RSS

Tag Archives: Jay Baruchel

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I’m ready to give you a film review in the form of How To Train Your Dragon 2. Now I only saw the first film a few weeks ago, but I ended up really liking it and it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I’d heard many good things about this film prior to its release in the UK and my expectations were set pretty high. So how does this animated sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-poster

In terms of the story, it takes place five years after the first film, featuring Hiccup and his friends as young adults. Most of the Vikings are enjoying life with the dragons, while Hiccup and Astrid along with their dragons are charting unmapped territories and discovering new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the Hiccup and company find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

If I had to describe this film in one word; ‘incredible’ would be the word that comes to mind. What I really appreciated is the fact that the film did everything a good sequel should, it didn’t re-hash the prequel but it also didn’t change so radically that it was unrecognizable to fans of the first film. This film presents new challenges and adventures along with danger, drama and mystery. I love how this film is still hiccups adventure and even in the face of adversity he tries to do what’s right. There are only a few things I wasn’t keen on; some of the humour was still a little childish for me and there are certain codes and conventions that come with these kind of adventure films that have been done in many films before that I feel need to be broken, but otherwise everything else was fine.

how-train-your-dragon-2-05

When it comes to the cast they were all pretty good. Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, he was nice, I like how he has matured but at the same time is still in the same mindset as before, he’s an adventurer but also a pacifist. Baruchel does a good job in his role but he still sounds like the least manly hero in any animated film ever. Cate Blanchett as Valka (Stoick’s wife and Hiccup’s long-lost mother) was lovely and so cool. She is a very wise, brave and courageous woman, but is also a very fragile person with depths of emotion. Gerard Butler is incredible as Stoick, he is a man who cares for his son but also for the well-being of his clan on the island. I love how stubborn, determined and tough he is, but also how emotional the man can be and he had some of my favourite moments in the film. Craig Ferguson is great as Gobber the Belch, he’s still Stoick’s right-hand man and is a source for a lot of the humour in the film too.

how-train-your-dragon-2-09

America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are still good as Astrid, Snotlout and Fishlegs. Also T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston are still just a great as ever, that being said I feel like Ruffnutt was way better than her brother because she had more screen time and more funny moments. Djimon Hounsou made for a great villain as Drago Bludvist, he has a history with dragons and wishes to control them. I love how cruel, intimidating and brutal he was, he was a bit crazy, but also  definitely had great screen presence and I could totally tell from his first appearance that he was voiced by a black man. And Kit Harington is pretty good as Eret, this guys starts out as an enemy but converts to the side of justice later on and he is fairly charismatic, silly and funny too.

httyd2- drago-hounsou2

As for the presentation, it is beyond awesome both on the visual and audio side of things. Visually the film is so beautiful, the detail in the characters, dragons, scenery and skies is gorgeous, and moving through it with all the tracking shots and sweeping camera movements is so breathtaking. I thought the first film looked good but this film goes FAR beyond that. The last film only came out four years ago and yet Dreamworks have outdone themselves, the action sequences have so beautiful use of colours, wonderful cinematography and an amazing sense of scope, so cool, beautiful and free-flowing. The soundtrack also by John Powell is SO good! His score is just screaming with sounds of wonder, adventure, playfulness, drama and emotion.

how-train-your-dragon-2-02

In conclusion How To Train Your Dragon 2 is one of the best animated films I’ve seen in a while, it’s my favourite animated sequel since Toy Story 3 and probably my favourite animated film since Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph. The film had the action, the spectacle and it had the heart and it was all blended together in a wonderful way. I highly recommend this film as it is a good time for both kids and adults.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10

So what did you think of How To Train Your Dragon 2? How do you think it fares compared to the last film and do you think this was better or worse than the prequel? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
1 Comment

Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

RoboCop (2014) Review

So here we are in 2014 with the remake/reboot of RoboCop, a film that a lot of people haven’t been looking forward to. From the time the set pictures showed up with the new suit loads of fans freaked out in disgust. However since the trailers showed up, it’s changed some people’s opinions. Now I’ve bashed almost everything to do with this film prior to its release, but something told me I’d end up watching it for a review at some point. So is this film worth a watch or was this franchise better left off in the 80’s? Read on and find out!

