Opinion Blog: Nostalgia Critic – A Wrinkle in Time

There has to be a guideline when adapting an novel into a film. The adaptation must be true to the message of the novel in order to please the audiences. That however is not the case with this film adaptation. Today Nostalgia Critic has reviewed “A Wrinkle in Time” with a mixed reception. He sees the film as unfocused because all the great ideas and performances don’t mesh well in this film.

This film is about a little girl who misses her scientist father, that has been gone for five years after discovering a new planet. With the help of her brother and a new friend, she goes out to find him. Along their journey, they meet three astral travelers who know how the little girl’s father traveled to a new planet through the method of using a tesseract. As the journey begins to unfold in this new planet, danger starts to unfold in many forms.

What I see in this film is a lack of liveliness. There is no cinematic plot to transform the great ideas into good performances. The performances from the child actors range from too whimsical, or to uninspired to convey emotion for the audience to care. From the adult actors such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, or Mindy Kaling, the performances come off as unintentionally awkward, annoying, or pretentious. While the effects could look somewhat decent in certain areas, they come across as too uncanny or shiny to look realistic. 

It is a shame that the fans of the original book would never receive a well executed adaption in a lifetime. With this one and the 2003 tv film, this book is unlucky both in the small and big screens. I give this film 2.5 out of 5 stars due to the poor execution and the failure of fully engaging the audience. 

Opinion Blog: Nostalgia Critic – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Besides all the preparation, this film has disappointed many, but that is not so surprising because this franchise did not have a leg up since 1993. Nostalgia Critic had looked at this cinematic of ideas, but it was hopeless because these ideas have already been explored. As for new ideas, they were beyond idiotic and did not pay off. This critic gives this film a dumping of dreaded disappointment, as I am partially on board with and somewhat opposed to.

The film is about our two leads: Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are now back at Jurassic World after three years have gone by. Their mission in the park is to rescue some dinosaurs from an volcanic eruption. As the rescue effort becomes a challenge, they soon discover new types of dinosaurs that could be a danger to the whole world.

With the title of the film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the audience would expect the film to have the dinosaurs roam the earth destroying everything in their path, after their homeland has been destroyed. That is not the case. As Nostalgia Critic puts it, the film drags on with tired tropes from previous Jurassic movies such as the whimsical imagery of Parasaurolophus just roaming around in a open field. The couple that got together in the first movie are now bickering at each other, and a mysterious owner of the island was too oblivious to the mixture of DNA from many dinosaurs. In the end everything turns for the worse. When new ideas occur, they leave an underwhelming or frustrating impact on the story. As the film is about to end, it looks like the film is going to show many dinosaurs causing all sorts of destruction and bloodbath when they appear all over the world. However, that doesn’t happen. Instead the audience is left with a T-Rex just roaring at a lion. Another idea just includes a little girl that is actually a clone of a deceased granddaughter. This twist is so out of place, that it does not connect with the film’s story or message and all it amounts to is filler to the movie.

From my point of view, this film could just be a troll movie instead of a disappointment. The filmmakers tried to hype up the ideas of dinosaurs roaming the earth just to destroy. But all the film provided was a series of confusing ideas executed very poorly. The film seems laughable after a first viewing.

Opinion Blog: Nostalgia Critic – The Powerpuff Girls Movie

Wow Nostalgia Critic was right! This film had all the action and drama and in the end it left you with an underwhelming experience. The Powerpuff Girls Movie was released on July 3, 2002 with a mediocre response from critics and audiences. It was reviewed by the Nostalgia Critic on November 7, 2018 on his site, Channel Awesome.

The filmmakers tried to depict a serious plot, but the story needed to be more multidimensional to really flesh out the characters and the emotions efficiently. In this film, the action and comedy was worthy of notice for its speed and entertaining value. The animation in the film looked ten times better than the show’s animation on Cartoon Network. On the other hand, the film needed a clever script so it would not look like an extended episode that was lazily put into the theaters. 

In the end, I did have a fun time watching this movie again for its nostalgia. I was able to relive the moments of watching this film and the TV show on Cartoon Network. I praise this film for its sleek animation design, simple humor, and fast action. However, it drags in its underwhelming story and character development. I give this movie a score of 3 out of 5 stars in line with Nostalgia Critic’s opinion.