Monday, September 21, 2015

Movie Reviews: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Straight Outta Compton” & “A Walk in the Woods”

   The Man from U.N.C.L.E
   Rated PG-13

Set in the 1960’s at the height of the cold war, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin are forced to work together against a common enemy.

I’ve never seen the television series on which this movie was based but thoroughly enjoyed The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  Director Guy Ritchie’s signature action style was perfect for this movie, which had just the right amount of humor and suspense.  Finally, the cherry on the top of this movie sundae was the best-looking cast I’ve seen.

   Straight Outta Compton
   Rated R

With a documentary-like feel, Straight Outta Compton details the rise of gangsta rap and NWA.  It also chronicles how NWA members Easy-E and Ice Cube and NWA producer Dr. Dre revolutionized music and exposed police brutality.

Straight Outta Compton was an eye-opener for me.  Though I lived through the time and events portrayed, it was fascinating to see how different others’ experiences were.  I was also surprised to see just how talented and what trailblazers the NWA members were.  Straight Outta Compton is a movie for everyone-I’m not into rap and hip hop and was so glad I saw this film!

   A Walk in the Woods
   Rated R

Instead of retiring, travel writer Bill Bryson takes on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200 mile trek spanning from Georgia to Maine.  Accompanied by his former friend Katz, the two have some interesting adventures, deep conversations and fun times.

Even though I’m not a nature person, I thoroughly enjoyed the dialog-heavy A Walk in the Woods.  It can be described as a “bro” version Wild-less serious and bawdier, but with equally important messages.  If you’d like to vicariously experience the ultimate walkabout, A Walk in the Woods is the movie for you!

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