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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2

Today I get to talk about John Wick Chapter 2, a sequel I’ve been looking forward to for some time. I saw the first film not too long ago and really enjoyed it, and while I wasn’t in love with the idea of a sequel, I was curious to see what the filmmakers could do with this series going ahead.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.” What I appreciated about this film was how it similar to the first but also how it found a way to be different at the same time, this sequel not only advanced John’s story, but also expanded the world and added extra layers to certain characters and information about the Continental and the nature of the assassin business. The plot felt like a natural progression from what’s come before and it was a fascinating and cool ride that added so much more to this series than I expected. The cast was all super effective. Firstly Keanu Reeves as John Wick, what a beast. Reeves really suits this kind of role, he’s intimidating, tough and acts with a physicality and purpose that makes Wick so fun and engaging to watch. Riccardo Scamarcio also made for a great villain as Santino D’Antonio, here we had a character with purpose, motivation and a cool and charismatic demeanour. Common was also really great as Cassian, this is probably Common’s most notable role for years and I loved his performance and how integral his character was to the plot. Ruby Rose as Ares was pretty effective, while I didn’t think much of her too much at first I feel like the end of the film I did enjoy Rose’s performance especially with her fight scenes. Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King was also quite interesting, while Ian McShane was really good as Winston,and the appearances of John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick, Peter Stormare, Franco Nero and Peter Serafinowicz was very much appreciated. Oh but the best part was the visual presentation, good god, this film brought it! This film had good lighting, a striking use of colour and sweet cinematography during the action scenes, and speaking of the action scenes… Dear god, I thought the first film handled the action pretty well, but this film cranked things up to eleven! The gunfights were longer and more intense, the hand-to-hand combat was brutal and car chases were fast and chaotic. And the violence, damn, there was a lot of great broken bones, car crashes, blood splatter and so on, and the way everything was set up was incredibly creative, and some of the death scenes were just badass!! I also really enjoyed the film score by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard, it was very energetic and helped accentuate the action on-screen. In conclusion John Wick: Chapter 2 was a lot of fun and far better than I expected, with a solid story, good characters, awesome action choreography and violence, this is a sequel that’s worth watching.

So have you seen John Wick: Chapter 2 and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts on the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Hercules Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for the first of many new film reviews to come and today we start with Hercules, the latest film from Brett Ratner that stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character. Now I honestly had little to no interest in watching this film as the trailers hadn’t sold me at all, but since the film group I joined recently had it listed as a film to watch last week I decided to jump in and see what was going on. So how was the film? Well read on and find out.

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The premise for this film can be described as the following:

“Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”

This film is definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ kind of films. From the trailers I thought I had this film worked out, but it totally took me by surprise how good the film was in every department. The story was straightforward and easy to comprehend, the characters were all likable and memorable and the presentation was very well executed with big set pieces and an awesome sense of style. This film once again reinvented the main mythology associated with Hercules, but does so in a way that is believable and interesting, also the modern-styled dialogue and emphasis on humour was a welcomed change from the more serious and embarrassing Greek mythology adaptations we have gotten in the past (*cough* Clash and War of the Titans). I also like how the film for all its cheesiness also had a bit of depth to it, there was some nice and dark backstory elements thrown in that actually worked that I did not expect to see in a Brett Ratner film.

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As for the cast they did a serviceable job in their roles and I don’t think there were any weak links to be found from what I saw. Firstly let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, man who dude looks like a tank! Johnson right now maybe the peak of physical human perfect I think lol. But enough about his looks, I though Johnson did well as Hercules and gave us a different and interesting take on the character, the man is definitely getting better as an actor and it helps that he has a great screen presence and good charisma too. This Hercules is strong, but is humble, he is a mercenary but still has honour and he also has a bit of a dark past too which added a bit more to his character as well. John Hurt as Cotys, King of Thrace was good as always. Hurt is a man ho does well playing roles that are either good or bad and I liked him in this film because he did come across as a nice man but easily changed his tune later on and was quite wicked. Rufus Sewell as Autolycus was probably my favourite of Hercules’ companions. The man has known Hercules the longest and he comes across as righteous man when his friends are involved, that being said he always has his eyes on the prize and makes numerous funny remarks throughout the film.

Ian McShane as Amphiaraus was great, he was the funniest of the bunch, constantly talking about his visions of the future and the time of his death which lead to some very great moments in the film. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was as hot as she was deadly as Atalanta. This character is clearly a warrior, she got into the thick of the battles, knew how to deliver the pain and has a lot of love and respect for her friends. And I dunno if it was just me but I constantly thought, “Man, this woman looks a lot like a younger Nicole Kidman.” Aksel Hennie as Tydeus was good too, this character was strange and odd, but awesome as well as he was a nutter. I liked is backstory as well and I feel like I connected with him a lot despite the fact that he rarely talks. Reece Ritchie as Iolaus was nice as well, he was the nephew of Hercules who tells of these exaggerated tales of his conquests, but is also looking to make a name for himself and become a warrior too. Rebecca Ferguson was also decent as Ergenia, she wasn’t just there to be a love interest but was a strong character who had good motives and had a fairly important role to play in the grand scale of things too.

