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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sing Street

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one paragraph review and today I’ll be talking about Sing Street. Now I don’t know how this film flew under my radar during its UK release, but I never even heard of it until I think either late July/August on Collider Movie Talk and I finally watched it last week and good gravy, it was fabulous and I’ll tell you why in this review.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.” Sing Street has beautiful feeling about it that is almost indescribable. One thing I love about certain films are stories focusing on young people discovering their talents, growing up and learning life lessons, but I also adore the forming of young love and the bond between friends, and this film captured of those elements in spades. I loved the story and appreciated how this film had a lot of drama in background that sometimes bled into the foreground, a lot of heavy subject matters are covered and when they bubble on the surface and finally when they explode it does so in a spectacular manner. I also love this film’s sense of humour, youthful nature, and attention to detail when it comes to the early days of music videos and different popular music genres of the 1980’s. The cast was all really good in their roles. Firstly we have to talk about Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who was just amazing as Conor “Cosmo” Lalor, I really liked how determined, charismatic and delightful he was in his quest to impress a girl, escape the dramas of his school and home life and discover his talents. Also Lucy Boynton as Raphina was the definition of enchanting, she was so mysterious, intriguing and wonderful, but I also liked the extra layers to he that got discovered later on. Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy were really engaging and dramatic as Robert and Penny, and Jack Reynor as Brendan probably the delivers the best of his career as his character has such charm, wit and hidden depth. As someone who hated Reynor in Transformers 4, I was so surprised by how much I loved im in this film. And finally I really enjoyed Mark McKenna and Ben Carolan as Eamon and Darren as they were the most notable, funny and interesting members of the Sing Street band. Oh and the music, Jesus, it is amazing. I love this film’s respect and homages to the music of that era through the band’s original music which was so catchy and varied that you’ll want to get the soundtrack soon after the film ends. And I especially liked the use of musicians from that period with  The Cure, Duran Duran, Hall and Oats and Spandau Ballet being real highlights for me. In the end it’s incredible how this film can make you feel elated, shocked and melancholy all at the same time, but I think the best films are the kind that can make you feel all sorts of emotions and Sing Street does that in spades. The film has an inspirational and feel-good vibe to the point that it is impossible not to recommend it.

So have you seen Sing Street and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts n the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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LATE REVIEW: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for another film review and today I’m finally gonna be talking about Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, I was meant to see this opening weekend at the latest, but working and timing with my sister had prevented me from seeing it sooner. I really liked The Maze Runner last year, it was a much better film than I expected and even though a sequel was laid out for us at the end of that film, I was curious to see where the next chapter in this series would go. So fast forward a year and now we have The Scorch Trials, so is the film good or bad, well read on and find out!

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The story can be described as the following:

“After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.”

I thought the story was good. Scorch Trials isn’t a rehash of the last film, instead it expands into the larger world with these special facilities and remnants of former cities where society have chosen to live. This film expands the mythology of the world, gives more context on the Flare virus and what’s needed to cure it and explores the history of Thomas and his involvement with WCKD. There was a lot of drama, tension and trust issues between not only the Glade people, but also amongst themselves. That being said there wasn’t too much that was significant or amazing about this story, and those who weren’t into the first film probably won’t care for this entry in the series either.

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As for the cast let’s start with Dylan O’Brien who was good as Thomas, in this film Thomas is still the main source of a lot of the drama, mystery and danger that goes on in these films, but he’s also dubious of people trying to help him, wants answers to his past and wants to help people affected by WCKD’s schemes. I also liked Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt and Ki Hong Lee as Min Ho, both of them had some good moments to shine and be important, especially when it comes to Min Ho (my boy). I also enjoyed Dexter Darden as Frypan, and Alexander Flores as Winston. Kaya Scodelario did well as Teresa Agnes, her character was a little quiet and insignificant at first but then she became much more interesting later on. Also Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones was my favourite new character to come out of this film because of his resourceful nature and slightly odd interactions with people.

Then there’s Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito who were great as Brenda and Jorge, these two have a history together and I liked how they factored into the story and their interactions with Thomas were great too. Aidan Gillen as Janson, wow, this guy is charming, relaxed and full of info, but he’s also an undercover douche and you can tell from the beginning that something’s off with him. Gillen is just great at playing the bad guy and he does that very well in this film. Patricia Clarkson returns as Ava Paige and she’s just as cold-hearted and into her work as ever, and I enjoyed Lili Taylor’s performance as Mary Cooper, this character helped give more information about the world and connected more pieces about Thomas’ past. Alan Tudyk makes an appearance as Marcus and his character is pretty strange but very funny and enjoyable, Tudyk is just a guy that makes me smile and I love it when he has a memorable appearance in a film. And when it comes to the presentation, its good. Visually the film is good with some nice scenery, visual effects and action sequences too.

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In conclusion Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is different kind of film from the last one, however it is different in the right kind of way. The story is interesting, the performances are good and the action is pretty good. While it won’t convert people who were’nt fans beforehand, I believe that this is another solid film in this series and I hope that it’ll get a solid conclusion with the next film.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and let me know. Until the next time, see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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