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My Epic Iron Man 3 Review!! :D

So here we are in April 25th, the day of Iron Man 3‘s release in the UK. It feels like the wait for this film has been the longest one in recent history, maybe even worst than the wait for The Avengers last year. Anyways Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark/Iron Man in his third film in the Iron Man film series and this one’s directed by Shane Black which has definitely put a twist on things. Does this film succeed in being another great Marvel film or does it fail due to the ‘third film in the series curse’? Read on to find out!

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So the story of this film takes place after The Avengers and life for Tony Stark is anything but stable. Stark hasn’t recovered from the events of New York which has left him anxious, scared and alone and this affects his relationship with Pepper Pots and his day-to-day activities. However Stark’s troubles only worsen when the terrorist known as the Mandarin shows up, starts causing havoc and tears Stark’s world apart. Now Stark has to find the courage to carry on and save the world and uncover the mysterious that surround him.

I thought the story in this film was surprising smart, dramatic and very, very unexpected. All those worrying that the film was going to be too dark and serious can rest easy as the film easily has a lot of humourous moments and laugh-out-loud scenes. A lot goes down in this film and it is very impressive to see how the writers found a way to condense it into a 2 hour film. There was so many elements of this film I didn’t see coming and it was smartly handled with style and the element of surprise. Also this is definitely a Shane Black film as the way the film is directed, stylized and even the humour feels very reminiscent of his former work especially Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

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But it is the characters that really bring Iron Man 3 to life and the returning and new cast make great work of their material. So let’s start with Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The dude still has it. RDJ is still as charismatic as ever providing moments humour, wit and style while also giving us a very vulnerable and isolated character. Tony Stark is in a very difficult place in his life and has his world smashed to pieces and he has to rise to the challenge to keep the world safe and protect Pepper and RDJ brought his A-game to this role. Then there’s Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Paltrow is very good in this film offering up more drama and a lot more action then we’ve seen from her before. Pepper not only has to deal with being CEO of Stark Industries but also but must maintain a relationship with Tony. Paltrow was just great and she looked spectacular, I mean she has one hell of a body yo. Anyways moving on… Now we move onto Don Cheadle as Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes/Iron Patriot, Cheadle was funny and witty as Tony’s friend and wearer of Iron Patriot armour. You see I wasn’t too much of a fan of Cheadle in Iron Man 2, I didn’t feel the connection between him and Tony but in this film their relationship is a lot better and Rhodey is much cooler too.

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Now let’s talk about Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, Pearce was very cool and interesting as the creator of the Extremis virus and the founder of Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). I love the way Killian was introduced and his reasons for doing what he was doing, Pearce handled the role well and this was one of his roles I’ll personally remember for a while yet. Also Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen was quite pretty as a botanist whose work helped create Extremis. Maya was a strong-minded character and definitely had relevance in the grand scheme of things and I liked how Hall handled her material, I just wish she’d been in the film a little more. Okay now’s time to talk about Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin/Trevor Cassidy he was pretty cool. Now let’s get something straight, THIS IS NOT THE MANDARIN FROM THE COMICS, there are changes made to his character to make it work in the context of the film and while some fanboys may cry about I thought it was interesting and mart stuff.

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Also Stephanie Szostak as Ellen Brandt and James Badge Dale as Eric Savin do well in their roles too but I won’t explain specifically what it is because it will spoil elements of the film. And lastly¬†Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Favreau was great. I was so happy to see Favreau return and the material he is given is some great, dramatic and funny stuff.

When it comes to the presentation I can easily say it is some of the best that Marvel Studios has produced so far. Visually the CGI and special effects are INSANE! So much action and mayhem goes down in this film and it is shot, choreographed and crafted in a spectacular fashion. From the attack on Tony’s house to Iron Man’s one-on-one fights to the Iron Legion sequence near the end of the end of the film, everything just screams out awesomeness and it is almost on par with The Avengers. I was worried when Industrial Light and Magic wasn’t coming back to do the film’s visual effects, but Scanline VFX, Digital Domain, Weta Digital, Framestore, The Third Floor and Trixter Film did a great job filling in for them. As for the soundtrack, I think it is the best so far. I was worried with Brian Tyler was brought on to the do the soundtrack but he really brought this film to life with some incredibly loud, profound and epic music that fueled the action on-screen, it was amazing nuff said.

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So to conclude Iron Man 3 is definitely a return to form and is probably best film of the trilogy. The film is smart, funny, emotional and nicely stylized with some amazing presentation in both the visual and audio department. Some may not like the changes and unexpected surprises to be found in this film but for me it worked well and I can appreciate the changes. Shane Black has done well by the series and has his trademark style all over this and in addition to that Robert Downey Jr. proves he’s still the man as the one and only Iron Man. If you couldn’t tell already I LOVED this film and I recommend it highly.

