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SIMPLE REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my latest film review and today I’ll be talking about Jupiter Ascending. I’d heard a lot of bad things about the film, but I thought I’d give it a chance because I like the Wachowski brothers. But after leaving the cinema I’m kind of lost for words as to what I just watched.

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So the story summary can be described as the following:

“In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.”

I’m annoyed at this film because there are moments of originality and intrigue, however it is wasted on a convoluted and cliché plot. Throughout most of the film I felt like Towelie from South Park and kept saying to myself “I have no idea what’s going on.” Really, I’m not joking. There are moments, where things happen with several characters over many different locations and most of the time I wasn’t really following what was going on because of a few things like disjointed storytelling, odd pacing and a lot of jargon. Most of the time I didn’t care about what was happening on-screen and was just waiting for the next action sequence. Sometimes it feels like the film forgets what its main plot point is and gets lost with subplots or characters who come in and out of the film without any long-term relevance.

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When it comes to the cast the performances vary. Mila Kunis is still as gorgeous as ever and she does a decent job as Jupiter Jones, her character is a little annoying at times, but is more capable than most women in her situation usually. Channing Tatum as Caine is decent, he doesn’t do anything that is overly good or bad really, but he handles the action moments well. Also Sean Bean as Stinger is pretty fun and Douglas Booth is fine as Titus. However the main person I’ll remember from this film is Eddie Redmayne as Balem. Balem, he acts like this big bad villain, but he hardly does anything truly villainous and he is hardly intimidating especially when he whispers nearly all the time (besides when he freaks out and shouts). I’ve gone from seeing Redmyane in his best performance (The Theory of Everything) to his worst (this film) and it is just astonishing. This performance is pretty bad, however, at times he also turns into something very humourous to watch. Everyone else is either fine or irrelevant as they don’t have enough screen time for them to matter.

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The one thing this film succeeds in is the presentation. Visually this film is beautiful, truly a sight to behold with such gorgeous and detailed CGI on the characters, planets, cities and space, and so much more. It was incredibly clear, striking, realistic and colourful, and with the cinematography and action sequences, it makes for an awesome experience. And then there’s the soundtrack which is actually really good, and I was surprised to see that it was Michael Giacchino of all people. If you didn’t know already, but Giacchino is one of my favourite film composers and here he crafts a bombastic sound full of life, epicness and beauty. It does get a little over the top, but overall it is a really great score for not so great film.

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In conclusion, Jupiter Ascending, it is a film with ambition, great visual presentation and awesome music, but the story was a bit of a mess and the performances were a bit of mixed bag ranging from okay to terrible. There are moments to enjoy (sometimes for the wrong reasons) but overall it is not a film I would recommend.

Rating: 5.5

So have you seen Jupiter Ascending and if so what did you think of it? Was it good, bad or okay in your eyes? Please be sure comment below and give me your thoughts. Laters! 😛

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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SIMPLE REVIEW: Foxcatcher

Okay we’re going to do something a little different today, I saw Foxcatcher last Sunday and I’ve been debating whether I was going to review it or not and if I did write it, how would I do it? So now I’m going to do a different kind of review dubbed “Simple Reviews” where I will basically try to sum up my thoughts on a film in the most condensed manner possible. So with that in mind let’s begin.

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The premise involves the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances. Foxcatcher is a very dramatic film which from the beginning has a very cold and unnerving nature. The story is very interesting and is less about the sport of wrestling and more about the people behind it. This is a film about power and psychological mind games and while this film has a lot of story surrounding Mark and Dave Schultz, this is the John du Pont story and the film makes you well aware of that as story progresses and things become a lot more distraught and out of control. I will say that the plot felt a little slow at times and things did not unfold in the way that expected, and overall the story, as fascinating as it was, was not as captivating as I would have hoped.

