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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: In Bruges

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about In Bruges. So this is a film I’ve been meaning to watch for a while now, I’ve not only heard a lot about it via some film critics/fans I follow online, but also from my mate at uni who told me to check it out back in 2012 or 2013. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.” I have to say that was engaged from the beginning due to the fact that I not only liked the two main actors but also because of their current situation. They had essentially come from a hitman job that had gone wrong in the UK and had to lay low and wait for instructions, and while it wasn’t clear what had happened yet. I liked the mystery that surrounding these characters and suspense surrounding the call from their boss, Harry. While it was fun to get to know both characters and see their differences in personality, I wasn’t super captivated by the story. I was interested but was waiting for something to hook me. And then when you found out what happened with Ray and why these characters are in their current situation, that’s when the film got me. And from there, what followed was a series of unexpected scenarios that ranged from being hilarious to shocking to strange and crazy. I liked the film’s sense of humour, it was dark, twisted and blunt and while not all of the¬†dialogue landed for me, some of those lines were frigging funny as hell, and luckily the humour never came at the expense of the serious moments as it was well-balanced throughout the film. The cast was great. First you have¬†Colin Farrell¬†as Ray who is a charismatic, straightforward and rude kind of guy who I found¬† little funny but mostly unlikable for a while, until I saw what happened to him in the past and how he acted around some other characters, he isn’t a complete douche, he has a heart and can be good occasion and Farrell was just delightful.¬†Brendan Gleeson was great as Ken, I have yet to see a film where Gleeson disappoints me and the same rules apply here, he’s serious, yet witty and is a nice counterbalance to Ray. Farrell and Gleeson have great chemistry, they’re like an old married couple bickering, but you can see that there is a solid bond there. But it might be¬†Ralph Fiennes who steals the show as Harry. Good gravy, what a guy! From the time he’s introduced via a phone call he leaves a solid impression, and from there he has so many scene-stealing moments with his magnetic presence and his hot and cold personality, he’s cool, but when you piss him off he’s merciless and crazy, and this might be one my favourite performances from Fiennes ever because he reminded me of Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. I also enjoyed¬†Cl√©mence Po√©sy who was delightful as Chlo√ę Villette and¬†Jordan Prentice brought some good humour as Jimmy, and I also liked¬†Thekla Reuten¬†as Marie and¬†J√©r√©mie Renier¬†as Eirik. In conclusion, In Bruges was a film I enjoyed far more than I expected with interesting themes, great performances, good humour, a really nice and melancholy film score and unexpected revelations.

So have you seen In Bruges¬†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! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Dead Man Down

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about Dead Man Down. Now, this is one of the many films that’s been on my watchlist on Amazon Video for AGES, and since I wanted to watch a film that wasn’t too long, but was also on the overdue section of my watchlist I decided to give this film a watch. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.

Now I don’t want to say too much about the plot in the summary above, so just check out the trailer below if you want any additional information. I watched this film completely blind and I thought this film was fun, but not too captivating throughout. If you have seen any thriller with a revenge plot then you’ve experienced a lot of these story elements before, and at first, you’re intrigued by the main character and his ties these criminals and this mysterious woman. That being said, certain things start out a little slow and there seemed to be a few moving parts to story that I wasn’t sure how they’d serve the main story. However, once some plot twists and revelations come to light the picks up and gets quite exciting. While some plot points play out as you’d expect, there were some minor aspects that turned out differently than I expected which was nice. One of the things that elevate the film is the cast, firstly there’s¬†Colin Farrell¬†as Victor, he doesn’t talk much especially early on, however, as the film goes on we get to learn more about him and understand his motivations, and it also helps¬†that Farrell can be intimidating and likeable.¬†Noomi Rapace¬†as Beatrice is also really good, she’s a woman deeply affected by an accident that left her physically and mentally scarred and at first, it was interesting to learn about her backstory and how she tied to current events of the plot, and Rapace is so charming, strong and cute in this role, and I think this is the most attracted I’ve been to her as an actress so far. Farrell and Rapace have solid and cute chemistry together. Also, Dominic Cooper is good as Darcy, I liked his connection to Victor and how he played detective to find out the truth of an important death earlier on. Also, Terrence Howard did play a decent villain in the form of as Alphonse Hoyt, he’s smooth yet aggressive and has some great moments to chew scenery¬†and in some ways, this character feels like a precursor to his role in Empire. And finally, Isabelle Huppert¬†as Beatrice’s mother Maman was nice, offering light-hearted and subtle moments of drama with her daughter.¬†Visually the film is pretty good. It felt like there was a strong sense of direction when it came to the action as it was shot and framed well, had some nice violence and gunfights, and the final action sequence in a house was pretty damn cool. Also, the film score from Jacob Groth was good and had some lovely dramatic and emotional moments.¬†In conclusion, Dead Man Down was a decent film, it wasn’t overly original and was a little slow and predictable at points, the performances, style, action and latter half of the film kept me engaged.

