The Valero Verdict: Murder Mystery

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, Murder Mystery, the latest Adam Sandler led Netflix Film.

*this movie poster looks as dumb as the movie itself did
  • I will start with one MASSIVE dumb plot point of the film, WHY IN THE WORLD would Sandler/Aniston be suspects of the murder? They literally had ZERO to gain from murdering anyone.
  • Sandler just bores me anymore, I am not sure what happened to this guy but he used to be so funny and now he just has these awful one liners that missed every single time.
  • Aniston and Sandler chemistry in the film was one of the lone bright spots.
  • The ending was beyond stupid. I thought they had the perfect end scene and for some reason we had to add a stupid car chase that lasted an extra 15 minutes and provided ZERO to the film.

The Verdict:

* & 1/2 out of ***** gavels

Good news is this was his best Netflix movie to date, the bad news is that it was still horrible. I guess Sandler is showing up, playing his part and cashing Netflix’s check because I truly can’t believe he watches these back and finds them funny at all. The movie had a decent plot but tried to hard to be funny and truly went no-where fast. Another swing and another miss.

Should You See It?: NO. Hard Pass. Watch Always Be My Maybe on Netflix instead. That is a funny, smart and great film.

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The Valero Verdict: Rocketman

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, Rocketman a musical fantasy about the story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

  • This movie is everything Bohemian Rhapsody wanted to be and more.
  • I would have been WAY happier if Taron Egerton winning the Oscar (well not over Mr. Cooper) instead of Rami MEHlek. Egerton gave hands down one of the best performances of the year. He truly embodied the role of Elton John and it was truly a sight to see.
  • Cinematography in this film was AMAZING. We all know about the colors of Elton John but to see them correlated to the big screen was fantastic.
  • Is it cheating to say I loved the music? Obviously Elton John is a musically legend but the way they were able to piece the movie together with the songs was a thing of art.
  • From Rob Stark to David Budd to Elton John’s love interest, Richard Madden performances have truly shown his range of acting. He did a fantastic job of making you truly loathe his character.

The Verdict

**** out of *****

From start to finish Director Dexter Fletcher takes you on this beautiful journey highlighting one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all-time with an all time great performance out of Taron Egerton. This is one of those movies you have to see in theaters to truly appreciate the art behind making this beautiful film. The acting, the cinematography the story, the direction was all amazing.

Should You See It?: YES!!!!!! Go see this film NOW! Don’t watch Bohemian Rhapsody and all it’s lies, see this instead!!!!

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The Valero Verdict: Ann Rolls Green

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, an Independent Film from Raspberry Films: Ann Rolls Green.

  • Kayleigh-Paige Rees was a really good lead in this film. She fit the role of Ann perfect. I would love to see her branch out into bigger film roles.
  • The colors of this film (as you can see above) were shot wonderfully. You don’t always see that in a film of this magnitude.
  • The script was different and unique, I totally appreciate a writer/director willing to take a risk with a movie. It brings authenticity to an art that is stuck in remakes.
  • The score was fun, I loved the music throughout and it really enhanced the film.
  • “I just saw you chase a dancing apple through the forest with a toy sword”. I about spite out my drink when this line was read. Hilarious.

The Verdict:

*** out of ***** gavels

The film is a whole lot of fun. I truly loved George Perry willing to take a risk with an interesting original story. (I mean a kid thinks he’s the next coming of Christ). Rees was impressive to me for the first time seeing her on-screen. My lone issue with the film was you weren’t sure what scenes to take serious or not. I felt like maybe I was laughing when I wasn’t supposed to and vice versa.

Should You See It?: Sure. It drops on Amazon Prime on June 7th. If you like independent fun films, you will really enjoy this film.

Special Thank you to Raspberry Films for letting me screen the film early.

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The Valero Verdict: Godzilla: King of The Monsters

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, the THIRTY FIFTH installment of the Godzilla franchise. I legit did not know there was that many of these films.

