Day 190 & Day 191 & Day 192 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? & Uncle Drew & Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Movie Title: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Providence Place Cinemas 16 – Providence, RI

Review:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? covers major moments in the television life of Fred Rogers through interviews with his co-workers, family, and archived video footage. You learn a lot about the real Fred Rogers from watching the video. He was a tireless worker, but also riddled with doubts about his ability to succeed that often were channeled into the show. He tackled difficult issues for kids to handle. The first week of programming for the show was about the Vietnam War. He handled all kinds of difficult topics that kids wonder about like depression and divorce as well as things adults would consider silly like kids thinking they could fly like Superman. These were topics other children’s television shows were unwilling to touch. They pair his show against his contemporaries and the difference is vast. He was also highly inclusive behind the scenes although he does display some prejudice for his age against homosexuals that was interesting to see. I watched Mr. Rogers as a kid and I found this documentary to be uplifting and insightful. One thing I was certainly wondering was whether or not Fred Rogers was legitimate. Did he walk the walk that he always preached or was he a hard drinking son of a bitch in his personal life? By and large the answer to that question is yes. He was the real deal and that made me very happy.

Verdict:

This is a great documentary about an American treasure whose message is hopefully not lost in the world today. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Uncle Drew (2018)

 

Movie Title: Uncle Drew

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Mike

Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA

Review:

Uncle Drew stars current and former NBA players in a romp around Rucker Park in New York. Dax (Lil Rey Howery) has been putting together a team to compete at Rucker Park and win the $100,000 street ball tournament. Everything is going well until his arch rival Mookie (Nick Kroll) steals his team right out from under him. Left with no team, he quests for one until he stumbles upon the mythical Uncle Drew. Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving) agrees to put a team together of his choosing.

They hit the road and pick up Big Fella, Preacher, Lights, and Boots to round out the team. Preacher’s irate wife Betty Lou (Lisa Leslie) catches up with them and joins the show late in the affair. The movie’s premise is great and more could have been done with it. During the credits, they show some scenes left on the cutting room floor that were funnier than what is in the movie. The story is fairly predictable and the ending can be seen coming a mile away. What gives the movie humor and charm is the interaction between the principle players. Seeing Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson interact in some really fantastic makeup is great. Their chemistry is perfect.

Verdict:

Is it an all-time great movie. No. But, it is a decent basketball movie with decent humor. I liked it, but it may not be for everyone. Take it or leave it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

 

Movie Title: Ant-Man and the Wasp

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA

Review:

Ant-Man and the Wasp shows us what Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and his cast of characters were up to during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has been under house arrest for nearly two years. The government has him under surveillance constantly. Should he break the terms of his house arrest he will be sent away to a federal prison forever. During this time he has built a great relationship with his daughter and improved relations with his ex-wife and her new husband. He has started a business with Luis (Michael Pena) designing security systems for corporations. Life seems to be going in the right direction.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) have been busy during this time as well. Hank Pym got the idea that they could perhaps rescue their wife and mother respectively from the sub-atomic zone that she went into. They have built a massive device to shrink down to her level and retrieve her. The machine also has an innate connection to Scott Lang. Hank and Hope kidnap him. Others are also interested in the machine. Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) sold Hank and Hope most of the parts they needed to build it and now he wants to sell the finished product to the highest bidder. Another mysterious figure alias Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) also has designs for the machine. Can they rescue Janet Van Dyne before these other forces get hold of the device?

The cast has great chemistry aside from Laurence Fishburne who feels like a fish out of water. It maintains a high pace and the same sense of humor used in the first movie. Unfortunately, a lot of the really great routines were in the trailer. The ending is great and it features the best Stan Lee cameo in the MCU which is worth the price of admission alone. Wasp and Ghost are both great characters although the ending becomes fairly predictable as you get to know them more.

Verdict:

It is funny and the action scenes are great. It isn’t mind blowing, but it is definitely a worthy addition to the MCU. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Equalizer (2014)

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