Geek Film Review Vol. 2 No. 9: Ralph Breaks the Internet (plus five other movies)

A quick review of available feel-good movies on Netflix: Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Perfect Date, The Edge of Seventeen, Oh, Ramona, Ms. Granny, and Post Grad.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Geek Rate: Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars)

This is part 2 of Ralph’s story. If you don’t know Ralph, he’s this villain/star of a popular arcade game “Wreck-It-Ralph.” In this second installment, Ralph and his friend Vanellope from the video game, “Sugar Rush,” visits the cool world of the internet as their arcade transitions from these classic games to online games. Well, if the first movie was peppered with well-loved characters from video games, this one is overflowing with it: from Disney Princesses to Star Wars characters. You name it, and Disney has it. An insightful film, what I like about Ralph 1 and 2 are the lessons imbibed within its story: you need friends that will accept you for who you are. Hopefully, kids will learn that lesson from watching the film.

Post Grad

Geek Rate: Mortal Worthy (3 out of 5 stars)

817rtICs9TL._SY445_Starring Alexis Bledel, one of my favorite actors, “Post Grad” is a feel-good movie genre about a recent college graduate who moves back in with her family while she figures out what she wants to do next. In other words, it’s about a bum. This is not a deep film which will have you tired mentally after watching it. There’s no mind-bugling drama to solve here, and minimal cheesy scenes too. It’s just a simple story about the challenges graduate students face after finishing school. The cast is cool, the story is light and the lines are funny. This is what you mean by Netflix and chill.

The Perfect Date

Geek Rate: Mortal Worthy (3 out of 5 stars)

NetflixReviewonline_CourtesyofIMDbEvery movie with Noah Centineo nowadays will sure be a hit. I first watched Noah in this film called “SPF-18” which I think is a decent one. I was hoping that he would veer to more films with depth, like that kid from “Call Me By Your Name.” But he’s known now with these kind of films, YA-type which will have those teen girls fall in love and click play in Netflix. “The Perfect Date” feels like it was trying to steer clear of the YA tag, but at the same time want to claim itself as one (well it is one, seeing that it was adapted from a YA book). The story has some depth with it even though the plot is repetitive. It is a fun movie that you will not be guilty of watching, at least before the end credits starts rolling.

The Edge of Seventeen

Geek Rate: Mortal Worthy (4 out of 5 stars)

the_edge_of_seventeenStarring Hailee Steinfeld, this movie is of YA-type but also veered away to that romance kind of angle. It focuses on 17-year old student Nadine Franklin who has a strained relationship with her mother and brother. Her world came crashing when after a party, she found her best friend giving a handjob to her naked brother in bed. Awkward. The film focused on teen issues but centers on sibling relationship which is refreshing in a way. There’s a little bit of romance in the story plus high school parties and school scenes that make the film easy to watch, no deep thinking required. Good if you just want a stress-free weekend of Netflix.

Miss Granny

Geek Rate: Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars)

DjGuhaMVAAAG-P5There are a few films that get me emotionally, and “Miss Granny” is one of them. To be clear, this is the Filipino adaptation of the South Korean film of the same title. I don’t watch much Korean stuff. The story is about this old woman who was turned young when she visited a mysterious photo studio in the middle of the night. The plot is common but what I like about this film is that it focuses on family issues, rather than wasting the running time with cheesy love angles. There’s a lot of singing in here that makes the film light, along with the easy banters of the cast with their funny lines. But the drama, especially towards the end, is what will make you remember this film.

Oh, Ramona

Geek Rate: Thief Worthy (2 out of 5 stars)

MV5BZmU1YmM2MTQtMDI2Zi00ZDNkLWExYWItMGU4NjA3NjA2MWU4XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjU4MjE5Njk@._V1_There’s a lot of premise in this film but in the end, it failed to satisfy, and it even disappoints its audience. “Oh, Ramona” is a Romanian sex-comedy film about a geek-turned-hot guy. The concept is not new but I thought it could benefit from telling the story in a Romanian students’ point of view. The graphic analogies about sex are cool but sadly it ends there. The transition of the geek Andrei, the lead character, from being a loser to being a hot guy is uninspired, lacking creativity. The moment when he met this hot girl who seemed to have feelings for him, is wishful thinking, and honestly, offensive. The end part killed the film. Are you kidding me?

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