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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Tower Heist

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one paragraph review and today I’ll be talking about Tower Heist. Now I’ve been meaning to watch this film for a while because I missed in this the cinema due to its mixed reception, but over the years I’ve heard it wasn’t too bad so I decided to check it out and see what it was like.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “The plot follows a group of employees of an exclusive apartment building who lose their pensions in the Ponzi scheme of a Wall Street businessman. So the group enlist the aid of criminal, a businessman and another employee of the apartment building, to break into the businessman’s apartment and steal back their money while avoiding the FBI agent in charge of his case.” I thought Tower Heist was a fun little film, I’ve always enjoyed a heist film and the fact that it was mixed with comedy was an added bonus. I liked the story, it was humourous but a enough heart so you cared about most of the key characters and their motivations. The pacing was swift, the action set pieces were good and while the humour wasn’t the funniest material, there were a good few moments that made me laugh. The plot wasn’t what I expected and while it hit some familiar beats that I’ve seen in films like this before, there was enough unique and unexpected aspects that made it worth a watch. The cast was all really solid too, I really enjoyed Michael Peña as Enrique, that dude is just naturally charismatic and funny, also Casey Affleck is someone I don’t think I’ve seen in a comedy before so I was pleasantly surprised at his performance as Charlie. Gabourey Sidibe was pretty funny as Odessa despite the questionable accent, Alan Alda was also good as Arthur Shaw and Téa Leoni as Claire Denham was great as she was very serious and by-the-book, but also sweet and funny. But the real stars of this film were Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy as Slide and Matthew Broderick as Josh Kovaks, Slide and Mr. Fitzhugh. Stiller is normally fun to watch and he brought a lot of charm and humour to this film, Murphy was also really great in this film, he had all of the key elements that make him so funny and magnetic as a comedic actor and this was the best film I’ve seen from him in a while and then there’s Broderick who I havent seen in many films in recent years, but here he was so funny because of his character’s cowardice and weak yet likeable persona. In conclusion Tower Heist was a good time and I’m glad that I watched it, the humour, action and music was solid and I would recommend it.

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

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Mystery Men

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #7 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’ll be talking about Mystery Men.

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This is one of those films I’ve heard about through passing conversation online and have been told to watch a good few times by my uncle over the last few years, but I’ve never put time aside to see it. But much like a few previous entries in this blog series I now have a reason to watch it.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.”

The story in this film is very unconventional, it is like a typical superhero film but at the same time it really isn’t. Mystery Men tells a classic tale of superhero heroics, but in a parody-like fashion that pokes fun at superhero tropes and the standard codes and conventions. It is pretty interesting to see these strange takes on superheroes and villains when it comes to their costumes, personalities and motivations and the overall story. Since this is primarily a parody of superhero stuff, the jokes and references are very self-aware and will resonate with any comic book fans who know their superhero material. The comedy doesn’t always work but when it does hit it can be pretty funny because it is so strange and silly.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Let’s start with Ben Stiller as Mr. Furious, this guy is a little temperamental, insecure and ridiculous, but it those traits that make him fun to watch. Hank Azaria as The Blue Raja/Jeff, a superhero who throws cutlery with great accuracy. One of the standout performances comes William H. Macy as The Shoveler, this hero is so bizarre with his choice of weapon, however he acts with the most amount of logic and sensibility. Kel Mitchell is great as Invisible Boy, he is a nice, smart and innocent dude who has the ability to become if nobody is looking, which is ridiculous but it makes him really funny too. Janeane Garofalo does a really good job as The Bowler, i like her backstory and her reasoning for wanting to join the team and have revenge for what happened to her father. Wes Studi has to be my favourite as The Sphinx, this superhero has some cool powers but what may be even cooler is the fact that he constantly talks in riddles or just states sayings in a confusing manner.

