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QUICK REVIEW: Warcraft

Howdy people, it is review time again and today I’m going to be talking about Warcraft! Now I have to say my excitement for this film has been in the ‘cautiously optimistic’ department as the trailers were decent, but did not get me super hyped like other 2016 films that have come out so far, and with the mixed reception it’s gotten recently I really was worried. But since I saw it a few hours ago I can share my thoughts here with you lovely people. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So the story can be described as the following:

“The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home”

The story of Warcraft, when you strip away the spectacle and law, is a simple one. It is about two worlds colliding and two strong individuals on both sides trying to do their best to sort out the larger problem without too much chaos and bloodshed. This is a familiar tale, and for the most part it worked, but there were some issues. Firstly, Warcraft has the same issue that John Carter and Green Lantern had in the sense that this film has a lot of law and mythology to set up, and a lot of the time feeds you tons of information but there isn’t enough time to digest and understand it. And for me this lead to me forgetting certain character names and locations, and even though there was narration to explain some details, I felt like just a bit more exposition would have helped the narrative. Secondly the pacing was a little off, like I said before there’s a lot of info to take in, and it didn’t help that the film moved from scene to scene so quickly and didn’t give you enough time to settle into the world especially in the beginning, but then later on some moments went on a little too long. And finally some of the character motivations and arcs felt lacking in depth and needed a bit more meat to them in order for us to connect them. That being said, when the story worked there was a lot of interesting moments full of drama, tension and good world-building.

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In terms of the cast they were good, but there were some that stood out more than others. Travis Fimmel did well as Sir Anduin Lothar, even though he didn’t differentiate himself much from what I’ve seen in Vikings. He was charming and very chilled out and was one of the most engaging human characters. Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar was initially kind of annoying and silly, but he eventually grew on me. Ben Foster played one of the more intriguing characters as Medivh and it was interesting to see how his arc played out in the film, while Dominic Cooper was valiant and strong as King Llane Wrynn, and Ruth Negga was good but underutilized as Lady Taria Wrynn. Paula Patton was fine as Garona, but I felt like she needed a bit more personality and development. Toby Kebbell did really well as Durotan, he had the strongest and most engaging arc in the film being courageous yet conflicted. Robert Kazinsky was also pretty good as Orgrim Doomhammer and Daniel Wu was pretty solid as Gul’dan.

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When it comes to the presentation the film was solid. Visually it was nice, the CGI was handled well especially with the cinematic shots of theย  landscape and the detail in the shots orc models as well. Otherwise the visual effects varied between looking good to not bad with some dips in detail during some of the action sequences. And the film score by Ramin Djawadi certainly had its moments where it elevated the action on-screen, however it wasn’t as impactful as some of Djawadi’s previous material.

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In conclusion Warcraft wasn’t bad, it was an interesting film with a great fantasy world, nice mythology and cool action sequences. However the characters and story weren’t nearly as engaging as I had hoped. I would have liked something in the vain of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for this film, and I know that LOTR was based on a very strong book series as opposed to the Warcraft game series, but with the right creative team you can make anything work, and this film was handled as well as it could have been with Duncan Jones at the helm, but the story material wasn’t strong enough.

Rating: 6.5/10

So have you seen Warcraft and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Nice Guys

Howdy people, got a new review for ya and last night I finally get to talk about The Nice Guys, woo! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure if I’d mentioned this in a previous blog post, but this film was/should have been in my top 11 most anticipated films of 2016 and after seeing all the trailers my hype levels were super high. So how’d the film turn out? Well read on and find out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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So the story can be described as the following:

“A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.”

So the story for this film was very interesting. This is a tale of humour, death and conspiracy and it comes together in a very Shane Black manner. While anyone can watch this film, it definitely works better for fans of Black’s work, and for those not satisfied with Iron Man 3 and wanted a little more Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, this film was certainly more in line with the latter with a tone, script and a type of humour that was swift, mature, blunt and continuous. I am not going to lie, it took a little while to get into this story, and that’s not to say that it wasn’t engaging but I thought the story would hook me in a different way. Also some of the humour wasn’t as funny as I’d hoped, maybe it was the timing or the fact that a lot of the best gags were in the trailers, but that’s just from what I observed. However there’s a point when the story shifts gears and got even crazier and more ridiculous than before, and the final act literally just had me laughing and enjoying myself so much!

