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EPIC REVIEW: X-Men Apocalypse (SPOILER-FREE)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another new film review and today I’m talking about the latest X-Men film in the form of X-Men: Apocalypse. Now I’ve gone on record stating that I wasn’t wowed by the trailers for this film, but have been cautiously optimistic about it and after seeing it last night I’m ready to pass judgement!

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So the story goes down like this:

“In this latest X-Men chapter, the ancient being who is said to be the first mutant known as Apocalypse rises after years of slumber of cleanse the Earth of the humans and create a new world for mutants. So it is up to the X-Men to stop Apocalypse from completing his nefarious plan”

The story of X-Men: Apocalypse is one of intrigue, surprise and familiarity. The tone is dark and grim with some very dramatic and emotional stuff, however there is also a good deal of humour and light-heartedness to slightly balance things out. What we have is another world-ending adventure, but it was the small character moments in between and the build up which was the most engaging material for me. What this film did well was to introduce Apocalypse and his history in the world, and introduced us to new and returning X-Men characters in a great way (with some having better appearances than others). Also for long-time X-Men film viewers there’s some awesome throwbacks to previous X-Men films which were so delightfully sprinkled throughout. The issues I had with the story was that it felt a little larger than life when compared to the previous X-Men films which were a little more grounded, certain plot points don’t completely pay off, and even though the X-Men timeline is messed up already, this film doesn’t help make things better either. And with director Bryan Singer at the helm I really love it because he helped craft this film world and has a certain style with his direction which makes me smile, but at the same time some of the issues I have with the way he handles these films haven’t been rectified yet, and makes me wish someone else mix things up (like Matthew Vaughn did with First Class).

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As for cast it is a pretty large ensemble and for the most part everyone was great in their roles, though some were definitely short-changed. Firstly James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender kill it once again as Professor X and Magneto. Since First Class both of these characters have had very important and captivating story arcs and that continued into this film. I really enjoyed seeing more of an older Professor X with him teaching and still trying to co-exist with humans, but what was much more interesting was Magneto’s arc as he continued to be one of the most tragic and complex characters in the film series with all the drama and conflict he faced. As for Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique she was fine, the arc that they gave her in this film felt logical and made me understand her motivations, even though several times she felt a little schizophrenic at times. Also Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse was good but also a little underwhelming, I liked the character motivations and what he represented at first, however he was hard to engage/relate to because he felt so alien/robotic. Evan Peters as Quicksilver was certainly a more fully formed character than before with more development and screen time, and luckily he’s just as delightful as he was in his previous adventure except much better in this latest appearance. Oh and Wolverine’s appearance (it’s not a spoiler since he was technically shown in the last trailer), loved it, was a great sequence.

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Nicholas Hoult was good as Beast and the return of Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert was welcomed too, and Josh Helman was good and had definitely gotten more settled in his role as William Stryker. And then there’s the new versions of the old characters. Of all of them Sophie Turner fared the best as Jean Grey, he character felt fresh and yet familiar, and Turner brought a lovely energy and presence to the character which felt similar to both the comics and films. Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops was also very good and had a lot more of a presence and charisma than what we’ve seen in the past, and I really liked Jean and Scott’s interaction, felt like they had a good introduction and nice chemistry. Kodi Smit-McPhee did great as Nightcrawler, he was able to capture the spirit of what Alan Cummings brought to the role in X2, but added a whole new level of youthful charisma and humour to the role. And Alexandra Shipp as Storm was decent, but the least interesting of the new X-Men as she felt a bit plain and lacking flair.

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And then there were was everyone else. Olivia Munn as Psylocke, well, she was alright I guess. I mean maybe I was expecting too much, but I didn’t get to know much about her and she didn’t do much beyond what was seen in the trailers, that being said Munn handled her action scenes well. Ben Hardy as Angel/Archangel was fine, but he felt very plain and undeveloped, while Lana Condor was good as Jubilee but for all the hype that was made about her being in the film her part was incredibly minor. And Lucas Till returned as Alex Summers/Havok had some really good scenes but was in the film much less than I liked.

