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Sky High

Posted in Family, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Will Stronghold — the son of two superheroes known as the Commander and Jetstream — is the only kid at Sky High who hasn’t developed superpowers yet, which means he may be relegated to the less-than-thrilling role of a sidekick.

What people are saying:

“With a crisp and snappy visual style and its smartly paced story, Sky High pulls an incredible feat in an age of dumbed-down kids comedies; it’s as down-to-earth as it is super.” 4 stars

“A surprisingly fun and humorous look at superhero tropes by way of a high school designed specifically for the gifted vigilantes’ offspring. Though some of the humor skews a bit too young and many of the movie’s visual effects are dated in the worse way, there’s plenty of wit and pointed comic book skewering to go around — making this one pleasant surprise of a Disney family flick.” 3 stars

“It’s Disney! Written by and for High School freshmen. If you can suspend your adulthood for an hour and a half you will enjoy it. A more entertaining story on a very similar theme is found in the comic “PS 238″ The protagonist is the son of two superheroes without any superpowers (except the knack for survival)…” 3 stars

“Though the film gives some good laughs, cool sequences, a great cinemontography, and a surprisingly original story, Sky High falls flat for me. I forgot the characters, I was often bored, the CG SUCKED, and was left thinking, “Eh.” 3 stars

“Sky High is one of Disney’s best films of this decade so far. I don’t know why a lot of people are comparing it to The Incredibles. It is not like that movie at all. It’s more like a cross between X-Men and Fantastic Four. Everyone had different superpowers. I enjoyed this movie. This movie did show a lot of references to other movies and TV shows based on comic books (like Wonder Woman, Batman, Spider-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). If you are in the mood for a good, family movie, watch Sky High.” 4 stars

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The Dukes of Hazzard

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Cousins Bo (Seann William Scott), Luke (Johnny Knoxville), and Daisy Duke (Jessica Simpson) run a moonshine business for their Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson) in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia in modern day. The cousins’ primary mode of transportation is an orange 1969 Dodge Charger that the boys affectionately refer to as ‘The General Lee’. Along the way, the family is tormented by corrupt Hazzard County Commissioner Jefferson Davis Hogg, widely known as “Boss Hogg” (Burt Reynolds), and his willing but dimwitted henchman, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey).

After Coltrane has the General Lee wrecked during Bo’s attempt at winning his fifth consecutive local road rally, Billy Prickett (James Roday), a famous stock-car driver, enters Hazzard to participate in the rally. Meanwhile, Coltrane plants a fake moonshine still (“’cause he’s too dumb to find the real one”) in Uncle Jesse’s barn and seizes the Duke property in the interest of eminent domain for Boss Hogg, forcing the family to temporarily reside with neighbor and Uncle Jesse’s love-interest, Pauline (Lynda Carter). Pauline informs the Dukes that Rosco seized another farm on charges so Bo and Luke investigate a local construction site and find geologic core samples with the help of bait-shop owner Sheev (Kevin Heffernan). Meanwhile, Coltrane makes arrangements to seize the General Lee as “evidence” from the local auto body shop run by the Dukes’ friend Cooter (David Koechner), who instead turns the car into a hot-rod and applies a new paint job and horn, in return for finally getting payment for all the work he has done (“…’cause that’s how this works.”) for the boys in the past, when Bo wins the Rally.

After retrieving the General Lee before Rosco can, the Dukes go to Atlanta to visit a local university geology lab, meeting up with Katie-Lynn Johnson (Nikki Griffin), a Hazzard county girl and the Dukes’ love interest, and her roommate Annette (Jacqui Maxwell). At the lab, they discover Boss Hogg’s intentions of turning the county into a strip coalmine. They are later arrested after running from campus police. Back in Hazzard, Daisy learns, with the help of Sheriff Deputy Enos Strate (Michael Weston), that Billy Prickett has been hired by Boss Hogg to participate in the Rally as a ringer. Boss Hogg then heads to Atlanta where he informs the Duke boys, in lock-up, that they are too late to stop him and reveals that the vote on Hogg’s proposition is at the same time as the rally, explaining Billy Prickett’s involvement. During a transfer from detainment, Daisy helps the boys escape and they speed home to try to inform the townsfolk.

Upon returning home, the Dukes discover that Rosco has taken Uncle Jesse and Pauline hostage, an obvious trap for the boys, and that Billy is in on the scheme because he’s ashamed of the town’s low status. The two race to the farmhouse to cause a distraction while Daisy and Cooter rescue Jesse and Pauline. Meanwhile, the college girls head to the rally with Sheev to inform the townsfolk about the vote on the strip-mining ordinance. Because of Sheev’s armadillo hat and lack of pants, no one listens, so Bo leaves for the rally while Luke and Jesse team up to foil the police who are chasing Bo, interfering with the race. Upon crossing the finish line first, before Billy, the two continue racing back and forth all the way into town, leading the townsfolk to the courthouse just in time to vote against Hogg’s proposed ordinance. At the courthouse, Daisy takes advantage of the governor of Georgia’s presence and TV cameras to convince him into pardoning the boys, so Uncle Jesse takes the opportunity to knock out Boss Hogg and gets a pardon for assaulting a county commissioner at the same time.