So have you seen Dead Man Down¬†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! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Saving Mr Banks Review

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to the first of 3 film reviews today. Now I know that I am a fair bit late with this film review, but honestly my uni schedule has kept me away from the cinema so that’s why this Saving Mr. Banks review is SO late. However I knew that this was a film I’d have to review for this blog no matter what, so read on to find out my thoughts,

The story in the film depicts author P. L. Travers and her fortnight-long briefing in Los Angeles as she is persuaded by filmmaker Walt Disney, in his attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novel. And while in LA Travers has flashbacks into her troubled past as a child which haunts her.

I thought the story was fairly interesting, dramatic, funny and unexpected. I knew the film would be about the process in which Disney wanted to make Mary Poppins into musical and how he had to get approval from Travers, but I never knew it would turn out like this. I thought the film would be a typical drama “based on a true story”, however I did not expect the film to have as much emotional depth to it. I got a bit teary-eyed to be honest. ūüėõ The story is very much centered on¬†¬†P. L. Travers, but there is also some room for Walt Disney and some other major character plot lines that you do not expect to see due to trailers leaving it out.

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As for the cast they al do a tremendous job at bringing their characters to life and making us, the audience care about them. But the stand-out performance by far is¬†Emma Thompson as Pamela “P. L.” Travers. Thompson was absolutely mesmerizing¬†as the author of Mary Poppins, she was extremely intimidating, pre-judgemental, overbearing, persistent, and quite a rude woman in general. But it was those qualities that made her such a joy to watch as her snarky remarks and actions lead to some very moments throughout the film. Thompson is just such a versatile actress and her believability and emotional range is so heartfelt and beautiful, and for some reason I felt incredibly attracted to her (I don’t know why though, maybe I like older women? :S). Oh and¬†Annie Rose Buckley was great as the young P.L. Travers too!

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Tom Hanks is good as always as Walt Disney, Hanks plays the iconic filmmaker and you can see that he is very jolly, charismatic and full of life, but also strong-willed, stubborn and likes to get his own way. And while this is not Hanks at his best, that is by no means a negative on his part as he turns in a good performance that is worth mentioning. The other major person in this film is¬†Colin Farrell as Travers Robert Goff, Farrell has a fairly big role in this film that many won’t be aware of until they watch the film and he does a great job in the film. His character is a very loving father, but behind his usually good-willed exterior, on the inside he had problems. This is definitely one of my favourite Farrell performances, it is strong, emotional and his accent is so good for a dude that’s naturally Irish.

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And my other favourite performance would be from¬†Paul Giamatti as Ralph, Pamela’s chauffeur. Giamatti is very well-known and versatile actor and while this was one of his more light-hearted roles, he was just adorable as this happy-go-lucky kind of guy who drove around Travers and tried to make conversation with her, even with her negative attitude. He and Travers have some great screen time together and I loved their interaction together.¬†Other notable performances include¬†Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi, Melanie Paxson¬†as Dolly¬†and¬†B. J. Novak and¬†Jason Schwartzman¬†as Robert B. and¬†Richard M.¬†Sherman.

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In conclusion Saving Mr. Banks¬†was a very good film with a lot of heart and amazing performances from the cast, but it is truly Emma Thompson who steals the show with incredible acting talent. While the film wasn’t nearly as impressive as I thought it would be because of the hype prior to it, it is something I will probably watch again at some point because of the performances alone.

Rating: 8.5 /10 (A beautiful story with a great central performance from Emma Thompson)

So what did you think of¬†Saving Mr. Banks? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are, leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Daredevil

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #10 of my¬†Month of Superhero Film Reviews!¬†During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Okay now its time for me to tackle one of the comic book films I’ve been avoiding for around 10 years now, today I’m talking about¬†Daredevil.

