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Hercules Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for the first of many new film reviews to come and today we start with Hercules, the latest film from Brett Ratner that stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character. Now I honestly had little to no interest in watching this film as the trailers hadn’t sold me at all, but since the film group I joined recently had it listed as a film to watch last week I decided to jump in and see what was going on. So how was the film? Well read on and find out.

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The premise for this film can be described as the following:

“Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”

This film is definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ kind of films. From the trailers I thought I had this film worked out, but it totally took me by surprise how good the film was in every department. The story was straightforward and easy to comprehend, the characters were all likable and memorable and the presentation was very well executed with big set pieces and an awesome sense of style. This film once again reinvented the main mythology associated with Hercules, but does so in a way that is believable and interesting, also the modern-styled dialogue and emphasis on humour was a welcomed change from the more serious and embarrassing Greek mythology adaptations we have gotten in the past (*cough* Clash and War of the Titans). I also like how the film for all its cheesiness also had a bit of depth to it, there was some nice and dark backstory elements thrown in that actually worked that I did not expect to see in a Brett Ratner film.

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As for the cast they did a serviceable job in their roles and I don’t think there were any weak links to be found from what I saw. Firstly let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, man who dude looks like a tank! Johnson right now maybe the peak of physical human perfect I think lol. But enough about his looks, I though Johnson did well as Hercules and gave us a different and interesting take on the character, the man is definitely getting better as an actor and it helps that he has a great screen presence and good charisma too. This Hercules is strong, but is humble, he is a mercenary but still has honour and he also has a bit of a dark past too which added a bit more to his character as well. John Hurt as Cotys, King of Thrace was good as always. Hurt is a man ho does well playing roles that are either good or bad and I liked him in this film because he did come across as a nice man but easily changed his tune later on and was quite wicked. Rufus Sewell as Autolycus was probably my favourite of Hercules’ companions. The man has known Hercules the longest and he comes across as righteous man when his friends are involved, that being said he always has his eyes on the prize and makes numerous funny remarks throughout the film.

Ian McShane as Amphiaraus was great, he was the funniest of the bunch, constantly talking about his visions of the future and the time of his death which lead to some very great moments in the film. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was as hot as she was deadly as Atalanta. This character is clearly a warrior, she got into the thick of the battles, knew how to deliver the pain and has a lot of love and respect for her friends. And I dunno if it was just me but I constantly thought, “Man, this woman looks a lot like a younger Nicole Kidman.” Aksel Hennie as Tydeus was good too, this character was strange and odd, but awesome as well as he was a nutter. I liked is backstory as well and I feel like I connected with him a lot despite the fact that he rarely talks. Reece Ritchie as Iolaus was nice as well, he was the nephew of Hercules who tells of these exaggerated tales of his conquests, but is also looking to make a name for himself and become a warrior too. Rebecca Ferguson was also decent as Ergenia, she wasn’t just there to be a love interest but was a strong character who had good motives and had a fairly important role to play in the grand scale of things too.

I also have to say that the presentation in the film was pretty cool too. On the visual front this film had some really cool action sequences, there were big scale wars, good but not overused CGI and nicely choreographed fight scenes with Hercules and his band of people to get stuck into.

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In conclusion Hercules was a surprisingly fun, interesting and had some hidden depth to it too. The film knows what it is and doesn’t try to be any more than an entertaining action film full of cheesy humour and good characters. This is the first solid adaptation of the character from Greek mythology since Disney made him popular in the late 90’s, I would recommend this to people who are not only fans of Dwayne Johnson but also for people looking for good summer action films, it is one of the good ones.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Hercules and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are e sure to leave them below and I’ll catch ya on the next film review yo. 😀

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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Only Lovers Left Alive Review

Howdy once again ladies and gents, once agin I resurface from the depths of the earth to deliver a new film review. I have already reviewed Her and The Monuments Men and my final review for today is Only Lovers Left Alive. I found the trailer for this online back in December and was intrigued just because it was a different kind of vampire film, plus it had Tom Hiddleston in it so it was gonna be a mandatory watch regardless. So how did it turn out? Read on and find out.

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So the story for this film is as follows:

“Adam (Hiddleston), an underground musician reunites with his lover for centuries (Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Wasikowska).”

I thought that the story was pretty interesting and definitely had some nice themes relating to the longevity of life and love. The atmosphere and tone of the film is lovely and by switching from Los Angeles to Tangier offers up some moments of great scenery and culture changes. My only issue with the film is the slow pacing. At times it felt like the characters were just completely zoned out or doing nothing of any great importance. I feel like if the pace had been sped up or some of the time in between some of the key scenes had been cut down then I would have enjoyed the film a lot more.

only-lovers-left-alive03When it comes to the cast they are all very good and give some great performances. Let’s start with Tom Hiddleston as Adam. I really liked him in this film, his character is very lethargic, mellow reclusive and has very small needs. Only Adam has interest in music and his lover, but when you mess with his stuff or his groove he has one hell of a temper. Hiddleston was awesome, I’ve only mainly seen him as Loki in the Marvel films, but I wanted to see how he put his acting skills to use in other films and he does so very well in this film. Similarly Tilda Swinton is wonderful as Eve, she is very out-going, whimsical, caring and cunning too. I only know Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia films, luckily I see that she is a capable actress who is captivating and very likeable. Together Swinton and Hiddleston have great screen chemistry and vibe off of each other very well.

