When Andy Samberg and “The Lonely Island” were on “Saturday Night Live,” they stole the show with every short skit they did. They were a comedic gold mine and produced catchy, but humorous, songs that won them both Grammys and Emmys alike. They continue their brilliant comedic stylings with “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.” This parody on the pop genre as a whole follows Connor 4 Real, a former boy band member who tries to take on a solo career. However, things don’t go as well for Connor as he initially hoped, as his solo album was a complete failure, forcing Connor to do whatever it takes to maintain his celebrity status. Poking fun at practically every musical act of the last ten years, “Popstar” delivers laughs throughout. Even though the story doesn’t really progress like most movies, the laughs and the soundtrack make “Popstar” a must-see movie for any comedy or pop music lovers.
“Star Trek Beyond”
As J.J. Abrams turns the Star Trek universe further and further into Star Wars with different characters, I keep wondering when they’re going to fall off and start losing quality. Somehow, they haven’t yet. Where “Star Trek Into Darkness” was frustrating due to its attempt to compete with the Wrath of Khan, “Star Trek Beyond” rises above its predecessor and stands as one of the best Star Trek movies of the millennium. In “Star Trek Beyond,” the crew of the Enterprise ventures into unknown territory where things instantly go awry. The Enterprise is nearly destroyed and the crew is suddenly stranded on an unknown planet with no means of communication and are forced to survive. On this mysterious planet, Kirk is forced to work with the elements in order to make it off alive. The movie as a whole is intense and is enjoyable for any audience who loves science fiction, or even action, movies.
“The Secret Life of Pets”
Modern animated movies have become one of the most difficult types of movies to judge. The genre is primarily dominated by Pixar and seemingly every one of their movies is a hit. When a movie isn’t Pixar, however, the genre yields inconsistent results. Where some movies knock it out of the park, like “Rango” or “Coraline,” there are always the “Mars Needs Moms” or the “Space Chimps,” (don’t worry, most people don’t remember them) which were borderline unwatchable. Then there’s “The Secret Life of Pets,” which falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. In “The Secret Life of Pets,” the audience is placed in a wide array of characters with their own uniqueness and style, all of which are generally likable. Then there’s Max, the main character who poses the largest problem for this movie. Max is a generic, unlikeable dog who is spoiled rotten until a new dog shows up. Max instantly dislikes this dog and runs into all sorts of problems. He gets lost and has to find his way home. This plot, along with the bland main character, isn’t anything new and ultimately drags the movie away from its potential. The part of this movie that shines is the side characters, who range from a fluffy cotton-ball of a dog to a crazy power-hungry rabbit. Even though “The Secret Life of Pets” provides some decent laughs and a couple of worthwhile side characters, the unlikable main character and generic plot left it easily forgettable to the audience.