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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! ūüėÄ

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! ūüėÄ

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

 

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Survive the storm in this Noah Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a new film review and today’s review will be on Noah, the new take on the classic Bible story directed by Darren Aronofsky. Now I’ve been waiting to see this film for a while just because of Aronofsky’s attachment to this film as the director, however the trailers didn’t really wow me so my expectations were set fairly low before seeing it. So how did the film fare in the end? Well read on and find out.

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The story for the film is described as the following:

“A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.”

So the story we are presented with in this film is certainly familiar and all the main elements from the original Bible story are intact, but this film goes in a totally different direction by taking things into a much darker territory with a heavy focus on the corruption of mankind, the moral and ethical choices we make as human beings and see how a higher power can control the way people think. The film does take a while to find its feet as there were people in the cinema falling asleep in the first 30-60 minutes, I can also say that I was one of the people drifting off a bit because as interesting as all the dialogue and character moments were, it just felt dull and needed to pick up the pace. I also didn’t expect the film to go on as long as it did, the film really could have shaved some minutes off of the run time and taken some of the story elements out in places that I won’t spoil in this review.

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As for the cast they are all really good with some standing out more so than others. Russell Crowe as Noah was awesome and I think this was his best role in a long time. Crowe plays a character who has a strong believe in the creator’s plan for the world, the creator communicates with him through different means whether they be actions good or bad, he trusts in the creators plan and that’s what makes his character so interesting. Noah is a man who is strong-willed, loves his family and will do what it takes to survive, however when the creator tells him what he must do, Noah follows orders to the point where he has to make some very hard and downright mad decisions that make you question where is moral compass is. Crowe plays this character brilliantly offering moments of intense anger, but also moments of subtly and emotion that was really believable. Jennifer Connelly as Naameh was also good as Noah’s wife. Naameh is a very strong female character, she is loyal to Noah and his cause, but does speak her mind and isn’t a throwaway background character which she could have easily become. Oh and Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Noah’s nemesis is incredible. Tubal-cain is one of the misguided, dangerous and corrupt members of the human race who wishes to survive the destruction of the planet by taking Noah’s ark with his merry band of dodgy individuals. Winstone is amazing, he brings such a great presence to the screen and is very intense in his acting abilities which makes him come across as a very scary guy.

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Emma Watson is amazing as Ila, Noah’s daughter-in-law and Shem’s wife. This character goes through a lot both as a childhood and in her older years, has personal problems that affect her constantly, but she does have a devotion to Noah and his family too. Watson sure has come a long way as an actress as she is emotionally versatile, engaging and beautiful in this film. Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, he was great. Like in many films he ends up being the all-knowing old person who gives the characters in the film as well as the audience information about history and what potentially will happen in the future. Hopkins is just as good as he is in all of his films, but there is a small funny aspect to his character that made him especially entertaining.¬†Logan Lerman is pretty good as Ham, Noah’s second oldest son. This son was perceptive, he did question some of his father’s decisions and had his own wants and needs and that made for some interesting scenarios, though I didn’t find his character as engaging as others. And lastly Douglas Booth as Shem, Noah’s oldest son is pretty good too.

When it comes to the presentation it is very good. Visually the film is incredible, it has a very unique, vivid and colourful look from the landscapes to the sky to the dream sequences, it all has such a great sense of scope and beauty to it. There is also a lot of violence in this film which was really unexpected and the film doesn’t shy aware from it by giving you some very awful, frightening and gruesome imagery. I got this sense of a heightened reality from the way this film looked too. As for the soundtrack I really liked it, Clint Mansell’s score is very dramatic and has some really special moments where it stand out in the emotional character moments.

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In conclusion Noah is a powerful, dramatic and visually distinctive film that takes the classic tale from the Bible and makes turns it a film of epic proportions. While it is a bit on the long side and takes a little while to find its groove, when it does get going it is really entertaining in an unexpected kind of way. I would say go out to the cinema and check this film out, it is a very different kind of Bible adaptation.

