen for Charlie's Angels fit the movie to a “T.” Just when the movie seemed to drag, an up-beat song would come on to jolt you back into the movie story.

What Didn’t Work for the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

--Substandard Dialogue in the Charlie's Angels 2019 Movie

In addition to the elementary, substandard  dialogue, there were conversations that did not make sense to me in the movie. Spoiler Alert: For example, there was confusing dialogue between Patrick Stewart’s character and the buyer of the device just before the big party. Without going into details -- the buyer ordered Patrick Stewart’s character, Bosley, to “take care of her,''in a negative way referring to Noami Scott’s character. For some unknown reason, he was surprised and dismayed when Bosley proceeds to try to destroy her. 

--Exposing the Mole in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

Spoiler alert: The director showed a scene that would cause most people to think that a particular character  is the mole. However, at the end of the movie -- the true mole is exposed. This method is fine in a movie if done well and with creativity, but actions should not take place just for the sake of trying to mislead the audience. Twists and turns in a movie are also ok, but not actions that seemed to be haphazardly stuck in the movie just to misguide the audience as was done in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie.

--Ageism in the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

I detected just a hint of this, even in the cast of characters where the oldest of the group was relegated to non-action type roles. In addition to this, the topic of age was mentioned in the poorly written dialogue of the movie where there was, to me, an awkward conversation about age itself which I did not find relevant to the story.

Assessment of the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

If I had watched this movie at home, I’m sure my rating would be lower due to the effect of watching movies on a smaller screen than the one at the movies. That being said, I applaud Elizabeth Banks for making a movie where women are at the forefront of the action, even if Charlie seems to be giving the orders. (By the way, there is still a question of who Charlie really is). 

Do I recommend that you watch the Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie? I'll leave that decision up to you; however, and on a positive note -- it wouldn't hurt you to watch it, especially because of the movie scenes that I mentioned previously.

Rating of the Charlie’s Angels 2019 Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Charlie’s Angels 2019 movie 3 stars.

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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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