  • Bear McCreary score was made for perfection. I was truly blown away with how amazing the score was throughout the film.
  • This movie is way too long, Godzilla had more comebacks than Ric Flair.
  • Character development really lacked in this film. Millie Bobbie Brown was fun in this but they really spent little time developing any of the characters in this film.
  • It’s nice to see Coach Taylor still chasing down Godzilla, I love this man but I swear Kyle Chandler plays the same person in every single on of his roles.
  • I saw this in the new ScreenX theater that Regal has been slowly rolling out in theaters and it made the action scenes in this films a lot of fun.
  • Visually this film was quite a looker. You really could appreciate the artistic nature of this film.

The Verdict:

** 1/2 out of ***** gavels

I do believe I enjoyed this movie a lot more based solely on the experience of ScreenX, I am not sure the movie was much more than a “popcorn flick” and that is okay. The score easily was one of the best in 2019. The movie is big, loud, its got dragons (no Daenerys though), massive spiders and tons of action. What more do you expect?

Should You See It?: Skip it. Honestly, I think you can wait to Redbox this film. I will say, that all the “Monsters” bowed to Godzilla at the end of the movie, does this make him King of the Seven Kingdoms now?

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The Valero Verdict: Aladdin

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: The live action version of Aladdin (yes another live action film). This trailer was met with a WHOLE lot of controversy regarding the look of Will Smith as Genie and while it died down a little bit as more trailers came out, the movie was/is under a lot of pressure to perform.

  • The biggest concern coming into this was if Will Smith could fill the shoes of Robin Williams in the role of Genie, obviously a lot different considering it was a live action version vs. cartoon. I will say this, Smith knocked it clear out of the ballpark. He filled the shoes very well and was a HUGE reason why I liked this movie so much.
  • Scott/Massoud: The chemistry between these two was amazing, from start to finish they gelled on-screen and I enjoyed it. Similar to Smith/Williams, these two were playing characters that are beloved by millions of people out there and they were truly fantastic.
  • The movie felt rather long. It felt every bit of the 2 hour and 8 minute run time.
  • The costume design: Time and time again Disney take the costume design to another level. The colors in this film (to go along with the Cinematography) made this film extremely pleasant to look at.
  • Ritchie did a really good job of paying homage to the original, while also making his own film at the same time.

The Verdict:

*** 1/2 out of ***** gavels

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the trailer for this, I am equally annoyed as I am excited for a lot of these “live action” films but this one did not disappoint. Will Smith was amazing in the role of Genie, Massoud/Scott were fantastic together as Aladdin/Jasmine, I am not sure what more you could have wanted from this film.

Should You See It?: Absolutely. Disney did a fantastic job on this remake and I really was impressed with how Will Smith was able to absolutely slay the role as Genie. The whole family will enjoy this movie.

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The Valero Verdict: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

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: Pokemon Detective Pikachu, the Ryan Reynolds led film debuting the first live action of Pokemon.

  • The pacing was very slow from start to finish and didn’t pick up at any point. The movie never felt important or never truly felt like they did anything at all to make you feel invested in the film.
  • Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu was okay, he was a PG-13 version of Deadpool in the role. I feel for what he had to work with, he was good.
  • The acting was horrendous. I don’t expect world class Oscar-worthy acting but man was it really bad.
  • The incorporation of the Pokemon was one of the good things of the film. I did quite enjoy when they interacted on screen with them.

The Verdict:

** out of ***** stars

Honestly I wasn’t sure really what to expect from this film. I am not a Pokemon guy but the trailer when it was brought out was really good, so I had raised my expectations for the film. I really found myself bored throughout the entire film, it never hit the next level or any real level at all. The acting was horrendous and not even Ryan Reynolds could save this awful script.

Should You See It: Look if your kids are Pokemon fans and want to see this film, put them up for adoption. Older fans of Pokemon, go see Endgame for a 2nd/3rd or 4th time. Don’t waste your money on this.

