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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: All the Money in the World

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m being you the second review of the day in the form of All the Money in the World.  So is this film I didn’t really have an intention to watch and only knew of it because of the new of Kevin Spacey being replaced not too long before the film’s release last year. But because of The Top 10 Show, a podcast  I listen to, those guys spoke highly of the film and that convinced me it was worth a watch.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.” I found this film to be far more captivating than I expected. Even though the retrieval of the John Paul Getty was at the forefront of the story, there were so many extra layers to discover involving the not only the main characters but even the kidnappers. The focus on money was great, like how it corrupts and influences people, how those who have it never have enough due to greed and those who don’t have money want more or hate how it controls so much of what we do in our lives. In the end, I just enjoyed how the story got more and more complicated with interesting twists and turns, revelations and uncomfortable situations. With the cast, they were all really good, though Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams really stood out. Plummer’s performance as Jean Paul Getty was outstanding, he was charming yet cold, and was able to show such a great range of emotions as he was calculated, deceptive, selective and cruel. I also appreciated learning about Getty’s mindset, how he functions, why he’s so rich and buys what he does. At first, he seems to come across as an eccentric asshole who loves himself and his possessions, and while those aspects of him don’t change, you at least understand him. As for Williams as Gail Harris, she was incredible playing a caring and concerned, yet strong and resourceful woman with the focus on getting her son back by any means. I loved Gail’s strong moral compass, sense f conviction and tough attitude, and even in the face of such horrible situations filled with fear, disappointment and danger, she continues with her search. As for Mark Wahlberg as Fletcher Chase, I heard he was bad and considered that he was the worse part of the film. That being said I thought he was quite good, sometimes his line delivery was questionable, but I did like his performance. I thought Charlie Plummer was also solid as John Paul Getty III, and Romain Duris was very good as Cinquanta, as one of Getty lll’s kidnappers he had more screen time and ended up being quite engaging. Another aspect I liked about the film was the score from Daniel Pemberton which really enhanced the scenes it was used in. In conclusion, All the Money in the World was really enjoyable and I liked it far more than I expected, thanks to an intriguing plot and great performances from Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams.

So have you seen All the Money in the World and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Pain & Gain

Howdy people, time to try something different. Today I’m going to do a review in a single paragraph and it will be on the 2013 film Pain & Gain from Michael Bay. So without further ado here we go:

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Pain & Gain is a film that I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand it was more engaging and watchable then anything that Michael Bay has made in years, though, I feel like the film could have been a lot better if it had handled differently. The concept of bodybuilders running around stealing money, kidnapping and killing among other things is very strange yet enticing especially when you know these are true events that happened in the world. While there are certainly moments of violence and tension, I think the film’s main problem was in its execution of these true events as there was a big focus on humour and Bay’s director traits that felt kind of distracting and I think if the tone of this film was more serious and less stylised it would have benefited better. But that’s just me. Beyond that I actually enjoyed this film a lot because of the ridiculous nature of some of the events especially when it came to seeing the three main characters Daniel Lugo, Paul Doyle and Adrian Doorbal’s antics. Those guys were so foolish and it was interesting and hilarious to see their scenarios play out individually but also together too. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie had good chemistry and I really liked Johnson as he was so hilarious and different in this kind of role. Tony Shalhoub and Ed Harris also did well as Victor Kershaw and  Det. Ed Du Bois, III and I also enjoyed the appearances from Rebel Wilson and Ken Jeong too. In the end the film certainly an interesting experience but one that could have been better.

So that was my review, I may try something like this in the future, I guess we’ll wait and see. Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this review. So here it is, another Michael Bay Transformers film. I said after Transformers 3 that I’d never go back to this series again if it were to return, but I knew I was lying to myself. I have an unnatural attraction to things that blow up, I am an action junkie from the 90’s after all. While all the promotional footage of Age of Extinction looked interesting, I knew in the back of my head what I was in for and with the mostly negative reviews this film got from America I was ready to shit all over this film. But I sat down, watched it last night and now I’m gonna give you my thoughts.

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Here’s the plot for the film:

“As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.”

