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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Tower Heist

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one paragraph review and today I’ll be talking about Tower Heist. Now I’ve been meaning to watch this film for a while because I missed in this the cinema due to its mixed reception, but over the years I’ve heard it wasn’t too bad so I decided to check it out and see what it was like.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “The plot follows a group of employees of an exclusive apartment building who lose their pensions in the Ponzi scheme of a Wall Street businessman. So the group enlist the aid of criminal, a businessman and another employee of the apartment building, to break into the businessman’s apartment and steal back their money while avoiding the FBI agent in charge of his case.” I thought Tower Heist was a fun little film, I’ve always enjoyed a heist film and the fact that it was mixed with comedy was an added bonus. I liked the story, it was humourous but a enough heart so you cared about most of the key characters and their motivations. The pacing was swift, the action set pieces were good and while the humour wasn’t the funniest material, there were a good few moments that made me laugh. The plot wasn’t what I expected and while it hit some familiar beats that I’ve seen in films like this before, there was enough unique and unexpected aspects that made it worth a watch. The cast was all really solid too, I really enjoyed Michael Peña as Enrique, that dude is just naturally charismatic and funny, also Casey Affleck is someone I don’t think I’ve seen in a comedy before so I was pleasantly surprised at his performance as Charlie. Gabourey Sidibe was pretty funny as Odessa despite the questionable accent, Alan Alda was also good as Arthur Shaw and Téa Leoni as Claire Denham was great as she was very serious and by-the-book, but also sweet and funny. But the real stars of this film were Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy as Slide and Matthew Broderick as Josh Kovaks, Slide and Mr. Fitzhugh. Stiller is normally fun to watch and he brought a lot of charm and humour to this film, Murphy was also really great in this film, he had all of the key elements that make him so funny and magnetic as a comedic actor and this was the best film I’ve seen from him in a while and then there’s Broderick who I havent seen in many films in recent years, but here he was so funny because of his character’s cowardice and weak yet likeable persona. In conclusion Tower Heist was a good time and I’m glad that I watched it, the humour, action and music was solid and I would recommend it.

So have you seen Tower Heist and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts on the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Beverly Hills Cop

Good day to you ladies and gents people, sorry for the lack of reviews as of recent but I’ve been busy with my new job, so my schedule’s been SO out of wack, but I’m back again to do a single paragraph review and it will be on the classic Beverly Hills Cop. This is one of my favourite 80’s films and since I hadn’t seen it in a few years I decided to check it out again. So without further ado here we go:

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After Beverly Hills Cop, what can be said about this film that hasn’t been said already? It is a frigging awesome film and is one of the best examples of action comedy being done right. I love how this film is mainly about the main character, Axel Foley going on an adventure to figure out the murder of his best friend, but it is layered with humour, action, drama, conspiracy, drugs and other elements that culminate in one hell of a ride that’s super entertaining from start to finish. Straight from the beginning the film’s hilarious, the dialogue is so well-written with some great jokes and physical comedy, and thanks to the cast they really make these jokes pop. And speaking of the cast, let’s talk about Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, damn, talk about a force of nature. Foley is wise-cracking, no-nonsense and hilarious dude, but he’s also very smart and creative and has a serious side when needed, and Murphy is pretty much in his element as he rides this perfect line between being a hilarious smart-ass and a likeable/relatable hero. John Ashton and Judge Reinhold are also brilliant as Sergeant John Taggart and Detective Billy Rosewood, these two have great chemistry and comedic timing as the officers tasked with stopping and then eventually helped out Foley. Ashton’s rough and ready style was nicely balanced but Reinhold’s lighthearted and silly approach. Steven Berkoff made for a really fun and captivating villain as Victor Maitland. Lisa Eilbacher also does well as Jenny Summers as she was not just a throwaway character, and was not only quintessential to the plot, but also had great amount of charisma and screen time too. Ronny Cox is also really good as Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil, Gil Hill has some of my favourite moments as Inspector Douglas Todd, and even Damon Wayans’ quick appearance is frigging awesome as well. Also, this film also has one of the most delightful and positive-feeling soundtracks I’ve come across in any film I’ve ever seen, the music selection is absolutely of its time period with such energetic, upbeat and fun 80’s song choices, but it is really about the gorgeous “Axel F” jam crafted by Harold Faltermeyer, and while one could argue that the song is overused during the course of the film, but I can’t get enough (much like “Danger Zone” from Top Gun). In the end Beverly Hills Cop is just a lot of fun and miss the simplicity of films like this especially when it comes to the blending of action and comedy, and the feel-good 80’s time period. If you haven’t seen this I would recommend it 100%. 😀

So that was my review, have you seen Beverly Hills Cop 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 March 12, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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