Years after the original trilogy, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is still looking for his father Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) who was cursed by the Flying Dutchman. He has read about Poseidon’s trident, an object that is said to be able to break any curse. However no one knows where the trident is, or if it even exists. Legends say that there is a map that gives the trident’s location however it is also said that no man can read this map. Meanwhile Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) has been locked up for being a witch even though she is a woman of science. She is an orphan and the only thing she has of her father’s is a small journal. Henry and Carina must go on a journey to find the trident and in order to find it they need a ship. They end up going with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), however this will only make their journey more perilous because Jack is being hunted by a fleet of dead men whom he aided in the demise of and to make matters worse he is the one who allowed them to sail the open sees. The trident is needed to break their curse of undeath before it’s too late.
I liked how there was a return to the plotlines of the original trilogy with the Flying Dutchmen and the love story between Will and Elizabeth. I also like how the writers introduced another aspect of Jack’s backstory and how there are multiple new plotlines partly involving old characters such as Will and Barbossa. I feel like this is a good return to the series that no one asked for and it gives fans of the series a better end to the series than On Stranger Tides which was a mediocre movie.
However this is not the end of the series as indicated by the post credit scene. If you want to watch this movie to completion you need to watch until after the first set of credits. The scene alludes to the next film of the franchise which I’m both excited for and fearful of. This is because on its own Dead Men Tell No Tales would have been the perfect conclusion that no one ever asked for. Now there is going to be another conclusion that no one ever asked for which could possibly be less than perfect and could be harmful to the series as a whole.
I recommend that you watch this movie if you’re a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean. It doesn’t even matter if you have watched any of the past movies in the franchise because of the prevalence if new characters and ew plot lines. I enjoyed watching this movie and I hope the next movie in the series is just as good if not better.
Final Rating – 47/50
Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a man working menial jobs and is living at the edge of poverty in the city of Madras in India. While doing his job his employers notice the fact that he seems to have exceptional skills in mathematics. He had been working on several theories on his own for some time. They convince him to try to get his work published and noticed by several universities by sending letters to each of these universities. One of these letters is sent to G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), a famous mathematician at the University of Cambridge. Hardy invites Ramanujan to come to Cambridge in order to test his mettle. He quickly proved his ability. Now Hardy is trying to get him to prove his theories so that they can be published. However his life at Cambridge isn’t that easy. He has to face racism, people being ignorant of his culture, and prejudices against his people.
This movie is a true story about a real man and is adapted from a book with the same name which was published in 1991. I enjoy experiencing stories like this one because it is stories like these ones which are often overlooked and which often have a greater impact than one would expect from how often these stories are told on today’s world. I think at actors who played these historical figures did a good job and the director did a good job of portraying the relationship between British people and Indians, though since I wasn’t alive during this time period and I’m Canadian I don’t actually know how accurate it is.
I recommend you watch The Man Who Knew Infinity if you enjoy learning about people like Ramanujan who were amazing. This is a good movie and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
Final Rating – 48/50
Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is your average insurance salesman. He lives in a small house on a clean street with perfect neighbours and is happily married. However throughout his life he has noticed many strange things. The reality is that he is the star of a reality show and everyone he has ever known are actors and he doesn’t even realize it. The Truman Show is watched by many people every day who tune in just to see what he is up to. In addition to this the producers instruct the actors on how best to stir up drama in Truman’s life in order to make the show more interesting. Will Truman ever learn the truth about his own life?
Because of its age and quality The Truman Show is often considered a classic and I agree with that notion. It has a lot of the same aspects as many other classic movies from the 90’s such as a message about a character finding their place in the world and a famous actor playing the main role. To be honest, he plot of this film is simple but filled with a lot of underlying meaning. It’s a creepy movie with a lot of tiny details that eagle-eyed watchers may notice. Cameras are seen all over the place and characters talk about certain products as though their in a commercial. I don’t have much to say about The Truman Show except for how it’s a good movie and I enjoyed watching it.
I recommend this movie to anyone who likes dramas that make you think about certain aspects of life.
Final Rating – 45/50
Megan Leavey is a rebellious young adult who joins the Marines and learns that it may not be for her after completing her training. This is before she is ordered to clean the kennel and meets Rex, a military dog with a strong attitude. She trains very hard until she can get a dog of her own. After Rex’s partner is injured during training, Megan Leavey is ordered to become his new partner. They form a bond and had such great discipline that they saved a lot of lives while deployed in Iraq. This movie is based on the true story about Megan and Rex while serving in the Marines and after.