When it comes to the presentation it was pretty good. Visually the CGI was good with some good attention to detail with the special powers and crazy large-scale action sequences (shout out to the Quicksilver sequence), but I will admit that some of the fight scenes weren’t that exciting and it didn’t help that several of the action scenes were shown in the trailers. And the film score by John Ottman was great and maybe his best work in the X-Men film series so far, this music was diverse, intense, dramatic and was always relevant with what was happening on-screen.

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In conclusion X-Men: Apocalypse is another solid film in the X-Men film series, it was not only better than what I’d expected considering that trailers didn’t wow me, but it also featured some of my favourite moments in any X-Men film so far. However there were a few story and character motivation issues that just prevented this film from being greater.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen or are you going to watch X-Men: Apocalypse? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the world, its time for another film review and today I’m gonna be talking about X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue. Now I loved Days of Future Past last year, it was a wonderful experience in the cinema and when I heard about the extended cut that was going to be released with Rogue included, I was hyped! So I eventually got it on Blu-ray recently and now I’m ready to pass judgement! Oh and before I do this review, I won’t repeat myself by talking about the same aspects of the film, instead I’ll talk mainly about the differences. Minor spoilers to follow for people who haven’t seen Days of Future Past

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So the story goes something like this:

In the future the machines known as Sentinels have taken over the Earth and enslaved mutants and humans alike, and many have lost their lives fighting for justice. Now Professor X, Magneto and group of other mutants are the only survivors and the only way for them to save the future is to change the past. So Wolverine is sent back in time to the 1970’s to get the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto to band together and stop the Sentinel programme from coming into existence.

The plot for the film is essentially the same as the theatrical release, with one major change; the inclusion of Rogue. Now Rogue was absent from theatrical version of this film besides a quick cameo, but here in the future she has a more significant presence as her whereabouts are disclosed and she actually gets to contribute to the main mission. It was definitely nice to see Anna Paquin again as Rogue, however, I don’t feel like she added much to the film, more like her appearance offered an alternative take on some of the future timeline. What I did appreciate was the additional scenes in the future, while they were mainly scenes of additional dialogue, it really added to the plot, developed some of the characters a little more and felt like a positive inclusion. I loved the additional scenes with older Professor X and Magneto, the small yet important scenes with Bobby and Kitty and the extra scenes for the new mutants like Bishop, Sunspot, Blink and Warpath. In the past, the plot doesn’t change, rather there are a few variations on certain scenes or some additional scenes added, but these don’t really add anything to the plot and feel unnecessary. Even one additional scene with Beast and Mystique/Raven, as good as it is, again doesn’t really feel entirely needed.

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Beyond the changes, everything that you liked about the original version of the film is intact and awesome. I still love the action, drama and the performances from the cast involved. And on Blu-ray everything looks very sharp, clean and pretty. Some of my issues with the film haven’t been ironed out like the use of the 70’s Sentinels and the lack of really badass screen time for Storm still bothers me.

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In conclusion X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great alternative to the theatrical version and if it is your first experience of the film then it should be a good time regardless. That being said I believe that some of the changes and additions to this extended cut aren’t necessary or superior to the original and some of the additional scenes actually ruin the pacing of the film too. It really depends on how much you love the X-Men film universe and whether the new stuff adds or detracts for you personally, I’d say its good version, but not a better one.

Rating: 8/10

So what do you lot think of the X-Men: Days of Future Past? Have you seen it and if so which version do you prefer, the Rogue Cut or the theatrical version? 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 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for a new review and today I’ll be talking about Mad Max: Fury Road. This film has been the topic of discussion in the world of film for a while now and considering that all of the early reviews have been extremely positive, its sent my expectations through the roof. So I saw it yesterday and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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Here is the plot in a summary:

“In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.”

Overall the story was a really good. The narrative isn’t too dense, but what is on display is interesting and surprisingly deep and dramatic at points. Story-wise the film takes its cues from Mad Max 2 & 3 and has Max as a drifter and then come across people who he helps along the way. The story took a little while to get going for me, at first I was wondering where the story was going and when it would get interesting, eventually it picked up, got very interesting and by the end I was satisfied with the conclusion. While this film works well on its own, I feel like those who are familiar with the previous Mad Max films will get the most out of this new entry in the series. Much like when you’ve read a book or a comic that’s been adapted into film, you get to compare it to what has come before and enjoy updates, changes and references, and this film falls into that category for sure. This film draws from the older films, but Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior feels like the main reference for this film as there are clear easter eggs, story and visual cues taken from that film. Fury Road in a lot of ways feels like the spiritual successor to The Road Warrior, but with modern cinema’s quicker pace and that’s what I loved about this film.

