The Valero Verdict: Us

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Us the highly anticipated second movie from Oscar winner Jordan Peele.

  • Lupita Nyong’o was brilliant in this film. Both version of her. She played a wide range of emotions all wrapped up in both of her characters. She’s riveting, smart, and a down right bad ass in this film.
  • This movie is EXTREMELY CREEPY!!!!!
  • Typical Horror movies like to have way too many funny moments in a film, not this one. It had it’s comedic relief in Winston Duke but it was perfectly timed comedy, not over done.
  • We are early in the year but let’s go ahead and hand Michael Abels the Oscar for his Score in this film.
  • Peele’s writing is damn right scary, I have never been captivated in a Horror film the way I was in this. I was creeped out all while battling with the inner thoughts in my head about overcoming

The Verdict:

**** 1/2 out of 5 stars

To be able to tell a compelling story within a creepy horror movie is not easy at all. This movie was the battle within us all and how we can overcome that. Most horror movies focus on “jump scares”, killings and satisfactory ending, this movie was the complete opposite. Peele gives you a reason to care about the characters, he puts Lupita in a position to just do what she is good at and act her ass off.

The rest of the cast was great, the Score is perfection (I expect an Oscar nomination), its visually haunting, edited to perfection and Peele has officially made me want to never go to the fair again.

Should You See it?: What are you waiting for? Peele is turning himself into one of the best Writer/Directors in the world. The story within the extreme craziness is worth the price of admission alone.

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Trailer Reaction: Ma

The trailer for MA landed yesterday and I am here to breakdown my thoughts on it.

  • First off, HOLY CRAP. I had absolutely no clue about this movie coming out.
  • Octavia Spencer take MY MONEY!!!!! She looks like a certified crazy psychotic lunatic!!!!! And I am totally here for it.
  • Look kids in movies are always getting a bad look, ask random stranger to buy booze, they do and boom invite you to their house to throw a party? Kids these days.
  • I’ll be honest it looks like a typical Horror movie, jump scare, don’t do this/they do it type movie, they pay the consequences for doing it. I will say that Spencer had me sold, because honestly this movie provides minimal interest for me with an unknown in that role.

Ma hits theaters May 31st

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Evil Dead Review

I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Evil Dead last week. I wasn’t excited or looking forward to seeing the movie. But was just looking to see what new Director Fede Alvarez had to offer in his take of the Evil Dead. So here is the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the movie.

The Good –
Well the movie didn’t really have much that jumped off the screen to me that was good to be honest. There were a few scenes were they got me to laugh at something that was supposed to be laughed at. Also scenes where they wanted you to cringe and you did. But overall nothing was over the top “Good”.

The Bad – To me they really tried way too hard to be over the top. So many forced scenes were it felt like they were never going to end. I wasn’t a big fan of the effects when it came to the blood. I also didn’t like that one of the characters in the movie took so much punishment and walked around like nothing happened.

One scene in particular really set me over the top. In a scene in which Natalie gets bitten by the possessed evil thing (if that’s what you call em) she than decides it’s time to cut her arm off. This is all fine and dandy, until she actually did it. That’s where I got upset, she basically cuts it off and just stands there. Which then her boyfriend David walks in complete shock and she is just standing there like nothing happened! I don’t ever plan on cutting my arm off but if I do I am pretty sure I would not be sitting there like it never happened. No screaming afterwards or any blood at all, come on seriously?

The Ugly – So suffering through the 1st 3 quarters of the movie we finally got to what I thought would be the final act. Boy was I wrong, they set it up where we get the happy ending end scene. Nope that would’ve made too much sense. So we get another 15-20 minutes that just dragged on for an eternity. In which we have Mia has a Jeep fall on her arm and she’s screaming in pain. But what the heck she just detaches her arm and ultimately conquers the possessed/demon character.

Rating – 0.0 out of 5 – I am not sure there was one redeeming quality in this movie seriously. It was just really bad from start to finish. The acting wasn’t good, the script isn’t and the new director maybe shouldn’t be directing anymore. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone; it’s not even free on TBS worthy in my books.