‘Hubie Halloween’ Is Extremely Fun | Review

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Adam Sandler’s latest collaboration with Netflix is a halloween-comedy focused around a very Sandler character named Hubie Dubois. Hubie is the town moron, who goes around with a “Swiss Army Thermos” in order to keep everyone safe. Usually this means just harassing the police about petty misdemeanors made by teenagers.

Being constantly abused and bullied, Hubie has all of the makings of a classic Sandler protagonist, right down to the strange, silly baby voice.

Hubie’s favorite night of the year is Halloween. Which is strange due to how easily he gets scared (See: Screaming in terror over a kid in a Frankenstein mask.) Hubie sees it as his responsibility to keep the whole town safe on the scariest night of the year.

After a mental patient escapes from the asylum, a werewolf is seen running around, and people are disappearing. It’s up to Hubie Dubois to save the day!

The movie is actually a ton of fun. Even though Sandler’s baby talking voice can be pretty annoying and hard to hear at times, Sandler is genuinely really funny. The physical comedy that he pulls off is hysterical, and he even has some really solid one liners that cracked me up.

It also doesn’t hurt that they pulled out an all star cast. Consisting of a plethora of SNL cast members (former and current) as well as some big former Disney stars like China Anne McClain and Karan Brar.

It has all of Sandler’s usual film buddies, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi. As well as some other big names like Noah Schnapp, Ben Stiller, and even Shaquille O’Neal.

The cast is absolutely hilarious, and everyone lands at least one solid joke. Don’t even get me started on Steve Buscemi, who steals the show every time he is on screen. The comedy chemistry between this wide array of stars old and young makes this film a must watch for the entire family.

Usually I would talk about how the story lacked a bit of substance, but to be honest it was a simple plot that helped move along the really strange and goofy comedy. If it was too complicated it would have taken away from the humor.

The movie is really really weird. If you try to take it too seriously then you aren’t going to like it. But if you want to see things like Adam Sandler getting sent flying through the air and hit a tree, catch flying eggs in a thermos, and then use the same thermos as a grappling hook; then this is the movie for you.

It’s PG-13 rating suits it well. It’s silly enough for the kids to enjoy, while having enough adult humor for teenagers and parents. I personally really enjoyed watching this movie, and I can see it becoming a fun one to watch every October.

What did you guys think about the movie? Is it going to become a Halloween favorite? Tell us about it!

Enola Holmes | Review

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Enola Holmes was one of the more anticipated Netflix films as of late. The trailer had Sherlock Holmes’ fans very excited to see not only a new take on the iconic detective novels, but also a new Sherlock himself.

The film was released on Netflix on September 23, 2020 and quickly shot up the Netflix Top 10 list. I watched the film and well, I don’t think it was quite what I had hoped it to be.

Spoilers Ahead.

The film is about Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. After their mother disappears, leaving young Enola all by herself, Mycroft takes her in as his ward.

Mycroft is played by Sam Claflin, and he does a fantastic job of playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother. A very proper english gentleman, who believes deeply in the government, and that men should be the ones leading it.

He plays Mycroft as not an evil man, as some versions of the character come across as, but as a politician. A man who is stuck in his ways. He believes that Enola should be a proper woman, wearing proper clothes, and marry a man to take care of her.

Forcing her into a very un-feminist, girl’s training school, Mycroft comes across as a prick. Making him very unlikable, but not evil. He is very much the least likable of the Holmes’ family and I think this version of Mycroft is very accurate to the character portrayed in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

After Enola evades Mycroft and goes on the run, she meets a young man of English royalty named Tewkesbury. Who we know immediately is going to be Enola’s love interest. We get to watch the two of them grow closer throughout the film, and the film very quickly shifts plots.

No longer is the film about Enola finding her mother, but now it’s about saving her new friend Tewkesbury from the assassination attempts being made on him. All while trying to evade her brothers.

Sherlock obviously finds her, and they have a nice moment where they talk in detail about their relationship. Sherlock is enamored by Enola and very impressed with her. This version of Sherlock is being played by Henry Cavill.

Henry Cavill very slickly has tossed his name into the “Who is the best Sherlock” conversation. Playing a more quiet, calm, sophisticated version of the character as opposed to the versions played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downy Jr.