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When it comes to the cast they all do really good jobs in their roles. Tom Hardy as “Mad” Max Rockatansky is pretty cool, Max is one of those strong and silent types, doesn’t say much but when he does its for a good reason. Max is also haunted by images of his past which trouble him but in a way also guide him. Hardy brings a certain level of gruffness and physicality to the role and he’s good, but I wish I’d seen more of him in the film. Really it is Charlize Theron who steals the show as Imperator Furiosa. This is a character who is on a mission, has good intents and will stop at nothing to get it completed, even if it means making some dodgy dealings or shooting people. Theron has proved to be a chameleon in the world of film as she can get lost in many roles, and while you can see that it is her, she really is almost unrecognisable as this character and does such a great job being a badass. Nicholas Hoult does a good as Nux, he’s a super charismatic, funny and sympathetic a soldier who wants to be recognised by his leader and goes to great lengths to impress him.

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Hugh Keays-Byrne is awesome as Immortan Joe, to know that Bryne is back as the villain in this film like he was in the first Mad Max is just the most insanely cool thing ever, he was one of my favourite parts of the first film and here is subtly strange, crazy and merciless. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as The Splendid Angharad was surprisingly quite good, of the Five Wives she was probably my favourite because of her importance and screen time. Whiteley has come a bloody long way since Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I almost didn’t recognise her and acting skills have increased a great deal too. ZoĂ« Kravitz as Toast the Knowing (random name) was probably my next favourite because of mean persona and her action moments. Riley Keough as Capable, Abbey Lee as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Cheedo the Fragile were fine. Nathan Jones was also good as Rictus Erectus and finally Melissa Jaffer was lovely as Keeper of the Seeds.

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As for the presentation, what can I say, it was bloody brilliant! Everything about this film just screams of brilliance and insanity. Whether you are talking about the cool costume designs, interesting vehicles or that one guy playing that flaming guitar (who is awesome by the way), it is just so strange and attractive to the eyes. The visual side of this film is bloody impressive, the use of practical effects for all of the action sequences was so beautiful, so nicely choreographed and edited together and there are times when you’re just trying to confirm that you are watching exactly what you are seeing on-screen. I also loved the overall sense of style, colour scheme, cinematography and use of CGI the larger set pieces like that massive sandstorm scene. If I had one nitpick it would be that some of those sped up sequences were a little jarring and off-putting at first but eventually adjusted. Also the music by Junkie XL was really good, it was a very aggressive, loud and intense score and I proper got into the music in the car chase sequences.

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In conclusion Mad Max: Fury Road is a pretty damn awesome film. The direction is solid, there is a delightful sense of style and madness, the performances are great and the film literally has some of the best practical action sequences I’ve seen in a long time. George Miller should be commended for being able to come back to this franchise after so long and being able make it work in the modern era of cinema and yet make the film feel in line with his previous Mad Max films. With that being said I still wanted a little more from this film and I wasn’t left in awe or speechless when I left the cinema. But I want to stress again that I really liked this film and I highly recommend it as it deserves to be seen by everyone.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of Mad Max: Fury Road? Did it live up to or pass your expectations? Also do you think it is the best film of 2015 or not? AND do you feel like my thoughts on the film are fair or do you think I’m in denial about everything (say what you want, I’m ready to defend myself). Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and start the discussions yo! Thanks for reading, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer #1 Quick Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for a new trailer review and today I’ll be talking about the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. I have heard a lot about this film for many months, from the casting to the reshoots to the first images to the troubled production overall. The trailer came out yesterday and has left a fair amount of buzz on some of my regular websites, so I had to see what the deal is. But now we finally a first look at the film. Is it good or bad? Well read on and find out.

