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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: In Bruges

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about In Bruges. So this is a film I’ve been meaning to watch for a while now, I’ve not only heard a lot about it via some film critics/fans I follow online, but also from my mate at uni who told me to check it out back in 2012 or 2013. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.” I have to say that was engaged from the beginning due to the fact that I not only liked the two main actors but also because of their current situation. They had essentially come from a hitman job that had gone wrong in the UK and had to lay low and wait for instructions, and while it wasn’t clear what had happened yet. I liked the mystery that surrounding these characters and suspense surrounding the call from their boss, Harry. While it was fun to get to know both characters and see their differences in personality, I wasn’t super captivated by the story. I was interested but was waiting for something to hook me. And then when you found out what happened with Ray and why these characters are in their current situation, that’s when the film got me. And from there, what followed was a series of unexpected scenarios that ranged from being hilarious to shocking to strange and crazy. I liked the film’s sense of humour, it was dark, twisted and blunt and while not all of the dialogue landed for me, some of those lines were frigging funny as hell, and luckily the humour never came at the expense of the serious moments as it was well-balanced throughout the film. The cast was great. First you have Colin Farrell as Ray who is a charismatic, straightforward and rude kind of guy who I found  little funny but mostly unlikable for a while, until I saw what happened to him in the past and how he acted around some other characters, he isn’t a complete douche, he has a heart and can be good occasion and Farrell was just delightful. Brendan Gleeson was great as Ken, I have yet to see a film where Gleeson disappoints me and the same rules apply here, he’s serious, yet witty and is a nice counterbalance to Ray. Farrell and Gleeson have great chemistry, they’re like an old married couple bickering, but you can see that there is a solid bond there. But it might be Ralph Fiennes who steals the show as Harry. Good gravy, what a guy! From the time he’s introduced via a phone call he leaves a solid impression, and from there he has so many scene-stealing moments with his magnetic presence and his hot and cold personality, he’s cool, but when you piss him off he’s merciless and crazy, and this might be one my favourite performances from Fiennes ever because he reminded me of Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. I also enjoyed Clémence Poésy who was delightful as Chloë Villette and Jordan Prentice brought some good humour as Jimmy, and I also liked Thekla Reuten as Marie and Jérémie Renier as Eirik. In conclusion, In Bruges was a film I enjoyed far more than I expected with interesting themes, great performances, good humour, a really nice and melancholy film score and unexpected revelations.

So have you seen In Bruges 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 December 7, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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LATE QUICK REVIEW: Kubo and the Two Strings

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another review I should have reviewed a while ago, I am of course talking about the latest Laika film; Kubo and the Two Strings. Annoyingly I saw this film opening day but didn’t have time to do the review because I had to go to a pre-wedding party and then the actual wedding in Leicester, and after a while work caught up with me and my fresh thought were lost. So I didn’t want to review this film without having seen it a second time, and so that’s why this review’s a month late. 😦 But with that out of the way I’m now ready to pass judgement!

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So the story can be described as the following:

“The film tells the story about Kubo, who has magical powers and whose left eye was stolen. Accompanied by Monkey and Beetle, they must subdue the Sisters, Raiden the Moon King and his army of evil spirits.”

This film tells a wonderful story that felt classic and familiar, yet unique and captivating especially for older audiences and those who are into Japanese mythology. There’s a sense of magic, fun and wonderment, but it was also mixed in with some darker/serious elements which gave this film an edge and a classic Disney kind of tone which made me happy. There’s also deep respect and admiration for the Japanese culture in the way in which the story, visuals and music come together. And as a fan of Japanese mythology and classic tales of grand adventures involving young heroes discovering their destiny this film spoke to me on every level. I also adored how this film had such a great deal of emotional moments whether they were dramatic, sad or funny. The only thing I would say that I was a little iffy on was the ending, while I understood the approach I would have preferred something a little different.

