Silver Screen September Shows

Furious Seven

2/5 Stars

The Fast and Furious movies have never appealed to me. I’m not the type of person who watches a movie to look at cool cars and to see big explosions. That said, I have seen the majority of them, excluding five and six, and to be honest, this was one of the better ones.

The plot didn’t stray too far from the other ones. Deckard Shaw’s (Jason Statham) brother is  in a coma and he blames Dominic (Vin Diesel). He exacts his revenge, leading to a series of exciting car chases and action sequences.

The car chases have steadily progressed into absurdity, which makes it oddly more entertaining than previous installations. If you follow the media at all and keep up with current celebrity deaths, the cast changes won’t surprise you. But if you’re going to see this to look at neat cars and explosions, I don’t think there’s a better movie franchise to fit your needs. It is successful in entertaining the audience. However, I still think the series lacks quality given that every movie seems to have the same plot structure. If you like the rest of the series, then you’ll love this installment. Otherwise, I wouldn’t get too excited to see it.  

Cinderella

3/5 Stars

When I first heard about the new Cinderella movie and saw the trailer, I was less than thrilled. It didn’t seem like anything new to me, as I just saw it as another rehash of a story that everyone knows already. I was right in assuming it wasn’t going to be anything new, but it was better than I was initially expecting.  

For those of you who don’t know the plot of Cinderella (get out of the house more) it’s about a girl named Ella (Lily James) whose father dies and she is forced to live with her “evil” stepmother and stepsisters, which isn’t particularly ideal for her. In this version, she sees Prince Charming (Richard Madden)  in the woods and instantly falls in love and then goes to the palace ball to meet him again, even though her stepmother is against it. You probably know the rest. It is a good retelling of the story, but is very driven towards younger audiences who don’t already know how Cinderella goes. It was well done, but most people have already seen it before.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

4/5 Stars

Superhero movies tend to follow a certain formula. Everything is happy-go-lucky for the hero until something doesn’t quite go right, which leads to chaos. The hero(es) have some sort of inner conflict that tears them apart, but they eventually work it out and fight the enemy. There’s a big battle which starts off well, takes a turn for the worst which leads to something tragic, then the odds are beaten and the hero wins in the end, bringing peace to the world.

Age of Ultron follows that same pattern. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) create an artificial intelligence to keep the Earth safe and make their lives a whole lot easier, it doesn’t go quite as they initially intended. The AI decides that The Avengers are a threat to the planet and decides to kill them, which isn’t really supposed to happen. Just like every Marvel movie that has come out in the last decade, it’s pretty easy to guess what’s going to happen, even though Joss Whedon does put his own touch of surprise in there, and it’s entertaining to watch. I would recommend it, but don’t expect to be surprised by anything you see.