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Kidnap: A Ms. H Movie Review

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

Introduction: From the title of the movie, you know someone is being kidnapped.  However, what surprised me about the movie was the manner in which the kidnapping was done.  I did not look at any previews of Kidnap, so there was an element of surprise when I found out just how this event happened. Without further ado, here's my movie review of Kidnap.Kidnap Halle Berry

Actors in the Movie Kidnap

I think casting did an excellent job of choosing Halle Berry to play the mother of the kidnapped small child in this movie.  It probably helped that Halle Berry is the producer of the movie as well.  That being said, the other actors were realistically depicted and they played their roles in a believable manner.   

Without a doubt, the standout actor in the movie Kidnap is the academy award-winning actor Halle Berry. From the moment her child was kidnapped to all the actions that transpired afterwards, Halle Berry delivered superb acting.  I particularly liked her facial expressions that showed how she was feeling without words. When the kidnapping first happened, due to Halle Berry’s acting skills, you could feel her sense of absolute terror and fright when she found out her son had been kidnapped.  Her acting was so on point, I don’t think it was necessary for her to voice some of her actions during the movie.  I guess this was done to make sure the audience knew the extent of her anxiety and determination to get her child back.  

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 Reason for Making the Movie Kidnap

Before seeing this movie, I thought the kidnapping took place without the mother knowing exactly what happened.  Since I did not see trailers or previews of Kidnap, I was under the impression the kidnapping happened at a bus stop, at home, etc. and the mother had no idea who did the kidnapping.  It was surprising to find out that not only did the mother see who kidnapped her child, but I was astonished at the extent of gross negligence she displayed in keeping up with him.  Of course, no one can be watched 24/7; however, I thought it was ludicrous for her to leave her child alone and to use a child monitor similar to a walkie-talkie for lack of a better term to keep up with him. To make matters worse, the child had a habit of playing hide and seek, which really set the stage for a kidnapping to occur if he was not being watched carefully and if there were unscrupulous people in the area.

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Spoiler Alert:  Before the kidnapping occurred, Halle Berry left her child alone on a bench in a crowded park to take a "private" phone call.  With her back turned to him, she would talk on the phone and periodically use the monitor to say “Marco.”  When her child heard her, he would respond “Polo.”  When he responded, she knew he was ok.  Of course the time came when the response of “Polo” did not come -- then the action and drama of the movie starts.

I know this is a movie, but I think the intelligence of the audience was insulted when the movie deliberately set up a situation where something like this kidnapping was bound to happen.  In other words, this kidnapping drama was forced and could have been avoided from the get go.  If the mother had simply kept her child beside her or kept her eyes on him, this kidnapping probably would not have happened.  If the kidnapping didn’t happen -- there would be no point in making the movie. 


Other Ludicrous Actions in Kidnap

There were many instances where the mother played by Halle Berry performed actions that showed flawed judgment.  One of the biggest mistakes was letting the strange kidnapping woman in her car after believing what the woman told her. The direction from the woman to Halle Berry was to follow her husband in the car ahead of them.  To make matters worse, she allowed the woman to sit behind her as she drove the minivan, placing herself in a vulnerable position.  Spoiler Alert: Even towards the end of the movie when a “neighbor” came in the kidnappers' house to supposedly help Halle Berry, it was silly to me for him to pretend that he was a friend of the neighbors who he could not believe were kidnappers.  Realistically, he probably would have attacked Halle Berry in some way to help carry out the plans of the kidnappers and not stand in front of her while coaxing the kidnapped children down from a hole in the ceiling.  Again, this is an example in my opinion of forced drama.fullsizeoutput c5e

Assessment of Kidnap

After seeing Kidnap, it's no wonder there was a lack of hype and promo behind it.  Kidnap, due to its plot which has been used many times before, was destined to bring in low numbers, both in dollars and attendance at the box offices. I think the movie studios saw no need to take away from profits by promoting a movie that would probably not bring in a big return.  As discussed earlier, due to the way the kidnapping occurred, the movie should not have been made in the first place, except to show parents and others what not to do when out in the park, or any place else for that matter, with a child or children. I’m giving Kidnap a higher score than it deserves simply because of the acting abilities of Halle Berry.  

