RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2015
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
DIRECTOR: James Wan
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief
SCREENWRITER: Chris Morgan
STARRING: Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel, Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Dwayne Johnson, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Brotherton, Iggy Azaela
Dominic Torreto and his family are coming to the big screen for the seventh time. A new chapter that promises to be more fast and more furious than ever before. With the continuity finally catching up to itself and some of the people they’ve screwed over, the Fast crew becomes the targets. Now, with the blessing of the U.S. Government they hunt those who have taken out Han and are aiming for all of them.
The storyline is a little out of chronological order as the 3rd film is actually the 6th in the series. The ending of Tokyo Drift is the beginning of the 7th movie. With Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw (brother to Furious 6 baddie Owen Shaw) being revealed as the man who took out Han at the end of the 3rd film and currently on the hunt for the rest of the team that brought down his sibling in the 6th film.
Dominic has some help this time from a debuting government agent called Mr. Nobody played by Kurt Russell. Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobs (although far too little of him) is back as well. The two have some of the best one liners in the movie. Also speaking of newcomers a hacker named Ramsey is a key to taking down the Crews host of enemies. Most Game of Thrones fans will recognize her as Missandei. Dijmon Honsou has a role as bad guy Jakande but, he only is relegated to yelling random orders to his men. Tony Jaa is Kiet a soldier for Jakande and is an extremely welcome addition. His fighting style brings something brutal to the on screen melees. Him and Paul Waklers confrontations are some of the highlights of the action. If you’re in to the chemistry of the Crew from the last few films you’ll love Fast 7 as they’ve all perfected their characters and are very comfortable in their skin.
The action of course is the bread and butter of the series. Let me tell you it’s pretty insane. The enormity of the stunts you see in the trailers are not enough. You must see it full scale on the big screen. I will say though that the way the movie progresses feels like a setup for one big action piece to the next. This kind of makes the film have a detached feel to it as far as keeping you emotionally invested throughout. The movie was finished with the help of Paul Walkers brothers and CGI after his sudden death during the filming process of Fast 7. Honestly, it was done fantastically. I could not tell when they used the brothers or CGI except for one point in the send off tribute sequence to end the film. By the way, the tribute/send off was awesome as Dominic’s speech could have been to used to talk to Brian or Walker in reality as it felt like a goodbye between two guys that spent years together and were brothers.
Overall, the Fast franchise is putting out one of it’s best entries. The action is bigger and better. The cars are freaking awesome as always. And they found a meaningful and tasteful way to write Paul Walker out of the storyline. Never thought I’d be when the 1st came out but, I can’t wait to see the 8th.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm