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LATE ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Bad Neighbours 2

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’m finally, FINALLY getting around to talking about Bad Neighbours 2 (originally titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in the US). Now I enjoyed the first film, and while I didn’t love it, I really enjoyed the carnage and humour that came from Zac Efron and Dave Franco especially. So when I heard there’d be sequel I knew I’d have to give it a shot.

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In a way Bad Neighbours 2 is essentially a retread of the last film with a few variations of the basic plot. In this film Mac and Kelly end up living next door to a new sorority who prove to be more troublesome than their previous neighbours, so they team up with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down. And what I liked about this film was that besides the fact that the humour was order-the-top, silly and full of all sorts of ridiculous situations, there was some heart and emotional themes relating growing up, friendship and finding your place in the world, and as someone who has experienced some of these same issues/anxieties it was pretty effective. With all that being said, not all of the humour worked and some of the emotional moments weren’t as effective as they could have been. When it comes to the cast the returning members did well and some of the new cast were cool too. Firstly Zac Efron (who was my favourite dude from the last film) returned in full effect as Teddy Sanders, and Efron had the same charisma and likability that made him so fun in the last film. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne also returned as Mac and Kelly Radner, and they were just as strange and good as they were last time. Ike Barinholtz was also as Jimmy Blevins and seeing Dave Franco again as Pete Regazolli was nice even if his role was much smaller. Chloë Grace Moretz did really as Shelby, as she was not only fun and charming, however similar to Teddy, she had a pretty interesting and emotional character arc. And finally Kiersey Clemons as Beth and Beanie Feldstein as Nora had their decent individual moments, but weren’t as funny as some of the other cast members. In conclusion Bad Neighbours 2 was a good follow-up the original film and while not all of the humour and story elements worked, on the whole it was worth a watch in the cinema.

So that was my review, have you seen Bad Neighbours 2 and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 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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Bad Neighbours Review

Hello ladies and gentlemen, time for the first of two film reviews today and it is a COMEDY DOUBLE! OH! Now this is a big deal because anyone who reads this blog knows I’m not keen on comedies, but I’m open to comedy films if they look funny. So the first review comes in the form of Bad Neighbours, a film I wanted to watch because I heard good things from early reviews and the trailers looked good. So how does the film fare? Well read on and find out.

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Here’s the story summary:

Mac and Kelly Radner are a young couple, they are suffering from arrested development and have to care for their newborn baby and for the most part their lives stable if somewhat boring. Things change dramatically when the couple are forced to live next to a fraternity house lead by Teddy Sanders, a young, out-going and crazy student who is ready to party on a hardcore level. Obviously these two are from different worlds and they start to clash in various and funny ways.

The story was somewhat unique but also familiar. Basically you have two opposing forces that are forced into the same space, they are on totally different wavelengths, so obviously they are gonna clash and that’s where the fun lies in this film. While I understand and naturally want Mac and Kelly to get their way, I was way more invested and interested in Teddy and his fraternity because they were so crazy, obnoxious and silly. Plus being a university student I could relate to their party antics too haha. This film just has an incredible sense of modern times in there with the dialogue, pop culture references, partying and music, and that made the film incredibly easy to relate to. I also like how there is a bit of heart to this comedy, I mean most comedy films don’t rely on jokes alone and have to present something else which is normally some emotional component and in this case it is a subplot involving Teddy and I really liked that inclusion.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. First there’s Seth Rogen as Mac Radner, now I make it no secret that I dislike this man with a passion, but in this film he was tolerable. Sure he’s still doing all of his Seth Rogen-based things but I think the material Rogen was working with is better than some of his previous films, his comedic timing is good and he was at times kind of funny. Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner is also good, I haven’t seen Byrne in a film since X-Men: First Class, but luckily she’s versatile as she is funny and has good chemistry with Rogen. She is also pretty hot in this film, however I don’t feel like all of her funny moments connected as well as Rogen’s.

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But the stand out person for me was Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders. Now I’ve been a fan of Efron since Me and Orson Wells and since then the guy has gone on to become so much more than that boy from High School Musical. In this film Efron is on fire, the dude is funny and has such a great screen presence, Teddy is a cool, handsome, brash and somewhat selfish guy who lives in the moment and whats to party hard while at university. Whether Teddy is butting heads with his neighbours or messing around with his boys he is a joy to watch and for the ladies they’ll probably love seeing him topless throughout the film. Dave Franco as Pete Regazolli is another one of my favourite people from this film, he’s Teddy’s second-in-command, he is just as crazy as Teddy but has some weirder qualities. Pete is really funny, but also pretty smart and the most logical of his frat boys. Franco and Efron have great t chemistry together and I loved their friendship, it was way more endearing than Mac and Kelly (probably because I’m a young person who loves a bit of bromance haha).