The film ends with a cook-out at the Dukes’ house where Pauline convinces Uncle Jesse, who could not be found because he was “using the meat smoker,” to get up and play the television series’ main theme. Bo and Luke are romantically involved with the girls in the General Lee when they are caught by Luke’s other love-interest Laurie Pullman (Alice Greczyn) from the intro of the film, who proceeds to chase them with a shotgun as they drive away.

REVIEW:

Like most boys growing up in the 80s, The Dukes of Hazzard was one of those shows I couldn’t miss. I remember having a General Lee Big Wheel and everything. Needless to say, there was nothing that could contain my intrigue to see what they would do to one of my favorite TV shows upon learning about the release of The Dukes of Hazzard, especially when they kept shoving the scenes of Jessica Simpson in a bikini or in her “Daisy Dukes” everywhere one would look. The fact that they were doing that, and all but ignoring everyone else in the picture should have been a red flag!

I’ll get to Jessica in bit. First off, I have to say that I didn’t care for how sexualized they made the Dukes. Please don’t mistake me for an old fuddy-duddy, as I like a good sex romp as much as the next guy. However, when it comes to the Dukes, one of the things that made them so successful was that it was good family entertainment. Sure they were a bit lewd and crude, but it wasn’t as overt as this. I’m sure there were those that were offended by what they did tho the beloved Dukes. I was almost in that boat, then I remembered that the prequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, was just as overtly sexual, and I was very high on that one. I guess it would be kind of hypocritical of me to not be fair and balanced with this one, right? Not so fast, my friend, this one got a major releases, so its held to a higher standard!

It was also brought to my attention, and they also touch on it in a scene in the film, that the Confederate flag on the top of the car might be offensive to some. When I was little, I didn’t even know what it was, other than a design on the car. As a matter of fact, I don’t think it was a big deal back then, bt somewhere in time, it became a negative thing. Is it offensive? Well, in the way it used, no, but I can see how some would feel the need to have it removed or something along those lines. Hatred of past generations and what that flag stood for/represented can be brough up just by a 2 second glance of it. You may notice however, that they rarely show the top of the car, unlike in the series. I think this was done to not offend anyone, but also keep the original design. At least, that’s my guess.

Now that I’ve said all that, let’s get to the good, shall we?

Firstly, living in Baton Rouge, where this was filmed (I wasn’t here when that was happening), it was good to notice pieces here and there that I see everyday, especially in the chase scene. I go that way to work everyday. Wonder if I could drive like that one day..hmmm…

Second, I give them kudos for casting Jessica Simpson. At the time she was nothing more than a pretty face on her own reality show, but she was hot. She went on this extreme workout regimen to get all toned up for this film, but that is not why I give them my kudos. I half expected them to make her a bigger focus than she ever should be, like in the prequels. If you’ve ever seen the show, she appears here and there, shakes her tight little tush, gets the boys out of trouble, then we don’t see her again, unless they go to the bar where she shows she’s totally capable of holding her own, and is more than just a pretty face.

I also applaud bringing in the original Sherriff Roscoe. Seeing him was a nice little nod to us fans of the original series, and his character is one that can be pretty much any age, so it works.

This is one of those films where the one thing you have to get right is the car chase scenes. Without them, then I don’t know what you have. These filmmakers realized that and made sure to get that spot on with some impressive chase scenes!

Now, onto the bad..

I have to say this. The college scenes were filmed on LSU’s campus, but it was supposed to be the University of Georgia. On top of that, the chase scenes through downtown Atlanta took place in downtown New Orleans. I realize it is cheaper to film here because of tax breaks and whatnot, but that just seems wrong! Pay the extra money and film in Georgia! A few of my LSU fan friends were highly pissed about that.

Next, I scratch my head at some of this casting. Boss Hogg is supposed to be a big fat guy, why in the blue hell would you cast Burt Reynolds? On top of that, he didn’t really bring anything to the character.

Lynda Carter seemed as if she was just brought in to pay some bills. The whole time she was on screen, I was wondering why they just didn’t use Catherine Bach for her character. Nothing against Lynda, but she’s above this. For goodness sakes, she’s frekain’ Wonder Woman!!

Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott aren’t horrible as them Duke boys, but that’s all they are, just ok. There isn’t any chemistry between them, like we saw between the originals. Hell, the guys in the prequel have more than these two.

Yes, I gave Jessica Simpson kudos earlier for not trying to make the film about her, but I have to mention her acting. Keeping her mind that this is her debut, she just doesn’t cut it. The horridness at which she tries to wiggle around and look sexy is pathetic. The girl may have a great voice and (had) a great body, but nothing makes up for her vomit inducing take on Daisy Duke.

The story wasn’t exactly the most coherent, but I can’t say I was surprised. If you’re expecting some mult-faceted, deep thought invoking flick, then why the hell are you watching The Dukes of Hazzard? That being said, they could have done better. This sort of seemed like they brought in some monkeys to help with figuring some ideas and wherever they threw their poop, those were the ideas they kept.

So, as a fan of the original series, what did I think of this film. It was closer than I thought it would be. Obviously the filmmakers tried to not alienate the original fan base. However, they also threw in some new wrinkles to bring in today’s audience which, in my opinion, is where it went wrong. Do I think it is worth seeing? I won’t fault you for watching it, but don’t alter your plans just to make sure you have to watch it, let’s put it that way, shall we?

3 1/2 out of 5 stars