The Reviews For Pixar’s Latest Film ‘Luca’ Are Mostly Positive

A Pixar film getting rave reviews from critics? Whaaat, no way!

Obviously we’re being sarcastic. Pixar films are typically praised by critics, and for good reason. The amount of work that goes into making a Pixar film is incredible. They spend years developing these things, with dozens of eyes examining, so that critics don’t have to.

Their latest film, Luca, was set to be released inside theaters this month, but due to the ongoing pandemic around the world, the studio decided to release it straight to Disney+

You can now watch the movie on the streaming service, as long as you already have a subscription.

The setup for Luca is that its title character is a young boy living off the Italian coast. It is there he shares adventures with a newfound best friend who has a dark secret: this friend is not actually fully human but a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface. 

The movie has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics.

Drew Taylor from The Playlist gave it a near perfect rating…

This movie will fill your heart up. Casarosa is an artist with a true perspective, fearless in his creative impulses and limitless in his compassion, and Luca is a pure expression of these sensibilities.

And Alonso Duralde from The Wrap also enjoyed the film…

Luca is sweet and affecting, capturing the bond that strangers can build over a summer, and how that friendship can endure. And like its shape-shifting protagonists, it’s got plenty going on beneath the surface.

But it wasn’t all great. In fact, Robert Daniels from RogerEbert.com claims it’s Pixar’s least “special” film yet…

While some material may hit with younger audiences, Luca makes for Pixar’s least enchanting, least special film yet.

Another critic, Roger Moore from Movie Nation, also slammed the movie…

Disney/Pixar’s animated “Luca” is “The Little Mermaid” without the heart, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” without the laughs. It’s a gorgeous-looking time-killer aimed at a very young and undemanding audience.

Who to believe? No idea. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself.

Early Reviews For The George Clooney Directed Film ‘The Midnight Sky’ Are In!

George Clooney’s passion project ‘The Midnight Sky’ is set to be released on Netflix just two days before Christmas on December 23.

Clooney directed, produced and stars in this film, which is based on the book ‘Good Morning Midnight‘ by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

The film tells Augustine’s post-apocalyptic story (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the arctic who races against time with a mute stowaway named Iris (newcomer Caoilinn Springall) to stop a group of astronauts from returning home to a global catastrophe.

In addition to Clooney, this film stars Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler and David Oyelowo.

The early reviews are starting to pour in, and they are wildly mixed. Right now, it sits at a confusing 54 rating on Metacritic, with just 16 reviews counted.

Out of those 16 reviews, one has been categorized as “negative” nine have been “mixed” and six have been “positive.”

So let’s show you little snippets from a positive review, a mixed review, and a negative review.

First up is David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter, who seemed to really enjoy the flick:

Shifting with grace and narrative equilibrium between the Arctic and a mission returning from Jupiter, this is a desolate elegy for a diseased planet and a prayer for the creation of life elsewhere in the universe. Flanked by a strong supporting cast, Clooney delivers a thoughtful reflection on the toll of environmental devastation.

Uproxx’s Mike Ryan was conflicted. He enjoyed parts of the movie, but felt like the movie may have been better had Clooney not been directing it.

Clooney wants to direct actors who aren’t himself, which I’m sure is why we spend so much time with the crew of the spaceship. But if Clooney weren’t directing, that director would have probably realized that the story thrives in those small moments with Clooney. It’s almost like the director George Clooney is the actor George Clooney’s worst enemy.

Finally, Variety’s Owen Gleiberman seemed unimpressed by the entire thing…

Some viewers will surely be moved. To me, though, The Midnight Sky just proves that a movie that reaches for the stars can still come up empty-handed.

Check out the trailer below…

Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Film Is Getting Slammed By Critics

Yikes. Many people thought Ron Howard’s upcoming movie ‘Hillbilly Elegy‘ might be an Oscar frontrunner. After all, it stars Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

But unfortunately, a great cast can’t save a poor story, at least according to nearly every single critic who has reviewed the movie.

The first reviews came pouring in today, and they were pretty awful. For those who don’t know, this film is based on a memoir of the same name by J.D. Vance.

Hillbilly Elegy is bout the Appalachian values of his Kentucky family and their relation to the social problems of his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, where his mother’s parents moved when they were young. He writes about a family history of poverty and low-paying, physical jobs that have since disappeared or worsened in their guarantees.

So that’s the meat of the story. What could go wrong? Well, a lot. The movie currently sits at a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote this in his C- review…

For all of the favors that Howard does to the subject of his biopic, the director can only do so much to disguise the self-serving nature of a story that was always less about where Vance came from than it was about where he wanted to go.

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw writes…

I’m not sure I entirely believed in Adams either, however earnest her performance undoubtedly is. Bev’s sudden and irresponsible druggie impulse to go rollerskating through the corridors of the hospital that employs her – though very possibly taken from a real anecdote – looks odd and unmotivated on screen.

