NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Playmobil The Movie, Dark Waters, Hold On

Weekend #49 at the movies, 12/6/19, only features a single wide release and, in our opinion, it’s a major stinker. Luckily, I caught up with two other movies that are playing in the theaters and …

#1 is …

Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

I had the wrong idea for this movie based on the previews thinking it would be like Erin Brokovich, and it is only tangentially at best related.

A learning experience about teflon in Dark Waters, as it focuses in a David vs. Goliath legal drama

An attorney deals with the stress of representing a farmer who reports chemicals dumped into the river near his house and it’s killing his cows. Enjoyed this one, but could have done without the very cliched suspense scene where a character is about to turn the key in the ignition of a car and is worried about a car bomb. Recommended.

Playmobil: The Movie ½

Playmobil: The Movie is a mess, not recommended

This movie is the worst we’ve seen in the theaters in 2019.

Whatever it seems to try it fails to do well. The music is terrible, the voice acting is cringe-worthy in spots. The script tries to do way too much, introducing a bunch of Playmobil toy characters, but it’s not like Toy Story where we get to know a lot of different toy personalities and they participate actively in the adventure, they are mostly just there to do something supposedly cool in a scene or two and then go away.

The basic storyline is two kids trapped in a toy world, separated, and trying to get back to each other. One is a viking but being a viking doesn’t really change what he does and the other is a girl who, well, could have been a girl with super powers, but no. So instead of spending most of our time in the narration following the viking, we follow the girl and some toy named Del driving a burrito truck. Can’t make this up.

Rex Dasher is the James Bond like spy character, and he’s one of the most annoying, unlikable toy characters in animation history, complete with a cliched signature sound where he constantly boasts that he is, “Rex Dasher!” Sigh.

I won’t even get into the whole pink haystack flying stuff … just found this movie to have potential squandered. Am seeing several other reviewers saying this is a pure ripoff of The LEGO movie. Didn’t see that one myself, but surely it’s believable. Avoid this movie.

Hold On ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Worth going just to listen to this woman sing — great stuff!

A singer who can’t catch a break — where is American Idol or The Voice for this lady? Her voice is fantastic — is noticed by a record store employee who happens to be the son of a big shot music producer. A good story but an ending that I totally didn’t buy. Still, recommended.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good. 4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Netflix)
  4. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. The Good Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  10. Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  11. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  12. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. Hold On ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching to you!

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