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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sausage Party

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be briefly talking about Sausage Party. Now I was always curious about the film from the time of its announcement to the start of the marketing, and while the trailers didn’t blow me away, as a fan of animation I had to give it a watch.

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The plot for the film can be summed up as the following: “The film is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.” The interesting thing about the story was that there was much more to it than the trailers let on (well done marketing team), there’s was a lot of inventive, smart and layered elements that went into the story and it was fairly captivating for the most part. Though I will admit the humour was a bit hit and miss for me and the overly sexual nature of the film was a bit much times, and there’s one moment towards the end that kind of ruined the immersion of the film (Those of you who have seen the latter half of the The Lego Movie should pick up on what I’m on about). But for all the stuff that I didn’t love, there was a lot of stuff to appreciate like the film references, and visual presentation which was incredible with the impressive and varied character design, animation and cinematography. Oh and the use of music and overall film score was good too. And finally the voice cast was pretty solid too with Seth Rogen and a lot of his familiar acting people surrounding him once again. Everyone did a good job in their roles but I’ll just highlight certain people: Seth Rogen as Frank was pretty cool, he was interesting and well-rounded character and I appreciated how Rogen was more of a character than his usual self. I also really liked Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson, she was sassy, direct and had some good lines too. Michael Cera surprised as Barry (because oft he voice), he was a character I didn’t think I’d like and ended up being one of my favourites.Jonah Hill who I recognised straight away was great as Carl, while Nick Kroll was also good as Douche, and Salma Hayek was another instantly recognisable voice as Teresa del Taco who was another memorable character with a lot of passion charisma. I also loved Edward Norton as the Woody Allen-esque bagel Sammy Bagel Jr., Norton really surprised with his voice work and Sammy was a really likeable dude. And David Krumholtz was also funny too as Kareem Abdul Lavash with his beef with Sammy Bagel. Other actors worth noting were Bill Hader, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Paul Rudd.The strange thing about Sausage Party is that it turned out being the exact film I thought it’d be with the over-the-top and crude humour full of your standard set of sex, drugs and violent-related humour that comes with a R/15 rated US comedy, but at the same time it was incredibly creative, fun, silly, stupid, well-thought out and entertaining. At the end of the day this is one of those films you’ll either love or hate, but I enjoyed it more than I expected and I’d say its worth a watch. ūüôā

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

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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The Martian Review (SPOILER FREE)

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about¬†The Martian. This is another film that’s been on my 2015 anticipated list, even when there was no footage, I had hope for the film considering that it had an interesting premise, Ridley Scott was directing and it featured Matt Damon. And after the trailers and early positive word of mouth I was excited to see this. So after seeing an early screening at Cineworld yesterday I’m ready to pass judgement!

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The story can be described as the following:

“When a mission to Mars goes wrong for a group of team of astronauts, they escape, however one of their members, Mark Watney is left behind and presumed dead. With limited resources and a harsh environment to live in, Watney must fight for survival while communicating with NASA, other scientists and his crewmates on a rescue plan.”

I thought the story was really good. This is another film that focuses on survival, human ingenuity, endurance and spirit. I like how there was moral, ethical and logical dilemma’s for not only Mark, but his crewmates and the people at NASA as well, there wasn’t an easy way of doing things and for a lot of the choices that some of these characters made, there’d be sacrifices or negative consequences involved. I also appreciated the realism, the scientific talk and unpredictable nature of space, the Mars environment and spacecraft equipment. The film was also a lot funnier than I expected and I think it really helped ease the loneliness and dread. While this isn’t a brilliant or unique adventure, it is a solid and well-made film from director Ridley Scott, there is a sense of confidence and intelligence with Scott’s direction and I liked that aspect a lot.

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The cast did such great work with their performances, but the main star is Matt Damon as Mark Watney. This is a character who is smart and courageous, but also has to deal with the fact that death is constantly present and could take him at any moment. Damon is a really great actor and I think a lot of people forget that, but here is allowed to be dramatic, charming, funny, frustrated and so much more, and a lot of the time he has to act alone, yet pretend like there is someone is watching and he pulls that off fairly well.

