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Gone Girl Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the internet, time for my latest film review and that will be on the much-talked about film adaptation of Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher. I remember for months, long before this film’s release, I heard about this film every so often and I really wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I do like David Fincher films and Ben Affleck is always fun to watch, but from the way the reviews and media were hyping this film up, I thought it wasn’t going to meet the hype. So I watched it yesterday and now I’m going to pass judgement.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?”

I loved how the trailers for this film only gave you a taste of the story that takes place in the film, these days it is rare for a film to leave something left to the imagination when seeing the full film but luckily there is so much more to this film and I thank the marketing team for what they chose to reveal before seeing the film in full. The film deals with themes of relationships, the view of people from the perspective of the media, moral justice and truth. What I appreciated about the film was the whole concept of the truth, what is it? How can it be defined? How much of it do people wish to tell? And how much do people want to believe. It’s hard to talk about this film without saying revealing specific details about the story, but let’s just say that the trailers paint you a picture of what to expect with this story about a man and the disappearance of his wife, but as you watch the film, your perspective on what’s going on changes completely and the film becomes a didn’t kind of tale altogether. I love the way the film cuts between past and present, the flashbacks are swift but are relevant to what is happening at the present. There was also a great deal of tension in this film, and many shocking moments throughout as well, which was another great aspect of this film.

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When it comes to the cast they were all very good. So let’s start with Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne. Nick is an average man who is then loses his wife and goes on a campaign to find her, however, from the outset he faces an uphill battle as it becomes apparent that the world is against him due police evidence, media coverage and members of the community, presenting things that put him in a negative light. Affleck was great, the man displayed a great range of emotions and the physicality of his movements only made him more believable. The guy was great, end of. The performance that really stood out for me was Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott-Dunne, Nick’s missing wife. Holy mackerel, where did that come from? I mean I’ve always liked Pike as an actress and she’s been good in most films I’ve seen her in, but this is the first role where I’ve seen her have such a big part and do such an incredible job. People were hyping up her performance before the film had released and I thought she’d be alright next to Ben Affleck, but honestly her performance outweighs his by a lot. Without going into spoilers, Amy is a very complex and layered character and learning about who she is and how she interacts with her husband and other people was fascinating.

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Tyler Perry was pretty good as Tanner Bolt, now I’ve not seen Perry in too many serious roles and I don’t care for most of his directorial pictures, that being said this is the best role I’ve seen him in for a while. He plays Nick’s attorney and the man is confident, humourous and realistic about things and I liked that he was in the film longer than I expected. Carrie Coon was very good as Margo Dunne, Nick’s twin sister who is pretty much the best sibling that anyone could ever hope to have in Nick’s situation. Margo is the moral support for her brother throughout his ordeal even after she becomes a subject of suspicion in the investigation involving Amy’s disappearance. Coon did an excellent job in her role. And there’s Neil Patrick Harris as who was good Desi Collings. This guy clearly doesn’t look too normal from the beginning and you know that there’s something dodgy about him and the way he operates and when he eventually comes into play in the film he has an interesting part to play and Harris was good, not overly memorable, but it was good to see him in a serious role for once.

Kim Dickens was also good as Detective Rhonda Boney, her character was interesting because she had to be objective when it came to the investigation about Amy, but clearly had personal feelings about the matter that she was trying to hold back. Dickens played her role pretty well and I thought that her acting reflected a realistic performance of what a police person would do in a scenario like the one in this film. Patrick Fugit as Officer Jim Gilpin was probably my least liked character in the film, I think it was due to his negative attitude towards Nick from the outset, sure it was part of his job, but it was also personal preference and I thought he was a bit of a douche. Fugit did well in the role, but I just didn’t like him. And finally I wanted to say I enjoyed the performances from Missi Pyle as Ellen Abbott and Scoot McNairy as Tommy O’Hara.