Cavill plays Holmes as very soft-spoken and kind. You can feel the lack of emotion and empathy that is famous of the character, but instead of being a sociopath, he just comes across as a man who focuses on facts rather than emotion.

Any time that we see Sherlock, either with Enola or on his own, is a highlight of the film. Hopefully we will get to see more of Cavill as Sherlock Holmes.

Enola and Tewkesbury take turns saving each other until finally we have the big reveal. The person behind the assassination attempts was Tewkesbury’s own grandmother. All of it being a ploy to keep the young man from voting against her political ideals in the upcoming vote.

If the review seems a bit underwhelming, it’s because it is. The film is a lot of fun to watch, due to the great characters, creative fourth wall breaking, and a nice look into old timey London.

However, when it comes to story, it lacks a lot of substance. The film does not stay on track long enough for us to even realize what we are supposed to be caring about. First we think that finding her mother is the most important thing. Then we totally forget about the mother and are worried about politics and the assasination of a young man.

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Add in the combination of a rivalry with the headmistress of the school, and her relationship with her brothers, and it just becomes to much to juggle. The film is something that a younger audience will surely adore however.

With a plot that is complex enough to keep them interested, while being simple enough to follow. The younger audience doesn’t really know or care about the pacing and timing of a story, so they probably won’t even notice the lackluster parts of the film.

Overall, I think the film was fun to watch. I know I’ve said that a few times now, but it’s the best way to really describe it…fun. Millie Bobby Brown does a fantastic job of bringing to life the younger sister in the Holmes’ family.

Showing off how intelligent, strong, and extraordinary the character is; all while showing the struggles that come from being a teenager. Her performance is truly believable as a young woman who could step up to solve mysteries along side her famous brother, or even alone.

In fact, one of the highlights of the film is at the end. When Sherlock visits Inspector Lestrade to tell him that he had completely solved the mystery. Just for Lestrade to humor him, until informing him that Enola had already solved it.

With a smug grin, and a “Ha!” Sherlock ends the film showing just how proud of Enola he is. Maybe this could lead to a sequel where instead of a Dr. Watson, we see Sherlock solve a major mystery along side his little sister.

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At the end of the day, this is not a movie that I will be watching over and over again. However, I am hopeful that it will bring about a sequel or even an entire franchise where we can dive more into this version of Sherlock Holmes.

Getting to see more of Enola, Sherlock, Mycroft, and their mother Eudoria (played by Helena Bonham Carter) would make for a really great Netflix franchise to add to the long list of Sherlock Holmes Iteration in Film and Television.

What did you think of the film? Do you want to see more? Tell us about it!

‘The Devil All The Time’ Review

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

spoiler warning

The hype for ‘The Devil All The Time’, the latest Netflix film starring Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Bill Skarsgard; has been huge ever since the release of the trailer last month.

The star studded cast taking on the southern story based on the book of the same name, was so intriguing to most, especially since a majority of the cast was not actually American, let alone southern.

In fact, eight of the thirteen main cast members are from other countries. That includes, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clark, and Eliza Scanlen; who make up a majority of the screen time.

One of the things that got everyone so interested after seeing the trailer was the southern accents that all of the cast members used. It came across almost silly at first watch. As someone from the south, I heard tons of people around me say

“Do they think that’s what southern people sound like?” And to answer their question, yes. And they nailed it.

While watching the film, you completely forget all about the fact that these are your favorite actors. They no longer were Spider-Man, Pennywise the Clown, and Edward. They became Arvin Russel, Willard Russel, and the despicable Reverend Preston.

The film is unique in the fact that it trades off main characters throughout, all being tied together by the narrator Donald Ray Pollock, who is the original author of the book.

The film starts following the story of Willard Russel, a man haunted by the war who on his return back home, meets a woman and falls in love. They have a son named Arvin, and everything seems really good.

While we are watching the nice family life of the Russels, we meet the extreme pastor Roy Laferty. Who after demonstrating that God has his back by pouring live spiders all over him, marries a nice girl named Helen Hatton. They have a child and everything seems really good. (See the pattern?)

