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: Avengers: Endgame

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, only the most anticipated movie of well probably EVER!!!! The conclusion of what has been a masterful series of movies, Avengers: Endgame.

This is 1000000000000000000000% SPOILER FREE.

  • Wow. That is the first thing I can really put on here. It was an emotional roller coaster that just was so mind blowing good on so many levels. The movie peeled back layers that I didn’t even know I needed to be peeled back.
  • Robert Downey Jr. is one of/if not the greatest casting of a comic book character of all time. If you look at every character and it can range from the Joker to Superman to even Captain America, you can see others in those roles. Iron Man/Tony Stark was made for RDJ and this movie he showed why. RDJ is masterful in this movie and he takes us on a ride from the first moments on the screen to his last moment.
  • It’s funny in ways you didn’t expect it to be funny. All the Marvel movies have their own sort of laughs but this one brought some strong comedic value while not taking away from the core of the film.
  • You know the story, you know whats going to happen but yet you find yourself watching a title fight and cheering every step of the way.

The Verdict:

***** out of ***** PERFECTION

The Russo brothers directed a masterpiece. The expectation level for me for this movie was like no other and I was completely blown away by this film. From start to finish you witnessed 3 hours (didn’t feel like it) culmination of 22 movies come together and take you on a magical ride across the Marvel Universe.

Markus/McFeely deserve just as much credit here for their outstanding writing on this film. The cast, really need I say more?

You laugh, you cry, you cheer, you laugh so more, you cry some more and after it’s all said and done, they left you wanting more even after 3 hours.

Mrs. Valero Verdict: AMAZING!!! Perfectly Written.

Should You See It?: ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! Caution: I didn’t think I would ugly cry more during this than I did last week during Breakthrough. This was the greatest experience I have ever had inside a movie theater. I truly can’t wait to see it again, and again and again.

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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: Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3 Part I

Joey Janela has one of the hottest things going Wrestlemania weekend, I had the opportunity in attending last years event in New Orleans and it was amazing. So I couldn’t help but be hyped for Part 1 of Janela’s 3rd Spring Break.

Joey Janela vs. Marko Stunt

Janela in his first match back and he held nothing back as these two went above and beyond from the start. The match had some great high-spots but this match went about 15 minutes too long. It really overstayed its welcome.

The Verdict: ** out of ***** stars – It was great to see Janela back in the ring and I was really impressed with Stunt as this was my first time seeing him.

Tony Deppen vs. Dustin Thomas  

Deppen was on the mic for what felt like 4 days, and he takes his act out to the crowd and out of no where he starts beating the hell out of a dude with No Legs.
The crowd started chanting Let’s Go No Legs, I really love indie crowds.
Thomas as we have now come to now, was insane. Tornado DDT’s, 619, and a spring-board 450? ABSOLUTELY INSANE.

The Verdict: ***** out of ***** stars – Deppen wins the match but WOW, they really stole the show. Thomas insane with his abilities with no legs and Deppen did a damn good job from start to finish.

Spring Break Scramble

Jake Atlas vs. A-Kid vs. Australian Suicide vs. Slim J vs. Shane Mercer vs. Jungle Boy

This match was INSANE. A-Kid was very impressive, all over the place. High Flying from all parties involved. Shane Mercer who looked really out of place to start this match but man he really was on fire. He walked the ropes with a man on his shoulders, he did a flipping body slam off the ropes, just WOW.

The Verdict: **** 1/2 out of ***** stars – Jungle Boy with the victory. Very fun match with guys flying everywhere.

GCW Heavyweight Championship
Nick Gage (c) vs. Shinjiro Otani

Gage is one of the most over men on the planet. I would say he really is Stone Cold lite for modern day, he is a don’t give a shit, fuck the world attitude is very relatable to a lot of people and they eat it alive.

Now for the match, it was just okay. I wanted to see more hard hitting between these two beast and it just didn’t happen

The Verdict: ** out of ***** stars – Gage wins with a roll up and the pull of the tights. Highly underwhelming and disappointing.

Invisible Man vs. Invisible Stan

Bryce Remsburg showed he is the best Referee on the planet. I truly believe he is the only guy in the world that can pull this match off between two Invisible people and make it entertaining.

The Verdict: ********* out of ***** stars – Invisible Man picks up the victory. I would give this a trillion stars if I could. I would never in a million years expect to enjoy a match between two invisible men but here I am.

Taka Michinoku vs. Orange Cassidy

The interaction between the two to open was brilliant. Cassidy is a comedic genius with his new hands in the pocket deal. Taka confusion from the get go was classic and using his own ways against him.