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As for the people down on Earth I really liked Jeff Daniels as Teddy Sanders, he was an interesting character because he is a good person, but he also has to think of things from a business perspective and his decisions puts him at odds with his other staff members. Kristen Wiig as Annie Montrose did pretty well and I think I think I liked her performance a lot mainly because it was the first time I’ve seen her in a serious role. Chiwetel Ejiofor as usual turns in a great performance Vincent Kapoor and Sean Bean was good as Mitch Henderson too.¬† Mackenzie Davis was cute and good in her role as Mindy Park, Benedict Wong was quite good as Bruce Ng and Donald Glover’s appearance as Rich Purnell was strange, humourous and entertaining for sure. As for the space-based characters, Jessica Chastain did well with her material as Melissa Lewis, she’s the most developed and important of the crew and has a lot of important decisions to make too. Michael Pe√Īa as Rick Martinez was also good, he had some humourous moments and good banter with Mark. Kate Mara was also good as Beth Johanssen, I also liked my man Sebastian Stan as Chris Beck and Aksel Hennie as Alex Vogel was good but a little forgettable. Together these characters had good chemistry and felt like a good team of individuals who cared about their mission but also for each other and Mark.

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When it comes to the presentation it was really good. Visually this was a great experience. Spaced-based sci-fi films have been getting better with their special effects over the last few years with Prometheus, Guardians of the Galaxy and Gravity showing more and more impressive their art direction, realism and level of detail, and this film is no different. The Martian has wonderful cinematography, editing and sound design too. I was just stunned by the scenery of Mars, all the shots on the planet were gorgeous and the scenes in space were also very beautiful with great lighting and clarity. The film score by Harry Gregson-Williams was also quite good, William’s soundtracks tend to be a little hit and miss for me, but here he did a good job creating music that really amplified the action on-screen and it had many great moments elevating the emotional scenes.

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In conclusion The Martian is a return to form for Ridley Scott, offering up a thrilling and dramatic story, great performances and brilliant production value. While I wouldn’t say it blew me away, it is definitely on the higher end of films I’ve seen post-summer season and in 2015 in general.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of The Martian? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and let me know. Until the next time, see ya¬†later! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I’m ready to give you a film review in the¬†form of¬†How To Train Your Dragon 2. Now I only saw the first film a few weeks ago, but I ended up really liking it and it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I’d heard many good things about this film prior to its release in the UK and my expectations were set pretty high. So how does this animated sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

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In terms of the story, it takes place five years after the first film, featuring Hiccup and his friends as young adults. Most of the Vikings are enjoying life with the dragons, while Hiccup and Astrid along with their dragons are charting unmapped territories and discovering new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the Hiccup and company find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

If I had to describe this film in one word; ‘incredible’ would be the word that comes to mind. What I really appreciated is the fact that the film did everything a good sequel should, it didn’t re-hash the prequel but it also didn’t change so radically that it was unrecognizable to fans of the first film. This film presents new challenges and adventures along with danger, drama and mystery. I love how this film is still hiccups adventure and even in the face of adversity he tries to do what’s right. There are only a few things I wasn’t keen on; some of the humour was still a little childish for me and there are certain codes and conventions that come with these kind of adventure films that have been done in many films before that I feel need to be broken, but otherwise everything else was fine.

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When it comes to the cast they were all pretty good. Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, he was nice, I like how he has matured but at the same time is still in the same mindset as before, he’s an adventurer but also a pacifist. Baruchel does a good job in his role but he still sounds like the least manly hero in any animated film ever.¬†Cate Blanchett as Valka¬†(Stoick’s wife and Hiccup’s long-lost mother) was lovely and so cool. She¬†is a very wise, brave and courageous woman, but is also a very fragile person with depths of emotion.¬†Gerard Butler is incredible as Stoick,¬†he is a man who cares for his son but also for the well-being of his clan on the island. I love how stubborn, determined and tough he is, but also how emotional the man can be and he had some of my favourite moments in the¬†film.¬†Craig Ferguson is great as Gobber the Belch,¬†he’s still Stoick’s right-hand man and is a source for a lot of the humour in the film too.

