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Pan Trailer #1 Quick Review

Hello there people of the internet, time for another trailer review. With the Jurassic World trailer being less than stellar, I decided to have a look at the first trailer for Pan. Now I liked the old Disney animated film and have massive nostalgic love for Hook (regardless of what people say), so anytime there is a new adaptation I’m always cautious. This new film has sounded questionable from the outset and it seems like this trailer has confirmed my suspicions and more.

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Check the trailer out below:

After seeing this trailer, my immediate reaction is, “What is this?”

In all honesty I am quite perplexed. I’m not sure what to make of what I just saw. Before this trailer, the only hope I had for this film was Hugh Jackman’s involvement, because Hugh Jackman is awesome. But this trailer, hmmmmmm, there’s just things that just don’t agree with me.I’m all for new versions of established stories like Peter Pan, however, that mainly applies for me when the old formula was either broken or done to dead, both of which do not apply to Peter Pan’s mythos in my opinion. But whatever, it’s happening now, I just have to shut up and deal with it haha.

So what’s in this trailer? Well, there’s Peter (played by Levi Miller), who was left by his mother at an orphanage that looks like something out of Oliver Twist, but he finds a letter from his mother telling him that he’s special and that they will meet again in this world or another. Then he and good few other boys get abducted from the orphanage on to a pirate ship heading to Neverland with an overly charismatic Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. Then cue the obligatory uplifting song and montage! We see Peter exploring Neverland, Tiger Lily (played by Rooney Mara) and Hook or some person claiming to be Hook (played by Garrett Hedlund). Apparently according to this film, Peter has some ties to the tribe that Tiger Lily is part of and Peter makes some form of alliance with Hook and Blackbeard is the primary bad guy. The film certainly looks good, if I can give the film any props it’s for the presentation, the film is certainly colourful and large in scale. I think on of the biggest offenses to my eyes is the fact that Hook is so different not only in look, but persona and I UNDERSTAND that it an origin story and different adaptation from the source material, that being said, I feel like there is a certain level of familiarity that is required. Seeing this version of Hook just troubles me. I don’t like it. Not my cup of tea. Sorry, but I am attached to the past.

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In conclusion the first teaser for Pan has just rubbed me the wrong way and I feel like this isn’t going to be a film I will want to watch. I think nostalgia is preventing me from accepting new interpretations of the Peter Pan mythos and I am having a hard time seeing anything that makes me think that this will be a good adaptation of the source material. I am open to change and if this film does end up being good I’ll take back my negative thoughts, but as it stands, no way not for me.

So what do you think of the first trailer for Pan? Does it make you excited or are you not interested? Also as a fan of previous Peter Pan adaptations does this film make you more or less interested in this film? Please leave your comments below and let me know. Laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Inside Llewyn Davis Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, we’re reviewing films today and I’m going to be talking about Inside Llewyn Davis. I saw the trailer for this film around a month ago and knew I had to see it, especially since it was film from the Coen brothers. So how was the film? Read on and find out.

The story follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles – some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the basket houses of the village to an empty Chicago club – on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman – and back again.

I liked the story, it was filled with humour, drama and all that good stuff that make Coen brothers films worth watching, that being said I did not like nearly as much as I thought I would and the story unfolded in a way unlike what I was expecting. The film chronicles Llewyn Davis’ travels and longing for a career in the music business and the road is bumpy and it makes for a very interesting and compelling, if somewhat melancholy adventure. For a while I was trying to figure out “What make this film so good?” Then there was a turning point where something happens with Llewyn which make me say in this film, “Now I know why people like this film.” Also even though the film was good, it kind of left me on a bit of a downer and I’m not overly keen on feeling low after a film experience.

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When it comes to the cast they are all very impressive with some very special highlights.¬†Oscar Isaac is amazing as Llewyn Davis. Issac acts with such passion, raw emotion and you’re drawn to him when he gets really down in the dumps or sings his heart out.¬†Llewyn’s life is a joke, it really is. I don’t know anyone who could survive or move around the way he does and at times you wonder how he isn’t in worse situations that he is or just dead. While his irresponsible behaviour and recklessness make him a bit unlikable, in the end he a guy with a dream and issues from his past that mess with his emotions and you just want to see him succeed. Another great performance comes from¬†Carey Mulligan as Jean Berkey, I think this is the best I’ve seen from Mulligan and I’m starting to become a fan of hers. What I really liked was how far removed this was from the norm for her and how Mulligan could balance the subtle and full-on aspects of her dialogue and emotions.

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Also John Goodman as Roland Turner was great and hilarious. While Turner was a bit of a douchebag he had some funny stuff to say and I wonder especially in the last few years, is there a time when John Goodman isn’t on-form as an actor? I would like to know.¬†Garrett Hedlund was decent as Johnny Five but I felt like he was barely in the film and was kind of boring, but at least he looked cool as hell though.¬†Justin Timberlake was also good as Jim Berkey and I really liked he music moments too, but maybe that’s just because I’m a JT fan haha. And the only other mention I wanted to give was to¬†Ethan Phillips who was lovely as Mitch Gorfein, Philips was a delight, but just like when I was watching Philomena the other day I knew I’d seen his face before but I couldn’t pinpoint it. Only after looking online do I know he’s frigging Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager, yes man, I love it, the role in this film is kind of similar actually.