Here is the trailer:

Well damn, I’m kind of speechless after seeing that. That was a bloody insane, I was not expecting what I saw. At first there’s this sandy wasteland, long roads and off-screen talk of a lack of water and I’m thinking “Oh god, here we go again with the post-apocalyptic film where the world’s gone to shit and there’s a lack of proper civilized location, I’m tired of that.” But then you see these groups of people all dressed in such strange attire, very soldier-ish (if that makes any sense), some sporting metal masks and/or face paint. And then there’s the vehicles which look mad, some old-school cars with spiky bonnets, motorcycles and mini tanks. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron look very rough and ready to kick some ass, and then there’s Nicholas Hoult, what the hell happened to him? He looks unrecognizable, I can’t wait to see what he brings to this film. And then there’s the use of music, that classical music really amplified the madness on-screen and gets you all excited, especially the song towards the end of the trailer, I don’t know the name of it, but I know it is popular. The visual imagery is bloody impressive, the action sequences look intense, the colour scheme and cinematography looks great and the use of CGI for those explosions massive clouds and sandstorms with lightning inside them, madness. I love it! The only thing I can fault the trailer for is the fact that Tom Hardy’s Mad Max doesn’t really say much and comes across as a bit of mute, moody hero with no unique or cool traits. That being said, it is th first trailer, I’m sure Hardy will have something to say.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is pretty damn cool and interesting. This film honestly was not on my radar at all for 2015, but now that I’ve seen that trailer I’m sold. This film has my attention.Bring it the hell on, I’m down with it.

So what did you think of Mad Max: Fury Road‘s first trailer? Are you excited for it or not? Please leave your thoughts below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the world, its time for another film review and today I’m gonna be talking about the next big film of the summer in the form of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now the X-Men film series has had a bit of a rocky road but for the most part it has been good and in recent years it has been getting a bit of a resurgence and now we have Days of Future Past, a film that intends to bridge the gap between the X-Men films new and old. So has it succeed? Well read on and find out!

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So the story goes something like this:

In the future the world is pretty much in pieces, the machines known as Sentinels have taken over the Earth and enslaved mutants and humans alike, there is no happiness or hope, only pain, suffering and death. Many have lost their lives fighting for justice and now Professor X, Magneto and group of other mutants are the only survivors and the only way for them to save themselves is to change the past. So Wolverine is sent back in time to the 1970’s to get the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto to band together and stop the Sentinel programme from coming into existence.

The story in this film is very good, smart and entertaining throughout, sure there’s the occasional plot hole and some head-scratching elements that’ll leave you with some unanswered questions, but overall this film has its heart in the right place. The themes of changing fate, rewriting history, bonds of friendship and having hope in the face of adversity are on display in a wonderful and powerful way and I loved how things in the past were relevant to the future and vice versa. This film also doesn’t hope back on the level of loss and devastation caused by the Sentinels in the future, there is a lot of drama and emotion and you buy that this is not a world anyone wants to live in and I love how the stories of the past are just as interesting with characters being so different and having all of the politics involved with mutants and the dawn of the Sentinels through Trask Industries. But the best thing about this film is that it feels right, this film pretty much rectified a lot of the mistakes of this franchise and gives you something that feels good, fresh, fun and by the end of the film you feel like you’re in a happy place with yourself, well I know I did.

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As for the cast they are all on top form with some giving us some of their best performances to date. So let’s start with the young cast first. James McAvoy is still great as Charles Xavier, like in First Class you’re still seeing sides of him that you never knew existed and it only makes his character more layered and easier to relate to. In this film Xavier in the 70’s is a mess and for good reason, but it is seeing him deal with his pain and then journey back the place where he needs to be which is so rewarding. Michael Fassbender is still killing it as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, if you thought this guy was cool in the last film then wait til you see this one. This Magneto definitely has more of the McKellen side of the character in him in the way in which he acts, speaks and uses his powers and just like Xavier he’s in a very different place than his older self and seeing the emotions with him and choices he makes only makes him more badass. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Raven/Mystique and she too have never been better. This is more in line with the character we knew from the old films, but still with the emotional conflict and beauty we got from her in First Class. I liked how agile, cool and acrobatic she was, but more so than that, I liked how much of a central role she had in the film, it made me smile so much. I also really liked Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast, he was funny and whenever he was in blue mode he was awesome, but I also liked how he’s still there for Xavier and is really smart.