Oh god, honestly this was one of the films I just didn’t want to watch. I’d heard so many things about it since its 2003 release in the cinema, I’d heard some people actually liked it, but the majority of people I saw and came across despised it with a passion. My uncle who’s really into comic books told me personally to stay away from that film and he’s usually never wrong. But for this month of superhero reviews I thought I give it a watch and you know what?… What I saw today can’t be unseen.

In terms of the plot involves Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights for justice in the courtroom and out of the courtroom as the masked vigilante Daredevil. Over the course of the film he comes across Elektra Natchios who becomes his love interest, has a few scuffles with assassin Bullseye and eventually comes across Wilson Fisk, also known as the crime lord Kingpin.

Well the story was surprising, it was basically a story of love, revenge and realizations. The origin story was glossed over and we’re thrown several years into the future where Matt Murdock is already Daredevil. I feel like there wasn’t enough time for me to get acquainted with Matt prior to his donning of the costume and fighting of injustice which meant I didn’t care about him that much. I understood why he was doing what he was doing, but I didn’t care. A lot of things in this film feel like they happen pretty quickly without enough time to take it in and let progress naturally, like romance between Matt and Elektra that materializes out of nowhere and builds over like two days or something. I didn’t believe that for a second. I can see why some audiences would like this kind of story because it’s a little more adult and darker in its material, but the execution could have been so much better.

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Now let’s talk about the cast.¬†Ben Affleck¬†as¬†Matt Murdock/Daredevil was okay, he did what he could with the source material and I didn’t dislike him as much as I thought I would. But the problem is that I just couldn’t feel him in the role. you see there’s certain people who just don’t fit the look and style of a superhero and I believe that applies to Affleck, I’ve seen him act in much better films and he’s awesome these days, but in this film he’s not the Matt Murdock that I envisioned. Next is¬†Jennifer Garner¬†as¬†Elektra Natchios, Garner did look pretty and her character seemed interesting, I just didn’t care about her too much.

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And then there’s¬†Colin Farrell¬†as¬†Bullseye, he was hilarious. His character was so over-the-top and ridiculous but that’s what actually made him tolerable and he was much favourite character in the film. Now let’s talk about¬†Michael Clarke Duncan¬†as¬†Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin. I remember when I first saw Duncan Clarke as the The Kingpin and dismissing him completely because of loyalty to the source material, but now I’m older and I can look at this with a different opinion. Duncan Clarke gave a pretty decent interpretation of the character who was still intimidating and strong, though it still wasn’t the Kingpin that I was hoping to see. And lastly there’s¬†Jon Favreau¬†as¬†Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, I did not expect to see Favreau in this film and it through me off, but considering he’s comedy background I’m not overly surprised. He was alright, though a tad annoying because he talked a little too much for my liking.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is alright with a lot of CGI which was probably impressive for its time but now looks far too obvious. I like what they did for Daredevil’s vision, but other than that I felt like the CGI was a bit over-the-top and while obviously some of those Daredevil’s actions couldn’t be done in real like I feel like a lot of the film could have benefited from more stunt work. Also the action and fight scenes were awkward, silly-looking, overly choreographed, badly edited and filmed at such strange angles that it couldn’t be properly appreciated. As for the soundtrack by.Graeme Revell the score is okay though a little overly dramatic for my liking, but the real offender is the choice of songs for this film. Who thought it was a good idea to put so many songs in one film, it’s incredibly distracting and unnecessary. I want to know who the music supervisor was for this film because the choice of songs were horrible, listen I like rock music but it was ill-placed in this film and why in the holy mother of heck is there TWO frigging¬†Evanescence songs in this film? No offence to anyone who likes them but I hate them and those songs were painful and brought back so many bad memories. The film loses points for that fact alone.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? I’m not well-versed in the Daredevil comics so I can’t answer this one unfortunately haha.

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So to conclude Daredevil is a film that just makes me shake my head. Granted I didn’t hate the film as much as I thought I would, that doesn’t mean I liked it very much. There are just far too many issues I have with the film from the story to the action sequences and the horrible music for the soundtrack. I am just not a fan of this film and pray to god Marvel do Daredevil justice when it’s eventually rebooted because God knows it needs it.

