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The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Old 01-14-24, 06:25 PM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Saw this today and enjoyed it. Reminded me of the first John Wick with people freaking out about knowing who the beekeeper was.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

A c-grade David Leitch ripoff with a terrible script and even worse (as already mentioned by others up thread) supporting performances. You can kind of see what they were going for, and I'm sure it all sounded good on paper, but something got seriously lost in the execution.

Minnie Driver, of all people, shows up for two scenes playing the head of the ultra secret government agency that formerly employed Statham, but then the movie forgets all about her and she is never seen again. Did I mention the secret outfit is called the Beekeepers? And that their philosophies and methods are all wrapped up in beekeeping metaphors? So of course Statham isn't a literal beekeeper, except, oh yeah, he actually is. This brings up the question of whether he was into beekeeping before becoming a capital 'B' beekeeper? Or maybe one of the requirements of being a Beekeeper is to be an actual beekeeper? It's all complete nonsense.

And yet...I don't think there are many things I enjoy more than watching Jason Statham wreck dudes. If that's what you're looking for then this absolutely delivers. No matter how stupid it is, I'd totally watch a sequel. Just don't bring back Emmy Raver-Lampman. Please. Seriously, please.

Oh, and I can't not mention the fact that a good chunk of this movie takes place in Springfield, Massachusetts. This delights me to no end because I grew up in the area and today live not too far away. Anyone who's been there knows it's just a dumpy little city that was a big deal 100 years ago, but today has little redeeming value beyond a small casino and the basketball hall of fame. And yet the movie depicts Springfield as this bucolic slice of paradise with nothing but rolling hills and green fields. There are countless towns like that in Western Mass within 15 minutes of Springfield, and yet they specifically chose Springfield. Clearly no one involved has ever actually been there. I know this sort of geographic fudgery happens in most every movie ever made, but I can't help wondering why? In the 21st century it's so easy to vet this stuff. Why not spend 5 minutes on google just to make sure? (By the way, not a criticism. This makes the movie like 10x more enjoyable for me.)

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Old 01-24-24, 07:37 AM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Funny enough... there is a movie premiering at Sundance called Thelma that takes a similar concept... but the old lady who gets conned is the one that takes care of business! I'm going to check that one this weekend.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

This film is apparently doing very well internationally at the box office. I am actually eager to watch this when it finally hits cable/streaming. I am confident that we will see another Beekeeper film, and without even having seen the first one yet that sounds a-okay in my book.

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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

I'm in for a sequel - here are some off-the-cuff titles:

  • The Beekeeper: Swarm
  • The Beekeeper: Revenge of the Hive
  • The Beekeeper: Drone Warfare (I'm pretty fucking proud of that one)
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Old 01-25-24, 11:45 AM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

This will be on PVOD January 30th

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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

So stupid. So fucking unbelievably stupid. But ... also kinda fun
Old 02-20-24, 12:29 AM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Just saw this in the theater; there were a surprising about of people there. I thought it was entertaining but not good.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

I enjoyed this one quite a bit and would definitely bee down for more installments.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Enjoyed the hell out of this. I would like to see a sequel(s), just hope it doesn’t get tired like the John Wicks’s.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

This was fucking terrible.

We did actually get a laugh out of all the bee references, though they didn't seem like they were trying to be funny.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

The action was sublime. I hated the female agent, but her partner was funny as hell. He always had some nice quips when she would start on her bullshit.

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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

The criminal underworld in this was great to watch.

I'd love to see Statham take on other daily grievances that I encounter. I'm gonna hit up the Pet Peeves thread and push out some new revenge scripts.
Old 05-02-24, 11:50 PM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Anytime Statham is dressed as a normal guy I canít take anything seriously. He looks uncomfortable in flannel and blue jeans throughout this.
Old 05-03-24, 12:24 AM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

ok. Saw this on a plane and glad I didn't pay for it.
Old 05-03-24, 12:34 AM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Also saw this on a plane. Stupid is putting it mildly, with surprisingly flat acting and absolutely horrible writing, but I wasn't bored. I did feel dumber after having watched it.

It is largely Mystery Science Theater material.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Originally Posted by Draven
I'm in for a sequel - here are some off-the-cuff titles:

  • The Beekeeper: Swarm
  • The Beekeeper: Revenge of the Hive
  • The Beekeeper: Drone Warfare (I'm pretty fucking proud of that one)
Don't forget the prequel/spinoff, Yellowjacket.
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Old 05-19-24, 08:04 PM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Okay I rescind my Jason Statham critique. Wrath of Man and The Mechanic were really strong movies, especially given my fatigue of watching people fight each other on screen.
Old 05-20-24, 01:33 PM
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Was finally able to get a 4k copy of this. We really enjoyed this. We are big Statham fans. You get what you want from him, he knows his roles. No emotional bs, just action.

Female fbi agent was just awful, it became funny after a while. Really liked this kind of scumbag criminals getting their asses handed to them.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Watched this while working out. Pretty dumb - but that's to be expected.

The whole bee/beekeeper analogies being tied into the whole operation was ridiculous.
Typical fight scenes where one guys beats the shit out of everyone, but the opponents continue to wait for their turn to get their ass kicked.

The old computers being used really made no sense at all.
IMDB trivia states:
No explanation for the old tech (especially the CRT computer monitors seen in the film) is ever offered. This is because the story was originally supposed to be set in 2003 before the idea was abandoned. However as the art department had already started sourcing some of the hardware, for budgetary reasons it was decided just to keep in what they had already purchased
Even for 2003, those computers are way too old. These are no better than 286's... from the late 80s. I've worked on very similar models at that time.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Originally Posted by dex14
Funny enough... there is a movie premiering at Sundance called Thelma that takes a similar concept... but the old lady who gets conned is the one that takes care of business! I'm going to check that one this weekend.
I'll create a thread tomorrow (if somebody doesn't beat me to it), but my wife and just saw THELMA at a Screen Unseen showing . . . FAN-FRACKING-TASTIC! It will easily stay in my Top 10 for this year. My wife even loved it, and I have taken quite a bit of abuse from her over the years for my theater-going choices.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Originally Posted by Abob Teff
I'll create a thread tomorrow (if somebody doesn't beat me to it), but my wife and just saw THELMA at a Screen Unseen showing . . . FAN-FRACKING-TASTIC! It will easily stay in my Top 10 for this year. My wife even loved it, and I have taken quite a bit of abuse from her over the years for my theater-going choices.
Yea, I saw it during Sundance. It is good.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Watched this last night. It was ok. Mildly entertaining but nothing I would ever need to see again. The fight sequences were fairly good, though.

I also had a laugh that there would be all these hired mercenaries and some crazy party at a place where POTUS was.
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Re: The Beekeeper (2024, D: Ayer) -- S: Jason Statham

Caught this on Prime and it was awful. I give Statham a pass on almost anything he does --- but this was beyond garbage. It felt like a real beekeeper wrote the plot (with the help of a 12 year old taking karate) and did his best to give us multiple bee factoids throughout... Statham almost came across mentally challenged with his incessant need to describe what he was going to do and then do it. Don't get me started on the fact that the mother fucking president of the United States was the backbone / mother of the bad guy --- and Statham just walks in on her and blows the place to pieces. Dumb and insulting.
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Plot and dialog written by a 5th grader... ok fight scenes.

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