September Movie Reviews


“What Men Want” – 2019

I was a big fan of dynamic Taraji P. Henson in the TV show “Person of Interest,” I liked Aldis Hodge in the TV show “Leverage,” and I enjoy romantic comedies. Ergo, I thought I’d give this movie a go.

The story follows Henson (a successful sports agent in Atlanta). She is passed over for a promotion at her male-dominated firm at the beginning of the film, and shortly after she drinks a sort of potion during a psychic reading at a bachelorette party, hits her head, and gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

There were some great comedic moments (the men’s inner thoughts were frequently hilarious). Unfortunately, this movie didn’t excite me. Also, I knew it was rated R, but that rating can mean a lot of things in terms of language, sexuality, violence, etc. This movie was really rated R at times past what I am comfortable with.

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it.



“The Informant!” – 2009
Warner Bros. Pictures

This was a rewatch for me; I saw it when it first came out. The film is based on a shockingly true story, detailed in a 2000 nonfiction book called “The Informant,” by journalist Kurt Eichenwald.

MattDamon stars as Mark Whitacre, and the film details his involvement as a whistle blower in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s.

This movie is crazy because this guy Mark Whitacre is crazy — not in the psycho kind of way, but the WHOA kind of way. I can’t believe this is based on real events and a real guy.

Matt Damon flawlessly executes this role and the movie is hilarious and fascinating. I actually think it is one of Damon’s best movies, and certainly one of his best performances.

I recommend this film.



“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” – 2019
Warner Bros. Pictures

I’m not even sure how to describe this movie; a series of emojis seems more appropriate than a series of adjectives somehow.

The general plot of this film involves Emmet Brickowski (voiced by the handsome and charismatic Chris Pratt) attempting to rescue his friends from aliens in the “Systar System,” while trying to avoid the prophesied end-of-the-world cataclysm known as “Armamageddon”.

I have trouble sitting still during movies due to various injuries. However, I sat motionless for a good portion of this movie with my mouth agape because there is just so much silly brilliance coming at you and your brain needs to concentrate absolutely to absorb it all.

I feel like if you got a group of kids high on sugar, a group of adults drunk, and a handful of screenwriters pumped on caffeine, then stuck them all in a room together with three-dozen bins of legos, this is the movie that would be created. Not everyone’s brains could process that, but I’m good with it.

Side note – there was a new rendition of the “Everything is Awesome” song that became famous with the first LEGO film that I thought was strangely appropriate for the times. Basically, the gist of the lyrics described how everything is not awesome all of the time—that’s not realistic—but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work as a team to try and make things awesome all of the time. This filled me with warm fuzzies.



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