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America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are still good as Astrid, Snotlout and Fishlegs. Also T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston are still just a great as ever, that being said I feel like Ruffnutt was way better than her brother because she had more screen time and more funny moments. Djimon Hounsou made for a great villain as Drago Bludvist, he has a history with dragons and wishes to control them. I love how cruel, intimidating and brutal he was, he was a bit crazy, but also  definitely had great screen presence and I could totally tell from his first appearance that he was voiced by a black man. And Kit Harington is pretty good as Eret, this guys starts out as an enemy but converts to the side of justice later on and he is fairly charismatic, silly and funny too.

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As for the presentation, it is beyond awesome both on the visual and audio side of things. Visually the film is so beautiful, the detail in the characters, dragons, scenery and skies is gorgeous, and moving through it with all the tracking shots and sweeping camera movements is so breathtaking. I thought the first film looked good but this film goes FAR beyond that. The last film only came out four years ago and yet Dreamworks have outdone themselves, the action sequences have so beautiful use of colours, wonderful cinematography and an amazing sense of scope, so cool, beautiful and free-flowing. The soundtrack also by John Powell is SO good! His score is just screaming with sounds of wonder, adventure, playfulness, drama and emotion.

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In conclusion¬†How To Train Your Dragon 2 is one of the best animated films I’ve seen in a while, it’s my favourite animated sequel since Toy Story 3 and probably my favourite animated film since Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph. The film had the action, the spectacle and it had the heart and it was all blended together in a wonderful way. I highly recommend this film as it is a good time for both kids and adults.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10

So what did you think of¬†How To Train Your Dragon 2? How do you think it fares compared to the last film and do you think this was better or worse than the prequel? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

Now it is time for¬†The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review, my first film review of 2014. This was a film I hoped to review before 2013 ended, but time just escaped me, plus I got a bit lazy haha. I’ve been looking forward to this film since just after the summer and had fairly high expectations because it was being talked about so much prior to its release. So does the film deliver or not? Read on and find out.

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The story for this film can be summarised below:

“A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.”

The main consensus I took away from this story was that it had a lot of potential but it didn’t live up to the expectations. I feel like there was a great deal of scope and ambition, but the film fell underneath it all and couldn’t capitalize on the big adventure. This film is all about Walter and the fact that he goes from a boring daydreamer to an adventurous man on a journey of discovery. At first you connect with him and enjoy his daydream sequences, but sometimes they become a little too frequent and at point its a bit too long and over-the-top. One issue I have is that even after Walter actually goes on his adventure things still feel unrealistic and daydream-like, at times I was just waiting for something crazy to happen only to find out that it was real. And at the end of the day after all that Walter’s gone through you can’t help but feel like a lot of it is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

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When it comes to the cast everyone is fine but the main person keep this film alive is Ben Stiller. So let’s talk about him first¬†as Walter Mitty. Walter is a man who is very simple, boring, kind of insignificant and reclusive socially and while he has skills in other areas it’s not really emphasizes. Stiller is enthusiastic, out-going and interesting and while his character does get a bit annoying I like his commitment to his role.¬†Kristen Wiig as Cheryl Melhoff is a lovely down-to-earth kind of girl who is smart and caring and you can see why Walter likes her. Adam Scott as Ted Hendricks is really good, he plays Walter’s new boss who is pretty much a douchebag and very cruel to Walter and some of the other staff and Scott plays up his role very well.¬†Shirley MacLaine¬†and¬†Kathryn Hahn do well¬†as Edna and¬†Odessa Mitty,¬†Sean Penn is pretty decent as Sean O’Connell and¬†Patton Oswalt is hilarious as Todd Maher.

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The visual presentation for the film is pretty decent with some elaborate action scenes and sequences which are creative, crazy and fun. The problem is that some of these scenes go on a bit too long and the CGI is a bit overused and not as polished as some other films I’ve seen of recent. The scenery of Greenland and Iceland was incredible and those scenes were shot pretty well, oh and I also liked the skateboarding scene too, that looked nice.

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In conclusion¬†The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a decent film, however I can’t help but feel disappointed because I expected a lot more than I was given. Ben Stiller does his best as the lead character and the action-based daydreams make this film a lot more interesting than other thanks to the creativity and large scope. This film is decent and there is some fun to be had with it, however I know this film could have been so much more.

