Seen Any Good Movies Lately?
Movie Review by Arts and Life Reporters
April 10, 2019
Movie Review by Kierstin Smothers
The number one movie in the box office opening weekend, “Dumbo,” was highly anticipated by movie goers and Disney fanatics around. The newest movie, directed by Tim Burton, told the story of how an out- casted circus elephant, with abnormally large ears, became extraordinary after he revealed his special ability to fly. This film was a live action rendition of the original, which premiered back in 1941, which brought forth the nostalgia from which the first movie possessed. The story took place in 1920’s after World War II. It followed the life of the Farrier family, this consisted of Holt (Colin Farrell), Milly (Nico Parker), and Joe (Finely Hobbins). Although it was very heart-warming to watch them grow and learn the value of cherishing family, it would have been nice to watch Dumbo grow just as much with him and his mother, Jumbo. The movie’s primary focus was on the Farrier’s, aside from the main character for which the movie is named after, Dumbo. Aside from the fact, the use of special effects and set design kept the movie interesting for it gave it a new modern era twist as compared to the original animated film. Overall, families of all ages would enjoy “Dumbo.” This movie not only makes people smile, but also shed a few tears as they come along on the circus family adventure. Although the 2019 version did a good job at recreating the cartoon, nothing beats the original.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Movie Review by Ethan L. Kessler and Aalyssa Olsen
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend many movies premiered. One of the more successful ones was Ralph Breaks the Internet, raking in just over $91 million in just the first week. Disney’s charming sequel shines a light on the wonders and even the horrors of the Internet, from the many silly viral videos to the nature of social media. Ralph and Venellope, portrayed by John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, continue their close friendship between a misunderstood video game villain and a young speedster with a glitch. Their new adventure thrusts the best friends into the wilds of the web. Adults, more than kids, will enjoy the movie’s jokes and the references in the animated sequel that are all too relatable. It is definitely a movie worth seeing and is as good, if not No
Movie Review by Nevaeh Williams
Bohemian Rhapsody is colorful and explosive retelling of famous British rock band Queen and its wonderfully talented lead singer’s rise to stardom. Freddie Mercury was an icon for men, women, and children alike—producing multiple hit songs such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and the movie’s signature name-sake, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The bombastic and flamboyant musician passed away on November 24th, 1991, at age 45 due to complications from AIDs, confirming the day before his death that he had contracted the disease.
Despite this, Mercury left an insurmountable legacy that would continue to influence and inspire future artists for many years to come—the movie, produced by Graham King and Jim Beach, is a roughly two hour long biopic featuring Rami Malek as Mercury and Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joe Mazzello as Queen’s corresponding members.
First and foremost, Bohemian Rhapsody is as nostalgic as one would expect—Malek’s performance is captivating in its own right, roping each and every audience member into what may otherwise be a superficially cliché yet somewhat unusual biopic. The movie takes great interest in the many struggles he was forced to overcome on his journey to stardom…and when one examines it through that lens, the film itself is an entertaining and decent reflection of Mercury’s trials and challenges. Historical inaccuracies have a habit of popping up, but it is not nearly enough to severely hamper the film’s overall quality.