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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns

Howdy ladies and gents, for the first time in a while I’m doing a written review and I just wanted to share my quick thoughts on Mary Poppins Returns as I saw it today and wanted to talk about it. 🙂 So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy.” So as someone who only saw the original Mary Poppins in full earlier on today (which held up fairly well I might add), I was very curious to see how this sequel would pan out, and I thought this was as a nice little sequel. The film certainly had a lot of similarities to the original in terms of the story structure and some of the problems that the main characters faced, and by the time the film concluded, a lot of the issues were resolved in quite an easy and familiar way. That being said the film did look very nice with great set design, clear, bright and distinctive visuals that call back but also expand upon the original. It was especially strange to see how much larger the exterior locations were from the original and the sense of realism due to the London locations. The soundtrack was nice and some of the new songs were pretty catchy, I also really liked the choreography of those dance scenes especially with the lamplighters who had some impressive stunt work. And the cast was solid with the performances from Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw and Lin-Manuel Miranda being especially strong and memorable. Blunt is one of those women I will watch in anything and she did very well in this film, she emulated all of the core traits of the character from Julie Andrews nicely, Whishaw who I have liked since Skyfall is pretty good in most films and I think this may be my favourite performance because of how much emotional turmoil and struggle his character went through, and finally Miranda was essentially Bert from the first film, but he was very fun, charismatic and was probably my favourite person in the film. So in conclusion, while Mary Poppins Returns, isn’t as good as the original and felt a little too familiar to its predecessor when it worked, it worked quite well and as someone who isn’t overly keen on musicals, I enjoyed it.

So have you seen Mary Poppins Returns and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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007 is back again in this Spectre Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review from the cinema and today I’m finally getting around to talking about the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. To say that I’ve been forward to this film would be an understatement, and after the great sense of satisfaction and fun I had with Skyfall, I was ready for more. So how’s the latest Bond adventure? Well read on and find out in this spoiler-free review.

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The story can be described as the following:

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

The story in this film was quite interesting with a great deal of mystery, intrigue, death and more connection’s to Bond’s past coming back haunt him in the present. Like Skyfall, this was another personal tale for not only Bond but also the characters who surrounded him and it was great to see another character-driven adventure. The humour is also back with a lot of great one-liners and visual humour, oh and the call-backs/references to the former Bond films whether they be visual or verbal were awesome and it was the kind of material I had kind of missed from these newer films. However, for me the story was at its strongest when it found was referencing the previous Bond films and tieing them in with the current story, it was smart, well-thought out and allowed for some interesting continuity not only from the last film, but also all the way back to Casino Royale. The only nitpicks I had were that I thought that this plot wasn’t as captivating as the last, the pacing was a little slow at points and there was certain decisions made with the story that I wasn’t as keen on.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. Firstly there’s Daniel Craig as James Bond, what can be said that hasn’t been said already? Craig did a terrific job, he’s smooth, sophisticated and badass, but also focused, aggressive and thoughtful. LĂ©a Seydoux was also great as Dr. Madeleine Swann, I didn’t know that she’d be so integral to the plot but she had a great backstory and had an interesting relationship with Bond. I’ve seen Seydoux in a few films here and there but she did a wonderful job here and damn she is gorgeous woman. Oh and of course Christoph Waltz was good as Franz Oberhauser, this character has a history shrouded in mystery and once he came into the light things got a lot more interesting. Waltz is a great actor and he had a lot of his charming and intimidating traits that made him cool in Inglorious Basterds, but I wish I’d seen more of him and I didn’t find him as memorable as Raoul Silva.

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Ben Whishaw was good as Ql, in this film I felt like Q’s appearance was expanded as he had more to do and had some pretty memorable moments whether it was for the sake of humour or story. Naomie Harris was also good as Eve Moneypenny, like Q, she had some interesting moments with Bond and was key to the story. I really liked Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, all I can say is what a beast! From the time Hinx steps on-screen he leaves an impression, he’s a man of few words but is tough as nails, tenacious, scary, smart and resourceful. Bautista was so cool and intimidating in this role and when he wasn’t around I missed him. Ralph Fiennes did a good job as M, he had a lot to deal with the changes in government and Bond’s personal ventures, but I appreciated how he was central to the plot and had some great lines. As a fan of Sherlock I enjoyed seeing Andrew Scott’s performance as Max Denbigh, his character was smart, witty and a bit of a prick but very relevant to the plot. Monica Bellucci was beautiful as Lucia Sciarra, however like BĂ©rĂ©nice Lim Marlohe her presence wasn’t as large and she wasn’t utilized as I’d hoped. And finally Rory Kinnear as usual was good as Bill Tanner and it was nice to see Jesper Christensen return as Mr. White.

