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QUICK REVIEW: The Intern

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Intern. While the concept of the film looked interesting from the trailers at the same time there were a lot of plot points I could see playing out in familiar and generic ways, so I wasn’t gonna lose sleep if I missed it. However since I had time to kill after running some errands I decided to give this film a watch and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The plot came be summed up as the following:

“70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.”

The plot I found to be familiar, yet humourous and quite heartwarming too. I like stories about characters who are unlucky couples but go and end up becoming good friends and that element of the film is handled well. There is also a heist sequence in that was quite humourous and was one of the best parts of the film. I will say that the story is a little predictable at points, has issues with balancing the humour with some of the emotional moments and gets a little too overly dramatic like watching a TV soap opera. Also while I understand this was part of the story, the way the film kept emphasizing how old Ben was and how modern times are with technology, it felt a little overbearing and unnecessary at times. And I can’t say I was fully satisfied with the ending either.

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As for the cast they were all great. Robert De Niro was great as Ben Whittaker, I have never seen such an optimistic, righteous, smart and awesome individual, he’s so perfect that he’s almost too great to be a real human being haha. But in all seriousness I loved his character’s positivity and De Niro did such a great job in this role and this may be my favourite role from him in recent years. As for Anne Hathaway she was charming, pretty and engaging as Jules Ostin. While Jules’ drama in her personal and work life was a little by-the-numbers, the reason I cared was thanks to Hathaway’s performance which was lovely, fun and heartfelt. Together De Niro and Hathaway have great chemistry, are believable in their roles and the film was saved thanks to their performances. It is also a delight to see Rene Russo in anything these days and she was delightful as Fiona, Anders Holm was also good as Matt, I also loved JoJo Kushner as Paige because she was cute and sassy and Christina Scherer as Becky did well too. Then there’s the awesome trio Jason, Davis and Lewis played by Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman and Jason Orley, they were all quite interesting and quirky and had good chemistry together and with De Niro, I will say that Pearlman was my favourite. Oh and Linda Lavin as Patty, she was great, such a funny character. Also the film score by Theodore Shapiro was lovely, it had a whimsical and light-hearted feel. It just made me want to smile and there was a feel-good factor that made you just want to play it on a sunny day while walking.

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To conclude I found The Intern to be quite delightful and fun and much better than I expected. Thanks two lead performances from Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro are it makes up for the film’s failings.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen The Intern and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Nightcrawler Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a fresh film review and today I’ll be talking about Nightcrawler. Now this was a film I had seen the trailers for but wasn’t initially interested in, I mean it looked interesting enough but I wasn’t sure what the film was about exactly and whether it would be my kind of film. But the other day I decided to check it out and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The film’s story can be described as the following:

“When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.”

The way I explain the story would be in following sentence: this is one maniac’s journey to be the best at what he does and he’ll do whatever it takes to get there regardless of the moral, ethical or legal ramifications.

I feel like that is a good summary for the main character and his actions throughout this film. Nightcrawler is a great film and that is largely thanks to its story, it presents you with something that you are familiar with (TV journalism) and presents you with the darker side of how it gets prepared before going to air. The film moves at a decent pace, and as we follow Lou things only get murkier and more dangerous with a great level of tension, suspense and action, all of it making the film more and more enticing. Now while these practices I doubt are used in real life, to see it portrayed in this film does give you a few things to think about like:

  • How far will individuals go to get the biggest news story?
  • Where does the moral line lie and should it ever be crossed?
  • Are people really drawn to tragedy that much that it would be featured as main story of a news channel?
  • Is the world of journalism really that corrupt?

Obviously some of these questions only relate to the film, but it does leave you wondering about a few details here and there. The one thing I can say that could be considered a nitpick is the ending, the ending for this film really surprised me and I left thinking “Really? Damn, okay, well that was unexpected.” Some may not agree with the way it was handled but I thought I should just point that out.

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When it comes to the cast they were all pretty good, but it is the brilliant performance Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom that steals the show. Lou is a man with ambitions and determination, however he is also corrupt, pathological and has serious issues with anger and being denied anything that he wants. There is something wrong and yet hugely engaging about Lou, he is a man who lies, cheats and uses blackmail to get a better life which makes him terrible, but he is also smart, a quick leaner, adaptable and can fight himself out of any corner he gets pushed into. Gyllenhaal is one of the actors I’ve seen people give a lot of grief to, much like Mark Wahlberg, people have questioned Gyllenhaal’s acting abilities or just his credibility, I believe that before 2009, he was just alright actor, good but nothing special. But after I saw him in Brothers and Source Code I became a fan and in this film he’s pretty much excelled to his highest level yet. The guy can act very well and takes on the persona of this very questionable human being who you would not want to associate yourself with.

Rene Russo was also great as Nina, she played a character who basically knows the way TV news works and is always interested in the next big story, so when she comes into contact with Lou and they form an alliance, she gets what she wants and so does he, however as things progress Nina finds herself in a bit of a tight spot and it seems like Lou is the only one who can help her. In the end she wants success just as much as Lou does and because of her assertiveness and self-centered attitude she will bend the rules to have her way. Russo was really good, I liked seeing her in the role that allowed her to be versatile in terms of her emotions so she could and she was believable too. Riz Ahmed as Rick was pretty good, he’s Lou’s sidekick. He joins Lou’s line of work not really knowing too much about it and having to learn on the go while questioning certain things along the way. I think his character was there to say what most audience members were thinking and get responses from Lou that you couldn’t say yourself. On and Bill Paxton was awesome as Joe Loder, any time Paxton is around in a film you’re normally guaranteed to like him and this film is no exception. This character pretty much taps into Paxton’s more charismatic and humorous side and it is delightful to watch. And another element about the film I really liked was the soundtrack by James Newton Howard, this man has done a lot of good soundtracks and this film’s sound is great, I liked the use of instruments and how the score had this strange balance between optimism and despair throughout.

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In conclusion Nightcrawler is a great film and is far more interesting and engaging than I thought it would be. The story is unbelievable and explores a lot of morals and ethics in the business of television news reporting and Jake Gyllenhaal gives is best performance to date as a character who is both which may just surprise you in a few days.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Nightcrawler and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop a comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

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

 

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