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Pan Trailer #1 Quick Review

Hello there people of the internet, time for another trailer review. With the Jurassic World trailer being less than stellar, I decided to have a look at the first trailer for Pan. Now I liked the old Disney animated film and have massive nostalgic love for Hook (regardless of what people say), so anytime there is a new adaptation I’m always cautious. This new film has sounded questionable from the outset and it seems like this trailer has confirmed my suspicions and more.

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Check the trailer out below:

After seeing this trailer, my immediate reaction is, “What is this?”

In all honesty I am quite perplexed. I’m not sure what to make of what I just saw. Before this trailer, the only hope I had for this film was Hugh Jackman’s involvement, because Hugh Jackman is awesome. But this trailer, hmmmmmm, there’s just things that just don’t agree with me.I’m all for new versions of established stories like Peter Pan, however, that mainly applies for me when the old formula was either broken or done to dead, both of which do not apply to Peter Pan’s mythos in my opinion. But whatever, it’s happening now, I just have to shut up and deal with it haha.

So what’s in this trailer? Well, there’s Peter (played by Levi Miller), who was left by his mother at an orphanage that looks like something out of Oliver Twist, but he finds a letter from his mother telling him that he’s special and that they will meet again in this world or another. Then he and good few other boys get abducted from the orphanage on to a pirate ship heading to Neverland with an overly charismatic Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. Then cue the obligatory uplifting song and montage! We see Peter exploring Neverland, Tiger Lily (played by Rooney Mara) and Hook or some person claiming to be Hook (played by Garrett Hedlund). Apparently according to this film, Peter has some ties to the tribe that Tiger Lily is part of and Peter makes some form of alliance with Hook and Blackbeard is the primary bad guy. The film certainly looks good, if I can give the film any props it’s for the presentation, the film is certainly colourful and large in scale. I think on of the biggest offenses to my eyes is the fact that Hook is so different not only in look, but persona and I UNDERSTAND that it an origin story and different adaptation from the source material, that being said, I feel like there is a certain level of familiarity that is required. Seeing this version of Hook just troubles me. I don’t like it. Not my cup of tea. Sorry, but I am attached to the past.

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In conclusion the first teaser for Pan has just rubbed me the wrong way and I feel like this isn’t going to be a film I will want to watch. I think nostalgia is preventing me from accepting new interpretations of the Peter Pan mythos and I am having a hard time seeing anything that makes me think that this will be a good adaptation of the source material. I am open to change and if this film does end up being good I’ll take back my negative thoughts, but as it stands, no way not for me.

So what do you think of the first trailer for Pan? Does it make you excited or are you not interested? Also as a fan of previous Peter Pan adaptations does this film make you more or less interested in this film? Please leave your comments below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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A Million Ways To Die In The West Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for the second review in my comedy double of the day and this comes in the form of A Million Ways To Die In The West. This film I’ve been curious about for a while, but wasn’t overly hyped for because I wasn’t too fussed about Ted back in 2012. But I wanted to give Seth MacFarlane the benefit of the doubt especially because of the western genre that was being brought into play. So how does his second live-action film fare? Well read on and find out.

A_Million_Ways_to_Die_in_the_West_posterHere’s the story summary:

“In 1882 Arizona, courage-less sheep farmer Albert Stark loses his beloved girlfriend Louise as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets Anna, through whom he discovers his confidence and his courage. After falling in love with her, Stark soon realizes his true potential when Anna’s husband, the infamous outlaw Clinch Leatherwood, arrives in town seeking retribution for Stark’s relationship with his wife.”

The story is decent enough, however it is not the funny adventure I think MacFarlane fans were hoping for. I think the main problems with the story are: 1) We’ve seen this type of thing before. 2) The film is too long. 3) There’s a lot of points where it feels like nothing is happening. 4) The jokes are too far apart from each other. And 5) The jokes aren’t always funny. Basically what we have is a western with modern pop culture references meshed together and it is a clash of styles, especially when you have a lot of western codes and conventions working but then you have dialogue that doesn’t belong in that era of time. Even Ted, a film I wasn’t too keen on had a more streamlined story and better sense of cohesion, plus that film had its jokes coming quick a fast as opposed to this film. As with MacFarlane’s previous material the jokes are unashamedly bold, crude and offensive in some way whether it be about race, sex, drugs or toilet humour. The overall laughs in this film feel like a dodgy Family Guy episode, sometimes of it works but most of it falls flat.

