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LATE REVIEW: Central Intelligence

Howdy people of the internet, its review time once again and yesterday I finally got around to seeing Central Intelligence so now I’m gonna talk about it here! 🙂

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So the story for this film can be described as the following:

“Calvin Joyner, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage after he reconnects with an old friend, Bob Stone aka Robbie Wheirdicht from high school through Facebook.”

This film’s story was pretty good, and more importantly funny. As some of you may know I’m a fickle guy when it comes to comedies and I’m always pleasantly surprised when I am able to not only laugh a lot but also enjoy the story too, and I believe Central Intelligence did that for me. I liked about this film’s story was:

  1. There was a little more to it than what the trailers showed off.
  2. There was some depth to the story when it came to the relationship between the two lead characters.
  3. I liked the pop culture references especially with the use of other films, music or other verbal jokes.
  4. It was ridiculous but had enough emotional moments to ground it realism to a degree.

This film was all sorts of ridiculous and that is always my kind of jam, though there were a few things I wanted to nitpick. There were a few things that happened in this film that felt like they were dealt with fairly quickly or not reserved in a realistic manner. Plus the film follows some of the standard story beats that come with comedy films, however, this didn’t overly detract from my enjoyment of the film.

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When it comes to the cast, they all did a great job. Firstly there’s Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as Calvin “Golden Jet” Joyner and Bob Stone/Robbie Wheirdicht, both actors did fantastic jobs in their roles individually and together as well. Hart was essentially the same guy he’s been in most of his recent films being loud, crazy and funny, and while Hart’s style of humour and charisma can be a little overbearing and tiresome at times, it worked fort his film. And Johnson, he was just fabulous and reason I loved him so much was that his character allowed Johnson to show off his acting skills. This kind of material is in Johnson’s wheelhouse but it was also different at the same time, and what I mean by that is Johnson is an action star and has good comedic skills too, but to see him switch between these styles so often with different personas was really interesting and once again shows that he’s come far as an actor since he started how many years ago. And of course Hart and Johnson have great chemistry, and they played well off of each other. The rest of the cast was also good with Amy Ryan doing a good job as the blunt Agent Pamela Harris, Danielle Nicolet was also very nice and cute as Maggie Joyner, Thomas Kretschmann had a nice appearance as The Buyer and Jason Bateman as Trevor, damn what a great part he had to play in this film. But my absolute favourite part of this film was with Aaron Paul as Phil, I won’t say when or why he’s in the film, but he was such incredible and had one line that just made me giddy. 😀

As for the presentation it was pretty good, I really enjoyed the action was it was cool, over the top and well-choreographed when it came to the firefights and hand-to-hand combat. And the soundtrack was great with some great music choices from the 90’s and the film score from Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Göransson was nice as well.

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So in conclusion Central Intelligence was a lot of fun and heck of lot better than some critics lead me to believe, I mean I knew I’d like this film because of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart but it was just so delightful and hilarious that I ended up having a damn good time. It wasn’t super consistent with the humour and I had a few nitpicks with the story, but overall I had a good session with this film and I recommend it for sure.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Central Intelligence and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see y’all on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Bridge of Spies

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Bridge of Spies. I’ve been following this film since it was announced and had early set photos released online and was curious to see what Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg would come up with. So now that I’ve seen the film I’m ready to pass judgement.

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“During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.”

I thought the story was pretty good. At the center of this film is an American man trying to get a potentially dangerous Soviet spy justice and send him back home in exchange for another American pilot. The subject matter and time period for the events that took place in this film were great as it was a time full of unease, uncertainty and preconceived notions went it came to the tension between countries during the Cold War. Times were different, everyone was looking out for number one and while certain parties had their countries best interests at heart, the means they used weren’t always right especially when you looked at it from a moral, ethical or logical point of view. But what this film did well was to illustrate the fact that there was no right way of doing things, that situations good or bad could switch at the tip of a hat and that there was lot of grey areas when it came to the way in which the law, government and politics work as a whole. While there was certainly intense or dramatic moments of action, this film felt very personal, intimate and emotional thanks to the dialogue and these key scenes that took place between the may key characters, oh and it also helped that there were good moments of humour sprinkled in too which helped keep things from getting to depressing.

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As for the cast, they did a fabulous job in their roles. Tom Hanks once again proves he’s the man as he turned in another good performance as James B. Donovan. Here we had a character who was smart, noble and passionate about not only the nature of his job but about justice and you could really get behind him because it was so righteous, likable and committed to his mission, plus the guy goes through hell being public enemy number one in America, had to travel to other countries and had to make tough calls and negotiate the heck out of some of these impossible scenarios. Thankfully Hanks had that right level of charm, subtly, sternness and passion that makes him so engaging to watch. Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel was really great too, this guy was one of the most calm and collected people I have ever seen in a film in years, he barely showed emotion, yet was able to portray a lot of with just his words and Rylance was really engaging in this role. I also liked Amy Ryan as Mary McKenna Donovan and Scott Shepherd as Hoffman, Alan Alda and Austin Stowell were great as Thomas Watters and Francis Gary Powers. It was great to see Domenick Lombardozzi again this year (after his appearance in Marvel’s Daredevil) as Agent Blasco and another one of my favourite TV people, Jesse Plemons was also good as Murphy. and the rest of the cast were solid as well in addition to the really nice cinematography and soundtrack by Thomas Newman.

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In conclusion Bridge of Spies was a film with an interesting story to tell full of many engaging, shocking and dramatic elements. The lack of action and the film’s duration may turn certain audience members off, however if you are interested in seeing character driven drama with some solid performances then you’ll enjoy this.

So have you seen Bridge of Spies and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to drop a comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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