Archive | March, 2016

Eddie the Eagle

28 Mar

Eddie the Eagle (1)Eddie the Eagle is a biographical sports film based on the true story of British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. As far as underdog stories go, this is one of the best. It is a sweet natured and fun film very reminiscent of the similarly themed Cool Runnings.

Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton) is a young British man who dreams of competing at the Olympics. Since he was a child, Eddie has practiced and practiced his athletic abilities but has been constantly rejected by sporting officials. Despite this, Eddie never gives up on his dream. One day, Eddie decides to train as a ski jumper and represent Britain at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Aiding him with his training is Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a drunken American snow plower who despite his own internal insecurities, believes Eddie has the potential to achieve greatness at the Olympics.

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Kung Fu Panda 3

15 Mar

KungFuPanda3 (1)Three installments in, the novelty of Jack Black voicing a clumsy, dopey and constantly awe-stricken warrior panda who overcomes all his obvious deficiencies has worn thin. That’s a fact of any franchise that leans on the same conceit over and over. Still, there’s something eternally lovable about Po the “Dragon Warrior” that makes “Kung Fu Panda 3” more enjoyable (or easier to stomach) than most of its animation franchise contemporaries.

Although it’s four and a half years later, the same creative team behind “Kung Fu Panda 2” returns for the three-quel, assuring a level of quality in the animation and storytelling. Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson brought a greater degree of visual splendor to “2,” and in tandem with longtime DreamWorks animator and story artist Alessandro Carloni, “3” has comparably engaging visuals and kinetic energy.

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