Rating: 5/10 (Too many things to complain about here)

So there’s my review people, only 20 more to go. So have you seen Daredevil 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 10, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Epic Review

Alrighty then, time to talk about Epic. The latest big animated film from Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio who make films that look very similar to Dreamworks. Anyways before this film came out everyone was talking about it and said it was gonna be some really hot stuff in 2013, so I had a look yesterday to see what the deal was. So what it good or bad? Well read on and find out!

So the story in this film follows Mary Katherine (a.k.a. M.K.), a teenager who goes to live with her estranged father in a house in the forest. Her father is obsessed with the concept of their being a race of miniaturized people living in the forest. M.K. thinks her father is crazy but by through a serious of events she finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She teams up with a group of people from the good side to save the forest.

The story in this film should feel familiar for anyone of my generation or older, what we’re getting¬†in this film is¬†in the same vein as Ferngully and Avatar. The concept of there being a small society of mini people existing in the same world as humans is cool and the explanations for why we can’t see them and how they move are pretty smart too, however the rest of¬†its execution wasn’t that good. I feel like there was a lot of drama in the film but it was cancelled out by moments of humour that really didn’t fit in the movie that well. Also there was one thing that happened that I prayed wouldn’t go down but it did and this a partial spoiler by the way… FRIGGING M.K. AND NOD KISS IN THE FILM! WHY? Now granted in this film these things are bound to happen but there needs to be a little build up before hand, there needs to be chemistry and room for the potential relationship to grow. But hell in this film these two go from being casually mates to frigging lovers at the end of the film! There are hints at them being interested in each other but not to that degree. I’m really tired of relationships be shoe-horned into films that don’t require it. Argh! Okay mini rant over, moving on…

As for the characters in this film they were a mixed bag of some nice characters to people I didn’t care about. Let’s start with Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine. Argh her character was annoying, while i could understand her background and shock of being shrunk down into this small new world, at the same time she seems to lack a bit of common sense, moans about a lot of time and for a main character she was a bit dull for me. Josh Hutcherson as Nod was another one of those annoying characters in the sense that he was reckless and didn’t want¬†to answer to anyone. He has skills that makes him¬†cool but it doesn’t matter if his character is very likable and I didn’t like him at all. then there’s Colin Farrell as Ronin, now this is the first character I actually cared about. Ronin has focus, he’s awesome, assertive and kicks a lot of ass and that’s something I appreciate in a character. Beyonc√© Knowles also makes an appearance as Queen Tara, her character wasn’t in the film as much as I thought she’d be and while she was a decent character she wasn’t around long enough to leave an impression.

Christoph Waltz as Mandrake, the leader of the Boggans was pretty good. When I heard his lines in the trailers he sounded so cheesy and stupid but luckily in this film it wasn’t nearly as bad. As a bad guy he was alright but he didn’t have too much of a scary presence and that was disappointing for me. Also Jason Sudeikis as Professor Bomba was good as the father, though because of his obsessive nature over his work it made his character hard to stand at times. ¬†Aziz Ansari as Mub was alright, most of his lines were joke-based and while some were good, others fell right flat but hey his character was better than Nod so that’s something. Chris O’Dowd as Grub was funny, I could literally just see Roy from The IT Crowd so I liked his character the entire time.

The one successful element that works in Epic‘s favor is the presentation. Visually the game looks good, it does have some moments of true beauty and looks really realistic with the good use of lighting, colour and detail. However there are a few cartoony aspects about the film that break the visual flow and clash with the realism. There is a big sense of realism but it is offset by the cartoonish style that the film adopts from time to time, the blend between cartoonish and realistic styles in this film doesn’t flow like a Pixar or Dreamworks film and it felt like both styles were fighting each other. At least when it came to the action it was very dynamic and¬†had a good use of camera angles.

In conclusion I expecting great things from Epic unfortunately it turned to be not nearly as ‘epic’ as the name suggests. It is a good film for kids and families but the end product¬†feels unoriginal and average. For those looking for something a little more impressive you may want to look elsewhere,¬†Mark Kermode said it best in his review where he stated, the¬†film connects with your eyes¬†but not your heart like a really good animation does.

Rating: 6/10 (It looks great,but that’s the only great thing about the film)

So what did you think of Epic? Did you love it or was it just another okay animated film for you? Whatever your thoughts drop in the comments section below and I’ll see ya later on people! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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