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My thoughts on The Protégé (2021), Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), Tom and Jerry (2021) and Don't Breathe 2 (2021)

Review The Protégé (2021)

Maggie Q who already dabbled into Hong Kong cinema (Naked Weapon, Dragon Squad) and starred in a show about a female assassin (Nikita) seems perfect for a John Wick esque film about assassins. And with Michael Keaton in the mix how could you go wrong? Well, apparently a whole lot. First and foremost the action is disappointing. Apart from two short action sequences there is nothing exciting. I kept waiting and waiting for the action to ramp up and make an impact until the credits rolled. Films like these should never be about the story or intrigue. Yet this is what the film focuses on the most. And that would have been fine had it been compelling. But it's a total bore. However the one thing that keeps this film from crashing is Michael Keaton. He shows he potentially can still play Batman and kick ass. So make that happen. Other than that forget about it. There is no John Wick esque action. So what is the point?

Review Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

Was there a need for a reboot / sequel to Space Jam? I don't think there was even a need for the original. But it's here. To be honest, it's not that bad. If you aren't too critical you will be able to find enjoyment. Not necessarily by the jokes but perhaps by recognizing all of the WB characters in the background. I do remember laughing a lot harder when watching the original. It was a real joy to see Bugs Bunny and co in action next to Michael Jordan. Actually they clearly were the stars and Jordan just tagged along. In this one it's the other way around. And that is one big mistake since LeBron James barely can act. How can you not make the toons the main attraction? Besides the action itself was a bit bland. The visuals were cool though especially in 4K.

Review Tom and Jerry (2021)

If it wasn't clear by now this film will point out that Chloë Grace Moretz has limited range. She can't do comedy. So why they have cast her to be in this live action Tom and Jerry flick is beyond me. Fortunately Tom and Jerry steal every scene they are in. But let's face it. They aren't the same as they were in the original cartoons. It's understandable. Times have changed, people have become softer and can't take a joke like they used to. So the slapstick won't be as sadistic and offensive but it's entertaining. And I rather would have liked they solely focused on them while the actors would be subject to their terror. Like with Space Jam: A New Legacy the focus lies on the people. Why? They aren't fun. Even Michael Peña fails to be funny. Because for whatever reason they have him play a serious character instead. It doesn't make sense. Anyway watch this for Tom and Jerry. They will make it worth your while.

Review Don't Breathe 2 (2021)

The original was a breath of fresh air that played around with convention and expectations. For whatever reason this sequel decided to change a character so much that he could be considered a good guy and not the super bad guy he is supposed to be. Not going to lie, that required some adjustment. Despite this huge flaw I found myself rooting for The Blind Man and wanted him to prevail at all costs. While the tone and tension is a lot lighter there is enough there to keep events compelling. Besides the thugs in this part truly are evil and committed. You actually have to commend them for not giving up even when they have been inflicted a lot of torture and pain. Definitely a good watch!

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