Rating: 9/10 (Just go out and watch it now! :D)

So what did you think of Iron Man 3? Did you love it, think it was alright or hate it? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and be sure to come back for some more kick ass film reviews! ūüėÄ

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

 

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Lawless Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post, today I bring you another review in form of the gangster film, Lawless.

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When I saw this trailer for this film I was immediately interested mainly due to its similarities to Boardwalk Empire, a TV series I love immensely. Lawless seemed to embody the same kind of look and feel of that TV show, but it also looked like it had an interesting story tell and the cast alone had my attention immediately. So then I went to see the film on Monday this week and it was pretty darn good and going to tell you why in this review.

So story wise it goes a little something like this: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang (in the form Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke) is threatened by a new deputy (Guy Pearce) and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.

The story in Lawless is really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt like it¬†provided¬†a story, set in an interesting point in time and felt like an accurate portrayal of the events that took place in that era. There’s a lot of¬†good stuff to expect form a film set in the Prohibition-era like drama, crime, violence, alcohol and all those dodgy dealings that go on in the background. I also like the way it develops for the characters involved and see how they gradually change over the course oft he film. The pace of the story is bit slow for those who like these kinds of films with a bit more action, but if you give it a chance and get into it then the¬†story is an entertaining one.

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When it comes to the characters of Lawless the cast do a tremendous job with their roles. Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant was really good, I was impressed with LaBeouf, he has some acting chops and I was glad to see he can actually act. The story of Lawless really centers around Jack and his journey throughout the film and liked that aspect. Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant was absolutely awesome as Forrest he is the hardest of the three brothers and the quietest too. Hardy’s character is very relaxed all the time, doesn’t really say much and some times only responses to things with a slight groan haha. His character is as funny as he is brutal and I loved it. And Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant. I think that LaBeouf, Hardy and Clarke function well as brothers, they have some great chemistry on-screen and really seem to have that brotherly bond done pretty well.

And then there’s Guy Pearce as Special Agent Charlie Rakes, he was some kind of beast of man! He was this cold, merciless and evil member of the government that wanted to shut down the illegal moonshine operations in Virgina and Pearce played his part really well. Guy Pearce’s character is such a bastard in this film and you really hate him because of all of the cruel and unforgivable things he does, but as I said before Pearce plays his part really well. Also Gary Oldman as Floyd Banner was awesome in the film (like he is always) and while he wasn’t in the film as much as I thought he would be, when he does have his screen time his presence is magnetic. Mia Wasikowska as Bertha Minnix was interesting, I wasn’t expecting to like Wasikowska that much because I really didn’t like her in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, but in this film she was tolerable and actually quite nice. Jessica Chastain as Maggie Beauford was really good, I remembered Chastain from her work in The Help and I loved her in that film and was glad to see her deliver another solid performance in this film too. And lastly I wanted to give a shout out to Dane Dehaan as Cricket Pane, I really liked his character in the film, Dehaan and LaBeouf worked well together and I’m glad to see Dehaan continuing to be in films after his great performance in Chronicle.

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The presentation of Lawless is great, the film is well-shot and has some nicely executed action scenes with gunfire and things of that nature. Also another thing to note is that Lawless is pretty brutal and violent, I almost forgot the kind of film that I was watching until the fight scenes came around, whether it be the Bondurant brothers dishing out the pain or Charlie Rakes wasting somebody because he felt like it, there is some violent damage dishes out and it is very visual, but I love the film for going that extra mile when it comes to realism. The soundtrack for Lawless is pretty good too, not overly memorable, but there are some nice tunes here and there.

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I also think another reason I liked this film so much would be because of its direction, I didn’t know until today that John Hillcoat who directed The Road, which was one my favourite films I saw in the cinema in 2010. I get that same vibe of drama, emotion and engaging characters in this film as I did with The Road. Though Lawless isn’t perfect, it is a slower-paced film and it is one¬†that builds up to the action rather than just throwing it out there for the sake of it. For me I was really expecting something in the same vain as¬†Boardwalk Empire and while Lawless is impressive, it just doesn’t reach the that level of epicness I thought it would have.

In conclusion Lawless is a great film, it has a story that’s engaging and interesting from start to finish and its full of drama, character development and brutal action scenes. While the film isn’t as good as it could have been and falls short of the epic mark it could have achieved, Lawless is still the best film I’ve seen in the cinema since The Dark Knight Rises and that’s saying something.

Rating: 8/10

Well that’s been my review, hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it and drop me a comment and let me know what you made of the film. Until the next time people, laters! ūüėÄ

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

 

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Films I‚Äôm Looking Forward to in 2012: Prometheus

At first I was just curious about this film and was just keeping track of its progress from a distance, but now my this film is really intriguing me and I really want to see it, the film in question being Prometheus, the new film from Ridley Scott.