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The Valero Verdict: Breakthrough

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, Breakthrough – the true story of John Smith, a young 14 year old boy who fell into a lake and was presumed dead but the power of prayer turns what seemed like the end into only the beginning for him.

  • Chrissy Metz – You really felt the connection she made between her and the character she was portraying. The emotion that had to go into this performance was not easy at all, she was just fantastic in this movie.
  • Topher Grace was another solid addition to the cast, a super change of pace from his last role. He was enjoyable in this role.
  • Faith based movie can be very cliche from time to time. In reading and fact checking the movie, they didn’t “Hollywood” a whole lot of the movie. Which really makes the movie that much better.
  • This movie was very well paced, it never felt like it was dragging out and honestly if you look from the outside looking in this movie could have been very boring. Roxann Dawson did an amazing job of putting the pieces together to keep you interested.

The Verdict:

*** out of ***** stars

This movie will pull at the heartstrings from start to finish. The power of faith is a beautiful thing and it was on display in this movie. To read the true story for it to be portrayed with accuracy as they did, this movie was really good. Metz was truly magnificent in this role and truly embody the role of the mother.

Should You See It?: Yes, the power of Prayer is something that can and needs to be heard among people of all ages. (Just bring some Kleenex)

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The Valero Verdict: Little

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, the Regina Hall led movie called Little.

  • Marsai Martin is a damn star. She really is great in this movie and honestly really look forward to watching her grow and star in more films. She was super great in this role and an unexpected pleasant surprise.
  • I expected a little more Regina Hall but while she was on-screen, she was fantastic. To be honest, I am waiting for a Director to cast her in a super serious role and watch her just thrive in it. I feel like she has an Oscar nominated performance her we haven’t seen yet.
  • A lot of the big time funny parts were in the trailer i.e. the BMW (Black Mama Whooping) scene was hilarious.
  • I really hated the poor tasted joke at the beginning about the kid transitioning. I don’t feel like we have a place in movies for this, poorly worded joke that wasn’t needed nor funny.

Overall Verdict:

** 1/2 out of ***** stars

Like I’ve said before, predictable movies are okay when they are these types of movies. I enjoyed the performances from Regina Hall and Marsai Martin. It wasn’t an over the top super funny but it satisfied me from start to finish for me to enjoy it.

Should You See It?: Wait till Redbox. It’s not a right now need to see it kind of movie but I definitely think its worth a rent when it comes out.

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The Valero Verdict: Pet Sematary

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, Pet Sematary. The remake of 1989 Horror film based on a book by Stephen King.

look at that thing, it’s terrifying looking.
  • The only thing remotely scary about this film was the cat, I mean just look at it. If you stare at that picture long enough, the cat takes your soul.
  • Jason Clarke is an amazing actor. The ONLY thing about this film that was good was him. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood and it showed in this film. He’s emotion is so raw in this film, you just felt everything that he felt throughout the entire film.
  • They somehow managed to make a 1 hour and 41 minute run time feel like 3 hours. The 3rd act dragged out and it was so uninteresting at that.
  • THE BACK OF SEMI-TRUCK HIT A KID AND THE KID DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A MARK ON THEM. (sorry for yelling)
  • We’ve made 1.3 trillion (don’t fact check me) Horror movies, can people stop going into random dark rooms? or can they stop locking themselves in rooms? That would be just great.
  • Best quote in this movie: “Good thing your no fucking vet.”

The Verdict:

* out of ***** stars

This just wasn’t a good movie, not even Jason Clarke’s phenomenal performance could save this movie. Lithgow was good in it, but outside of that, predictable, not scary (Minus that Cat that is going to give me nightmares forever), and dragged out 3rd act, this was another remake we did not need.

Should You See It?: Absolutely not. I’ve really debated what movie was worse, this or Dumbo. I would pay to see Dumbo fight the cat from this, I would lay AT LEAST $20 on the cat. That in itself would be more entertaining than both of these trash movies.

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