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When it comes to the presentation it was lovely. The visual presentation was good with some wonderful cinematography and pretty awesome action sequences. There are a lot of memorable sequences including one with a helicopter, a really cool and tense car chase or another hand-to-hand combat sequence later on which was really crazy, intense and badass. And Thomas Newman returns again to craft the film score and it is great, Newman’s soundtrack always has this great level of energy, drama, sensuality and has the right sound for the right situation. One thing I was happy about was the inclusion of one key theme from Skyfall returning in this film (“Mother” I believe is the name of the track) it was my favourite piece from the last Bond film and I’m glad Newman brought it back. As for the new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith I’m a little indifferent to it, on one hand it is quite lovely, subtle and Smith’s vocals shine through, on the other hand the song’s a little too light on the instrumental side of things and I do prefer my Bond songs to be a little more epic.

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In conclusion Spectre is another solid entry in the Bond franchise, it has all of the great elements that make the recent trend of Bond films fun to watch, but it also features a lot of cool throwbacks to the older films too. I will admit that there were certain narrative and character choices that I didn’t agree with/would have handled differently, but putting my issues aside, this is still a very good film and if you’re a fan of this franchise it deserves your attention.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen or are you going to watch Spectre? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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James Bond 24 Titled Spectre & Cast Announced!

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I return to the world of the internet to blog about some important film news that comes in the form of the 24th James Bond film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:

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This morning, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the 24th James Bond film will be titled Spectre! Filming will start on Monday, December 8 for the November 6, 2015 release.

The cast (in the order they were announced) includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

Spectre will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee and Austria. Also, James Bond’s new car in Spectre will be the Aston Martin DB10, created exclusively for the movie.

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Commenting on the announcement, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of ‘Skyfall’ with ‘Spectre.’”

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, the film’s Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and the Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer Jany Temime and Composer Thomas Newman. Action Specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. The Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Well this is certainly news worth talking about. Much like a J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan film, James Bond films tend to be hidden in secrecy for a while until a major announcement gets made where you find out a certain degree of information that gets you excited. It was certainly the case for Skyfall a few years ago and it looks like Spectre is following suit. Now I’m just going to talk about the specific aspects of the announcement when it comes to the film’s new name and the cast.

The Film’s Title

Spectre, tis a very simple and singular name, but at the same time its effective and sounds kind of sleek and sophisticated. And obviously if you know you Bond films then you know that the title of the film has something to do with the story. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I know I’ll be wrong, but if that terrorist organization are involved then I guess we should expect some really epic and dangerous stuff.

The Cast

The fact that all of the cast from Skyfall are coming back is a great thing. The only veterans returning to this film that are part of this series of Bond films are Craig and Kinnear as Fiennes, Harris and Whishaw were all introduced in the last film. The new cast additions make me smile I think mainly due to the additions of Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista. Christoph Waltz has yet to star in a film I haven’t liked him in yet and since his great work with Quintin Tarantino, it just makes me want to see him in everything and it seems perfect to put him in a Bond film especially if he is the main villain. And then there’s Bautista as Mr. Hinx which I have to say is a great and funny little name for him. I love that Bautista has gone from being in something as questionable as The Man With The Iron Fists to Guardians of the Galaxy and now a James Bond film, he must be filling pretty chuffed. I would be friggin over to moon to be climbing the ladder into such big Hollywood films in such a short space of time. I think Andrew Scott’s name was the one that threw me, until I saw his face and remembered that he was the brilliant actor who played Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, just his performance in that show alone makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do in this film. LĂ©a Seydoux, according to her filmography I have seen in at least two major films, Inglorious Basterds and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, both are films that I love, but are also films I haven’t seen in a while, but it seems like she is a great actress from what I’ve read so I’m down with her. Also Monica Bellucci, damn, she may be primarily a model and models don’t tend to make for the best actresses (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), however she is gorgeous and has had a fair amount of film experience since the 90’s and so her inclusion doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