There were other good performances from Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie (even though he was very underused), Lisa Kudrow was funny as Carol Gladstone, Jerrod Carmichael was great as Garf, Hannibal Buress was a combination of being funny and weird as Officer Watkins and lastly Craig Roberts as Assjuice was delightful, Roberts has come such a long way since The Story of Tracy Beaker and he had a lovely part in this film.

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In conclusion Bad Neighbours is fun comedy that works mainly due to it’s really great work from the cast, good verbal and physical jokes and a story that has substance and reliability. Not all of the jokes work and a fair amount of them felt like I’d seen them before. Plus the film wasn’t nearly as funny as I had hoped and I probably won’t watch it again, but for what it was and considering how much I hate Seth Rogen, this was a good time.

Rating: 6.5/10

So what did you think of Bad Neighbours? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review which will be up straight after this one! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Now You See Me Review

Howdy people, time for me to review another film in the form of Now You See Me, a film that I’d been hearing a lot about for months now. I’d heard mixed things about the film, but the majority of thoughts on the film were good, but I was sceptical. So I saw the film last week and I thought it was a surprisingly awesome and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.

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The story in the film involves small-time magicians Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney, Henley Reeves and Jack Wilder when they’re invited to attend a meeting in a weird apartment. One year later, they reappear as The Four Horseman in a show in Las Vegas sponsored by the millionaire Arthur Tressler and they heist a bank in Paris from the stage and distribute the money to the audience. The FBI agent Dylan Rhodes is assigned to the case and the Interpol sends the agent Alma Dray to be his partner. Dylan and Alma are completely lost in the investigation and the exposer of illusionists Thaddeus Bradley gives hints about illusion. When the Four Horseman steal the bank account of Arthur Tressler during a show in New Orleans, Dylan and Alma believe that these heists are only distraction for a huge scheme but they are never sure about of what is true or illusion.

I thought the story in this film was very good and had a good number of twists and turns. It really is intriguing to see how these four magicians go from being individuals to a big-time Las Vegas act with all their amazing tricks which stun the general audience and make them targets for the police. I love films with complex plots or stories that have layers that get more and more mysterious as they progress, the problem sometimes is that these types of films either get too complicated for their own good or are just too smart for me haha. Luckily the plot in this film is at that level where it is smart, complex and layered but not overdone and easy for the general audience to understand.

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Now let’s talk about the cast who are all fantastic in their roles. Firstly there’s Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas, I thought Eisenberg was great as this cocky, wise-cracking dude who was really good at illusion and visual-based magic. While his character was a bit of a jerk, I couldn’t help but like him especially since Eisenberg’s performance was very similar to the one he gave in The Social Network. Then there’s Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney, he’s a street Magician with the powers of prediction and hypnosis. As I’m starting to discover, Woody Harrelson is great in anything, he’s funny, smart and always a scene stealer. Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves plays an impressive escape artist, I loved her in the role and she was the most level-headed in the group. And the last member in this group is Dave Franco as Jack Wilder who played a street magician, I think this is Dave Franco’s best role to date as it really showcased his acting talent and charisma on-screen in a way that made him feel relevant and look totally cool.

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Mark Ruffalo plays Dylan Rhodes, a FBI agent to great effect. I can’t say I was a big Mark Ruffalo fan until after The Avengers came out, but now I’m starting to see why people talk about his acting talents so much, he was so awesome in this film. He was hell-bent on capturing the magicians and goes through so much trouble to get them. Mélanie Laurent as Alma Dray was great as an Interpol agent assigned to help the FBI, I hadn’t seen Laurent since Inglorious Basterds so I was happy to see her again in a wonderful role where she was sophisticated, smart and didn’t take shit from anyone. And finally Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler and  Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley were incredible as always, turning in performances that were convincing, cool and familiar if you’re fans of their work.

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I thought that the presentation in this film also worked in both departments. Visually the film is shot well and there is a good use of visual effects too that really help reinforce the illusion-based performances. As for the soundtrack, I really liked it. Bryan Tyler seems to be scoring a lot more films and his music is sounding a lot more impressive these day than ever before. What I like about this soundtrack is that it has that trademark Tyler bombastic sound, its load, stylish and full of flavour!

