Bad Movie Review: Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2 starring many popular actors such as Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock is laced with corny comedy that makes it hard to pay attention to the movie as a whole. This is a sequel to the original Grown Ups movie with the same characters and it seemed like they tried to hard to force laughs. The movie starts with a deer urinating on Adam Sandler’s face, which is the initial “what is going on moment” of the movie, which like many of the other scenes have nothing to do with the story. Throughout the whole movie there are scenes with farting, burping, sneezing and any other bodily functions that you don’t find amusing, in which they try to use is as a comedy aspect.

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The first Grown Ups included many of the cartoonish comedy scenes as well, but because it was the first one it seemed acceptable and not overdone. This sequel proves to be far below the first movie because of the lack of creativity and change in comedy strategies. The movie is centered around Adam Sandler having a party at his house, the kids getting out of school for summer, and a bully that comes back to cause a problem with Sandler’s character. The cliché of the bully loses and everyone is happy at the end is exactly what you expect from the beginning and is exactly what you get with little to no excitement throughout.

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Every scene seems to leave you guessing why did I even watch that part? One scene consists of David Spade being put into a tire and rolled down a hill. The scene consists of obvious fake backgrounds and no substantial point to the scene except to introduce Shaquille O’Neil into the movie as a cop. The movie’s budget was big enough to put together a decent sequel and make use of the star cast, while introducing other celebrities such as O’Neil and Steve Austin, but still lacks to do so. Although Sandler and his crew are known for family fun comedies, this movie seems to over use the vulgar scenes people are too fast to get bored of. The abundance of farts and burps brings this movie from an original comedy to a sequel that is trying to hard to be funny. This cast has been able to put together many movies that are worth the watch, but this one seems to have missed the mark and failed to deviate off of the already used comedic cartoon style.

Critical Review 3: FIFA 17

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FIFA 17 is a video game where users can play on a select number of consoles such as PlayStation or Xbox in order to interact with other users across the world through the game of soccer. FIFA incorporates real life professional soccer players into their game as if you were controlling the teams that play on a regular basis throughout the world. The game includes head-to-head matches where you can compete against a friend on the same console in a soccer match using the remotes to control your players every movement. Each button of the remote controls a different command for the players such as shooting, passing, and skill moves with the ball. Each game consists of the aspects a real soccer game would have including referees who call the game by strict rules, team managers, and a crowd that roots in favor of the home team. Other gameplay options are available as well where you can control a single player or team through their soccer careers while being put in real life situations on and off the field.

FIFA has consistently made it a priority to enhance their graphic qualities throughout the years of their existence and have done much of that through their use of lighting. In the 2017 model, EA Sports who created FIFA used a different game engine called Frostbite in order to bring the game more to life. The lighting used in 2017 allows the picture on your screen to look less like a video game and more as if it was a live game. In the past models there was a strong use of vibrant colors, but the new goal was to tone them down in order to make the picture more photo-realistic and dynamic. The other huge improvement is the way the characters in the game look. Players and managers are structured to their real-life appearances and are visibly shown with aspects such as sweating and fatigue.

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As a whole, FIFA is generally easy to operate throughout, while still including many different aspects users may find entertaining. When first entering the game you are brought to a main loading screen where then after are able to see the mainframe with all different playing options. The most common way to operate the game is through head to head matches with someone playing on the same console as you. You are then able to scroll through teams that play throughout the world in different leagues and continents. Once you have selected your teams you are able to act as if you are the manager and rotate your roster to your own preference. After being able to set up a team fixed to the user’s liking, you are then able to change aspects of the game such as weather, time and which stadium the game will take place in. Once concluded, you are brought to the match where the players are now in control through the remotes and each command the user gives will cause their player to perform a certain skill or action.

Although FIFA may simply be a sports game, it addresses values such as competiveness and teamwork. The main aspect of the game is to win the match against your opponent whether it is a real person or the computer; the idea is to maximize your competitive level. Before every match the option to change your lineup makes the user think of the best possible game plan to win and in turn requires the user to think in depth as if they were coaching an actual team. As I stated before, FIFA also has an aspect of the game where you can control one player through their on and off the field actions. The players are put in situations where they are to make a decision given a certain set of options. This aspect shows how the user operates themselves as a teammate and where they are forced to choose a decision that is either better for the player or the team as a whole.

Every year, users question what FIFA is going to change next because it may seem as if there is nothing left to change. This game allows you to take yourself into the mind of a player and control the actions throughout their careers, which differs from just watching games on your television. Many people dream of being a professional athlete and FIFA allows you to be just as if you were through your console. Unlike other games, FIFA not only allows you to control one single player, but also a manager or a team as a whole. There are many qualities the game has that separate it uniquely from other ones. Through the use of gameplay interactions, this medium allows users to interact with others regardless of where you are located in the world. FIFA uses this aspect to its fullest by allowing their users to have multiple different playing options in order to interact with other live users. Although FIFA significantly upgraded its graphics and gameplay options. the game has been critiqued for their realistic success rates of players where they may score goals unlikely to be scored in the real world. Enhancing all of the aspects surrounding the game brought FIFA visually to life, but may have lacked player’s real tendencies.

