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4/12 Movie Trip

Paul McGuire Grimes, creator of Paul's Trip to the Movies is back filling us in on his thoughts of a few movies.

LITTLE (in theaters)

As a kid, Jordan Sanders was the girl in class who was wicked smart, but bullied and teased due to her love of learning. She told herself that one day she would grow up and be the boss so she could bully others around. That very thing happened, and now as an adult, she runs her own tech company and is the diva boss hated by her employees. Jordan’s assistant, April, is at a loss as to how to work with her any longer. She has big projects and goals of her own, but Jordan refuses to see her as anything more than her assistant. A little girl hanging around the office sees Jordan’s behavior toward her coworkers and pretends to cast a spell on her to turn her little again so she can’t bully people. The next morning Jordan wakes up in the body of her thirteen-year-old self. She’s forced to go back to school where she remembers what it’s like to be bullied. This also forces April to take charge of the company and put herself first for once in her career.

-Starring: Issa Rae (Insecure), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), and Marsai Martin (Black-ish), and Justin Hartley (This is Us)

-Written and directed by Tracy Oliver, who wrote Girls Trip. Don’t let that be a measure as this is far lighter and family-friendly.

-At just 14 years old, Marsai Martin has a massive screen presence. She’s a huge star on the rise with her likability factor. She also serves as one of the films executive producers, which is a huge accomplishment given her age.

-Story feels a bit stretched too thin. There are some extraneous characters like Justin Hartley as the teacher and a love interest/booty call for Regina Hall that aren’t fleshed out enough to make them stand out.

-Like the title may suggest, this has a reverse effect than the Tom Hanks character in Big. There’s a little bit of The Devil Wears Prada thrown in there as well with how Regina Hall’s version of Jordan treats her colleagues. There are bits that feel ripped right from that movie.

-Issa Rae and Marsai Martin have great banter together. Their performances, along with Regina Hall’s limited screen time, help keep the movie afloat.

-Good for the tween audience and their parents. There are good messages about the dangers about bullying from the adult end and how we sometimes wear masks and put up a wall around us instead of just being our true selves.

-I appreciated that even though the Jordan character is an adult in a child’s body, they never make Marsai Martin, as an actor, do adult things like smoking, drinking, or using profanity.  

Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Little is a big broad comedy, nothing overly original, but best described as a “cute movie”


BUMBLEBEE (new on Blu-Ray/DVD)

Charlie is turning 18 but still struggling with her father’s death. She works for a hot dog stand but spends her spare time fixing old junker cars. She finds a Volkswagon Beetle in a junkyard and takes it upon herself to fix it up as a birthday present. This Beetle just so happens to be the transformer Bumblebee who’s been sent to earth by Optimus Prime to find shelter from the Decepticons.

-Starring:  Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, John Ortiz, Pamela Adlon, Len Cariou

-Sixth in the Transformers series, but is more of a spinoff from the Michael Bay franchise with its own plot and characters.  Best one to date.

-Like many people, I grew tired with the behemoth, obnoxious, 3 hour films Michael Bay was creating. Director Travis Knight and writer Christina Hodson do some serious course correction here. Trimming it down to two hours and making it an entertaining movie. The actions scenes are easy to follow and never drag on for too long

- The ‘80s timeline lets the decade be part of the fun as we see with how Knight is inspired by various movies form the time and with Charlie’s love of music. Everything from the Smiths, Duran Duran, and Tears for Fears. Part of how Bumblebee communicates with Charlie is with song lyrics, which is far more creative than anything in the other movies.

-The friendship between Charlie and Bumblebee is always present. There’s an endearing nature to it like we would see between a pet and their owner.

-This is a great movie for Hailee Steinfeld. She’s an Oscar nominee from her work years ago in True Grit but she’s picking good choices like this and the Pitch Perfect movies that fit her audience and where’s she at in her career. Great to see a big action movie like this with a young female lead.

-Bumblebee never takes itself too seriously. Everyone involved knows exactly what kind of movie they are making. Yes, there are some stock characters and predictable moments. John Cena plays the typical jerk government agent out for his own good. There’s some over acting at times, but fits within the world of this movie.

-Pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Bumblebee given how much I detested the other Transformers movie. Don’t judge this one by those

Paul also shared his thoughts on the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer that dropped on Friday. To watch the trailer for yourself, click here.