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AUDIO REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how’s it going? Anyway today I am here to bring you my thoughts on Blade Runner 2049, however, unlike most of my reviews that are written on this blog, I decided to do an audio via my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud as it felt better and easier to do. Anyway check out the review below:

So that’s my review people, hopefully, you found it informative and interesting to listen, and I hope my voice wasn’t too grating on your ears haha. While I don’t think I will be phasing out the written reviews altogether, at the same time there are certain times when doing a recorded review allows me to creatively get my thoughts about a film across better than when I’m sat in front of my laptop trying to form sentences and paragraphs. But we’ll see, hopefully, you’ll be around to check out later reviews via my podcast.

Also, what did you think of Blade Runner 2049? Was it the sequel that you hoped for or was it a disappointment? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below, until next time peeps, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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EPIC REVIEW: Suicide Squad

Hey there ladies and gents, time for another new review and today I’ll be talking about one of my most anticipated films of 2016 which I saw around an ago; Suicide Squad. Now for those not aware I’ve been hyped for this film since the first Comic-Con trailer, the choice of director, cast and overall marketing just made me believe that this was gonna be the DC film for me, and more so than Batman V Superman, this was the film that I had most hope for in terms of expanding the DC cinematic universe. Now unless you’ve been away from the internet then you must be aware of all the negative reviews this film has gained over the last few days, and even though I caught glimpses of it, I decided to steer clear of those reviews and see it for myself. So I watched the earliest screening in my cinema, now I’m here, and well, here’s the thing, Suicide Squad, it’s not bad, but was not the amazing film I wanted it to be.

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The story can be described as the following:

A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat in exchange for clemency.

This story had some interesting elements with the formation of the villain squad and some of their individual stories, but the plot felt a little muddled and could have been a lot simpler and more streamlined. The problems begin with the story as I felt like there was a few too many moving pieces, not that it was hard to follow, more so there were a few side/sub plots that could have been shortened or gotten rid of altogether. Also the flow of the story felt off with some pacing issues and oddly edited scenes. And the overall plot was fine, but it had several elements that I’d seen in other comic books films, but not in a good way, plus I was kind of hoping for a film that was on a smaller scale and while this story was smaller than the last two DC films, at the same time it felt like it was reaching further to a global scale and that was unnecessary.

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Now let’s talk about the cast, they may be the best part about the whole film, though this ensemble cast are not properly balanced, and some get way more screen time and character development than others. Let’s start with the top-tier characters with Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg and Jared Leto as The Joker. Smith was on-point, he was funny, charismatic, mean and commanding, pretty much all the reasons you like the actor and I liked what he did as Deadshot, but I felt like his character got the most screen time and character development, and some of his scenes could have been cut to give more fleshing out time to other characters. Robbie was solid as Harley Quinn, there was that right balance of playfulness, craziness and sexiness, and while I wasn’t keen on some of the backstory, the overly sexual costume and personality traits, Harley was still a lot of fun. Davis was my favourite as Amanda Waller, she was a no-nonsense, ruthless and intimidating individual and Davis brought her A-game. And Kinnaman, while I didn’t care too much about his character, this was one of the better roles I’ve liked him in. Then there’s the slightly lower tier of the cast. Jai Courtney and Jay Hernandez brought some interesting flavour to the film as Boomerang and El Diablo, Courtney was fun, hilarious and crazy, while Hernandez brought a cool seriousness to his character and ended up being one of my favourite people. And Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, I kind of liked her but at the same time her performance and character fluctuated between me liking and disliking her. As for everyone else they either alright or just there, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc was alright but we barely got to know him and he didn’t say or do too much, and finally Karen Fukuhara as Katana severely underutilized and had some cool minor character detailed, but she was wasted and it pissed me off because it felt almost as bad as what X-Men: Apocalypse did with Jubilee.