The story is not necessarily new and those who are old enough to remember the original film know what the deal is, but for those not in the know he is a quick summary:

“In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.”

Even though things were changed, the story is very similar to the original 1987 film, and for what it is the story here is decent. The film basically takes the original source material and mixes up a few things, it really is a modern re-telling of the 80’s film and that has advantages and disadvantages. When it works, the film feels modern, interesting and the aspect that stood out the most was the tampering of human life and what it means to be human or a machine. But the disadvantages include the fact that this film also lacks the originality, over-the-violence and 80’s charisma that made the original it so fun. Also, the new focus on the human aspects of Alex Murphy especially when it comes to his family had too much focus, it just felt boring and any time the wife and kid were involved the film lost my interest and the pacing slowed down. All that being said, the film does have heart, good action, moral dilemmas and deception on both sides of the law.

robocop-image01

As for the cast, they’re decent however the characters are a mixed bag with some solid people and some not so good ones. Joel Kinnaman does an okay job Alex Murphy, he’s a likeable enough person, if a bit bland, only after he become RoboCop does he become more interesting and even then it takes Kinnaman a little while to find his groove as the new cyborg, but when he’s serious and kicking ass he’s actually cool. Someone who is not boring is Gary Oldman who is awesome as Dr. Dennett Norton. In my opinion Oldman was the best character in this film. Norton is a scientist who clearly wishes to use his work for good, but when it comes to crafting RoboCop he is faced with a moral dilemma and from there he has to try balance the line between doing his role at OmniCorp and moral and ethical implications of his actions. He really is the Dr. Frankenstein of this film and I liked that complex they created for him. Another good performance comes Michael Keaton as Raymond Sellars, he is actively trying to get the robot in America ban reversed and trying to change public opinion with RoboCop. He is a man who has a way with words, he’s smart and yet crafty at the same time.

robocop02 robocop04

Not to be overlooked, Samuel L. Jackson as Patrick “Pat” Novak is amazing. Pat is the host of a notable TV show and he is very strong-willed, opinionated, charismatic and funny, and this role is really elevated thanks to the greatness that is Sam Jackson. There is one great moment with Jackson that channels his performance from Snakes On A Plane to great effect. Abbie Cornish was the weakest link as Clara Murphy (well besides the kid, no offence but I didn’t buy his performance at all). As Alex’s wife, Cornish just slowed down the film and while I understood her emotional scenes, I didn’t buy her acting like everyone else. Jackie Earle Haley was interesting, cool and funny as Rick Mattox. Michael K. Williams was cool as Alex’s former partner as Jack Lewis, Williams puts on his badass act and has some moments of humour too. Jennifer Ehle as Liz Kline and Jay Baruchel as Tom Pope are pretty good too, I especially liked the humour that came from Baruchel’s character.

When it comes to the presentation it is pretty good, the action sequences are good and were a little more inventive and aggressive than I thought they’d be, though nothing here was overly unique or memorable like the current set of superhero films that own the action genre when it come to creating memorable action set-pieces.

robocop05

In conclusion RoboCop, as much as I hate to say it wasn’t that bad. I really wanted to leave the film saying I hated it, but I can’t deny that there were elements I did enjoy. The film still doesn’t hold a candle to the original, but it is one of the better reboots of recent years. If you need any more convincing let me leave you with this, I’ll take this film over the 2012 Total Recall remake any day.

Rating: 7/10 (I don’t give this rating lightly, but it was actually goof)

So what did you think of RoboCop? Did you think it was good or bad and how do you think it fared when compared to the original? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
6 Comments

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

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This Is The End Review

Okay peeps, time for me to review a film that I’ve been hesitantly interested in for some time. Today I’m talking about This Is The End, the comedy that loads of people have been going on about for weeks now. I saw the trailers and I thought the film looked good and then I saw them like 10+ times more and I kind of got sick of it. So then I wasn’t too interested in the film, but I decided to give in and watch the film yesterday and what follows is a film I wasn’t expecting.

