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EPIC REVIEW: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? So yesterday night, after month and months of waiting I finally got to see the last of my most anticipated films of 2017; Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The amount of waiting I’ve had to endure in the lead up to this film’s release has been painful, with all the marketing, rumours and speculation about the story and characters, you almost had to jump off the internet to have a clean viewing experience. Luckily I avoided most spoilers and watched all 7 main series films and Rogue One in chronological order over the last 3 days in preparation which was fun. So with all that out of the way how was the film, well read on and find out!

So the story can be described as the following:

“Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.”

I don’t want to go into too much detail so I shall be brief. This was a really interesting chapter in the SW saga, one that had a lot more depth, intrigue and surprises than I expected, and I love the film for that. Rian Johnson confidently steps into this universe with a sense conviction, darkness, intelligence and style that is clearly his own if you know of his work and it shakes up this world in really compelling ways. This film definitely channels Empire Strikes Back in terms of the tone and certain story aspects, but it is its own beast. There are drama and emotion on a level I’ve not seen in this series for quite some time, but there’s also a sense of levity to balance things out when necessary. This was also the most thought-provoking film of the series to date, it is very psychological and causes you to think about certain things in a different light. I really enjoyed the themes of the past coming back to haunt you, feeling out of place, good and evil, and the moral and ethical shades of grey. There were also a lot of bold decisions made that I did not see coming which gave me joy, heart-pounding tension and plenty to think about. And finally, I loved how this film expanded the mythology of this universe with history and visual and verbal details that makes you look at what you know it in a different light.

As for the cast they were great, everyone in this film does a great job, whether they were main cast, secondary or just had cameos, everyone had a moment to shine. Firstly there’s Mark Hamill who was just wonderful as Luke Skywalker. This time Luke was crumpy, defeated, yet a knowledgeable and witty old man who had to deal with the mistakes of his past and deal with issues of the present via Rey and Hamill was just as captivating as ever, he had so many scene-stealing moments. Daisy Ridley as Rey was really good, I enjoyed seeing her learn about her powers, see her interact with Luke and search for answers about her past. Ridley’s very charming and engaging and has definitely improved in this role since the first film. Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa was great, Leia had a big part to play in this film and I loved it. I enjoyed seeing tough yet humorous demeanour and her perseverance in the face of adversity. Fisher had great moments individually and with others and at times I did feel like shedding a tear. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren was great, I’ve been a fan of this character since the previous film and here we get a character really wanting to prove his worth, but also find a sense of purpose and focus and Driver plays this role with flair and subtlety. John Boyega’s return as Finn was great, he still has a great sense of humour but is also has great dramatic moments, he has a lot of good moments and Boyega’s charisma shines through.

Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron was also impressive, I enjoyed seeing more of him in this film and seeing a different side to his character. Isaac certainly has a commanding presence and stands out whenever possible whether it be for dramatic or humorous purposes. Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke was good, it was nice to learn more about this guy considering the mystery surrounding him in the previous film. Snoke was sinister and intimidating and Serkis was captivating in the role. Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux was interesting, he had some good moments, also Anthony Daniels as C-3PO was just as fun as ever, Gwendoline Christie returned as Captain Phasma and definitely had a presence and Lupita Nyong’o had a great performance as Maz Kanata. Newcomers Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro do well as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and DJ, the former had an interesting role to play and I enjoyed her performance a lot, and the latter was certainly not what I expected but he was a memorable character for sure. But the most memorable of the new characters was Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, from the time she’s introduced she’s smart, decisive and loveable and I really enjoyed her story arc and interaction with Finn.

When it comes to the presentation it was fabulous. Visually the film looked lovely. I paid extra attention to the cinematography and it looked like everything was painstakingly crafted with certain tracking shots, zooms, use of lighting and framing, everything felt like it had a purpose and was done to the highest degree possible. The space battles felt like a mix of The Force Awakens and Rogue One with its own interesting elements mixed in, certain chases sequences looked lovely and the lightsaber moments were wonderfully choreographed in a classic yet unexpected manner. The CGI was very detailed, clean and realistic, while the practical effects continue to impress me with how much these characters, creatures and robots can be make-up, animatronics and puppetry. Also, the film score from John Williams was awesome. The Force Awakens had good music, but wasn’t overly memorable, whereas this film had a score with a much stronger presence which enhanced every scene it was used in. The themes he introduced from the last film stand out even more and some of the new music he creates is wonderfully varied yet consistent with what’s come before.