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When it comes to the presentation I wasn’t very impressed with this film. Visually the film had some decent moments with the action sequences, use of colour and CGI, but I wasn’t keen on how some of the scenes were framed, the action sequences were alright but lacked the right kind of choreography and cinematography to make them stand out, some of the lighting and editing was off and the CGI was iffy from time to time. Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but the visual material is one of the key elements I look forward to in any comic book adapted film and this film just didn’t have the wow factor. Also on the audio side of things the film score by Steven Price was a little bland and did nothing to amplify what was happening on-screen, plus there felt like there was an overabundance of music put in this film, and while I’m not against the use of popular music in films, at the same time it felt distracting and placed all over the film for the sake of it. Oh and finally, I dunno if it was just me but the sound effects really lacked impact especially when it came to the gunfire and characters getting smacked on the ground or into walls.

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In the end Suicide Squad is not a terrible film, it’s certainly not Fan4stic or X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but I wanted to love this film so badly and it pains me that another one of these non-Batman films from DC has ended up not being a complete success considering the talent involved. I feel like this will be another polarizing film, but for the sake of your curiosity/sanity, give this film a watch and decide for yourselves.

So are you going to watch Suicide Squad and if you’ve seen it, pass on your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Suicide Squad Trailer #2

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one of those trailer reviews and today I’m here to talk about the newest trailer for Suicide Squad. Now I’m pretty sure I did a review for the first trailer last year, but according to my archives I didn’t. I really enjoyed the first trailer and since then my interest in the film has only increased, the new posters were cool, but I was just waiting for the new trailer and later on it was dropped.

So here’s the trailer below:

Now I only got to see this trailer just before I got to go to work around 10am today and I was impressed. This trailer has a nice sense of personality and charm, and while we don’t get too many new details when it comes to the story, we do learn a few more details like:

  1. The fact that we see the villains taken from jail to another undisclosed location and drafted into a team.
  2. We see more individual moments from the members of the squad.
  3. And we start to see some hints as to what the squad will be up against.

This trailer is all about Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, I just love this girl’s enthusiasm, personality and timing for humour through her strange personality. Robbie just steals the spotlight and it’s not just because of how gorgeous she is in her costume, but more so because she has some of the best dialogue and scenes. Just behind her was Jared Leto as the Joker, while this trailer doesn’t show much more than before, it did allow us hear him speak and laugh and illustrate this new interpretation of madness. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be a super memorable Joker when compared to what’s come before, but I’m sure he’ll be great. I really enjoyed seeing more of the characters Deadshot, Enchantress and her creepy smoke aura, and more moments of Rick Flag and Captain Boomerang (who looks pretty funny as played by Jai Courtney). And it also helps that the trailer included “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, besides “Don’t Stop Me Now“, this is one of the most popular of Queen songs and it was well interrogated into the trailer with specific scenes and moments. And while I don’t need famous songs in trailers, this was one of the better ones with the action cut to the music which amplified the visuals.

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To conclude Suicide Squad looks like a lot of fun, and this new trailer only increases my excitement. Now It’s probably not in the high-end of my most anticipated films of 2016, but it’s very charismatic, colourful, action-packed and humourous. The film could be okay, but I’m hoping it’ll be much more than that and help launch the DC cinematic universe beyond Batman V Superman and the upcoming Justice League and Wonder Woman films.

So have you seen the second trailer for Suicide Squad and if so what do you think of it? Are you more or less excited than before? Be sure to drop me a comment and I’ll see ya on the next review! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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It’s Official: Meet the Cast of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad Movie!

Good day to you people of the internet, and today is a glorious day as I FINALLY have some film news to talk about. After the epicness that was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer last Friday, I’ve been totally bored and longing for another big news story to blog about and it seems like some mystical force has answered my prayers as we have some pretty cool DC film news to talk about relating to Suicide Squad. The following news comes from superherohype:

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An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure Suicide Squad, bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (Fury). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of HappynessFocus) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall StreetFocus) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers ClubAlexander) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (DivergentThe Water Diviner) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, upcoming Pan) as Enchantress.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Ayer is also writing the script for the Suicide Squad movie, which is being produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.