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In the end this news make me smile and makes me hyped for the next instalment in the Bond franchise. Currently for films of 2015 there are only two films that have my attention; Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII. All other films pale in comparison and none of them have given me the same level of hype and anticipation, however I think Spectre may change the game a bit. We’ll have to wait and see,

So what are your thoughts on this announcement, please be sure comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer #1 Quick Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a quick trailer review and today I will be talking about Ron Howard’s next big film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Now I’ve been hearing a lot about this film for a while, however, it wasn’t until this trailer came out that I’ve truly gotten invested in this film. I was always going to watch it purely based on the fact that it starred Chris Hemsworth and it was directed by Ron Howard, but this trailer makes me more excited than ever for it.

Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing the trailer? Nice, I am intrigued.

Now I’ve never seen too many Ron Howard films, but I know of his credentials and after seeing and loving Rush last year, I am totally down with whatever he decides to direct in the future and while the subject matter shouldn’t really interest me, this trailer is convincing me otherwise. What we have here is a group of men on a ship out at sea looking for a legendary whale, that’s the gist of the tale, however, this trailer makes out like there is much more going on beyond that. It seems like while there is definitely a whale, it seems like there’s many other things going on with the main character and his crew.

There are gun battles, ships being wrecked, harpoons are lifted and thrown, men fall overboard, ships are on fire, birds are flying around in the air for some reason, two men drift ashore on a beach and there’s someone on an island alone. And there’s a lot more on display, but it just looks like there will be a great deal of things happening besides the hunt for the famous whale. And speaking of the whale, bloody hell, look at the size of the thing! And from the way the trailer is handling him, he seems to be treated like some kind of natural disaster, like Godzilla, a monster of the ocean that is hidden until it wants to be found and then causes madness at sea for the humans involved. I love it.

I love the visual style, it seems very dark, vivid with strong colours, interesting lighting and it comes across very stylized and atmospheric and even though there is a use of visual effects, it doesn’t look like it overshadows the film but helps enhance the visual experience. What also helps is the music, the music helps amplify the visuals on-screen having a slow, calm sound and then builds up during the montage of imagery and then winds back down at the end.

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In conclusion In The Heart Of The Sea is looking pretty awesome and the fact that it is coming out in March of next year means I won’t have to wait too for it, I’m down for it.

So what do you think of the first trailer for In The Heart Of The Sea? Does it make you excited or does it leave you uninterested? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. 😀

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Cloud Atlas Review

Man, I am ashamed that it’s taken me this long to get watch Cloud Atlas, sure it’s only been around a week but this was one of my most anticipated films. Why? Well I saw the trailer for this when it first hit the internet back in the summer and I thought it looked incredible. It just looked, unique, mysterious and full of originality. I was gutted when I found out that Americans were gonna get the film in November while we over here in the UK had to wait until FRIGGIN’ FEBRUARY! What the hell! Oh well, the film’s finally been released over here and I’ve watched it, so what’s the verdict? Well read on and find out!

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The story of this film has been described as:

“An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”

In truth that’s the best way to sum it up. In truth what I got from the film was that there were people in different points in time whose actions affected others. It is a little hard to explain without having seen the trailers or the full film, but I thought it was very interesting stuff. I liked the themes of survival, love, courage and change. There are loads of stories going on in this film and you literally jump from one to the other at any given moment, at first this was really surprising and took a while to adjust to but after a while you grow accustomed to it. The concept for this film is bloody impressive and is executed in a unique fashion, however I feel like the overall idea from the original novel didn’t translate across to the audience the way I feel the filmmakers thought it would. I’m not saying I could do a better job because trying to adapt a novel is no easy task, all I’m saying is that by the end of the story some people will be left either in awe or in a state of confusion.