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Now let’s talk about the veterans. Firstly there’s Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and do I really have to say how good he is in this film? Come on its Hugh Jackman, he’s automatically awesome. Again this film gives us fans what we love with all the smug, cool and humourous elements of the character, but rather than making the only character that matters, others are given screen time to develop, grow and have action moments in the spotlight, sure this guy is at the center of things a lot, but not as much as he has been before. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are still fantastic as old Professor X and Magneto, both of them have a screen presence and gravitas about their acting that is impossible to not enjoy, but beyond that you believe in their connection and there are some really emotional moments between them. Ellen Page gives her best performance as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat as she is much smarter and serious in terms of her personality and use of her powers, she has a central role to this film and the way she is handled was carefully done. Seeing Shawn Ashmore as Iceman again brought joy to my heart as this was the Iceman I’ve wanted to see for so many years, he was cool and had some lovely moments. I was also glad to see my man Daniel Cudmore back as Peter Rasputin/Colossus, he was a joy to watch and it was nice to see him get some screen time even if he didn’t say much, and Halle Berry returns as Storm and while she doesn’t really do much beyond what we’ve seen in previous films, she is still has her moments to shine.

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Now let’s talk about the new people. Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask is very good, he is a man who is anticipating the future and wishes to keep the world save and in his mind he is the good guy for doing what he’s doing and creating the Sentinel programme. He’s smart, determined and kind of smug when it comes to his research and technology and Dinklage is just awesome. Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver was actually one of the best parts of the film, while the costume still looks a bit off, his performance and use of his character was very effective. Omar Sy as Bishop was really cool, I don’t really know anything about this character from the comics but he had a cool and badass screen presence and liked a lot of his action scenes. And finally Fan Bingbing stars as Clarice Ferguson/Blink and Booboo Stewart stars as James Proudstar/Warpath were lovely additions to this film universe, while there was a lot going on with other cast members I was happy that the got a decent amount of screen time too.

When it comes to the presentation it is very, very good. Visually the film is impressive, firstly you can also tell that this is a Bryan Singer film, the look, style of camera work and the use of visual effects is just like the stuff he did with the first two X-Men films, and I can tell you this guy knows his stuff. The action sequences are beautifully shot and framed, there are sequences both in the past and future that are worth talking about and they all look lovely. As for the soundtrack John Ottman returns to score the film and I can say it is nice to have him back, he gives this film the trademark film theme back which was a welcome return for me, however his soundtrack was just alright and doesn’t reach the epic and emotional heights of Henry Jackman’s work on First Class.

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In conclusion X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great comic book film, it takes the source material, adapts into a film format that bridges to worlds of X-Men films while also setting up for future X-Men films. While not everything works and some people cold have used more screen time, it is hard for me to criticise a film that gave me everything I could have wanted and then some. I left the cinema thinking to myself “I feel good about that film and I can’t wait for the sequel.” I highly recommend this film as it is X-Men in probably its finest hour. P.S. All I can say is thank god Bryan Singer didn’t mess this up, Mr. Singer you are alright again. 🙂

Rating: 8.5/10

So what do you lot think of the X-Men: Days of Future Past? Have you seen it or are you gonna watch it? Also if you’re a fan of the series did it meet your expectations or were left disappointed. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: X-Men: First Class

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #30, the LAST DAY of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! Over this month I’ve been reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. So after one okay X-Men film, the brilliant second film, the disgusting third film and I can’t be arsed with the Wolverine one, we’re now going to conclude this month of reviews with the only other great X-Men film in the form of X-Men: First Class.

Man I remember seeing this in the cinema and being very surprised at the end result, I mean I’d had to live through both X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine so my expectations were set incredibly low. Luckily this film found a way to be dramatic, cool, interesting and while it may not have totally convinced all of the X-Men fanboys out there, overall it was a good injection of awesomeness into the X-Men film series. So now in 2013 I’m gonna review it again and see how it fares.

When it comes to the story of X-Men: First Class it is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and focuses on the origins Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto), two mutants brought up from very different backgrounds who as adults have different ideas of how they see world as a species different to humans. The film focuses on the formation of Charles and Erik’s friendship, the relationship between them and how their differing opinions about humankind and mutantkind split them apart into groups that would eventually become the X-Men (the good guys) and the Brotherhood of Mutants (the bad guys).