Suicide Squad, which was originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, will set up shop in Toronto, Canada at their Pinewood extension starting in February. Following two months of pre-production, the film will shoot from April until September.

It was also previously rumored that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will play a role in the story, although his name is not included in this official cast list.

OH yes, fuck yes! I mean sure this is just a casting announcement, but I don’t care I’m hyped. I remember a little while ago when this group of actors were rumoured to be in this film, but obviously it was all rumour at that point and I think because names like Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy were floating around, that maybe it was a little beyond the realm of possibility. But it seems like some unlikely things are possible. I’ve said it before, I’m not too familiar with the Suicide Squad’s origins and the only adaptation I’ve seen of them are in Arrow. So its like a Guardians of the Galaxy situation from 2012, when that film was announced I had no knowledge of the source material, that being said, I loved that film, so maybe DC and Warner Bros. can do the same for this comic book property.

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So now let’s talk about this cast. What a fine bunch they are. All of these people chosen are interesting and dynamic and to put them together in comic book film makes me grin and think of so many possibilities. Let just start with Will Smith as Deadshot. For me this is the best and most interesting announcement. Will Smith is one of my all-time favourite actors, however the guy hasn’t been very active in recent times and the only films the man has to his name in the last two years is the decent Men In Black 3 and forgettable After Earth. The guy’s really needed a big new film to be part of and this I think could be the best decision for his career. While I’m not sure about the Deadshot’s origins and whether Smith is a good fight for the characters or not, it doesn’t matter. If this film and his performance ends up being good then it’ll be good publicity for him. And then there’s Tom Hardy. I love Hardy, he’s been one of my favourite actors since 2010 and these days I will try and see any film he appears in. I don’t know who Rick Flagg is and in a way I don’t care, if Hardy kills it in the role then that will be all I care about.

And then there’s the super interesting casting surrounding Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as the Joker! Margot Robbie, now this lady was lovely in The Wolf of Wall Street, however I have yet to see her in any other films to she how versatile she is as an actress. That being said she is playing Harley Quinn, HARLEY FRIGGING QUINN! In the 20 years since she came into existence she has yet to make a live-action appearance, but now she’ll finally be coming to the big screen and that in itself is an exciting prospect. I love Harley Quinn, she’s a very crazy, energetic and layered character, and if Robbie does a good job then I’ll be a happy man. And then there’s Jared Leto as the Joker; this is the super important role. Leto was awesome in Dallas Buyers Club and believe that he can probably do anything if given the right role, but now he’s stepping into a very important role, the role of the prince clown of crime. This is a critical role that if not handled correctly, will have fanboy go into a frenzy and freak out. Jack Nicholson was good and Heath Ledger was awesome, those are two damn good acts to follow, Leto will have his work cut out for him.

And finally we have Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Both characters I know nothing about and when it comes the actors they are not nearly as interesting as the others. Courtney I’ve only seen Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard, which I liked in the former and hated in latter, this guy has yet to pull me in as a fan or as a good actor, maybe he’ll surprise me in the future. And finally Delevingne, I’ve not really heard of her or seen any of her films. I guess her appearance in this film will be my first experience of her.

Overall I’m down with this cast especially when it comes to Will Smith and Tom Hardy’s involvement. I now have a renewed interest in this film and I can only hope that it ends up being good. So what do you think of this news? Are you down with the cast or do you believe there are some wrong choices? Please leave your thoughts below and I’ll see you on the next blog post yo.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Tom Hardy & Benedict Cumberbatch Apparently Shortlisted For Doctor Strange

Hello again ladies and gents, time for me come to my blog to write about an interesting tidbit of news that’s started circulating recently about two well-known actors up for role of the Sorcerer Supreme in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. Now we’ve heard the chatter about Jared Leto, but these next two choices are much more interesting to talk about. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Deadline brings word tonight that Marvel has begun putting together their casting short list for the upcoming Doctor Strange having finally secured a director in Scott Derrickson.