I wanted to watch this movie ever since I saw the first trailer for it. I like stories about dogs like this one and it is even better if its based on a true story. Plus I have a dog named Rex who has the exact opposite personality of the Rex from the movie. I have another dog named Roxy just to let you all know.
This was a well made movie. The acting was good, including the animal acting. The special effects made certain scenes appropriately scary. It’s plot was moving. The only real problem I had with this movie is that the trailers made it seem that the final story beat would take up a lot more of the movie than it already did. It makes sense to use that part of the movie in the advertising because it is the most moving part of the movie and if people see that part in the trailers they may want to see Megan Leavey more than if the trailers had shown only combat scenes. While this isn’t a problem with the movie itself and rather a problem with the way it was advertised, I still think that this could make certain people dislike the movie.
I recommend this movie to anyone who is a big fan of dogs and to anyone who wants to watch a moving film. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who hates dogs or believes that playing fetch with a stick with a dog is dog abuse. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I hope you do if you decide to watch it.
Final Rating – 45/50
Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), now an elderly man dealing with the early symptoms of dementia tries to remember his final case, and a woman closely related to it who is haunting him. All he knows about this case is that it is what made him stop being a detective. Meanwhile Roger (Milo Parker), a young fan wants him to work as a detective again, and befriends Mr. Holmes.
This is a movie based on a novel that focuses on a period of Sherlock’s life that is rarely looked at. If you think about it the majority of Sherlock Holmes movies and books focus on his prime when he is working as a detective and solving cases. It also looked at a different side of Sherlock because usually he is depicted as a smart guy with amazing deductive reasoning who is bad with interpersonal relationships. In this movie it looks at his troubles with interacting with other people and how he is trying to learn what he did wrong during his last case.
I recommend you watch this movie if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes. This is also an excellent drama and I enjoyed watching it a lot.
Final Rating – 48/50
Kyuta (Aoi Miyazaki) is a young boy whose mother has just passed away and whose father is absent. After running away from the relatives who want to take him in so that he can find his father he comes across two strange individuals. These people are beasts from a world parallel to the human world and in the world of beasts there is now a conflict to find who will become the new leader. After stumbling into the other world Kyuta is brought in by one of the two current candidates for leader, Kumatetsu (Koji Yakusho). This beast is in need of an apprentice and takes Kyuta on much to the dismay of some other beasts. As Kyuta grows and learns more about fighting the two grow closer and become surrogate father and son. When a deep darkness threatens to throw both worlds into chaos, the bond between these two characters will be tested.
Since this is the only anime movie on Netflix that isn’t related to a long running series like Bleach, I decided to watch it. I watched it using the subtitles which is why the actor credits above are all the Japanese voice actors. This is a story which takes place over a very long period of time which is something that I always find very interesting to see because stories with such a wide time setting can be difficult to both write and to be told within such a short period of time. Regardless I found pretty much everything in this movie to be excellent.
The animation was beautiful, the voices were great, and the plot was heartwarming with a strong message. I recommend anyone who wants to watch a good movie to watch this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and maybe someday I’ll watch the dub.
Final Rating – 47/50
Belle (Emma Watson) is a bookworm who lives in a small French village with very conservative viewpoints on what women can and cannot do. After her Father’s horse comes back without him after he went to town she rides the horse to a strange castle. In this castle she discovers her Father (Kevin Kline) locked in a dungeon in a tower. He had been locked there by a Beast (Dan Stevens). Belle decides to trade places with her Father and she becomes Beast’s prisoner. The Beast is cursed and the servants of the castle have all been turned into household objects. The servants hope that Belle can break the curse before its too late and the curse becomes permanent.
Now the first thing I need to point out is that it has been a very long time since I’ve watched the original animation since you can only buy the DvD every once in a while because of the Disney Vault. Because of this I cannot compare the two movies. I think that this live action version a lot despite the fact that I don’t like musicals a whole lot, however I have heard a lot of people say that the original is better. I thought that the acting was good and the singing was also good. I really liked the Gaston pub scene with LeFou hyping everyone up with a song. I liked the special effects. But I do do not know if its better than the original and I won’t know until I can watch the original again if I personally think its better or not.
I recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of Disney and/or has kids. This is a movie that anyone can watch so you don’t really need kids, just enough time to watch it from beginning to end.
Final Rating – 45/50