In the end, The Last Jedi, was a good film, a really good film. It surprised me in many ways, it also met and exceeded my expectations in certain areas and while not everything in the story and the use of certain characters didn’t go the way I would have liked, the film was still thoroughly engaging and entertaining. After looking at some responses to the film online I know this film won’t be for everyone but I say give it a try.

So have you seen The Last Jedi and if so what did you think of it? Let me know in comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Sicario

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for another recent film review and today I’m finally gonna be talking about Sicario. Now this was a film I really wanted to see after seeing the trailers online and in the cinema, I love a good thriller and the cast just made me want to see it more. Well thanks to Cineworld I got to see the film last night two weeks before its actual UK release, and now I’m gonna talk about it.

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The story can be described as the following:

“At the border between the United States and Mexico, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government official to aid in a joint task force tracking down an anonymous drug lord.”

I thought the story was pretty interesting. I feel like the trailers painted the film as a crime thriller with a more familiar plot device in place for the Americans involved, instead you get a lot of good lies and deceit, tension, moral shades of grey and drama, however the plot never unfolds the way you’d expect. Plus it doesn’t help that the pacing felt slow and for a little while you’re left wondering where this film will go plot-wise. That being said, a little ways into the film there’s a revelation revealed and the focus switches up and then the film becomes WAY more interesting than it was before. I will not state when or why, but when you see it you’ll know and that singlehandedly made the film better to watch. It feels wrong to fault a film for not turning out the way that you wanted it to, but at the same time, you like what you like and if a film doesn’t give it to you, then that has to be noted.

The cast was impressive, but the best performances came from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. Firstly Emily Blunt as Kate Macer was great, she was this strong, smart and capable FBI agent who had a good moral compass and wanted justice for the all the wrong-doings that took place. However she realises that something’s wrong and is part of something that she didn’t sign up for and searches for answers with varying consequences. Blunt is such a great actress, she’s beautiful, yet badass, confident and vulnerable, headstrong but also naive and she does so very well with her material. But someone who may be even more impressive is Benicio del Toro as Alejandro, this character comes across as the strong, silent type or maybe silent but deadly type, either way he only speaks when its relevant and you’re not quite sure of his position in the story even though he’s working with the US government, but when this guy gets his time to shine, he’s unforgettable. This film reminds me of how intimidating and scary del Toro can be and why he is such a great actor, he genuinely blew me away and I loved his character.

Josh Brolin as Matt Graver was great, he’s a character who was charming and funny, but also had priorities and knew to assert himself in an authoritative when needed or when he wanted to, this was a side of Brolin I hadn’t seen for a while and I enjoyed him performance. Jon Bernthal as Ted was also good, I liked how fun and aggressive he was and always Bernthal turned in a good performance. Maximiliano Hernández was good as Silvio, offering a character I hadn’t seen from him before, but was interesting to watch. Victor Garber (an actor I’ve always remembered from 1997’s Cinderella) was good as Jennings, I also liked Daniel Kaluuya as Reggie Wayne and Jeffrey Donovan as Steve Forsing.

In conclusion Sicario was a good film with moments of brilliance, however it was not nearly as good as I was hoping for. It had a strong subject matter, great performances from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro and some lovely cinematography and well-filmed action scenes, though the story just didn’t engage me like I thought it would. I may be in the minority of people that didn’t love Sicario and I think this film will do well with most movie-goers and critics, but for me it was good but not great.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of Sicario? 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 24, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for a film review I was meant to have done last week Friday, I am of course talking about the film that’s on fire in the cinema right now, Guardians of the Galaxy. At this point in time I’ve already seen the film twice and I’m not going to hide the fact that I think this film is incredible and I’m going to tell you why in this review!

