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Mortal Engines Movie Review by Ms. H

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

Introduction to Mortal Engines Movie Review by Ms. H

Let’s see...where should I start?  I think I will start with the fact the movie Mortal Engines is based on a book by Philip Reeve.  Looks like the movie was trying to follow the book too closely. This may explain all of the different subplots in the movie that made it difficult to pinpoint exactly who is the main character -- that is -- if there was one.  I believe the main character is the actress, Hera Hilmar, who you may have seen in the movie trailers or posters wearing a maroon scarf covering the bottom half of her face. However, if you see the movie, Mortal Engines, you may come to a different conclusion.

Setting and Time Period of Mortal Engines Movie

The Mortal Engines movie is shows the author’s idea of what the future may look like. Based on the events in the movie -- the future does not look too bright.  In this movie (which has a London setting), there is, believe it or not, a collector of "old tech" -- such as cell phones, etc. However, the major old tech find in this city filled with machinery was ...wait for it ... an old  toaster. To add to the imagination of the author, twinkles make a movie debut of sorts -- even though in the movie the “treat” was purported to be over a thousand years old.

Plot of Mortal Engines Movie

As mentioned in my introduction, it may be difficult to pin down a specific plot since so many different stories are going on simultaneously it seems.  This movie uses flashbacks to bring you up to date on why Hera Hilmar who plays Hester Shaw seeks harmful revenge against the Thaddeus Valentine character.   Spoiler alert: She does carry out a revengeful act in the early movie scenes. Thaddeus Valentine survives, because apparently he still has a rather arduous task of being in charge of a devious stealth operation.  Apparently he had to stick around for the majority of the movie to follow-through with his mission.  I won’t divulge what his mission was just in case you want to see the movie for yourself.

Repeat Actions in the Movie Mortal Engines

I believe a movie is on a downward spiral when you sense certain actions are becoming repetitive.  For example, the multiple explosions got old pretty fast. Another repetitive action was Hera Hilmar’s attempt to run away from danger. After the first long running scene showing her being chased by actor Robert Sheehan, there was no need to show her running again in yet another moment of danger, which she of course eventually escaped.

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Too Many Coincidences in the Movie

When the Hera Hilmar and Robert Sheehan's characters are attacked by huge machine-like creatures, somehow actor Robert Sheehan was  standing on top of a manhole that opened up and saved him at the last minute.  Also during the auction segment, it just so happens the highest bidder turned out to be someone who had an ulterior motive to battle with the person who is involved in the secret mission which I will not divulge. This movie, is of course fiction, but I think the author strayed far from realism in writing the book, unless the director took literary license and added these coincidental scenes to move the story or stories along.

Mortal Engines Failure to Choose a Specific Genre

When you watch Mortal Engines, you may think you are watching a futuristic science fiction movie.  This is all well and good, until the monster creature appears.  Could  Mortal Engines be a horror movie as well? This storyline tells how this creature -- which is not human -- raises a young girl and has the idea to make her look like a machine.  Don’t worry. She escaped before this happens since she had to go on her mission to seek revenge again Thaddeus Valentine.

Actors Look Alikes -  Mortal Engines Movie

If you watch Mortal Engines, you probably will think that Robert Sheehan may be the son or a relative of Eric Roberts.  Check out the resemblance here.

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Assessment of Mortal Engines Movie

When I saw the movie poster for Mortal Engines, I was under the impression the movie would be a whole lot simpler with Hera Hilmar as the main character.  As it turns out, the poster did not come close to revealing what would be involved in the movie. All is not lost so. On the bright side, it was interesting to see the type vehicles/airports the author imagined for the future -- including an in-air airplane terminal where individuals can have a fight,  bombs explode, the whole terminal has a firey crash from the air -- and the main characters who are on the air terminal manage to survive the crash without a scratch. Another plus is the movie is rated PG-13 so the whole family can see it.

Rating of Mortal Engines Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, i rate Mortal Engines 1 ¾ stars.

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review by Ms. H

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

Introduction to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review by Ms. H

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse is a Sony Pictures animated movie.  I made plans to see this movie as soon as it was released in movie theaters after seeing the trailer.  Personally, I would have preferred a non-cartoon version of Miles Morales as Spider-Man -- but it just so happens that the cartoon version turned out to be just as entertaining.  In fact, as you watch the movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you may forget that the characters and actions are animated.

Plot of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie

I will not be including any spoilers in my movie review mainly because if possible, I recommend you see the movie in person if you can.  Aside from the plot of the movie, I think there are some inspiring - uplifting moments in the film as well as messages to live by. You will know what I’m talking about if you see the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie.

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Acting Skills Of Voice Actors in the Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse Movie

For the most part, all the voice actors in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie did an adequate job.  I did not detect any that could have used improvement. This could be because quite a few “big name” actors are in this movie as voice actors -- including Nicolas Cage, Zoe Kravitz, Mahershala Ali and a few others.  