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When it comes to the characters, that’s a hard one to talk about without going into specifics, but the film features the acting talents of the following people: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

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I’ll just highlight a few of the performances that stood out for me. Firstly there’s Tom Hanks, he was fabulous and was probably the actor with the most parts. It was great to see how different each character was and see how versatile Hanks was as an actor. Next we have Halley Berry, this is easily her best film in years. Berry actually look pretty hot at certain points, plus all of her characters were different and interesting. Also Jim Broadbent was great in the film and he definitely brought his A-game to his characters that were really quirky and imaginative. And my other favourite characters were played by Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae as their stories were some of the most interesting a beautiful stuff to me. Now as you might have guessed all of the actors involved play different versions of themselves from different points in time so there’s a lot of make-up involved to alter their features. The make-up jobs on these actors can range from pretty good to downright awful, (Hugo Weaving what did they do to you in Neo Seoul!?!).

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty kick ass for the most part. Besides the questionable make-up that I already mentioned, the cinematography is wonderful and there is some absolutely beautiful shots in the film especially in slow motion. There are also some great use of GCI in the film to create some of these futuristic worlds and action sequences, it was some impressive stuff especially the world Neo Seoul, (Korea). Also the soundtrack for the film by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil was beautiful and very captivating.

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Now while Cloud Atlas isn’t the experimental masterpiece that I was hoping for it was the most unique and ambitious films I’ve come across in a while. In these days of films in the cinema which are either remakes, reboots, spin-offs or your basic book-to-film adaptations, Cloud Atlas appears and really tries to deliver a different kind of film experience, and for that I applaud the film and the filmmakers. Now having said that, when the film ended some guy in the screening shouted “What a load of crap! Did anyone else understand the film?” Some people laughed. As I walked out I could still hearing him moaning away, “What a load of crap, can’t believe I wasted money on that film!” See its ignorant and foolish comments like that really bug the hell out of me, some people just don’t take to things that are different and just stick to the basic shit that Hollywood throws out most of the time. Hell I should have recommended him Movie 43. Anyways I just wanted to say just because Cloud Atlas is different doesn’t mean that it sucks.

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So in conclusion after finally watching Cloud Atlas I have to say while it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it. Though it was still one of the most unique films I’ve seen with some intriguing stories and themes, characters and beautiful presentation. It is a pretty long film nearing around 3 hours but I’d say give this film a chance and then make up your mind afterwards.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s a film experience that needs to be seen.)

So there’s my review people, have you seen Cloud Atlas and if so what are your thoughts on it? Whatever they may be drop them below and comment away. I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Skyfall Review

I have waited a very long time for this film and not since The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have I been this hyped for a film. I feel like the wait for Skyfall has been a very long and painful one, but now it’s here and I’ve finally seen it. So was it worth the effort? Well I can easily say that this is one of the best films this year.

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The premise for the story in this film goes something like this:

“Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

The plot in Skyfall is very good, the script is well-written and there’s a surprising level focus on the characters that was very welcome for me. What I mean by that is that this film’s story really does center around the main characters of Bond, Raoul and M, as the plot thickens things get more complicated for each of them and there is a great deal of drama and revelations to discover. I also liked how much danger there was in this film, and as seen in the trailer the identities of undercover agents gets leaked online, MI6 HQ is attacked and then there’s the obvious fact that Bond gets taken out of action then has to get back into his groove when all of this chaos is going on around him. There are also some interesting secrets to discover in Skyfall and some great nods to the past for fans to enjoy.

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But what’s a good story without a good cast? Luckily Skyfall has a brilliant cast in place. Let’s start with Daniel Craig as Bond. Now he’s been playing the character for 3 films over the space of 6 years and since Casino Royale he’s become one of my favourite actors. In Skyfall he continues to show me why I think he’s so badass, Craig is totally relaxed in the role and displays Bond in some of his coolest and most badass moments, but also at his most emotional too. Now let’s talk about Javier Bardem, he has always been known as this badass in most of the films he’s been in and his acting skills are pretty damn good. I still haven’t forgotten his awesomeness from No Country For Old Men and in Skyfall he is just the best guy ever as Raul Silva he was intimidating, had a great presence and a level of charisma that makes him stand out from many previous Bond villains. Bardem is just simply wonderful in this film, I loved how his character interacted with Bond and M, and I do believe he’s the best Bond villain for a while. And Judi Dench as M was wonderful, I’ve always liked Judi Dench as M, but this is the first time where her character has come to the forefront of the story and been very relevant to happens, all I can say Dench was wonderful in the film.

