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SIMPLE REVIEW: Taken 3

Hello again ladies and gents and welcome to another film review. After seeing American Sniper and liking it on Wednesday I decided to watch something a little more light-hearted in the form of Taken 3.

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The premise for this film goes like this:

“Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.”

When I see crappy film, I like to be blunt and verbal about it from it from the outset. However that isn’t the case with this one. Taken 3 wasn’t as bad as some have made it out to be, I’ve seen a lot worse films in the cinema. The film was certainly outrageous, generic and overly dramatic, but the action was fine and cast were good. Sure this film doesn’t hold a candle to the first film, however fun action junkies and Liam Neeson fans its serviceable fun. The plot was fine, it was nothing I hadn’t seen before, but it did its job. I didn’t care much for Brian’s terrible situation and the way the secrets unfold about him being framed for murder is a bit cliché and convoluted to be honest. I just sat there waiting for the next action scene. Luckily the action was good, but since this is the third film in the series I had hoped for more.

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Then there’s the cast who were all fine for the most part. At this point Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills is not even trying, he’s just having fun and being a badass. Bryan was like a ghost ninja in this film and reason I phrase it like that is because ninjas, their movements are elusive yet plausible. But what this man pulls off when evades his enemies is nothing short of amazing. Sometimes his movements are so slick and quick that it comes across as quite ridiculous and impossible, unless you were watching a  cartoon or something. And I feel like Bryan has very inconsistent attributes. Sometimes he’s super powerful in fights and super elusive, but other times he’s getting his ass kicked or moving around his enemies in such a blatant way that he could easily get caught. As for the other cast members Forest Whitaker was fine as Inspector Franck Dotzler, though I feel like his character is a bit absurd when he comes to some of his decisions and conclusions. Maggie Grace as Kim Mills was fine, but I didn’t think much of her and Famke Janssen still looks beautiful as Lenore St. John, but is not too relevant in this film. Everyone else is irrelevant. Also the music in this film was a little annoying, some of the songs selected made me feel like I was watching a show on the CW or something.

In the end Taken 3 is a bit of a silly film, there are story elements and action scenes that go beyond the realm of possibly and sometimes is completely fictional. But for all the random and ridiculous things that happen in this film, it was still a serviceable action film. I don’t hate it, but I probably won’t see it again.

Rating: 6/10 (Not as bad as I thought it’d be)

So have you seen Taken 3 and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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A Walk Among the Tombstones Mini Review

Yo people of the internet, time for another mini review and today I’ll be talking about A Walk Among the Tombstones. Now Initially I wasn’t going to watch this film purely because it looked like Taken 3 from the way it was advertised and while I love Liam Neeson, I’m tired of the whole ‘I’m a hard man who runs around with a gun beating up bad guys and stuff.’ But then I started hearing good reviews about the film which surprised me, so last night I watched the film with my dad to see what the fuss was about.

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So the story goes like this:

“Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.”

The story is a familiar one within this genre, but it does enough unique things to stand out from other films and is entertaining for the most part. I was surprised by how many people came into play with the main murder, I thought it would be a similar case that just involved one party, but there were many people tied together because they were in the same line of business and had suffered similar losses. It was pretty cool to see some detective work being done and see how so many pieces of this crazy puzzle came together. I do feel like the story did drag its feet a bit and some things came together very conveniently for my liking.

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When it comes to the cast I feel like they all did a great job. Liam Neeson was great as Matthew Scudder, the reason why I liked Neeson’s performance was because he had to do more than just talk tough and beat up people, he actually had to try and do some acting and this film reminds me of why I love the guy in the first place. Scudder is a man who is scarred by the actions of his past and now tries to do right, even if his methods aren’t always legal. I like how he is detached from people and operates on his own, but has some great interactions with other people in this film. Brian “Astro” Bradley was also good as TJ, this kid is someone who sees the world for what it is, he’s smart, blunt and only cares for himself, however, once coming across Scudder and having interactions with him, he finds more to do with his time. I thought Bradley was cool, interesting and very funny at several points in the film.

