Dog’s Movie House: “F9: The Fast Saga” and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” Too Overstuffed To Match Previous Entries!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at two franchise films that disprove the saying “you can never have too much of a good thing! “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” is a sequel to the sleeper hit starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson back in 2017 while Vin Diesel and company return in the oft delayed ninth edition of the blockbuster Fast And The Furious Franchise, this time with a bunch of returning characters from other films along with the series most accomplished director in Justin Lin. Both films are highly anticipated and, unfortunately both fail to deliver on the promise of their previous entries.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog!
When “The Fast And The Furious” came out in 2000 I found myself mildly amused at Rob Cohen’s somewhat clunky automotive version of “Point Break.” The movie made Vin Diesel a star and served as the beginning of one of Hollywood’s move lucrative movie franchises. The two films that followed did not feature Diesel (aside from a brief cameo at the end of “Tokyo Drift”) and the law of diminishing box office returns seemed to indicate the end of the series after just three films. But then a funny thing happened. . .director Justine Lin (who helmed “Tokyo Drift”) got together with the original cast of the first film and, along with screenwriter Chris Morgan, reinvented the franchise by focusing on the outlandish heist aspects of the story, turning the films into “Ocean’s 11” on steroids. The result has been an ever-escalating series of crazy action packed films that get bigger and bolder with each entry. “Fate Of The Furious,” the eighth film in the series, continues this trend and that’s a good thing. Continue reading
Howdy folks! It’s The Kendog!
Full disclaimer: I’m a big fan of Vin Diesel. Ever since “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Iron Giant” I’ve always looked forward to his work. I especially liked his turn in the first Riddick film, “Pitch Black.” I’ve always thought of him as talented and if you follow him on social media you can tell he’s definitely enthusiastic. Diesel is at his best when he has strong collaborators like Spielberg, David Twohy, and Justin Lin, but when he’s the primary force behind his projects, the quality tends to suffer a bit. Case in point: “The Last Witch Hunter,” a potentially fascinating story about witchcraft saddled with so-so execution and clichéd narrative threads. Continue reading