Under Siege (1992)

Nominated for two Oscar awards, this will remind you of “Dr. Strangelove”. In this are Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Bernie Casey, Patrick O’Neal, and Dale Dye since “Platoon” and “Casualties of War”. The only actor I didn’t like in this was Colm Meaney from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. But he deserved a death wish in this. And by looking at how grand Dale Dye was, he was a real U.S. Navy admiral indeed. (Interesting fact: Like his friend R. Lee Ermy, he was a U.S. Marine like how he was, as he participated in the Vietnam War. And later, became a famous actor).

The battleship, U.S.S. Missouri was ready to be decommissioned until during a surprise birthday party with rock and roll dudes, they hijacked everything as a U.S. Navy officer went berserk. They killed a few sailors, took control, as they wanted payback on the United States government.

Only a former Navy SEAL, now a cook was the only person to stop all this, as he had a Playboy female as his sidekick to join him. One by one, those henchmen including that Colm Meaney slowly deserved a death wish, as they were as dead as Charles Whitman.

Film critics Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times & Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune were very pleased about this, as they loved Steven Seagal. They found it funny, hilarious and amazing as it was really their cup of coffee. Same thing to me, as it was my very first Steven Seagal movie I ever saw. In fact, I saw this twice on TV with my dad on TV channel AMC in early 2019.

So for a success, 9/10 stars is what I give. Thanks to Steven Seagal. In conclusion, there is this….

“USS Missouri BB63 was decommissioned March 31st, 1992 and is now moored at Bremerton Naval Shipyard, awaiting her next call to service”.

Thus, 20 years passed by until the U.S.S. Missouri returned in the 2012 film adaption, of the famous hit board game, “Battleship”. On man VS aliens, thanks to Peter Berg.

Rambo: First Blood (Part I & Part II)

In 1972, Canadian-American author Dave Morrell wrote a novel, that showed about a Vietnam War veteran that went haywire, as he blew a gasket against a nasty sheriff, until he died of his wounds in the very end of his story. 10 years later, came the 1982 adaption, as it made Sylvester Stallone famous on.

His name is John Rambo. An expert in guerrilla warfare, as nothing will stop him. As he occurs to be the last member of his team as he and his pals killed many members of the Viet Cong. Some of his friends during the war were killed, as the other bit of his friends returned home after the war, died of old age, as well as cancer no thanks to Agent Orange. His commander is Col. Sam Trautman, as they were in the Special Forces. There was more to it on John Rambo, which made a franchise later on.

“They drew first blood…”.

“To survive a war, you gotta become war”.

Film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were pleased about his character, as Weird Al Yankovic did a parody from one his movies in “UHF”.

In this movie review, it’s the first two adaptions I admire on. The sequels were not only too dramatic, but had too much violence, suspense as well as drugs in ‘Last Blood’. So the sequels are a no-no. This as Part I & Part II together, a yes indeed.

“First Blood” in 1982 showed that after a friend of Vietnam War veteran John Rambo died of cancer by Agent Orange, Rambo realized that he is the very last member of his team. While travelling on foot in a small town, he met the nasty sheriff named Will Teasle (portrayed by Brian Dennehy) as he blew a gasket after he and his police pals made fun out of him. He ran amok, he killed a few of his police friends, as the sheriff brought in the National Guard, police troopers, and the military to go after him. Col. Sam Trautman came to help, but the fighting continued until the climax. Will Teasle was given mercy indeed. However for Rambo, instead of having a death wish or dying from his wounds, he had a emotional breakdown, he was in soothing tears, as he finally surrendered.

“Rambo First Blood: Part II” in 1985, showed that the Vietnam War did came to an end. However, with P.O.W’s still in captivity by the very last members of the Viet Cong, deep in the jungles of Vietnam neat Thailand, Rambo was given a mission to rescue them. To get rid of his time in jail as they would set him free by the government, once he rescues those P.O.W’s. Armed with those explosive heads at the tip of his arrows in archery, his hunting knife and his skills in camouflage, he never gave up until the job was done. All the P.O.W’s we’re glad to be free thanks to Rambo. In fact, this was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.

Recommended for adults only, over age 21, I give both 8/10 stars on ‘Rambo: First Blood Part I’ & ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’.

Top 10 Worst Movies Ever Made

Note: NO PHOTOS in this blog post this time.

