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AUDIO REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, its review time once again and last Friday I checked out Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and I some thoughts on it that I wanted to share, so today I’ll be giving you my review for this film via my podcast, Film Focus.

Now I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first Fantastic Beasts film in 2016 and so I wasn’t overly hyped for the sequel, however, the trailers actually got me intrigued to see where this new chapter would go. So after seeing it on opening night how it fare? Well, listen to this episode for some casual and fun spoiler-free discussion! 😀

P.S. I butcher a few names here and there so don’t bash me too much please and thank you haha.

Check out my thoughts on both films in episode 62 below:

So have you seen Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and if you have some spare time check out my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud and iTunes. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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EPIC REVIEW: Justice League

Howdy ladies and gents, its time for another review and today I get to talk about one of the biggest films of the year, Justice League. Now to say that the lead up to this film has been rough would be an understatement, with the mostly negative feedback to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad and the success of Wonder Woman, the odds were stacked against this film. Add on top of that the fact that Zack Snyder left the film because of family tragedy, Joss Whedon had to step in to finish the films and since then there were numerous conflicting reports about what had changed, and how much of the film was changed because of Whedon’s involvement. Anyway, the film’s out, the reception’s been mixed and now its time for me to throw my thoughts into the mix! 🙂

So the plot can be described as the following:

“A new evil force comes to Earth threatening to bring about the end of the world, and so Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman work together to find and recruit a team of special individuals including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash to stand against this newly awakened threat.”

So the plot of the film was good, not great, but solid. Firstly I liked the backstory involving the main villain, different races and the Mother Boxes, that along with certain dialogue about locations, history and characters helped flesh out the world and create mythology that was interesting and intriguing, it not only built on what we got in Man of SteelBatman V Superman and Wonder Woman, but helped make this film more engaging and left the door open for future films to build on. I also appreciated how the story was simple, yet layered with themes relating to teamwork, death, leadership, moving on from the past and finding courage in the face of uncertainty. There was also some wonderful references to the comics with certain scenes and dialogue which made me smile a lot too. That being said there were some issues, certain scenes dragged or felt boring, there were some tonal inconsistencies, and some of the humour was good and some of it fell a bit flat and ill-timed. And some of the plot decisions were a little basic and certain dramatic or important elements were resolved quickly without enough time to simmer.

As for the cast, I liked them, some more than others. Let’s start with Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, now some people like him as Batman, some hate him, I fall into the former category. Affleck’s portrayal of Batman was one of my favourite parts of BvS and he’s put to better use in this film. I liked how Bruce was strong-willed, focused, yet reckless and uncertain. Gal Gadot was quite good as Wonder Woman, it was interesting her in the modern world, dealing with issues not only with her past but also with some of the actions of her teammates too, Gadot has certainly found her groove with this role and besides being super beautiful, she’s confident, strong and smart. Ezra Miller as The Flash was a worry for me before watching this film because of my love for Grant Gustin’s version, but I did like this cooky, strange and lighthearted guy, he was mainly there for comic relief, but he some serious and smart moments too, and Miller’s charisma was magnetic. Jason Momoa as Aquaman was cool, he’s this serious, yet chilled out and funny kind of guy who does the right thing when the tie is right. The real surprise was Ray Fisher as Cyborg, I thought he looked like the most boring character from the trailers and he ended up being one of my highlights of the team with his attitude towards the way he was created, his interactions with the team and his importance to the plot, Fisher’s portrayal was quite engaging. The team as a whole had a wonderful dynamic filled with humorous and aggressive tendencies which made their eventual formation and scenes on and off of the battlefield nice.

Ciarán Hinds had a nice intimidating presence as the voice as Steppenwolf, unfortunately, the villain was a little on the generic side. I also liked Henry Cavill is definitely in the film and he was quite good (not a spoiler, it’s in the trailers), Jeremy Irons as Alfred was just as fun, as he was in BvS offering insightful information while providing some good jokes here and there, seeing the return of Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, was welcomed, Amy Adams and Diane Lane was fine as Lois Lane and Martha Kent, Joe Morton as Silas Stone was fine, but I thought it was more interesting that he was the guy from Terminator 2 in this film haha, and Amber Heard’s introduction to this world as Mera was cool. And finally, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon was good and liked his version of the character, I just wish there was more of him, there wasn’t enough! 😛

When it comes to the presentation it was good for the most part. Visually the film was nice, the was some lovely attention to detail with the way certain shots were framed and the cinematography the action sequences were a mixture of creative and fun scenes that ranged from the heroes fighting the bad guy, to the heroes fighting each other and many others, and it looked great. But there were a few moments where following the action was a little tricky, the GCI was also a little dodgy with certain faces, body movements and locations lacking in detail. The music from Danny Elfman was something I was paying attention to from the beginning and I quite enjoyed it. Elfman’s score is one that has a presence, it is full of impact, drama, triumph, playfulness and while it isn’t as memorable as some of his previous work, the way he worked in the classic Batman and Superman themes, from Batman 89′ and Superman 78′ was delightful.

In conclusion, what can I say? I liked Justice League, it was much better than I expected considering my low expectations, and while this film doesn’t reinvent the genre or does anything in an amazing fashion, it was pretty fun with some good action, good characters and solid music. Besides issues with the story, tone and villain, the film was certainly a step in the right direction for this cinematic universe,

So have you seen Justice League and if so what did you think of it? Was it better or worse than you expected? Also, how does it compare to the previous DCEU films? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Film Reviews, 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 clichés 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! 😀

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

 

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