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In conclusion Now You See Me was a mighty impressive film. I knew that the film would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be SO good. It was just such a smart film with good twists and turns, a solid story and cast and lovely presentation. This is a film I highly recommend film, it is some kick ass stuff.

Rating: 8.5/10 (I wonderfully great piece of film that get better as the film progresses)

So what did you think of Now You See Me? Whatever your thoughts are drop in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo!

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Warm Bodies Review

Okay now it’s time to review Warm Bodies, the film I was dreading to watch for a little while now due to the trailer. The trailer made me think that this film was gonna be some boring romantic comedy with zombies and similarities to Twilight, but then some of the reviews I saw for the film were alright so I thought that there was hope for the film. So I went to see it today and it turned out to be better than I expected.

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So the story is set in a zombie apocalypse setting we have a world where zombies roam the streets in two varieties; the basic undead that look your typical zombies and then there’s these creepy skeleton zombies (known as “Bonies”) who are violent, devoid of any human elements and eat any humans they can find. Now within this group of undead we have R, our central zombie character who seems to have more sense than most of the other zombies and has the power to think but mainly moans. While some humans venture into zombie territory, R comes across Julie, a human girl who he becomes infatuated with and saves her from a zombie attack (after eating her boyfriend’s brains haha). From then the two of them have to survive, learn to trust each other and evade “Bonies”. Eventually R and Julie start to bond and this in turn starts to change R from a lifeless zombie to a person who feels more human aspects; this also starts to affect the other undead zombies too. So then many other crazy scenarios ensue and R and Julie’s bond is tested when both the humans and “Bonies” are on the hunt for them.

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I thought the story was nice; it was nicely paced and was entertaining. The whole zombie rules and elements were well-integrated into those characters though at times some of the rules do fluctuate and change from time to time. Some of the humour is lost in the film if you’ve seen the trailers already but there are still a few funny scenes to enjoy. I also liked to obvious parallels to Romeo & Juliet and while it was a teen film with romantic elements, it is a believable and more importantly bearable!

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And then there’s the characters of Warm Bodies who are pretty much the make or break aspect of the film, luckily they’re up to tar. Firstly Nicholas Hoult as R, he was a very enjoyable and entertaining character. I loved how we could hear his inner thoughts and how he told the story from his perspective. Hoult delivers a great performance which is different, fun and hilarious. And there’s the pretty Teresa Palmer who was lovely as Julie Grigio. From the trailers I thought Julie was going to be a little generic, but she was luckily very likeable, relatable and had some good chemistry with R that wasn’t forced. And then there’s my man Rob Corddry as M / Marcus, he was awesome. He’s R’s mate and they hang out and have moaning conversations. His character was also pretty funny, had some funny moments and dialogue and I found it interesting that besides R he was the only other zombie capable of using words. Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin was alright thought he was a bit bland for me. His character definitely served his purpose and Franco played his part well but I didn’t really care for Perry that much. Also Analeigh Tipton as Nora was not only hot but also pretty funny. She was the bubbly friend of Julie and I while she wasn’t in the film as much as the two main characters it was fun to see what kind of weird stuff that Nora would say. And lastly John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio was cool, he was the guy who has a grudge against the zombies and I loved the way Malkovich played his character, sure he’s not in the film very much but when he’s there he is pretty badass.

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When it comes to the presentation visually it was alright, the CGI was decent for the skeleton zombies, however I found it to be a little too fake-looking in some scenes and that bothered me and definitely took away their scary factor in some scenes. Also speaking of the “Bonies” there’s one scene in the film that really reminded me of the chase sequence involving the T-1000 from Terminator 2 which made me smile a little bit. Also the soundtrack was lovely, I liked the whimsical score Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders and the songs used in the film was also lovely.

In conclusion Warm Bodies was a surprisingly nice zombie rom com that had the right amount of story and interesting characters to keep me entertained from start to finish. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer were great as the lead characters and their relationship was the one thing that needed to work and thankfully it was convincing and entertaining. If you get the chance check this film out, its thankfully nothing like Twilight so dudes do not be afraid you don’t have to worry about no Bella and Edward bullshit haha.

Rating: 7.5 (Worth a Watch!)

So what did you think of Warm Bodies? Did you enjoy it or despise it? Whatever your thoughts leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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