The story in this film is very good as it was smart, emotional and had a great deal of character development. I loved seeing the story behind Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, we got to see new sides to them and witness some of their new abilities too. It is great to see their meeting and the focus of their relationship, the ups and downs and the eventual fall out that leads to them being on opposing sides. I like setting in this film, its much older point in time with various situations which allows for a lot of different stories to be told, some of which are interwoven. The whole Cuban Missile Crisis is a great setting for this film as the writers find a way to incorporate the mutants into it in a smart and sophisticated manner. There are problems in this film, at points there’s not enough screen time for many of the character involved and there are some unsatisfied conclusions to some of the characters and story elements.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X. McAvoy gives us a very different interpretation of the classic character we know from the comics, here is a more charismatic ladies man who while intelligent is a lot less of a serious character than we’re used to. I really liked McAvoy’s version of Xavier, he’s very cool, funny and epic when he’s serious. Then we have Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto,  here is a character who had a rough upbringing and definitely has a grudge against humans, especially Sebastian Shaw. I loved Fassbender in this role, he was incredibly intimidating, raw, badass and all-round amazing, he gave us a more sympathetic version of the character and gave justification as to why he is who he is at the beginning of the Bryan Singer film.

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And then there’s Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, I thought Bacon was awesome as the bad guy of this film. His back story as a former Nazi scientist and the leader of the Hellfire Club and I thought his character while a bit ridiculous at times was actually really cool, evil and had some nice moments. Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique, Lawrence’s performance as Mystique is very different from what we’re used to. This character is more reserved and is trying to come to terms with her ability, she’s been made to hide her true self by Charles but after coming into contact with Magneto her opinions change. I loved Lawrence in this role as she was super beautiful and very convincing in her role. January Jones as Emma Frost looks hot as hell and I’m glad that her comic book look was added in the film, the problem with her character is that she was a bit bland. Nicholas Hoult as Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy/Beast, in this film Hank is a bit of annoying character because rather than embracing his mutant heritage he’s instead trying to rid himself of his powers, which obviously doesn’t work out too well for him. Hoult is good but not nearly as good as the other members of the X-Men team, at least not until after he becomes Beast. As for Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, she was pretty hot and I liked her in the film.

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ZoĂ« Kravitz was nice Angel Salvadore though I wasn’t too keen on how her character progressed. Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee was okay and a bit funny but a tad annoying at times. Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok was nice, though I didn’t like how much of a douche he was towards Hank. Edi Gathegi I feel bad for as Armando Muñoz/Darwin, he seemed like a cool character but he’s severely wasted for plot purposes. And then we have Jason Flemyng as Azazel, this film’s equivalent of Nightcrawler (even though he’s technically Nightcrawler’s father). Even though Flemyng doesn’t say anything he’s really cool and has some great fight scenes. Álex GonzĂĄlez as Janos Quested/Riptide was okay, but he barely spoke and just threw around a lot of whirlwinds so he wasn’t too good of a bad guy. And lastly Oliver Platt as Man In Black Suit, he had some funny scenes and I enjoyed his role in the film.

Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is pretty impressive. The CGI is very nice good, there are some awesome effects used for action sequences involving Magneto, Azazel and Sebastian Shaw. I love so much of the fights and action and explosions in this film, it’s this kind of spectacle that the series has been missing for a while now. Though I have to say the effects for Beast’s face is questionable which goes from looking okay to pretty ugly. As for the soundtrack by Henry Jackson I think that it’s really good. It is sophisticated, emotional, loud and awesome at various points throughout the film and my favourite song was “Rage and Serenity“, the scene where it’s used is epic and so beautiful.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well as I’ve said before I know the X-Men mainly from the cartoons, a few comic books and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Like the previous films there are a lot of differences and updates to the characters and story from the source material. What I noticed was the inclusion of Nightcrawler’s father, Azazel, we got to see more of Charles and Erik’s powers and there was also the inclusion of Emma Frost too. But there was some messy elements like the inclusion of Alex Summers which was bit questionable and the treatment of Frost’s character personality too.

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So to conclude X-Men: First Class is cracking good comic book film which takes the basic elements of the source material and modifies it in a way where it works in a dramatic and awesome way. The story is great and I love the focus on Charles and Erik’s relationship, the central performances from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are incredible and there is plenty of action to satisfy the masses. While it may not be a perfect X-Men film that fans were looking for, I feel like Matthew Vaughn did a great job at bringing this franchise back from the shitter and into the good place in the realm of superhero films.