The Verdict: *** out of ***** stars – Taka with the Michinoku Driver out of nowhere for the win. Once this got going from all the comedy, it was a real treat. Taka is still able to go at a good pace and Cassidy is a damn fine wrestler.

Ethan Page vs. A Mystery Opponent

The mystery opponent ends up being “Starman”. He rolls up Ethan Page in a matter of moments for the 3. The big reveal and it’s freaking Virgil.

Doesn’t he look thrilled to be in the ring

The Verdict: Squash Match.

Jimmy Lloyd vs. Masashi Takeda

THIS WAS WILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moments into the match and Lloyd was bleeding like a mad man. Light Tubes being smashed at every second of this match, an absolute crazy Weed wacker spot in which Takeda hits Lloyd with it.

The Verdict: **** out of ***** stars Takeda wins with a pin. This match was absolute NUTS!!!!!! Just bloodshed from both guys, a couple of crazy insane spots with light tubes and a pair of scissors I thought for sure Lloyd had embedded in his neck.

Overall Show Verdict:

**** out of **** stars

The show was a whole lot of fun. Janela is a smart man when he lays out these matches and who and what he gets to show up and show out. Gage/Otani was the lone dud in the show, outside of that it was guns a blazing.

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The Valero Verdict: Shazam!

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, Shazam!. Normally I would say something fancy here about the movie being highly anticipated or anything at all. How about we say, Could DC finally make a good movie?

  • Grazer/Levi/Angel connection as Shazam/Freeman/Batson is spectacular. Grazer himself having to have the chemistry between both of the key characters was very pivotal in this movie and he was great.
  • Zachary Levi was a fantastic Shazam. You got the perfect dose of confused, witty, sarcastic, warm and funny all wrapped up in one.
  • The weird playing of Slow Hands by Nail Horan in the background of the family dinner. Did someone actually listen to those lyrics prior to editing it into the film? It was just weird.
  • Story telling was spot on. Sanberg did a great job of putting the pieces together. I really enjoyed his investment into the characters and making you care about them.
  • My biggest problem was the ending, it felt like it was never going to end. It dragged out for maybe 15 minutes too long.

The Verdict:

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

This was a strong movie, and a really shocking feel good movie. I liked the different lighthearted approach to the Super-Hero genre. It is one we really haven’t seen before. The chemistry between the leads was great, Mark Strong was a great villain and outside the 9 hour ending, the movie was a lot of fun. (Also DC finally making a good movie was a joke, calm down)

Should You See It?: Yes, and I think you should take the entire family. It was a whole lot of fun and a great feel good story for the kids to enjoy as well.

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The Valero Verdict: The Highwaymen

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 100th movie about Bonnie & Clyde. I kid, the Netflix movie starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson about the two Texas Rangers who helped take down Bonnie & Clyde.

This movie poster looks dumb.
  • Let me start with the positive. Costner and Harrelson have fantastic chemistry together. These two were a great pairing.
  • But the duo could not overcome the lackluster script. It felt like throughout the film they were going through the motions and I don’t blame the acting as it wasn’t bad, they just didn’t have much to work with.
  • The movie was so boring and dull, you were anticipating at some point the film would pick up and get moving and it never did.
  • The whole build is for the end (we all know what happens) and it came off as “just another scene”. I hated it so much because the whole movie led up to this moment and it fell flat on its face.

The Verdict:

* out of ***** stars

Netflix has been really good with a lot of the movies they have been making but this one misses the mark. Great casting in the two leads, Harrelson and Costner do their best to overcome a rough script but can’t even make the movie watchable.

Should You See It?: If you are bored and can’t find something to watch on Netflix, pick a random episode of The Office to watch and skip this garbage.

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The Valero Verdict: Aquaman

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, Aquaman. The very highly anticipated DC movie starring Jason Momoa.

  • This story was a complete rip-off of Black Panther.
  • This movie really tried way too hard to be funny, like it got embarrassing at some points.
  • The colors were pretty.
  • The action was a bit lackluster, the “big fight” scene in the water was just horrendous, at times you didn’t even know who was who during the fight.
  • Momoa was okay, but honestly he didn’t really have much to work with here. The screenplay was not very good and they didn’t put him in position to succeed at all.
  • Arthur? I feel like you could go back in time and get a better Super-hero name for this guy, this is what I think when I hear Arthur.

The Verdict:

* out of ***** stars

A loaded cast with a terrible script, while colorful and pretty to look at (Add Momoa to that if you’d like) the film feels like one big dud. Aquaman is one of the characters that belongs in ensemble movies but not his own standalone film.

Should You See It?: Absolutely NOT. Especially on Date Night, don’t be like “You can stare at Jason Momoa for two hours”, THEY WILL LEAVE YOU. Just no.

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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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