I love the Back to the Future series, and I recognize that this is the finale that brings everything to completion, but I think it is probably the weakest of the three. Still, it’s a chance to see Doc and Marty on the screen again, and they are still as enjoyable as ever, so I love it. It’s fun, funny, and, as usual with the BttF franchise, keeps the audience in suspense and wonder. (Honestly, the only reason it doesn’t get an extra half a star is that I wish it were as good as the first movie in the series, which may be a little too much to ask of a sequel that a studio demanded.) It unfortunately does not have as many beautiful shots as the first two, but it still has a neat look and feel. I like getting to see the ancestors of the characters, and the things and people that shaped the town. The writing is absolutely brilliant, as one would expect, but it does leave me with one question: how could the future not be influenced at all by the passengers on the train not making it to their destination?
1990s Movie Reviews
I meant to review this shortly after I watched it, which was over a week ago. Whoops.
Anyway, it’s a nice film. It has one of the best endings out of all of the Woody Allen movies I’ve watched so far. It is arguably his take on Alice in Wonderland, and while there are some similarities, this is definitely its own separate story. It starts off seeming like a story that takes place in the normal, real world – then Woody decides that Chines herbs can make you (and your clothes) invisible. Just go with it.
That is actually my best advice for watching this film – just got with it. If you go in with the mindset that whatever fantasy elements are thrown at you are fair game, you’ll have a good time. The story is good and strong, it makes a great point, and the ending seemed inevitable in the best way. It actually takes a lot for a film to make me okay with an ending in which (spoiler alert) the main characters don’t fall in love, but this film made it work.
I must say, I there’s a lot that I like about this movie. I don’t find the main characters very interesting or relatable, but the April O’Neil in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is instantly more likable than Megan Fox’s take on the character. Really, the animatronics are not perfect, but I still think they look good enough for the job, and are far cooler to look at than CGI turtles. Splinter looks really great, and I often felt like he was a living creature, partly due to the performance given by Kevin Clash. I think that having the guy who performsand voices Splinter being the same person helps make him seem especially real. So, if you’re looking for great characters, the movie is alright, but from a technical standpoint, it’s really awesome.
The fighting looks very real, and some scenes are genuinely scary because of the ninjas that the turtles face and what they do. There were many occasions in which I thought that the shots/cinematography looked fantastic, and the same goes for the musical score. I really admired the way the story was structured as well. Overall, this movie’s a little slow, but it’s good if you’re looking for the right things. There’s a reason why this is considered to be a classic! (But don’t show it to young children – that would be a mistake.)
In Universal’s 1993 film Matinee, I was not surprised that John Goodman seemed perfect for the part of Lawrence Woolsey, a filmmaker known for making cheesy/horrifying monster movies. However, I was surprised to see that much of this movie was focused on a bunch of kids, and even more surprising was that the child actors playing them were really quite good and believable. While the film starts off slow, and seems to struggle to establish all of its main characters in a fast but logical way, around 40 minutes in it gets really interesting and lots of fun.
It’s a shame that the film is not more appropriate for young kids since the kids in the movie are pretty much the main focus of the film. Sadly, there were not that many big laughs, but it was still delightful watching these great characters interact, and watching the way that this film brilliantly satires old monster movies. Overall, Matinee has good writing, good acting, good directing, and even good music. It’s simply fun.