Anton Yelchin was another strong person as Ian, his character was very nice guy personality-wise and he was surprisingly chilled out about his friendship with Adam. Yelchin was just fun to watch and his look in this film really reminded me of John Frusciante, the ex-guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers haha. Also Mia Wasikowska was good as Ava, this an annoyingly energetic person who just wanted to be adventurous and have fun (much like most teenagers/young adults these days). Wasikowska was quite nice and surprisingly she was a lot better and has kind of erased her performance as Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. John Hurt was nice as Marlowe offering us a wise, old and yet quite funny elder vampire and lastly Jeffrey Wright was cool as Doctor Watson, again Wright is showing off roles very different from his recurring role in Boardwalk Empire as he is quite funny and light-hearted here.

OnlyLoversLeftAlive_2In conclusion Only Lovers Left Alive is a breath of fresh air in this sea of vampire films and TV shows, it is actually very realistic, dynamic, different and creepy with some great performances. I feel like if the pacing had been a bit quicker and some of the actions of the characters had transpired a little faster I would have liked this film a little more. That being said it is a very different kind of vampire film that I would recommend. P.S. Any ladies who are fans of Tom Hiddleston who want to see him topless best give this film a look too. 😛

Rating: 7.5/10 (An interesting and strange take on the life of vampires)

So what did you think of Only Lovers Left Alive? Have you seen it or are you gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Hellboy

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #12 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. Now we’re gonna return to 2004 with the film adaptation of Hellboy.

Ah Hellboy, I remember seeing this in the cinema when it came out, I remembered it being pretty cool. Then over the years the more I watched it, the more unremarkable it became. I’ve actually only seen this film about 4 or 5 times but I’ve never really considered it a necessary buy for DVD because it’s on TV every so often. So now I’ve watched it again, has my opinion changed? Well read on and find out.

In terms of the plot here’s a small summary:

“In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon – Hellboy – has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.”

What I liked about the story was how different it was, you had ties to the past linking to WWII, dark magic and supernatural happenings and gateways to other dimensions. It wasn’t your typical material. After seeing a lot of superhero films that follow the basic formula of having an origin story and then becoming a hero not long after, Hellboy’s story is totally different. His situation is different and he’s not your true blue superhero but he does have connections to villains in the film and it makes for an interesting story.

Now let’s talk about the cast because they were pretty cool for the most part. Ron Perlman as Hellboy was the best part of the cast hands down. Perlman has a great screen presence and was pretty funny throughout with his dialogue and actions. Also John Hurt as Trevor Bruttenholm was nice, he had some great lines in this film and I liked his character, not much to say really. Selma Blair as Liz Sherman was good, I like her character’s backstory and crazy powers. There was something mysteriously hot about Blair in this film and that point before she unleashed her powers near the end of the film was cool.

Rupert Evans as John Myers was nice, his character was sort of like the audience in the sense that he was being brought into this crazy new world after working with the FBI, so he’s experiencing all these new and unnatural things for the first time. As for Karel Roden as Grigori Efimovich Rasputin, he was very strange and mysterious and I liked that about him, though I don’t feel like he was that great of a villain as he didn’t feel a constant threat. Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning was decent, his character was a bit of a pain in the ass at first but he had moments of humour and eventually became a design character. And lastly Doug Jones as Abe Sapien was cool, his character had some really interesting powers and I liked his dialogue and strange yet funny scene and David Hyde Pierce who did the voice for the character should be given credit too.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is good, it is dark, kind of moody and has a good mix of practical and special effects. The CGI looks decent and it used to create some nice visuals and spectacle. I also really like the make-up and creature designs which are all wonderfully done in this film. This is another one of those film you can deal is directed by Guillermo del Toro, it has a nice level of violence, strangeness and has funky and interesting creature designs which is right up del Toro’s street if you’ve seen some of his other films. Also just wanted to point out that all the fight scenes with Karl Ruprecht Kroenen was awesome, the way he killed people in such a flashy fashion with such cool choreography was totally awesome. As for the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami is good, I like the way it composed and it seemed to work well for most scenes where music was involved. The score was mainly epic and loud, but found time to be softer and sometimes playful too which I appreciated.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well unfortunately I’ve never read any of the material from Dark Horse Comics, but according to the Wikipedia page on the origins of Hellboy the film seems to be pretty faithful to the story and characters involved just with a few modifications here and there.

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So to conclude Hellboy is decent film, it has an interesting premise, a likeable and unconventional hero and enough action to satisfy most needs. I guess the reason I don’t love it is due to that fact that it looks awesome but doesn’t do much that makes it truly state out from the Batman, Spider-Man or X-Men films that inhabited the superhero genre space at the time and compared to today’s superhero films the same rule applies, the film is good, just not amazing.

Rating: 7/10 (It’s fun little movie but its nothing spectacular)

So there’s my review people, only 18 more to go. So have you seen Hellboy 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 12, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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