Finding Dory - movie reviewI brought some kids to see this, and I didn't have a high expectation, believing that it will just be another money making sequel, out to milk the original for a few more dollars, kind of like Independence Day II.. but boy was I wrong!To put it simply, I found this story to be more interesting, with greater depth, more food for thought, and yet, it was just as entertaining, if not more than the original. Now that I have let the cat out of the bag, allow me to explain why.This will be consider one of Pixar's best, in my opinion, with the right magical mix of fun, adventure, humor and depth that marks all the hall of fame Pixar productions. Sure, it's another journey that involves fish finding someone and something, but the story writers manage to add the right mix of originality, coupled with elements of the original road trip so those who have seen it have something they can remember, yet there are many more elements of new characters and storylines that will draw in new fans. Both kids and adults will have something for them. My kids were at the edge of their seats, urging the fish on when they faced the odds, laughing at the jokes with their parents, and the parents will have many scenes that will give them much to ponder on especially if they have or know someone with a child of special needs.A special mention must be given to the traditional 5 minute pre-show snippet, called "Piper" which agains shows how one can let a kid learn to do what he needs to do, but letting him achieve the task in his own way. I believe the snipped alone deserves and Oscar, and speaking of that, I believe with great confidence that we are looking at Oscar material, right now in this show.As for the surround effects, your surround speakers will get a good workout, dialogue is crisp and clear. There isn't as much bass, so this won't be that kind of demo track, but it's still a solid showing and with such a sweet story, I think this one will be a keeper, just like it's predecessor, Finding Nemo.4/5
Finding Dory BD released?
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - movie reviewThe first instalment was not bad, like a good beef stew, it was a quiet boiler, working it's way slowing through and only reaching it's full taste near the end.It was tiring watching the second instalment..It felt like Forrest Gump Part IIQuite simply, it was a running movie: "From that day onwards, if I was going anywhere, I was running!"Tom Cruise didn't perform to his usual best, and look like he was dialling it in. I also made the mistake of reading the book first, so all the nuances, the thoughts in his mind were lost.Here was a movie that didn't know if it was a straightforward actioner, a whodunit thriller or a bit of comedy.Jack needs to solve a paternity suit, free a prisoner, and absolve himself of crime once again. Cobie Sumlders doesn't smoulder too much here, she also look old and tired here, and there isn't a real chemistry between them. No couple on the run feel. In fact Robert De Niro and buddy feel more 'couply' in Midnight Run and Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte also had more love between them than these two.Plenty of action and explosions, so those looking for a bit of demo material for their HT systems won't feel too aggrieved, but my opinion is similar to the title: Never Go Back.Rent or buy only when on sale.2.5/5