Rating: 8/10 (A very deep, dark and visually)

So what did you think of Noah? Have you seen it or are you gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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This Is The End Review

Okay peeps, time for me to review a film that I’ve been hesitantly interested in for some time. Today I’m talking about¬†This Is The End, the comedy that loads of people have been going on about for weeks now. I saw the trailers and I thought the film looked good and then I saw them like 10+ times more and I kind of got sick of it. So then I wasn’t too interested in the film, but I decided to give in and watch the film yesterday and what follows is a film I wasn’t expecting.

Story in¬†This Is The End involves Jay Baruchel going over to meet Seth Rogen in Los¬†Angeles, the two hang out for a bit until Rogen suggested that they head over to James Franco’s for a massive house party. While initially apprehensive about it,¬†Baruchel agrees. The two go to Franco’s house and at this party there are celebrities left right and center who are drinking, doing drugs, singing and doing all sorts of other madness. It is during this party however that the world decides to bring on the apocalypse with the fire, earthquakes, cracks in the ground and so on. The initial event kills loads of people in the process, so then we are with¬†Seth Rogen,¬†Jay Baruchel,¬†James Franco,¬†Craig Robinson¬†and¬†Jonah Hill¬†who have barricaded themselves inside Franco’s house. Eventually¬†Danny McBride¬†shows up too and these guys all have to try and survive together with crazy results happening along the way.

The story in the film is alright, but not what I expected it to be. You have your standard abundance of drug and sexual references, swearing, crude humour and ‘what the fuck?’ kind of stuff too, all of which you’ll either be a fan of or won’t be. Oh and did I mention that all the good parts in the trailers ruined the those supposed funny points in the film? Darn marketing. I though the story was good at the beginning, but once you actually saw the direction in which the film was going I started to lose interest and its comedic tone really started to drop. Now in most comedies there’s always some kind of emotional subplot going on that’s meant to meant to have a little heart and meaning behind it, and while that’s the case with this film I don’t really feel like it works due to not only the drama that goes on between the characters, but also because of the religious aspects too. I also felt like the story went on for far too long, there were moments in the middle of the film that dragged like hell and I felt like 10-15 minutes could have been trimmed off of the runtime. The one saving grace about this film for me is a kind of spoiler but I have to say it anyway… The Backstreet Boys! They’re one of my favourite nostalgic boy bands and they make the film, I won’t say how or when, but that was my favourite moment hands down.

When it comes to the cast, they’re really hit or miss for me. They’re all playing exaggerated versions of themselves which kind of works but then kind of doesn’t in some regards. So let’s start with¬†Seth Rogen, he’s a person I actively hate just in general, but luckily he wasn’t as annoying as he was in his usual films.¬†Jay Baruchel, I have to ask who is this guy? I was asking myself that for ages, but other than that I didn’t care for him because all he did was wine, bitch and moan.¬†James Franco was my personal favourite, he acted like a douche, but that was okay because he was funny.¬†Craig Robinson was a bit over-the-top with his humour but he was definitely one of the funnier people in the group.¬†Jonah Hill was also funny and was just being the nicest person ever, though he has his moments of weirdness too. And as for¬†Danny McBride, I really don’t like him in general and in this film I just hated him, he was such annoying man.

The rest of the cast is all just smaller roles or cameos.¬†Emma Watson’s part in this film wasn’t nearly as funny or useful as I’d hoped.¬†Michael Cera was humorous but didn’t make me laugh that much. Then there was¬†Rihanna, dunno why she was in the film. The only other cameo that stood out was the appearance of¬†Channing Tatum, so bloody unexpected haha.

As for the presentation,¬†This Is The End is okay in both departments. The visual side of things has a decent use of practical effects and CGI though some of it is fairly crude and over-the-top. And the soundtrack by Henry Jackman is okay, but nothing memorable, the film fairs a lot better when there’s music taken from artists in the real world (example: the use of PSY and Backstreet Boys).