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The cast was really good and did well to bring life to their characters with some of the actors feeling like they brought some of their mannerisms to their roles. Firstly there’s Art Parkinson who did really well as Kubo, this kid is a little delight as he was cocky, yet sweet, imaginative, resourceful and charming. Charlize Theron as Monkey was awesome, she was a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point badass who while tough kind have a soft side as well. I also loved Matthew McConaughey as Beetle/Hanzo, this guy was really funny because of his dim-witted, charismatic and courageous personality. Rooney Mara was unrecognisable as the Sisters, but I loved her performance as she was able to add such a level of intimidation and aggressiveness to these creepy/scary characters. Ralph Fiennes as Raiden the Moon King was very good too, the first time I really thought I could hear a bit of James Woods, but upon closer listening I could hear Fiennes in there and he was really good offering us a villain who was perceptive and dangerous. I also liked Brenda Vaccaro as Kameyo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hashi, and the lovely George Takei as Hosato who I recognised the moment I heard his character speak.

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When it comes to the presentation it was fantastic, Laika always bring their A-game to their films and with each film they produce they go that one step beyond and produce the most insane material in the current stop motion landscape. Visually the film did well to blend the practical side of things with what I could only assume could only be clever uses of CGI. There was such large sense of scope, really great lighting and a diverse colour palette, add on top of that the brilliant art direction and some wonderfully creative imagery especially with the animated origami. Plus as a fan of action sequences involving sword fighting and other Japanese weaponry this film had some kick ass moments and didn’t shy away from the violence which I also loved. Oh and the film score from Dario Marianelli was fantastic capturing the sense of adventure, drama, tension and generally allowing to feel immersed and emotionally invested in what was happening on-screen, and this might be a soundtrack I have to buy too. 🙂

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In conclusion Kubo and the Two Strings is damn good film, one of the best of 2016 and I think it might be favourite Laika film (though I still LOVE Coraline). It pains me that more people haven’t checked this film out just because of its visual aesthetic and lack of the typical 3D CGI stuff that a lot of people have become conditioned to. Kubo is an incredible film and while the story is set in the realm of fantasy, at the same time the film felt very grounded and relatable because of the themes, characters and story elements.

Rating: 8.5/10 (Highly recommended for sure!)

So have you seen Kubo and the Two Strings and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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007 is back again in this Spectre Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review from the cinema and today I’m finally getting around to talking about the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. To say that I’ve been forward to this film would be an understatement, and after the great sense of satisfaction and fun I had with Skyfall, I was ready for more. So how’s the latest Bond adventure? Well read on and find out in this spoiler-free review.

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The story can be described as the following:

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

The story in this film was quite interesting with a great deal of mystery, intrigue, death and more connection’s to Bond’s past coming back haunt him in the present. Like Skyfall, this was another personal tale for not only Bond but also the characters who surrounded him and it was great to see another character-driven adventure. The humour is also back with a lot of great one-liners and visual humour, oh and the call-backs/references to the former Bond films whether they be visual or verbal were awesome and it was the kind of material I had kind of missed from these newer films. However, for me the story was at its strongest when it found was referencing the previous Bond films and tieing them in with the current story, it was smart, well-thought out and allowed for some interesting continuity not only from the last film, but also all the way back to Casino Royale. The only nitpicks I had were that I thought that this plot wasn’t as captivating as the last, the pacing was a little slow at points and there was certain decisions made with the story that I wasn’t as keen on.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. Firstly there’s Daniel Craig as James Bond, what can be said that hasn’t been said already? Craig did a terrific job, he’s smooth, sophisticated and badass, but also focused, aggressive and thoughtful. Léa Seydoux was also great as Dr. Madeleine Swann, I didn’t know that she’d be so integral to the plot but she had a great backstory and had an interesting relationship with Bond. I’ve seen Seydoux in a few films here and there but she did a wonderful job here and damn she is gorgeous woman. Oh and of course Christoph Waltz was good as Franz Oberhauser, this character has a history shrouded in mystery and once he came into the light things got a lot more interesting. Waltz is a great actor and he had a lot of his charming and intimidating traits that made him cool in Inglorious Basterds, but I wish I’d seen more of him and I didn’t find him as memorable as Raoul Silva.

