Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Here it goes, another remake/reboot of a classic. currently there was like dozen of King Kong’s movies therefore someone got an idea to add another one to this bizarre pile.

And this current attempt is, empty. Even though it starts with a rapid speed, after no more than 20 minutes the whole crew is on the island and you can imagine what happens next, shit hits the fan. Kong’s first appearance quickly follows because typical american idea popped up: “Hm, What the hell is that?…I don’t know, but we should kill it with bombs”

Everything looks fine and action scenes are great. Well at least to the first 40 or 50 minutes then it tries to slowdown a bit and start with developing story and characters. But that’s the problem, in this movie, there isn’t any story or characters to develop and the forced slowdown in tempo makes in really visible.

After the film spans from this part towards the end it starts accelerate again but no matter how hard the movie tries to act cool again, the final boss battle seems kind of “meh”. A disproportionate amount of boring scenes can’t make up for a few great looking and cool scenes. Even the monsters are disappointing, there just upscaled ordinary animals like the spider, The Phasmatodea  etc. I wished they were more creative.

Nevertheless Kong: Skull Island should be just a first of the many “monster movies” that in the ideal world should begin great franchise and it’s well-known that there should be a Kong vs Godzilla movie around 2020. This is basically the reason why is the Kong so fucking big.


Labyrinth (1986)

Fantasy movie full of creative ideas and practical effects starring young Jennifer Connelly and recently deceased avantgarde pop star David Bowie.

Simple story about a girl who has to get through the labyrinth to obtain his younger sibling who was kidnapped by an “evil wizard” or to be precise the goblin king. All of that wrapped in a magical world full of weird monsters and creatures is probably more suitable for children than adults. The practical effects are amazing, it looks awesome even after three decades.

The main problem is David Bowie’s goblin king which is used only to sing several songs  and to dramatize whole story and that’s it, bad guy with zero charisma. His unexplained behavior makes it really hard to understand why he acts the way he does.

Kids will enjoy it, adults may admire the technical side of this movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

Name so long you have to be diver to be able to pronounce it in one go.

It looks like a Transformers but it’s not. It looks like a Transformers sequel but it’s not. What it is? Oh yeah, the second TMNT movie, which is even worse than last Transformers.

  • Megan Fox – checked
  • Weird robotic thing – checked
  • cheesy jokes – checked
  • tragic storytelling and characters – checked

If you love yourself or your kids you can go watch the original animated tv show but definitely not this attempt to make another series to milk money.

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Po never really disappoints. It’s again a fine story but you can’t tell the same joke over and over again and expect the same result.

In my opinion, the biggest problem of Kung Fu Panda series is a main “bad guy”. You can feel how the villains are flat, like the story was always created without them and they are forced to the story because hero needs a Villain. Someone somewhere said:

A hero is only as good as his villain

This inability to create at least average villain for the Po’s story and the repetitiveness of once told jokes and main plot are the two key factors which are turning down the whole movie. But you can always watch it with kids because there are more pandas than ever before.

Could child resist to that?


Dune (1984)

George Lucas said many times that one of the biggest inspirations for the Star Wars was Dune (just the book) and 14 years after the first star wars were released, the Dune was being transfered from the book to the movie screen.

I warmly recommend it for all the star wars fans and also for all the sci-fi fans. I will not talk about the story itself because it is truly spiritual father of star wars, you´ll see dozens of similarities with the star wars story.

Considering the age of the movie the effects are still decent so it will not hurt your eyesight. Briefly this is a cult film that you must see if you are a sci-fi fanatic.

Runtime: 2h 17min

more at IMDB

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Mash up of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and slightly “feminized X-men”.

It wants to belong among those great Burton’s movies so badly, yet it lacks something. It’s not really that original, the visual is also somehow lacking the magic of Burton works,

It’s okay-ish movie, but be aware when it comes to story telling and the main bad guy. It’s a bit silly and boring but bearable.

that’s how you treat your children, always equally


Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

This is probably one of the very best animated movies in the last few years, oddly enough with a quite original story, trust me you´ll just love it.

Great for kids even greater for adults. They can enjoy it and even more appreciate the atmosphere, immersive music and well written characters.

And after all you just have to admire the dedication and hard work of those people who created this beautiful thing.

It take months and years to create things like that