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QUICK REVIEW: The Last Witch Hunter

Howdy ladies and gents time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Last Witch Hunter. While the trailers haven’t blown me away, I’ve been looking forward to this film just to see what’s up and whether it would be worth my time. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

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

“An immortal witch-hunter is tasked with the job of coming between the covens of New York City and their goal to destroy humanity by way of a horrific plague. In order to accomplish this, he must partner up with a beautiful female witch, something he thought he would never do.”

Back in my review for the first trailer I said the following statement:

“My fear for this film is that it is just going to be another generic action film with a lazy/boring story that only serves to justify the action like the recent Clash of the Titans.”

So it was interesting to see how this statement ended up being half right. The main strength in this story lies in its history and mythology, there is a lot of interesting things to learn about the witcher-hunters, how magic works, how witches exist coexist with humans and rules that have been kept in place to stop evil from happening. It is quite intriguing and engaging. The journey of the main character Kaulder and his unlikely partner Chloe is a familiar one, but there are enough unique elements to keep their adventure from feeling too generic… That being said there are certain clichés and standard plot points you can see coming, and for all of the interesting history and knowledge of this world I feel like it could have been so much more. If this had been in the hands of a more established or confident director and had a more polished script with better dialogue, this film would have been more enjoyable.

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The cast do what they can with the material given to them, but it is Vin Diesel who steals the show as Kaulder. Diesel is very similar to his persona in other films, except here he’s a little more talkative, aggressive and emotional (yeah you read that last part right). As usual Diesel is very charismatic, has a magnetic screen presence and is pretty cool to watch when he’s being a badass, I think I liked this film a little more because it gave Diesel a chance to be someone other than Dominic Toretto and while his dramatic scenes won’t sway harsh critics, I just liked seeing some varied emotions from him. Rose Leslie as Chloe was decent, her character fluctuated between being nice and interesting, to being annoying and troublesome. Leslie was awesome in Game of Thrones, but here she’s not nearly as cool, fierce or enticing as she was on TV. Elijah Wood was alright as the 37th Dolan, but he was severely underutilized and even though his character gets a bit more interesting towards the end of the film, it’s not enough to save his character. Michael Caine as Father Dolan was fine, Caine’s role in this was as interchangeable as he is any other film in the action, sci-fi or fantasy genre where he’s a main or secondary character. Julie Engelbrecht was suitably strange and over-the-top as Witch Queen (it’s just a shame that Engelbrecht’s face was covered under all that make-up because she’s quite pretty underneath it all). Oh and it was fun to see Bex Taylor-Klaus from Arrow as Bronwyn as well, everyone else was okay to forgettable to be honest.

As for the presentation it was nice. Visually the film has some good CGI, art design, interesting monsters and pretty sweet flame sword, I also liked some of the fight sequences (even though the camera was a little too close in certain shots) and the soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky was fine, but didn’t have that trademark energy I know he can bring to films especially ones in the action genre.

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In conclusion The Last Witch Hunter was a decent if somewhat flawed film. There’s a lot of interesting ideas with the mythology, Vin Diesel is good in the central role and some of the action scenes were pretty cool. Unfortunately the film’s a little by-the-numbers when it comes to action, story and characters, it is still fun but I’m sure it won’t be looked upon kindly by anyone outside Diesel’s fan base.

Rating: 5.5/10

So have you seen the The Last Witch Hunter and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Last Witch Hunter Teaser Trailer

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another trailer review. It feels like I barely do any of these types of blog posts regularly any more and yet besides my film and TV reviews I always seem to find time to talk about trailers when I’m in the right mood. Anyways, today I get to talk about the teaser that dropped online recently for the upcoming Vin Diesel film, The Last Witch Hunter. I’ve been looking forward to finding out more about this film ever since it was announced way back when and I’m glad that we finally have some footage to work with. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing the trailer? Looks interesting enough, I have to see more.

I guess with the first images that were released for this film, I hoping for a more fantasy style of film with action and adventure thrown in, this seems like an action film with some fantasy elements, and while it is too early to tell what the story is going to be like, it does look fairly large in scope. From Michael Caine’s monologue it seems like Vin Diesel’s character has been up to a lot, he’s done many things and it has been documented, he’s a good soldier and that’s his story isn’t over yet. Seems like Diesel is some sort of chosen one to do battle with the forces of evil armed with different weapons including a gun and flame sword. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of combat this film gives Diesel to work with. Oh and going back to Caine again, from his attire it looks like he’s a priest right? So I assume that this film will have something to do with religion and have close connections to church and god and stuff? Possibly? I don’t know I’m just taking stabs in the dark here.

It seems like there will be a lot of different locations some taking place in fancy interior locations to the snowy mountains and even in the USA as well. While it is not specifically mentioned, from the way Caine’s character talks about Diesel, it seems like Diesel’s character is pretty old, maybe this character’s been living for years slaying witches and now has to do it again in modern times? Who knows? But that’s the vibe I’m getting from this film. There looks like there will be a lot of travelling as there are many locations on display and that again adds to the scope of this film. Oh and in the trailer you can see Game of Thrones‘ Rosie Leslie looking nice and Elijah Wood too, man where the hell’s he been all this time? Hope they have decent parts in the film.

