A film critic’s take on the Oscar’s buzz-worthy movies

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Award season is over and now that we have our winners, film critic Tony Toscano joined Good Morning Utah with his DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday reviews.

Ferdinand

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
The moral of “Ferdinand” is all about staying true to who you are inside.

Unfortunately, the film’s execution and underlying agenda about animal rights sours the audience’s enjoyment. What could have been a delightfully understated breezy film, becomes it’s own worst enemy.

Added to the mix are several annoying characters, not least of which is Ferdinand’s sidekick goat, “Lupe,” played by Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon.
In the end, the film is like pleasant hors d’oeuvre, it tastes ok, but you cannot ma
ke a meal out of it.
“Ferdinand” gets a C and is rated PG.


Shape of Water

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely cleaning woman trapped in a life of isolation discovers a secret classified experiment.
“The Shape of Water” is a beautifully acted, although brutal and graphic, fairy tale about finding love and connection despite almost insurmountable differences.

Inspiringly written and gorgeously filmed, “The Shape of Water” is well worth the time to see.

It gets a B and is rated R.

 

Justice League

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to recruit a team of superheros to defend Earth.

“Justice League” is a fan film at it’s heart.

Although it really isn’t covering any new ground for a superhero movie, it is fun to watch. Gal Gadot is back and in top form as Wonder Woman, who is beginning to fit in in the modern world. 

Ben Affleck takes on the maturing Bruce Wayne, who now realizes he can’t do it alone.

Along with solid performances, the film is well-paced and even offers a few humorous moments along with it’s CGI battle scenes.

Overall “Justice League” is an entertaining action film. 

It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

 

I, Tonya

Bio-pic about competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, who rises in the ranks of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. And her association to the leg bashing of competitor Nancy Kerrigan on January 6, 1994.
“I, Tonya” is a brilliantly written, comedic and yet tragic look at the life of Tonya Harding, played by Margo Robbie. Allison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of LaVona Harding, Tonya’s caustic mother.

“I, Tonya” does everything right and was one of my favorite films last year.

It gets an A and is rated R.

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