20 May 2018

JR's Movie Reviews - LOVE, SIMON

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Love, Simon
LOVE, SIMON
Year of Release: 2018
Date Watched: 18 May 2018 (at SM Cinemas - Manila)
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"The Complicated Reality of Coming Out"

⭐️ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ⭐️

POSITIVES
➕ Nick Robinson
➕ Simon's Friends
➕ The Ferris Wheel Ending
➕ Movie Soundtrack
➕ Tear-Jerking Scenes involving Simon
➕ Quotable Lines on Coming Out
NEGATIVES
none






Love, Simon expedites the sometimes brutal yet beautiful situations gay people have to go through with each and every day of their life. The movie is very timely as it exposes the continued challenge of acceptance despite a reforming contemporary society. Simon is your average teenager attending school and consistently hanging out with friends and family. When a schoolmate anonymously posts confessions of his sexuality online, Simon tries to communicate with him eventually forming an attachment towards the individual. Problem ensues when a schoolmate sees Simon's e-mail by accident and attempts to expose his secret if he doesn't help him. The movie is cute and surely any one from this generation would easily fall in love with. The movie means alot to me as I easily related myself in the most numerous of ways. Wonderfully acted by Nick Robinson, Simon's portrayal is on track with what it really is like to be your typical closeted teenage boy. Simon's group of friends are so special in the run of this film as each imposes a unique vibe for the main character to work with. I can't help myself but feel teary and eventually cry for Simon when he has to experience the most brutal of ridicule in school plus that the harsh waiting for "Blue" to reveal himself after losing touch of him. The moods I experienced with the movie are all the more motivated by its diverse soundtrack that are upbeat. I easily fell in love with this film. It definitely earns that special place in my heart.

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Time Published: 20 May 2018 (8:00 PM)

29 April 2018

JR's Movie Reviews - AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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Avengers: Infinity War
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Year of Release: 2018
Date Watched: 28 April 2018 (at SM Cinemas - Baguio)
JR's Rating:  (9.5 out of 10, Excellent)
"Thanos Wins and Deserves A Thunderous Applause"

POSITIVES
➕ Thanos
➕ Heartbreaking Ending
➕ Battle in Wakanda
➕ Thor and His Stormbreaker
➕ Soul Stone in Vormir
➕ Punchlines that Work
➕ The Infinity Gauntlet
➕ Too Many Surprises
NEGATIVES
➖CGI Mishaps
➖Some Unanswered Details







It has been 10 years in the making and Marvel did not disappoint on bringing the journey of Thanos towards collecting all the Infinity Stones. Yes, the Infinity Stones including the Soul Stone has finally been uncovered in Avengers: Infinity War. While the Infinity War has seemingly concluded, the movie demands us to see the Avengers movie slated next year to give fruition on what transpired to those heroes that got lost in the end. It's true that a lot of heroes (and a popular villain) get to die during the war but I just can't help but root for Thanos who was truly the most amazing asset. Being both vengeful and emotional towards his daughter Gamora, Thanos makes the best recipe for a villain in a superhero movie. He is indeed a titan that is just so powerful and somewhat impossible to beat. The movie is action-packed, most especially the battle done at Wakanda, and exciting with the too many surprises, like Cap's appearance, that the audience can't just prevent to roar with applause but the movie never fails to punch you with tears at some of the most emotional scenes in superhero history like the sacrifice of Gamora at Vormir and the goodbye of Spider-Man to Iron Man. One notable scene I got to mention is Thor's mighty stormbreaker creation, reveal and use confirming my statement from my review of Thor: Ragnarok that indeed he is the strongest Avenger after all. There are some CGI mishaps in this film like Bruce Banner awkwardly placed at the large Iron Man suit and inconsistencies of the appearance with Thanos but my criticism would have to be some missing key plotholes like "Who is Thanos?", "How did his want to collect the Infinity Stones start?" and most importantly, "How did Thanos get the Power Stone and the Reality Stone?" (we just get to see it already at his gauntlet). All-in-all, the movie done great with the story and acting by an ensemble cast complemented by the script with effective punchlines that really goes well with the flow of the movie. The movie is worth the hype but much anticipation is on the next movie due to how the movie ended and I do hope that it's the best culmination of all the Marvel movies been made thus far. Marvel fans definitely have to watch this before watching the fourth Avengers film.

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Time Published: 29 April 2018 (8:00 PM)

17 March 2018

JR's Movie Reviews - THE SHAPE OF WATER

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The Shape of Water
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Year of Release: 2018
Date Watched: 09 March 2018 (at SM Cinemas - Rosales)
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"They Lived Happily Ever After..."

⭐️ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ⭐️

POSITIVES
➕ The Amphibian
➕ Elisa
➕ The Sex Between Woman and Fish
➕ Use of Minority Characters
➕ 1962 Baltimore Setting
➕ The Highly Aesthetic Ending
➕ Aesthetics and Style by del Torro
➕ Use of Classic Music, TV and Film
NEGATIVES
none








Astounding from start to finish, The Shape of Water explores a unique fairy tale / love story masterfully concepted by Guillermo del Torro on film. The Shape of Water never failed in it's distinction as the Best Picture in the 2018 Academy Awards. Upon the government holding captive a creature that is worshipped as a god in South America, Elisa, a mute orphan who works as a janitress in the military facility, becomes fascinated with the captive being, developing a connection with it unlike no other. Elisa soon is challenged to escape the creature from the facility in order to save it from possible experimentation and thereby death from it's captors. The beauty of the film relies heavily on its unique story and its two main characters. The creature in this film is just a masterwork, a beauty in what is perceived to be as a beast by the antagonists. I can't help but feel awe when the creature lights itself and even show its healing capabilities. The story is so unique, an ode indeed to the many fairy tales that we come to see as kids. Take caution though as some sensitive scenes are in this film but are definitely necessary. The movie almost had a tragic ending but fairy tales indeed should always have hope and a happy ever after ending. It's one of the most aesthetic endings I have seen in film. One notable thing about this movie also are its use of minorites to expose a propaganda on the harrased and unfair treatment of them within the society. It's what I think the most obvious moral of this film that Del Torro wants to convey. Del Torro's story complemented by his direction and aesthetics is just wonderful. The Shape of Water is a future classic deserving a chance to be seen by everyone and for generations and generations to come.

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Time Published: 17 March 2018 (8:00 PM)