Arts & Entertainment From the Editor Movie Review

Movie Recommendation: January 11th 2019

Written by Christine Gill

By Jonny Frank, Editor

Are you looking for a good movie to watch this week during your free time? Well, that’s why I’m here. Hello, my name is Jonny Frank and as a person who is going into the film industry, I watch a lot of movies. Each week  I’ll be uploading a news post recommending 3 movie you can watch as well as a simple run down of the plot of the movie (DON’T WORRY, it’s all spoiler free). All of these movies I’ve watched personally, so you can get my own perspective first, and maybe others too. I’ll also list where you can watch these movies online, legally of course 🙂

The Types of Movies.

One of the three movies will be an animated movie, as a lot of hard work and talent goes into these films. Another will be a PG or PG-13 movie, and a R rated movie for those who are allowed to watch it. These are mainly just for variety, and don’t worry, I won’t be suggesting anything too over the top for the R rated movies. I’ll also be including reasons for why it has the rating it has in the description so you know what you’re getting into.

Reach Out and Recommend!

If you have a suggestion for a movie I should watch and recommend on next week’s post, I’ll do that. Just email me at jfrank@dhs.dominicanhighschool.com with the name and the rating of the movie you think I should review and recommend, and maybe I’ll include a fourth extra recommendation. I will find a time to watch the movie you suggested, it just might take awhile to do, I am only one man after all.

Anyway, ON TO THE MOVIES! 

 The Iron Giant (1999) On Netflix.

I’m just going to say this right away, this movie is great, a 100% great. Personally, it is one of my favorite animated movies of all time as a matter of fact, and it’s got all the things that make for a great film. It has a wonderful setting, an amazing plot, great action, beautiful animation,  hilarious comedy, and emotional story and message thought through it. Each of which I will break down in these next paragraphs.

Wonderful setting / Amazing Plot: What I mean by wonderful setting is that this movie uses it’s chosen time period brilliantly. The movie takes place in the 1950s during the cold war, a time in which the U.S. and Russia are in an arms race and everyone’s worried about the outbreak of war. That’s where the Iron giant comes in, a giant robot, sent into the united states, lost all memory of his mission and instead learns about life from a small boy in the made up town of Rockwell Maine. The whole time the government is tracking down the giant robot, peaceful to take him out. Not interested yet? Let me explain more.

Great Action: A movie like this cannot exist without some great action can it? It’s a giant robot v.s the paranoid 1950s United States, of course there is going to be action. The action works; it works really well. I’m not going to say anymore about that or I might spoil some good plot points.

Beautiful animation: It’s hand drawn for crying out loud, how much more beautiful can you get? Each frame has so much effort put into it. There are points in this movie where you can really see how much effort was put into this movie’s animation, and it really pays off.

Comedy: It’s really funny, so funny I really don’t want to describe any of the scenes to make sure that it’s not ruined. If you wanna see for yourself how funny the jokes and the scenes are I suggest you watch the movie.

Emotional Story and Message: The story is great and the ending is enough to make almost anyone cry, the movie did make me cry for a bit and I’m not really the type of person who cries, but this one got me. The message behind the whole movie is also very powerful and emotional too, the writers really knew how to push a message onto the audience and have them listen.

So there is so much more I want to talk about this movie, but I feel like if I do, i might spoil something and ruin the experience for you all who haven’t seen it. But a few last minute things i want to say about this movie before I move on. I don’t think I mentioned the movie was directed by Brad Bird. The same guy who made Incredibles 1 & 2. (Both are great and will be covered eventually). They also go people like Harry Connick JR as an artist named Dean, and Vin Diesel as the Giant. This movie has so much going for it, that it is many people’s favorite animated movie. While it is not my #1, it is definitely a very close #2. I do suggest that if you are looking out for an animated movie to watch sometime soon, and you haven’t seen this one yet, please watch it. If you have seen it, re-watch it, it’s worth it. All around this movie is worth a watch or two.

 Jurassic Park (1993) On Amazon, (was just removed from Netflix last month)

A classic film, directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg. While its effects may be a little dated, it is a timeless story. This is a must watch for everyone. Possibly one the most referenced movie in pop culture.  A tale of when man tries to play God and it backfires, but with a dinosaur theme park, what’s not to love? I’m pretty sure that for most of the people reading this, you’ve probably seen this movie or maybe one of it’s “Jurassic World” sequels. So if you’ve seen it before, rewatch it. If you’ve never seen it before, GO AND WATCH IT! (I don’t have as much to say about this movie because it’s a great movie, and everything i can say about it is obvious).

Senior Section: Good Will Hunting (1997) On Netflix

Sure, it might be rated R, but if you can watch it, and handle a good a large amount of swearing and other adult themed things, and every character having a New England accent. Look past that, and you’ll see an emotional roller coaster of a film. Starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams, Each of which won Oscars for this film. Matt Damon and Robin Williams perfectly portrayed their characters making you feel the emotions they showing. I’m not one to cry for a movie, but I cried for this one, a lot actually.

The movie focuses on Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a seemingly nobody living in Boston working as a janitor at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Going out and drinking with his group of friends like Chuckle Sullivan (Ben Affleck). While Will may look like a nobody, he is actually a genius with a lot of potential. However, due to to his anger issues and his problem with change he is unable to do anything with his life, and because of this he is eventually brought to the therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), to deal with his past traumas, and move on. That’s where I’ll end the plot description, any more might spoil some of the best parts.5

All around it’s a well thought out movie and it has a great emotional plot line that is able to make anyone shed a tear. It’s a perfect movie to watch if you see it and you have some time. In my opinion it’s also the best Robin Williams performances I’ve ever seen, you feel every inch of emotion he is, and you can really understand everything with going on with him. Same with Matt Damon. Every scene they have together is a masterpiece. On top of the great acting, the cinematography and directing is absolutely amazing. Gus Van Sant (The director) really knew what he was doing with this film, and it really shows.

Throughout this movies 2 hours and 6 minutes, I never got bored, each scene finds a way to lock you in and keep you until the very emotional end. Please, go do yourself a favor and make it your #1 priority to watch this the next time you have movie night. Just look past the swears and the occasional violence, and sexual references, and you’ll see this movie as the masterpiece it really is.


Final thoughts: Grab the popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the show. HAPPY WATCHING!

 

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