Rating of Kidnap 

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Kidnap 1 ½ stars.


Atomic Blonde - A Ms. H Movie Review

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


Before I begin, I would like to caution you hat Atomic Blonde is a rated R movie with scenes in the movie that ties in with this rating.  You must be 17 years or older to watch this movie. To continue,  I was eagerly anticipating the Atomic Blonde movie, mainly because this action movie has a female lead who has been doing an outstanding job of late in other movies -- Charlize Theron. Find out how I rated this movie and whether or not you should watch it or just ignore Atomic Blonde completely.

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Main Character in Atomic Blonde

Before seeing Atomic Blonde, I did a cursory check on the character because she was new to me.  During my research, I found out there is actually a comic book or graphic novel that features a character by the title of Atomic Blonde.  I didn’t thoroughly check into the background of this character, so as not to spoil it for me when I saw Atomic Blonde in the movies. So it looks like the writer and director had existing material to draw from in establishing the Atomic Blonde character.

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True to form, the main character plays a blonde who seemed to be self-sufficient and do not mind showing villains just how self-sufficent she can be.  I watched this movie from a positive perspective; however, after awhile, I could not ignore some of the unfavorable connotations that will be explained further below. To be fair, I will list favorable connotations as well. Let’s start with the positives.

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Positive Connotations of Atomic Blonde

No one can deny the fact that Charlize Theron was the main protagonist in Atomic Blonde.  There were lots of bad guys she had to contend with -- but she held her own as the star of the movie.  In other words, she did not stay in the background in any of the scenes. In all the action scenes, she looked fairly capable of not only defending herself against the enemies, but protecting some other people as well.  In this movie, she seemed highly dedicated to her job as a spy and was diligent in carrying through any instructions, etc. that were given to her.

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Some of the action scenes were spectacular in execution.  For example the scene where she ties a rope to anchor herself, before hurling out of a window high on top of the building was worthy of a page in the stunt man’s or woman’s instruction book.  Finally, Charlize Theron showed quite a bit of confidence in doing her job. She was not only competent, but she was dedicated to get the job done -- whatever the cost.  She seemed to have a strong work ethic when it came to executing her job. xlarge2

Negative Connotations of Atomic Blonde

As I was watching this movie, I got the impression that I could just as well be watching a man perform actions in this movie instead of a woman.  For example, beginning with using her high heel to beat the villain to protecting the timid man during one of the scenes --  All you had to do was replace her high heel with a sturdy weapon of some sort and replace the timid man with a woman -- and you would have Atomic Man vice Atomic Blonde.  

Even though the setting was in the 1980’s, there was no need in my opinion to show her lighting up a cigarette at every turn.  Of course these could be props, but the idea of her smoking in a lot of the scenes was a turnoff for me.  Additionally, after a while the movie took on a repetitive stance with her meeting enemies, punching them out and doing various acrobatic moves to do so.

Plot of Atomic Blonde

The storyline of Atomic Blonde was told as a flashback with her talking about actions that preceded her being found in her present situation with a bloody face. I thought this was a creative way of telling the story; however, I got vibes of the movie The Usual Suspects where the main character is recounting events that happened -- that never did.  The difference in this case was the actions did take place.  

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Twists and Turns in Atomic Blonde

To me, it looked like the director wanted to take everybody on a roller coaster ride toward the end where in the space of a few minutes people’s identities started to change.  For example, when it looked like Charlize Theron had accomplished her mission of retrieving the watch that housed valuable intel, the movie continues on with an unexpected ending.  The problem with this is everything seemed to be rushed towards, like the director realized there needed to be an ending to this movie. 

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Assessment of Atomic Blonde

I think the Atomic Blonde movie set out to do what it wanted to do -- offer an action movie with a strong female lead. However, movies starring a strong female lead do not have to go over the deep end and have her acting overly masculine.  There is a slim boundary of having an action movie starring a female star and having a movie that all you have to do to change actions designed for a male --  to be played by a female. Somewhere there is a compromise, which I do not think was accomplished in this movie. I want to give kudos to the writer and director for offering up this move starring Charlize Theron, but would like to share with them that some of the action scenes were ok -- while others were a little over the top. 

