Kramer vs Kramer Review


It’s time to look at a film about a custody battle. You’ll have to decide which Kramer you’re rooting for and then go from there. Interestingly enough the film doesn’t opt to go for the classic apperoach of having each parent get 50% screen time and shifting perspectives. In this case the main character is always Ted but Joanna shows up from time to time to spook them all. It’s a decent film I suppose, but one where it is tough to root for someone too much since both seem to be pretty flawed.

The film starts off with Ted having another late night at the office. Still, he is pretty pleased with himself since he finally landed a big contract. He goes home to celebrate with his wife Joanna, but she has decided to move out and start the divorce proceedings. She tells Ted that he has to look after the kid since she can’t handle any liabilities right now. Ted is now determined to be the best parent he can be. There are ups and downs, but he is finally starting to get the hang of it. That’s when Joanna returns and demands that their son move in with her. Billy doesn’t really know who he wants to be with since the situation is way above his head. It’s time to see what the judge has to say about this.

As you may or may not know I’m not a big fan of kids getting a big role in films. They certainly can’t act and most of their scenes tend to be annoying. Unfortunately Billy is no exception. He comes across as very spoiled at times like when he tries to steal some ice cream instead of eating his dinner. Things had been going pretty well so why would Billy pull something like that? His character doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of agency since he’s so young and can’t weigh in on these topics. Then he tends to get very emotional very quickly as well. All in all, that just isn’t a recipe for success.

Then we’ve got the parents. Joanna was too far gone for her redemption arc to work at all. She’s the one who ditched Billy so it’s a little too late to come back and try to get him now. Moreover, she’s already dating some other guy so she didn’t waste any time in doing that. It’ll make for a very awkward household for Billy and since she may also be moving he’ll have to get used to a new school. Of course, she does try to act like she feels bad for Ted at times, but you can probably feel a bit of a smirk beneath her gaze.

Ted certainly isn’t faultless either though. He does a good job of looking after Billy by the end, but his multi tasking skills do not seem to be particularly good. He apparently messed up on every project after that so you can see why he was let go. THe boss was pretty petty about when he fired Ted as he seemed to do it just to get the lead in a bad spot, but Ted should have done a better job of balancing both of his main duties. I also think Billy inheireted Ted’s temperment as he tends to throw stuff when he gets upset and he gets upset a lot.

The judge definitely had a tough choice here because either way it’s not like any option is perfect, but that’s why he is paid the big bucks. The lawyers were definitely pretty intense. I’d say that they were both pretty evenly matched as well. They weren’t afraid to go for the low blows if it meant winning the case. This is another moment where Ted and Joanna didn’t seem quite as resolved as they should be. Look, it’s tough to take the personal shots, but the stakes are high enough where they should be able to roll with it. They do want Billy right?

The ending is left to a bit of interpretation on how exactly you think it plays out. I personally think the film was leading up to a surrender where Ted would find out that he gets Billy after all. Of course you could also take the opposite approach and believe that Ted is now doomed. Either way, an open ended final scene like this can work well for this kind of movie since whoever you were hoping would win can still win in your head.

The writing is pretty reasonable although of course there are parts of the film that can be a bit annoying. One is the annoying gimmick of the characters heading to the bathroom. The main part that hurts this scene aside from the crude aspect of it is that neither character washes their hands upon leaving the bathroom which is pretty unhygienic. Then the characters head immediately for the kitchen where they make a lot of food with their hands. You won’t want to eat any of that. It’s even worse then the other thing films make you believe is okay like tasting the food that you’re cooking and then putting the spoon back in. Don’t pick up any of the bad habits you see in this film folks.

Overall, Kramer vs Kramer is definitely a decent film. It’s quite a bit different from the more over the top slapstick comedy neighbor vs neighbor battle I was expecting. I think I ended up mixing this one up with a different movie. Custody battles like this are rarely very fun so it does limit this film’s enjoyment factor to a degree as well. I wouldn’t call it a bad film though and if this premise sounds interesting then you should check it out.

Overall 5/10

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The Graduate Review


It’s time to look at an old film about an affair. I haven’t seen too many home wrecker films and the ones I have seen like the Home Alone sequels don’t really focus on that part of the plot. As this one puts that at the front of the plot, it was doomed right from the start. After all, you can’t really root for a lead like that.

The film starts with the lead heading home after finally getting his bachelors degree. Right away you can tell that something is off with the lead as he doesn’t want to talk to everyone and keeps running away. It’s played partially for humor but even so the lead’s being overwhelmed by everyone happens too soon. You’d think that he could have at least bluffed through it for a while. Instead he tries to spoil the party for everyone. Eventually he is caught by Ms. Robinson who suggests they have an affair. The lead knows she is married but decides to go through it anyway. Then he starts to like her daughter and now he wants to try and marry her while dodging Ms. Robinson’s threats.

As you can see from the very premise, this film didn’t really have any potential. There’s just no way that a film like this could be good since there is no way for you to possibly root for Benjamin. He never even tries to deny Ms. Robinson as everything he says isn’t convincing in the slightest. As I mentioned he also handled his opening scene terribly as he gets upset at all of the guests for no reason. Why couldn’t he have just played along at least for a bit? He isn’t a motivated lead and just gets himself into more and more trouble.

Then his attempted romance with the daughter is just as bad. Naturally he shouldn’t be trying to get together with her and he didn’t even take the time to break up with her mother before starting. Then he follows her to the school and pesters her until she agrees to marry him. Benjamin has no tact and you’ll probably cringe at the ending. It’s a pretty sad ending for everyone involved and I’m going to say that there was a lot of plot hax in the scene. There’s no way that Benjamin should be able to overpower such a big group the way that he did. They should have knocked him out right there.