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In conclusion Gone Girl is very smart and well-constructed film with a compelling story, good soundtrack and incredible lead performances from Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. While it isn’t my favourite David Fincher film, it is definitely in the higher tier of the list, and this is probably the best film I’ve seen since Guardians of the Galaxy and that’s saying something for me. I would highly recommend this film for anyone looking for a thought-provoking piece of entertainment.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Gone Girl and if so what did you think of it? Also, if you read the book do you believe it was a good adaptation of the source material? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

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

 

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Hector and the Search for Happiness Review

Howdy ladies and gents, welcome to another review from your strange opinionated friend, the Hypersonic55. Today I give you my review of Hector and the Search for Happiness. Now I had heard of this film just days before it came out and I wasn’t even sure I was gonna watch it, but after seeing a friend on Facebook say that it was pretty good I had to give it a try, plus it had Simon Pegg in it so it couldn’t be that bad right?

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The plot for the film can be described as the following:

“Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.”

The story was very fun, interesting engaging and surprisingly heartfelt. I thought I had this film figured out from the advertising and in the beginning I seriously thought I was going to watch some generic romantic comedy with a bit of drama, but this film surprised me at just how insightful and bold it is. This film’s central theme is happiness and what it means to different people and it is so intriguing to see people’s varying opinions and with the travelling to different countries you got to see different ways of life and cultures and I films where there’s travelling. What really struck me was the similar story and tone to last year’s The Secret Life of Walter Minty (which I wasn’t too keen on), this film basically gave me what I had hoped for in Walter Minty. I got emotionally invested.

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When it comes to the cast they are all pretty good but it is really the central performance from Simon Pegg that makes this film special. Pegg has always been a fun and engaging actor, but he taps into deeper territories here. Hector is a psychiatrist who is living a good, if somewhat repetitive and hollow life and he’s got deep-rooted issues and he is sort of aware of his problems, but he hides it. It is not until his journey across the world begins that he truly starts to live his life and see what true happiness looks like. I feel like this is the most dramatic performance that Simon Pegg has done to date, the man is mainly known for comedy and nothing more and while he does that well here too, he does dive into some emotional territories not seen from him before and I liked seeing that. And then there’s Rosamund Pike who is wonderful as Clara, Hector’s long-time girlfriend. Pike is a successful woman in her job, has a bubbly and fun personality, she’s gorgeous and is totally dedicated to Hector and helps him in his daily life. she’s the perfect girlfriend. However she does have some insecurities of her own and due to Hector’s habits it does make for some questionable and aggressive conflicts between them. Pike has been one of those actresses that only got on my radar in the last 2 years but every time I see her I like her more and more, she’s totally fun and charismatic and a totally beautiful too. Pegg and Pike have good chemistry, their banter and relationship feels authentic and I think that’s due to their experience working together in the past.

Stellan Skarsgård is also great as Edward, he’s banker who Hector ran into while on a plane heading to China and they hang out while he’s out there. The man has a very narrow-minded view opinion on happiness but sure knows how’s to have fun when it comes  to living it up on the rich side of life. I haven’t seen Skarsgård in a mean and ‘no-so-good’ kind of person, but he does his role very well and I thought he was pretty cool. Toni Collette is great as Agnes and Christopher Plummer who is always nice a nice face to see was funny and interesting as Professor Coreman. And imagine my surprise when I saw Jean Reno appear in this film. I love this guy and to see him as Diego was a delightful experience, even after all these years the guy is still a good actor and even though his part was small he was cool and intense. Oh and shout out to Togo Igawa who provided some of my favourite moments interacting with Hector as Old Monk, his character was humorous and insightful.

