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AUDIO REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how’s it going? Today I return to bring you my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, the latest film from Marvel Studios. Like the Blade Runner 2049 review, this review won’t be written but is an audio review via my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud. Anyway check out the review below:

So that’s my review people, hopefully, you found it to be an engaging listen, like Blade Runner, I felt like doing an audio review would be easier and better to do than writing something up. I will admit that a lot of the review was ad-libbed but it was the easiest way for me to get my thoughts out there.

Also, what did you think of Thor: Ragnarok? Is it the best film from Marvel yet or were you left wanting more? 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 30, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Independence Day: Resurgence

Howdy people of the internet, Hypersonic55 back again playing catch up with the latest films in the cinema and last night I watched Independence Day: Resurgence and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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Now the first Independence Day is still one of my favourite films from the 90’s and to be honest it may even fall into my all-time favourites too just because of how much fun it is to watch. So understand, I had no interest in watching this film, I never wanted the sequel, however since the trailers looked decent enough I thought the film might be tolerable. That being said, those bad reviews online did prepare me for the worst, but here’s the thing… Independence Day: Resurgence wasn’t that offensive to me, it was just incredibly unremarkable.

Story-wise the film goes like this:

“The film focuses on the battle between ESD (Earth Space Defense), an international military defense and research organization, and the returning alien invaders during the twentieth anniversary of humanity’s first victory against the latter on July 4 – the same date as the Independence Day in the United States.”

At the end of the day, this film’s plot was essentially the first film just done with a few variations when it came to the use of certain characters, use of technology and modern story elements. This plot while it had a few new and interesting ideas, was quite predictable, generic and painfully average with no proper balance between the drama and humour. The main thing that this film sort of got some of the humour right with some lines of dialogue making me smile or chuckle, however, most of the humour felt really forced or lazy.

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As for the cast it was a mixed bag. Returning members Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Bill Pullman as President Whitmore, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun and Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson were fine, however, I only really liked Spiner as the doctor as he was fairly lighthearted and fun. Goldblum fluctuated between being familiar and fun and feeling like an imitation of his former self, Pullman was good but I wasn’t keen on the way his character was handled. But Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine was wasted, she had no real reason to be there. The new cast weren’t too engaging, Liam Hemsworth and Jessie T. Usher as Jake Morrison and Dylan Dubrow-Hiller try to fill the shoes of Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith from the last film, but they didn’t have the charisma, magnetism or chemistry their predecessors had, plus they were so boring. Maika Monroe was pretty but forgettable as Patricia Whitmore, Charlotte Gainsbourg felt as Catherine Marceaux felt like a weak addition to this film, Sela Ward was dull as President Lanford, however William Fichtner wasn’t half bad as General Adams.

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When it comes to the presentation it was solid for the most part. Visually the film was pretty cool with a cool sense of scale and pretty detailed CGI, though the quality of the CGI varies a lot and after a while the crazy amount of CGI madness going on with the destruction of earth, aliens and spaceship fights got tiresome. And the film score by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker was horrible, it felt so cheesy, overly dramatic and didn’t add to the film as much as it felt distracting.

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In the end Independence Day: Resurgence was exactly how the film I thought it’d be before I saw the trailers, it was silly, generic, lackluster and kind of cool in the spectacle department. This was probably a one and done situation as it didn’t have any redeeming factors and didn’t have the good qualities that make summer blockbusters worth watching.

Rating: 5/10

So have you seen Independence Day: Resurgence and if so what did you think of it? Was it a colossal mess or just a loud, dumb and fun film? Give me your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another new film review and this one comes in the form of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now I’ve only watched two Wes Anderson films in the past and they were Fantastic Mr. Fox (really good) and more recently Moonrise Kingdom (brilliant), so I was really intrigued to see what this man was gonna do next and when I saw the trailers I thought it looked amazing. So after watching it today how do I think the film fared? Well read on and find out.

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Story:

“GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”

The tale of this film is pretty interesting as it takes a non-liner approach and jumps between the present and the past where the primary meat of the film takes place. The themes in this film involves friendship, trust, love and vengeance among other things, it is all very entertaining, humourous and bizarre but never does it feel uninteresting thanks to some good pacing and energetic nature. The film doesn’t quite reach the emotional or funny levels of Moonrise Kingdom, but it really is good.