Roy becomes more and more deranged until he finally snaps, thinking that God has given him the powers to resurrect the dead. He tries to prove this, by stabbing his wife in the neck.

Turns out, God did not give him the power to resurrect the dead. Who would have thought?

He hides the body and tries to get back home to see his daughter, but gets kidnapped by serial killer, husband and wife duo, Carl and Sandy. Roy becomes one of the several victims that Carl forces to sleep with his wife, photographs, and then murders.

That leaves Roy and Helen’s daughter Lenora in the custody of their close friend and neighbor, Emma Russel, Willard’s mother.

We snap back into the nice little home of Willard, his wife, and his now nine year old son Arvin. Everything is going quite nicely, Willard is a good father, Arvin is a good kid, it’s a great life for the family.

That is until Willard’s wife gets cancer and sends Willard over the edge. After some pretty disgusting, terrible, and tragic events, (See: Crucified Family Dog), the film shifts its focus to the now grown, orphaned Arvin.

After the death of his parents, Arvin is now in the custody of his grandmother, Emma. Not only did he gain a new maternal figure, but he also gained a sister. The also orphaned Lenora.

They are as close as sibling get, they did everything together. Arvin would get into fights with the boys who picked on his sister, and sit with her at her mothers grave every day after school.

Then the towns pastor has to go away on some business, and in his place, his nephew Reverend Preston takes over.

Reverend Preston is Robert Pattinson’s latest amazing performance. Playing the role of southern despicable human, and southern amazing preacher, with such believability that I almost forgot that I was looking at the new Batman!

Everything he says makes you want to punch him in the face, and that only escalates after he manipulates Lenora into sleeping with him. He gets her pregnant, then tells her that she should just find a way to get rid of the baby. Which in turn, causes her death.

With his sister now dead, we watch Arvin take on revenge like an old friend, as he visits the Reverend in the church. After an incredible scene between Holland and Pattinson, that kick starts with the line

“Excuse me, Preacher. You got time for a sinner?”

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Phew. Gives me chills. The rest of the film follows Arvin on the run from the law, running into our favorite serial killer spouses, and eventually the police.

The film ends open ended, just like the novel. With Arvin hitchhiking, contemplating about his future. After everything he has been through, seeing him fall asleep in a strangers car made me nervous that something bad was going to happen, but alas we will never know.

Tom Holland’s performance was superb throughout the entire film, showing that he has the range to be more than just a Marvel hero. His complete dive into the southern accent, complex anger issues, and fight scenes; show how great of an actor he really is.

The moment when he is at a standstill with Sandy, begging her to put her gun down, was the perfect example of how great Holland really is. When Sandy pulls the trigger first, and Holland shoots his gun in panic, the look on his face was so genuine that it stuck in my head even a day later as I’m writing this.

Holland isn’t the only acting masterclass in this film, Bill Skarsgard gives such a great performance as the war vet who is driven insane. That his switch from attractive, wholesome family man, to deranged christian is not only so fun to watch, but is so organic.

Not to be out-acted, Robert Pattinson’s performance as the evil Reverend, cannot be spoken about enough. Already known as an amazing character actor, he takes the extra step to disguise himself in the role. With the year he is having, there is no doubt he will be known as one of the greatest of our generation for decades to come.

The hidden gem of the entire film is the performance of Riley Keough as Sandy. The way that she shows the fall from grace of an attractive young woman into the depressed, abused woman that her husband turns her into, is phenomenal.

There is a sadness in her eyes, as she is forced to take part in the serial killing again and again, all the way until she is forced to pull the trigger herself. Leading to her death. Keough does an absolute amazing job playing a character of such deep trauma and abuse.

The entire film is filled with amazing performances, even smaller roles like Roy Laferty, played by Harry Melling (Dudley from Harry Potter), are so in depth and entertaining, that I find myself not able to remember one thing that I didn’t like.

Surely, the film has it’s issues, but I was so distracted by the amazing characters that these actors and actresses brought to life. As well as the phenomenal script which gave us some of the most quotable moments from film this year. I don’t even want to search from problems, I just want to enjoy and appreciate what I just saw.

Have you watched The Devil All The Time? Did you enjoy it? Tell us what you think!