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Did the “Black Panther” Save 21 Bridges? 21 Bridges Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the 21 Bridges Movie Review by Ms. H

21 Bridges is a film I made a mental note to see once it was released at the movie theaters. The movie trailer seemed interesting and there were lots of action in the film. Of note is the movie starred Chadwick Boseman who played the Black Panther in the Marvel movie. Would his notoriety of playing the Black Panther role cross over to spell success for his other films -- namely 21 Bridges? Check out my movie review to find out.


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Plot of the 21 Bridges Movie

The plot is a familiar one with cops and robbers-villains. The robbery indirectly involved money, but primarily centered around the acquirement of drugs as well as the consequences some police officers faced who interfered with the heist.

Characterizations of Actors in the 21 Bridges Movie

The writers and director did a good job of telling both sides of the story. In other words, even though the storyline  leaned largely toward Chadwick Boseman's character who played the detective, Andre Davis, the audience saw a glimpse of the bad guys personas and predicaments as well.  Spoiler Alert: I believe this was a plus for the movie especially since one of the villains seemed to be leaning towards doing the right thing.

Acting Abilities Displayed in the 21 Bridges Movie

My critique will be on the two main actors -- Chadwick Boseman and J.K. Simmons.  When Chadwick Boseman played the role of the Black Panther, his acting facial expressions were mainly hidden by the full face mask that he wore sometimes. However, in the 21 Bridges movie, you saw Chadwick Boseman’s acting ability up front and personal without a mask.

To make a long story short, his acting abilities were fine, except he seemed to have one signature look when he was concerned or seemed to be concentrating deeply on something. In other words, some of his acting seemed to me to have a sameness quality about them. On the other hand, while J.K. Simmons as the cop, Captain Matt McKenna did not exhibit these traits. The minus was I’ve seen him on insurance commercials on TV, and could not see any realism in him acting the part of a cop -- even though of course many actors play various parts during their careers.

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Unrealistic Scenarios in the 21 Bridges Movie

Several actions happened that probably would not happen in real life in this movie. Spoiler Alert:  For example, during the 21 Bridges movie, the female police officer and mother of one told Chadwick Boseman’s character to “take a shot” when she was being physically held hostage -- a move that could have possibly destroyed her. There may have been others as well, which, of course can be expected in a movie. 

Predictability of the 21 Bridges Movie

Movies showing corrupt policemen are not new, so all during the film you may suspect that something wasn’t quite right during the drug bust and the ensuing actions that happened afterwards. Watching the movie, it was just a matter of how the corruption would finally be unveiled. Therefore the suspense in 21 Bridges is limited to why was the movie was named 21 Bridges as well as when the corrupt police officers would be revealed and how.

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Assessment of the 21 Bridges Movie

To answer the question if the “Black Panther” saved the movie 21 Bridges, my response is there was really no correlation between the two characters or the movies. Chadwick Boseman starring as the Black Panther may have enticed people to see the 21 Bridges movies; however, the main factor to save this movie would be the storyline.

The saving grace to the 21 Bridges movies is the numeroius action scenes. That being said, I describe 21 Bridges as a “so-so” movie, so if you see the movie, it’s fine, and if you do not see the movie, that’s fine also.

Rating of the 21 Bridges Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate 21 Bridges 3 stars.


Are Predictable Movies Fun to Watch? The Good Liar Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to The Good Liar Movie Review by Ms. H

I decided to watch The Good Liar movie after being on the fence for awhile about seeing it. What drew me to the movie was that the academy award winner actor Helen Mirren stars in it. Helen Mirren has starred in some noteworthy films, so I decided to see her latest movie, The Good Liar. Was I disappointed on not in The Good Liar movie? Read my movie review to find out.

Plot of The Good Liar Movie

Without spoiling the movie, it looks like the plot dealt with people seeking revenge. As I alluded to above, The Good Liar movie stars Helen Mirren as Betty McLeish -- a widower and Ian McKellen as, Roy Courtnay, the swindler.

Pros of The Good Liar Movie

Flashbacks in The Good Liar Movie

In my opinion, the flashback scenes were handled well. I think a good job was done to show events that happened in the past without being intrusive with the current happenings.

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Cons of The Good Liar Movie

Predictability in The Good Liar Movie

The Good Liar movie, in my opinion is a highly predictable movie with little to no suspense. For example, as I watched the movie, I knew that Helen Mirren’s character had something up her sleeve. Therefore all through the movie, I took her actions as well as her dialogue and conversations with a grain of salt. The movie made it clear that Ian McKellen’s character was a con artist who swindled people out of their money early on, so there was no mystery there.

Realism Depicted in The Good Liar Movie

From a storyline standpoint, It seemed highly unlikely to me that Helen Mirren as Betty McLeish would invite someone she had just met to stay at her home. In fact, several situations seemed contrived to connect these two people which probably would not happen in real life. Of course The Good Liar is a movie and is fictional but the actions seemed forced to present a story. 

