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Review Tag (2018), Wildling (2018), Creed II (2018), Alpha (2018), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Crooked House (2017), Girls Trip (2017) and Keeping up with the Joneses (2016).

These quick short reviews are intended to let you know whether they are worth your time or not. More elaborate or in depths reviews will follow when deemed necessary.

Tag (2018)

Tag is a surprisingly cool and endearing comedy based on a true story. It's mainly about friendship experienced through a game of Tag that each of them take immensely serious. It's fun from start to end. So definitely a must watch!

Wildling (2018)

A girl is kept captive by Daddy (Brad Dourif) supposedly to protect her from the bad world outside. But it becomes clear things aren't what they seem and she is on a path of awakening. In essence the film is a coming of age drama with a twist. For the most part compelling with decent acting. However it's very flawed and suffers from a poor narrative. A decent watch if you don't have the highest expectations story or spectacle wise.

Creed II (2018)

I don't know where to start with this one. Creed already revisited the old legend that is Rocky and now Creed II wants to do it yet again by basically remaking Rocky IV. On the one hand it makes sense on the other hand this film completely washes away what was established in the first part. Why? Then I thought of the possibilities in which Ivan Drago could be fleshed out. Like Rocky he is an underdog and there were some moments where you could feel his pain. I had hope that because of this he and Rocky would come together and might even start a friendship. Following the line of the Rocky saga where Apollo Creed also once was seen as the villain. It would be the perfect circle. Unfortunately Sylvester Stallone and co have dropped the ball on this one as most of the events aren't nearly as touching or dramatic as the first one. How many times does Adonis need to prove himself before he is satisfied? How many times does he need to learn the same lesson? 

Don't get me wrong I still liked this but I can't help but feel disappointed because of the laziness concerning the story. So much more could have been done with Drago and his son. And believe it or not Rocky IV is the superior film by far compared to this.

Alpha (2018)

A beautiful tale about a boy and a wolf who need to rely on each other to survive in a prehistoric age (20.000 years ago). I know that this film is being advertised as a historical adventure and I am sure they tried to recreate this prehistoric age as much as possible. However many liberties have been taken to the extent that this tale should more be seen as a fantastic tale. Nevertheless a real fascinating one since it does point out the harshness and cruel life of animals and humans. Most of what you will see is a feast for the eyes even if at times the CGI is done poorly. It doesn't matter much since the simple story remains compelling throughout. A must watch for sure!

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

I wasn't in a real hurry to watch this especially since the new Star Wars certainly is not MY Star Wars. However I was pleasantly surprised as Solo actually had me entertained from start to finish without feeling the need to rip out my hairs out of anger. Granted I am not happy with some of the casting choices and how this part refers to the original franchise. And to be honest, this film doesn't even feel like it's Star Wars. That being said I had fun throughout and managed to get warmed up to every character in the film even Alden. Although I do think that Anthony Ingruber would have been a much better fit. He even had the Harrison Ford mannerisms down. And Lando loving robots? Oh come on! Not too mention that Donald Glover tries too hard to be suave as Billy Dee Williams. It's not something you can mimic. If there ever was a reason to youngify an actor this would be it. Overall worth watching!

Crooked House (2017)

Much better Agatha Christie adaptation than Murder on the Orient Express. But it feels less cinematic and as if there is less at stake. Still the acting overall is excellent and there are just enough twist and turns to keep you guessing. Certainly a must watch for fans of murder mysteries. But definitely deserved better fleshed out characters. 

Girls Trip (2017)

A very predictable comedy about friendship but one that offers more than enough laughs to keep you entertained. Some will make you laugh out loud for sure since they are so over the top and ridiculously basic. It's a bit of a shame that the main characters aren't fleshed out more. It was so obvious they had to play certain types instead of real people. Like for example Tifanny Haddish. I know that her role is being considered her breakthrough but I am not entirely sure why that is. Especially if you realize that she basically has been playing the same character over and over again. The over the top one that is so very urban and ghetto. Sure she can be funny. But I will be more impressed if she can play a character that is very different from the usual role she portrays. In hindsight I give Jada Pinkett more credit for being funny. She had the most daring scenes but managed to carry those with finesse and dignity. And I am not a fan of her so that is saying something.

Keeping up with the Joneses (2016)

Decent enough as in that I found it to be entertaining while it lasted. But to say that it made me laugh hard or that it was memorable? Not even close. The cast is good though and probably is the main reason you would want to check this film out.

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