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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Midnight Special

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be doing a brief review on Midnight Special. Now this is a film I’d been following since the early side of last year and with the trailers and video interviews  I’d watched I got so hyped for this film. Alas I couldn’t bring my lazy ass out of the house to watch it in the cinema during my chaotic time at the airport, and I regretted that decision so badly. But since then I’ve had the film on my mind, and today I finally got around to checking it out.

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The story can be described as the following: “The film revolves around Roy and his biological son, Alton Meyer, escaping federal and local officers, after discovering that Alton has special powers.” Firstly can I just say that this film was incredible, such an engaging, dramatic and different kind of film. I mean there are elements of the story and characters you can relate to certain sci-fi films from the past, but this film found a way to tell a story that invoked the best elements of those older sci-fi films while leaving its own mark as well. There were several things I liked about the story, from its pacing, to its ability to drop you almost right in the middle of the story without having to fully explain all of the details as to how we’ve arrived at where we were with the main characters. But what I loved about the story was the mystery, we learnt that Alton was a kid with special powers, him, his dad and a friend were on the run, the government wanted him, some religious people had interest in him, and so on, yet the film never felt like it needed to hold your hand. It had its tone, sense of mystery, intrigue and wonderment, plus and moved at its own pace. And over time certain details became apparent, tension started to build and your emotional engagement grew and grew. By the final act of the film all was revealed and I’ve heard that the final revelation turned some critics off, I however found pretty fascinating and cool. And let’s talk about those performances, Michael Shannon continues to be an actor who can do no wrong for me, he played Roy Tomlin, an overly protective, yet courageous father who wanted to give his son safe and I just loved Shannon’s performance, especially how he can emote so much through his face without doing that much. Joel Edgerton continues to be great as an actor as Lucas, I also really liked Kirsten Dunst as Sarah Tomlin, Adam Driver was also pretty good as Paul Sevier, but I think Jaeden Lieberher desrves a fair amount of praise as Alton, he acted well and was very believable on the role. I also have to quickly mention the nice use of CGI, good cinematography and the film score which were lovely. In conclusion Midnight Special was such a surprisingly delightful experience, I mean I knew I’d enjoy the film, but I didn’t expect to love it so intensely, the level of mystery, intrigue and tension was wonderful and with great performances from the cast, this has easily become one of my top favourite films of 2016.

So that was my review, have you seen Midnight Special and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Exodus: Gods and Kings Review

Howdy ladies and gents, even though 2014 is over and I’ve already given you my top 10 films and my end of year review, I still have one more film review to give you before we transition into 2015 and it comes in the form of Exodus: Gods and Kings. Now this is a film I was actually going to give a miss because a lack of interest however near the time of release I heard some good things about the film so I decided to give it a chance. I watched it last night and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The story, can be described as the following:

“Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.”

I thought the story had some interesting updates to the classic tale but overall it just came across as bit dull. From the beginning you are meant to connect with Moses and Ramesses so that you can understand their goals in life, but the film doesn’t give you any time to know who these people are, what kind of connection they have and why we should care. You also don’t care for Moses’ mission to become a leader who has to safe his people because he does nothing significant to be of interest and it doesn’t help that his relationship with god is strained and complicated. I don’t know, all the time I was watching the film I was just comparing it to the original story and The Prince of Egypt and wondered, “Why was this changed?”, “Why did this character do that?” “Who is this random person?” All of the changes in the film felt unnecessary, strange and done just for the sake of change rather than having a good reason for it.

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When it comes to the cast there were performances that ranged from fine to over-the-top to dull. In truth the only person that mattered was Christian Bale as Moses. Moses is the main character, however he isn’t that likeable, he has no great heroic or leader-like qualities and he has no personality either. He’s not a relatable protagonist and when he’s in trouble or is struggling you don’t care because he’s just a bit meh. Bale seems like the only person actually trying to put on a show in this film. Joel Edgerton as Ramesses II, my god, what a bore. This is not the cool character from the Dreamworks animation, instead what we have here is a spoilt brat who has no redeeming features, is not relatable and seems to have a stick up his ass all the time. Edgerton is better actor than this and I feel like this is the worst film I’ve seen him in. John Turturro as Seti I was actually alright, after seeing the horrible performances in Michael Bay’s Transformers films, he was very reserved, calm and quite nice. Aaron Paul as Joshua, it was a bit bizarre to see Paul in a film like this, he was alright but incredibly wasted. Ben Kingsley was decent as Nun but he wasn’t in the film enough to be that relevant. Ben Mendelsohn was invisible as Hegep. Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, all I can say is what a waste of a role. Weaver is just there to stand around and say a few lines, her character could have been played by anyone or written out of the film entirely and it would not have made any difference to the story. What a waste. MarĂ­a Valverde was okay as Zipporah, but she barely had enough screen time to be a fully developed character and whenever she was around she was boring as hell.

The presentation was probably the best thing to come out this film. The CGI is very detailed, realistic, epic and used to great effect in the huge action sequences. The music by Alberto Iglesias is pretty good too, I did like the way it had a certain level of epicness and drama to it.

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In conclusion Exodus: Gods and Kings is serviceable film but an unnecessary one. For all of its grand visual flair it doesn’t have a story that’s interesting or engaging enough for me to care. The characters are dull and forgettable, the pacing is slow and there are chucks of details in the story that get completely omitted for no reason.