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When it comes to the cast they are good, but none of the characters are that layered or interesting. Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark is alright, he does an admirable job as the lead character, but Stark isn’t that likeable. He’s a coward, has no backbone and most of his jokes aren’t that funny. Charlize Theron as is good Anna, she is fun, a badass with a gun and is one of the best people in the film. Amanda Seyfried was alright as Louise but her character was so unlikable as she was such an air head and very superficial. Neil Patrick Harris as Foy was great, I’ve never been a fan of Harris, but he was one of the funniest people as he had some great dialogue and scenes. Giovanni Ribisi is pretty funny as Edward, the guy is so kind, innocent and oblivious to adult-based situations. Ribisi is one of the funnier people in the film and Sarah Silverman as Ruth is good too, she’s strange and does so many terrible things but still remains so happy about things. And finally Liam Neeson as Clinch Leatherwood was cool, rough and as badass as always, but compared to some of the other films in recent years I film like he was very underutilized.

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One of the best aspects of the film is cameo appearances, two in particular are really, really good and if you enjoy your film references then you’ll love these individual moments when they come.

At least the presentation is good. The film looks pretty with the desert and mountain locations looking beautiful and the soundtrack by Joel McNeely is nice and subtle for the style of film that this is, it works best when it is loud and grand.

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In conclusion A Million Ways To Die In The West has moments of fun and interest, but is long, boring and lacking any of the charm and comic timing that makes shows like Family Guy and American Dad so fun. Maybe the film wasn’t mean for me, I’m not sure, there are just a lot of things about this film that doesn’t come together which ultimately makes this film so underwhelming and forgettable.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Nowhere near as funny as it should be)

So what did you think A Million Ways To Die In The West? Did you love it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Epic Review

Alrighty then, time to talk about Epic. The latest big animated film from Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio who make films that look very similar to Dreamworks. Anyways before this film came out everyone was talking about it and said it was gonna be some really hot stuff in 2013, so I had a look yesterday to see what the deal was. So what it good or bad? Well read on and find out!

So the story in this film follows Mary Katherine (a.k.a. M.K.), a teenager who goes to live with her estranged father in a house in the forest. Her father is obsessed with the concept of their being a race of miniaturized people living in the forest. M.K. thinks her father is crazy but by through a serious of events she finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She teams up with a group of people from the good side to save the forest.

The story in this film should feel familiar for anyone of my generation or older, what we’re getting in this film is in the same vein as Ferngully and Avatar. The concept of there being a small society of mini people existing in the same world as humans is cool and the explanations for why we can’t see them and how they move are pretty smart too, however the rest of its execution wasn’t that good. I feel like there was a lot of drama in the film but it was cancelled out by moments of humour that really didn’t fit in the movie that well. Also there was one thing that happened that I prayed wouldn’t go down but it did and this a partial spoiler by the way… FRIGGING M.K. AND NOD KISS IN THE FILM! WHY? Now granted in this film these things are bound to happen but there needs to be a little build up before hand, there needs to be chemistry and room for the potential relationship to grow. But hell in this film these two go from being casually mates to frigging lovers at the end of the film! There are hints at them being interested in each other but not to that degree. I’m really tired of relationships be shoe-horned into films that don’t require it. Argh! Okay mini rant over, moving on…

As for the characters in this film they were a mixed bag of some nice characters to people I didn’t care about. Let’s start with Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine. Argh her character was annoying, while i could understand her background and shock of being shrunk down into this small new world, at the same time she seems to lack a bit of common sense, moans about a lot of time and for a main character she was a bit dull for me. Josh Hutcherson as Nod was another one of those annoying characters in the sense that he was reckless and didn’t want to answer to anyone. He has skills that makes him cool but it doesn’t matter if his character is very likable and I didn’t like him at all. then there’s Colin Farrell as Ronin, now this is the first character I actually cared about. Ronin has focus, he’s awesome, assertive and kicks a lot of ass and that’s something I appreciate in a character. BeyoncĂ© Knowles also makes an appearance as Queen Tara, her character wasn’t in the film as much as I thought she’d be and while she was a decent character she wasn’t around long enough to leave an impression.