I also have to say that the presentation in the film was pretty cool too. On the visual front this film had some really cool action sequences, there were big scale wars, good but not overused CGI and nicely choreographed fight scenes with Hercules and his band of people to get stuck into.

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In conclusion Hercules was a surprisingly fun, interesting and had some hidden depth to it too. The film knows what it is and doesn’t try to be any more than an entertaining action film full of cheesy humour and good characters. This is the first solid adaptation of the character from Greek mythology since Disney made him popular in the late 90’s, I would recommend this to people who are not only fans of Dwayne Johnson but also for people looking for good summer action films, it is one of the good ones.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Hercules and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are e sure to leave them below and I’ll catch ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jack The Giant Slayer Review

Okay so now it’s time to review a film I’ve been waiting to watch for a while, Jack the Giant Slayer. It is another one of those crazy twists on a classic fairy tale, but the reason people should be paying attention to it is because Bryan Singer is in the director’s chair. He has a pretty decent catalogue of films under his belt, plus the trailers for this film looked pretty interesting and unique and featured a decent cast too. How could it go wrong? Well somehow it did and the end result is something quite unremarkable.

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So when it comes to the story we all know how Jack and the Beanstalk goes right? Some kid gets some magic beans, a beanstalk appears, Jack climbs into the clouds, confronts a giant and numerous riches. You know all that good stuff. However this film takes a different approach by blending to tales, Jack and the Beanstalk tale and Jack the Giant Killer.

Here’s a synopsis:

“Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beads given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack’s house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king’s guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists.”

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Honestly the story for this film had an interesting idea; it just wasn’t quite executed very well. I can’t really explain where this film goes wrong, it had decent set up with Jack and Isabelle and then with the beanstalk shooting her into the sky and then having Jack along with Lord Roderick and Elmont going up into the sky to save her. I liked that, but after they started to investigate the land of the giants I swear things started to drag and I kid you not, I nodded off in the film. I swear this must be due to my lack of sleep, but I’ve watched film in worse conditions (like having a hangover) and I’ve been fine. I think this film just got uninteresting half way through and then sort of picked up again near the end. The story had potential to be so much more but it was just there, and speaking of just there…

The characters in this film weren’t all that interesting either. Now don’t get me wrong their performances weren’t bad, I just didn’t care for any of them, bar a few people. Nicholas Hoult as Jack was fine, but even as the protagonist I didn’t really care about him. I wasn’t rooting for him, I didn’t care about his love interest with Isabelle, I’m not sure if I even liked the guy at all. His character was just there and could have been played by anyone. Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle was a princess and she played her part well but again I wasn’t fussed about her character. Now we come to the first person I actually give a damn about and that’s Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick. He played an adviser to the king with designs on usurping power and taking control of the giants, Tucci played his role well and I enjoyed his screen presence. Surprising Ian McShane as King Brahmwell was just there as the king, he played the role well enough but I again didn’t care for the character. And lastly let’s talk about Bill Nighy and John Kassir who play Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants. this was one of the saddest excuses for a leader of giants. I was expecting someone badass; instead I got half of a villain a bumbling idiot head that spoke like the Tazmainan Devil from Looney Tunes. I couldn’t take Fallon seriously with such a stupid handicap on his should, it like looking at a dumb version Gollum on crack!

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Ewan McGregor played Elmont, the leader of the king’s elite guard, who helps fight giants. I thought his character was cool, funny and probably my favourite person in the film for one main reason… HE’S EWAN FRIGGING MCGREGOR! He’s one of my favourite actors and I’ll watch him in anything, luckily he was one of the better characters in this film. Now this is going to sound bad but Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci were the only people I cared about.

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The presentation of the film is a bit of a mixed bag. Visually the GCI varies from looking decent to just not trying to look realistic and actually blend into the world with the characters. I know this is meant to be a fantasy film and I hate to be so picky about special effects but it wasn’t handled that well. The giants looked alright, the castle scenery looked nice and the initial beanstalk-growing sequence at night was good, but there was nothing that wowed me. Now compare this with another recent fantasy/fairy tale film Oz The Great and Powerful which put its special effects to good use and while it was a bit excessive it at least looked polished and stylish.

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So to conclude Jack the Giant Killer was good, but nothing to write home about. I can’t say I was impressed that much and that’s what hurts me so much. The trailers had my interest but the film just turned out alright, I expected much more. I’m sorry if there a people who liked this film but I just thought was incredibly underwhelming, especially since it came from the same director that gave us The Usual Suspects, X-Men and X-Men 2.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Most people will enjoy the film, but for me I expected far too much and got too little)

So what did you think of Jack the Giant Slayer? Did you love it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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