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March 28, 2014

noahHello everyone and welcome to The D-Dan Reviews! So yesterday night I went out to see a movie called Noah. Yes, I know it comes out today but I wanted to review it earlier for you guys. Anyway for those of you who have never heard of this movie, Noah is about a man who is chosen by God to undertake a momentous task for survival before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

I was soooo ready for this movie when I saw the trailer. I wanted to see it in IMAX, I wanted to see it before anyone else, I was ready. Sure enough, I got all of my wishes except one: A GOOD MOVIE! I cannot believe that money was spent for IMAX tickets on this movie! It was a waste of money and time. Now here’s a little heads up: all my readers who have read the story of Noah, stay away from this movie, you will be upset. For those of you who aren’t religious, maybe you’ll enjoy it because, like with all movies, there are some good and then there are some bad.

Lets start out with the good because that won’t take long. The acting was on point and phenomenal; just great. The special effects were ok,  there were some points in the movie that I could clearly see it was green screen but I enjoyed them for the most part. I also enjoyed the fight scenes even though they never happened in the Bible. But by that point, I just pretended that I was watching another movie because they went so far astray from the Biblical account.

Now lets start with the problems. First problem, this biblical movie was done by an Atheist. Yeah just let that sink in for a bit. This little piece of information explains this whole movie. I really don’t know how to explain to you how bad this movie was without spoiling it. Those of you who don’t want to read the spoiler alert, please read past it.



Ok so Darren Aronofsky, did you read the same Bible I did, because there were definitely no fallen angels that turned into rocks called The Watchers. There was definitely not an army of men ready to take over the ark. There was definitely no confusion in Gods instructions on what to do. Matter of fact, God repeats himself over and over again in the Bible, while the movie makes it look like God just doesn’t speak at all! No evil king hid on the ark for 9 months and then tried to kill Noah in the Bible, yet somehow that made it into the script. The only sin Ham committed was looking at his father naked and not doing anything, which I’ll give props to the movie for including that, but they also made him sin so much that him committing that sin seemed minuscule. Lastly and most irritatingly, Noah was never a crazy Christian who tried to kill his granddaughters. This movie made Noah look really crazy, and it was just irritating. But I guess Mr. Darren Aronofsky can say he had “creative license” right?  Yeah, ok, NO!


Anyway to summarize the spoiler alert the movie didn’t follow the book at all except for maybe the fact that they managed to slide the actual Ark in there, and oh yeah, Noah was in it!

This is the first time I’ve done this but I’m gonna give this movie two seperate reviews. For the Christian community you’ll find this movie to be a horrible BOX OF DUDS (1 out of 5)! For the none Christian community you’ll most likely find this movie a FIREWORKS (3 out of 5)! The none Christian community will probably see the action and story and think it’s great, while also realizing this movie’s kind of boring. The Christian community will most likely look at the Bible and then look at the movie and trash the movie. Well guys its a great year for movie so there will be plenty more reviews, make sure that you head on over to YouTube and check out my video reviews, and I might do a video review for this movie! Follow me on Twitter and like me on Facebook guys! subscribe!! Until next time, this is The D-Dan Reviews!






March 22, 2014

divergentHello everyone and welcome to The D-Dan Reviews!! As some of you may know, Divergent came out this weekend,  and this of course is a must see for me! Now most of you who care about this movie have probably read the book. This review, my faithful followers, is just the movie review. You can catch my movie vs. book review on YouTube by clicking the link. Ok so for those of you who have never heard of, looked at a trailer, or even thought about this movie, Divergent is set in a world divided by factions based on virtues, and Tris (Shalene Woodley)   learns she’s divergent and won’t fit in to any of them. When she discovers a plot to destroy divergent people, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergent’s dangerous before it’s too late.

Ok, when I first saw this trailer, I said to myself, “Well this doesn’t actually look all that interesting.” Granted I had never read the book before and didn’t care to until I saw the movie was coming out. They didn’t really do a good job advertising to the people who hadn’t heard of Divergent before. Maybe that’s not who they were selling to though, I don’t know. Anyway, I’m here to tell you that Divergent was a pretty good movie!

I can say wholeheartedly that I will watch this movie again and enjoy it the second time as well.  The movie did a really great job of explaining everything important to the audience, so your pretty much right along with the people who read the book. The reason I say that this movie was pretty good is because everything was just about average and a little bit above “ok”. The acting was majority average, with a few powerful moments from Shalene Woodley. The fighting was average, the dialogue was comedic, but majority average. The only thing I really just didn’t like in this movie, was the pacing of it all.

Everything kind of felt rushed, and it took away some of the emotion from a scene. It also kind of took away from character development, so when something bad happened to a character, I didn’t really feel much. But I can’t really go too far into that. This problem is probably more for people who read the book. Now strangely enough, looking at it from a point of view of never reading the book, the character development was excellently done. It moved just fast enough for you to understand the characters and feel sad when something unfortunate happened. Even if that character wasn’t in half the movie.

