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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Elektra

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #29 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Back in 2013 I watched Daredevil for the first time and it was a little better than I expected, but nothing special, but I knew it was a pretty damn good when compared to the 2005 spin-off that came afterwards; Elektra.

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Surprisingly this is a film I’ve seen before, yeah, I’ve suffered this madness once already. 😩 It was on TV and I was curious to know if it was that bad and man, it was and that was around 4-6 years I think. But now I’m stepping into the lion’s den again to see this horrible mess again because I like to torture myself. 😛

The story can be summed up as the following:

“Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.”

The story here is interesting but flawed. I liked the concept of the Hand, Elektra as an assassin-for-hire and the history between her and Stick, but beyond that this film has a lot of familiar plot elements to those who watch a lot of action films or read a lot of comics. From the obligatory love interest to the main protagonist knowing discovery someone from their past to bad guys hunting after a specific item/person that the hero has to protect, its standard stuff and it can work when done well, but this film was really boring and generic, and there was nothing you couldn’t see coming. This film also has a lot of things happen without any explanation as to why it’s happening and there some moments when very illogical or random decisions are made which just make you question the level of intelligence of certain characters. I also felt like this film was trying too hard to be cool without seeing how other comic book films were able to pull it off with ease.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios. Elektra is a semi-cool and interesting character, however I felt like her reputation hyped her up to be more impressive than she was. Sometimes Garner does come across as a bit of a badass and other times not so much, I just don’t feel like she has the face or physicality of female assassin in the way that Rebecca Romijn’s Mystique or Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow have been able to pull off. I have to mention while Elektra’s costume is more comic book accurate in this film than in Daredevil it still looks ridiculous and cosplay-ish, however Garner look really hot in it, nuff said. Terence Stamp was pretty good as Stick, even though Stick was blind I didn’t buy it at all as Stamp’s body language and demeanour suggested otherwise. Will Yun Lee as Kirigi was alright, I liked his action sequences and screen presences, but he never felt too threatening and because of his dialogue I wasn’t keen on him at all. Goran Visnjic as Mark Miller was one of the most boring people ever, I knew exactly why his character was in the film and his scenes were the most uninteresting as Visnjic just didn’t have a memorable or charismatic presence on-screen. Kirsten Prout as Abby Miller was pretty annoying for around two thirds of the film but then she becomes slightly more tolerable later on, Prout rides the line between being nice and insufferable. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was good but underused as Roshi and Colin Cunningham as McCabe was pretty forgettable.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is alright. The action scenes for the most part is good especially when there are weapons involved and there’s appropriate lighting for the scenes at night as well. But that’s where the positives end. I did not like the use of CGI in this film, sure it was necessary for some of the characters with powers, but some of that stuff easily could have been done practically. Also this film seems to love slow motion shots, it doesn’t make things cooler and it doesn’t help when it is used for the most boring of action poses or if someone is falling down. Another thing of note is while I like the action scenes, none of them were memorable or mind-blowing, and the fight choreography was decent but so unimpressive especially for people taught in the art of ninjitsu. As for the soundtrack, Christophe Beck’s store is nice but forgettable.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve not read much Daredevil or Elektra material to comment on this section, though I will say that the film at least gets certain aspects right with Elektra’s martial arts skills, the inclusion of Stick and the Hand. But there are a lot of changes that I’ve read when comparing certain characters to the comics and they are horrible.

So to conclude Elektra is not as bad as I remember it to be, but it is far from being a good film. There are some interesting ideas in this film and if they had been handled better this film would have been a much better piece of work. But instead we have to settle for generic bad guys and plot elements, lacklustre action sequences and some other stuff that just makes no sense. I hope the character of Elektra is done more justice when she hopefully shows up in Marvel’s Daredevil.

Rating: 4/10

That’s 29 reviews done, only 1 more to go. So have you seen Elektra and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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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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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Daredevil

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #10 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Okay now its time for me to tackle one of the comic book films I’ve been avoiding for around 10 years now, today I’m talking about Daredevil.

