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SIMPLE REVIEW: Big Hero 6

Alrighty then ladies and gents, time for another simple review where I tell you in under 1000 words whether a film is worth watching or not and today I’m talking about Big Hero 6. I have waited AGES to see since it was released in November in the US and add on top of that the limited early release the film got in the UK around 2-3 weeks ago. But that aside, I saw the film on Friday and I’m ready to pass judgement.

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

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

To put it simply, I really liked this film. What I appreciated about this film is its sense of fun. While watching the film I had a huge grin on my face and huge amount of satisfaction in my heart. The plot is a familiar one, but it has enough unique bells and whistles to stand on its own. This film deals with themes of revenge, family, the pain of loss and knowing when to do the right thing. Make no mistake, this is a superhero film with many nods and references to comic book codes and conventions and I really admired how self-aware the film was, it knew what it was and didn’t hide it. There is something for everyone with humour, heartfelt scenes and jokes that work for not only kids but adults as well.

The cast was also very good adding all the right levels of charisma and humour to their roles. Ryan Potter is very likeable as Hiro Hamada and the rest of his team consisting of Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago, Damon Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi, Génesis Rodríguez as Honey Lemon ,and T. J. Miller as Fred provide ample amounts of fun and entertainment. I would say that Fred is my favourite though, he has some of the best moments in the film. But the real star of this film is Scott Adsit as Baymax (my man from 30 Rock). This inflatable healthcare robot is just the best, he is odd, cute, impracticable and even though he can’t emote, he has some of the most humourous and emotional scenes. Also James Cromwell was very good as Professor Robert Callaghan, Maya Rudolph adds her usual amount of charm as Aunt Cass and I really liked Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada and Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei.

And when it comes to the presentation MY GOD is it good. Visually all Disney films tend to be pretty, however this film, this film is on another level. The art design, lighting, colours and animation are all of the highest quality and it is just a beautiful to watch. The animation is slick, swift and really well done especially in the action sequences with all the wide shots, dynamic camera angles and tracking shots. Also can I just add that the world of San Fansokyo is just gorgeous and might be one of the most gorgeous-looking places that Disney have brought to life through animation, I would love just to see more of that world continued in a another film or possibly a TV series. The soundtrack by Henry Jackman is excellent, I’ve always liked his film scores and in this film he brings the appropriate amount of style, epicness, and drama needed to elevate the scenes where music is required.

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Overall Big Hero 6 is a very enjoyable film, the plot was good, the characters were great and the presentation was amazing. It is a film I highly recommend as it another great film from Disney and I would argue that it is their best work of recent times.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Big Hero 6 and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Man With The Iron Fists Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for an unexpected film review. Now The Man With The Iron Fists was a film I wanted to see back when it came out in the cinema, but skipped it once I heard the bad reviews comes in. Ever since I’ve been curious just see what it was about, so I just finished it a little while ago and I have to report that it was not a joyful experience.

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The story of the film can be described as the following:

“On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.”

This story had potential and some interesting ideas but the execution is bad, silly, and downright unwatchable at times. I’m not sure if it is meant to be taken seriously or not, either way it fails on both fronts. I can see that RZA was heavily influenced about martial arts films of the past and really wanted to emulate those features in the story, fight scenes and presentation, however it comes across as messy affair. A lot of stuff happens in the film through lengthy exposition, choppy pacing and some things that happen with certain characters that don’t amount to anything. The blacksmith’s backstory especially comes out of left field and feels out-of-place in regard to the rest of the setting and plot and if it had been introduced early I think it would have had more impactful. It also doesn’t help that the film is INCREDIBLY boring at times with times where I was struggling to pay attention to what was going on. If this film was more along the lines of Kung-Fu Hustle then I believe it would have fared better.