Rating: 8/10 (A fine film and bloody good step in the right direction for the X-Men film series!)

So there’s my review people, THE LAST ONE DONE! So have you seen X-Men: First Class and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo!

Well its been a hectic month, but I just about made it through, thanks for reading and a special thank you goes out to Tim The Film Guy for commenting and liking my material, you rule dude! Alright later on peeps!

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jack The Giant Slayer Review

Okay so now it’s time to review a film I’ve been waiting to watch for a while, Jack the Giant Slayer. It is another one of those crazy twists on a classic fairy tale, but the reason people should be paying attention to it is because Bryan Singer is in the director’s chair. He has a pretty decent catalogue of films under his belt, plus the trailers for this film looked pretty interesting and unique and featured a decent cast too. How could it go wrong? Well somehow it did and the end result is something quite unremarkable.

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So when it comes to the story we all know how Jack and the Beanstalk goes right? Some kid gets some magic beans, a beanstalk appears, Jack climbs into the clouds, confronts a giant and numerous riches. You know all that good stuff. However this film takes a different approach by blending to tales, Jack and the Beanstalk tale and Jack the Giant Killer.

Here’s a synopsis:

“Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beads given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack’s house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king’s guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists.”

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Honestly the story for this film had an interesting idea; it just wasn’t quite executed very well. I can’t really explain where this film goes wrong, it had decent set up with Jack and Isabelle and then with the beanstalk shooting her into the sky and then having Jack along with Lord Roderick and Elmont going up into the sky to save her. I liked that, but after they started to investigate the land of the giants I swear things started to drag and I kid you not, I nodded off in the film. I swear this must be due to my lack of sleep, but I’ve watched film in worse conditions (like having a hangover) and I’ve been fine. I think this film just got uninteresting half way through and then sort of picked up again near the end. The story had potential to be so much more but it was just there, and speaking of just there…

The characters in this film weren’t all that interesting either. Now don’t get me wrong their performances weren’t bad, I just didn’t care for any of them, bar a few people. Nicholas Hoult as Jack was fine, but even as the protagonist I didn’t really care about him. I wasn’t rooting for him, I didn’t care about his love interest with Isabelle, I’m not sure if I even liked the guy at all. His character was just there and could have been played by anyone. Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle was a princess and she played her part well but again I wasn’t fussed about her character. Now we come to the first person I actually give a damn about and that’s Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick. He played an adviser to the king with designs on usurping power and taking control of the giants, Tucci played his role well and I enjoyed his screen presence. Surprising Ian McShane as King Brahmwell was just there as the king, he played the role well enough but I again didn’t care for the character. And lastly let’s talk about Bill Nighy and John Kassir who play Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants. this was one of the saddest excuses for a leader of giants. I was expecting someone badass; instead I got half of a villain a bumbling idiot head that spoke like the Tazmainan Devil from Looney Tunes. I couldn’t take Fallon seriously with such a stupid handicap on his should, it like looking at a dumb version Gollum on crack!

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Ewan McGregor played Elmont, the leader of the king’s elite guard, who helps fight giants. I thought his character was cool, funny and probably my favourite person in the film for one main reason… HE’S EWAN FRIGGING MCGREGOR! He’s one of my favourite actors and I’ll watch him in anything, luckily he was one of the better characters in this film. Now this is going to sound bad but Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci were the only people I cared about.

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The presentation of the film is a bit of a mixed bag. Visually the GCI varies from looking decent to just not trying to look realistic and actually blend into the world with the characters. I know this is meant to be a fantasy film and I hate to be so picky about special effects but it wasn’t handled that well. The giants looked alright, the castle scenery looked nice and the initial beanstalk-growing sequence at night was good, but there was nothing that wowed me. Now compare this with another recent fantasy/fairy tale film Oz The Great and Powerful which put its special effects to good use and while it was a bit excessive it at least looked polished and stylish.