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Ben Whishaw was good as Ql, in this film I felt like Q’s appearance was expanded as he had more to do and had some pretty memorable moments whether it was for the sake of humour or story. Naomie Harris was also good as Eve Moneypenny, like Q, she had some interesting moments with Bond and was key to the story. I really liked Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, all I can say is what a beast! From the time Hinx steps on-screen he leaves an impression, he’s a man of few words but is tough as nails, tenacious, scary, smart and resourceful. Bautista was so cool and intimidating in this role and when he wasn’t around I missed him. Ralph Fiennes did a good job as M, he had a lot to deal with the changes in government and Bond’s personal ventures, but I appreciated how he was central to the plot and had some great lines. As a fan of Sherlock I enjoyed seeing Andrew Scott’s performance as Max Denbigh, his character was smart, witty and a bit of a prick but very relevant to the plot. Monica Bellucci was beautiful as Lucia Sciarra, however like Bérénice Lim Marlohe her presence wasn’t as large and she wasn’t utilized as I’d hoped. And finally Rory Kinnear as usual was good as Bill Tanner and it was nice to see Jesper Christensen return as Mr. White.

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When it comes to the presentation it was lovely. The visual presentation was good with some wonderful cinematography and pretty awesome action sequences. There are a lot of memorable sequences including one with a helicopter, a really cool and tense car chase or another hand-to-hand combat sequence later on which was really crazy, intense and badass. And Thomas Newman returns again to craft the film score and it is great, Newman’s soundtrack always has this great level of energy, drama, sensuality and has the right sound for the right situation. One thing I was happy about was the inclusion of one key theme from Skyfall returning in this film (“Mother” I believe is the name of the track) it was my favourite piece from the last Bond film and I’m glad Newman brought it back. As for the new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith I’m a little indifferent to it, on one hand it is quite lovely, subtle and Smith’s vocals shine through, on the other hand the song’s a little too light on the instrumental side of things and I do prefer my Bond songs to be a little more epic.

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In conclusion Spectre is another solid entry in the Bond franchise, it has all of the great elements that make the recent trend of Bond films fun to watch, but it also features a lot of cool throwbacks to the older films too. I will admit that there were certain narrative and character choices that I didn’t agree with/would have handled differently, but putting my issues aside, this is still a very good film and if you’re a fan of this franchise it deserves your attention.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen or are you going to watch Spectre? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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James Bond 24 Titled Spectre & Cast Announced!

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I return to the world of the internet to blog about some important film news that comes in the form of the 24th James Bond film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:

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This morning, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the 24th James Bond film will be titled Spectre! Filming will start on Monday, December 8 for the November 6, 2015 release.

The cast (in the order they were announced) includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

Spectre will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee and Austria. Also, James Bond’s new car in Spectre will be the Aston Martin DB10, created exclusively for the movie.

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Commenting on the announcement, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of ‘Skyfall’ with ‘Spectre.’”

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, the film’s Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and the Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer Jany Temime and Composer Thomas Newman. Action Specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. The Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Well this is certainly news worth talking about. Much like a J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan film, James Bond films tend to be hidden in secrecy for a while until a major announcement gets made where you find out a certain degree of information that gets you excited. It was certainly the case for Skyfall a few years ago and it looks like Spectre is following suit. Now I’m just going to talk about the specific aspects of the announcement when it comes to the film’s new name and the cast.

The Film’s Title

Spectre, tis a very simple and singular name, but at the same time its effective and sounds kind of sleek and sophisticated. And obviously if you know you Bond films then you know that the title of the film has something to do with the story. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I know I’ll be wrong, but if that terrorist organization are involved then I guess we should expect some really epic and dangerous stuff.