Then there’s Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Fiennes is just badass in everything he’s in and that’s no exception here. While his role isn’t as big as say Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter, he was still cool in the film and had his moments to shine. Naomie Harris as Eve was pretty awesome, I thought she had good chemistry with Bond and it was great to see not only a female MI6 agent, but also a Bond girl who could handle herself in the field of battle. BĂ©rĂ©nice Marlohe as SĂ©vĂ©rine was totally classy and sexy, I liked her part in the film and I just wish her character had been in the film a lot longer. And lastly Ben Whishaw as Q was awesome, I don’t really recall about the old Q to draw up comparisons, but I thought that Whishaw brought a lovely well of intelligence and wit to his role and I liked his conversations with Bond, they were pretty humourous.

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When it comes to the presentation, Skyfall has all bases covered. The action scenes and sequences are really great, with some great camera work and some really crazy and creative scenes for the good guys and bad guys to work with. But it’s really all about the cinematography in Skyfall. The cinematography is insane! I loved a lot of the scenery from the scenes in Istanbul to London, but I really loved the scenes in China, that’s when the cinematography comes alive. The use of lighting, colours and shadows is especially impressive! Also the soundtrack by Thomas Newman was great and very memorable which I was very surprised about. Now obviously David Arnold handled the previous two Bond soundtracks and while Casino Royale‘s soundtrack was awesome, Quantum of Solace‘s wasn’t very memorable at all. Newman’s soundtrack for Skyfall is very different in tone and feel from the previous Bond films, but it sounds undoubtedly sexy, cool, emotional and most importantly it sounds like a Bond soundtrack! And obviously I made my thoughts clear on the song “Skyfall” by Adele, if you haven’t read that post you can see it here. But in short I think it’s pretty good, though I feel like it could be better.

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Its been said by some critics that Skyfall is the best Bond film since Daniel Craig starred as the character back in 2006 and in a way it really is. Sam Mendes was a great choice to direct this film because of his understanding of the Bond series and also because of his great film career too. There is many things to love about the film like how there is this central link between Bond, Raoul and M or the way Skyfall manages to fuse the newer Bond film elements with some of the older elements from the former films and just I loved the level of nostalgia in this film whether it be visual or audio-based. For me while this film is clearly better than Quantum of Solace, I still feel like Casino Royale was superior, why? I guess it’s because it first Bond film in a while to be really different, edgy and dark, plus I’ve watched it so many times already haha.

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In conclusion Skyfall is a great return to form for this series, this film feels bolder, darker and connects with you on a much deeper emotional level. And with brilliant direction from Sam Mendes, awesome action sequences, fabulous lead performances from Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench, and sexy presentation both from the visual and audio standpoints, Skyfall is a great Bond film to watch at the cinema and I highly recommend it!

Happy 50th anniversary to the James Bond film series, it kicks so much ass!

Rating: 8.5/10

Well there’s my review peeps, thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments below! Until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Skyfall

Good day to you ladies and gents, welcome to another blog post about Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012. And today’s film is a very interesting and exciting one, it is the next instalment in the James Bond film series; Skyfall.

Like many other people in the world I love the James Bond film series, I’ve been watching the Bond films since I was young and have loved the different interpretations that each actor has brought to the films. Though I’ve never read the books and have only really seen around half of the full 22 current films out I do appreciate the film series highly. My favourite Bond film is Goldfinger and in turn it should come as no surprise to find out my favourite portrayal of the Bond character is Sean Connery because he is just the best. It’s fact. Now of course in recent years the mantel of James Bond has been taken up by Daniel Craig who so far in my opinion has done a pretty damn good job.

