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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: It

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my first review from the cinema since I saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard and today I’ll be talking about It. Now while I never needed another adaptation of this story, I was always curious to see how It would work with modern horror filmmaking. And with the awesome trailers and good worth of mouth coming out early on I was hyped. So now I’m ready to give you a mini review for It.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “In the town of Derry where a number of children have disappeared, a group of children band together to discover  the mysteries behind their town, but also try to figure out how to destroy the evil Clown that has been terrorising them.

Now I am going to try and be as vague as possible. As someone who doesn’t really like horror films I really liked this film, while not perfect, it gave me almost everything I wanted to see in a horror film and then some. This is also not a conventional horror film as it is half horror and half coming of age story. I enjoyed seeing all of the main kids come together and form a bond as the film perfectly captured the joys and struggles of growing up in school and dealing with issues like being a social outcast, bullying, abuse and more. They all felt like relatable, young and awkward individuals, but had a great sense of chemistry, naivety and come together in a natural way. One of the things that really impressed me was how freaky the film was from the beginning, the sense of dread, unsettling atmosphere, suspense and tension was present and set you up for what follows. On top of that, the film definitely used its 15/R rating as it got pretty dark, and violent for certain situations, but that also allowed fed into the film’s humour which was bloody hilarious and creative with the use of certain language. The performances from all of the cast was great especially from the main kids with main shout-outs going to Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Sophia Lillis as Bev, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie and my man Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things) as Richie, the latter of which was my favourite because he was so funny and little obnoxious. But you cannot forget to mention Bill Skarsgård as It/Pennywise, his performance was really good, very engaging and magnetic, so disturbing, a little funny, odd and unnerving. Visually the film was great with its muted coloured, use of low lighting and interesting camera work which framed the action in a close, intimate and sometimes claustrophobic manner. So of the deaths in the film was pretty brutal and violent, and the scares were solid for the most part. I feel like the trailers did show a little too much because some of the scares I knew were coming, and overall while I certainly felt fear and tension, t\but he film could have been much scarier and some of the horror sequences felt unintentionally funny as there were a good few people laughing during certain sequences. The film score from Benjamin Wallfisch was really good as it helped elevate the film with music that felt dramatic, emotional and disturbing. In conclusion, It was a pretty good film and in a lot of ways it was everything I had hoped for from the trailers, besides having a stellar cast and characters you care about, but the atmosphere, tension and scares come together it’s REALLY GOOD. That being said I feel like the film could have been scarier and at points it was unintentionally funny which undercut the fear factor. But with all that being said, It is a film you should see in the cinema, everyone seems to love it and if you’re a horror fan you probably will too.

So have you seen It and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Midnight Special

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be doing a brief review on Midnight Special. Now this is a film I’d been following since the early side of last year and with the trailers and video interviews  I’d watched I got so hyped for this film. Alas I couldn’t bring my lazy ass out of the house to watch it in the cinema during my chaotic time at the airport, and I regretted that decision so badly. But since then I’ve had the film on my mind, and today I finally got around to checking it out.

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The story can be described as the following: “The film revolves around Roy and his biological son, Alton Meyer, escaping federal and local officers, after discovering that Alton has special powers.” Firstly can I just say that this film was incredible, such an engaging, dramatic and different kind of film. I mean there are elements of the story and characters you can relate to certain sci-fi films from the past, but this film found a way to tell a story that invoked the best elements of those older sci-fi films while leaving its own mark as well. There were several things I liked about the story, from its pacing, to its ability to drop you almost right in the middle of the story without having to fully explain all of the details as to how we’ve arrived at where we were with the main characters. But what I loved about the story was the mystery, we learnt that Alton was a kid with special powers, him, his dad and a friend were on the run, the government wanted him, some religious people had interest in him, and so on, yet the film never felt like it needed to hold your hand. It had its tone, sense of mystery, intrigue and wonderment, plus and moved at its own pace. And over time certain details became apparent, tension started to build and your emotional engagement grew and grew. By the final act of the film all was revealed and I’ve heard that the final revelation turned some critics off, I however found pretty fascinating and cool. And let’s talk about those performances, Michael Shannon continues to be an actor who can do no wrong for me, he played Roy Tomlin, an overly protective, yet courageous father who wanted to give his son safe and I just loved Shannon’s performance, especially how he can emote so much through his face without doing that much. Joel Edgerton continues to be great as an actor as Lucas, I also really liked Kirsten Dunst as Sarah Tomlin, Adam Driver was also pretty good as Paul Sevier, but I think Jaeden Lieberher desrves a fair amount of praise as Alton, he acted well and was very believable on the role. I also have to quickly mention the nice use of CGI, good cinematography and the film score which were lovely. In conclusion Midnight Special was such a surprisingly delightful experience, I mean I knew I’d enjoy the film, but I didn’t expect to love it so intensely, the level of mystery, intrigue and tension was wonderful and with great performances from the cast, this has easily become one of my top favourite films of 2016.

So that was my review, have you seen Midnight Special and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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