All in all I’d give this movie a FIREWORKS (3 out of 5)! It was a pretty good movie, and I enjoyed it. Take your friends and family, your teens will really enjoy it. If your an adult reading this you’re probably going to enjoy the story line more than anything else. This year is a great year for movies and books alike, which means you will be seeing more reviews, and more of my face on YouTube so stay tuned there! Make sure that you follow me on Twitter and like me on Facebook and please subscribe!! Until next time this is The D-Dan Reviews!


February 15, 2014

robocopHello everyone and welcome to The D-Dan Reviews today was a great day for me and one of the reasons why is because today I saw the movie Robocop! For those who don’t know, Robocop is set in 2028 Detroit, and  when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multimillion dollar company OmniCorp, sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Now for starters I like the idea and I like the concept of a society in which a part man, part robot is looked upon as a sort of saving grace. What I don’t like is that this has been done before and you know it can get old. But that didn’t really take anything away from this movie, at least not for me. Now I had never seen any of the other Robocop movies, but I did do some research and I found that they were all pretty much the same premise. So sure maybe the story wasn’t exactly unique, but it was still an entertaining story. How they told it could have been done better though. It was a little to complicated for its own good and not exactly the easiest story to follow. So little things like that are what turned me away from the movie. Some parts in the storytelling were unnecessary in the overall story and there were some questions I had at the end. This is what I expected from a movie like this though.

Now the action is pretty much what I came to see. Forget the story and how it was told aspect, it could have been better, the action was what saved this movie for me. The fight scenes were phenomenal, they were intense, eye popping, well done, and what I most loved about them is that they were pretty much done like a video game. When Joel Kinnaman pulled out his gun and took on his enemies, for the majority of the movie you saw the action from a first person point of view and it was truly entertaining. It was visually stunning and the choreography was great.

All in all I’d give this movie a FIREWORKS (3 out of 5). Honestly if I weren’t a movie reviewer I wouldn’t have seen this in theatre, but in the end I’m glad I did because it was a pretty good movie.  I wanted there to be a deep story that I could get into and enjoy, but I didn’t really see that happening which is why when it didn’t happen it wasn’t all that disappointing. The action and the story balanced the movie out for me. I don’t really suggest you give up your time to go see this movie in theatre, but you should definitely see it on DVD or TV. Kids would love to see this, I’m talking 12 and up, and its a great Saturday night action movie. Don’t forget to subscribe to my page, also go like me up on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. I’m going to be reviewing a lot more with all the movies coming out and I cant wait to write about them. Until next time, this is The D-Dan Reviews!

Saving Mr. Banks

December 27, 2013

saving mr. banksHello everyone and welcome to The D-Dan Reviews! As part of a Christmas tradition, my family and I go to the movies. This year we went to see a very heart warming film called Saving Mr. Banks. this movie is about how  Author P. L. Travers reflects on her  childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

Now when I saw that this was coming out, I thought, “well this looks interesting”.  I didn’t really want to see it in theatres but let me just say, that I’m glad I did. Movies that move as slow as this one did don’t usually hold my attention, but for some reason I didn’t lose focus of the movie once! It was really good! Sure it wasn’t an action movie and it was slow, but it was entertaining and funny and a very well told story. So well told in fact, that I wanted to see the actual Mary Poppins when the movie was over.

I think the fact that this movie was based of a true story is what really had me interested, but if they didn’t tell the story well, I wouldn’t have liked this movie at all. I mean sure the acting was spectacular, especially  Paul Giamatti. He brought this sort of happiness to the film and just made you want to love him. Also Tom Hanks was very nice; But the thing that was going to make or break this movie was how well the story was told and trust me, the way they told the story made the movie.

It was very calm way they told the story, peaceful, with it’s moments of scare and sadness. It flowed very nicely and left little cliff hangers that would later be explained in the movie. Also each scene had a bit of comedy and realization of P.L Traver’s story which I thoroughly enjoyed.

All in all I’d give this movie a NUCLEAR!!! What made this movie great was the unfolding of a secret behind a well known classic and that, honestly, was all this movie needed to be good. The other things such as acting, scenery, and pace factored in my head later and altogether made a great movie. Make sure to comment on my page and subscribe, follow me on Twitter and Facebook and leave a comment for the next review you want to see! Until next time, this is The D-Dan Reviews.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 22, 2013

catching-fire-movie-posterHello everybody and welcome to The D-Dan Reviews! Now I’m pretty sure it’s obvious what I’m reviewing, but just in case, today I will be reviewing Hunger Games: Catching Fire!! In this second part to the continuing three part saga, Katniss ( Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) return home as victors of the 74th Hunger Games, but the victory is not celebrated for long as Katniss and Peeta get thrown back into the Hunger Games as apart of a rule invoked by authorities and again Katniss must survive as a symbol of hope, but the question is, will she?