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When it comes to the cast the film is just filled to the maximum with talent left right and center and while not everyone gets a great deal of screen time, it is just nice to see their faces.

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave H. is simply brilliant, he brings his natural charisma, charm and a lot of passion to the roll. Gustave H. has very high standards and expects nothing less of perfection, Fiennes is a man who can do no wrong in my eyes. Tony Revolori is great as Zero Moustafa, I really liked his moments of humour and he seemed to handle his scenes really well considering the more expressed cast around him. Adrien Brody as Dmitri is great, it is not that often when Brody takes on a more villainous role, but he looks amazing and has some really funny moments. Willem Dafoe has to be my favourite character as J.G. Jopling, the dude constantly looks moody and dodgy as hell, is so questionable and dangerous and I love Dafoe’s expression throughout the film. Jeff Goldblum is a nother great actor as Deputy Kovacs, I love the way this man spoke, he was smart, sophisticated, calm and innocent, but because it was Goldblum it is awesome.

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Saoirse Ronan is charming and pretty as Agatha and Tilda Swinton is just unrecognizable as Madame D., her dialogue Mathieu Amalric is good as Serge X., he was pretty good but I couldn’t remember his face for the life of me until I checked him out on IMDB and saw that he was that funny villain from Quantum of Solace. Jason Schwartzman continues to be really interesting as M. Jean, the guy is very lazy, but also very funny and it just the little things like his mannerisms that make me smile. Bill Murray as M. Ivan I was hoping to see a lot more of but he was still pretty cool. Other people that were good were Jude Law as Young Writer, F. Murray Abraham as Mr. Moustafa, Edward Norton as Inspector Henckels, Léa Seydoux as Clotilde, Owen Wilson as M. Chuck and Bob Balaban as M. Martin.

As for the presentation it is very good on both the visual and audio front. Visually just like Anderson’s other films it is one of the film’s best aspects. There is some interesting, dynamic and unconventional camera shots and sequences used with very close camera shots, tracking shots and the use of green screen and CGI that make the film so much more fictional than real, but strangely it still works. At points watching this film was like watching a live action version of Looney Tunes which was totally hilarious and nostalgic. The soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat is another highlight of the film as it fits with the random nature of the film having various songs for different scenarios.

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In conclusion The Grand Budapest Hotel is very good film full of charm, wit and touching moments sprinkled all over. While this isn’t my favourite Wes Anderson film, I definitely had a good time with it and I can easily recommend it because it is one of best films of the year so far.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of The Grand Budapest Hotel? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Beastly Jurassic Park 3D Review!

Hi people of the web, time for my review of one of my favourite films of all time, Jurassic Park… IN 3D! Now I don’t care for 3D but there was no way I was gonna miss out on seeing one of my favourite childhood films in the cinema. So today I got the chance to view it FINALLY and I can say that this film takes me on a nostalgia trip that I needed. In short Jurassic Park is still bloody awesome, obviously! 😛 Minor spoilers to follow…

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The story in this film involves John Hammond, the founder of a park on the island of Isla Nublar, where scientists have found a way to create living and breathing dinosaurs. In order to get the park signed off and ready to be exposed to the public Hammond invites a paleontologist and a paleobotanist, Hammond’s lawyer, a chaos theorist and Hammond’s grandchildren for the weekend to have a jolly old time. However chaos ensues when one of the employees (due to ulterior motives) runs off and turns all the security off leaving the dinosaurs free to escape and attack people, so now it is a race for survival for all the humans to get off the island.

The story here is one that I’ve liked from the days of watching this as a child, but now I understand it so much better as a young adult. This film is really about what happens when you play god, when science and discovery can lead to dangerous places and how creating things that shouldn’t existence in our time can have some serious ramifications. But most importantly it gives us a great representation of what would happen if dinosaurs were real and all of the good and bad that comes with it. I’ve always found the story to be cool because it does have all the good scientific explanation and themes surrounding it, but it also has all the dinosaurs and action to capture the imaginations of children. While some argue that there are problems with this film, if there is I can’t see them, I guess the only thing I can nitpick is how some of the dinosaurs appear where they do without a clear way of finding out how they got there.

