Benz Eye View: Inside Out

Inside Out
Inside Out

Pros:

The writing is superb.  Not only does this film create a fantastic story, but also an amazing fantasy world of a person’s mind being lead by five emotions.  Not to mention that the human subplot fits well into Joy’s plot.

The animation is fantastic.  There are plenty of great details that are noticeable and clear, and the characters look realistic and alive due to great amounts of work.

Amazing creativity on this world of the mind, and how they implemented the brain activities (i.e. psychology, memory, REM sleep, etc.) to fit into this world.

Cons:

There are a few plot points that they do not explain well enough, or I did not get.  However, those are nitpicks that I do not mind passing over.

…That is it.

Overall:

I am sure that you guys have seen Pixar’s work: Toy Story (who does not know that), A Bug’s Life (not the best, but pretty decent), Toy Story 2 (better than the first), Monsters, Inc. (another great classic), Finding Nemo (ANOTHER great classic), The Incredibles (may not be as good as the others, but it is certainly entertaining), Cars (uh…whatever), Ratatouille (pretty great film), WALL-E (amazing and well-done), Up (heart-warming and heart-breaking), Toy Story 3 (a great conclusion to the series…until they announced a sequel), Cars 2 (did not bother to watch it), Brave (it is decent), and Monsters University (did not watch that either).  Now, we have the latest Pixar film: Inside Out.  If I have to put this review in three words, it is this: I LOVE IT!  This is creative and clever just like many of Pixar’s best films.  Everything about this film is so well done, I can cry tears of joy about it.  I enjoy this film so much, it may be a close rival to my film of 2013: Frozen (although, those two films are different in their own levels).  If you have not watch this film, GO!  I insist that this film is awesome.

10/10

As for the short, Lava…It is fine, but I cannot watch it again, because those volcanoes freak me out.  It may not bother you, but it does bother me.

Benz Eye View: Jurassic World

Jurassic World
Jurassic World

Pros:

This movie does an amazing job giving out the feeling and atmosphere of Jurassic Park, but it does not rip off its predecessor.  Jurassic World is its own movie world.

The special effects are not bad as well.  They may not be that impressive compared to the original (especially since that film also used well-done puppetry), but it works well enough to show these dinosaurs are in the movie.

Many of its themes lessons are interesting and thought-provoking, just like Jurassic Park…

Cons:

…However, some of its themes do not really fit the movie as a whole.  In fact, one subplot does not work in this movie, making it really distracting.

There are some sloppy exposition.  I know it is meant to catch up from the first film (since the other two movies are now non-canon) and explain what they are doing in Jurassic World, but it could have been better if it has been set apart instead of shoving it in the first act.

Speaking of exposition, I think the first act is interesting, but the rest gets a little dull (right around when the park gets attacked) due to the fact that the rest if mostly action and suspense that is adequate at best.

Overall:

Jurassic Park.  Every one of you has seen this film, and love it (I hope…).  I think I speak for everyone that its sequels are not up to par from the original.  When Jurassic World was announced, I was hesitant.  How are they going to pull this off?  Well, they pulled it off well.  This movie does a fantastic job having the same feel from the original.  It is still its own movie, and has its own themes and characters that fit well into its mythos.  However, it does have a few problems just like its sequels.  It does not stop it from being bad, but it does make this movie not as good as Jurassic Park.  If you are a fan of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World will like to welcome to its new movie.

7.9/10

Benz Eye View: Beyond The Mask

Beyond the Mask
Beyond the Mask

Pros:

Few of the jokes in the movie are actually pretty funny.

The settings and set pieces are done well enough to convince people that this takes place before the American Revolution.

John Rhys-Davies is the best actor out of the bunch in this movie…

Cons:

…While the rest of the actors are terrible.  None of the performances are convincing nor great.

The writing is terrible.  Considering that one of the reasons I watched this is because one of the writers is Paul McCusker (known for Adventures in Odyssey), I cannot believe how bad it is.  Although, there are two more writers with McCusker, so they may have bigger faults than he did.

The direction is terrible, too.  From bad action sequences to terrible cinematography, I can instantly tell that the movie is terrible because of the director: Chad Burns.  He barely seems to know what he is doing, and the movie is slacking because of it.

Overall:

I have heard of this movie before, and the one thing that catches my attention is that one of the writers for this movie is Paul McCusker (he written several episodes of Adventures in Odyssey).  Later, I heard that this movie is actually pretty decent Christian movie, so I decided to watch it…and it sucks.  The one thing I can give it is that unlike every other Christian movie, Beyond the Mask does not suffer from being preachy.  In fact, it does a good job trying to give its message about redemption and forgiveness across this movie.  The things that this movie does for are the directing, writing, and acting are so bad, it amazes me.  Not only that, about halfway through the movie, I realized that it is trying to be its own version of Batman, except taking place during colonial times.

I am serious.  Something like this.
I am serious. Something like this.

I do not mind, except it does not do a good job on that.  All-in-all, avoid this movie, because it does not do a good job on any areas except its message.

2/10

You know what probably make this movie better?  If William Reynolds teamed up with Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III.  It would not fit, but it would be nice.
You know what probably make this movie better? If William Reynolds teamed up with Connor Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III. It would not fit, but it would be nice.