A big shout out should go to David Harbour and Adam David Thompson, who play as Ray and Albert, as they happen to play two of the creepiest individuals I have come across in a film in a while, they play quite despicable and disturbing individuals who really are the lowest form of human beings (if you can call them that). Especially when it comes to Ray, that guy, just the look on his face, the way he speaks and conducts himself is just unsettling in every way. Other good performances came from Dan Stevens as Kenny Kristo, Boyd Holbrook as Peter Kristo and Sebastian Roché as Yuri Landau (who I liked very much, but if was distracting how much he reminded me of Gordon Ramsay).

In conclusion A Walk Among the Tombstones is a nice thriller with Liam Neeson giving a good central performance. The film is a bit of a slow burn and some Neeson fans will be disappointed by the lack of action, but if you’re willing to give this film a chance then you’ll find a smart, dark and interesting thriller here.

Rating: 7/10

So, A Walk Among the Tombstones, have you seen it and what do you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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A Million Ways To Die In The West Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for the second review in my comedy double of the day and this comes in the form of A Million Ways To Die In The West. This film I’ve been curious about for a while, but wasn’t overly hyped for because I wasn’t too fussed about Ted back in 2012. But I wanted to give Seth MacFarlane the benefit of the doubt especially because of the western genre that was being brought into play. So how does his second live-action film fare? Well read on and find out.

A_Million_Ways_to_Die_in_the_West_posterHere’s the story summary:

“In 1882 Arizona, courage-less sheep farmer Albert Stark loses his beloved girlfriend Louise as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets Anna, through whom he discovers his confidence and his courage. After falling in love with her, Stark soon realizes his true potential when Anna’s husband, the infamous outlaw Clinch Leatherwood, arrives in town seeking retribution for Stark’s relationship with his wife.”

The story is decent enough, however it is not the funny adventure I think MacFarlane fans were hoping for. I think the main problems with the story are: 1) We’ve seen this type of thing before. 2) The film is too long. 3) There’s a lot of points where it feels like nothing is happening. 4) The jokes are too far apart from each other. And 5) The jokes aren’t always funny. Basically what we have is a western with modern pop culture references meshed together and it is a clash of styles, especially when you have a lot of western codes and conventions working but then you have dialogue that doesn’t belong in that era of time. Even Ted, a film I wasn’t too keen on had a more streamlined story and better sense of cohesion, plus that film had its jokes coming quick a fast as opposed to this film. As with MacFarlane’s previous material the jokes are unashamedly bold, crude and offensive in some way whether it be about race, sex, drugs or toilet humour. The overall laughs in this film feel like a dodgy Family Guy episode, sometimes of it works but most of it falls flat.

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When it comes to the cast they are good, but none of the characters are that layered or interesting. Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark is alright, he does an admirable job as the lead character, but Stark isn’t that likeable. He’s a coward, has no backbone and most of his jokes aren’t that funny. Charlize Theron as is good Anna, she is fun, a badass with a gun and is one of the best people in the film. Amanda Seyfried was alright as Louise but her character was so unlikable as she was such an air head and very superficial. Neil Patrick Harris as Foy was great, I’ve never been a fan of Harris, but he was one of the funniest people as he had some great dialogue and scenes. Giovanni Ribisi is pretty funny as Edward, the guy is so kind, innocent and oblivious to adult-based situations. Ribisi is one of the funnier people in the film and Sarah Silverman as Ruth is good too, she’s strange and does so many terrible things but still remains so happy about things. And finally Liam Neeson as Clinch Leatherwood was cool, rough and as badass as always, but compared to some of the other films in recent years I film like he was very underutilized.

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One of the best aspects of the film is cameo appearances, two in particular are really, really good and if you enjoy your film references then you’ll love these individual moments when they come.

At least the presentation is good. The film looks pretty with the desert and mountain locations looking beautiful and the soundtrack by Joel McNeely is nice and subtle for the style of film that this is, it works best when it is loud and grand.

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In conclusion A Million Ways To Die In The West has moments of fun and interest, but is long, boring and lacking any of the charm and comic timing that makes shows like Family Guy and American Dad so fun. Maybe the film wasn’t mean for me, I’m not sure, there are just a lot of things about this film that doesn’t come together which ultimately makes this film so underwhelming and forgettable.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Nowhere near as funny as it should be)

So what did you think A Million Ways To Die In The West? Did you love it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Non-Stop Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I return with my second film review of the day in the form of Non-Stop. Now like Ride Along, I had no intention of watching this film initially because I saw trailers and all I saw was Liam Neeson doing Taken again in an airplane. But then I started hearing that the film wasn’t actually all that bad and some people really liked it, so I decided to check it out to see what the deal was.

