Time to cheat death one final time with ‘Final Destination 5’

We have finally reached the end of the “Final Destination” franchise. After four movies, it’s time to talk about the final movie in the franchise. We have reached the end of the line and personally, I’m okay with it. It’s been a long road to get here and boy, it’s been a mixed ride. Here’s to the final “Final Destination” review! Let’s talk about “Final Destination 5”

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Directed by Steven Quale (He worked with James Cameron), “Final Destination 5” follows the same premise and ideas put forth by the other movies in the installment. It was released in the summer of 2011, the movie stars Nicholas D’Agosto (“The Office,” “Heroes”), Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead,” “Dallas”), Miles Fisher (“Mad Men,” “Gods and Generals”), Arien Escarpeta (“Friday the 13th,” “Whitney”), and David Koechner (“Anchorman,” “The Office”).

The acting is actually rather good. It was much better than what we had gotten in the last two movies. That’s a recurring theme that you will find in this review: better than the last two. This movie is set before the event of the original “Final Destination.” In a sense, “Final Destination 5” took everything back to the drawing board and where it all started. The franchise came full circle.

The movie follows Sam Lawton (D’Agosto) and his girlfriend Molly Harper (Bell) as they try to save their co-workers from death. They were all on their way to a retreat for work when Sam had a vision of all of their deaths when the bridge collapsed and killed everyone but Molly. As I said, it’s pretty much the plot of every other movie that has comes before it. It doesn’t totally change anything with the series but it does add its own flare to things.

This movie is so much better than the two before it. It was reminiscent of what we got in the first and second movie. The deaths were back to being realistic and awesome. The action in the movie wasn’t gimmicky and didn’t feel like they just made the movie for the gimmick. This movie was shot in 3D and did use it so much better than “The Final Destination.” The 3D worked well within the movie and made the deaths more gruesome.
I also like how they added parts from the original movie into this film.

The characterization of each character was rather good. They were able to tell you and get to know each character. There are 11 characters in the movie. A tad bit less than what was in the previous franchise, but you knew tidbits about each character. Some you really shouldn’t, but still. This knowledge made their deaths mean something and not just some random deaths that the viewer wouldn’t care about.

My major complaint with the movie is the use of time. It took almost four minutes to actually get into the movie from the opening credits. Then there was a closing montage of all the deaths in the franchise. Both of these came across as ways to make the movie fit in its slated time. There was also a time where the pacing of the movie was either rushed or going to slow. I wish there was more buildup to important plot points and it would skim through the less important things.

Another complaint I have is that I wish they would dive more into something they added in during this movie. The movie added that if you were to take someone’s life, you would obtain the rest of their lifespan and be safe from death. This was a rather cool addition to the film franchise that I would love to see fully explored if they were to ever reboot the franchise.

“Final Destination 5” is the best way to end the franchise. It returned to its roots and set up what happened in “Final Destination” and the universe. Pacing and time is a major issue with the movie but it can be slightly overlooked by how well done everything is. I do recommend this movie. You don’t even need to watch the ones before it to enjoy the movie. It’s the best way to end the franchise.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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‘Final Destination 3’ takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions

After watching “Final Destination 2,” my faith in humanity and movie sequels were slightly restored. It didn’t last long as soon as I decided to watch continue down the path of the “Final Destination” franchise with the third movie. Ugh. Let’s chat about “Final Destination 3.” Don’t worry, we can only go up from here. Sigh.

Me watching this movie

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You can run, but you cannot hide. This is the beginning of the end.

“Final Destination 3” was released in February 2006. It was directed by James Wong, who directed the first movie, and would be the final movie in the series that he would be a part of. This would also be the last movie that has the original creator in it. This is the first movie in the cast that doesn’t have any connections to the original film. They bring it up but that’s more to continue the plot just a little continuity. The movie’s two main stars are Ryan Merriman (“Smart House” and “Luck of the Irish”) and
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and “Passions”). Some other names in the movie are Alexz Johnson (“Instant Star” and “So Weird”) and the late Cory Monteith (“Glee”).

I really like Ryan and Mary in their roles. They honestly were the best in the entire film. The way they did their characters and interacted with each other. They really carried the film and made their characters. I also really like hearing Ryan Merriman swear. Former kid/teen stars swearing is literally like seeing and petting a unicorn. But the others acting was okay. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t like anything that we have gotten in the past two movies. And

“Final Destination 3” follows the same plot as the first two. It just so happens that they are in an amusement park this time and they were all supposed to die on a roller coaster. But Wendy (Mary) has a vision of their deaths and saves her, Kevin (Ryan), and five other teens. By using the pictures that she took of them from that night, Wendy and Kevin must try to help the rest of the survivors cheat death and live.

The one good thing about the film is how they changed the visions up compared to the last two movies. I liked how they are pictures were the visions. It added more of a mystery to each death. Like you have an idea on how they were going to die but it was so vague that you didn’t find out until it actually happened.

The death scenes in this movie aren’t very good. They are just so fake and too much CGI. I think they tried to change to get more innovated with the deaths but it just honestly fell flat. The deaths in the last two movies featured realistic deaths. That’s what made them so great. They were deaths that could happen to you, for the most part. Not so much in this movie. They were going more for the shock of creativity and not the shock of realism, which it should be. Probably the most iconic death in the entire series is when two characters die in a tanning bed. Just the way it’s handled and shot is literally everything.