Christoph Waltz as Mandrake, the leader of the Boggans was pretty good. When I heard his lines in the trailers he sounded so cheesy and stupid but luckily in this film it wasn’t nearly as bad. As a bad guy he was alright but he didn’t have too much of a scary presence and that was disappointing for me. Also Jason Sudeikis as Professor Bomba was good as the father, though because of his obsessive nature over his work it made his character hard to stand at times.  Aziz Ansari as Mub was alright, most of his lines were joke-based and while some were good, others fell right flat but hey his character was better than Nod so that’s something. Chris O’Dowd as Grub was funny, I could literally just see Roy from The IT Crowd so I liked his character the entire time.

The one successful element that works in Epic‘s favor is the presentation. Visually the game looks good, it does have some moments of true beauty and looks really realistic with the good use of lighting, colour and detail. However there are a few cartoony aspects about the film that break the visual flow and clash with the realism. There is a big sense of realism but it is offset by the cartoonish style that the film adopts from time to time, the blend between cartoonish and realistic styles in this film doesn’t flow like a Pixar or Dreamworks film and it felt like both styles were fighting each other. At least when it came to the action it was very dynamic and had a good use of camera angles.

In conclusion I expecting great things from Epic unfortunately it turned to be not nearly as ‘epic’ as the name suggests. It is a good film for kids and families but the end product feels unoriginal and average. For those looking for something a little more impressive you may want to look elsewhere, Mark Kermode said it best in his review where he stated, the film connects with your eyes but not your heart like a really good animation does.

Rating: 6/10 (It looks great,but that’s the only great thing about the film)

So what did you think of Epic? Did you love it or was it just another okay animated film for you? Whatever your thoughts drop in the comments section below and I’ll see ya later on people! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Big Les MisĂ©rables Review!

Okay so now we have Les MisĂ©rables, a musical. Now I’m gonna level with you guys, I’m not really into musicals. Besides animated Disney films from the late 90s onwards and the 1997 live-action version of Cinderella I don’t really care for them as a genre of film. So when I saw the trailer for this film I was like “Damn, I dunno if I could handle all that singing yo.” But for the sake of Hugh Jackman and all the good reviews I heard about it, I decided to give Les MisĂ©rables a chance. So was it good film that hit all the right notes or was it out of pitch? Read on and find out my opinion.

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So the story of Les MisĂ©rables tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. While the film is mainly Jaen Valjean’s story, you also have Javert, Fantine, Cosette and Marius too, and I found it interesting to see how all of these individual stories converge and intersect with each other. Of the stories in the film I really liked Jean Valjean and Fantine because they were the most dramatic and interesting for me, though if I had to mention one other it’d be Javert. I also really liked the themes of love, grief, redemption and getting second chances.

As for the characters of Les MisĂ©rables they’re all pretty good. So let’s start with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, he was awesome. I knew Jackman was gonna be great in this role but he really did do great as this man on a road of redemption and change after 19 years of imprisonment. His life is a constant battle with his years in prison, then going on the run from the law and then having to take care of Cosette too, he’s got a lot on his plate and you can appreciate how he tries to turn his life around. I loved Valjean’s story, I found it to be the most engaging and interesting of all of the characters in the film. I also find it incredible to see the visual transformation that Valjean goes through over the course of the film, with all three stages of his life looking very distinctive and believable.