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The plot in the film goes as the following:

“An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.”

Thriller films are always good so long as there is a good story in place with all the good codes and conventions that come with films of this genre, I honestly thought that this was gonna be just another by-the-numbers action thriller film and while the story wasn’t the best, it really surprised me how investigated I got in it. Straight from the start you know something’s up and the film does a clever job at making everyone a suspect, you’re practically as lost as the air marshal is and that was great. Also the film was very suspenseful and full of tension and my god when shit gets real things get pretty heated, add to that the genuine mystery surrounding the anonymous texting passenger and you have a pretty good hunt for the person responsible as there are good twists and turns that keep you on your toes. That being said, for all of the good points, there are some bad. Toward the third act is where the film starts to become a little implausible and absurd. As the situation starts to get even more dangerous it causes people to do the most random and ridiculous of things without any proper logic which is just baffling at times.

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When it comes to the cast they do a pretty good job with some standing out more than others. Liam Neeson as Bill Marks is just a s cool and badass as you’d expect. If you’ve seen him in either of the Taken films or Unknown you know what to expect. The film just feels like an excuse for Neeson to show off how hardcore he can be and this film definitely shows that off. But besides hat Marks is a man on his own, he seems like he wants to save everyone, but the odds are against him pretty much the whole time and you do start to question whether he capable of saving everyone or if he’s just extremely paranoid. Also one other thing to add is that Marks is very quick to judge and has some very rough interrogation methods which were pretty unnecessary and crazy. And then there’s Julianne Moore as Jen Summers, I thought she was good in her role, she played a very nice and supportive character who crosses paths with Bill and becomes involved in the conspiracy. Also for some reason I thought Moore was pretty hot in this film, I’ve always considered her attractive but in this film for some reason I liked her a lot. 😛

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Michelle Dockery is great as Nancy Hoffman, Nancy is just the innocent party in all of this and has to adjust and adapt to these crazy situations while helped Marks out. Also my man Scoot McNairy from Monsters is great as Tom Bowen, I really liked his role in the film. Nate Parker as Zack White was good too as he had some interesting and funny scenes, and I think I was the only one who saw this character and thought of Zack from Might Morphin Power Rangers haha. I also found a nice surprise seeing Lupita Nyong’o as Gwen Lloyd, I had to check very closely just to see whether it was her and I was happy to see her here. And finally Corey Stoll as Austin Reilly is pretty good too, he’s a concerned attendant that gets a decent amount of screen time too.

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In conclusion Non-Stop was a pleasant surprise as it was action-packed, full of suspense and had good twists and turns. It does get a bit ridiculous at times especially towards the end, but if you can get over those nitpicks then you’ll find a decent bit of entertainment in this film.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A fun bit of chaos in an airplane… With Liam Neeson!)

So what did you think of Non-Stop? Have you seen it or are you’re gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts are leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see you on then ext film review. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: The Dark Knight

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #26 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. Okay so today we conclude our review of Batman films with one of the most overrated films in recent history, The Dark Knight.

Now I’m gonna talk about a film I don’t like to discuss with most people. Why? Because everyone bums the hell out of this film like it is the best thing since sliced bread and in my opinion it really isn’t. Fans and critics went made in 2008 when this film released and it has been hailed for changing the comic book superhero genre since. I saw the film when it released and I thought it was good, but not nearly as godly as people made it out to be. Ever since then I’ve watched the film a few times but my views still haven’t changed. So now in 2013 I’m revisiting the film again, has my opinion changed? Read on and find out.