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Daniel Craig first came onto the scene as James Bond in Casino Royale back in 2006 with Martin Campbell as directors. This film rebooted the franchise to make way for new and exciting ideas and the film shook the world when it came out. Prior to the film’s release everyone thought Craig was the wrong choice and that the style of the film was far too removed from the original formula, however the film was a financial and critical success. The film was praised for its story, characters, edginess and action sequences. Many fans and critics viewed Casino Royale as a Bond film that had several of the conventions found in previous instalments, but also as a film that changed the formula by having a darker and grittier elements in place. Bond himself was less experienced, more rough around the edges and a little more emotional and it was unlike anything audiences had seen before. So with the success of that film in play the sequel followed in 2008 in the form of Quantum of Solace with new director Marc Foster in the director’s chair. QoS continued the story arc from Casino Royale which had Bond head off on a mission that was not only personal but was also very difficult too. Unfortunately QoS wasn’t the sequel most were hoping for, it couldn’t outdo its predecessor and though the film did make a lot of money, it got a mixed reception. Most reviewers continued to praise Daniel Craig’s performance and a many agreed it was the best aspect of the film along with the action sequences, however most agreed the film had a weak plot, bad characters and that the film wasn’t as good as Casino Royale. It was at this time that most people thought Bond was becoming too much like Jason Bourne and that action was becoming too much of the focus over the character-driven style of previous films.

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The first official picture from Skyfall where we see Daniel Craig sporting his swimming trunks again like in Casino Royale.

And so here we are in 2012 on the dawn of a new Bond film, 4 years since Quantum of Solace and the signs for this new film is very interesting, mysterious and intriguing. Let’s start with the cast, returning again are Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench as James Bond and M respectively, oh and we also have Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner (MI6 Chief of Staff) returning from Quantum of Solace. But its the new cast members that cause eyebrows to be raised in curiosity. Firstly we have Javier Bardem as the main villain, a very impressive and interesting choice, after seeing him in No Country For Old Men I’m really interested to see what he does here. And there’s appearance of Ralph Fiennes that has me super excited, he is a brilliant actor from his work in The English Patient and Schindler’s List to the Harry Potter film series as Lord Voldemort he’s just all-round brilliance and I have no doubt that whatever he does in Skyfall is going to be amazing. Another interesting actress in this cast is Naomie Harris. Man, since the time she was cast there was rumors circulating throughout the news tabloids and internet that she was going to be the new Miss Moneypenny which caused some people who believed the rumor to go into an uproar saying that she can’t be Moneypenny simply because she was black, reminds me of the hate that Idris Elba got when he became Heimdall in Thor. Though Harris was eventually cast a field agent named Eve and she dismissed the speculation about her attachment to the role as Moneypenny. Also speaking of veteran characters, in Skyfall we have the return of the character of Q who will be played by Ben Whishaw. And the rest of the cast look varied and cool so I’m definitely watching out for these guys in the film.

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The plot of this film sounds pretty badass too as it seems to be much deeper and more interesting than the previous two films as it can be seen from this short premise:

“James Bond’s loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.”

It has already been noted by Daniel Craig that the story in this film isn’t related to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and I think that is a good thing because I feel that story arc was concluded and to drag it out would be unnecessary. From reading this premise it also seems like the writers of this film are continuing the edgy style of story that has preceded this film, but it has a greater level of because M is involved and can see that there will definitely be some high stakes and character-driven storylines in Skyfall. I also want to talk about Sam Mendes as Skyfall‘s director. Now as many people may be aware he was the director of award-winning films American Beauty and Road To Perdition and he was also responsible for directing Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, so when it comes to directors I feel like Skyfall is in good hands and I think maybe Mendes may be the one to bring the human side to Bond films after Quantum of Solace‘s efforts.

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With all of the set pictures, story information and cast members announced so far Skyfall is shaping up to be a great Bond film. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this film and a lot of answers still needing to be answered. In my opinion it has been too long since the last James Bond film, sure I understand that MGM had financial issues and there were other complications with this film being made, but now its in production and I’m getting excited and impatient as always haha. When this film comes out here in the UK on the 26th of October I’ll be one of the first to run into the cinema and watch this film, may even watch it in IMAX if I have the funds 😀 I guess we’ll have to wait until after the principal photography ends to gain more information on the film, as for now all I can say is I’m super excited for Skyfall and a trailer couldn’t come any sooner. Bring on the next James Bond film!

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