So let me get this out of the way first, this film is better than Revenge of the Fallen (piece of shit) and Dark of the Moon (one of the most forgettable films ever), but I still don’t think it is better than Transformers 1. Why? Well that’s easy. Transformers had a fairly cohesive, action-packed and was fun, even if at times it was awkward and stupid. But as the sequels continued the plots got thicker and needlessly complicated and this film’s story is no different.

Age of Extinction has a lot going on, there’s Transformers on the run hiding from the government, the government and US soldiers are now partnered up with a Transformer bounty hunter looking for Optimus Prime and killing Autobots in the process and then there’s a human inventor who finds Optimus Prime, the inventor has family issues with his daughter, oh and there’s a scientist who can use Transformer metal to create his own Transformers and so on. There’s a lot of stuff going on here. And for all the storylines that are going on, there seems to be a tangent for each one further adding to the already overstuffed narrative. But the one thing this film suffers from the most in this film is the script, the dialogue here is so bad, cheesy and cringe-worthy that it is not even a joke. Michael Bay and his writers can’t do humour or serious drama, it doesn’t work, and dealing with the bad government, comedy, family and relationship scenes felt like an endurance test and most of it was just boring, I had to sit though so much of this crap before the robots came on-screen and even they weren’t much better.

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When it comes to the cast they pretty much do the best that they can given the material they have to work with, but even then only a few of them are actually good. Firstly Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager is pretty much the best thing about this cast. While you don’t believe Wahlberg as an inventor at all, he commits to the role, does well in action scenes and is his character is pretty much the most useful of all the humans. Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers is good if a bit over-the-top with his acting. Joyce is a douchebag and there is nothing to like about him, but at times the dude can be funny because in the face of danger his true colours come out. Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger is also pretty good at playing the big bad CIA man with a good screen presence and acting that just about gets the job done.

And then there’s Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, good god where do I begin? Well firstly she is really hot and has grown up a lot since that other major film she was in that we don’t talk about. That being said she still sucks at acting. As Cade’s daughter she mainly hates a dad but erratically keeps changing her opinion of him whenever she wants, she also cares more for her gutless little boyfriend more so that her own father and lastly she just shouts for her dad or help whenever possible, which is multiple times throughout the film. Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, to put it simply I didn’t like this guy at all. I’m sure the guy is a decent actor, but Reynor was just plain old  boring and his character was one of the cheekiest little shits I have ever seen. This man is cocky as hell, but when it comes to actually facing danger the dude has no balls but still takes the credit for being the hero and I despise that. Sophia Myles as Darcy Tyril, she’s good but is very forgettable. Li Bingbing as Su Yueming was beautiful and was one of  the useful people in this film but totally wasted in the grand scheme of things. Titus Welliver as James Savoy was good, I actually like Welliver as an actor and the guy did fine in the role but I felt like sometimes he did go a bit overboard with the whole ‘I’m the bad guy so I’m gonna make sure you know I’m bad’ kind of thing. T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery was decent and had some funny moments but I felt like some of comedic scenes were a bit overdone.

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As for the Transformers they were alright, but nothing to write home about as the Autobots are relegated to bickering children all wanting to play leader and the bad Transformers aren’t really the main threat which kind of sucks. Peter Cullen still does a great job as Optimus Prime, but everyone else doesn’t fare as well. John Goodman can go from sounding pretty decent to pretty terrible as Hound, Ken Watanabe is alright Drift and John DiMaggio is pretty humorous as Crosshairs. Mark Ryan does a good job as Lockdown sounding very evil and sinister and the same could be said for veteran voice actor Frank Welker who does a good job as Galvatron.

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The best thing about the film is still the visual effects. The Transformers films have always excelled at giving audiences something to stare at and appreciate and this film is no different. Seeing massive transforming robots be the crap out each other is still badass, though I feel like the quality of the transforming isn’t as awe-inspiring as it once was, plus these new man-made Transformers have a crappy transformation sequence where they just break apart into little cubes and reform again and its hardly as cool to look at. The overall CGI while good, didn’t make blow me away and that’s a shame. As for the soundtrack, yuck. That’s what I’d describe it as. Steve Jablonsky returns to score the film but his soundtrack is the most forgettable in this series, but what is worse is all the horrible songs inserted into the film. Whenever there’s a dramatic scene with humans involved there’s always someone singing some stupid song in the background and it’s annoying as hell! These are some of the worse music choices I have ever had to endure in a film for ages.

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In the end Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t a film I hate with a passion, but it isn’t one I will watch again, ever. The visuals are awesome as usual, the addition of Mark Wahlberg was much appreciated and when the robots throw down it is pretty cool. That being said, this film has far too much unnecessary baggage, the Transformers themselves have become less cool and interesting (bar Optimus Prime) and there’s boring humans dealing with government, new technology, relationships and all this other boring stuff. If you like Michael Bay Transformers you’ll have a good time, if you don’t, stay away, this is the same ride again except it is longer.

Rating: 5.5 (Mark Wahlberg and the CGI saved this film from being completely pointless)

So what did you think of Age of Extinction? Did it fill with joy or fill you with hate? Are you down with Michael Bay Transformers films or do you want this series to end indefinitely? Whatever your thoughts be sure to write them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people and it is once again time for another trailer review and today I’m gonna be talking about the recent new trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction. Now I really liked the first Transformers, I genuinely think it was cool and fun, but Revenge of the Fallen was awful and Dark of the Moon was one of the most forgettable films of 2011. So with this one I initially thought there was no hope even with a new cast and storyline, but in the end I can’t fight my curiosity so that’s why I’m still paying attention to this film.

So check out the trailer below:

Okay, well, at least the plot is different.

To be honest I can’t find much to say about this film because I don’t really care for it. I look at this trailer and all I say to myself is “In the end I know it’ll be another standard Transformers film.”

Of course there are new elements that come into play here that suggest otherwise like:

  • The inclusion of a new cast with Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer among some of the cool people in this film.
  • The whole angle of having the Transformers no longer needed is interesting.
  • The loss of the old cast just makes this a better film.
  • Stanley Tucci screaming “Oh my god!” That was funny.

Well at least the visuals look good, the Autobots and Deceptions have never looked so vibrant, clear and colourful. The new look for Optimus Prime is pretty kicks ass and seeing him go up against that T-Rex (I assume its Grimlock) was kind of badass. But that’s where my appreciation for the visuals end. Everything else looks like Dark of the Moon again and I’m not in the mood to relive that film again.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction has a few new interesting things going for it, but  it is nothing to write home about. The last two films were just terrible, (bar the visuals) but all I see in this new trailer is more of the same. But who am I kidding? I know I’ll still go and watch this film in the summer because I am a sucker for big and loud action films. I want to believe that there is more to it than that, but with Michael Bay you can never tell.

So what do you think of the first official Transformers 4 trailer? Are down for more robot smashing madness or are you fatigued of these films and want them to die? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Lone Survivor Review

Howdy again ladies and gents, after checking out Mr. Peabody & Sherman, I went to watch Lone Survivor, a film I wasn’t planning to watch but was convinced otherwise thanks to Liamdoesfilm review. So how did it fare? Read on and find out.

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In terms of the plot it is based on the 2007 nonfiction book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Set during the War in Afghanistan, the film dramatizes the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings, in which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.

While it is based on a true story and has some aspects fictionalized, for me it was an incredible look at the insane situations that take place during war. These soldiers go on a mission, things go wrong, they are alone, blind and faced with some difficult scenarios that have serious consequences. The film was literally an endurance test against impossible odds, these soldiers go through hell and have to deal with everything going from bad to worst in just a short space of time. It is dramatic and hard-hitting, had some nice moments of humour too (especially one Jamiroquai dance sequence that reminded me of a comedy film from 2004) and I really invested myself emotionally and loved the characters and how realistic the film felt.

lone-survivor06All of the performances were great and they really felt like brothers because of their chemistry and because of their journey you really invest in the main four and care about each of them.

Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell is incredible, I’ve been a fan of Wahlberg since 2007 and ever since then I’ve seen him grow and become a much more developed actor and in this film I think this is his best performance. Marcus is tough, courageous, a tireless soldier and great friend to his teammates, he goes through so much stuff and has to make some tough decisions and Wahlberg acts with great conviction and realism. Oh and well done to Taylor Kitsch as Lieutenant Michael P. “Murph” Murphy, my god, THE DUDE CAN ACT! Now I’ve given Kitsch a hard time for his involvement in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, John Carter and Battleship, but in this film he’s so much more likeable character who is cool, fearless and valiant and I can take him seriously. I believed him in the role, he was really good and so convincing.

lone-survivor-image06Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz is also very good, his character had to deal with a lot of stuff and Hirsch acted very well and its weird to think that Hirsch was the same guy in Speed Racer back in 2008. Also Ben Foster was awesome as Matthew “Axe” Axelson, he was tough but bloody resilient and had some really epic moments. And Eric Bana as Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen was good too as he had a great screen presence and being a person in a commanding role is nice.

Even though the film isn’t primarily action based, when it does hit it hits hard and gun fights and explosions are insane. It is filmed really well and there are some crazy sequences that are done so well. Also I don’t normally flinch or squirm at violence but the way it was displayed and shot along with the audio quality made it feel so real and every hit counted. The score Explosions in the Sky and Steve Jablonsky is quite good and uplifting at a good few moments in the film.

Lone SurvivorSo to conclude Lone Survivor was a bloody good film and was WAY better than I could have imagined. The story, characters, spectacle and use of archive footage makes for an emotional piece of work. I don’t usually like/care for films to do with war but this was the best I’ve seen in years, one I may want to own. I recommend it highly.

Rating: 8.5 (Best war film I’ve seen for a while)

So what did you think of Lone Survivor? Have you seen it or are you going to watch it? Whatever your thoughts be sure to let me know in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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2 Guns Mini Review

Howdy people and welcome to another film review, today I’m going to be reviewing 2 Guns, a film I was initially interested in seeing around 2 months ago but then wasn’t going to watch because of some of the reviews I saw for it. Well after my job training on Tuesday I decided to re-watch The Wolverine, but before that I decided to give this film a go just to see what the deal was and it was surprisingly fun.

The story in this film goes a little something like this:

“A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.”

I thought the plot in the film was good for the most part, while it won’t win too many points for originality, there are elements to it which are unique to the film that work. I like how these two main came from different backgrounds and work together only to find out that once that steal the money that they’re after, that there’s so much more going on behind the scenes. You’ve got your themes of secrecy, conspiracy, betrayal, danger and loyalty and it all comes together nicely in the film’s story. My only issue with the plot is that it kind of drags near the middle and I hoped the pace would be picked up a bit.

When it comes to the characters they are all pretty cool. Denzel Washington as Robert “Bobby” Trench was nice, he was a man who was continuously relaxed but knew when to get serious. He was smart, funny and in line with some of the other characters I’ve seen Washington portray in the past. Mark Wahlberg as Michael “Stig” Stigman was really hilarious as Bobby’s partner, he was a very vocal person, not always thinking before acting and saying very rude things to people. However these are the qualities that make his character so funny and likeable. Together Washington and Wahlberg are easily the best aspect of this film, their banter, chemistry and on-screen presence carry this film from being being an average film to being something worth watching.

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The other cast members involved were good though some were better than others. Bill Paxton as Earl was great, he was your typical kind of bad guy with an intimating tone of speech, violent methods of sorting out people who got in his way and his persona was simply in “douchebag” mode throughout the film. These are the aspects I appreciated about Paxton. Fred Ward was also an interesting character as Admiral Tuwey, he offered some nice moments of intimidation and I liked him. Paula Patton as Deb Rees was good, but I feel her talents were kind of wasted in this film. And James Marsden as Harold “Harvey” Quince was good, even though his character wasn’t in the film as much as I’d hoped I did like what his character brought to the film and I’m glad to see him in a more serious role after watching all the comedy stuff he’s being doing in the past.

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In conclusion I enjoyed 2 Guns, it was a lot better and funnier than I thought it was gonna be and while it’s not one of the best films I’ve seen this summer it is still one worth watching. While I feel like the plot dragged in places, the film succeeds thanks to the central performances from Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. If you’re still unsure about watching this film give it ago, you’ll probably have a good time with this film.

Rating: 7/10 (The film is worth watch just for the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg alone)

So what did you lot think of 2 Guns? Did you like it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya on the next review yo!

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Ted Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today I will be reviewing the comedy film, Ted.

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When I first saw the trailer for this film I was like “Wow, this looks awesome!” The thing is that the first part of the trailer just looked a little lame and generic and then when Ted actually starts doing all these crazy things with Mark Wahlberg and you hear the things he says and you immediately think of Peter Griffin from Family Guy. I was thinking that all that must be a good combination for a good comedy film, so I saw it the yesterday and you know what? It was good, though not as funny as I thought it would be.

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So when it comes to the story, most of it is explained in the trailer, but for those unaware he is a summary: John Bennet was a lonely kid who just wanted a friend, so then he is given a teddy bear and at one point he wishes he was real and by some crazy twist of fate the bear comes to life. So then John and Ted are friends for life from childhood right into their adult years. However now John has a girlfriend called Lori and she wants more out of their 4-year relationship. So then John’s world starts to fluctuate when both his friendship with Ted and relationship with Lori is tested to the maximum.

Overall the story is pretty decent, very similar in feel to a Family Guy episode but in a live-action film format. It is full of jokes from start to finish and does have moments of emotion and drama which kind of works or doesn’t depending on how much you like that stuff to be part of a comedy film, the plot does fall into a bit of familiar and clichéd territory, but other than that its a story that works.

When it comes to characters there’s a lot to like. Firstly Mark Wahlberg as John was great, he does have a great presence on-screen and when you see all the stuff he’s gone through in his life you do just want him to find happiness and when he’s torn between Ted and Lori you do feel for him. Now to talk about the title character Ted voiced by Seth MacFarlane, he was awesome. He was cocky, selfish and full of jokes. MacFarlane brings a lot of weight to his character through his voice work and I think the reason I enjoyed the character is that even though he was a bit of bastard, he knows how to have a good time and his crazy antics normally lead to some unnaturally cool situations. And then we have Mila Kunis as Lori Collins, she was so beautiful it was ridiculous. You could understand her character because she wanted her and John to move on with their lives but Ted kept getting in the way of their future, so yeah she was great. I also want to give a shout-out to Joe McHale and Matt Walsh as Rex and Thomas who are both people who were in one of my favourite TV shows Community. Their characters were great in the film and I just thought it was great to see them in this film.

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As the first feature-length directorial debut from Seth MacFarlane, he does pretty well. Everything moves as a decent pace and there is number of cues that MacFarlane takes from his TV history and translates it to the big screen. The plot, the style of humour, the actors involved and even the music feels so much like Family Guy its mad. As I said before there any many jokes in this film, from numerous pop culture references of television, film and music to verbal jokes about stereotypes and race and some visual gags too. It really did feel like watching Family Guy or to some degree a lighter episode of South Park. However for all the humour that there was in the film I didn’t find myself laughing all that much. I laughed twice in the entire film and the rest of the time I was grinning. It’s not to say that Ted isn’t funny, it’s just that, like watching Family Guy or American Dad the humour is a bit hit or miss, you’ll either laugh or you won’t. And really wanted to burst out laughing, but this film didn’t have the kind of kinetic, fast-paced humour that you get from MacFarlane’s animated material.

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In conclusion Ted isn’t a bad film by any means, I was just hoping to laugh a lot more than I did in the film. Again if you are a massive fan of Family Guy and American Dad then you will have a lot of fun with this film, there’s a lot laughs and references all over and the audience I was sitting in laughed all the way through. For me Ted was a fun little film to watch, however it just wasn’t as funny as I had hoped it would be.

Rating: 6.5

Well that’s been my review, hopefully you enjoyed it and drop me a comment and tell me whether you liked it or not. Until next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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