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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Atomic Blonde

Howdy ladies and gents, so today I went to the cinema for the first time in like 2-3 weeks and I’m finally getting around to playing catch up with certain films. And with that out of the way, I’m ready to give you a mini review for Atomic Blonde.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “The story revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989”

So this film was better than I expected considering the reviews that ranged from good to okay. Now I’m not saying I base my film viewing experiences purely based the review of others, but if I’m iffy on a film than a certain amount of reviews can sway me, and Atomic Blonde was a film I was interested in because of the director and the action in the trailers, but after a while the more I saw of the film the less sure I would enjoy it. Firstly the story was pretty interesting considering the setting and its ties to real world events in the 80’s, however, I found that the non-linear style of storytelling wasn’t needed as much as it was and the plot did become a tedious, slow, needlessly complicated and predictable at points. As for the cast, they were strong. Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton was so cool, stylish, tough as nails and cold yet human on the inside and Theron sold the role well and looked so good in her many outfits. James McAvoy as David Percival was funny, quirky and charismatic and the role works primarily because of McAvoy’s charm. John Goodman and Toby Jones were good as Emmett Kurzfeld and Eric Gray, I also enjoyed Eddie Marsan as Spyglass, Sofia Boutella got to stretch her acting chops as Delphine Lasalle, and Bill Skarsgård was quite good as Merkel. But the best part of this film by miles is the action, good gravy, director David Letch, the cinematographer, stunt team and fight choreographer did a fabulous job. The action was intense, brutal, violent and hard-hitting with every punch, kick, stab, gunshot, car crash and more having an impact. The fight sequences were creative and badass, with such attention to detail with the use of props, a lot of movement and style, and some of those extended scenes all done in one take were insane. I will say that one of the sequences had the characters fighting longer than humanly possible which made it a little unrealistic, but otherwise, I enjoyed it a lot. With the 1980’s soundtrack, it worked for the most part, however, sometimes it felt like there was one song too many and there were also two songs with two versions which felt unnecessary. In conclusion, Atomic Blonde was a decent time at the cinema, while the story was a little tedious, I had fun with the cast and action scenes. Definitely worth a watch,

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

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Filth Review

Howdy people, time for another film review and today’s review will be on a film I only found out about just two weeks ago, Filth. The trailer looked awesome, I am a James McAvoy fan and I was down for this film. However I watched Mark Kermode’s review of the film and that made me cautious of what I was gonna see, then as I was buying my film ticket the man asked me for my age (which never happens ever), so if that wasn’t an indication that something was freaky about the film then I don’t know what is. Anyways time to review this film!

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So the story in the film involves Bruce Robertson, a very questionable individual and corrupt policeman. He’s in line for a promotion and will go to any lengths to get whether it involves lying, cheating or some other kind of dodgy form of activities. However behind the scenes he has some demons from his past that start to expose themselves and as the story progresses Bruce starts to unravel, he gets lost in his own lies, drugs and psychological madness and the weight of the world starts to cave in on him.

The themes covered in the film involve drug use, porn, prostitution, racism and corruption within the police force among other things. I thought the story in the film was pretty interesting from the start with James McAvoy being this awesome central character who is a bit of a douche but has a brilliantly calculated mind. However once we start to learn more about him and how he operates around other people and what his past really involved, that’s when the film really starts to change from a strange but interesting drama to some crazy psychologically messed up stuff. The film definitely jumps into Trainspotting and Sexy Beast, but then it becomes even more freakish than that and goes into Requiem for a Dream territory. After that there’s some seriously messed up stuff that goes down yo, I won’t say but I’d say be prepared for some thought-provoking stuff.

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When it comes to the characters I think the cast are all pretty good, however there is obviously one stand-put performance and that comes from James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson. Now I have only really been a fan of McAvoy since X-Men: First Class, but ever since then he has proved time and again that he is a capable and versatile actor and in this film he delivers probably the best performance of his career. McAvoy is funny, sly, creepy, aggressive and vulnerable. He’s just so incredibly versatile and he carries this film with his stellar acting talent. I also liked Eddie Marsan as Bladesey, his character is a good friend of Bruce but he’s such a tender soul who is very nice but a little lacking in confidence. This was one of Marsden softer roles for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The rest of the cast is good which include: Imogen Poots as Amanda Drummond, Jamie Bell as Ray Lennox, Joanne Froggatt as Mary and Shirley Henderson as Bunty. But my other favourite person in this film was Jim Broadbent as Dr Rossi, his role in this film was very good, hilarious and over-the-top but I found his segments in the film to be incredibly enjoyable.