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One of the best elements of the film is the cast. Firstly Steve Carell as John du Pont, wow what a transformation. I’ve really warmed to Carell in recent years in his comedic roles but I have never seen him do a serious role before and now we have pretty much his best performance to date. Carell is confident, mysterious as the patriotic multimillionaire who loves wrestling and wants to be part of that world, but also has some hidden demons. Channing Tatum is also very goo as Mark Schultz, he’s an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, however he feels like he’s living in his brother’s shadow and wants to ascend to the top. And with du Pont he finds a kindred spirit and the two of them start an interesting relationship and besides having a face similar to an ape for a fair amount of the film, Tatum turns in a good performance. Mark Ruffalo is also great as Dave Schultz, he is more well-known and respected than his brother Mark. Dave is kind and is always there to help his brother, but once du Pont comes into play it creates this interesting, if somewhat questionable three-part partnership. Each of these three actors have great chemistry and good scenes together whether it be Tatum and Carell or Ruffalo and Tatum or all of them together.

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In conclusion Foxcatcher is a very unsettling and creepy film with some awesome performances. I’m not going to lie, I was expected a lot more considering the amount of rave reviews this film has garnered since it came out in America. That being said it is a film worth seeing just for Steve Carell’s performance.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Foxcatcher and if soe what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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22 Jump Street Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review (man it feels like ages since I’ve said that haha) and today I’ll be talking about 22 Jump Street, a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. As most of the people who follow this blog know, I’m not overly fond of comedies, however there are a few that I do like and 21 Jump Street surprised me back in 2012 so I was definitely down for the sequel especially after the trailers dropped. So how does this comedy sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

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The story for the film can be summarised as the following:

“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”

In a nutshell this story is awesome. The story on display here basically does the same thing again, except changes the setting and story elements, like for instance instead of it being school it is college and rather than Jenko having a bad time, its Schmidt this time round. 22 Jump Street does what The Hangover 2 tried to do, but rather than fail miserably, this film gets the sequel formula right. I will admit at the beginning I thought the film was just alright, but around the middle when Ice Cube came into the film more was when the film really picked up and by the end it was insanely funny. The humour is just as funny as its predecessor, if not more so, but beyond that the story has some touching moments to it too. I love how self-aware the film is, it references a lot of pop culture, pokes fun at itself and the concept of film sequels and at one point even does something similar to Tropic Thunder but takes it to a new level of fun and absurdity.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good offering various levels of humour throughout. Firstly there’s Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko. They’re back as this odd dynamic duo and they’re just as funny, if not funnier than they were before. These two clearly are having fun with their roles and they’re chemistry is amazing and kinetic. Hill is funny because of his character’s awkward lines of dialogue, weird interactions with people and poor levels of physical strength and Tatum is funny because his character is a blockhead, seems to be some kind of superhuman and his stupidity leads to some really funny one-liners in the film. Also I just want to note how frigging cool Tatum was, his action scenes were awesome and his acrobatic moments really make him look like he’ll fit into a superhero film in the future (let’s hope he does Gambit justice). Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson is just on the highest level of awesomeness in this film. I thought Dickson was funny in the last film, but here he is on fire just being like the most angry stereotypical black man ever and Cube just kills it. I have not laughed at one person so much in a film in a long time.

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Peter Stormare as Ghost is great too, he’s the main bad guy and he has a bit of stage play performer vibe about him, but I like that and how cocky and weird he is too. Wyatt Russell as Zook is just amazing, he is a very odd man, he has some very strange personality traits and dreams, but that’s what makes him so funny and his interaction with Jenko is awesome. Amber Stevens is gorgeous as Maya, she’s a person Schmidt befriends and she’s a smart and kind-hearted soul, I like her. Jillian Bell as Mercedes is really funny, her lines in this film were insane, rude and kind of repetitive in the subject manner but also funny. Also seeing the return of Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy is just perfect, I love how Hardy delivered his lines in such a deadpan kind of way, Offerman was clearly channeling his inner Ron Swanson as it was pretty much the exact same character and to be honest I loved it. Dave Franco as Eric Molson and Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters were awesome in their segment in the film too. There are also some cameos in the film that I won’t spoil which are just awesome and hilarious.

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In conclusion 22 Jump Street is awesome and is a prime example of how to do a comedy sequel correctly. I had hoped for a good experience watching this film, but it was way funnier than I expected and I was actually laughing out loud which has not happened since 2011. This a great fun-filled experience which is basically the same thing again, but better. I can easily recommend this as some summer fun in the cinema.

