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Toy Story 4 Review

Howdy people of the internet, how is it going? So yeah after a break that took a lot longer than I expected due to a cold that took my voice away. I am back to share my thoughts on the latest film in the Toy Story series; Toy Story 4 via my podcast Film Focus.

Now I have been curious, cautious and hopeful about this film since its announcement in 2014. And Toy Story 3, one of my all-time favourite films, ended the series in such a strong way, I thought why would Pixar potentially ruin the series with another entry? It wasn’t until the full trailers came out that I got an idea of what TS4 would be like and that’s when I started to feel some hope that it could be another solid film in the series. So how was the film? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out!

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Toy Story 4 and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Tomorrowland Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for my review  of the latest Brad Bird film, Tomorrowland (or Tomorrowland: A World Beyond as it’s called here in the UK). Now I’ve heard a lot about this film for a good year or so, but never knew much about it, but because Brad Bird was attached to it, I knew I had to watch it. After the slightly mixed reception I actually pushed my viewing of this film back a few days, but yesterday I decided to stop messing around and see it for myself. So is it good or bad? Well read on and find out!

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

“Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Brittany Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever.”

I thought the story was an interesting one for sure as we got to go on this adventure of discovery and deal with themes of fate and destiny, cause and effect and love and friendship. There are some really cool, awe-inspiring moments, there are also a good amount of humour spread throughout as well, but I believe the best moments are the dramatic and quieter ones between the main characters as they have the most amount of emotional weight and are really sweet/heartbreaking. I think the problems with this film start before you actually watch the film, I think the marketing did a pretty poor job at telling you what the film was about, I thought it was going to be some special journey into another world and while that is definitely a part of the film there is a lot more going on in this film and once the main mystery behind Tomorrowland is discovered you realise that this wasn’t he film you were expecting. This film deals with a lot of real world issues and is a little closer to reality then the trailers suggested, and while I found it interesting and smart the way it was handled, at the same time there is a slot of set up beforehand and I feel some of the story could have been streamlined just to get to its main point.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. George Clooney as Frank Walker. This guy is a bit of a recluse and sure he was a bit whiny and angry, but when you see why his character turned out the way that he did, you really do feel for him and understand his pain. I liked Clooney in this role, this was a different kind of role than most of the other stuff I’ve seen him in. Brittany Robertson does well as Casey Newton, she was a little annoying at times because she wouldn’t listen to reason or was scream a lot, however she was witty, bright and quite nice. Hugh Laurie does well as David Nix, I’ve never seen Laurie in a villainous role before so it was interesting to see how he handled it. He was pretty funny and mean in this role, though at times he did come across as a bit of a generic bad guy. I would say the real star of this film is Raffey Cassidy as Athena, this character is pretty important to the plot and has some really awesome moments in the action sequences, but more so than that she has some great moments with Frank and Casey. Her emotional scenes are the best and I feel like she’s the heart of the film. In addition to that Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key are good as Ursula and Hugo Gernsback and it was great to see Pierce Gagnon again as Nate Newton, Casey’s brother he’s grown up a little since Looper but he’s still adorable and such a great child actor.

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty good. On the visual side of things the film looked very nice with some good cinematography and the CGI used to craft the world of Tomorrowland, the futuristic weapons and action set pieces were really detailed, colourful and realistic. As for the soundtrack, once again Brad Bird teams up with the awesome Michael Giacchino and Mr. Giacchino creates a very vivid, adventurous and epic score that feels just as epic and bombastic in style like some of his previous work on The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

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In conclusion Tomorrowland was a pretty good film. I will admit that the film didn’t blow me away, but it had a really interesting story, great performances from the cast and some impressive visual effects. This is definitely one of those films you have to see for yourself if the mixed reception on the film is anything to go by, I honestly thought after the film’s reception that it would be a bad cinema viewing but I ended up liking it a lot.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Tomorrowland and if so what did you think of it? And for those who were looking forward to it, was it better or was than you expected? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Let’s Be Cops Mini Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for another short review and today I’ll be talking about the comedy film, Let’s Be Cops. Now I saw the trailer for this back in June or July and thought it might be fun, then I heard about the bad reviews, and it was at that point when I decided that the film would not be worth my time… But since I went to the dentist and had a painful session, I needed something to cheer me up and this film was the only thing available at the time… Plus, I was desperate. And that’s how I ended up watching it.

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The story goes like this:

“It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.”

All I can say is what a waste of a good premise. The idea of normal two men pretending police officers sounds like it has a the makings of a great comedy film, or at least a decent one, but not in this case. What we get is a series of interesting and humourous scenarios with the two main characters and some serious stuff happening around all of that as well. My two main issues with this film is that it wastes the opportunities for police pranks and when the film is trying to be funny, it rarely hits its marks. Besides a smile or a slight chuckle, this film had no laugh-out-loud moments, most of the verbal and physical humour is poor at best and the majority of it was shown in the trailers which makes their value even less in the film. In addition to that the story tries to mix light-hearted humour with meaningful storylines for the main characters, but the journey hardly gives me a reason to root for the heroes and by the end of the film when they’ve succeeded through their trials and tribulations it mean nothings because I wasn’t invested to begin with like a good comedy like 22 Jump Street which does a similar police-type film and does everything WAY better. And it also doesn’t help that the film was boring at points, I checked my phone twice! TWICE, that never happens unless I’m really not feeling the film, at one point I even wanted to walk about because I was that uninterested.

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When it comes to the cast it is a bit of a mixed bag. Jake Johnson isn’t all that funny as Ryan O’Malley. Ryan is a bit of a loser, he messed his life in the past and now he has nothing to do except drift around and be annoying. Not until he pretends to be a police guy, does he finally have an outlet in life and tries to do good, but also mess around. Johnson gets the best material to work with but I didn’t find him too funny. Damon Wayans, Jr. isn’t much better as Justin Miller. Justin is a guy who has dreams, but is stuck in a rut at his current job and once he too becomes a policeman he starts to enjoy the perks of the job, though he constantly questions the morality of his actions. Wayans definitely has the looks and similar style of charisma that makes his father such a joy to watch, unfortunately he doesn’t have the same charm and comedic timing and it also doesn’t help that his character is a bit of a wimp. The only other good performances come from Rob Riggle as Patrol Officer Segars, Andy Garcia as Detective Brolin, James D’Arcy as Mossi Kasic and a funny/sexy appearance from Natasha Leggero as Annie. And lastly Nina Dobrev as Josie and Keegan-Michael Key as Pupa were pretty forgettable.

In conclusion Let’s Be Cops has small moments of humour and good chemistry between the two main characters, but it is not nearly as funny as it should be and from beginning to end the film never capitalizes on the main idea of the main duo pretending to be policemen and that’s what really hurts. Your money would be well-spent elsewhere.

Rating: 5/10

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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