In this top 10 list movie review, these are the worst of the worst. That I have seen as a film critic. Box office failures, as like Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, thumbs down indeed. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 Worst films ever made. Some I’ve seen that were okay, but not a lot. For they didn’t follow as how the story goes. All are from 2001-2019. And like what my dad tells me, always keep an open mind. Therefore I did, and here they are. The worst of the worst….

10. Holmes & Watson (2018). Starting off on the list, is the train wreck of all train wrecks. By not following the whole adventures of that famous detective by Sir Conan A. Doyle, Will Ferrell was that guy as how John C. Reilly was Dr. Watson. By making references to the dark side, as well as some things we do today, like taking an IPhone shot, they were so obtuse and nitwitted, that this shall be the end of Will Ferrell’s career in film and tv shows. From dead bodies in cakes, and then alternating that Titanic disaster, really obtuse no thanks to those guys and director Etan Cohen.

9. The Boss (2016). Melissa McCarthy was a real aristocratic moron, as she took a downfall on her business empire, when she got arrested. After her release a few months or years later, she had nothing left so she moved in with someone she knows of earlier ago. And did too much girl power, that I don’t think the audience will appreciate. Especially when it’s too much on girls scouts since Amy Poehler who was the creator and the voice of the main character, Bessie Higgenbottom in the Nickelodeon cartoon TV show, “The Mighty B”. Too much girl power indeed.

8. The Hustle (2019). By ripping off ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ with Steve Martin & Michael Caine, these two females were taking this movie to a total mess. Anne Hathaway was a cheater cheater, pumpkin eater, as I loved her better in one of my favourites movies, besides “The Dark Knight Rises”. And I was impressed that Rebel Wilson did had some hilarious ways of disguising herself as trash bags. I just think that she may want to be the new master of disguise since Dana Carvey, but this is really the messiest film ever made in history.

7. The Last Airbender (2010). The live movie adaption, based on that animated TV show, this was mostly focused on Book 1: Water. As after Aang and his flying bison were released from the iceberg, he focused on controlling water mostly. Despite on Dav Patel was the scarface bad guy, they didn’t do Book 2: Earth, & Book 3: Fire in this, as how this was too dramatic, too much CGI, as Aang never got to become the form of a water monster. No thanks to M. Night Shyamalan. But it taught us an important lesson on water, and how we should not waste so much on it.

6. Jack and Jill (2011). Didn’t follow the tumbling tale of Jack & Jill getting injured while grabbing well water, at the summit of the hill. But there was not just one Adam Sandler, but two Adam Sandlers! One of them was an hairy irresponsible twin sister, who acted like a child trapped in an adults body. Mostly focusing on twins, than mentioning the story we know for our kids, Adam Sandler as Jack had problems with his twin sister (as Adam Sandler again) while she was with his family for a long visit. For she was being such an idiotic moron throughout the whole film.

5. Noah (2014). With Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, & Douglas Booth, this biblical story adaption did not have rock monsters as fallen angels that caused the massive flood. There were none of that in the bible at all, as Logan Lerman was all stud when let the bad guy in the ark when he crept aboard. Especially when Noah tries to kill those twin babies that his daughter-in-law (portrayed by Emma Watson) gave birth on. And I’m glad that months later, Logan Lerman learned a valuable lesson in “Fury” with him, Brad Pitt, Scott Eastwood, and more about tank battles.

4. Catwoman (2004). By not following the real origin story of Selina Kyle who became Catwoman, based on the character by DC Comics, this was on a different path. Inspired by that character, but didn’t mention very much. An artist and graphic designer was on the run from an cosmetics queen until she was killed in the sewers. She was revived my an Egyptian Mau cat by a by its halitosis. And became known as Catwoman, with all those kitty skills. She acted like a cat, and her costume was indeed ridiculous, before she disappeared at the very end. Never to be seen ever again.

3. Life (2017). We are better off alone in the universe after all. Besides, this was indeed a rip-off of ‘Alien’. Cause in the near future, when astronauts took a soil sample from one of our planets in our solar system, in it contained a multi-celled organism. Almost like slime mould, but deadlier. It had killed many astronauts, before the international space station was destroyed. The ending was really f***ed up when they made a terrible mistake. I can’t tell you, but it taught Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson a lesson.

2. Ghost Ship (2002). I thought there would be really much on ‘sea evil’, but this is the lamest to watch over Halloween. The issue about this movie was about for how people were greedy over cursed gold, as they did a massacre one time out of the ocean. Which was why after a tugboat came to its attention, as they had to figure out why they were doing this. And that ending was like that one of those Simpsons Halloween segments where someone tries to warn people, but was no use. People would be doomed by those ghosts & cursed gold.