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

“Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The story in this film basically involves a group of misfits from very different backgrounds coming together to become something more and take out a common enemy. Yes this a type of story that has been done many times in the past and very recently with Marvel’s Avengers film that came out two years ago, but this film is so delightfully different in its execution that it easily stands on its own two feet. Guardians of the Galaxy is not only a very different kind of Marvel film but also a different brand of superhero film too. And in a way I wouldn’t even brand it in the superhero genre as this film is clearly of the science fiction genre and it has all the great codes and conventions of what makes the genre so fun to watch. The film is incredibly strange and quirky, it is not typical in any way, there is so much unexpected moments for humour spread throughout and luckily the humour isn’t over-bearing as it has a reason for being there. In addition to the comedy there is a surprising amount of heart to this film. I feel like Marvel Studios are diving deeper into emotional territories and producing very intriguing stories with intimate character moments that are well-crafted and engaging. This film has a great balance of humour and seriousness, and that’s the thing that I think will surprise people. For all the comedic moments there are also some moments to think and reflect, be melancholy and a lot more.

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The performances were all great and the core team of heroes are probably the best set of characters together since the Avengers were assembled. Firstly Chris Pratt just ruled as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, he is a man with history and now lives life on the edge sleeping with women and obtaining special treasures. It is not until he sees the danger of the item he holds that he decides to do something that benefits the galaxy and not just himself by assembling his group of misfits. Pratt has so much energy and charisma and it makes for such an engaging, funny and well-rounded performance. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is awesome, she is deadly, sexy and a totally cool warrior. Gamora is clearly a woman with a troubled past and wants to start life anew but happens have run into some complications along the way involving her sister and Quill. Saldana is no stranger to action and sci-fi and she is so beautiful and good in this role. Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon was pretty much the best thing ever. The character is the source of so much humour but also so much drama as well. Every line Rocket had been super memorable and funny as hell and Cooper’s delivery of his lines are so good as well. Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot was great, I know he just says “I am Groot” all the time, but the different ways in which he said it was very cool and versatile and just hearing Diesel scream and shout was so cool and reminiscent of The Iron Giant. One surprise for me was Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer as he was a lot more enjoyable in the role than I expected. Drax is a maniac driven by revenge and hatred, but he is also very literal and simple-minded and loves chaos. I loved how many funny lines and moments this character had and I really liked what Bautista did with this role, that being said there was some moments where the delivery of his lines could have been better.

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Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser was pretty decent, he was an evil, corrupt and power-hungry individual who ultimately wanted to rule over all the inhabitants of the galaxy, he was a serviceable villain, but did fall into the trap of Nero from Star Trek and Malekith from Thor: The Dark World in the sense that he ends up not being as well-developed or as interesting as the heroes he is fighting against. Karen Gillan as Nebula was totally hot and great as this female villain who clearly has sibling rivalry with Gamora and hearing about her history with Gamora and Thanos makes her seems really intriguing. Another person of interest is Michael Rooker as Yondu, Rooker is always a joy to watch and he was just as enjoyable as ever here as a man who is closely linked to Quill’s history and a man who looks out for number one and takes out anyone in his way. Rooker was so funny, cool and charismatic, he was such a joy to watch. Benicio Del Toro was great as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector, I feel like he was a little more serious and less cartoony than he was in Thor: The Dark World. I really liked Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, he was intimidating and badass as hell. Even though it his inclusion was small, Josh Brolin as Thanos was totally cool and gave us a wonderful look into what to expect from the Mad Titan in the future. And finally the performances from Glenn Close and John C. Reilly as Commander Rael and Rhomann Dey are pretty good too.