Rating: 8/10 (Ice Cube is a don! XD)

So what did you think of 22 Jump Street? Did it meet your expectations or were you let down? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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X-Men Producer Confirms Channing Tatum as Gambit

Good day to you ladies and gents of the internet, time to talk about some film news that just dropped a little while ago. The following information comes from superherohype:

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He’s been campaigning for the role since last September, and revealed he had a meeting about playing the character back in April, and now longtime “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirms that Channing Tatum is Gambit. Though no official deal has been put in place, Donner revealed to Total Film that, to her at least, Tatum is the character.

“Well you know he’s a rogue, Channing. He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that. He’s got a really good heart, because I know him personally, I did a movie with him. So I think he’ll be great, he’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a southerner too, he’s not from New Orleans but he is a southerner and he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”

So after the interviews, news stories and rumours we finally have confirmation that Gambit is returning to the big screen and we have Mr Tatum taking on the role, and while there’s no official story from 20th Century Fox, it is pretty safe to assume that when someone involved with a film franchise says that someone is cast in a role, you’re gonna take it as fact as most times it ends up being true anyway. Alrighty then, how do I feel about this news? A bit excited and partially concerned. Now the reason I’m in two minds about his casting is because on one hand Tatum has gone from someone I’d never cared about, until I saw films like 21 Jump Street and Side Effects that shows that the guy is talented. But on the other I’m not sure if the guy is a decent fit for the role of Gambit. Now Gambit is a very important a treasured character in the comics and among fans, so seeing this character get the adaptation he deserves is the most important thing. I guess it’ll just be a question of time, we’ll have to see when and how this character gets brought into the current X-Men films before we pass judgement, as for now I’m down with it, though I can see the fan boys raging away at their computer screens too haha.

What do you think of this news? Do you think Channing Tatum is a good fit for the role of Gambit or not? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see on then ext blog post. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review

So here we have a film that I wasn’t initially interesting in watching and I was totally going to skip it, but since both me dad and sister were going to watch it on Tuesday I decided to tag along just for fun. So I went to me local cinema to check out G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the end result was slightly better than expected, but still a forgettable film though.

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When it comes to story here is a synopsis:

“Framed for crimes against the country, the G.I. Joe team is terminated by the President’s order, and the surviving team members face off against Zartan, his accomplices, and the world leaders he has under his influence.

I thought that the plot was a lot better and less cheesy than the last film, but it still wasn’t that fancy, it was also a bit over-the-top and cliché and there was some unnecessary character stories thrown in too. The story was just there I was hardly paying attention to it and it didn’t help that I nodded off in the film too (In need to stop doing that!). But a lot oft he time I wasn’t too sure what was going on, I’ve forgotten what happened in The Rise of Cobra so all of the references or ties to that film went over my head. A lot of the film is bloody hilarious but that’s for all the wrong reasons, the fight scenes or serious parts are unintentionally jokes and I ended up having a good time with some scenes in the film.

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Now let’s talk about the characters. Well this is going to be hard as none of the characters were all that interesting, fun or likeable, the only character I liked was Roadblock because Dwayne Johnson is cool. Everyone else do their parts okay but they aren’t worth mentioning. Jonathan Pryce as the President is alright, Bruce Willis was Bruce Willis nuff said, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow  has great fight scenes but nothing else, Ray Park as Snake Eyes was awesome in fight scenes too but it’s had to get attached to a character who doesn’t talk. Channing Tatum as Duke was still just dull as he was before, Luke Bracey and Robert Baker as Cobra Commander was super cheesy and I liked the appearances of Arnold Vosloo and RZA was great.

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As far as presentation goes it is probably the best part of the film. The action and fight sequences are done well and provide a lot of cool stuff to look at on-screen, though the fight scenes are shot and edited a little questionably and don’t properly show off the action in the way most martial arts films do. Also far too much of the action is done in slow motion, it does not amplify or make the action any better. The music is forgettable and doesn’t do anything for the film, it’s just there.

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In conclusion G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a film that is better than the first but that isn’t saying much. This film has few moments of interest but it’s still a crazy, ridiculous and silly film that isn’t very memorable by any means. Though I have to say it’s a very funny film but that’s for all the wrong reasons.

Rating: 5.5/10 (A silly yet alright film I guess)

So there we go, another film review done. Have you seen this film and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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