Rating of Atomic Blonde

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Atomic Blonde 2 stars.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - A Ms. H Movie Review

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

Introduction: The actors who have played the role of Spider-Man are many.  The latest actor to dun Spider-Man duds is Tom Sullivan.  During my movie review, I will share with you how Tom Sullivan fared as the latest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Also the appearance of a prominent actor that is one of my favorites surprised me by having quite a major part in this movie. That actor is none other than Michael Keaton who at one time played Batman, and who received accolades and awards for his portrayal of Birdman. Since Michael Keaton was in this movie, I was ready to sit back, relax and enjoy Spider-Man:  Homecoming; however, I had mixed feelings after this movie was over.  Check out my review to find out why.


Actors in Spider-Man: Homecoming

I believe lots of action scenes and a variety of adventures in the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie  almost masked the fact that, unfortunately Tom Sullivan did not make an impression with me as Spider-Man. First of all, he did not sound as I expected Spider-Man to sound, even if he is playing the role of a teenager.  It seemed to me that everything he said sounded like he was super hyped and reminded me  -- not of Spider-Man, but the teacher who played opposite Ice Cube in the comedy movie Fight. Additionally, I got the impression he was simply moving through the movie -- not really acting in it.


Laura Harrier played Spider-Man’s girlfriend and for what it’s worth, she could have been just a random girl in the movie due to the lack of chemistry between the two.  As if that was not bad enough, there was one point in the movie where he had to make a choice to stay at her party or to run off and fight against the enemy.  Of course, we know which choice he made. To me, the matchup of Laura Harrier and Tom Sullivan was a total mismatch (pun intended).

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Fortunately,  Michael Keaton’s character helped save the movie.  Even though he plays a bad guy, I believe his acting abilities were up to par in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  In an interesting twist of events, Michael Keaton as mentioned above played Birdman in the movie by the same name, and in the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, he also played a flying creature.  I think the writer and director did a good job showing how his character originated. As I mentioned earlier, Michael Keaton plays a bad guy, but seeing how his character evolved, helped with the overall story-line.

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Just in case you are wondering, Spider-Man: Homecoming movie does not show how Spider-Man got his powers from a radioactive spider.  Instead, the story starts with him already having powers. Regarding the other characters -- Robert Downey as Iron Man in Spider-Man Homecoming was uneventful for me as well as the actor who played Spider-Man’s best friend.


Zendaya had a small part in the movie; however, she was not convincing to me in playing a character who wanted to be friends with Spider-Man. In fact, her character was another fail in the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie and to be blunt -- the movie could have been made without her.


Action in Spider-Man: Homecoming

The action scenes were passable and not mind boggling.  There were no gigantic explosions or catastrophic events that made an impression with me.  In other words, Spider-Man: Homecoming is an action movie, but not to the extinct that wowed me. Speaking of action scenes,  I felt sorry for the teenage Spider-Man when he and the Vulture (Michael Keaton’s character) got into a physical altercation.  When the Vulture was throwing punches at Spider-Man, the match up did not seem fair, especially with Spider-Man being so small compared to the Vulture.   

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Twists and Turns in Spider-Man: Homecoming

There was one major twist or surprise in the movie which I will not divulge here.  If you see the Spider-Man: Homecoming  movie, you will witness one of the most creative twists that I have  seen in a movie in a long time.  In fact, it was that twist in the movie that formed the basis for me to give the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie a higher rating than I anticipated.

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Assessment of Spider-Man: Homecoming

This is by far not the best Spider-Man movie I’ve seen, especially since I was not impressed with Tom Sullivan playing the lead role.  This movie had all the features to make it a blockbuster, such as good plot, a believable villain, as well as lots of action scenes.  However, even though Spider-Man: Homecoming story was told from a different angle this time, I think they could have picked a better choice for his romantic interest as well as for Spider-Man himself.  My mixed feelings about Spider-Man: Homecoming was that after it was over, I could not say in all honesty that I had just seen a really good movie.  Spider-Man movie was routine with him battling a villain - nothing really spectacular or unique.

Rating of Spider-Man: Homecoming

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 ½ stars.

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