Oh god, honestly this was one of the films I just didn’t want to watch. I’d heard so many things about it since its 2003 release in the cinema, I’d heard some people actually liked it, but the majority of people I saw and came across despised it with a passion. My uncle who’s really into comic books told me personally to stay away from that film and he’s usually never wrong. But for this month of superhero reviews I thought I give it a watch and you know what?… What I saw today can’t be unseen.

In terms of the plot involves Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights for justice in the courtroom and out of the courtroom as the masked vigilante Daredevil. Over the course of the film he comes across Elektra Natchios who becomes his love interest, has a few scuffles with assassin Bullseye and eventually comes across Wilson Fisk, also known as the crime lord Kingpin.

Well the story was surprising, it was basically a story of love, revenge and realizations. The origin story was glossed over and we’re thrown several years into the future where Matt Murdock is already Daredevil. I feel like there wasn’t enough time for me to get acquainted with Matt prior to his donning of the costume and fighting of injustice which meant I didn’t care about him that much. I understood why he was doing what he was doing, but I didn’t care. A lot of things in this film feel like they happen pretty quickly without enough time to take it in and let progress naturally, like romance between Matt and Elektra that materializes out of nowhere and builds over like two days or something. I didn’t believe that for a second. I can see why some audiences would like this kind of story because it’s a little more adult and darker in its material, but the execution could have been so much better.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil was okay, he did what he could with the source material and I didn’t dislike him as much as I thought I would. But the problem is that I just couldn’t feel him in the role. you see there’s certain people who just don’t fit the look and style of a superhero and I believe that applies to Affleck, I’ve seen him act in much better films and he’s awesome these days, but in this film he’s not the Matt Murdock that I envisioned. Next is Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios, Garner did look pretty and her character seemed interesting, I just didn’t care about her too much.

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And then there’s Colin Farrell as Bullseye, he was hilarious. His character was so over-the-top and ridiculous but that’s what actually made him tolerable and he was much favourite character in the film. Now let’s talk about Michael Clarke Duncan as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin. I remember when I first saw Duncan Clarke as the The Kingpin and dismissing him completely because of loyalty to the source material, but now I’m older and I can look at this with a different opinion. Duncan Clarke gave a pretty decent interpretation of the character who was still intimidating and strong, though it still wasn’t the Kingpin that I was hoping to see. And lastly there’s Jon Favreau as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, I did not expect to see Favreau in this film and it through me off, but considering he’s comedy background I’m not overly surprised. He was alright, though a tad annoying because he talked a little too much for my liking.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is alright with a lot of CGI which was probably impressive for its time but now looks far too obvious. I like what they did for Daredevil’s vision, but other than that I felt like the CGI was a bit over-the-top and while obviously some of those Daredevil’s actions couldn’t be done in real like I feel like a lot of the film could have benefited from more stunt work. Also the action and fight scenes were awkward, silly-looking, overly choreographed, badly edited and filmed at such strange angles that it couldn’t be properly appreciated. As for the soundtrack by.Graeme Revell the score is okay though a little overly dramatic for my liking, but the real offender is the choice of songs for this film. Who thought it was a good idea to put so many songs in one film, it’s incredibly distracting and unnecessary. I want to know who the music supervisor was for this film because the choice of songs were horrible, listen I like rock music but it was ill-placed in this film and why in the holy mother of heck is there TWO frigging Evanescence songs in this film? No offence to anyone who likes them but I hate them and those songs were painful and brought back so many bad memories. The film loses points for that fact alone.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? I’m not well-versed in the Daredevil comics so I can’t answer this one unfortunately haha.

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So to conclude Daredevil is a film that just makes me shake my head. Granted I didn’t hate the film as much as I thought I would, that doesn’t mean I liked it very much. There are just far too many issues I have with the film from the story to the action sequences and the horrible music for the soundtrack. I am just not a fan of this film and pray to god Marvel do Daredevil justice when it’s eventually rebooted because God knows it needs it.

Rating: 5/10 (Too many things to complain about here)

So there’s my review people, only 20 more to go. So have you seen Daredevil and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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