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When it comes to the cast they’re alright, but some are better than others. RZA as the unnamed Blacksmith was pretty bad, no offence to him but he’s no actor. When he talks his voice is a bit too low which makes him sound like he’s mumbling, plus he just doesn’t have the kind of screen presence or aura that feels like a main character who is meant to carry the role of a main character. Rick Yune as Zen-Yi, The X-Blade was good and I liked him even though there wasn’t as much of him as I would have liked. Russell Crowe is probably the best person in the film as Jack Knife, at first I wasnt overly keen on him because of the random and mysterious nature of his personality and random appearance in China, but then the character grew on me because Crowe committed to the role with style and humour. Lucy Liu as Madam Blossom was nice, Liu is beautiful, but her character is also very smart and aggressive and Liu handled her material well but I felt like she was underutilized.

David Bautista as Brass Body was alright, I mean he was charismatic and funny, but also pretty absurd, silly and didn’t talk that much. I’m glad that this wasn’t my first film with Bautista in it, he fared better in Riddick in my opinion. Jamie Chung as Lady Silk was pretty pointless and while she served a purpose, I didn’t care much for her, at least she was pretty though. Byron Mann as Silver Lion was great and besides Crowe looked like he was having the most fun with his role. Silver Lion is humourous, arrogant and a bit of prick, but these are the features that make him cool. As for Cung Le as Bronze Lion, I don’t really remember much about him.

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As for the presentation, I liked be lying if I said that this department wasn’t my favourite part. I love martial films, I live for the beautiful choreography and well-shot action and this film has that but it’s not consistent. Some of the action sequences is great, with a lot of action going on and death and violence going down, but the problem is that the style goes from being serious to kind of silly and funny, plus it tries to imitate kung-fu films from the 70’s and 80’s that have a more comedic style, especially with the wire work, but that kind of style worked for the time period, but here it looks awkward and becomes distracting. The soundtrack RZA and Howard Drossin is alright and has some decent moments, but it felt a bit full-on with the hip-hop and not subtle at all. I would have prefered what RZA did with Afro Samurai.

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So to conclude The Man With The Iron Fists is a film that has good intentions but fails to be very interesting. The fight scenes are pretty decent at points, but because of its uneven tone and over-the-top nature it is hard to take seriously or even enjoy as one of those “so-bad-its-good” kind of films. This is not a film I recommend even if you’re a fan of martial arts films, it’s just a bit too silly and there are much better films you could be watching.

Rating: 5/10 (A dull film with some decent spectacle on occasion)

So have you seen The Man With The Iron Fists and if so what did you make of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya one the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Begins Production!

While I have been loosely following the progress Sin City 2, the fact that the film is finally moving into the production phase and luckily superherohype is providing info in the following article:

“THR is reporting that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For officially began shooting today in Austin, Texas. The sequel has been in development for a long time and is now finally on track for its 2013 release date.

We’ve also learned of the addition of two more cast members to the film. First up, we will officially see the return of Jaime King, who portrayed Goldie and Wendy in the first film and reprises her role as Wendy in the sequel. Jamie Chung will also be stepping into the shoes worn by Devon Aoki in the first film for the role of deadly little Miho. THR also points out that many roles in the film still remain unfilled at this time, so we should expect more details on those very soon.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed). Robert Rodriguez and Miller are directing the October 4, 2013 release.

(Photo Credit: Dan Jackman/Stefan Jeremiah/WENN.com)”

Besides the fact the film is finally in production which makes me breathe a sign of relief, I am also glad to see Jaime King returning as Goldie and Wendy as I remember her being very good in the film (and also being pretty hot too). However why Jaime Chung is in this film I will never know. While admittedly she did look pretty hot in Sucker Punch, that still doesn’t excuse her from being a part of Dragon Ball: Evolution, that disgusting piece shit live action adaptation of one of my favourite anime/manga series’ ever. She destroyed the character of Chi Chi and I shall never let that go. I still can’t believe this film is set to come out in 2013, it’s just a lot sooner than I’d expected, oh well it just means next year is getting even more interesting for films. Anyways I can’t wait to see more info in this film as it comes.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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