This is a well-meant story of someone pulling himself up by his bootstraps, with some help from his grandma. But it feels contrived and self-conscious.

Many critics talked about how the film feels like a rich person’s view of poor people. Like the people working on the film didn’t really understand what or who they were portraying.

Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson said the film is “shameless Oscar bait”

I can’t really find much good to say about Close’s performance, except that when the film shows pictures of the real Mamaw during the closing credits, you realize that they did do a pretty good job of turning Close into a lookalike. Otherwise, Close’s work in the film is almost an obscenity, a patrician actor doing the hoariest of brassy-old-lady drag. It’s a kind of mugging that has no place in an age when audiences have become much better attuned to Hollywood falseness than they once were. Every note of Close’s performance is a glaring actor choice, all grim calculation masked as empathy.

Ouch. Hillbilly Elegy hits theaters tomorrow and will be released on Netflix on Nov. 24.

The First Reviews For Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking Of Ending Things’ Are In, Find Out What The Critics Are Saying!

Thanks to the coronavirus, several films that were hyped up in 2020 have now been pushed back to 2021. Movie fans haven’t had a lot to look forward to this year, but thankfully Charlie Kaufman’s latest creation, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, was always scheduled to be released on Netflix.

So the release date has remained firm on September 4, 2020, which is just one week away now.

The first reviews are starting to trickle in, and for the most part, they’re pretty positive. It currently sits with a comfortable 75 score on Metacritic.

Clint Worthington from Consequence of Sound gave the film a near perfect rating:

Like any Charlie Kaufman story, attempting to summarize the complexities and surreal insights in a review is a fool’s errand. Even two viewings in, I’m struck by the density of the work itself, its feelings on death and aging and the past shifting with every line of dialogue or idiosyncratic image. You get the sense that you’re stuck in a death dream, the fractured memories of someone desperately wishing, more than anything, that they could do it all over. 

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich was also a huge fan of the movie:

For all of its self-insistent detours and high-minded indulgences, I’m Thinking of Ending Things rarely feels like a concept in search of a movie. There’s a fullness and vitality to it that shines through even when the film is chasing its own tail, which is basically all it wants to do.

As well as Chris Evangelista from SlashFilm:

It’s a beautiful, strange terrarium of a film, inviting us to gaze through the glass and wonder what’s going on underneath. Just as funny and creepy as it needs to be, the film is Kaufman at the top of his game, firing on all cylinders. A master of his own unique, unclassifiable craft.

But not every critic was impressed. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman seemed to be really irritated by the whole thing:

It’s not just a quirky, morose downer of a movie — it’s didactically morose. Kaufman seems to be saying that love is an illusion and that people, if they’re true to who they are, have no possibility of connecting. But he seems trapped in the blinkered point-of-view of a socially arrested high-school loser.

I don’t know about you, but I’m choosing to ignore Owen’s comments. I’m still incredibly excited about this movie.

Check out the trailer below…

The Early Reviews For Pete Davidson’s ‘The King of Staten Island’ Are In, Find Out What The Critics Are Saying

Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson’s coming-of-age dramedy, The King of Staten Island, was supposed to be released inside theaters this year.

But thanks to the coronavirus, the studio decided an on-demand release would be best. The film is set to be available to rent on June 12, but critics were able to watch it a little early.

And somewhat surprisingly, they appear to be pleased. It currently holds a solid 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics aren’t exactly praising this movie, but they aren’t disliking it either.

Top critic Peter Travers really enjoyed it, giving it 4 out of 5 stars and writing…

It’s the world world according to Pete Davidson as the ‘SNL’ star and director Judd Apatow mine details from Davidson’s real-life to create a comic knockout with an emotional punch you do not see coming.

Kerr Lordygan from TV Fanatic had this to say…

So while The King of Staten Island isn’t the greatest, most well-made, and innovative movie of all time, it throbs within as a tool for self-discovery and teaches us that not only do first impressions sometimes mess up your life, but we can change them.

And that seems to be the consensus. It’s not the best movie. It’s not bringing anything new to the table, but it’s also funny and heartwarming, which is what we’ve come to expect from Apatow-directed flicks.

Check out the trailer below…

The First Reviews For ‘Cats’ Are Pouring In, And They’re Painfully Terrible

After the first trailer for ‘Cats‘ was released, we all kinda figured the movie would get some negative reviews from critics, but we didn’t expect it to get slammed this hard.

The movie adaptation of the famous musical currently has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 80 rotten reviews in total.

And when we say the reviews are terrible, we really mean it.

Matt Goldberg wrote this for Collider

But if it wasn’t enough to make the cats horny (why are they so horny), Hooper also feels the need to make it gross by having them dig through trash and play up their animal instincts.

Cats always feels like it’s two seconds away from turning into a furry orgy in a dumpster. That’s the energy you have to sit with for almost two hours.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky for the AV Club wrote…

Many of these effects appear unfinished, with noticeable differences in resolution and animation between principals and background characters and at least one instance in which a rendering error appears to have made it into the release version of the film.