Story in This Is The End involves Jay Baruchel going over to meet Seth Rogen in Los Angeles, the two hang out for a bit until Rogen suggested that they head over to James Franco’s for a massive house party. While initially apprehensive about it, Baruchel agrees. The two go to Franco’s house and at this party there are celebrities left right and center who are drinking, doing drugs, singing and doing all sorts of other madness. It is during this party however that the world decides to bring on the apocalypse with the fire, earthquakes, cracks in the ground and so on. The initial event kills loads of people in the process, so then we are with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill who have barricaded themselves inside Franco’s house. Eventually Danny McBride shows up too and these guys all have to try and survive together with crazy results happening along the way.

The story in the film is alright, but not what I expected it to be. You have your standard abundance of drug and sexual references, swearing, crude humour and ‘what the fuck?’ kind of stuff too, all of which you’ll either be a fan of or won’t be. Oh and did I mention that all the good parts in the trailers ruined the those supposed funny points in the film? Darn marketing. I though the story was good at the beginning, but once you actually saw the direction in which the film was going I started to lose interest and its comedic tone really started to drop. Now in most comedies there’s always some kind of emotional subplot going on that’s meant to meant to have a little heart and meaning behind it, and while that’s the case with this film I don’t really feel like it works due to not only the drama that goes on between the characters, but also because of the religious aspects too. I also felt like the story went on for far too long, there were moments in the middle of the film that dragged like hell and I felt like 10-15 minutes could have been trimmed off of the runtime. The one saving grace about this film for me is a kind of spoiler but I have to say it anyway… The Backstreet Boys! They’re one of my favourite nostalgic boy bands and they make the film, I won’t say how or when, but that was my favourite moment hands down.

When it comes to the cast, they’re really hit or miss for me. They’re all playing exaggerated versions of themselves which kind of works but then kind of doesn’t in some regards. So let’s start with Seth Rogen, he’s a person I actively hate just in general, but luckily he wasn’t as annoying as he was in his usual films. Jay Baruchel, I have to ask who is this guy? I was asking myself that for ages, but other than that I didn’t care for him because all he did was wine, bitch and moan. James Franco was my personal favourite, he acted like a douche, but that was okay because he was funny. Craig Robinson was a bit over-the-top with his humour but he was definitely one of the funnier people in the group. Jonah Hill was also funny and was just being the nicest person ever, though he has his moments of weirdness too. And as for Danny McBride, I really don’t like him in general and in this film I just hated him, he was such annoying man.

The rest of the cast is all just smaller roles or cameos. Emma Watson’s part in this film wasn’t nearly as funny or useful as I’d hoped. Michael Cera was humorous but didn’t make me laugh that much. Then there was Rihanna, dunno why she was in the film. The only other cameo that stood out was the appearance of Channing Tatum, so bloody unexpected haha.

As for the presentation, This Is The End is okay in both departments. The visual side of things has a decent use of practical effects and CGI though some of it is fairly crude and over-the-top. And the soundtrack by Henry Jackman is okay, but nothing memorable, the film fairs a lot better when there’s music taken from artists in the real world (example: the use of PSY and Backstreet Boys).

In conclusion This Is The End is okay, but the film is not nearly as funny as I thought it’d be. It’s just typical american humour that just doesn’t do anything for me. I’m sure most people who have seen or are going to see the film are gonna find it hilarious, but for me it wasn’t THAT good. I had more fun and laughter with Despicable Me 2 and The World’s End, in the end the film has its moments but it wasn’t my kind of humour yo.

Rating: 6/10 (I was gonna rate it lower but the Backstreet Boys saved it)

So what did you think of This Is The End? Was the film the hilarious masterpiece that you were expecting or was it overhyped? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: