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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: The Circle

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about The Circle. Now I was really excited to see this film back in January of this year, however, once the film was released and got average to bad reviews, it left me a tad disappointed so I gave the film a skip. But once it showed up on Netflix not too long afterwards I put it on my watchlist with the intention to see it before 2017 ended. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.” Firstly the film’s plot reminds me a lot of an episode of Black Mirror, just without the mystery, subtly, intrigue, depth and unsettling nature. The story was interesting and had some really great elements in the beginning and certain moments throughout, but as the story went on, things just went in strange and bizarre directions, and by the end, it felt weird that that’s how everything wrapped up. It was interesting to learn about The Circle, their innovations and the subtle/not so subtle plan to essentially see everything everyone is doing anywhere in the world. This film felt like what could potentially happen in real life if certain companies and individuals took social media and transparency and amped it up to a ridiculous degree which was certainly engaging and scary at times. That being said some of the dialogue and scenarios that play out didn’t feel very realistic like it was artificial and took place in some heightened version of reality instead of being a plausible future. When the plot ended I felt unsatisfied, like certain plot and characters elements were brought up only to be forgotten or used in a minor way. The cast was solid however some of them weren’t utilised to the best of their abilities. Firstly there’s Emma Watson as Mae Holland, Watson was good, and at first, you’re on board with her character, however, as the film continues she sort of changes into a totally different character capable of making decisions that seem unlike her. We’re given no sense of progression towards this change and even though she discovers a lot of bad stuff and ends up in some bad situations, she preserved making some bad decisions that made her hard to root for. Tom Hanks was good as Eamon Bailey, Hanks has a warmth and captivating presence that makes him likeable even when he’s playing not so nice guys, and even though we’re meant to like this guy, you can tell that something’s off through some of his dialogue and facial expressions. I liked Karen Gillan as Annie Allerton, she was very bubbly and energetic, but also had some dramatic moments too. John Boyega as Ty Lafitte was good but very underutilised, Patton Oswalt as Tom Stenton was good but like Eamon you could see he’s dodgy from the time he was introduced, and Ellar Coltrane as Mercer, Coltrane was fine in the role but the character was so dull and uninteresting that I didn’t care much about him until a key moment later on in the film. And finally, the late Bill Paxton and Glenne Headly played Mae’s parents Vinnie and Bonnie Holland, they were both good in their roles. In conclusion, The Circle was a film with an interesting concept but lacks a compelling story with a weak sense of direction and some questionable plot choices, it wasn’t the worst film I’ve seen this year but it could have been better.

So have you seen The Circle 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Boyhood Review

Howdy people and welcome to the final film review of today. So after checking out American Sniper and Taken 3, I had the most lucky opportunity of seeing Boyhood in my local cinema. Now as some of you regular readers know, in my home town their aren’t many opportunities to see certain films normally due to the film being independent or not being a massive blockbuster. I thought I’d never see Boyhood until it came out on DVD, but I got lucky with this random screening on Wednesday. So what do I think of the film? Well read on and find out.

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The film’s story pretty follows the life of a young man called Mason Evans, from age 5 to age 18. And while Mason is primarily the main character there is also a focus on the other members of his family including his sister Samantha, his mother Olivia and his father Mason Sr. The best way for me to describe this film is like a long-running TV show. You come into it at the start, you get your established characters and with each year that passes, its like changing seasons, and while the setting and scenarios are different each time, the main characters are still the same, they’re the main focus and because of the long time you spend with them, you get emotionally invested in them (for the most part).

This film covers a lot of details for not only Mason, but the other members of his family and some of it is happy and some of it is bad, I can’t talk about the details specifically, but suffice to say it felt realistic and relatable especially as a person who has lived through similar events in life. One of the main things that I loved about the film is the nostalgia factor. As a person who grew up in the earlier years of the film I just felt a great load of happiness when it came to some of the music in the soundtrack, seeing certain events that the characters went to or other small things like the merchandise that Mason owned or what he watched on TV. It was like a game trying to guess the specific time periods and I loved the crazy attention to detail that came with specific aspects of each year. The only nitpicks I have with the film is the story direction and the conclusion. The story covers a lot of ground and to be honest it is hard to say what it is about without reading about it online, so while watching the film, while I was invested in the story, characters and drama, I did think to myself on a few occasions, “Where is the story going and what is the ultimate goal?” And when it came to that ending, I mean damn, talk about anticlimactic. Sure, I understood it in the context of the story, but it felt a bit abrupt.

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Ellar Coltrane does a great job as Mason Evans Jr. We get to see him in his early years, then grow up, discover the joys and pains of life as part of a family, in school, in relationships and further education and it is just fascinating to see him evolve and change so much over time. As he gets older the guy becomes a little less likeable because of his lack of ambition and there’s a cynical and pessimistic side of him that makes me dislike him incredibly. Though it is a little justified considering the state of his life and the things that he’s endured. Patricia Arquette I think is the real star of this film as she does such an incredible job as Olivia Evans. This is a woman who has lived a complicated life, she has ambitions for herself, but also for her children. however not everything goes her way and life ends up taking a lot of unexpected ways, but she does everything possible to live. Arquette I’ve mainly seen in Boardwalk Empire so I was surprised to see her in this film so much younger, but besides that, her acting was so good. It was impactful and emotional and you can’t help but sympathize with her. The other great performance comes from Ethan Hawke as  Mason Evans Sr. Now Hawke is an actor that I’ve always liked mainly since I saw him in Gattaca and he does a great job in this film, Mason Sr. is a little more carefree, laid-back and realistic about the way in which life works and while he has made mistakes in his life, he tries to do right by his children because he wants them to grow up correctly. Hawke gives such an engaging, charismatic and humourous performance that it makes you want more of him when he’s not on-screen. Lorelei Linklater was also great as Samantha Evans, as a child Samantha is very perceptive, funny, but is also a bit mean and is an attention-seeker. As she gets older, Samantha just becomes a lot less interesting and more reserved in personality. Also wanted to mention that Marco Perella is great as Bill Welbrock.

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In conclusion Boyhood was a very interesting and beautiful film with some awesome performances from the cast and a delightful sense of nostalgia. That being said the film’s story direction wasn’t completely clear and the ending left me wanting a more satisfying conclusion, but overall it is a film worth watching just for the experience.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Boyhood and if so what do you think of it? How do you feel about the whole 12 year gimmick and how do you feel about the story as well? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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