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So to conclude Jack the Giant Killer was good, but nothing to write home about. I can’t say I was impressed that much and that’s what hurts me so much. The trailers had my interest but the film just turned out alright, I expected much more. I’m sorry if there a people who liked this film but I just thought was incredibly underwhelming, especially since it came from the same director that gave us The Usual Suspects, X-Men and X-Men 2.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Most people will enjoy the film, but for me I expected far too much and got too little)

So what did you think of Jack the Giant Slayer? Did you love it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Warm Bodies Review

Okay now it’s time to review Warm Bodies, the film I was dreading to watch for a little while now due to the trailer. The trailer made me think that this film was gonna be some boring romantic comedy with zombies and similarities to Twilight, but then some of the reviews I saw for the film were alright so I thought that there was hope for the film. So I went to see it today and it turned out to be better than I expected.

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So the story is set in a zombie apocalypse setting we have a world where zombies roam the streets in two varieties; the basic undead that look your typical zombies and then there’s these creepy skeleton zombies (known as “Bonies”) who are violent, devoid of any human elements and eat any humans they can find. Now within this group of undead we have R, our central zombie character who seems to have more sense than most of the other zombies and has the power to think but mainly moans. While some humans venture into zombie territory, R comes across Julie, a human girl who he becomes infatuated with and saves her from a zombie attack (after eating her boyfriend’s brains haha). From then the two of them have to survive, learn to trust each other and evade “Bonies”. Eventually R and Julie start to bond and this in turn starts to change R from a lifeless zombie to a person who feels more human aspects; this also starts to affect the other undead zombies too. So then many other crazy scenarios ensue and R and Julie’s bond is tested when both the humans and “Bonies” are on the hunt for them.

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I thought the story was nice; it was nicely paced and was entertaining. The whole zombie rules and elements were well-integrated into those characters though at times some of the rules do fluctuate and change from time to time. Some of the humour is lost in the film if you’ve seen the trailers already but there are still a few funny scenes to enjoy. I also liked to obvious parallels to Romeo & Juliet and while it was a teen film with romantic elements, it is a believable and more importantly bearable!

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And then there’s the characters of Warm Bodies who are pretty much the make or break aspect of the film, luckily they’re up to tar. Firstly Nicholas Hoult as R, he was a very enjoyable and entertaining character. I loved how we could hear his inner thoughts and how he told the story from his perspective. Hoult delivers a great performance which is different, fun and hilarious. And there’s the pretty Teresa Palmer who was lovely as Julie Grigio. From the trailers I thought Julie was going to be a little generic, but she was luckily very likeable, relatable and had some good chemistry with R that wasn’t forced. And then there’s my man Rob Corddry as M / Marcus, he was awesome. He’s R’s mate and they hang out and have moaning conversations. His character was also pretty funny, had some funny moments and dialogue and I found it interesting that besides R he was the only other zombie capable of using words. Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin was alright thought he was a bit bland for me. His character definitely served his purpose and Franco played his part well but I didn’t really care for Perry that much. Also Analeigh Tipton as Nora was not only hot but also pretty funny. She was the bubbly friend of Julie and I while she wasn’t in the film as much as the two main characters it was fun to see what kind of weird stuff that Nora would say. And lastly John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio was cool, he was the guy who has a grudge against the zombies and I loved the way Malkovich played his character, sure he’s not in the film very much but when he’s there he is pretty badass.

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When it comes to the presentation visually it was alright, the CGI was decent for the skeleton zombies, however I found it to be a little too fake-looking in some scenes and that bothered me and definitely took away their scary factor in some scenes. Also speaking of the “Bonies” there’s one scene in the film that really reminded me of the chase sequence involving the T-1000 from Terminator 2 which made me smile a little bit. Also the soundtrack was lovely, I liked the whimsical score Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders and the songs used in the film was also lovely.

In conclusion Warm Bodies was a surprisingly nice zombie rom com that had the right amount of story and interesting characters to keep me entertained from start to finish. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer were great as the lead characters and their relationship was the one thing that needed to work and thankfully it was convincing and entertaining. If you get the chance check this film out, its thankfully nothing like Twilight so dudes do not be afraid you don’t have to worry about no Bella and Edward bullshit haha.

Rating: 7.5 (Worth a Watch!)

So what did you think of Warm Bodies? Did you enjoy it or despise it? Whatever your thoughts leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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