The site reports that the list consists of two names for the time being, the first being Star Trek Into Darkness and “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch with the other being Tom Hardy of Bronson and the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, whose The Dark Knight Rises co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was previously linked as a potential candidate for the role.

Who would you like to see take on the master of the mystic arts? Sound off below!

Although a specific release date for Doctor Strange has not yet been set, Marvel has two placeholder dates set for unnamed features on July 8, 2016 and on May 5, 2017. It’s looking more and more likely that the good doctor will be claiming one of those spots.

Well this is certainly two casting choices I did not see coming. So now one has to ask “Do they fit the profile?” Well the answer to that for me is both yes and no. While I can see the advantages of having both actors play this kind of character because of their individual talents, I’m not sure they could bring both the visual look, physicality and screen presence of Steven Strange to the big screen. I know it is an adaptation so there are some things that are likely to change to accommodate the MCU and casual film audiences, however this is an important casting choice that needs to be done correctly. So with that being said, as much as I LOVE Cumberbatch, I’m not sure I can see him in this role, I’m not sure it is for him. On the other hand I possibly see it for Tom Hardy, if he lost a bit of muscle and became a bit more lean. But even then I’m not sure I’d even want to see him in the role either. I’m more curious about this Jared Leto rumour floating about because of the randomness of it, plus it’d be great to see Leto in such a high-profile role like a comic book film and I can’t dismiss his acting skills since seeing Dallas Buyers Club.

So yeah my overall thoughts, I’d be curious for either of these men to get the job but I’m swaying more towards Tom Hardy at this point. How about you lot, what do you think of these casting choices? Be sure to comment below and let me know.

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Thoughts on the Oscars 2014

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the interweb hope you’re all doing well and all that jazz. Well it seems another night at the Oscars has come and gone and I stayed up to watch it all. Me and my friend live streamed it online and watched al the fun and chaos that took place on Twitter and Tumblr too. All in all it was a fun and fruitful, if somewhat predictable night.

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Anyways here are the winners are as follows:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave WINNER

BEST DIRECTOR:

Alfonso Cuaron – GravityWINNER

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Great Gatsby – WINNER

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING:

Dallas Buyers Club – WINNER

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):

Mr Hublot – WINNER

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Frozen – WINNER

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):

Helium – WINNER

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – WINNER

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

20 Feet from Stardom – WINNER

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

The Great Beauty (Italy) – WINNER

BEST SOUND MIXING:

Gravity – WINNER

BEST SOUND EDITING:

Gravity – WINNER

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Gravity – WINNER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Gravity – WINNER

BEST FILM EDITING:

Gravity – WINNER

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

The Great Gatsby – WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Gravity – WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

Let It Go – Frozen WINNER

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Spike Jonze – HerWINNER

Well to be honest I am pretty happy with the way most of these winners ended up. Even though Gravity practically won everything, when it comes to cinematography and visual effects I think the film deserved its awards. I also am glad that The Great Gatsby won costume and production design, they were well-deserved. But most importantly was the awards won for Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o. Both of them did amazing jobs in Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave. I was especially happy for Lupita Nyong’o, I had hoped that she would be recognized for her work in 12 Years a Slave, I was so happy for her and her speech was very inspiring. And speaking of 12 Years a Slave, I am so happy that the film won best picture, SO happy, it rightfully got that award and was happy that Gravity didn’t take that award too (because by that point it would have been ridiculous). And finally seeing Matthew McConaughey win best actor was a fine moment in time, just put everything in perspective and made me smile because it is about time he was recognized for his talent.

All that being said I can’t help but say that I was disappointed with some things. “Let It Go” from Frozen is a good song, but SO overhyped now that it is ridiculous. I would have preferred “Happy” by Pharrell or “Ordinary Love” by U2 win the award for best song instead. But what I am most gutted about is Leonardo DiCaprio not winning best actor, his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street was amazing and I prayed for him, I really did, but he was up against absurdly great actors this year.