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Taking place after the events in Batman Begins, Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

The story was pretty interesting for the most part but not perfect though. I like the way this film continues on from the last with its visual and verbal references, but I also like how the story progresses and gets more complex and higher in stakes. the introduction of the Joker makes for some very dramatic, suspenseful and unpredictable situations that have intriguing results. There’s a lot of interesting themes about corruption, morality, justice and injustice and nature vs. nature, and there’s all beautifully explained in the film. I think one of the reasons I’m not keen on the film is because there’s just a lot of aspects that I don’t care about, when the film isn’t focused on Batman or the Joker, then my interest fades, plus sometimes the film feels long and tedious. I guess the only reason I don’t like this film is because it doesn’t really feel like a comic book film, it feels more like a long thriller film with just a few comic book elements thrown in. And while that may work for most film audiences, for me who is a nerd and a fan of the more comic book side of Batman, this film just feels lacking.

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Now let’s talk about the cast who do a good job at bringing these characters to life for the most part. Christian Bale was still pretty good as Bruce Wayne, I feel like his character went through hell in this film as he had to fight the terrors of Gotham while trying to keep himself intact and eventually get out the crime fighting life and move on with Rachel. But as Batman, Bale was still dodgy. He is intimidating, but his voice is still terrible and over the course of the film gets worse. Michael Caine is still awesome as Alfred, Caine is just a great actor and he shows us his talents as Bruce’s trusted butler who helps Bruce and his alter ego, offering advice and being funny at times.

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But let’s talk about the main reason this film works and that is Heath Ledger as the Joker. This version of the Joker is just a psychopath, he is a nutcase with a twisted sense of humour and morality and he does bad things just to see will happen. I remember seeing this film in the cinema and remembering that this is why I liked the film so much and that rule still applies today. Ledger is just magnetic in this role, every time he’s on-screen all attention is on him and his charisma  and powerful persona makes him amazing to watch. He is crazy and I love it, and while I can’t say it’s my favourite interpretation of the character (That is still Mark Hamill), this in my opinion is way more interesting and captivating than Jack Nicholson’s version.

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Also Gary Oldman as James Gordon is great. Oldman’s role is more expanded than before and we get to see his character pushed to the forefront of the story. Gordon has to deal with his alliance to Batman and Harvey Dent as well as the Joker’s crazy actions. I just love how much more screen time Gordon got and how he ascended to the role as police commissionerAs for Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face I thought he was pretty cool. As Dent Eckhart was nice as the district attorney who really wanted to clean up Gotham and do justice the right way. Eventually Dent gets corrupted and goes on the path of revenge as Two-Face and I liked his interpretation of the character as he was corrupt, on-edge and shell of his former self. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes was nice and I found her version of the character to be more engaging and likeable than Katie Holmes. You could see that even though Rachel had moved on with Harvey Dent, that she still feelings for Bruce and because of his life as Batman it made things a great more complicated. And lastly Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox is still badass, I just like how he keeps supplying Bruce with all his gadgets for his duties as Batman.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation, visually the film is pretty impressive, the cinematography is wonderful, the presentation of the action and Batman’s fight scenes is a hell of a lot better and the editing is much smoother than before. I also like the special effects applied to Aaron Eckhart after he becomes Two Face too. The only  thing I wasn’t keen on was the fact that Gotham City lost its visual style from the first film and just adopted a very normal look in this film which I just didn’t agree with. As for the soundtrack by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer it is hella cool. The two basically take the themes from the first film and build upon them while introducing new themes too. The music is loud, dramatic, suspenseful and versatile and it really adds to the scenes where it is used.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? When it comes to Batman I’ve only read a few comics, most of my knowledge comes from years of watching Batman cartoons and research online. Well since Christopher Nolan’s Batman universe is more realistic, several things were updated or modified to work in the real world. As such many things have a more grounded approach. For example the Joker no longer has bleached skin and instead has paint and scars on his face and Two-Face instead of having acid on his face and a split personality, his face is burnt away in a fire.

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So to conclude The Dark Knight is still a great film and is a wonderful piece of material from director Christopher Nolan. It has a story that has a lot of interesting themes and thriller-esque elements and with a fabulous central performance from Heath Ledger it is a film worth watching. That being said, I still don’t think its the best comic book film ever made, it strays too far from the source material and almost doesn’t feel like a superhero/comic book film at all and there’s just a few small things that I don’t agree with. Now loads of people think I’m crazy because of my views on this film and I’ll continue to fight my corner until the end of time, but as it stands The Dark Knights is awesome, but not as extraordinary as a lot of fans and critics make it out to be.

Rating: 8/10 (A fine Batman film, but not as godly as many make it out to be)

So there’s my review people, only 4 more to go! So have you seen The Dark Knight 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 26, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Batman Begins

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #25 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. Alrighty then, we’ve talked about both of the Tim Burton Batman films, we’ve also talked about the ONLY Joel Schumacher that matters, so we’re skipping ahead to 2005 with the awesome Batman Begins.

Okay now we’re talking. I remember not being initially interested in this film at all due to its whole dark and realistic approach and lack of traditional Batman comic source material. But then I gave the film a chance around 2 or 3 years later and I found out that I really liked it. The film was definitely different and there were a number of things I wasn’t keen on but otherwise it was a solid film which I appreciated. So its been a while since I’ve seen it last time and now that I’ve watched it again has my opinion changed? Read on to find out.

So the plot in this film tells the origin story of the Bruce Wayne from his fear of bats to the death of his parents to his training with the League of shadows to his eventual transformation into the hero known as Batman. In this film Batman has to deal with the villain Scarecrow and the much larger threat in the form of Ra’s al Ghul and his plot to destroy Gotham City.

The story was pretty cool. Even though I am a very adamant comic book fan, the more realistic, dark and gritty tone really worked thanks to the great script and good direction from Christopher Nolan. Everything works in a more practical and realistic fashion, though there are comic book elements implemented as well and I think they’re incorporated nicely. The reason I liked the story so much was due to Bruce’s origin story, I don’t think there’s been a Batman film to date that’s gone this deep into Batman’s life prior to donning the suit. We get to see his childhood, his training and the creation of his lair, suit, weaponry and so on. I also like the part of the plot involving Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows plan to destroy Gotham, I thought it was pretty cool and hardcore. I think my only issues with the film is the fact that it wasn’t as comic book-esque as I had hoped, Batman is character I’ve always enjoyed in the animated TV shows and to see all of the source material changed and modified to work in the real world just didn’t gel with me at times during this film.

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Now let’s talk about the cast who do a good job at bringing these characters to life for the most part. So let’s start with Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I do like Bale’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne, I think he gives us the most accurate version of the character from the comics and his journey through this film is pretty cool and much more detailed than any other Batman film before it. However I can’t say that Bale makes a good Batman though. Bale as Batman is just terrible due to one key factor… His voice. I understand that Batman is different from Bruce Wayne and needs a different voice, however Batman in this film sounds insanely stupid! He’s all gruff, gravelly and as a lot of people have been saying online, sounds like he has throat cancer. Though it does make for some unintentionally funny lines of dialogue.

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Then we have Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth. I do love Sir Michael Caine and I think this is the first film where I really became accustomed to him as an actor. Caine’s version of Alfred feels like he has more of a backstory and feels like he has more of an active role in Bruce’s life after he becomes Batman. You can see that Alfred definitely care for Bruce and wants to help him out, but he also isn’t afraid to speak his mind and voice concern when dangerous situations look like they’ll occur. Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes was where I personally found the weak link in the film. Don’t get me wrong she’s not that bad in the film, but she’s not that great either. Dawes is a character made for film and has no relation to the comics and as a love interest for Bruce I just didn’t care because that is the one element in superhero films that I can deal without. Also Gary Oldman as James Gordon was cool, again like Michael Caine’s Alfred I feel like Oldman’s Gordon had a more active role than his predecessor and left a better lasting impression on me. Oldman is a fine actor and while his character isn’t as big as he is in the sequels he’s still pretty cool here.

Then we have our first villain in the form of Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard. Neeson is one of the most awesome actors out there and I loved his character in this film how he becomes Bruce’s mentor only to turn out to be the bad guy later on down the line. You can see that Ducard has much mystery surrounding his character and that as good as he may seem he has ulterior motives and I thought Neeson did great in the role and made the character magnetic on-screen. As for villain number two who was Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow we was different, his character was very clever, questionable and strange and as the Scarecrow he was even funkier using his toxins to make people freak out and hallucinate. But as good as he was I felt like he could have been better and when he is taken out it is done in the most anti climatic way.

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Tom Wilkinson makes for a cool Mafia boss as Carmine Falcone, he’s an intimidating bastard who plays a small part in the larger picture of evil plans going down in the film and Wilkinson was good. And lastly Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox was just the coolest guy ever. He’s a guy that works at Wayne Enterprises but also supplies Bruce with all his gear necessary for his missions. I like the relationship that Bruce and Lucius start in this film and since the character is played by Morgan Freeman you can’t really complain can you?

Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is nice I like look of Gotham City because it is so dark, has great lighting and has a unique colour palette that really helps show off how ugly and distinguishing the city is. I also like a lot of the action sequences in this film, Batman’s attack sequences are nicely pulled off though it is badly shot and edited at times because you can’t really see what’s going on. As for the soundtrack by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer its pretty good, the score that they create while it doesn’t have that same level of epicness and gravitas that Danny Elfman’s scores did back in the Tim Burton’s films, it does have a main theme that sounds pretty beastly and overall the soundtrack amplifies the action in the film very well.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? When it comes to Batman I’ve only read a few comics, most of my knowledge comes from years of watching Batman cartoons and research online. I think everything in this film is modified to work in the real world so characters, vehicles and weapons work in a more practical and realistic manner. There are a few comic book elements retained like the death of Bruce’s parents and his fear of bats and his martial arts skills too. I’m not too familiar with the villains of the films so I can’t talk about them. Other than that everything else is either new or changed for film purposes.

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So to conclude Batman Begins is a pretty cool film. A lot of people these days say that this film is the weakest element in The Dark Knight Trilogy but I think that is unfair as it was the film that created the foundation for the sequels to build on. This film created a new, dark and realistic world for Batman and redefined the character with much stronger storytelling, themes, characters and wonderful presentation. The film does indeed have problems and I don’t love it as much as I did before, but out of all the three Batman origins we’ve had so far this is my favourite and I recommend the film highly.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s dark, gritty and different but it’s still hella good!)

So there’s my review people, and now we’ve reached the FINAL 5 FILMS! WOOOO! So have you seen Batman Begins 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 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Battleship Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be on that live-action adaptation of a board game, yes I am talking about Battleship.

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Video  Review:

Now this written review will be an abbreviated version of the video review I done on YouTube yesterday. So if you want the full review please watch the video for my full thioughts.

Mini Review:

So Battleship, um, where to start? Well let’s go back to when the first teaser trailer came out for this film. It was interesting at best because it was just some Navy people chilling at see and then there was the massive robot splashing about in the ocean. It looked pretty epic, so I was interested and intrigued at best. But then after a while I saw the full trailer… And man I was like “My God, this film look like ass!” It just looked like Transformers at sea tome, the use of CGI and sound effects, along with the style of front from the titles looked like Transformers and I really wasn’t interested in this film. I had my fill of Transformers already. I mean the first Transformers I like, but then the second film was only good for the visuals, other than that Revenge of the Fallen broke my heart and Dark of the Moon, who even remembers that film? And then to add to my confusion and lack of interest in this film I found out it was based on the actual Battleship board game! The I was really like “What the fuck!?! How the hell did that come about?” So when I went to watch this film I was very weary nad had fairly low expectations.

Surprisingly Battleship wasn’t a complete disaster of a film, but unfortunately it didn’t do anything overly interesting, cool or original in my opinion. If you’ve seen any disaster/science fiction action films in the last 10 years or even some relating to the 1990s then you’ve lived this story and action in some way, shape or form. It just depends on how much you love these kinds of films. Most of the film is generic, clichéd and unfunny. The story is passable, but again it’s nothing special. You have the personal journey of the main character played by Taylor Kitsch, but it is terribly executed and there’s a lot of subplots going on outside of the main alien invasion but it’s all irrelivent and just there to try and add some substance to this empty, loud, visual eye fest. Oh and there is also a cheap little love story added in tehre for good measure which is typically cheesy and pointless. It doesn’t help that the dialogue in this film is terrible and so basic that its painful to watch at times and whoever thought up some of the funny elements of the film should be slapped in the face, there was barely anything to laugh at when it was intended in the film.

