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Rinzy Reviews ‘Ford vs Ferrari’ (2019)

Release Date: November 15

Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Tracy Letts, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, et al.

A political thriller of some sort, Ford vs Ferrari is an extreme Motorsport movie with a heart, based on real life events and people as automobile giants, Ford and Ferrari battle it out for who’s got the bigger balls.

The bone of contention is the 24 hours Le Mans endurance race in France, arguably the biggest racing competition for cars at the time (1960s). Ford had been experiencing decline in car sale numbers and hoped to enter the race to help boast those numbers and also to humiliate Ferrari for turning down a deal that would’ve seen both companies merge in some way, at last minute. To get the job done, Ford enlists the help of Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) one of the best race-drivers of his time, but is now a car designer and salesman. Shelby in turn enlists Englishman Ken Miles, the best driver he knows.

Miles knows his cars and how to use them to their limit for maximum productivity. With the help of Shelby, they build the GT40 for Ford and would go on to help them achieve all their desires at the tracks.

Ford v Ferrari spends less time beating about the bush and much executing. It’s a car-race action movie also about brotherly love; we could see it when Shelby stakes his company for Miles. It’s also a movie about commitment, good parenting and passion. Unfortunately, Ken Miles never got to achieve the height of the glory he deserved, even after going the extra mile to get Ford the Le Mans win in 1966. He died two months later and, for me, that was the saddest part about the movie.

Is Ford v Ferrari worth a watch?

Most definitely. Even if you aren’t a fan of car racing, you’re sure to enjoy this movie because of its truth – humanity.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Directed by: Jake Mangold

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Should Be The Last One

Release Date: October 23

Staring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davies, Linda Hamilton, Natalie Reyes, Gabriel Luna, et al.

At this point, the Terminator franchise can best be described as average, cliche and forced. Hopefully, Dark Fate is the last one, we’ve had enough. Either the powers that be give us a total reboot with a story that isn’t remotely about two Terminators coming from the future to fight over a version of a resistance symbol, or nothing at all.

That said, ‘Terminator: Dark Fate‘ is a pretty enjoyable action flick. Like the other entries in its franchise, this is one, too, is plot driven – solid action sequences and stunts. Although this was a return to the originals in a way, Arnold Schwarzenegger got relegated for most of it and that’s a good thing, means the show can go on without him, probably in the capable hands of Mackenzie Davis.

Terminator v Terminator

Seems Linda Hamilton got even fiercer with age; Sarah Connor is one badass you don’t want to f*ck with. A pity I can’t say the same for Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 Terminator; he had less personality than a regular iron bar.

Director Tim Miller tried his best to carve a movie we all can love and enjoy, but asides the insane action, Terminator: Dark Fate doesn’t offer anything new. After five movies, that’s now a big deal! Hollywood really needs to learn when to let go.

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

Directed by: Tim Miller

Rinzy Reviews ‘Frozen 2’ (2019)

Release Date: November 22

Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood, Josh Gad, et al.

After six years, we finally return to the enchanted land of Arendelle, where Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and Elsa are off to their next adventure. This time, it’s the sins from their parents’ past they try to outrun.

In a move to further expand its own mythology, this sequel sometimes bore resemblance to that of Avatar: The Last Airbender (remember the elements?)

Elsa starts hearing a mysterious siren out of the blues, so she and the her band of merry adventurers go into the unknown forest to uncover unpleasant truths about her family and Arendelle. Their adventure, once again, reinforces themes about sisterhood, love, teamwork and acceptance.

Frozen 2 is a considerably weaker sequel. For starters, none of its songs come close to the high-bar set by the monster-hit that was ‘Let It Go’. Also, there’s the noticeable absence of a worthy villain; what we get are giant rocks without any personality or backstory and another with a semblance of a backstory, but is already dead.

Although it took this long for Disney to commission a sequel, it’s hard to not think of this movie as a cash grab.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Knives Out: Whodunnit?

Release Date: November 29, 2019

Starring: Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, Craig Daniel, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, et al.

When prominent crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) dies just after his 85th birthday, it’s up to the indefatigable Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to figure out who did it?

Who doesn’t like a good crime-detective-mystery movie?

I know I do. And I enjoyed watching this one very much.

Director Rian Johnson puts together a stellar ensemble of highly talented actors to bring this story to life. Watching Knives Out, it’s clear he’s one of the many disciples of profilic crime novelist, Agatha Christie, as her blueprint can be seen all over. But even with that familiarity, there’s still enough of Johnson to make Knives Out feel distinct and thoroughly enjoyable.