Rating: 5/10

So what did you think of Exodus: Gods and Kings? Did you like it, hate it or thought it was alright? Also how do you feel it compares to the original source material? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the new year! Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Great Gatsby Review

Yes, yes, yes. I’m finally getting around to talking about The Great Gatsby! My god, it’s actually taken me much longer to watch this film in the cinema than I originally thought. I was meant to see it opening week but then I literally just pushed it back, week after week and I almost thought it wouldn’t happen. But luckily I saw on Friday last week and now I’m gonna review it so please keep reading! 😀

When it comes to the story it can be summarized like this:

“The 2013 version of The Great Gatsby is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.”

This film really unfolded very differently than what I was expected. I didn’t expect there to be such a focus on Nick Carraway and his perspective, I knew he was part of the film but I didn’t expect his character to get as much screen time as he did. But I did like the story for the most part, it started out interestingly enough, but I don’t think it was until Carraway came into contact with Gatsby that the film really gets interesting. What follows is a good amount of mystery, drama, love and misfortune. There’s a lot of secrets and lies going on in this film and I love that focus and how it unfolds. I’d say that the film starts to slow down and get a little question in the romance between Gatsby and Daisy but eventually things pick up again after that.

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When it comes to the cast they are really the people that bring the film to life especially when it comes to the main cast. Let’s start with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. I dunno why I never liked DiCaprio before Shutter Island came out, either way after that he’s made several films I’ve seen that’s all been good for the most part and his performance in this film is also very good. Gatsby is a very friendly yet mystery character and no one really knows him besides Daisy and Nick and I loved how he interacted with people and his reasoning behind his parties. DiCaprio gives a lovely and powerful performance and I love seeing him freak out in films because it’s just totally cool.  Then there’s Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, I thought Maguire was awesome, this probably his best role since his appearance in Brothers. Sure most of us will remember him as Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, but he really is a great actor with talent and knows how to handle dramatic films. I loved seeing the film from Nick’s perspective and how he was getting integrated into this lavish lifestyle and what kind of crazy and unexpected events go down.

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Now let’s talk about Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. I haven’t seen too many film with Carey Mulligan in them, but she was very good in the film. You could see that Daisy as character was complex and her history with Gatsby was an interesting one to find out about. Though when you look at her character over the course of the film she really is a bit of a bitch, leaving her cousin as the third while when she’s hanging with Gatsby and totally messing with the emotions of the men in her life, so cruel. Also Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan is really good in the film, I had heard great things about his performance prior to seeing this film but around halfway to two-thirds into the film you see why. His acting is impressive and I like how bitter and complicated his character gets once Gatsby comes into Daisy’s life.

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Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker was nice, her character was an interesting, posh and likeable person who for some reason took a liking to Nick and became part of the story through knowing Daisy and Gatsby. Debicki was awesome, hot and acted very well in her role. Jason Clarke as George Wilson was good too, I was surprised to find out how his character tied into the film and for the most part I liked him. And lastly Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfsheim was good as a friend of Gatsby, but also had a sort of shady and questionable persona.

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When it comes to the presentation there was a lot of CGI used and I seriously wasn’t expecting that much to be in the film but it was used when necessary for a lot of cool establishing shots, wide angles, transitions and memory sequences. Now when it comes to the soundtrack this is where things will get a little questionable. At first I so surprised by how much of a hip-hop and R&B sound the film had, then I remembered that the soundtrack was handled by Jay-Z and that’s when everything started to make sense. I love Jay-Z’s music and while I would have preferred more music reflective of that time period, the way Jay-Z handles his catalogue of music and scatters it across the film is nice, impressive and surprising. There’s a point when a rendition of “Crazy In Love” by BeyoncĂ© comes on and that was the most random if somewhat pleasant surprise I came across in this film.

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In conclusion The Great Gatsby while it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was still some impressive stuff. I really liked uncovering the mystery behind Gatsby life and the performances from the cast really make this film worth watching. The film didn’t blow me away but I still enjoyed what I watched immensely and I can easily recommend the film even if most people have seen it already haha.

Rating: 8/10 (A pretty impressive film with fine performances all around)

So what are your thoughts on The Great Gatsby? Did you like it or hate it? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

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

 

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Learn Who’s in the Running to Play Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay now this is more like it, there really hasn’t been too much information on Guardians of the Galaxy for a while now. Besides learning that James Gunn was going to write and direct the film, there hasn’t been much information in terms of the story and characters involved. However now we finally have some information about casting and superherohype provides us with information about the actors up for a crucial role:

“Quite arguably Marvel Studios’ most offbeat property to date, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now in the casting stage and today Deadline has learned of eight actors up for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.

According to the site, the current list of names auditioning for the part includes Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1, 2014.”

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Well there are some interesting choices, the only actors I am familiar with this Garrett Hedlund from On The Road and Tron: Legacy, Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire and James Marsden from the previous X-Men trilogy. I also find it interesting that Eddie Redmayne is in the running for this role and Harry Osborn in the next Spider-Man film, he gets about doesn’t he? But in terms of who I’d like to see in the role I’d say Huston would be awesome because of his work in Boardwalk Empire, but recently Hedlund has proved himself as a capable actor in On The Road so I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role either. Marsden doesn’t really seem like the leader type, I wasn’t really kind on his portrayal of Cyclops in the X-Men films so yeah not really keen on him there. As for the rest of those guys I don’t know much about them to comment so good luck to them.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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