So is there anything I liked abou this film? Well yeah the visualswere good. They were actually more then good, they were friggin incredible. The visual quality of teh CGI was very clear, crisp and sharp from the fight scenes on the see, the details of the alien ships to the destruction of the cities. It was done on such a ridiculous scale, but I shouldn’t expect anything less from Industrial Light & Magic, they are godly when it comes to visual effects. Also did anybody think of the alien robot ships as the Transformer Decepticons? I found myself just thinking of the Decepticons many times when the robot space crafts where on screen or when those alien robot yoyos were flying all over the place (which were friggin hilarious).

Anyways overall Battleship is a decent film, probably best to watch in a massive group of people. Its good if you’re into this kind of thing. But if you’re tired of disaster films or had your fill of Transformers then skip this one. You won’t be missing much.

Rating: 6.5 (And that’s me being nice)

The story is passable

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Review

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Howdy to all who are reading this blog post and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be on the re-release of the first prequel in the Star Wars series; Star War Episode 1: The Phantom Menace… In 3D!! (not that the 3D part really matters haha)

Oh and before I go into this review I’m going to go into some degree of detail so beware of potential spoilers in the review.

Now when I found out that The Phantom Menace was going to be re-released in the cinema again in 3D I was like “What the hell!?! Why? Does George Lucas really need all that additional money? And doesn’t the majority of fans hate that film? Just why?” And so I investigated online and found out that this was going to be first part of the six films to be released again in the cinema in 3D. So then I was like “Oh good gravy, I should have seen this coming.” I mean with Star Wars being released on home video and DVD like 5 times in different editions with special updates to each one it should come as no surprise that it would find its way back into the cinema considering the potential money-making it could do and not only that, but with the addition of 3D and with the amount that those kind of films take in each year then it would be great for Star Wars to get a quick post-converted image job and then be released to the public. So here we are in 2012 with the first installment in the Star Wars film saga, The Phantom Menace that originally came out back in 1999, so after around 15 years does the film still hold up? Well yes and no in a lot of ways.

I’m not going to bother explaining the plot because most people who have seen Star Wars know what the deal is already, but if I had to summarize The Phantom Menace is basically meant to be the starting point of the entire Star Wars saga, giving us a story of a world set before the original trilogy, explaining the origin of one of the most pivotal characters in all of the films, Anakin Skywalker. This film gives us his origin story as well as an insight into the world of the Jedi before they became next to extinct in the original trilogy and it introduces us to whole new worlds and characters who play a part in setting the events that lead up into A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

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The story overall is pretty decent for what it is, but as the starting point for a film series as highly regarded as Star Wars its kind of messy in a lot of ways. It deals in a whole lot nonsense that doesn’t really have a place in world of Star Wars like politics and corruption in the world of government-based things, long and dull conversations about things not overly relevant to what’s happening at the current point in time and its these aspects that really bring the film down. This is especially bad for kids watching Star Wars for the first time, they won’t care about all this talking bullshit, they’re just watching for the spectacle. The long-winded conversations and scenes of debate and government will turn them right off. But the rest of the film’s plot is pretty nice, we see how the Jedi get involved in Anakin’s life, we also get to see what the younger life of Obi-Wan Kenobi and see Yoda too in a more active state. We also learn more about the Sith and see how Queen Padmé Amidala’s appearance in the film series establishes a connection with Anakin Skywalker too. We get to visit some familiar locations and characters that fans of the original trilogy would be interested to see like the first appearances of R2-D2 and C-3PO, its like noticing subtle easter eggs lurking around that you spot throughout the film. Anyway as I said before the plot of this is decent, but as the start of a film series like Star Wars it leaves so many questions unanswered like say why the Jedi exist in the first place or why the overall new form of enemies are droids or why there is a Galactic Republic or why the Sith have returned randomly out of nowhere. While some of those points are kind of irrelevant or just nitpicking it does make one wonder about some of those things.