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Outside of that and all the awards there was a lot of fun moments with Ellen DeGeneres as the host, she was a bit cringeworthy at times, but she also got in some nice conversations with people, got this amazing photo with several actors and actresses and got pizza delivered. That makes her awesome in my book. Also the musical performances by U2 and Pharrell were real highlights for me because I love “Happy” and “Ordinary Love” is an amazing song by one of my all-time favourite bands and hearing them live just brought warm feelings to my heart.

And finally there has to be this addressing of the Benedict Cumberbatch hype going on especially on Tumblr. Mr. Cumberbatch has been showing up all over the place and has been photo bombing people, and since then, loads of people online have literally slapped him everywhere. His obsessed fans have gone overboard and made gifs, funny memes and photo edited images too, it is crazy how fast they are. But it has been humourous for me and my mate to watch the chaos unfold.

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In conclusion I am okay with the way the Oscars turned out, show some of my films and actors didn’t win and Gravity pretty much swallowed everything. However it was a fun and entertaining night and where it counted, justice was served.

So what do you think of the results of this year’s Oscars? Are you happy or are you mad as hell? Leave your comments below and I’ll catch ya later. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Dallas Buyers Club Review

Afternoon ladies and gent, time for the final film review for today and it is the much-talked about Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club. I never knew nothing about this film until some point in December when it was released in America and it started to get a lot of Oscar buzz. So since I’ve become a fan of Matthew McConaughey in recent years and the film was being so hyped up, I decided to see what the deal was when I went to the cinema yesterday. So how does the film fare? Read on and find out.

So the story involves Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, distributing them to fellow sufferers by establishing the eponymous “Dallas Buyers Club” whilst facing opposition from the Food and Drug Administration.

I thought the film was very interesting and compelling because of the central journey dealing with Woodroof’s character and the amount of people with AIDS during the 1980’s. While it is based on true events so that means that there are some liberties taken with what actually happened, I felt like the story was very realistic, had a lot of dramatic weight to it with consequences all people involved. Just like Mark Kermode mentioned in his review, there are comparisons to be made to Philadelphia due to the similar subject matter and it surprising that I’ve only noticed that now..If I had any negatives it would be that the film feels a bit long at times and definitely makes you feel low.

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When it comes to the cast they are the best element of the film and there are only three people you really care about. Let’s start Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, McConaughey is incredible in this film as he embodies this character so well that is completely unrecognizable from his other roles in the past. Woodroof at first is this manly cowboy who does a lot of drugs and drinks a lot, he’s also not very nice and is very homophobic. However when he is diagnosed with AIDS his life changes, at first he’s in complete denial, however once he starts seeking treatments outside of the US and starts helping out the local community with his drugs you see him change. Besides the absurd weight loss for the role, McConaughey is funny, charismatic and totally believable in the role.

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The next great performance comes from Jared Leto as Rayon/Raymond. I thought that Leto was amazing, he has a talent for humour and having a great screen presence, but I feel like the raw emotions he pours out in the film’s more dramatic moments in truly impressive. And then there’s Jennifer Garner as Dr. Eve Saks, she was very good as the doctor who was initially at odds with Woodroof, but after she sees the effectiveness of his drugs and the problems with the practices in place at her hospital she starts to change. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Garner but she was quite nice in this film,

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In conclusion Dallas Buyers Club is very good with a story and characters that are dramatic, complex and very in-depth. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was expecting more due to all the hype surrounding the film, but it was still pretty good. The film isn’t for everyone though, some may complain that the film is bit long, kind of depressing and that not a lot happens. But if you’re willing to invest in the narrative you’ll find something interesting in there, plus the performances from McConaughey and Leto alone make the film worth a watch.

Rating: 8/10 (It’s the Matthew McConaughey show and it is awesome)

So what did you think of Dallas Buyers Club? Be sure to share your thoughts below and I’ll see you lot on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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