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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

A Little 'Minions' Goes a Long Way


Minions
Universal

Review of 'Minions'


I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the new animated feature, Minions. Probably more than I should. It's not the best movie. The story is pretty week and you do tend to tire of the Minions' shenanigans about halfway through the film, but dang it – those little yellow guys are fun.

If you haven't been a fan of the two Despicable Me films that came before it, don't bother with Minions. However, if you are, don't expect to see the same type of movie. In fact, this movie's biggest flaw is that it tries to be like the previous films. The Minions are at their best when they are just being themselves telling their story. And like their height, they would do better in shorts rather than full-length movies.

So, here's the deal. This story is a prequel to Despicable Me 1 and 2. It begins at the evolutionary beginnings of the Minions lives and their un-ending quest to find an evil master to follow. The first five minutes or so is sort of a documentary on where these little guys came from and how they wear out their welcome over and over again only to end up holed in an ice cave craving to find another leader to follow.


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