1. Planet of the Apes (2001). Taking the number 1# spot on the list, is the very worst of the worst. No thanks to director Tim Burton, he took this whole story by his own imagination. Inspired by the book by Pierre Boulle, as well as the original movies. Especially for how he made Tim Roth look really worse as that angry ape, while Mark Whalberg messed up the space time continuum if he and a non-talking chimp didn’t flew through that electromagnetic storm in outer space. And that twisted ending was all f***ed up for sure. Besides, this would scare little kids if they did see this.

Do you agree with my picks? Cause they are indeed, the worst, of the worst. So if M. Night Shyamlan, or Tim Burton, or Kenneth Branagh was to do a sci-if movie that showed about astronauts from Earth’s future, or from another world like Earth, that travelled back in time to prehistoric Earth where the dinosaurs walked through the wastelands since “The Land Before Time”, that’s one thing that they can do. Just as long as you don’t do the butterfly effect.

However, to those that are new, that want to be as grand as Bong Joon Ho, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Werner Herzog & etc, and wouldn’t give up on filmmaking; always make sure that you’re story has a happy ending. And no twists also, before you show it to the audience. Cause you do not want to end up like these flicks. All are quadruple ‘F minus’. Including the god awful 2001 adaption of a planet of talking monkeys….

All are quadruple F minus.

Taxi (2004)

Queen Latifah is a real speed racer since that original anime TV show, as she loves to go super duper fast. She would’ve won an Oscar award for Best Actess in this. Joining her are Jimmy Fallon before his did his TV show, and Ann Margret since she was with Elvis Presley in “Viva Las Vegas”.

I laughed like Daniel Radcliffe from the ferret scene in “The Goblet of Fire” as I love for how her character was. She would indeed, be busy going backwards

Set in Manhattan, NY, she and Jimmy Fallon as an oddball cop were against four Brazilian sisters as bank robbers after they landed at the JFK airport. All four looked like Barbara Streisand, as I do not like that actress. Roger Ebert didn’t liked this movie, but I do.

I can’t tell you how they got them, but like that old song….

“You’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road….”

They did indeed, take all the cash that they robbed, as they made a great team. As Queen Latifah’s character used up the cash to pay for the damages on her taxicab.

Two things however, never did happened again after that. The actresses who portrayed the bank robber sisters never got into Hollywood films again, and Jimmy Fallon by the 2010’s never got into another movie role again. He did a cameo appearance in “Jurassic World” five years later, as how he hosted the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2017. To my knowledge, in his safety video, from the slime he had on, he must’ve been totally paralyzed for two years as he accepted to be the host when he started moving again. Like for what Morgan Freeman told about in “The Shawshank Redemption”, must’ve been hard for him on eating his food through a straw.

So for a success, 9.5 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Top 8 Movie Musicals (live-action)

Throughout history, there have been famous musical movies like “The Sound of Music”, “My Fair Lady”, and more. Historical singers can be in those musicals like Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Elvis Presley, Fred Astaire, James Cagney, Frank Sinatra, and etc. In this list, we’re looking at the top 8 musical movies that had ever made cinema history.

8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). You’ll definitely want to do the time warp over and over again, especially over Halloween. Told by a criminologist, Brad and Janet took a wrong turn at a big castle on a dark night, they get invited to a big party where Transylvanian members are with Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They get into the biggest Halloween scare that they had ever faced, as the songs were amazing.

7. The Greatest Showman (2017). Based on a true story, this was how P.T. Barnum followed his dreams to becoming a showman. By hiring those misfits such as a singing bearded lady, Asian Siamese twins, a dog boy, some acrobats & etc, this was the very beginning of the Ringling Bros & Barnum Bailey Circus that had lasted from that moment, to almost 150 years. H. Jackman was the magnificent P.T. Barnum.

6. Kissin Cousins (1964). There is not one Elvis Presley, but two Elvis Presley’s! One who is wearing black hair, working for the U.S. Air Force, and the other one is a blonde hillbilly who doesn’t trust Yankees. Almost like “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain, but a little different. A U.S. military platoon deal with hillbillies for a ICBM location as they made a deal with a mountain man in the very end.

5. The Wizard of Oz (1939). This made Judy Garland very famous on. Dorothy and her doggy, Toto got caught up in their house, blown away in a twister, as they get taken to the Land of Oz. By avoiding wicked witches, meeting up with a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion, they make their way to a special wizard who lived in Emerald City. As he would fulfill their wishes before the wizard could leave Oz.

4. Anchors Aweigh (1945). Frank Sinatra was amazing as a young actor/singer, as Gene Kelly did his famous dance with Jerry the mouse from “Tom & Jerry”. Two U.S. Navy sailors who are on 4 day leave, head for Hollywood, in Los Angeles, USA as they met up with two women. One of them owns a child who wanted to join the Navy like those two. They in fact, went to the actual location of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios!!

3. Rock Around The Clock (1956). Bill Haley & The Comets star as themselves in this musical that will give you tons of rock and roll, as you will definitely want to rock around the clock. In the early days of rock and roll, Bill Haley and his band were the very first as a band manager was able to hire them. He did indeed, got into a loving affair with a female dancer joining them, as they got engaged at the end.

2. In The Navy (1941). Its laugh ahoy kids! Bud Abbott and Lou Costello get themselves in the U.S. Navy, as Dick Powell, the Andrew Sisters, Dick Foran, Butch & Buddy, Shemp Howard, and the Condos Brothers join them. In the merriest hit Navy musical that took them out at sea from Los Angeles, USA to tropical Hawaii. With amazing musical songs, and gobs of fun, this is a voyage for all ages who love those guys.

1. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Taking the number 1# spot on the list, is the musical that gave America the songs we will want to listen to, over and over again when it’s Independence Day. July 4th. In fact, James Cagney’s dancing was amazing that made me smile. By telling us the biography of George M. Cohan, he did songs like ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’ & ‘Over There’ that made him win the Congressional Medal of Honor by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt at the very end of this.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite live action musical movies? Some of these were not only critically acclaimed, but also won Golden Globe Awards and Oscar awards, as well as earning as few nominations.

A Star is Born (2018)

This blows post is dedicated to Emma Lee (or Emily) Denny, Hailee, and Katya too.

We would never sink into alcoholism too much, and have our minds spinning out of control too much. Cause if we continue with this, we’ll end ourselves in a mess. A big mess that you will never be unforgiven.

For example, after my auntie Barbara Houle divorced my uncle Jeff Lammore, she got into a lot of wine drinks, and had her mind spinning out of control so much, she’d be insanely annoying. And she breaks some promises that we were suppose to do, but we never did cause she always forgets and changes something. Irresponsible for a woman like so.

Another example, would be that my dad, and my two older brothers get into a lot of alcohol drinks, and talk too much. With themselves together or with anyone that they knew on. They can be loud also, as I don’t think I find their jokes are funny. They tell a lot of bad jokes. So bad, that they need to knock it off. No more of that.

Last example, would be that we knew a neighbor who lived in our neighborhood in the Gatineau. He was so drunk, so addicted to alcoholism, and violent, he assaulted his wife and disappeared in the woods. A search was conducted for him by the police, including two more in a helicopter as they caught him in a shed near a home down the road. They arrested him, his wife moved on, as a new family moved in for where they used to live.

Alcoholism is very bad indeed. Cause author Truman Capote had that stuff when he retired until his death at age 59 on August 25th, 1984.

Which is why this movie is related to this info, as how this made cinema history. Instead of the versions with Frederic March, Judy Garland, and Kris Kristofferson, this deserved on winning the Golden Globe Award and Oscar award for Best Original Song. For a moment, I thought Clint Eastwood was directing this romantic musical drama film, but it was Bradley Cooper himself who was the director. He and actress/singer Lady Gaga from “Poker Face” were in this with Sam Elliott, and Eddie Griffin too. (No one had seen Eddie Griffin since “Undercover Brother”).

Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born”.

A rock and roll singer was addicted to drugs and was sinking into alcoholism until he met a female singer/songwriter who didn’t liked being a waitress. So they madly got into a relationship as together, they sang the songs that she wrote that made them both famous. And later, from a proposal to becoming his wife, she was America’s new singer.

She was on ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Alec Baldwin, and was nominated for three Grammy’s but won only one. The big trouble started to occur when Bradley Cooper’s character, actually peed himself while he was on stage with her. So after that disgusting moment, he went to a sanatorium for two months, but was still aware of himself. With his life ending up like the celebrities that died of too much on drugs, being violent, and his mind spinning out of control, he did the same thing that Robin Williams did when he couldn’t take it anymore on Parkinson’s disease. Hung himself in the garage.