The Cast

The fact that all of the cast from Skyfall are coming back is a great thing. The only veterans returning to this film that are part of this series of Bond films are Craig and Kinnear as Fiennes, Harris and Whishaw were all introduced in the last film. The new cast additions make me smile I think mainly due to the additions of Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista. Christoph Waltz has yet to star in a film I haven’t liked him in yet and since his great work with Quintin Tarantino, it just makes me want to see him in everything and it seems perfect to put him in a Bond film especially if he is the main villain. And then there’s Bautista as Mr. Hinx which I have to say is a great and funny little name for him. I love that Bautista has gone from being in something as questionable as The Man With The Iron Fists to Guardians of the Galaxy and now a James Bond film, he must be filling pretty chuffed. I would be friggin over to moon to be climbing the ladder into such big Hollywood films in such a short space of time. I think Andrew Scott’s name was the one that threw me, until I saw his face and remembered that he was the brilliant actor who played Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, just his performance in that show alone makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do in this film. Léa Seydoux, according to her filmography I have seen in at least two major films, Inglorious Basterds and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, both are films that I love, but are also films I haven’t seen in a while, but it seems like she is a great actress from what I’ve read so I’m down with her. Also Monica Bellucci, damn, she may be primarily a model and models don’t tend to make for the best actresses (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), however she is gorgeous and has had a fair amount of film experience since the 90’s and so her inclusion doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

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In the end this news make me smile and makes me hyped for the next instalment in the Bond franchise. Currently for films of 2015 there are only two films that have my attention; Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII. All other films pale in comparison and none of them have given me the same level of hype and anticipation, however I think Spectre may change the game a bit. We’ll have to wait and see,

So what are your thoughts on this announcement, please be sure comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another new film review and this one comes in the form of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now I’ve only watched two Wes Anderson films in the past and they were Fantastic Mr. Fox (really good) and more recently Moonrise Kingdom (brilliant), so I was really intrigued to see what this man was gonna do next and when I saw the trailers I thought it looked amazing. So after watching it today how do I think the film fared? Well read on and find out.

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Story:

“GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”

The tale of this film is pretty interesting as it takes a non-liner approach and jumps between the present and the past where the primary meat of the film takes place. The themes in this film involves friendship, trust, love and vengeance among other things, it is all very entertaining, humourous and bizarre but never does it feel uninteresting thanks to some good pacing and energetic nature. The film doesn’t quite reach the emotional or funny levels of Moonrise Kingdom, but it really is good.

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When it comes to the cast the film is just filled to the maximum with talent left right and center and while not everyone gets a great deal of screen time, it is just nice to see their faces.

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave H. is simply brilliant, he brings his natural charisma, charm and a lot of passion to the roll. Gustave H. has very high standards and expects nothing less of perfection, Fiennes is a man who can do no wrong in my eyes. Tony Revolori is great as Zero Moustafa, I really liked his moments of humour and he seemed to handle his scenes really well considering the more expressed cast around him. Adrien Brody as Dmitri is great, it is not that often when Brody takes on a more villainous role, but he looks amazing and has some really funny moments. Willem Dafoe has to be my favourite character as J.G. Jopling, the dude constantly looks moody and dodgy as hell, is so questionable and dangerous and I love Dafoe’s expression throughout the film. Jeff Goldblum is a nother great actor as Deputy Kovacs, I love the way this man spoke, he was smart, sophisticated, calm and innocent, but because it was Goldblum it is awesome.

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Saoirse Ronan is charming and pretty as Agatha and Tilda Swinton is just unrecognizable as Madame D., her dialogue Mathieu Amalric is good as Serge X., he was pretty good but I couldn’t remember his face for the life of me until I checked him out on IMDB and saw that he was that funny villain from Quantum of Solace. Jason Schwartzman continues to be really interesting as M. Jean, the guy is very lazy, but also very funny and it just the little things like his mannerisms that make me smile. Bill Murray as M. Ivan I was hoping to see a lot more of but he was still pretty cool. Other people that were good were Jude Law as Young Writer, F. Murray Abraham as Mr. Moustafa, Edward Norton as Inspector Henckels, Léa Seydoux as Clotilde, Owen Wilson as M. Chuck and Bob Balaban as M. Martin.

