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The Addams Family Movie Scare Factor is Nonexistent. The Addams Family Movie Review by Ms. H

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

Introduction to The Addams Family Movie Review by Ms. H

You may be familiar with the Addams family either from television or from previous movies. This particular movie is an animated cartoon and the characters are illustrated as stick figures caricatures for the most part. I was on the fence about seeing this movie, but decided to since Halloween is right around the corner. Did I make the right decision? Check out my movie review of The Addams Family film to find out.

Plot of The Addams Family Movie

The plot of The Addams Family movie has been told many times before. It has the usual storyline of neighbors becoming upset and hostile when a family they perceive to be strange is part of the neighborhood.  The interesting thing here is that the Addams family has been living there for years, so it was sort of odd that they were singled out. To be fair, the movie does introduce a timeline at the beginning of the movie. However, the fact is they were not really new neighbors per se. 

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Cliches in The Addams Family Movie

If you are looking for an interesting, unique storyline in The Addams Family film-- this is not your movie.  In addition to the same, “strange family in the neighborhood” scenario, the writers/director also used the overworked movie situation of “mean girls” where  a bully is involved. Also, the girl who was once afraid of the character Wednesday ended up becoming her friend. Nothing new here.

Voice Actors in The Addams Family Movie

For the most part, the voice acting was adequate for the movie. I did not recognize any actors' voices, however, the Wednesday character’s voice actor sounded like the little girl from the Toy Story movie. Other than that, there were no noteworthy voice actors in The Addams Family movie.

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Visual Effects in The Addams Family Movie

Since The Addams Family movie is an animated film, one would think the sky would be the limit when it came to imagination and creativity used in the movie. This was not the case. There was an interesting scene where  Morticia used her dress as sort of a bridge; however, creativity was not used to the fullest extent.

Little Known fact about The Addams Family Movie: During the movie, Morticia did not do one of her usual chores she did during other movies and tv shows -- trim the flowers.

Rating and Length of The Addams Family Movie

The good news is that this movie is rated PG so just about anyone can see it. There was nothing inappropriate to listen to or watch in this movie and it kept within the bounds of its rating. An additional bonus is just when you are getting comfortable watching the movie -- it is over. In other words, this movie is relatively short, so if you do decide to see The Addams Family movie -- it will not take up much of your time.

Assessment of The Addams Family Movie

Due to the many un-esthetic characters and mundane parts in The Addams Family movie, I am unable to give this movie a  high rating. My biggest complaints about this film are the type illustrations used for this movie and the predictable, hackneyed storyline.

Regarding the scare factor --  You would think that since the movie was released close to Halloween, they could have made the movie scarier. Scary is not the adjective I would use to describe this film. The Addams Family was just that.. a family movie -- nothing more. Hopefully, if this movie is released again as a cartoon, more thought will go into the visual depiction of the animated characters as well as the storyline, 

Rating of The Addams Family Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Addams Family movie 2 ¾ stars.

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Cloning Returns in Will Smith’s Gemini Man...Did It Work? Gemini Man Movie Review by Ms. H

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

Introduction to Gemini Man Movie Review by Ms. H

A while back “clone” was the buzzword, even though recently it has not been in the spotlight as much.  Enter Gemini Man, a Will Smith movie that not only reintroduced the concept of cloning but in my purview, took it to another level.  Did it work for the movie Gemini Man? Check out my movie review of Gemini Man to find out.

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Plot of Gemini Man Movie

If you watched the trailer for the Gemini Man movie, you probably know there are at least two Will Smith characters in it --  one current -- and one from his younger days. Will Smith plays the older character, Henry Brogan and voice acted the younger character, Jackson Brogan also known as Junior.  

You may be surprised that the movie itself does not center primarily around having these “two Will Smith’s” as a plot per se, but is centered around his job as well as the likelihood or non-likelihood of his retirement.  Also squeezed into the movie equation is a female “friendship” interest person which I will allude to later in my movie review.

Pros of Gemini Man Movie

Action in Gemini Man Movie

There is a fair amount of action in the Gemini Man movie, especially the scenes with the young Will Smith’s character battling the older one.  You may have to be patient when the movie first starts before the action kicks in; however, the non-action parts set the stage for the movie plot.

Will Smith as Lead Actor in Gemini Man Movie 

Will Smith appears in just about every frame of the movie Gemini Man. So if you are a fan of Will Smith, you will see him numerous times throughout the film.  I think this is a plus for the movie, because for the most part, Will Smith appears to be a popular star not only in films but in social media including YouTube as well.

Setting of Gemini Man Movie

I liked the fact that the movie veered from being basically a land based-film, to one where boating and the ocean were involved.  This was a nice change, even though of course, the movie scenes returned to land depending on what was going on in the film.

Spoiler Alert: Friendly Banter at the End of the Gemini Man Movie

You may enjoy listening to the conversation between the young and the older Will Smith’s characters just before the credits rolled at the end of the movie.  The flow of the dialogue was realistic and appeared not to be scripted, even though more than likely, of course it was.