Assessment of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

In my opinion, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie is one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  It is rated PG, so the language is clean and is appropriate for all ages.  Additionally, I’m sure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will keep your interest with all of the action scenes as well as the good storyline that also has a hint of suspense mixed in.

Rating of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie 5 stars.

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Green Book Movie Review by Ms. H

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

Introduction to the Green Book Movie Review by Ms. H

The Green Book movie has been released since Thanksgiving Day; however, I was in no rush to see it.  I saw the trailer and determined that this movie would not be of interest to me. After watching other movies that I preferred to see, I finally decided to see what this movie was all about -- especially since there is now Oscar buzz about it.  Was the movie worth the wait? Check out my movie review of Green Book to find out.

Plot of the Green Book Movie

Green Book is a movie that does not have an elaborate, complicated plot. The movie is set in the year 1962 and is simply about an African American pianist who hired a driver to take him to his engagements as he traveled in the deep south.  The trials and tribulations both experienced while traveling -- some good, but mostly bad are shown in the movie. The movie also included several scenarios of how they were treated by others as they traveled. Two band members usually traveled to these engagements in a separate car.

Acting Skills Displayed in the Green Book Movie

For the most part, the actors did an adequate job in their roles.  I was relieved that Mahershala Ali did not use a fake African accent for his role.  Personally, I felt that he was rather stiff in saying his lines -- almost talking as if he was a robot of sorts. I kept waiting for the part in the movie that showed his acting abilities were worthy of a Golden Globe nomination -- which finally happened.  If you watch the Green Book movie, you will probably realize that Oscar-worthy moment of acting -- even if it lasted only a few minutes.

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Viewpoint of Story in the Green Book Movie

The Green Book movie is told from the viewpoint of the driver, Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, who is a white male played by Viggo Mortensen. He was portrayed in the movie as being initially racist who eventually formed a friendship with the “Doc” Don Shirley character played by Mahershala Ali.  The movie was doable as told from Vallelonga’s angle, but I think more knowledge about the famous pianist could have been shared if it was told from the “Doc” Don Shirley’s character viewpoint -- especially since he was the one who mainly withstood and suffered from being treated in a derogatory, prejudiced manner because of his race.

Additionally, if the movie was told from “Doc” Don Shirley’s viewpoint, I think you would learn more about his background firsthand instead of in a roundabout way through discussions with his driver.  Even though the movie was mostly about “Doc” Don Shirley -- little was found out about him directly.  Instead, the audience learned more about his driver, the driver’s family etc. instead of the famous pianist.

Friendship between Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga and “Doc” Don Shirley’s Characters

In my opinion, I did not feel there were any true camaraderie between the two characters on the movie screen.  Sometimes, I can sense the camaraderie between characters -- which unfortunately, I did not while watching the two interact with each other on film.

For the most part, the driver was being chastised and treated almost as a child by the pianist.  Conversely, the driver acted somewhat as a savior for the pianist even going so far as instructing him not to go out alone in some areas without him.  

As a movie audience member, I could tell that these were actors simply performing a job by doing this movie who would probably part ways after the movie is over.  In fact, Viggo Mortensen, who played the role of the driver, was heard while promoting the movie using an inappropriate racial slur. He apologized for saying it -- but only after he was found out and it was being publicized.  Unfortunately, I think this showed his true character since it is those times when an actor or anyone for that matter  say something that is unscripted where his or her real character comes through.

My Questions Relative to the Green Book Movie

Questions that came to mind as I watched the Green Book movie were: Spoiler alerts:  Why couldn’t the famous pianist travel with his other two band members? As a member of the band, wouldn’t “Doc” Don Shirley have been closer to them instead of the driver he hired?  If he hired the driver -- why did he eventually drive his own car during the movie? If he was so astute on using a Steinway piano during his performances, why did one scene show him playing on some other type of piano instead? Did the pawnshop couple as well as  “Doc” Don Shirley really show up for Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga’s family Christmas dinner, or were these scenes added to somehow pull the movie storylines together coherently. There are other questions as well, but I will stop here.

Assessment of the Green Book Movie

The above being said and asked, I think the movie was worth my wait in seeing it.  The Green Book movie accomplished its goal to show the discrimination and unfair treatment of the African American pianist.  Of course a few scenes may have been changed for dramatic effect and there may have been some character changes/consolidations as well.

The Green Book movie attempted to end on a somewhat upbeat, positive note given the dark, bleak scenarios shown during the movie.  Even though this is not a movie I would probably see again, I think it is worth at least a first look for those who want to take a glimpse of what happened during the life of “Doc” Don Shirley.

At the end of the day, the Green Book movie is after all just a movie.  It can serve as an impetus for one to do further research on the famous pianist to get a more realistic view of who he was as a person. In other words, If you want to learn more about “Doc” Don Shirley as well as his driver Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga --  the Green Book movie could serve as a passable starting point.

Rating of the Green Book Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Green Book movie 3 stars.

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