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SIMPLE REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my latest film review and today I’ll be talking about Jupiter Ascending. I’d heard a lot of bad things about the film, but I thought I’d give it a chance because I like the Wachowski brothers. But after leaving the cinema I’m kind of lost for words as to what I just watched.

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So the story summary can be described as the following:

“In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.”

I’m annoyed at this film because there are moments of originality and intrigue, however it is wasted on a convoluted and cliché plot. Throughout most of the film I felt like Towelie from South Park and kept saying to myself “I have no idea what’s going on.” Really, I’m not joking. There are moments, where things happen with several characters over many different locations and most of the time I wasn’t really following what was going on because of a few things like disjointed storytelling, odd pacing and a lot of jargon. Most of the time I didn’t care about what was happening on-screen and was just waiting for the next action sequence. Sometimes it feels like the film forgets what its main plot point is and gets lost with subplots or characters who come in and out of the film without any long-term relevance.

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When it comes to the cast the performances vary. Mila Kunis is still as gorgeous as ever and she does a decent job as Jupiter Jones, her character is a little annoying at times, but is more capable than most women in her situation usually. Channing Tatum as Caine is decent, he doesn’t do anything that is overly good or bad really, but he handles the action moments well. Also Sean Bean as Stinger is pretty fun and Douglas Booth is fine as Titus. However the main person I’ll remember from this film is Eddie Redmayne as Balem. Balem, he acts like this big bad villain, but he hardly does anything truly villainous and he is hardly intimidating especially when he whispers nearly all the time (besides when he freaks out and shouts). I’ve gone from seeing Redmyane in his best performance (The Theory of Everything) to his worst (this film) and it is just astonishing. This performance is pretty bad, however, at times he also turns into something very humourous to watch. Everyone else is either fine or irrelevant as they don’t have enough screen time for them to matter.

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The one thing this film succeeds in is the presentation. Visually this film is beautiful, truly a sight to behold with such gorgeous and detailed CGI on the characters, planets, cities and space, and so much more. It was incredibly clear, striking, realistic and colourful, and with the cinematography and action sequences, it makes for an awesome experience. And then there’s the soundtrack which is actually really good, and I was surprised to see that it was Michael Giacchino of all people. If you didn’t know already, but Giacchino is one of my favourite film composers and here he crafts a bombastic sound full of life, epicness and beauty. It does get a little over the top, but overall it is a really great score for not so great film.

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In conclusion, Jupiter Ascending, it is a film with ambition, great visual presentation and awesome music, but the story was a bit of a mess and the performances were a bit of mixed bag ranging from okay to terrible. There are moments to enjoy (sometimes for the wrong reasons) but overall it is not a film I would recommend.

Rating: 5.5

So have you seen Jupiter Ascending and if so what did you think of it? Was it good, bad or okay in your eyes? Please be sure comment below and give me your thoughts. Laters! 😛

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Oz The Great And Powerful Review

I have been waiting for this film for a while now, it seems like a neat idea and I like the cast involved, but what I was truly interested in was director Sam Raimi and what kind of powers he could bring to this film. I loved what he did with Spider-Man 1 & 2, but I didn’t quite like Drag Me To Hell so I hoped for a decent film with Oz The Great And Powerful. And I can easily say that this film is good one and worth your time.

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So the story of this film involves Oscar Diggs, circus magician who doesn’t have the best work ethics and is always looking out for number one. One day by chances he’s whisked away from Kansas to Land of Oz, a fantastic and colourful world. Here he is mistaken for a powerful wizard that will bring order to the land, since there are riches to be won he goes along with it and along his travels he comes across three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda who question his abilities. So Oscar along with his two new friends Finley and China Girl, must embark on a quest to find out the truth, and Oscar must use his magic skills and brains to sort things out before things get out of hand.

I thought the story was pretty nice, it was nicely paced and had a few twists and turns I didn’t expect. I liked Oscar’s story, he was easy to relate to and I liked the film’s focus on him and how interacted with the people of Oz. I also liked Sam Raimi’s direction on this film, you could tell it was his style with the grand scale of the film and the use of tension and jump scares too, also there were some nice verbal and visual references to The Wizard of Oz that I liked too. The story is certain places was a little lacking a predictable though considering the type of film it was I wasn’t too surprised.

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I think one of the key elements that make the film work is the characters. Let’s start with James Franco as Oscar Diggs, as said before he’s a magician who is only doing things for his own benefit. He comes across as a liar, a ladies man and has a way with words which messes with the emotions of the people around him. Though he was a bit of a jerk at first, over the course of the film we see him change from the start of the film to the end and finally become a creditable man. I thought Franco was great as the main character, while he was a bit cheesy at times he was charismatic and hilarious in the role. Then there’s Mila Kunis as Theodora, honestly while Ms. Kunis is remarkably pretty I wasn’t too fussed with her character due to the fact that I just didn’t feel like she connect to her role that well. She wasn’t terrible by any means, I just couldn’t get into her performance and later in the film it just gets a little to hammy for my liking.

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As for Rachel Weisz as Evanora she was pretty good, Ms. Weisz is one of the few women who can look beautiful forever, but putting that aside I enjoyed her role in the film too. Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch was also good too, Williams brought a soft, kind and charming approach to her character that I liked. Then there was Zach Braff as the voice of Finley/Frank. Now I’m not really a fan of Zach Braff especially NOT in Scrubs (I don’t see the obsession with that bloody show), however as Finley we was great, funny and not annoying in the slightest. Also Joey King was simply wonderful as the voice of China Girl, she was dead adorable and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to care about such a small character but King brought enough emotion in her voice for her to matter. There were also some nice contributions from Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell and Tony Cox as Knuck the Fanfare Player (he was the best!).

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The presentation of the film is pretty damn good. Visually the film is fabulous, the way in which the film is presented in black and white in a 4:3 aspect ratio before changing into the widescreen 16:9 ratio was a nice touch. There are some nice camera angles and interesting cinematography, also the CGI used was also very nice, it was wonderfully used to craft the world of Oz, though some of it is a little inconsistent and looks a bit questionable in some of the witch fights. and then there’s the soundtrack by the awesomeness that’s Danny Elfman, his compositions are slightly different from the usual style that he tends to use (I can usually recognize his sound immediately). His soundtrack for the film was nice and had a very grand and epic sound to it and I’m sure I heard some similarities to Elman’s work with Tim Burton like Edward Scissorhands or The Nightmare Before Christmas which Burton produced.

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In conclusion Oz The Great And Powerful is an interesting prequel to the classic film with enough of a story to justify its existence. While the film wasn’t as good as I’d hoped maybe due to my high expectations, but otherwise it’s a film with great performances from the cast and spectacular visuals. I’d say take a look at this film, it is the first film of 2013 which is actually worth a second viewing.

Rating: 7.5/10 (I recommend it!)

Well that’s my review of Oz The Great And Powerful, hopefully you enjoyed reading it! Whatever thoughts you have on the film drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 11, 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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