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As for the characters they are bloody cool, funny and wonderful in some awesome and cheesy 90s ways. Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Gran is great, he’s a man who’s fairly serious, into his work and dislikes children. And in this film he gets to see real dinosaurs after digging for years, has to deal with kids while trying to get back to Ellie and use his knowledge about dinosaurs to kept people alive. Laura Dern is great and gorgeous as Dr. Ellie Sattler, she’s a very smart and ambitious lady and definitely gets some good action time too. But one of the best characters is obviously Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, he’s amazing! He has some of the best scenes in the film, has the best dialogue and delivers some killer monologues and I just love him and his crazy personality traits.

Richard Attenborough as John Hammond is also great, you can clearly tell that he’s proud of his achievements and is a dreamer with big ideas that he wants to show the world, however he is a bit delusional and unaware of the dangers that could happen in his park and obviously has to the learn the hard way in this film. Attenborough is extremely likeable and delightful in his role. I’ve also gotta show some love for Bob Peck as Robert Muldoon, the park’s game warden. I thought he was incredibly cautious, calm and collected and his personality makes him cool and a wonderful addition to the cast. Then there’s Martin Ferrero as Donald Gennaro, his lawyer tendencies and annoying nature can make him annoying but it also makes him the subject of a lot of humour. Also Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello as Lex and Tim Murphy are good as Hammond’s grandchildren, they are tolerable, funny and offer some very convincing performances for kid actors. And lastly Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry and Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold are bloody cool as hell and both actors have a wonderful parts in the film.

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When it comes to the presentation I can say that even after 20 years it holds up very well! This was the film that made realistic CGI dinosaurs and it still looks frigging WAY more impressive than a lot of CGI in present day films which is embarrassing on their part. While on an IMAX screen you can tell that the CGI is a little lacking in detail, it still looks incredible on a massive IMAX screen. Everything you love about the film from its action sequences to its cinematography and the individual dinosaurs look great.

This film created so many iconic scenes like:

  • The legendary point when the group fly to the island by helicopter
  • The spectacular Brachiosaurus intro scene with Alan and Ellie
  • The crazy scene when the kids get attacked by the T-Rex
  • Donald Gennaro getting eaten by the T-Rex while on the toilet, classic!
  • The epic T-Rex car chase scene with Ian, Ellie and Muldoon
  • The scary velociraptor kitchen scene with Lex and Tim

And its incredible that after all these years these scenes still can be so impacting, intense and scary. Oh and by the way this film has some of the best post-converted 3D I’ve ever seen! The depth of field and use of the third dimension is better here than most films today that have it especially the ones shot in 3D!

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The audio is frigging beastly in IMAX, so loud, epic and freaky with those crazy speakers! As for the soundtrack by John Williams, do I even have to say how good it is? IT’S JOHN FRIGGING WILLIAMS! This man is one of the gods when it comes to film scores and this has to be my favourite one of his and probably one of all-time my favourite film soundtracks in existence! I know all the themes and all the music cues and every time I hear it I get shivers down my spine because the tunes are so powerful, dramatic and touching, I LOVE THIS SOUNDTRACK, so much so that I actually shed tears! Yeah I bloody shed tears of joy because of this badass film score! 😛

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In conclusion even after so many years Jurassic Park was and still is one of the best films I’ll know in this life or the next. Is it wrong that this is my favourite film of the year and it’s from 1993? Man, that is saying something about the quality of films this year haha. Even after all these years the film is still awesome and in IMAX it just adds to the awesomeness but 10x! Everything about the film is badass and beyond words, it made me feel like a kid all over again! If you haven’t gotten around to doing already go out and see this in the cinema while there’s still time or just get it on Blu-ray or DVD, its one of those films that everyone has to see at least once in their lifetime! 🙂

Rating 10/10 (This film is just to special to me not to give perfect rating, it’s THAT good!)

So what did you lot think of Jurassic Park? If you’re an old school fan does the film still hold up for you or if you’re one of those crazy people on just seeing this film for the first time what did of think of it? Drop me your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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