The moment is the film in a nutshell: misguided in concept and a failure in execution.

And Peter Debruge wrote this in his review for Variety

Nine may not be enough lives for some of the stars to live down their involvement in this poorly conceived and executed adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical.

This uneven eyesore turns out to be every bit the Jellicle catastrophe the haters anticipated, a half-digested hairball of a movie in which Hooper spends too much energy worrying about whether the technology is ready to accommodate his vision.

Some critics are calling it the worst film of the year, which honestly kinda makes me want to see it more. By the way, the director of this movie is Tom Hooper. He’s no slouch. He won Best Director at the Oscars for his work on The King’s Speech.

So yeah, even the best fall down sometimes.

The First Reactions To ‘Frozen 2’ Are In, And They Are Super Positive

If you were worried that Disney was pushing their luck with this upcoming ‘Frozen‘ sequel, well, maybe you should let your mind rest for a bit.

The film had its premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday, and the early reactions are pretty positive. Several critics jumped on their Twitter accounts to praise the sequel.

Wow. Better than the first movie? That’s high praise, considering ‘Frozen’ is one of the most successful Disney films of all time. It made $1.2 billion during its run in 2013 and won several awards.

If the praise continues for this sequel and the audience responds with the same enthusiasm, there is a good chance this sequel hits the $1 billion mark as well.

Frozen 2 will hit theaters November 22, 2019.

The ‘Joker’ Film Debuts At Toronto International Film Festival, And The Reviews Are Extremely Positive

The Oscar buzz is continuing for Joaquin Phoenix. His work in the upcoming ‘Joker’ film impressed critics and the general audience at the Venice Film Festival. Heck, it even surprised everyone by winning The Golden Lion award, which is the highest prize awarded at the festival.

Now the film is debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, which means more critics are getting a chance to watch it.

And it’s safe to say, they are equally as impressed. You can check out some of the quick Twitter reactions below. It’s looking like Joaquin is definitely going to get a Best Actor nomination, which should be interesting because he has called the Oscars “bullsh*t” in the past.

By the way, Joker will hit theaters October 4, 2019.

The First Reactions To ‘IT Chapter Two’ Are In, And They Range From Awesome To “Meh”

A few days ago we told you that early tracking suggests ‘It Chapter Two’ could make around $110 million during its opening weekend next month, which would be around $10 million less than the original film.

We also told you that if the reviews from critics were outstanding, it could surprise people and match the original film’s opening weekend total.

Unfortunately, it looks like the film is destined to have mixed reviews. We got our first wave of reactions on Twitter yesterday, and the critics were split. Some said it was amazing, and some said it was pretty damn boring.

But there is one thing they all agree on, and that is Bill Hader’s amazing performance in the film. He apparently steals the show, and at least one critic believes he should be nominated for an Oscar.

Check out the reactions below. It Chapter Two hits theaters September 5, 2019.

The Early Reviews For ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ Are Here And They’re Very Positive

You know about The Incredibles. You know about Toy Story. You know about Finding Nemo, but do you know about How to Train Your Dragon? The animated franchise might not have the ‘Pixar’ name attached to it, but it’s still one of the most successful animated franchises in Hollywood.

The first film in the franchise, which was released back in 2010, received outstanding reviews from critics and made nearly $500 million at the box office. The second film, released in 2014, was also a hit with critics and made over $600 million at the box office.

Now, five years later, How to Train Your Dragon 3 is set to be released and it might be the most emotional film in the franchise as it’ll complete the trilogy.

The film is set to be released February 22, and a few critics were lucky enough to watch a special screening of the movie a month early. And it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that their early reviews are extremely positive.

Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote…

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World packs the emotional heft of the dozen or so years it has taken to get this far, tracking the loss of one parent, the discovery of another, and several momentous lessons in bravery and loyalty along the way.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael Rechtshaffen had this to say…

“Pulling off a rare three-peat, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a tender, spirited coming-of-age CG-animated feature that proves every bit as emotionally resonant and artistically rendered as its 2010 and 2014 predecessors, if not even more so. Credit that evident quality control to returning director-screenwriter Dean DeBlois, again finding inspiration from Cressida Cowell’s children’s books (there are a dozen in all) and an engaging voice cast headed by Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera.”

And finally, The Wrap’s Robert Abele wrote…

“As much as we’d like the appearance of a threequel to mean, “Hey, here are all the cool ideas we couldn’t wedge into the first two,” the cold reality always starts with, “We think there’s more money to be made!” But sometimes, there are organically convincing extenders, and in the animation world, those exceptions include ‘Toy Story 3’ [and] now, ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,’ writer-director Dean DeBlois’ delightful, gorgeous, and touchingly conclusive third adaptation of author Cressida Cowell’s fantastical universe of Vikings and fire-breathers.”