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When it comes to the presentation I think it is incredible on both the audio and visible side of things. Visually the film is incredibly unique, distinct and just bursting with colour and detail. Along with the story, the cinematography and CGI work on space, planets and even the characters instill a great sense of wonder and mystery to the film and anyone who is well versed in sci-fi will feel glimpses of Star Wars, the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and Serenity too. The soundtrack maybe just as impressive if not more so than the visuals. This film is filled to the max with nostalgic songs from the 1960’s and 70’s and it is a very eclectic soundtrack which is very unconventional when it comes to Marvel films, but it works on three levels, a) Because of Peter Quill’s love for the music he grew up with, b) It adds to the film’s quirky nature and c) For those who are old enough, it is like stepping into the past and having a crazy nostalgia rush with some really good music. In addition to the great selection of songs, the score by Tyler Bates is pretty good and has some beautiful and epic moments throughout.

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In conclusion the Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a different kind of superhero film, in a way it hardly a superhero film at all. It is truly a film of the science fiction genre with all sorts of humour, action and fun.  and I can’t wait to see it again lol.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10 (Seriously liked this film a lot though I’m not sure it is 9 material yet)

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Did it live up to your expectations or not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer #1 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a trailer review and today’s trailer is one that I and a lot of other Marvel fans have been anticipating for AGES! I am of course talking about Guardians of the Galaxy. Even though Marvel Studios misses a CLEAR opportunity to show off this film at this year’s Super Bowl, it is here now so let’s start talking about it!

Here’s the trailer:

So my immediate thoughts? This is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen and I’m pretty sure that is a good thing. There is a fair amount of humour, mystery and chaos going on here.

The first thing I’ll say I liked was the tone, this film looks like it’ll be pretty funny and I’m always down for that. Some have complained that since Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 that Marvel films have too much humour in them and lack a serious tone, personally I don’t mind it. If all film were dark and moody like The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel then comic book movies would suck. But anyway moving back to the teaser trailer it is the small things like Chris Pratt’s character calling himself Star-Lord or when he gives the Nova Corps officers the finger or when Rocket Racoon spits while being examined, it is all pretty jokes and I can see many moments like that going down throughout the film. And with a property as random as this, there is gonna have to be a least a little bit of humour if this film is gonna be taken seriously.

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We also get a run-down of the team. Chris Pratt seems to be on good form as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, he’s likeable, relatable, funny and charismatic and since he’s sort of the main character it was nice to get a feel for his personality the most in this trailer. Dave Bautista is looking a lot better in motion as Drax the Destroyer, there wasn’t much in the way of speaking for him but he did have a firm and scary presence. Zoe Saldana continues to show that she can look hot no matter what colour she is as Gamora, her character looks rough and ready and I like how she smiled when her crimes were being listed off in that examination room. Rocket Raccoon looks cute and totally badass, he’s small but very agile and knows how to use a firearm. And then there’s Groot who seems pretty docile and nice but also looks like he has a temper on him too. Side note, I like how Rocket and Groot are paired together, that’s nice and convenient for the sake of story.

The appearances of John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey alongside Peter Serafinowicz as a Nova Corps officers was great, they had great lines and good comedic timing. Djimon Hounsou seems pretty badass-looking as Korath and quick glimpses we got on Karen Gillan as Nebula and Benicio del Toro as The Collector was nice.

Then like all other trailers there’s a montage of scenes and a lot of it looks mad. There’s spaceship battles in the sky, Rocket and Groot fighting together, Groot throwing someone, Star-Lord looking badass topless, explosions, Nebula look even more awesome, there is a lot to take in basically.

Overall the look and feel of this film has my anticipation really high. My only issues with the trailer would be that song at the end, I guess it is meant to be funny or something but it really rubbed me the wrong way. Like the trailer doesn’t want you to take the film that seriously, but after seeing the trailer a second time I’m getting over it.

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In conclusion the teaser trailer Guardians of the Galaxy looks unlike a film unlike anything that Marvel have done before and at this point that is a very good thing. It is really random. I like the look of this new space adventure, the cast look awesome, the humour is great and the action looks like it’ll be on-par with anything Marvel Studios have produced before. While I wasn’t completely blown away, I am still hyped for this film and my curiosity has definitely risen a lot more.

So what did you think of the GotG teaser trailer? Leave your thoughts below.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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