Ok guys so let’s get real here for a second, movies will never be as good as the books, matter of fact I haven’t seen one yet, so I can’t judge this movie completely based on the book. But even if I did, I’d still think the movie was great! They really hit it out of the park with this one! First of all, thank you producers and editors for putting some music in this one because I don’t know if it was just me, but the first movie felt kind of awkward at times because of the lack of music. For example, at the reaping when Katniss volunteered herself as tribute, it was really weird how they did that with no music. Anyway, they didn’t do that in this movie and this one I felt moved at an excellent pace compared to the last one.

Even if you were tired, you stayed awake the whole movie because it was so intense!! I’m telling you, the acting was on point, especially Jennifer Lawrence (she really sold the whole in love thing!) I feel like the action, effects, and the dialogue of this movie were better than the last movie, But it doesn’t stop there because the best part about this movie was that the story was told really well! Extremely well.

As for the movie following the book, it did a pretty good job, they could have done better if the movie was longer. I mean it was about two and a half hour’s but I’m pretty sure everybody in the theater, including myself wanted more. I mean, I really savored every moment of that book while I was reading it. I also savored the movie, I just wish they put a little bit more of the book in the movie. They also made the movie really understandable for non Hunger Game reader’s, so if you didn’t read the book, you’ll get the concept and enjoy the movie. There are a few moments from the book left out in case any die-hard fans wanted to know, but nothing major.

All in all I’d give this movie a NUCLEAR!!! It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s action packed, but most of all it’s great for the family and you’ll definitely want to see over again. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook!! Until next time this is The D-Dan Reviews!

Thor: The Dark World

November 9, 2013

thor 2Hello everybody and welcome The D-Dan Reviews! It is time for another exciting review on a very exciting movie called Thor: The Dark World. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot defeat, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and his evil brother, Loki.

Sounds good right? Well, the movie was  just how it sounded, good. I don’t know if I expected a whole lot from this movie, but I was kind of hoping it would be better than the first one. Here’s why I say that. This movie’s main focus was action and characters, it didn’t focus much on the story. Now you know me, I love a good story and I love when it’s told well. Now given this information, this movie lost my attention a couple of times and had me kind of bored at some points. I mean scene after scene, some fight was happening or some battle was about to unfold. Don’t get me wrong though, next to story I love action, just not too much of it.

Now, I said that I wish it was better than the first one, but that doesn’t mean it was worse. The first movie had a great story and it was told excellently, but unfortunately lacked action. So you see, the great story but lacking of action of the first movie and the huge amount of action but lack of story in the second one balance the two movie’s out. But I can’t say the movie is bad because it didn’t meet the expectations of the first one, because the movie was pretty good.

This movie talked a whole bunch more about the characters; really developed them. Idris Elba played a way bigger role, which I loved. The fight’s were amazing, the acting was great, especially Tom Hiddleston, man he was great! But most importantly everything came together at the end and made a pretty good ending. Also whenever there’s a Marvel movie STAY AFTER THE COOL CREDITS. after the credits with all the special effects, there is almost always a scene that leads into the next movie. When it get’s to the slow scroll of white letters and names against the black background, then leave. This movie had one of those short scenes that lead into the next movie at the end.

All in all I’d give this movie a THE BOMB!! It was fun, entertaining, interesting and really just a good time. And of course a movie that has anything to do with the Avengers, there’s going to be some comedy! So yeah, if I were you I’d check it out for myself, but make sure you guys comment on my page and subscribe!!! Also my next review will be on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire! follow me on Twitter and Facebook for facts and for me to get you hype about the movie. Until next time, this is The D-Dan Reviews!


October 5, 2013

gravityHello everyone and welcome to The D-Dan Reviews. There’s only one way to celebrate the upcoming holiday and it’s to get a little bit of a thrill. The perfect way to do this is to head on down to the nearest movie theater and watch Gravity!! This movie is about how a medical engineer and an astronaut have to work together to survive adrift in space after a devastating accident occurs in the great abyss we know as outer space,

My fascination with outer space is beyond most peoples comprehension, my fascination with this movie is at the least an obsession. The unique styling of the film’s director, Alfonso Cuaron has brought me to a level of mass respect. His beautifully written, produced, and edited master piece has been put on my list as top 5 movies I’ve seen this year. Although his cast was small, they didn’t fall short of thrill and entertainment. Sandra Bullock’s acting was superb in this thrill ride, and you cant forget George Clooney. The relationship their characters developed in such a short amount of time encased the audience in an emotional roller coaster that in my opinion, never seemed to stop.

Besides the acting, the picture and music were just as great. You have to understand that these were key features of the movie. The music alone told a story so eloquent, that if you weren’t even looking at the screen you were still filled to the rim with adrenaline. Of course the cinematography did great justice to the unexplored outer space, and had me in awe thinking of how beautiful the world really is.

You cannot forget the movie that made me sad, anxious, frustrated, happy, and inspired know as Gravity. All in all I give this movie a NUCLEAR!!! This movie is great for the family besides some foul language, otherwise it will either meet or surpass your expectations. Well that’s it, make sure to stay tuned and come back frequently because there will be more movie reviews coming up and even book reviews so stayed tuned. Until next time this is The D-Dan Reviews.

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