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When it comes to the presentation of The Phantom Menace surprisingly it holds up pretty well and in many ways is the best part about the first prequel film. Say what you will about the story but when it comes to action and audio I believe that The Phantom Menace delivers on many levels of awesomeness. The CGI is still fabulous and works throughout most of the film, from the futuristic setting of Coruscant to the fight against the Federation droid control ship in space to the brutality of the podracing to the Gungan fight against the massive droid army, everything holds up pretty well. even small things like the look of Jedi’s lightsabers looks crisp, sharp and lovely and its pretty surprising considering that this was done back in 1999. But with the picture enhancements that the films have gotten in the last few years and the fact that Industrial Light & Magic worked on this film means that one shouldn’t be too surprised. And in terms of audio, the sound production on this film is pretty cool too showcasing some great sound effects for lasers and explosions and things of that nature, but all of that pales in comparison to the epic soundtrack constructed by John Williams. Good god the soundtrack for this film is so epic, so powerful, so absolutely incredible that it really is beyond words in a lot of ways. The song “Duel of the Fates” is simply incredible and totally orgasmic, yes I will even admit that. When it’s used in the film in the lightsaber fight between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul, holy man it just sets my soul on fire and my just mind just explodes!

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Also I don’t think I can mention the presentation of this film without talking about the 3D aspect of the film. Was it good and did it add anything to the film? No, absolutely not. While I didn’t expect that adding another dimension to the film would make any proper difference, the thing is I’m sure I read in an interview that this film’s 3D would make an actual difference to the film’s quality unlike most post-converted 3D films of present. And yet I never really noticed the 3D aspects of the film after the first 10 minutes of the film, in some areas of the film its noticeable but otherwise the 3D in The Phantom Menace is invisible. The best films I saw in 3D have been Avatar and Kung-Fu Panda 2 because the 3D in those films felt like it had a presence, it was actually noticeable and it added depth of field to the picture. However this is not the case with The Phantom Menace, it’s just another film that didn’t need the 3D conversion at all.

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There’s also one other thing to mention and that is new footage and picture quality. Before going to watch the film me and a friend wondered if they were going to show the original version of The Phantom Menace or whether it would have the additions that came with the recent Blu-ray release of all six Star Wars films and funnily enough we got to see The Phantom Menace with all of the enhancements from the Blu-ray release with several additional scenes, better picture quality and the massive addition of the CGI Yoda to replace the puppet original. These changes range from great to completely unnecessary. The new CGI Yoda looks great and now he looks like he fits in the whole of the prequel trilogy, though I can’t help but feel like he looks a little too detailed when compared to his later appearances in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, plus even though the new Yoda looks good I can’t help but look past it and remember every scene with the original puppet version. And when it come to the new scenes some of them are completely irrelevant like some additional bits in between scenes on Coruscant. Most of the new scenes are noticeable around the point of Anakin’s podrace from the introduction of the riders to additional scenes in the actual podracing itself which are interesting to see but not entirely necessary.

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To be honest I’ve always kind of like The Phantom Menace. While it was one of the first films I remember from my younger days in the cinema, it does have a special place in my memories and has that nostalgic quality that has never left me since I was 9 years old. After the seeing the film recently I realised that my love for this film extends far beyond the nostalgic aspects. The spectacle is still pretty lovely, the Jedi kicked ass (especially Obi-Wan) with their brilliantly choreographed lightsaber duels against Darth Maul who I swear is still one of the coolest Siths ever. As I said before the soundtrack is still incredible with John Williams delivering in every way and the funnily the film was pretty hilarious too, though not for the obvious reasons, like when me and my friends were laughing at aliens from the Trade Federation as their accents are just frigging hilarious or just when we were completely ripping into Jar Jar Binks because he’s such an idiot. Plus my experience of this film was heightened on an epic level because I went to view it with two friends who are Star Wars fanatics like me and we were in our element quoting several moments from the film and we were so in sync about several parts of the film, it was perfect.

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However now after watching the film again in 3D with the knowledge that I have as a media student who studied film beforehand I’ve noticed this film doesn’t hold up as well as it used to. For the most part it was nice for nostalgia’s sake, but there were several moments where I was just bored waiting for something more interesting to happen or where Jar Jar’s comedy antics were just getting on my nerves. But for all its problems I still like in The Phantom Menace, there’s a lot to like, but it’s really down to personal preference; if you like all of the Star Wars films then this’ll be a fun trip down memory lane, but if you’re one of those fans that only like the original trilogy than this film won’t change your mind at all and if you are new to the Star Wars film series than I would say give it a go.

Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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