Another in a long list of remakes and reimaginings comes Dax Shephard’s CHIPS; and like most remakes it falls short of the mark. The two main characters, played by Michael Pena and Dax Shephard don’t give us the old charm of Estrada and Wilcox on any level. While it seems the two likely have a great rapport off screen their friendship is miles away from plainview.
Even Vincent D’Onofrio couldn’t entirely save this movie. He’s so often a perfect villain but in this film can’t find the distinction between cartoon character or bad guy.
There are good movies; and there are bad movies. CHIPS unfortunately is neither of these and is bland like the brown uniforms the characters wear.
GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS
If there was ever a movie that knows exactly what it is, this is it. From it’s opening scene this is a redemption movie about family, friendship, and hockey. Sean William Scott reprises his role as Doug Glatt, enforcer for the Halifax Highlanders. The movie brings back our favourite characters and adds some new ones to leave us laughing so hard we feel like our sides may split.
Glatt is still playing for the Highlanders when this movie opens, being promoted to team captain. When an injury from fighting with youngster Anders Cain leaves him with no place in the team Doug has to reevaluate his life. When the team’s owner brings in his son, Cain, the Highlanders morale drops without Doug. Through training with his old nemesis Rhea (played superbly by Liev Schreiber) Doug slowly tries to put his hockey life back together without sacrificing the life he’s built at home.
While not shot in Halifax we have some truly iconic shots of the city skyline, the old Halifax Metro Centre, and even the Halifax Forum. With mentions of Dartmouth, and easter eggs mentioning Quinpool road and the odd picture of a donair this is truly one we as Nova Scotian’s can relate to.
It’s not often a movie can claim to be truly Canadian. Jay Baruchel delivers us a perfectly Canadian movie, right down to our glorious accents, eh.
After more incarnations than I care to think about, we’ve finally been given our feature Power Rangers movie.
While I expected not much more than a splash of nostalgia and updated effects I was pleasantly surprised with the story telling and character development in this movie. While this still had the campy feeling of the original series it was definitely a step above the original incarnation.
Having a diverse group of youngsters playing these characters definitely added a feeling of inclusion for I’m sure most kids that will go see this movie. With Billy we have an African American teen who mentions that he’s “on the spectrum”, and our new yellow ranger, Trini leaves some questions open to her sexuality. The black ranger is the child of a sick single mother, the pink ranger a teen who has lost her friends due to some bad choices on her part and the red ranger the athlete who lost his way. Most teens can find something relatable in these characters and it’s inclusiveness is something I hope to see more of in future movies aimed at the next generation.
While at times the story telling felt rushed, especially in the last act of the film, this was a well done family flick that left the audience caring about the characters in front of them. Elizabeth Banks as Rita and Bryan Cranston as Zordon also added a great dimension to the film that I’m not sure we could have had with many other actors.
While at times I felt like I was watching a new sci fi version of The Breakfast Club, this is hopefully a great jumping off point for a strong franchise to follow. Check this one out, and stick around for the after credits scene.