My fear for this film is that it is just going to be another generic action film with a lazy/boring story that only serves to justify the action like the recent Clash of the Titans. I like Vin Diesel, I think he’s a fun and charismatic person and deserves to take on new films that aren’t part of long running series’ like Fast & Furious or Riddick.

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In conclusion The Last Witch Hunter looks interesting. It could either be pretty good or really pants, it is hard to judge until I see more footage and get an understanding of what the story is going to be. I hope that it is good though.

So have you seen the teaser for The Last Witch Hunter and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

Alrighty then here we are! This is the big one! I like many other people around the world have been waiting for this film for the majority of the year. Out of the big three films of 2012 (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and this one), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I think would have been the most anticipated. There’s been so much hype, it’s been building up continuously for months, with all the video blogs, images, trailers and TV spots. It’s been absurd! And it’s all led to this moment in time… So was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey worth the wait? Well read on to find out!

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The film is set sixty years before The Lord of the Rings and the story is about the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who is hired by the wizard Gandalf to accompany thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. The story of this film was interesting and was definitely a tale worth telling, however it does take a while for the story to get going and initially things do move at a slow pace. Though once the plot finds its feet and picks up the pace it never stops, and then it becomes the kind of film you were waiting to see. It was great to see of the dwarf back story, get Bilbo’s adventure, the introduction of Gollum and see key events that tied into LOTR. And speaking of LOTR, the story of An Unexpected Journey wasn’t nearly as engaging or as impactful as the previous trilogy, but again it was a tale worth telling and I enjoyed it very much.

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The characters of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was one of the strongest elements of the film and we’re going to start with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Freeman played the role very well embodying all of Ian Holm’s mannerisms while introducing new elements of Bilbo’s personality too. I liked the journey that he went on as a character and to see him grow and change into a much more capable adventurer. Now to move onto my man of the hour Gandalf the Grey played by Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen was just as amazing as ever as Gandalf, his dialogue was great and his interaction with the dwarves was cool, and I liked how he happened to take on this mentor role for Bilbo. Also Gandalf had some proper badass scenes and when he was throwing down in the heat of battle he was SO. DAMN. COOL! And then there was Thorin Oakenshield, the living definition of badass played by Richard Armitage. Thorin had a great back story and the way he acted on and off of the battlefield was nothing short of awesome. Armitage was great and also liked how initially he was cold toward Bilbo and how their relationship would grow over the course of the film. As for the other dwarves they were all wonderful, strange and funny individuals who had a great deal of personality and charm and while they don’t quite compare to the fellowship in Fellowship of the Ring, they were still pretty cool.

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And then there’s the character that’s been causing talked about a lot in this film Radagast the Brown played by Sylvester McCoy. His character in the film is pretty weird and while he seemed relevant to the plot, when he was on-screen he was just weird and sometimes annoying. Now some people have compared him to Jar Jar Binks of the first Star Wars prequel and whether you’ll feel the same about him you have to decide for yourselves, as for me I just thought he was a bit strange. It was also great and nostalgic to see all of the characters from LOTR making appearances here with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood reprising their roles as Galadriel, Elrond, Saruman the White, old Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins. And lastly but by no means least we have Andy Serkis as Gollum. When he came on-screen I was so giddy, Serkis feels like he never left the role and delivered some of Gollum’s best scenes yet, and his interaction with Bilbo with the riddles in the cave was perfect and very funny. I also feel like Gollum was a little more humanized in this film, but still just as strange, aggressive and fucked in the head as he was before and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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When it comes to the presentation this film, Weta Digital already set the standard for CGI and special effects in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, but now in this film they somehow seem to have outdone themselves. Never have I seen such sharp, crisp and beautiful CGI in any film for a long time, this easily rivals anything that Industrial Light & Magic have put out in recent years. It also has to be mentioned that the CGI tech used on Gollum looks so incredible and realistic that you could assume he was really there in the scenes which he was involved in. Also the cinematography and overall look of the film was grand and picture-perfect. All of those amazing camera shots and sweeping camera movements that were made famous in LOTR is back and looks better than ever, along with the vivid colours and gorgeous locations Middle-earth never looked so good. And there’s the soundtrack by Howard Shore, it was lovely, I was worried that the soundtrack wouldn’t hold a candle to the previous film but luckily it was really good. While nowhere near as memorable as LOTR it does have its own themes that stick out and kick ass, the dwarf songs are very lively and catchy and I especially like “Misty Mountains” which I think is used as the main theme through the film in instrumental which was incredible! Shore takes several themes from LOTR and inserts them into this film and they work wonderfully.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was totally badass, though not without its faults. After a night to think about it I do believe that I enjoyed The Avengers and The Perks of Being A Wallflower much more than this film (those two films being my number 1 and 2 favourite films of 2012), however do not be disheartened by the reviewers giving this film a low rating. This film was a lot of fun and returning to Middle-earth after nine years really did bring back some nostalgia! The story was interesting, the performances from the actors involved were strong and the presentation in both the visual and audio department were superb. An Unexpected Journey was just pure and simple fun and I can’t wait to see what happens when The Desolation of Smaug comes out next year. BRING IT ON! 😀

Rating: 8.5/10

Well there’s my thoughts on The Hobbit Part 1, what did you think of the film? Drop me your comments below! Anyways I’ll see you lot on the next review.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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