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Now as I said before, at the time this film was announced I was only partially interested because the concept of the film sounded cool, plus Ridley Scott was attached to the project, but beyond that this film wasn’t on my radar at all. Prometheus first started out as another film in the series of Alien films, a series of sci-fi films that Ridley Scott helped create by making Alien in 1979. While this did sound like an interesting concept I think a lot of people just wanted the franchise to be left alone especially after the Alien Vs. Predator films. I don’t think it was until Ridley Scott was attached the project in 2008 that people started to pay attention and though that this film might be good because it’s being directed by the man who basically established the franchise. The project couldn’t be in safer hands right?

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So there was a lot of talk and happenings in 2009 about the then unnamed upcoming¬†Alien film. Firstly¬†Fox studio stated that this film would be a reboot to the Alien franchise, then it became a prequel to be set 30 years prior to Alien but the original alien creature wouldn’t be in it and neither would Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley. Fox also gave a little more information about the context of the film saying that it would involve discovery and the origins of an alien race of the space jockey. Then there were a load of different things that happened to the film during its developement like Ridley Scott becoming the director, to the film having a script revised that contested Scott’s original budget plan, so he had to reduce it so that it would be in line with 20th Century Fox’s budget. In 2010 the film finally got a tentative title under the name “Paradise”. In April Scott confirmed that the film would be shot in 3D and that he wanted to make two Alien prequel films, also by November of that year the film had gone into production according to visual FX designer Henry South.

In January 2011 the film got its official name Prometheus and scheduled to be coming out in 2012. It was also at this point when Ridley Scott started tone down the connection of this film to the Alien franchise saying “while Alien was indeed the jumping-off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.” Some fans however didn’t take kindly to the fact that the film had been set up in a lot of ways as an Alien prequel but now was being downplayed as if the connections didn’t existence at all when they were clearly there. In June and July 2011 we got more information about the setting of Prometheus, we were told that the film takes place in the same universe as Alien and Damon Lindelof stated “a true prequel should essentially proceed [sic] the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters, have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world.” So he and Scott were really adamant that Prometheus would be able work on its own as a film with elements of the Alien films within it, but not as a direct prequel to the first Alien film. Filming for this film begun in March 2011 and continued for several months until August when the film had gone into post-production. In December 2011 the film had undergone some additional dialogue recording and it was stated by Scott that the film would be edited into¬†two versions; a PG-13 cut and a R-rated cut submitted to Fox when the film is finalized.

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Last December¬†we got our first look at Prometheus in a teaser trailer and man it was pretty impressive. Straight from the outset it established itself with that same creepy vibe you got from the first Alien film. During the one-minute teaser we are treated to some fast-cut editing, many different scenes of action, chaos, destruction and people in danger and some distorted audio used on someone talking off-screen in the beginning, But the most intriguing part was when the lines started appearing on the screen that started to spell out the name of the film, the same way it was done in the first Alien. If that wasn’t a clear sign that this film was connected to the original Alien film then I don’t know what is. Either way it was pretty cool, interesting and creepy in atmosphere. At the time the film had my interest, but not my full attention…

That was until this recent trailer came out:

I mean damn! Did you see that? No, really did you just watch that? That has to be one of the best trailers I have ever seen. Okay maybe that’s over exaggerating a little bit but that trailer was pretty damn cool. the teaser trailer did well to establish the tone and atmosphere about the film but it left a lot to be desired in my opinion. I guess I just wanted more than a teaser trailer and wanted to get a better understanding of what the film’s plot and characters would be doing, well I got my wish with this full trailer. It was well-edited, completely unnatural, disturbing and eerie as hell and it set the tone of the film very well as a sci-fi thriller with action elements incorporated in there too. For a while I was wondering how this film would be executed, because the premise sounded great on paper but making a live-action film on it is different matter altogether, luckily from what I’ve seen in this trailer Prometheus is looking very good. It has that dark, creepy atmosphere with a varied assortment of characters getting into different situations and scenarios full of action, fear, suspense and most importantly mystery and hell there seems to be a lot of mysterious things going on this trailer that will get people talking. And with a great and varied cast consisting of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, this film is looking very great. I’m especially excited to see what Michael Fassbender does (I loved him in X-Men: First Class) and I’m hyped to see what Idris Elba does too, I just hope the filmmakers don’t pull a “kill the black guy first” thing, it’s so clich√© and unnecessary and hopefully he has a useful in this film.

Man I thought the first trailer for Prometheus was cool, but this trailer kicks the crap out of the last one and it genuinely has me excited for the film. From being vaguely interested to being highly excited doesn’t happen to most films I’m interested in, but in the case of Prometheus it did and my summer has just become that much more interesting. Now with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises and Men In Black 3 all on my list for summer films I can now add Prometheus to the list too, June 8th couldn’t come any sooner.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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