Also the soundtrack was INCREDIBLE and in my opinion the best part of the whole film. That’s not to say all the other elements are terrible in comparison, but listen, once you hear this music, you feel a certain level of warmth, serenity, humour, beauty, sadness and other such emotions at different points or maybe all at once. I’ve never been big on folk music, though I have been known to enjoy bits and bobs from time to time, but I think this film may be the one to convert me as there are some truly beautiful pieces of music to be found here. Bottom line, the music is amazing and I think I’ll get the soundtrack for sure.

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In conclusion Inside Llewyn Davis is really, really good but it wasn’t the kind of film I was expecting. I really liked the script and the performances from the cast were great, but it is the music that won me over. While I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, it still a great film and one that I recommend just for the music alone.

Rating: 8/10 (A dramatic story with a great cast)

Sow what did you think of Inside Llewyn Davis? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Learn Who’s in the Running to Play Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay now this is more like it, there really hasn’t been too much information on Guardians of the Galaxy for a while now. Besides learning that James Gunn was going to write and direct the film, there hasn’t been much information in terms of the story and characters involved. However now we finally have some information about casting and superherohype provides us with information about the actors up for a crucial role:

“Quite arguably Marvel Studios’ most offbeat property to date, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now in the casting stage and today¬†Deadline has learned of eight actors up for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.

According to the site, the current list of names auditioning for the part includes Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1, 2014.”

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Well there are some interesting choices, the only actors I am familiar with this Garrett Hedlund from On The Road and Tron: Legacy, Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire and James Marsden from the previous X-Men trilogy. I also find it interesting that Eddie Redmayne is in the running for this role and Harry Osborn in the next Spider-Man film, he gets about doesn’t he? But in terms of who I’d like to see in the role I’d say Huston would be awesome because of his work in Boardwalk Empire, but recently Hedlund has proved himself as a capable actor in On The Road so I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role either. Marsden doesn’t really seem like the leader type, I wasn’t really kind on his portrayal of Cyclops in the X-Men films so yeah not really keen on him there. As for the rest of those guys I don’t know much about them to comment so good luck to them.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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On The Road Review

Okay peeps got another for y’all review and my review will be on the film adaptation of On The Road directed by Walter Salles.

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Before watching this film I knew nothing about it, absolutely nothing. I technically went into this film blind and just decided to watch it because I wanted to be spontaneous and watch something outside the normal realm of films that I tend to watch.

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

“Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.”

The story in this film was pretty deep and involving. On The Road really is about the connection between people and discovery and experiencing new things. The travelling element of the film was nice, it really did make the film feel fresh and varied and seeing how each new location affected Sal, Dean and their other companions was great to watch. Also the relationship between Sal and Dean was interesting and it was intriguing to see how their friendship would go during the course of their journey especially with all the crazy things that happen.

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When it comes to the cast of this film they were pretty good. The acting was pretty solid all-round and to be honest there was a lot of actors and actresses I didn’t expect to see here. I thought Sam Riley as Sal Paradise was great. I found Sal’s story to be very good it was interesting to see his life as a writer and what drives him what feeds his creativity. But the standout performance comes from Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty. In the film Hedlund plays a sex-crazed man who really just lived in the moment and done things for his own benefit not seeing/caring about how his actions affected the people around him. Dean’s character is pretty magnetic and he’s one of those people you hate to love. And then we have Kristen Stewart as Marylou. Honestly I’m just going to say this now, I really don’t like Kristen Stewart and it’s not just because of the Twilight films, there’s just something robotic about her in most films she’s in and there’s something about her as a person that rubs me the wrong way. But surprisingly she was nice in this film, this was the most amount of smiles and varied emotions I’ve seen from her so far and I liked what she did with the character, it wasn’t amazing but tolerable.

Kirsten Dunst as Camille was nice, her character even though she’s not on-screen with the main three cast members she does have relevance in the film and Dunst brought some lovely emotion to Camile. There were also some nice appearances from Terrence Howard as Walter,¬†Amy Adams as Jane and Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee. But the massive surprise was when Steve Buscemi showed up, literally I was thinking about him for some reason during the film and then he appeared on-screen straight afterwards, I was so surprised! And he was pretty good in the film, though his role was very unexpected.

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The film was shot pretty well and everything looked like it was presented pretty well, but something that outweighs the visuals is the soundtrack. I really love jazz music and there was a lot of it in this film and it sounded so good, So what didn’t I like about the film?¬†Well while I did like the travelling from place to place aspect of the film, after a while I thought it was getting a bit crazy and I was starting to lose track of locations and where certain characters were. Also this going to sound like a bit lame but I wasn’t really kind on the amount of sex going on in the film, I mean if it’s meant to advance story and be relevant then let it be, but I guess I wasn’t really comfortable with it and after while I started lose interest in the film.

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In conclusion On The Road is an interesting about friendship and discovery with some lovely performances from the cast involved and a cracking soundtrack. However I believe that the film was a little too much sexual activity going on in the film for me to be fully invested in the film and some characters felt a bit wasted in the broad view of things. But I would still say have a look at this film, it’s a unique experience.

Rating: 7/10

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 14, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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