As for the presentation it is very good on both the visual and audio front. Visually just like Anderson’s other films it is one of the film’s best aspects. There is some interesting, dynamic and unconventional camera shots and sequences used with very close camera shots, tracking shots and the use of green screen and CGI that make the film so much more fictional than real, but strangely it still works. At points watching this film was like watching a live action version of Looney Tunes which was totally hilarious and nostalgic. The soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat is another highlight of the film as it fits with the random nature of the film having various songs for different scenarios.

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In conclusion The Grand Budapest Hotel is very good film full of charm, wit and touching moments sprinkled all over. While this isn’t my favourite Wes Anderson film, I definitely had a good time with it and I can easily recommend it because it is one of best films of the year so far.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of The Grand Budapest Hotel? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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James Bond 24 to Start Filming in October

Hello to everyone on the internet tonight, I return again to give you some quick thoughts on some film news relating to the next film in the James Bond series. The following info comes from superherohype:

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James Bond 24 will start filming later this year, Ralph Fiennes said in an interview with MTV.

“It’s meant to start shooting in October,” the actor said, not able to offer much more than that. “I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much. They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.”

The 24th installment, starring Daniel Craig, is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015. Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are back. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing.

Skyfall took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. It was also the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray.”

Trust Ralph Fiennes to have the scoop on when the next Bond film start production, that guy is so cool. 🙂 Anways… So it seems like everything is in place to get the next instalment of the Bond series underway and to that I say, “Good, give it to me now.” The Bond film series is one of my favourites and even though I haven’t seen each one, I do love the ones that I have watched. Skyfall in 2012 was a big deal, made stupid amounts of money for this series of films and for good reason, it was a very good, compelling and entertaining film. While it is a bit overrated when people called it “THE BEST BOND TO DATE!” I guess film is subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion (unless they are clearly wrong). Can’t wait for production to start on this next film, it’ll be interesting to see what Mendes, the writers and actors can bring to the table in 2015.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Skyfall Review

I have waited a very long time for this film and not since The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have I been this hyped for a film. I feel like the wait for Skyfall has been a very long and painful one, but now it’s here and I’ve finally seen it. So was it worth the effort? Well I can easily say that this is one of the best films this year.

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The premise for the story in this film goes something like this:

“Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

The plot in Skyfall is very good, the script is well-written and there’s a surprising level focus on the characters that was very welcome for me. What I mean by that is that this film’s story really does center around the main characters of Bond, Raoul and M, as the plot thickens things get more complicated for each of them and there is a great deal of drama and revelations to discover. I also liked how much danger there was in this film, and as seen in the trailer the identities of undercover agents gets leaked online, MI6 HQ is attacked and then there’s the obvious fact that Bond gets taken out of action then has to get back into his groove when all of this chaos is going on around him. There are also some interesting secrets to discover in Skyfall and some great nods to the past for fans to enjoy.

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But what’s a good story without a good cast? Luckily Skyfall has a brilliant cast in place. Let’s start with Daniel Craig as Bond. Now he’s been playing the character for 3 films over the space of 6 years and since Casino Royale he’s become one of my favourite actors. In Skyfall he continues to show me why I think he’s so badass, Craig is totally relaxed in the role and displays Bond in some of his coolest and most badass moments, but also at his most emotional too. Now let’s talk about Javier Bardem, he has always been known as this badass in most of the films he’s been in and his acting skills are pretty damn good. I still haven’t forgotten his awesomeness from No Country For Old Men and in Skyfall he is just the best guy ever as Raul Silva he was intimidating, had a great presence and a level of charisma that makes him stand out from many previous Bond villains. Bardem is just simply wonderful in this film, I loved how his character interacted with Bond and M, and I do believe he’s the best Bond villain for a while. And Judi Dench as M was wonderful, I’ve always liked Judi Dench as M, but this is the first time where her character has come to the forefront of the story and been very relevant to happens, all I can say Dench was wonderful in the film.