In conclusion, FIFA as a whole has only improved over the years. I believe it is hard to get everything perfect in a video game because every year there is some aspect that can be improved and some that may need to be changed. The use of a different game engine brought FIFA to life for the users and made them look at the game more realistically. Although being questioned about the skill of the players, the game has continued to update each individual athlete based on what they believe their performance shows. Bringing characters and teams all around the world to life is what FIFA aimed to do in their latest model and I believe they accomplished that.

Critical Review 2: Sully

Sully is biographical drama film that is based off of a book that was written by the actual pilot Chesley Sullenberger and copilot Jeffery Zaslow, who heroically landed an airplane in the middle of the Hudson River. This movie doesn’t solely capture the plane crash, but it takes us into the real life scenarios everyone on the plane experienced as well as the obstacles Sully had to overcome after the crash. Sully is introduced as a by-the-book pilot who makes sure everything is in perfect order before and during his flights and expressed that through his thorough examinations of all precautions. Captain Sullenberger and his copilot express their true experience and decision-making skills as they decide to disregard recommendations to land elsewhere which later is proved would have resulted in a catastrophe.

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The US Airways flight 1549 took off without any initial problems. It wasn’t until it was airborne that it was struck by a flock of birds. The engines are the first parts shown to fail so Captain Sullenberger and his co-pilot use their instincts to think of every option that will land this flight safely. Sully reported his issues to air traffic control and asks for help in order to land at a nearby runway, but after embracing his situation Sully makes the choice that they are heading for a water landing in the Hudson. New York watches on as they see a plane glide down the river and successfully accomplish a water landing where everyone on the plane survived. Even though Sully and all of New Yorks citizens who assisted in safe landing of his plan, he is questioned extensively on his decision to make such a landing in the Hudson. He is put through overwhelming questioning and has to overcome the doubts the NTSA have on his decision.

Director Clint Eastwood captured this real story through incredible detail and accuracy that made this film come to life. The movie’s high intensity gives emphasis to the humble and modest man of Chesley Sullenberger by the way he acts so calm and collected throughout his whole scenario. The extensive obstacles Sully faced after the crash in order to justify his reasoning for landing in the Hudson give way to the theme Eastwood shows of today’s world where technology and statistics are set above an individuals decision making regardless of their action.

The extravagant use of IMAX cameras brought this movie to life, capturing the events as if they were all done exactly as they were during the actual timeline. Adding further to the authenticity of the film and the timeline of events was the utilization of actual aircrafts and water vessels used throughout the filming. The scene of the crash took place on the Hudson River where actual crash had happened using actual Ferryboats to help bring the scene to life. Not only was the equipment authentic but also Eastwood chose to cast the actual divers who jumped out of helicopters the day of the actual plane crash to consult and re-enact the event in order to create optimum reality of the sequence of actions.   The dark and dreary day that this event occurred was captured through soft lighting and specific placement of shadows in order to mimic the cold January weather. In addition, Sully’s nightmares add emphasis to how intense the situation was and the multiple possible outcomes that could have occurred if Sully didn’t do exactly as he did. The nightmares consist of the plane’s possible crash scenarios into the heart of New York City’s skyline, which adds emotion and flashbacks of the tragedy that occurred on September 11th. The image of a plane flying low through the city frightens everyone. These nightmares allow the viewers to envision the different and frightening scenarios as well as emphasize how without Sully’s instincts and experience this could have escalated to an even more drastic and fatal tragedy that day.

This true story is told through multiple plane crash scenes other than the real one, giving the audience the image of all that could have went wrong while a plane glided through New York. The way Eastwood showed the worst, but very possible scenarios that could have happened, emphasizes the act Sully performed. Although his actions proved heroic, conflict still arises as a government agency and the concern over monetary costs of US Airways proved to overshadow the true accomplishment he performed. The NTSA was the villain in this film, as they seemed to do everything they could to find a reason why Sully should have landed at a nearby airport. As everyone in the world praised Sully as a hero, there were still people shown against him in the NTSA who are later proved wrong when the key aspect of the “human factor” is taken into account during the simulations of the crash. Once Sully had pointed out the most important factor, the conflict was used to show how improbable and incredible his actions truly where when the NTSA employees immediately after praised him. Although this was the turning point in Sully’s story, the use of the NTSA being the villain, gives the audience the feeling that government agencies have other intentions then discovering the truth.

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This film showed a number of values through the accomplishment, courage and bravery that not only Sully represented, but also everyone else aboard the plane and New York’s first responders. America has seen a plane crash that continues to have an impact on our society, but the way this movie shows the success and perseverance of the people of New York shines the continued light on how a city can work together to overcome such an incident. Sully portrays his own bravery by doing what he thought was his best chance of getting everyone off of the plane regardless of what others would think after.