Lady Gaga’s character followed her dreams to become on what she was meant to be, as she never forgot him. She was beyond thunder-dome than ever before, since Judy Garland in the 1950’s version. So for a success, 7.6 out of 10 stars is what I give.

In conclusion, stuff like drugs, alcohol drinks, & smoking, along with your mind spinning out of control can lead you to disastrous results like for what happened to Bradley Cooper’s character at that Grammy’s scene. Just as I thought as I mentioned him in one of my blog posts, earlier ago. Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Running Man”. So….

What would these two monkeys say, when their girlfriends dumped them, after slapping their butt’s while sobering drunk?

Audience: Uh-Oh!!!!

(Check out my next blog post, on their award winning song, “Shallow”)

YTV promo- Sunday’s (7 am to 12 pm)

This YTV promo showed the last bit of the anime TV show, “Hamtaro” before its cancellation. And as I knew these cartoon TV shows that were popular on tv channel YTV, here’s what I know on how they were, and how long they went.

1. Hamtaro (2002-2005) ✅👍🏻

2. Dexters Lab (1995-2003) 🚫👎🏻

3. Rugrats (1991-2004) 🚫👎🏻

4. The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999-2002) ✅👍🏻

5. Hey Arnold! (1996-2004/2017) 🚫👎🏻

6. Detention (1999-2000) 🚫👎🏻

7. Cubix (2001-2003) 🚫👎🏻

8. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002-2006) 🚫👎🏻

9. The Fairly OddParents (2001-2017) 🚫👎🏻

10. Spongebob Squarepants (1999-2020)? 🚫👎🏻

Out of most of those cartoon TV shows back near the mid 2000’s, only two were the hilarious ones that I gave a thumbs up on, (✅👍🏻), while they rest were thumbs down (🚫👎🏻). Some of these cartoons were okay to watch in their very beginnings, but found out that they were really taking their dreams too far. Such as J. Neutron: Boy Genius, S. Squarepants, & those nitwitted OddParents.

“Dexter’s Lab” & “Rugrats” were a real no-no first, as I wasn’t so sure on “Cubix” & “Detention”. Some of their theme songs were annoying, as I found out that these characters were getting obtuse.

“Hey Arnold!” was okay on some of its episodes, but not a lot. And I was glad that since that football headed kid lived with his grandparents in a inner city-tenement, he had found out on what happened to his real parents in South America. After the release of “Hey Arnold: The Movie” in 2002, they did “Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie” in 2017, 15 years later. He was glad that they were alive, as they were a normal family again just when he was getting into 6th grade. Ending the film, and the entire series.

So the ones that are thumbs up are “Hamtaro”, and “The New Woody Woodpecker Show”. I remember watching those two, before leaving for elementary school every morning from Monday’s to Friday’s. On Sundays such as this, they would have their last shots before they got cancelled. They were as glory than ever before, years when things got worse on that TV channel.

Cocoon (1985)

This movie review is dedicated to American actor Brian Dennehy, as I saw this after he died of cardiac arrest in early 2020.

Legend foretells that when there was the Fountain of Youth, it would give a person much youth like if they were younger again. Reverse your age. Let’s say if you were 55, and if you got in the water, you would be 35 years old again after coming out of the fountain waters. However in this story, it relates to that.

After seeing the movie, ‘batteries not included’, lousiest film ever made as elderly people dealt with extraterrestrials. Besides, it was no thanks to Brad Bird who wrote the script, before he did his directional animated debut movie, ‘The Iron Giant’. But in this one, it was worth it.

Directed by Ron Howard, this was the hit blockbuster film in 1985 as it won two Oscar awards. Best Visual Effects and Best Supporting Actor.

Set in St. Petersburg, Florida, at a retirement home, next door to an abandoned hotel with an indoor pool close by, some odd people were renting a boat and that place, as the elderly people found out that they are extraterrestrials, and for what they were looking for were alien cocoons. Hidden in the ocean water, for where dolphins hang out. In the ruins of what was left of the lost continent, Atlantis. 10,000 years ago. They take them out of the ocean, and have them in that pool where they can be safe. However, the cocoons in the pool water gave a few elder people much strength and youth. If one or two of them were being uncared, then the alien newborns wouldn’t make it.

The extraterrestrials are in disguised as humans, like the ones in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, only friendlier. They rip their human skin off like rubber, as they show their true bodies. Alien eyes, very thin, as they glow in the dark like fireflies.

Almost a lot of the elderly people went with the extraterrestrials to their alien home world, and were never seen again. It was as magnificent as how Kaguya-hime went from Japan to going back to her home-world which is the Moon.