Little Known Fact about the Gemini Man Movie:  Will Smith stated during a talk show interview that  Gemini Man is the first movie to use a 100% digital character (young Will Smith’s character) alongside an actor.

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Cons of Gemini Man Movie

Repetitive Fight Scenes in Gemini Man Movie

In my opinion, some of the fight moves seemed repetitive in motion.  I especially noticed this was happening with the younger Will Smith’s character, where he seemed to repeat quite a bit of his fight moves including flps, etc.  

Random Female Characters in Gemini Man Movie

To me, it was confusing as to why the female character, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Dani Zakarweski was placed in the movie.  Her role seemed ambiguous -- as a friend, a co-conspirator, etc.  Unfortunately, I felt she was placed in the movie just to have a female presence alongside Will Smith’s character.  

The other female character’s role (Linda Emond as Janet Lassiter) was clear; however, it is unexplained how she is non-existent in the latter part of the movie -- especially if she was supposedly running this operation.

Lots of “Sleeper Parts” in Gemini Man Movie

There are many slow moments in the Gemini Man movie that in my opinion dragged the film along and did not advance the storyline.  I will admit that I dozed off briefly during some of the slow parts and was able to determine what I missed when I awoke and felt caught up to the movie --  which indicates the movie could have eliminated some of these parts.

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Assessment of Gemini Man Movie

Gemini Man is a solid 3 star movie; however, I  added a “¾” star mainly because I think it is admirable that Will Smith carried this film from start to finish. Even though his acting skills are not up to par  with Denzel Washington and some others, I think it says a lot about an actor who can effortlessly move from doing a Netflix movie and return back to the movie screen in a big way.

In response to the question if cloning worked for the Gemini Man movie,  my answer would be a resounding “Yes.”

Rating of Gemini Man

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Gemini Man 3 ¾ stars.

Did the Hype Match the Joker Movie? Joker Movie Review by Ms. H

 

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

Introduction to Joker Movie Review by Ms. H

After reading and hearing the warnings about attending the Joker movie, I was apprehensive at first about seeing it. I wondered what was in this movie that could possibly warrant an increased security presence, etc. However, I decided to watch the Joker movie for myself and come to my own conclusion.  So how was it? Did the Joker movie live up to the hype? Check out my movie review of Joker to find out.

Categorization of the Joker Movie

There are many different genres of movies, ranging from comedies to suspense, dramas, thrillers, etc.  Of the various labels, I would categorize Joker as psychological drama -- not a thriller, per se -- but a drama. In fact, I would compare this movie to Glass, specifically James McAvoy’s character which was also a drama similar to this type.

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Plot of the Joker Movie

The Joker movie centers around the character Arthur Fleck played by Joaquin Phoenix attempting to realize his aim to become a comedian. In the midst of trying to achieve this, he had several personal obstacles that seemed to hamper him reaching his goal -- many tied to a character he plays as part of his job which is a clown.  I’m not sure if the director was trying to get the audience to sympathize with the Joker; however I do know a lot of time was spent on his psychological background which probably attributed to the long movie length.

Disconnects in the Joker Movie

There were several disconnects in the Joker movie.  For example, a disconnect or illogical sequence of events occurred during the conversations with him and his social worker where he made a comment relative to her listening to him -- which she did not bother to answer.  Another disconnect was that the TV host seemingly did not recognize who Joaquin Phoenix’s character was -- even though he had previously called him on the stage from his audience during a previous TV show.  

Drum roll please….  The biggest disconnect was the idea that the city of Gotham would all of a sudden become riottus because of the plight of the Joker when he seemed to be absorbed with his own personal issues rather than those of the people. Additionally there was a disconnect when it was inferred that people were  rioting against how rich people treated them, when the Joker, in fact, wasted no time to destroy someone who was not wealthy.

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Acting Skills of Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker Movie

I think Joaquin Phoenix did an excellent job in portraying the Joker.  Personally, I think the director took too long to get him into the character of the Joker, even though I knew the storyline dealt with how one of Batman’s enemies - the Joker - actually became the Joker.  That being said, I don’t think you will be disappointed by the performance of Joaquin Phoenix in showing off his acting skills in the Joker.

Assessment of the Joker Movie

I was relieved that the violence did not escalate to what I thought it would in the Joker movie.  While concentrating on the psychological aspect of the Joker, I think the writer/director remembered at the last hour that there may have to be some type of altercation between characters in the movie.  I get the impression, the appearance of the character who got destroyed was more of an afterthought than the main focus of the movie.

Suffice it to say -- There was a lot of hype prior to the movie release of the Joker.  As is mostly always the case -- the hype to me seemed to be overly-exaggerated.  In hindsight, maybe there should have been more increased security in the movie theater during the Rambo Last Blood movie, since I lost count of the number of humans destroyed in that film. That being said, my opinion is that making movies safe via security, etc. should be prevalent at all times, regardless of the particular movie that may be showing.

Rating of the Joker  Movie

I rate Joaquin Phoenix 5 stars relative to his acting performance.  As for the film itself -- I rate the Joker movie 3 ½ stars.

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