Then there’s Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Fiennes is just badass in everything he’s in and that’s no exception here. While his role isn’t as big as say Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter, he was still cool in the film and had his moments to shine. Naomie Harris as Eve was pretty awesome, I thought she had good chemistry with Bond and it was great to see not only a female MI6 agent, but also a Bond girl who could handle herself in the field of battle. Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine was totally classy and sexy, I liked her part in the film and I just wish her character had been in the film a lot longer. And lastly Ben Whishaw as Q was awesome, I don’t really recall about the old Q to draw up comparisons, but I thought that Whishaw brought a lovely well of intelligence and wit to his role and I liked his conversations with Bond, they were pretty humourous.

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When it comes to the presentation, Skyfall has all bases covered. The action scenes and sequences are really great, with some great camera work and some really crazy and creative scenes for the good guys and bad guys to work with. But it’s really all about the cinematography in Skyfall. The cinematography is insane! I loved a lot of the scenery from the scenes in Istanbul to London, but I really loved the scenes in China, that’s when the cinematography comes alive. The use of lighting, colours and shadows is especially impressive! Also the soundtrack by Thomas Newman was great and very memorable which I was very surprised about. Now obviously David Arnold handled the previous two Bond soundtracks and while Casino Royale‘s soundtrack was awesome, Quantum of Solace‘s wasn’t very memorable at all. Newman’s soundtrack for Skyfall is very different in tone and feel from the previous Bond films, but it sounds undoubtedly sexy, cool, emotional and most importantly it sounds like a Bond soundtrack! And obviously I made my thoughts clear on the song “Skyfall” by Adele, if you haven’t read that post you can see it here. But in short I think it’s pretty good, though I feel like it could be better.

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Its been said by some critics that Skyfall is the best Bond film since Daniel Craig starred as the character back in 2006 and in a way it really is. Sam Mendes was a great choice to direct this film because of his understanding of the Bond series and also because of his great film career too. There is many things to love about the film like how there is this central link between Bond, Raoul and M or the way Skyfall manages to fuse the newer Bond film elements with some of the older elements from the former films and just I loved the level of nostalgia in this film whether it be visual or audio-based. For me while this film is clearly better than Quantum of Solace, I still feel like Casino Royale was superior, why? I guess it’s because it first Bond film in a while to be really different, edgy and dark, plus I’ve watched it so many times already haha.

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In conclusion Skyfall is a great return to form for this series, this film feels bolder, darker and connects with you on a much deeper emotional level. And with brilliant direction from Sam Mendes, awesome action sequences, fabulous lead performances from Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench, and sexy presentation both from the visual and audio standpoints, Skyfall is a great Bond film to watch at the cinema and I highly recommend it!

Happy 50th anniversary to the James Bond film series, it kicks so much ass!

Rating: 8.5/10

Well there’s my review peeps, thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments below! Until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Skyfall

Good day to you ladies and gents, welcome to another blog post about Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012. And today’s film is a very interesting and exciting one, it is the next instalment in the James Bond film series; Skyfall.

Like many other people in the world I love the James Bond film series, I’ve been watching the Bond films since I was young and have loved the different interpretations that each actor has brought to the films. Though I’ve never read the books and have only really seen around half of the full 22 current films out I do appreciate the film series highly. My favourite Bond film is Goldfinger and in turn it should come as no surprise to find out my favourite portrayal of the Bond character is Sean Connery because he is just the best. It’s fact. Now of course in recent years the mantel of James Bond has been taken up by Daniel Craig who so far in my opinion has done a pretty damn good job.