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In terms of the cast they were really good. This kind of film successes of fails on the performance of the leads and luckily Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling do well as enforcer Jackson Healy and private detective Holland March. These two were an unlikely pairing with Crowe being the no-nonsense tough guy and the Gosling being the humourous, silly and hyperactive guy. Individually they were cool and well-rounded, but it was when they got together when the magic happened with Healy and March having the best comedic pairing I’ve seen in a while due to their different personalities and approaches to work. A nice surprise came in the form of Angourie Rice as Holly March who was so delightful, smart and resource, Rice had a great screen presence and held her own well against the other main actors. Matt Bomer was great as John Boy, I also liked Margaret Qualley as Amelia Kutner, Keith David’s appearance as Older Guy was very welcome and memorable and finally Kim Basinger had a very interesting role as Judith Kutner. Oh and I also really enjoyed the visual style of the film and the 70’s influenced soundtrack crafted by David Buckley and John Ottman.

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In conclusion The Nice Guys was a good film. It was a lot of fun to watch as the story unfolded and the madness escalated, and while the humour and story was a little uneven for my liking, when this film hits, it hits hard and I would recommend it especially for those who are fans of Shane Black’s style of films.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Nice Guys and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Cloud Atlas Review

Man, I am ashamed that itโ€™s taken me this long to get watch Cloud Atlas, sure itโ€™s only been around a week but this was one of my most anticipated films. Why? Well I saw the trailer for this when it first hit the internet back in the summer and I thought it looked incredible. It just looked, unique, mysterious and full of originality. I was gutted when I found out that Americans were gonna get the film in November while we over here in the UK had to wait until FRIGGIN’ FEBRUARY! What the hell! Oh well, the film’s finally been released over here and I’ve watched it, so what’s the verdict? Well read on and find out!

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The story of this film has been described as:

“An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”

In truth that’s the best way to sum it up. In truth what I got from the film was that there were people in different points in time whose actions affected others. It is a little hard to explain without having seen the trailers or the full film, but I thought it was very interesting stuff. I liked the themes of survival, love, courage and change. There are loads of stories going on in this film and you literally jump from one to the other at any given moment, at first this was really surprising and took a while to adjust to but after a while you grow accustomed to it. The concept for this film is bloody impressive and is executed in a unique fashion, however I feel like the overall idea from the original novel didn’t translate across to the audience the way I feel the filmmakers thought it would. I’m not saying I could do a better job because trying to adapt a novel is no easy task, all I’m saying is that by the end of the story some people will be left either in awe or in a state of confusion.

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When it comes to the characters, that’s a hard one to talk about without going into specifics, but the film features the acting talents of the following people: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

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I’ll just highlight a few of the performances that stood out for me. Firstly there’s Tom Hanks, he was fabulous and was probably the actor with the most parts. It was great to see how different each character was and see how versatile Hanks was as an actor. Next we have Halley Berry, this is easily her best film in years. Berry actually look pretty hot at certain points, plus all of her characters were different and interesting. Also Jim Broadbent was great in the film and he definitely brought his A-game to his characters that were really quirky and imaginative. And my other favourite characters were played by Ben Whishaw andย Doona Bae as their stories were some of the most interesting a beautiful stuff to me. Now as you might have guessed all of the actors involved play different versions of themselves from different points in time so there’s a lot of make-up involved to alter their features. The make-up jobs on these actors can range from pretty good to downright awful, (Hugo Weaving what did they do to you in Neo Seoul!?!).

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty kick ass for the most part. Besides the questionable make-up that I already mentioned, the cinematography is wonderful and there is some absolutely beautiful shots in the film especially in slow motion. There are also some great use of GCI in the film to create some of these futuristic worlds and action sequences, it was some impressive stuff especially the world Neo Seoul, (Korea). Also the soundtrack for the film by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil was beautiful and very captivating.

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Now while Cloud Atlas isn’t the experimental masterpiece that I was hoping for it was the most unique and ambitious films I’ve come across in a while. In these days of films in the cinema which are either remakes, reboots, spin-offs or your basic book-to-film adaptations, Cloud Atlas appears and really tries to deliver a different kind of film experience, and for that I applaud the film and the filmmakers. Now having said that, when the film ended some guy in the screening shouted “What a load of crap! Did anyone else understand the film?” Some people laughed. As I walked out I could still hearing him moaning away, “What a load of crap, can’t believe I wasted money on that film!” See its ignorant and foolish comments like that really bug the hell out of me, some people just don’t take to things that are different and just stick to the basic shit that Hollywood throws out most of the time. Hell I should have recommended him Movie 43. Anyways I just wanted to say just because Cloud Atlas is different doesn’t mean that it sucks.

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So in conclusion after finally watching Cloud Atlas I have to say while it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it. Though it was still one of the most unique films I’ve seen with some intriguing stories and themes, characters and beautiful presentation. It is a pretty long film nearing around 3 hours but I’d say give this film a chance and then make up your mind afterwards.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s a film experience that needs to be seen.)

So there’s my review people, have you seen Cloud Atlas and if so what are your thoughts on it? Whatever they may be drop them below and comment away. I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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