Mini Movie Reviews: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, and John Wick
These movies really don’t have much in common, except that they all dropped right before the blockbuster-filled time of the year that most people refer to as the holiday season.
Interstellar was, for one, not what I expected. It did turn out to be pretty great, though. I watched the movie with an open mind, even though I thought at first that they gave too much away in the trailers. I was surprised when I saw the movie, though, because I found out that they did not, in fact, give away too many plot details. They kept just enough behind the curtain to surprise most. Sure, they showed every actor and actress that was going to be in the movie, the fact that some of the main characters lived on a farm, and part of the plot-line where some of the characters go into space, but that was not the main premise of the movie, although these elements did play big parts in the overall plot.
**Don’t read further if you haven’t seen these movies yet, and would like to stay spoiler-free.
*Ratings are on a scale of 5 as the highest rating.
This movie (Interstellar) was no Gravity, but it had a certain shock value and took you on an emotional roller coaster, even if that was unintentional. The world, as a whole, was going away, disintegrating right before our very eyes, and there was nowhere to go but away, to another possible planet way out there in the galaxy. The future was unknown, and hazy at best. It all (kind of) worked out in the end, although there were some things movie critics are still questioning. All I have to say is, when going to this movie, keep an open mind and if you don’t believe in the Nolan-verse, this is not the movie for you. I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the film, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars
Big Hero 6
This movie came with many unexpected twists, also, but these also turned out to be good ones. This was a heartwarming tale about a boy and his robot-like companion, who were heroes by the end, but also had many big adventures along the way. Baymax was one of the main characters, the big cuddly marshmallow-looking-guy in the trailers, who was created to serve as a medical advisor in the beginning, but was an action idol by the conclusion of the movie. This movie is one for all ages. Yes, it looks like a kid’s movie, but Marvel, Pixar, and Disney did a great job of making this film relatable and likeable for everyone who sees it. It even beat out Interstellar last weekend. I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice to say, it was a great movie and expands on the Marvel universe with a new character I think we’ll all learn to love and cherish, that is if you don’t already.
Rating: 4 stars
In the words of my brother, if you’re looking for a great action movie with a concrete meaning, John Wick is the motion picture for you. This is a tale of vengeance, which takes you through the life of the vengeful, previously lovable character John Wick. He is a former assassin at the beginning of the movie, and takes back his place as the reigning champion by the close of the film. He has lived a soft, cloudy, love-filled life for a chunk of time in the recent past, but then he takes a dangerous path towards rampage. This is a revenge story for the ages. There is nothing to wonder about or think on when you see this movie, but it does show that Keanu Reeves has still got it. Its comic-like story and in-movie quote boxes lead me to think this movie grew out of a graphic novel or comic from the past, but this film was organic and came only from the writer’s pen. This movie is graphic, and takes you on a rollercoaster full of weapons and wrath. I’d recommend going to see it sometime in the near future.
Rating: 3 stars