Spoiler Alert: Towards the end of the movie, the businessmen who were swindled out of their money by Ian McKellen’s character show up out of the blue to confront him. The writer and director leads you to believe that they roughed him up out of revenge. I think a more realistic outcome would be if they had simply filed charges against the con artist or at the very least got someone else to do what they were purported to do in the movie. The actions did not fit the characters in this situation.

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Direction in The Good Liar Movie

I noticed on at least three occasions where the actors had close-up scenes looking out into the distance like something was about to happen.Two of these scenes occurred with Ian McKellen’s character and it happened once with Helen Mirren’s. You will know what I’m talking about if you watch The Good Liar movie. I think these close-up scenes could have been cut from the movie.

Assessment of The Good Liar Movie

Try as I might, I’m unable to find many redeeming qualities about The Good Liar movie. There was no suspense and no must-see type scenes in the film. My advice to you is to skip this movie at the theaters, and probably even when The Good Liar movie arrives on streaming services. 

In response to the question if predictable movies are fun to watch -- some are but the majority are not. The Good Liar movie landed in the latter category.

Rating of The Good Liar Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Good Liar movie 1 ¾ stars.



A Race Car, Friendship Movie or Both? Ford v Ferrari Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the Ford v Ferrari Movie Review by Ms. H

I was on the fence about naming my movie review “A Race Car, Friendship Movie or Both?” versus “Crisp Realism.” Even though I opted for the former, there is no doubt that the writers and director focused on providing a sense of crisp realism to this movie, which by the way is based on a true story. Not only was the dialogue and scenes pertinent to the movie, but it was the  period-type items that were precariously hanging around that added to the authenticity of the movie. However, I’m getting ahead of myself. Without further ado, here is my movie review of the Ford v Ferrari film.

Plot of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

It’s no mystery that the plot would center around the rivalry between the Ford and Ferrari companies. What may come as somewhat of a surprise is who the movie would ultimately focus on as the main character. Both Matt Damon and Christian Bales had major parts in the movie, but interesting enough, even though Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon was probably the most famous of the two, the writers/director focused on Christian Bale who played the role of Ken Miles. And to their credit, in my opinion they made the right choice to do so.



Acting Skills of the Cast of Ford v Ferrari Movie

Christian Bale is known for sometimes drastically altering his physical appearance to reflect that of the character he is playing as an actor, i.e. losing or gaining weight, etc. He did not deviate from this practice in playing the main character of Ken Miles, including adapting an English accent.

For the most part, I think everyone did a good job acting in this movie. My minor complaint was the English accent done by Christian Bale which which was very strong at the beginning of the movie, then almost died out towards the end.

Realism in the Ford v Ferrari Movie

I alluded to the realism aspect of the Ford v Ferrari movie in my introduction above. If you watch this film, take a look around the environment. You will see some images that clearly marked the time period of this movie. This, of course is not unusual for period films, but I liked the almost subtle way images that were prevalent during that time were shown in the movie, sometimes in great detail. For example, there is a tanning billboard shown in the film that is no longer seen nowadays as well as some of the words used during that time and even now -- such as “ the early bird gets the worm,” and the term “beatnik,” etc.

Predictability of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

Since this is a movie based on a true story, you can probably guess the outcome of the film. However, I think the writers and director did an excellent job showing the human interest element of the story. A large part of the movie was about, of course, racing cars, but you get the chance to find out the type man Ken Miles was as well as learn more about his friendship with Carroll Shelby.

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Dramatic Licenses Used in the Ford v Ferrari Movie

I’m sure dramatic licenses were used in the Ford v Ferrari film to move the story along. Also I think it is highly unlikely that some of the incidents actually took place. Spoiler Alert: One scene in particular dealt with locking one of the executives into an office. I think this scene was not expounded upon during the movie because it probably did not happen. However, it did illustrate the extent Carroll Shelby was going to in order to prove his point regarding the racing skills and expertise of Ken Miles.

Assessment of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

I not only enjoyed watching the Ford v Ferrari movie, but I liked learning more about the inside workings of corporations when it comes to racing. A case in point is that usually in a car race -- one car and driver win. Spoiler Alert: However, the Ford executives came up with the idea during the LeMans race that all three Fords would cross the finish line at the same time. In other words, this event was orchestrated for publicity. 

It did make a striking picture when all three cars crossed the finished line made possible by Ken Miles slowing his car down; however, something occurred afterwards that undermined the significance of this event. If you watch the film you will know what I mean. The good news is that a few subsequent LeMans races were won by Ford.

Overall, I think the Ford v Ferrari movie is not only a story about race cars but covered the friendship between Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby as well. In a nutshell, Ford v Ferrari is  a movie, I think you too, may enjoy watching.

Rating of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Ford v Ferrari movie 5 stars.


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