Posts Tagged ‘Live Action’

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” Adventure Comedy

August 7th, 2019 No comments




Review by John Delia

A very family friendly film the movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold enters theaters this weekend and it’s a sure winner with children 5 to 13. The box-office revenue for the film will experience a boost with the many parents that will accompany the films audience. It’s all rightly so and I think that even the adults that are dragged in will be happily surprised at the fun and adventure the film provides. Read more…

“Kim Possible” The Live Action Movie

March 25th, 2019 No comments





Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The live action version of Kim Possible that recently aired on The Disney Channel has been released on DVD for home or on-the-go viewing. The actors are not hand drawn in this one so they had to depict their characters closely as possible to the original in the Animated version that aired back in 2003 and they are perfect. Rated G for the whole family the exciting adventure will probably be a bigger hit for the elementary thru Middle School, but dad and mom it’s a lot of fun to watch with even your littlest tyke. Read more…

Pooh Rescues “Christopher Robin”

August 3rd, 2018 No comments





Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The hundred-acre woods is real! It wasn’t a fairy tale or an imaginary story as we all thought. The legend of Pooh and is pals turns out to be real and their lives becomes a true adventure for us all. Read more…

HOP review by John Delia

March 31st, 2011 No comments





Cast: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Hank Azaria, Hugh Laurie and David Hasselhoff

Directed by: Tim Hill

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

Genre: Comedy, Kids and Family, Live Action w/animation

Running Time: 1hr 35 min

Opening Date: April 1, 2011

Distributed by: Universal Pictures



By John Delia

The film Hop comes to theatres just in time for the Easter season and kiddies will love it.  Filled with some very comical fun, the live action movie with computer graphics provides a good venue for mom to treat the youngsters.  I liked the cute little plot with some adult tongue-in-cheek quips and amusing sight gags.

E.B. voiced by Russell Brand

The story finds E.B. (voice Russell Brand), the son of the Easter Bunny bored with his life on Easter Island.  He’s a drummer and wants to make his way in the world entirely different that delivering eggs to humans.  Sneaking down the transporting rabbit hole he ends up in the yard of Fred (James Marsden), an adult human who’s jobless and house sitting for some funds to keep him afloat until he can find his dream career.  When the two eventually team up, their lives start getting better in a crazy kind of way.

The snappy comedy has a lot of fantasy content that if you just go with it, even adults can enjoy the ride.  Much like The Santa Clause there’s a lot of imagination needed to accept the story, but what a great opportunity to loosen up and be a kid again.

The computer graphic animation of the rabbits and chicks is brilliant in this film.  And with the use of live characters the blend here provides a fun screen event that’s magical to watch.  Children will be begging for their own E.B. and I’m almost sure Wal-Mart can provide one.

Hop is rated PG for some mild rude humor, but nothing more than what Sponge Bob delivers.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Stuff some jellybeans in your purse, grab the kids and ‘bound’ off to see Hop, it’s a blast. (A)

KICK-ASS written review

April 15th, 2010 No comments

“IT’S A KICK”kickass_smallposter

Starring: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage and Omari Hardwick

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use – some involving children.

Genre: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Teen

Release Date: April 16, 2010

By John Delia Jr.

The main character in Kick-Ass Dave Lizewski opens the film with, “I always wondered why no one did it before me?” Did you ever wonder why no one has ever really tried to be a super hero? It can’t be hard, you just need a cool costume, the desire to defend the innocent, and just want to kick some ass! We all know that super heroes are comic book characters like Spiderman, Wolverine, and Iron Man, but if you like to fantasize about being like them or just like watching movies with lots of violence, and predictable scenes with a script that makes you laugh, then you are a target for Kick-Ass.

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Aaron Johnson as Kick Ass

The film has many interesting characters throughout, especially Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), aka Kick Ass, who narrates the film with some comical banter, interesting insights and the usual youth minded views. Dave along with his friends Marty (Clark Duke) and Todd (Evan Peters), live the average life of outcast teenagers who drown their lives in comic books and video games. During freak circumstances after attempting to do a good deed Dave becomes seriously beaten by some high school bullies that results in having metal placed all over the inside of his body during surgery giving Dave an illusion super strength. Kick Ass is born!

Meanwhile, a vengeance filled vigilante named Big

Chloe Grace Moretz kicks butt as Hit Girl

Chloe Grace Moretz kicks butt as Hit Girl

Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter called Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) team up to deal an unusual sense of justice on the world of corruption. Desiring to clean up crime in their city puts them in the middle of some intense situations with amazing action. Their invincibility seems unending until the realization that forming an alliance with Kick Ass stands more for justice than revenge.

Kick-Ass quickly gabbed my attention and it lasted throughout the film. I feel that the excellent story line, along with spectacular direction and exceptional acting are important factors to its success. The action and comedy in

Nick Cage slices and dices as Big Daddy

Nick Cage slices and dices as Big Daddy

the roles of Big Daddy and Hit Girl are well performed and steals the show. The comedy throughout, especially during some the action scenes, are well placed and kept me along with the audience laughing. The designed violent humor, usual super hero type dialog, and desires of revenge feed this film, but the director Matthew Vaughn also keeps the audiences attention by letting them know that what they expect is what is really going to happen.

Since this movie has an R Rating and contains a lot of violence and language, I feel that the film works exceptionally well for ages 17 and above. I recommend this film and would actually go and see it again.

5 of 5 Palm Trees (Guest writer John Delia, Jr can be reached for comment at reviewbuzz1@gmail.com)