Rating: 6/10 (a decent film that just falls under the weight of its ambition)

So what did you think of¬†The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Did you like it or not? Whatever your thoughts leave them below and I’ll see ya on then next film review yo.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Despicable Me 2 Review

Alrighty then, time to review another animated film that I’ve been looking forward to and this one¬†comes in the shape of Despicable Me 2. Initially I was never interested in Despicable Me, but after watching it a few months ago I converted to being a fan, the first film was a lot of fun and trailers lead up to this sequel seemed promising enough as well. Now I watched Epic and was pretty let down by that film, so I’m hoping that this film will be more entertaining yo. So I went to see it today and you know what it was pretty damn awesome and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.

So the story in this film involves¬†Gru, as he is now out of the villain business and is experiencing life as a father to Margo, Edith and Agnes. However Gru’s life is changed when he and his minions are recruited into an Anti-Villain League¬†to take out an evil supervillain who¬†causing¬†havoc¬†elsewhere. So Gru along with his new partner, Lucy must get to the¬†bottom¬†of this plot before things get out of hand.

I thought the plot in this film was great, I like how this film continues the great material that it gave us in the last film but presents some new and interesting elements that keep it fresh and interesting. it was wonderful to see Gru¬†transition¬†from his former villain role to his life now where is going through the ups and downs of being a father. This film is very much for the kids and doesn’t quite have the universal appeal that you’d find in a Pixar or to some degree a Dreamworks film, nevertheless this is a still fun little tale that has more pros than cons.

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When it comes to the characters all of the cast old and new turn in some lovely performances.¬†Steve Carell is still great as Gru, offering great moments of humour, strangeness, sarcasm and also emotion too.¬†Miranda Cosgrove also makes a lovely return¬†as Margo, in this film there’s a few new things going on in her world and I like how her character was handled.¬†Dana Gaier ¬†is still fine as Edith still being a¬†tomboy and all that jazz. But my favourite is still¬†Elsie Fisher as Agnes, her character is one of the most adorable kids in any film ever and that continues in this film, Gaier does a great job in making this character so¬†likable¬†through her voice.

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Kristen Wiig¬†was nice as Lucy Wilde, while a bit over-the-top and weird at times I did like her as an addition to this film series. She was a great partner/love interest for Gru and the two had some nice chemistry together. Also¬†Benjamin Bratt¬†was jokes as Eduardo Perez/El Macho, such a strange yet hilarious character with loads of charisma and stand-out moments.¬†Russell Brand¬†also does a good job again as Dr. Nefario, I wasn’t expecting his storyline to unfold in the way that it did but he was still good in the film and Russell Brand continues to sound nothing like himself in this role which is still surprising to me.¬†Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san, is great, his role is small but definitely worth of a few laughs.¬†Steve Coogan¬†as Silas Ramsbottom, he was good but not nearly as¬†utilized¬†as much as I’d hoped.¬†Mois√©s Arias as Antonio Perez, is pretty jokes, while¬†Nasim¬†Pedrad as Jillian is this crazy chatterbox full of funny moments in the film and lastly¬†Kristen Schaal as Shannon was great, she reminded me so much of her character¬†Hazel Wassername¬†in¬†30 Rock¬†it was unreal.

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As for the presentation it was firing on all¬†cylinders¬† Visually the film was fabulous, the last film already looked great, but I think I noticed a lot more¬†shininess, detail and a very vivid colour scheme in the art and animation. I love the way this film looks. And the soundtrack is also wonderful,¬†Pharrell Williams¬†and¬†Heitor Pereira¬†return o craft the music for this film. Pharrell is still doing his thing bringing in some of the songs from the previous film while introducing new ones with¬†“Happy” being my personal favourite, and Pereira’s score for the film is still is good as ever having the right tone and emotion for¬†each¬†moment in the film. And I also have to mention that I loved some of the film’s choices of songs from real life that they inserted into this film, some it was perfect.

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In conclusion¬†Despicable Me 2 is a great follow-up to the previous film, it’s basically more of the same material except with new scenarios and obstacles that need to be tackled. I didn’t expect to like the film as much as I did but by the end I was just in a very happy place and I knew that this was gonna have to be one of my favourite films of the year. Before watching the film I saw that this film was being¬†received¬†pretty well and I can see why so many people loved it, this film is just pure fun and I recommend it highly.

Rating: 8.5/10 (A great fun film full of humour and great animation)

So what did you think of Despicable Me 2? Are you fan of the films or are you not swayed by its charms? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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