In conclusion¬†This Is The End is okay, but the film is not nearly as funny as I thought it’d be. It’s just typical american humour that just doesn’t do anything for me. I’m sure most people who have seen or are going to see the film are gonna find it hilarious, but for me it wasn’t THAT good. I had more fun and laughter with¬†Despicable¬†Me 2 and The World’s End, in the end the film has its moments but it wasn’t my kind of humour yo.

Rating: 6/10 (I was gonna rate it lower but the Backstreet Boys saved it)

So what did you think of¬†This Is The End? Was the film the hilarious masterpiece that you were expecting or was it overhyped? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Review

So here we are again ladies and gents with another review and after being away from the cinema for a few weeks I’m back to give you my review of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

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I’m just gonna put this out there right now… I loved this film. SO DAMN MUCH! I knew from the time I saw the trailer for this film last month that it’d be a good watch, but I never thought it’d be this good. All I knew about the film was that it was an adaptation of a book and that the guy from Percy Jackson and Emma Watson was gonna be in it. But anyways I thought this film was awesome and I’m gonna explain why in this review.

So when it comes to the story here’s a summary:

“Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.”

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I found this story to be so precious and engaging from start to finish and deals in the ups and downs of teenage life and also deals with drama and young love. There are many comng-of-age stories set in high school and get its easy to make a film and have it fail due to too many¬†clich√©s or an uninteresting story overall. But there are many unique, beautiful, relatable and captivating things about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower that’s sets it apart from other films in the same genre. I love Charlie’s story and it was interesting to see how his life changed and progressed after he met Patrick and Sam, the lives of the three main characters was great and the journey they all go on after all of their live intertwine was a mixture of emotions and it really needs to be seen to understood. There really is so much more to this film beyond the trailer and it was really surprising for me to discover those things in the film. This film really resonated with me when it comes to the concept of friendship because I really value and treasure my friends and loved ones immensely and this film just had so moments of beauty with friendship that reminded me of my own two best friends from college. I just loved the tale this film had to tell, I totally shed some tears in the screening and when a film can do that to me then it’s definitely worth watching yo!

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When it comes to the cast they are absolutely fabulous and carry the film so well. Let’s start with Logan Lerman as Charlie, Lerman was lovely and very relatable in his role. He was reserved, awkward and very much to himself until meeting Patrick and Sam, there is so much going on in his life throughout the film and it was interesting to see how he handled each situations through all of the good, bad and confusing situations he came across. I also absolutely loved Ezra Miller as Patrick, he played the role very well and Miller really tackled his material very well. I love Sam’s character because he was so open-minded, fun and charismatic and he reminded me so much of a friend of mine, she really is similar to him. And then there’s miss Emma Watson as Sam and all I can say is boy has she come far. I remember when she was so young in the early Harry Potterfilms and now look at her, she is so beautiful and has become a lovely actress. Her character was just lovely in the film, there was just so many precious scenes with her, Sam and Patrick and I enjoyed seeing her story learning about her over the course of the film. And all of the other cast members in the film rocked too especially Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth and Paul Rudd as Bill (Mr. Anderson). I also really liked the soundtrack for the film, I swear I was getting some serious nostalgia from my college days, there was just some lovely tune all over the place and the way they related to the characters and scenes was great.

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So to summarise, make no mistake The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a great film that will tuck at your heartstrings and touch your soul with a wonderful story, incredible acting and a lovely soundtrack. This was one of the most beautiful films I had the pleasure of watching this year or maybe even ever in life! It was dramatic, emotional and has left a massive lasting impression on me. Now I don’t know how it compares to the book, but I can easily say this one of my favourite films of the year and I highly recommend it!!!!

Rating: 9/10

Well that’s been my review yo, hopefully you enjoyed it and let me know your thoughts on the film in the comment box below. Until next peeps, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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