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American Hustle Review

Yo yo ladies and gents, time to FINALLY review American Hustle! I know this review is a lot later than I anticipated, but for the longest time I put off watching this film even though I really wanted to see it as soon as it came out. But after all the faffing around I saw it at the cinema and I’m ready yo give my thoughts.

The story is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early ’80s, where two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey.

I thought the story was decent but not as good as I thought it’d be. It started out well and had a non-linear style of storytelling (a form of storytelling that I think loads of films are taking on these days) and from there we’re introduced to characters and plot elements and see how some of these individual stories eventually tie into each other. At its core the films about people conning each other. Lies and deceit is the name of the game. Normally I’m really into this kind of story in film stories, but in this film into gets a bit to convoluted for my liking and takes a bit too long for actions to play out. I actually looked at the time on my phone and that RARELY happens. by the time the film ended I just felt average and that’s massive difference from the joyful feeling I felt when I left Silver Linings Playbook.

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It’s really the cast that make the film for me as they bring these characters to life and make them worth caring about. Let’s start with Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld. I’ve heard people talk shit about Bale and some say he can’t act, well to them I say bullshit! I swear he’s like a frigging chameleon and goes to highest efforts to fit into his roles and that is clearly apparent here as he’s fat, corrupt, in love, but also got emotional issues to deal with involving is former and current love interests and his connect to the mayor. I thought Bale’s performance was great. Bradley Cooper as FBI Agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso was pretty great too, I’ve definitely become more a Bradley Cooper fan over the last 2 years and in this film he’s great as this FBI guy who strives for success and loves to be control and freaks out when he isn’t. Seeing Cooper lose his cool and go mental was wonderful and he does aggression very well. Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser / Lady Edith Greensly was pretty good. There was something incredibly alluring about her (it was probably those revealing outfits), I liked her backstory and her chemistry with Bale was great. The only thing iffy about her was the accent which was sometimes good and at other points very questionable. While not Adams’ best role, she was still really good.

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Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito was actually my favourite character purely because he was practically the most innocent member of the main cast, he was just a nice guy, loved by all, trying to do right by the people of his city but got caught up this world of lies and corruption. Renner is an actor who is always up and down for me in films, he’s a good actor, no doubt about it, but sometimes his roles can make him come across as a bit flat. In this film I loved him, just his charisma, the accent his hair, everything was just nice and I think this is my favourite role I’ve seen him in. And then there’s Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, I’m gonna get this out there first, I really disliked her character. So annoying, unbearable and it doesn’t that I’ve known people like that so when people get annoyed in the film by her actions I can sympathise. That being said Lawrence turned in another good performance with some funny scenes and she continues to do no wrong in the world of film.

Other people I feel I should mention is my two men from Boardwalk Empire; Jack Huston (Richard Harrow) as Pete Musane and Shea Whigham (Eli Thompson) as Carl Elway. Huston was great and had a really interesting, subtle and yet aggressive part to play and Whigham’s character was really funky-looking and definitely a different kind of role for him but was really enjoyable.

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In conclusion American Hustle is a good film but nowhere near as good as some critics and other people are making it out to be. The amazing performances from the cast is what really sells the film and makes it worth watching. The word that comes to mind is “disappointed” and while I can still recommend this film, I can’t say that I walked out of the film loving it the way I wanted to.

Rating: 7/10 (A good film only elevated by the incredible of the cast)

So what did you think of American Hustle? Were you in love with it or did you think like me that it wasn’t as amazing as some have made it out to be? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and let me know. Until the next time, I’ll catch ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Kill Your Darlings Review

Okay, time for the third film review of today and its time for me to review the final film I saw yesterday, Kill Your Darlings. I’d heard about this film around 2 months back or maybe in the late part of summer, either way I just wanted to see what Daniel Radcliffe was up to these days and since Dane DeHaan is one of my favourite recent actors I’m always done for a film with him in it.

The premise for this story can be summed up in this short segment here:

“A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.”

In truth it is hard for me to summarize plots in where the plot isn’t clear-cut and simple,where there are complexities and different layers, so that’s why I used premises instead, like right now. Honestly while I understood the majority of the film, there was a good portion of the film where I didn’t know what was going on, it was like the characters were doing stuff in random scenes, but it felt like it was going nowhere or had no impact on the story. Maybe I’m an idiot or can’t follow stories very well, but it took a while before the story’s pacing got going and found its feel. This film is a kind of coming-of-age story along with themes of change and revolution, desire and betrayal and realisations too. Like On The Road there are a lot of similar themes between this and that film, some that I could accept and some that I couldn’t. It was certainly an interesting tale with some great non-linear storytelling but some of the content was a bit much for me and for those who have watched the film, they know what I mean.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good and give some very impressive performances. Let’s start with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Good gravy Radcliffe has come pretty far since those days in Harry Potter, he’s actually taking on some serious roles and he’s acting skills have become a lot more solidified and realistic and he does a decent American accent too. But someone who may be more impressive is Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, DeHaan is just magnetic as this vivid-thinking, out-going, impulsive and chilled out individual who comes across as a good, if somewhat strange guy, but he has secrets and angry issues too. It is hard describe how good DeHaan is without watching him in action, but he is so good, his acting talents is so varied, I love it.

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Then there’s Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac. Now Huston, I recognized him, but couldn’t tell where I’d seen him before, then I saw online he was Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire! I love him in that show and I guess I couldn’t tell who he was because he had his full face in this film, but now I’m going off-topic. Basically Huston was pretty cool. Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs was a very strange, deep-voiced, reserved and observant member of this group of poets and Foster is good. Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer was really good, he had some of the most emotive and complicated relationships with some of the people involved and Hall was just really good. I’ve never seen Dexter, but I would have never guessed that Hall had such talent and range.

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Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker is pretty good, this is my first time seeing her in a film and I liked what she did in this film, she looks young but acts older, her character is sweet but is tough when she needs to be and I liked that. Jennifer Jason Leigh was really as Naomi Ginsberg, she is an emotionally and mentally complicated person and Leigh had some really some great scenes which were left an impression after she left each scene. and finally David Cross, I haven’t seen him since Men In Black 1 & 2, as Louis Ginsberg he was a good father, but he like many of the other characters had personal issues that needed to be sorted out in the background and I thought Cross was good.

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In conclusion Kill Your Darlings is an intriguing story about writers and was a great look into a time period when change was on the horizon. For me the film’s story never quite connects with me fully, sometimes I didn’t know what was happening and some of the elements of this film made me feel a bit uncomfortable. But outside of those issues, the film is worth watching for the acting talents the cast have.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that works well thanks to a strong cast)

So have you seen Kill Your Darlings and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya later yo! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 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.”

(Photo Credit: Robert Wallace / Apega / Rob Rich / FayesVision / Ivan Nikolov / WENN.com)

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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