Fresh V Rotten (June 13, 2014)


This weekend in movies, Jonah Hill stars in two sequels, one with Dragons, one with Channing Tatum, and Robert Pattinson stars in a film alongside Guy Pearce.


“How to Train Your Dragon 2” – 91% CERTIFIED FRESH

“Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ builds on its predecessor’s successes just the way a sequel should.”


“22 Jump Street” – 83% CERTIFIED FRESH

“Boasting even more of the bromantic chemistry between its stars — and even more of the goofy, good-natured humor that made its predecessor so much fun — ’22 Jump Street’ is the rare sequel that improves upon the original.”

“The Rover” – 67% FRESH

“Fueled by engaging performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the tension-filled ‘The Rover’ overcomes its narrative faults through sheer watchability.”


Overall Tomatometer Score for the Weekend: 80% FRESH

Looks like “Dragon” fans and “Jump Street” fans will be happy with the sequels while tension-junkies will enjoy Pearce’s new film.


Without revealing too much of my thoughts on “How to Train Your Dragon 2” before I post my review, I’ll say that I’m happy for the film’s success with critics. It’s Dreamworks’ best reviewed film since the first “How to Train Your Dragon” (98%) and is only slightly below “The LEGO Movie” (96%). Some critics claim it might cause “LEGO” competition for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

I also won’t get into detail about my thoughts on “22 Jump Street” prior to the review, but it’s cool to finally see a comedy sequel get reviews that nearly match the original (“21 Jump Street” has an 85%). Past negatively recieved comedy sequels have included “Evan Almighty” (23%), “The Hangover Part II” (34%), “Grown Ups 2” (7%). Those films are exactly the ones that “22 Jump Street” makes fun of and has shown to have succeeded.

Also glad to see that “The Rover” is getting good reviews. It’s more on the disappointing side of reviews for A24 films like “Spring Breakers” (65%), “The Bling Ring” (60%), and “Enemy” (75%), but these films still have big fan bases. Chances are, this will have one as well.

What movies will you be seeing this weekend? Will you be flying along with Hiccup and Toothless, getting drunk in college with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, or getting down and dirty with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson? As for me, I’ve already seen both “Dragon” and “Jump Street” but I plan on seeing both again soon (little hint to my thoughts on them). I also look forward to seeing “The Rover.” Make sure you leave a comment below as well as vote in the poll for which film you’re seeing.

Thank you guys so much for reading and, as always, “Follow the Screen, Scene X Scene!”


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