Knives Out is a murder mystery story alright, but in some ways it’s also a grass to grace story, and in another, a coming of age one.

Harlan Thrombey’s true fate is revealed early, so the bulk of the movie is about watching Daniel Craig in a southern accent trying to figure out which of Thrombey’s large, highly-dependent family members could have murdered him.

You want to know who did it, too, right?

Go see Knives Out today!

PS: I think Chris fuck’n Evans should play more villainous roles.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Farewell’ (2019)

Release Date: January 25

Starring: Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, et al.

“… The Chinese people have a saying. When people get cancer, they die. It’s not cancer that kills them, it’s the fear.”

This is how I welcome you guys into my thoughts about another movie where cancer plays the villain.

Based on an actual lie, ‘The Farewell‘ positions itself as the swan song of a woman who’s lived a good life and doesn’t know she’s going to die soon because her extra-loving family won’t tell her she’s been diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer.

Family can sometimes be troublesome, but the joy and humor they bring to our lives can never be overemphasized; this makes them a delight to watch in movies and in real life. Nai Nai’s family does what they believe is best for her once they learn about her condition, they drop everything and head over to China to say their coded goodbyes, under the guise of a lavish wedding. Poor Hoa Hoa.

Awkwafina’s Billi is the conscience of this movie. Billi’s parents moved to America when she was six and, as such, has a very different outlook on how these things are done back home. This dynamic raises a lot of interesting dialogues about how America and China aren’t so different from each other.

Billie’s also Nai Nai’s favorite, which makes it very difficult for her to play along with the lie when she first finds out; but in time, she does learn to put her personal feelings aside for the greater good of the family, as indicated by these detached monologues from her uncle.

“In the East, a person’s life is part of a whole”

“… It’s our duty to carry this emotional burden for Nai Nai…”

Watching some of the nuances of Nai Nai’s family felt like watching a Nigerian family. The writing is grounded in reality and very relatable, irrespective of nationality. I like to think of the language of this movie as human; not Chinese or the occasional spoken English — human. That’s what makes it so refreshing.

The delicacy with which the writers and director portray grief and its effect on the family is commendable. There’s nothing lavish about the cinematography, but the wealth of truth in its shots and angles cannot be overemphasized.

Awkwafina as Billi gives a really beautiful performance, one to remember for ages.

Thankfully, that surprise credit makes up for some of the sadness endured during the course of this movie. This is one tragicomedy to be revered and respected for a long time.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Directed by: Lulu Wang

Once Upon A Time: Tarantino’s Love Song To Hollywood

Release Date: July 25

Starring: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCarprio, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, et al.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood unlocks a new side of Quentin Tarantino; one not harkened to revenge or a thirst for vengeance. This is a side of the filmmaker that still very much details his mastery of the art, while still scoring a formidable love song for the industry that made him a household name in the first place; call it a fictional retelling of some of the truths of the late ’60s in Tinsel town.

It took so long for me to watch OUATIH because I feared it’d be a bore. I’m happy to announce my fears were unfounded. Although there’s no blood and substantial gore, Tarantino –through a mixture of real and reel— tells a series of standalone stories in one movie only to have them climax in one uniquely absurd way.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t plot driven, its characters are very real. The realest of any Tarantino movie. Simple people doing basic things, driven by their thoughts and emotions, whether good or bad.

OUATIH boasts of an ensemble cast and plays with the truth in a very artistic way, typical Tarantino style. I kinda like how the movie went, though; it is enjoyable, even if it doesn’t explode like most people would’ve been expecting it to.

PS: Brad Pitt looks pretty good for his age, I think it’s about time he tells us what his secret is, don you agree?

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

2019: RR’s Top Movies

With each passing year, ranking my top 10 movies becomes increasingly more difficult thanks to ever-improving standards in filmmaking. 2019 was the year that gave us Avengers: Endgame and other high profile movies; you won’t be forgotten in a a hurry.

In no particular order, here are the most enjoyable movies of 2019

1 Avengers: Endgame

2 Joker

3 Marriage Story

4 The Irishman

5 The Farewell

6 Ready or Not

7 Crawl

8 Dolemite is my Name

9 Toy Story 4

10 The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Honorable mentions: Us, The Lighthouse, Knives Out, Hustlers, Parasite, Booksmart, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.