Ricky’s Review Roundup

Each week I watch many different new releases, and I wanted to share my thoughts on each of the movies that I watch. So, Today I kickoff my Ricky’s Roundup series to help you find some movies to watch weekly.

Tom & Jerry – (HBO Max)

Adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera property, which reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry.

Look, I will admit that this is a lot better than what is being portrayed on social media and rotten tomatoes. Is this movie great? Absolutely not, but is it fun? Absolutely.

The cast is charming, led by Chloe Mortez, who I thought was perfectly fine within her role of Kayla. Michael Pena is perfect for this and honestly didn’t disappoint. Colin Jost needs to be in more things as l think he was charming as this arrogant but somewhat dumb Ben.

Although the movie’s end gets a little dull and predictable, Tom and Jerry is a good time overall.

The Mauritanian (VOD)

Mohamedou Ould Salahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.

1. The first act is brutal, and how they decided to lay it out was just terrible. 
2. What didn’t make it any better was the pure fact that the film itself didn’t have a great section and nor third act to help with that slow pacing. 
3. The performance are ok, Rahim does have a stronger second half but overall, he was fine.  Jodie Foster was about the same, nothing over the top.

Overall, is a good film here somewhere? Honestly, there is an excellent film in this story with the right direction and actors (even meeting Rahim) but it’s not within what I just watched. 

It’s a serviceable film but nowhere near an award player that it has become thanks to the Globes.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)

Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

The film as a whole isn’t all that great, but it reminds me of Judy last year, where we had a mediocre movie with a excellent performance (Renee Zellwegger). Andra Day shocked the world with her win at the Golden Globes. I had watched the film Saturday night before the Globes, and while I thought she was terrific, I didn’t see the win coming.

I was truly blown away by her ability to captivate you within the mind of Billie Holiday. The journey for Holiday was far from easy and the things she had to deal with upon the obsession of the Federal Agents blew my mind. Her performance comes at a perfect time, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her amongst the five in the Best Actress competition.

Chaos Walking (In Theaters)

In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Tom Holland has been on a tear… of terrible movies. Cherry was a disaster (not entirely his fault), Onward was not good, but I did enjoy him in The Devil All The Time. My favorite Spider-Man is starting to test my patience with his moving picking.

On the surface, this has one of the better ensemble cast you will ever see. Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, Cynthia Erivo, David Oyelowo, Demian Bichir, I started to wonder who WASN’T in this movie. 

From start to finish, this movie is a jumbled mess. It was all over the place with many good actors playing roles which they didn’t belong playing. The screenplay and concept are atrocious. For an hour and forty-five minutes runtime, I felt like it was never going to end or, for that matter, ever get started. 

Overall, I wouldn’t rent this on Redbox, and honestly not sure I’d even watch it on TNT. An absolute borefest.

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