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Daniel Craig first came onto the scene as James Bond in Casino Royale back in 2006 with Martin Campbell as directors. This film rebooted the franchise to make way for new and exciting ideas and the film shook the world when it came out. Prior to the film’s release everyone thought Craig was the wrong choice and that the style of the film was far too removed from the original formula, however the film was a financial and critical success. The film was praised for its story, characters, edginess and action sequences. Many fans and critics viewed Casino Royale as a Bond film that had several of the conventions found in previous instalments, but also as a film that changed the formula by having a darker and grittier elements in place. Bond himself was less experienced, more rough around the edges and a little more emotional and it was unlike anything audiences had seen before. So with the success of that film in play the sequel followed in 2008 in the form of Quantum of Solace with new director Marc Foster in the director’s chair. QoS continued the story arc from Casino Royale which had Bond head off on a mission that was not only personal but was also very difficult too. Unfortunately QoS wasn’t the sequel most were hoping for, it couldn’t outdo its predecessor and though the film did make a lot of money, it got a mixed reception. Most reviewers continued to praise Daniel Craig’s performance and a many agreed it was the best aspect of the film along with the action sequences, however most agreed the film had a weak plot, bad characters and that the film wasn’t as good as Casino Royale. It was at this time that most people thought Bond was becoming too much like Jason Bourne and that action was becoming too much of the focus over the character-driven style of previous films.

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The first official picture from Skyfall where we see Daniel Craig sporting his swimming trunks again like in Casino Royale.

And so here we are in 2012 on the dawn of a new Bond film, 4 years since Quantum of Solace and the signs for this new film is very interesting, mysterious and intriguing. Let’s start with the cast, returning again are Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench as James Bond and M respectively, oh and we also have Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner (MI6 Chief of Staff) returning from Quantum of Solace. But its the new cast members that cause eyebrows to be raised in curiosity. Firstly we have Javier Bardem as the main villain, a very impressive and interesting choice, after seeing him in No Country For Old Men I’m really interested to see what he does here. And there’s appearance of Ralph Fiennes that has me super excited, he is a brilliant actor from his work in The English Patient and Schindler’s List to the Harry Potter film series as Lord Voldemort he’s just all-round brilliance and I have no doubt that whatever he does in Skyfall is going to be amazing. Another interesting actress in this cast is Naomie Harris. Man, since the time she was cast there was rumors circulating throughout the news tabloids and internet that she was going to be the new Miss Moneypenny which caused some people who believed the rumor to go into an uproar saying that she can’t be Moneypenny simply because she was black, reminds me of the hate that Idris Elba got when he became Heimdall in Thor. Though Harris was eventually cast a field agent named Eve and she dismissed the speculation about her attachment to the role as Moneypenny. Also speaking of veteran characters, in Skyfall we have the return of the character of Q who will be played by Ben Whishaw. And the rest of the cast look varied and cool so I’m definitely watching out for these guys in the film.

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The plot of this film sounds pretty badass too as it seems to be much deeper and more interesting than the previous two films as it can be seen from this short premise:

“James Bond’s loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.”

It has already been noted by Daniel Craig that the story in this film isn’t related to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and I think that is a good thing because I feel that story arc was concluded and to drag it out would be unnecessary. From reading this premise it also seems like the writers of this film are continuing the edgy style of story that has preceded this film, but it has a greater level of because M is involved and can see that there will definitely be some high stakes and character-driven storylines in Skyfall. I also want to talk about Sam Mendes as Skyfall‘s director. Now as many people may be aware he was the director of award-winning films American Beauty and Road To Perdition and he was also responsible for directing Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, so when it comes to directors I feel like Skyfall is in good hands and I think maybe Mendes may be the one to bring the human side to Bond films after Quantum of Solace‘s efforts.

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With all of the set pictures, story information and cast members announced so far Skyfall is shaping up to be a great Bond film. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this film and a lot of answers still needing to be answered. In my opinion it has been too long since the last James Bond film, sure I understand that MGM had financial issues and there were other complications with this film being made, but now its in production and I’m getting excited and impatient as always haha. When this film comes out here in the UK on the 26th of October I’ll be one of the first to run into the cinema and watch this film, may even watch it in IMAX if I have the funds 😀 I guess we’ll have to wait until after the principal photography ends to gain more information on the film, as for now all I can say is I’m super excited for Skyfall and a trailer couldn’t come any sooner. Bring on the next James Bond film!

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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