In conclusion, this films real life stories and high-resolution camera use made the events seem as if they were happening again. It brought out the bravery and teamwork New York expresses by overcoming scenarios most would deem unthinkable. I believe that this film portrayed what a true hero resembles, a humble and modest person who does their job to the best of their ability for the greatest good of others.

Critical Review 1: The Office

The Office is a comedy sitcom that makes a mockery of the office style job life that people live in the real world. The long lasting series shows many scenarios that are supposed to portray the basic and uneventful lifestyle men and women in a paper selling business undergo. There are many employees in the office: they include the main character, Michael Scott who is the office boss, Pam and Jim who show the love interest between each other and serve as the more “normal” employees, and Dwight who causes many issues in the office by being involved in others business. The show consists of many more characters that play important roles throughout the office while showing the audience work place relationships and different lifestyles, while all making jokes about a bland career as a paper salesmen and women.

This episode shows how the office employees act with each other in a more out of work environment. The employees all partake in an award ceremony where they gather at a restaurant and are granted sarcastic awards from Michael for things they have done while working. Pam who is engaged to another employee has notoriously received the “longest engagement” award, which makes her reluctant to attend the award ceremony along with all the other employees who go simply to show their support for the company. Jim who goes out of his way to show Pam he cares about her, goes to Michael and asks him not to grant her the same award she has been receiving for years. Michael seems to ignore the request later in the show as Pam is shown receiving another award for “whitest shoes.” The ceremony refereed to as the “Dundies” continues throughout the show with many employees receiving unwanted awards and while other outside members of the restaurant mock Michael for his hosting techniques. The employees show their support for their boss by motivating him to continue on with the awards however.

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There are not many aspects of this show that appear to be overwhelming with aesthetic pleasures, but it is mostly due to the feel the director is trying to give his audience. The office is does not have the pleasures of an upscale business building due to the fact it is solely a paper company which fits the role for many for the characters. The cinematography did not seem like a strong point of interest for the director largely to portray the simple lifestyle the employees live on an every day basis, but the writing and sarcastic humor fit in perfectly with the bland environment of the workplace. This show is not meant to be visually appealing but mainly to capture the comedy sitcom style they are looking for. The Office uses a single camera documentary style while also staying away from background laughing from the audience many sitcoms include. The workplace environment is the main example of the basic strategies this show uses in order to establish their comedy.

In addition, as being told only though dialogue of the characters, it includes documentary aspects, which take a character out of their interactions and shows them only talking to the camera as an individual. This part of the show gives you the inside ideas on what the character is thinking for themselves when they are away from their fellow employees and also gives inside views on jokes or pranks being done as some employees might not know about. This is used when Michael is individually talking to the camera about the awards he was granting to some members of his office before the awards were actually given. The conflicts of this story are told by simple harmless acts such as Pam’s husband-to-be leaving the awards early before all the employees receive their accolades. Pam returns to the awards individually, this time sitting next to Jim while awaiting her award to be called. She intoxicates herself with alcohol while expecting to receive the same award as she has for years, only to finally be awarded a different one, which throws her into a world of excitement as she accepts as if it was an academy award.

This episode focuses on values such as loyalty, friendship and accomplishments as well. The office employees represent many people who go to work in order to just clock in and clock out while not establishing any real relationships along the way. Although many of the employees do not express fond feelings for one another, they all seem to show a certain amount of friendship towards each other by attending the “Dundies” as a group. Although many of them seem distant while in their workplace environment, they still socialize with one another in the restaurant even thought the show portrays a more individual attitude from its characters. There is also a sense of loyalty shown throughout this episode. When customers at the restaurant begin to harass Michael about his poor hosting job of the ceremony, his employees make him feel better by showing their support and influencing him to continue on with the show. Pam also expresses her loyalty by returning to the “Dundies” after her boyfriend leaves prematurely. Although many members of the office are reluctant to even attend the awards, they all stay to the end no matter how painful it is to them.

Additionally, this episode shows hints of accomplishment as well, even though the awards are made to add to the sarcastic comedy it is centered around. Although some employees receive awards that are jokes, some also receive awards for their work efforts as well. These awards are still used to add to the comedy aspects, but they also show how the company strives above the other branches. The award ceremony has become a tradition for the company and after having another positive year with it, Michael makes sure his employees know there will be another “Dundies” to come.

The Office is a simple comedy that expresses exactly what the show is trying to encapture through their bland comedy and the unappealing lifestyles of their characters. It contains great screen writing while having the feel of a comedy sitcom, but not including many normal aspects such as a studio audience or laugh track. The documentary portion of the show also adds certain additional aspects that are not usually used as well, but allow their audience to gain a greater connection with the characters. This show, although may not be appealing to everyone’s humor, captures the clichés of the nine to five workers and provides an easy to follow fun comedy.