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In conclusion Filth I have to say that was an experience. That film was fucking intense, in that Sexy Beast/Requiem for a Dream kind of intense. James McAvoy was incredible and while I enjoyed in the film, I can say that it left me kind of shook up yo. I dunno if it because if it’s just me, but this was a bit hard to watch and I don’t know if I could ever revisit it. If you’re a fan of Trainspotting or psychologically crazy films then check this one out, however be away that in gets a bit freaky at points.

Rating: 8/10 (A really good film, but it a bit too foul and extreme for my liking)

So now I have to ask you the public, what did you think of Filth? Did you enjoy it or were you disappoint or may be even disgusted? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The World’s End Review

Howdy people of the interweb! Time for me to review a film I’ve waited AGES to see, The World’s End. This is the latest film from Edgar Wright and the final film in what is now known as the “Cornetto trilogy“. Edgar Wright is man who can do no wrong for me, I’ve loved everything he has done so far, so does Wright along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do it again in this film? Well read on and find out! 🙂

So the premise for this story is as follows:

“Five childhood friends reunite after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth (which they originally failed) returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub “The World’s End”. Over the course of the night, they realize that the town has been taken over by robots and they begin to realise that the real struggle is “not just theirs but humankind’s”, and completing the crawl becomes the least of their worries.”

Looking at the premise this sounded like a really unique idea and the trailer, while making me slightly hesitate about the end result, did however look like a good time. So after seeing the film I can say that I enjoyed the story, though it didn’t turn out anything like I thought it would. At first the film centers on Gary King and his efforts to get his old mates back together, this is the part of the film which while good was a little questionable and varying in interest. It wasn’t until the guys got back to Newton Haven and find all the crazy inhabitants of the town attacking them when story really started to pick up and get interesting. As with all Edgar Wright films there is a lot of humour in verbal and physical forms, some of which is hilarious, some of which not as funny and some of which that isn’t funny because the trailers showed the scenes liked ten times! Outside of the humour there is a lot of heart, character development and genuine emotion in some scenes and it was nice. The film is strange, crude and sometimes incredibly absurd, but if you’re a fan of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s work then you’ll have a good time here.

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As for the characters, the cast do a brilliant job at making each one of these characters relevant, easy to connect to and funny. Let’s start with Simon Pegg as Gary King, I thought Pegg was awesome. Now strangely enough unlike his last two characters in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, his central character isn’t so nice and is kind of in the vein of Ed from Shaun of the Dead in the sense that his character isn’t very nice, has bad mannerisms and can be pretty annoying. Gary however is a lot more likeable due to his charismatic nature, crazy antics and funny dialogue, plus since it’s Simon Pegg I can’t hate him because he’s fun. Also Gary is like the glue that holds this group of people together, without him, none of the stuff in this film would have happened and I gotta give Pegg credit for doing things a little differently. As for Nick Frost as Andrew Knightley he was the character who had a difficult past with Gary which led to the tension between the two of them in this film. Frost plays his part well while his character is kind of lame for the first apart of the film, once the crazy action kicks off with the “people” in Newton Haven that’s when he really shines.

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Paddy Considine as Steven Prince was good and his character has some good dialogue too. Martin Freeman as Oliver Chamberlain was cool, Freeman knows how to do comedy and he has great timing and funny facial expressions. Eddie Marsan was a surprise as Peter Page, I’ve only really seen Marsan in Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes films so this role was a massive departure from what I’ve experienced before. Marasn was great and offered a lot of hilarious moments especially in the area of physical stuff. And Rosamund Pike as Sam Chamberlain was beautiful as always and also provided some wonderful moments of witty dialogue and physical comedy. Also there were some great small appearances from David Bradley and Pierce Brosnan too.

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty hardcore. Visually the film is great, there is a good use of CGI and practical effects and it comes together in a fabulous manner. I also love the choreography of the fight scenes and the way in which all these crazy action sequences were filmed are nothing short of fabulous. As for the music by Steven Price it is pretty cool offering up some nice and epic sounds for the film where is counts.

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In conclusion The World’s End is a good piece of comedy which feels familiar and yet fresh at the same time, and the film has all the wit, charm and over-the-top style that you’ve come to expect from Edgar Wright. While I can’t say that its my favourite film that Wright has made, I can say that it’s a good time at the cinema and very much worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of the previous films.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s some good stuff and has more pros than cons!)

So what did you think of The World’s End? Did the film meet your expectations or were you let down due to the hype and anticipation? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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