Two Hollywood stars that I know of are in this. Brian Dennehy as one of the extraterrestrials in disguise as a human, three years after he was Sheriff Will Teasle in “First Blood” with Sylvester Stallone. And Steve Guttenberg as one of the humans helping them out. A year before he was in “Short Circuit” with Ally Sheedy. His character stayed behind on Earth as the friendly extraterrestrials gave him enough money to live, while taking off.

Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were very pleased about this, rather than the other two that they were mentioning in a movie review. So I give this 9.8/10 stars. This movie definitely deserved those two Oscar awards.

In conclusion, while dealing with alien cocoons, if some species are deadly than these guys, then they would need to be destroyed before they could hatch like eggs. Even if you were a host in an alien hive, giving birth to a baby alien from your body after being attacked by a parasite. Like the ones from H.R. Giger, and then the Xenomorphs from the “Alien” franchise. So friendly aliens like these ones, NO. The deadly ones from like the “Alien” franchise as well as those body snatchers from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, YES.

Silverado (1985)

Scott Glenn, Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Jenkins, John Cleese, and Kevin Costner, are the only stars I know of in this western film.

Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel did some amazing movie reviews about this, after they saw it. Nominated for Best Sound and Best Original Score at the 58th Academy Awards, a group of drifters deal with a powerful and greedy ranching family as a corrupted sheriff is with them.

The best part was Kevin Costner’s performance as that cowboy. For how he swings and shoots like a real outlaw who loves to play tricks. In fact, I love for how he shoots with his two nickel plated pistols, and how he gets his victims.

Brian Dennehy however, was another nasty sheriff as the bad guy, since he was Sheriff Will Teasle in “First Blood” with Sylvester Stallone as Vietnam War veteran John Rambo. But did learn a valuable lesson at the climax. In “First Blood”, his character Sheriff Will Teasle was given mercy. In this one, he got what he deserved on.

So for a success. 7.9/10 stars is what I give.

Digimon: Digital Monsters, YES. 👍🏻 A 2020 Reboot, NO. 👎🏻

I don’t like for how reboots are, as one can affect the franchise. Especially on messing up the whole story, on how the characters are meant to be and why. Besides, there have been too much as well as spin offs.

For example, in the ‘Terminator’ franchise, after the release of “Terminator Genisys” & “Terminator: Dark Fate”, they rebooted the whole story and affected the timeline, no thanks to James Cameron who started it. Those were thumbs down indeed, as I’m all done with this Terminator business. Besides, they ruined it and weren’t very well entertaining.

And like the ‘Terminator’ franchise, too much reboots indeed that were a failure. ‘Friday the 13th’ in 2009, ‘Fantastic Four’ in 2015, ‘Ghostbusters’ with females in 2016, and ‘The Mummy’ with Tom Cruise & Russell Crowe in 2017. The only ones that were good were ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ in 2010, & ‘Robocop’ in 2014 as remakes.

First these, now this. After the release of ‘Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution’ in Japan, during the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the creators who made the ‘Digimon’ TV shows including the original adventure, or ‘Digimon: Digital Monsters’, had no choice but to accept a reboot in early 2020.

In the original anime tv show on its first season, set in the mid summer of 1999, eight children (four boys & four girls) from a summer camp north of Tokyo, Japan, found the devices, and then were transport to the Digital World. An old man named Gennai was the one who chose them, as they were partnered with the digital monsters. In order to defeat the darkness and make sure that they don’t get into our world to cause chaos. Then return to the real world rather than being stuck there.

In this 2020 reboot, they are wearing different clothes. And the digital world is odd and different that I’m not so sure of. Set in the summer of 2020, there are these cyber attacks in Tokyo, Japan mostly, as the humans came in contact with the Digimon. Just before summer camp, the eight children were already transported to the Digital World, got the devices, and then the Digimon.

So the 2020 reboot is a real no-no, depending on what gives, as I prefer to stick to the original anime TV show. In addition, the ‘Last Evolution’ movie looks interesting, as I gotta see it. It’s a sequel to the ‘Digimon Adventure tri’ movies, as the very final chapter, just before our heroes became adults and have children later on.

Remember, instead of a reboot, a whole story must have an ending to bring the entire franchise to a successful conclusion. Just like for what happened with ‘Samurai Jack’. That is what the creators of Digimon are doing. The ones on Pokémon including Satoshi Tajiri, have been going too far indeed.