Naturally with a plot like this one there is quite a bit of fanservice to bring the film down with. You’ve also got some pretty terrible writing to worry about as well which doesn’t do the film any favors. If anything it just helps it sink further and further down the food chain. None of the characters are written well or even realistically. At that point all you’re left with is a sinking ship and I don’t recommend going down with it.

At least the song was fairly memorable with the Darkness bit being a meme recently. It’s a pretty reasonable tune although I’m not sure that I can really give the lyrics a whole lot of credit here. At the very least they weren’t as annoying as you may have suspected so that’ll have to do this time. Having even just one memorable song is still more than most can say.

On an unrelated note, I did like how the food looked. The amount of fries that the main characters got was pretty impressive. They definitely don’t give you that much nowadays unless you pay quite a bit to the store. If only we could have had more scenes with food then maybe the film would have had less time to dig its own grave. There’s not really any one thing that could have saved the film, but something that would have helped would have been a different main character.

If the main guy is going to be an antagonist anyway then he may as well be a confident one. Benjamin keeps on stuttering and acting timid the whole film which is always super annoying. It’s the film’s terrible way of trying to show that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he certainly does. He’s just putting up an act and it’s one that is a little too obvious to actually work. Also, it’s not as if there is any kind of justification for what he’s doing. He’s just trying to wreck someone’s family and he never actually feels any guilt over it. By the end of the film you get the startling impression that he doesn’t actually regret anything or even that he sees himself as the villain. He’s just happy to keep on going and probably wouldn’t change a thing.

Overall, This film isn’t particularly long, but it sure does manage to drag on and on anyway. I’d advise taking a step back and considering a different film over this one. You’ll be glad that you did and it’ll save you a whole lot of time and effort. There’s nothing good about this film from the writing to the “humor” to the terrible plot. A film like The Graduate just never graduated to the level of cinema that you would expect to see. As such it hasn’t aged well and I’d make the case that it was never even a good movie in the first place. It was dead on arrival.

Overall 1/10

Yami Yugi vs Jadis




Suggested by iKnowledge Looks like it’s time for Yami to take out his dueling cards once more. Jadis may have been known as the legendary White Witch, but I fear that she doesn’t have enough magical power to defeat Yami. Yami Yugi has a whole army of powerful monsters at his disposal with which he can crush her. Jadis isn’t fast enough to dodge Yugi’s attacks nor is she durable enough to take them head on. Without a doubt she is doomed in this scuffle. Yami Yugi wins.

Aran Ryan vs Hitomi




Suggested by iKnowledge Aran Ryan is a tough boxer from Punch-Out. He has a good defensive game and you better be ready for his mix-ups. Still, Hitomi has just as much close quarters experience as Aran and she is quicker. She’ll be able to overwhelm him in a fist fight and he’ll quickly find out that her freestyle hand to hand skills trump his more traditional style. He’s simply outmatched here. Hitomi wins.

Myotismon vs Rugal Bernstein




Suggested by Mehama Sadafa It’s time for a battle of villains who channel dark power. Rugal is an expert hand to hand fighter and can fire energy blasts to keep his opponents at a distance. He’s also quick and has the edge over Myotismon in speed. However, Myotismon has 2 more Digievolutions which he can use to gain the advantage. In his Perfect form his offensive cannons are far too strong to be blocked or deflected. He can also fire enough attacks to ensure that Rugal doesn’t dodge all of them. Ultimately Rugal will just have to bow down to these powerful attacks. Myotismon wins.

Kyo Kusanagi vs Infernape




Suggested by Mehama Sadafa Kyo Kusanagi is one of the main characters in the King of Fighters franchise and is a very accomplished hand to hand fighter. I’d certainly trust his pure combat skills over Infernape’s. He’s honed them over many years and is just more experienced. Where Infernape takes the edge is his special abilities. He has a lot of long range options and physical techniques to bolster his strength. Kyo will have a hard time landing any direct hits in this fight and that’s where Infernape will be able to take advantage and secure the win. Infernape wins.

Lucina vs Toppo




It’s finally time for the grand finals of tournament 3! Lucina and Toppo both worked very hard to get to this point, but the difference in their abilities is quite considerable. Toppo can end solar systems on a whim while Lucina would have a difficult time ending the planet. The match will be over in a single instant so this may be a bit of an anticlimactic finale. Still, if you’re gonna go down, it may as well be in a blaze of glory right? Toppo wins.

Krookodile vs Lucina




Krookodile is back, but he’ll need more than a little speed and strength to defeat Lucina. Lucina can keep up with him and even though Krookodile may have the ever so slight speed advantage it won’t be enough to overcome Lucina. Lucina’s power is just on a different level. A few good hits will take Krookodile out of the fight and since their speed is similar he will have a hard time dodging her attacks while she can easily parry his counters. Lucina wins.

Kang The Conqueror vs Lucina




Kang The Conqueror is back once more, but will his shields and barriers stand up to Lucina’s power? I don’t think they will. Lucina has great destructive abilities and her sword can pierce through the strongest of shields. Her speed is greater than his and so Kang can delay her victory by teleporting around and firing his weapons, but ultimately he will be overcome. Skills such as Lucina’s can not be overcome through willpower alone. Lucina wins.

Toppo vs Kurse




Toppo and Kurse are both pure brawlers which makes this a clash of might. Toppo can use long range attacks, but he needn’t bother when he has the edge in strength. Kurse will be absolutely crushed here. He simply isn’t strong enough to take too many hits from Toppo and stay standing. Toppo is in a completely different league in both speed and strength. I don’t see that changing and so that means Kurse is really doomed here. Toppo wins.