Geoffrey Rush as Casanova Frankenstein is fabulous, this guys is very smart, cunning, flamboyant and is fun to watch. Eddie Izzard is just awesome as Tony P., this guy is the leader of the Disco Boys and has a lot of confidence, charisma and style. Greg Kinnear is really good as Captain Amazing/Lance Hunt, he’s this superhero who is super nice, charming and has all of those Superman/Captain America personality traits in the public eye, but behind the scenes he’s a bit of an asshole who needs a challenge and better reception from the public eye. Also Paul Reubens is good as The Spleen, Claire Forlani  is lovely as Monica the waitress and Tom Waits is another strange yet entertaining person as Dr. A. Heller.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is pretty good, there is a nice sense of style with the costume design, art direction when it comes to Champion City and the use of colour and lighting. The CGI helps to craft the expansive city and is used well in some of the action scenes, but it does look a little dated now. As for the soundtrack, the film score by Stephen Warbeck is alright, but the music selection is much better especially when it comes to “All-Star” by Smash Mouth (love this song).

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? This is another one of those films I never knew was originally based on a comic until I looked it up, so once again I don’t know much about the source material.

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So to conclude Mystery Men is a strange yet fun film, it parodies the superhero genre with some really funny, strange and interesting ideas, and it helps that the cast involved are really good as well. While it isn’t a great film, it’s still worth a watch especially if you like superhero films.

Rating: 7/10

That’s 7 reviews done, only 23 more to go. So have you seen Mystery Men and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

Now it is time for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review, my first film review of 2014. This was a film I hoped to review before 2013 ended, but time just escaped me, plus I got a bit lazy haha. I’ve been looking forward to this film since just after the summer and had fairly high expectations because it was being talked about so much prior to its release. So does the film deliver or not? Read on and find out.

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The story for this film can be summarised below:

“A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.”

The main consensus I took away from this story was that it had a lot of potential but it didn’t live up to the expectations. I feel like there was a great deal of scope and ambition, but the film fell underneath it all and couldn’t capitalize on the big adventure. This film is all about Walter and the fact that he goes from a boring daydreamer to an adventurous man on a journey of discovery. At first you connect with him and enjoy his daydream sequences, but sometimes they become a little too frequent and at point its a bit too long and over-the-top. One issue I have is that even after Walter actually goes on his adventure things still feel unrealistic and daydream-like, at times I was just waiting for something crazy to happen only to find out that it was real. And at the end of the day after all that Walter’s gone through you can’t help but feel like a lot of it is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

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When it comes to the cast everyone is fine but the main person keep this film alive is Ben Stiller. So let’s talk about him first as Walter Mitty. Walter is a man who is very simple, boring, kind of insignificant and reclusive socially and while he has skills in other areas it’s not really emphasizes. Stiller is enthusiastic, out-going and interesting and while his character does get a bit annoying I like his commitment to his role. Kristen Wiig as Cheryl Melhoff is a lovely down-to-earth kind of girl who is smart and caring and you can see why Walter likes her. Adam Scott as Ted Hendricks is really good, he plays Walter’s new boss who is pretty much a douchebag and very cruel to Walter and some of the other staff and Scott plays up his role very well. Shirley MacLaine and Kathryn Hahn do well as Edna and Odessa Mitty, Sean Penn is pretty decent as Sean O’Connell and Patton Oswalt is hilarious as Todd Maher.

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The visual presentation for the film is pretty decent with some elaborate action scenes and sequences which are creative, crazy and fun. The problem is that some of these scenes go on a bit too long and the CGI is a bit overused and not as polished as some other films I’ve seen of recent. The scenery of Greenland and Iceland was incredible and those scenes were shot pretty well, oh and I also liked the skateboarding scene too, that looked nice.

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In conclusion The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a decent film, however I can’t help but feel disappointed because I expected a lot more than I was given. Ben Stiller does his best as the lead character and the action-based daydreams make this film a lot more interesting than other thanks to the creativity and large scope. This film is decent and there is some fun to be had with it, however I know this film could have been so much more.

Rating: 6/10 (a decent film that just falls under the weight of its ambition)

So what did you think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Did you like it or not? Whatever your thoughts leave them below and I’ll see ya on then next film review yo.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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