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Russell Crowe stars as Javert was actually really awesome, though probably not for all the right reasons. Javert is this police inspector who’s proper got it out Valjean and wants to put him back in, Javert is very determined and I’ll give him that but he is a bit of prick though. Crowe plays the role well but when it comes to his singing, damn, let’s just say when compared to everyone else he doesn’t hold up so well. But some of the scenes he’s in just become funny and I found myself enjoying Crowe’s performance a lot just for the fact that it made me laugh (I know that’s bad, but hey that’s life lol).

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Anne Hathaway was a really big surprise as Fantine. To be honest I’ve never really been keen on Hathaway as an actress until Chris Nolan showed me she can be awesome in The Dark Knight Rises and this is probably the best performance of her career yo. Fantine is a struggling factory worker and mother of an illegitimate child, Cosette, who is then kept by the ThĂ©nardiers. I never knew her story was going to be so integral to some of the other characters in this film, Fantine’s story is just tragic, painful and sad and Hathaway handles the role very well and her singing skills were impressive which surprised me greatly.

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Amanda Seyfried as Cosette was nice. Seyfried had a nice singing voice and her character was interesting as she grew up hidden away from the world because of Valjean constantly having to be on the move to elude the authorities. Cosette was the only character who was innocent and free of all the drama going on around her besides of course when she gets the hots for Marius. But to be honest I wasn’t really keen on Cosette once her character started to develop feelings for Marius, I felt it really was just out of the blue and when those guys were lovey-dovey I couldn’t care for it. Now I’m not against love stories, I love them when they’re believable and done right, but this one seemed to materialize out of a glance and a stare. Oh and I also wanted to give a shout out to Isabelle Allen who plays the young Cosette, she was very good and for some reason I preferred this version of the character to the older one.

Eddie Redmayne was very good as Marius Pontmercy. I was watching him closely because he was one of the first actors in running for the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and luckily in this film he was pretty good. He also has a good singing voice which I didn’t expect to be so deep too. I thought Marius had an interesting story as revolutionary, but his love story with Cosette just takes I didn’t really care for. I feel after that point his character became unfocused, I mean I can understand he has an infatuation with Cosette, but how can be so blind to Éponine’s feelings and not pay attention to his revolutionary buddies when they need him the most. I just didn’t like that about his character.

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One of the best performances came from Samantha Barks as Éponine. For her film debut I thought she was lovely, Éponine story starts out alright as the ThĂ©nardiers’ destitute daughter, but eventually when she grows up many things change and her story becomes so sad, dramatic and you can really relate to her character. It is some truly heart-breaking stuff and I thought Barks’ performance was grand.

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As for Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the ThĂ©nardiers who are these swindling innkeepers I didn’t like them very much. They were just annoying and by their final appearance the film I just wanted them to disappear. I expecting a lot better from these two especially Helena Bonham Carter who is one of my favourite actresses, in this film both Bonham Carter and Baron Cohen just act like clownish, cartoon-like characters who have some partially funny scenes but are ultimately forgettable when compared to the rest of the cast.

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The presentation of the film is very powerful both musically and visually. The visuals are pretty damn impressive with the amazing locations and sets and the use of special effects too. Musically the soundtrack is really good with a great presence from start to finish; some of these songs are big, loud productions that really amplify the atmosphere and the scenes they’re used in. Those are normally the massive group songs that are song by many people and it is those ones in particular that I enjoyed the most. While the softer more delicate songs lend themselves well to scenes involving single characters or couples. Even though I’ve never really watched the play of this film, I did recognize some of the songs and at certain points in the film I even found myself enjoying the music quite a lot.

In conclusion was pretty good film and wasn’t nearly as unbearable as I thought it would be. There is some great performance to be found from the cast, the visual flair of the film is definitely elaborate and grand, and the music is very enjoyable too. As a person who usually isn’t into musicals I found myself enjoying this one quite a bit surprisingly. While the film is a little on the long side I’d still recommend it! 🙂

Rating: 8/10

Well there’s my review people, damn that’s the longest one for a while now haha. So what did you think Les MisĂ©rables? Whatever your thoughts drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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