“Final Destination 3” isn’t anything compared to the first two films. It’s not the worst film in the franchise, we’ll get there. But it’s not the best. I do like how they handled the vision with this movie. It was a welcome changed. The deaths in this movie aren’t very good, besides the tanning bed deaths. They aren’t realistic and just come off as a CGI fest. They tried but it just didn’t work. I recommend watching “Final Destination 3” just for Ryan Merriman swearing and his and Mary Elizabeth Winstead acting in the film.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Something wicked ‘The Craft’ comes

To keep with my strictly and unintentional reviewing of mostly 90’s movies, I thought it was only fitting to check out probably one of the most requested movies that I have gotten. Now I watched this movie when it first came out. I was five years old so I don’t remember that movie fondly. Here’s the review for the cult hit “The Craft.”

Oh, relax it’s only magic

“The Craft” was released in the spring of 1996. It was directed by Andrew Flemming, who went on to direct the first six episodes of Netflix’s “Insatiable.” Starring in the movie is Robin Tunney (“Prison Break,” “The Mentalist”), Fairuza Balk (“Return to OZ,” “Almost Famous”), Neve Campbell (“Scream,” “Party of Five”), and Rachel True (“Half Baked,” “Nowhere”). Also in the movie is Skeet Ulrich (“Riverdale,” “Scream”), Christine Taylor (“The Brady Bunch Movie,” “Zoolander”), and Breckin Meyer (“Clueless, “Franklin & Bash”) The acting in the movie is rather good for a mid-90s teen-oriented movie. The cast is rather good and all of them do a phenomenal job in this movie.

The movie follows a group of four girls in high school that aren’t quite the most popular in school. They end up getting involved with witchcraft, hence the title and use it for the personal gain. They must then deal with the rule of Three, which one’s actions, whether good or bad, will return to that person times three.

The movie is a cult classic and it’s easy to see why. It’s a very good movie. The characters are believable and there’s enough character development for you to truly understand the motivations of each character when it comes what they do with their witchcraft for their gain. It also kind of gets you to think “Would I do the same?” Don’t lie, you probably would. I probably would.

The plot is okay. It’s your average 90s teen plot just with witchcraft. I’m not sure how this movie is classified as a supernatural horror movie. It’s not really scary but it does have some elements that are just freaky. I can see where they tried to make more horror but it really doesn’t. Because of this, I wouldn’t call it horror but more of a dark supernatural comedy. That seems more fitting for this movie.

Pacing is an issue with “The Craft.” The movie is rather long and tends to drag towards the middle while the ending is rushed. If they would have made the ending a little more climatic then it would have been better. The ending itself is amazing, but it just comes off just so rushed. I would have liked more of pay off for everything. There really isn’t any sort of pay off to it. Sure, it’s fulfilling and wraps up the entire plot. But it’s just a rushed ending.

“The Craft” is rather good and intriguing movie. Pacing is what really hurts the movie. It gets too long in the middle and leaves you wanting more in the ending. I do recommend watching the movie as it’s a classic. I can see why it’s getting a remake because frankly, it’s a very good movie for it’s time.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Noah Centineo swoons you in ‘The Perfect Date’

It’s springtime and you know what that means. Love is in the air and it’s time for a new Noah Centineo movie. Sure, We have the sequel for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” coming for but apparently we need more Noah Centineo in our lives. Netflix has answered our prayers with “The Perfect Date.”

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Be yourself is all that you can do

“The Perfect Date” is your typical teen romantic comedy. The movie stars Noah Centineo (What hasn’t this boy been in lately?”), Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”), Odiseas Gerorgiadis (“Gotham”), Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). The acting in the film is rather good. It’s your average acting in a teen romantic comedy. The movie is based on the book “The Stand-In” by Steve Bloom, which was released in 2017.

The movie follows Brooks (Noah) as he and his best friend Murph (Odiseas) as they team up to create an app to help Brooks raise money so he can go to the college of his dream, Yale. The app has Brooks going on dates, both platonic and romantic, with people and they can choose what personality they want him to have. Things take a turn when Brooks side job starts to change him and cause him to push away his friends and a potential love interest.

Noah Centineo

The movie itself is a fine movie and is rather cute and enjoyable. If this was the first Noah Centineo movie on the platform then the rating for this movie would probably be different. As much as I like Noah Centineo, this movie just came across as something we have already seen. The plot was reminiscent of what we got in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It’s just that Laura Jean has a penis and six-pack abs. It doesn’t help that he was in that too as well. It’s just too much Noah Centineo. Teen movies are already too predictable, to begin with. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It would have been better if they changed it up a tad.

The ending of the movie is underwhelming, which fits with the plot. It happens in the right amount of time but at the same time, just doesn’t feel like it would happen like that in real life. It just happens to fast once they reached the climax. I wish they would haven’t rushed the ending. The pacing for the movie before that has been fine.

One thing that slightly irritated me was the fact that they gave Camila Mendes starring credits but yet they really don’t have her in the movie heavily. It’s kind of like they just had for that “Riverdale” clout. They didn’t need her for that since had Noah Centineo. Camila deserved better. They also kept Noah’s shirt on. That was a travesty in itself.

“The Perfect Date” is a cute and fine movie. It just suffers from the male lead being overexposed in too similar of movies. Because of this, the entire thing comes across like we have seen it before. The acting wasn’t bad at all and everyone was likable. The plot and the climax just leaves you underwhelmed when it’s all said and done. I do recommend watching the movie but it’s only worth one time watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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