Hacksaw Ridge – a best picture nominated story directed by Mel Gibson bringing him back into the spotlight. Andrew Garfield stars as the true story of Desmond Doss. He was a “conscientious objector” who refused to hold a gun while desiring to act and serve his country as a medic. He was deeply religious and that likely was the source of interest for deeply Catholic Mel. God says “Thou shalt not kill” and even in war he takes it to heart. There is a good story to be told and Mel uses all his tools. I think he is overly graphic, with some over the top injuries shown. Is it realistic? Likely. Does it add much to the tale? No. The actions of our hero are worthy of the tale and telling. I am skeptical about a couple of the incidents portrayed. This was worth the time and the viewing.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – no. Just no. What on earth possessed Anna Kendrick to do this crap? And the guy who plays Zac Ephron’s brother is simply awful.
Independence Day – Resurrection. This sequel to the original cheesey original was just not good. And I had no expectations for it. Original cast members Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, and Judd Hirsh (Will Smith wisely stayed away). Computer dude from Star Trek should have too. I actually thought he died in the original. Anyway. Aliens come back. Bigger and badder than before. The same group of misfits have to try and overcome overwhelming odds. I won’t spoil the ending. But I will say that the mysterious orb is ridiculous. Not worth the viewing either.