Quick Reviews: Star Trek into Darkness, Monsters University and The Great Gatsby 
Reviews by Mitchell Burns

Movies Reviewed: Star Trek Into Darkness, Monsters University, and The Great Gatsby.                                                                

Writing a full, in-depth review takes me a lot of time. Between compiling information from the internet, recalling the movie, and writing it all out it takes me about 2-3 hours per review. The summers over and most of the summer movies will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the upcoming months, and some already are. I like to write reviews in order to acknowledge great movies that others should watch, or so others can know to avoid certain films. 
So, in order for me to get my opinions out on a bunch of movies at once I am going to do some quick reviews. I’ll stay away from spoilers and I’ll stay away from the movie’s plot in general, I’ll just give my overall thoughts on the movie itself. 
Star Trek into Darkness:
Directed by: J.J Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. 
Star Trek into Darkness is the sequel to the 2009, J.J Abrams reboot of the Star Trek franchise. This movie brings back the cast from the first movie, plus Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain who I shall not name here as it could be considered as a spoiler. Unfortunately, I felt that the big mystery of which Star Trek villain Cumberbatch is playing takes away from the movie a bit. Star Trek is exciting, thrilling and the epitome of what a summer blockbuster should be. 
Unfortunately, if you compare it to the 2009 Star Trek, it’s not nearly as good. I’ve had friends and family who disagree and say this movie tops the first, but I don’t see it. The magic and freshness of the first film is gone. Characters we loved from the first movie barely get screen time, such as Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and the movie introduces an almost useless character played by Alice Eve.
The plot borders on being over the top but in the end it hold it’s together with an emotional pay off. Star Trek into Darkness will please and entertain any fan of the first movie, guaranteed. 
My Grade: B

Monsters University:

Directed By: Dan Scanlon
Voice Talents of: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza, Sean Hayes, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, John Krasinski,  and Julia Sweeney
If you’re a fan of Pixar’s 2001 animated movie Monsters, Inc. you’ll love this movie, no questions about it. This prequel brings back Mike and Sully as they both navigate their first years of University, and they don’t start out on good terms, in fact they’re practically enemies. 
Monsters University is hilarious, The characters are so well fleshed out, funny and interesting, there is no way you could be bored. Monsters University is colorful, fun and filled with crazy, crazy characters. 
Monsters is often predictable, which is hard to get away from as a prequel. I can name only a few good prequels, and Monsters University is one of them. At times it borders on either paying homage to or stealing ideas from classic college movies such as Animal House. Even with its moments of predictability and unoriginality, it throws in moments of originality that throw you off and make for a good time for kids and adults. 
My Grade: A-
The Great Gatsby
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann 
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Elizabeth Debicki

I haven’t read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and I barely knew much about the story itself, which is probably one of the most beloved and famous stories of all time. 
I’ll say what I liked about The Great Gatsby, because it isn’t much. The movie is beautiful to look at. It’s incredibly flashy and extravagant, and the party scenes are entertaining and fun. Leonardo DiCaprio is great as Gatsby. Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Jordan Baker, really shined in her first role ever.  
Unfortunately, The Great Gatsby is a prime example of style over substance. Some may become transfixed with the dazzling visuals, well used 3D and fun soundtrack but it’s not enough. Even with all of its grand moments, the Great Gatsby is often dull. 
Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, in my opinion, were miscast and so extremely unlikable, that any scene with them in it had me nearly clawing my eyes out. 
My Grade: C- 

Thanks for Reading,
Mitch Burns, The Hollywood Persona

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