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In conclusion Hector and the Search for Happiness is wonderful full of humour, charm, drama and life lessons. In addition to the lovely story the visual presentation is pretty and interesting and the soundtrack by Dan Mangan and Jesse Zubot is quite varied, uplifting and interesting. This is a beautiful film and leaves you with a great feeling after it is over and with an incredible central performance from Simon Pegg it is certainly a film worth a watch.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Hector and the Search for Happiness and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The World’s End Review

Howdy people of the interweb! Time for me to review a film I’ve waited AGES to see, The World’s End. This is the latest film from Edgar Wright and the final film in what is now known as the “Cornetto trilogy“. Edgar Wright is man who can do no wrong for me, I’ve loved everything he has done so far, so does Wright along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do it again in this film? Well read on and find out! 🙂

So the premise for this story is as follows:

“Five childhood friends reunite after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth (which they originally failed) returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub “The World’s End”. Over the course of the night, they realize that the town has been taken over by robots and they begin to realise that the real struggle is “not just theirs but humankind’s”, and completing the crawl becomes the least of their worries.”

Looking at the premise this sounded like a really unique idea and the trailer, while making me slightly hesitate about the end result, did however look like a good time. So after seeing the film I can say that I enjoyed the story, though it didn’t turn out anything like I thought it would. At first the film centers on Gary King and his efforts to get his old mates back together, this is the part of the film which while good was a little questionable and varying in interest. It wasn’t until the guys got back to Newton Haven and find all the crazy inhabitants of the town attacking them when story really started to pick up and get interesting. As with all Edgar Wright films there is a lot of humour in verbal and physical forms, some of which is hilarious, some of which not as funny and some of which that isn’t funny because the trailers showed the scenes liked ten times! Outside of the humour there is a lot of heart, character development and genuine emotion in some scenes and it was nice. The film is strange, crude and sometimes incredibly absurd, but if you’re a fan of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s work then you’ll have a good time here.

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As for the characters, the cast do a brilliant job at making each one of these characters relevant, easy to connect to and funny. Let’s start with Simon Pegg as Gary King, I thought Pegg was awesome. Now strangely enough unlike his last two characters in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, his central character isn’t so nice and is kind of in the vein of Ed from Shaun of the Dead in the sense that his character isn’t very nice, has bad mannerisms and can be pretty annoying. Gary however is a lot more likeable due to his charismatic nature, crazy antics and funny dialogue, plus since it’s Simon Pegg I can’t hate him because he’s fun. Also Gary is like the glue that holds this group of people together, without him, none of the stuff in this film would have happened and I gotta give Pegg credit for doing things a little differently. As for Nick Frost as Andrew Knightley he was the character who had a difficult past with Gary which led to the tension between the two of them in this film. Frost plays his part well while his character is kind of lame for the first apart of the film, once the crazy action kicks off with the “people” in Newton Haven that’s when he really shines.

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Paddy Considine as Steven Prince was good and his character has some good dialogue too. Martin Freeman as Oliver Chamberlain was cool, Freeman knows how to do comedy and he has great timing and funny facial expressions. Eddie Marsan was a surprise as Peter Page, I’ve only really seen Marsan in Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes films so this role was a massive departure from what I’ve experienced before. Marasn was great and offered a lot of hilarious moments especially in the area of physical stuff. And Rosamund Pike as Sam Chamberlain was beautiful as always and also provided some wonderful moments of witty dialogue and physical comedy. Also there were some great small appearances from David Bradley and Pierce Brosnan too.

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty hardcore. Visually the film is great, there is a good use of CGI and practical effects and it comes together in a fabulous manner. I also love the choreography of the fight scenes and the way in which all these crazy action sequences were filmed are nothing short of fabulous. As for the music by Steven Price it is pretty cool offering up some nice and epic sounds for the film where is counts.

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In conclusion The World’s End is a good piece of comedy which feels familiar and yet fresh at the same time, and the film has all the wit, charm and over-the-top style that you’ve come to expect from Edgar Wright. While I can’t say that its my favourite film that Wright has made, I can say that it’s a good time at the cinema and very much worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of the previous films.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s some good stuff and has more pros than cons!)

So what did you think of The World’s End? Did the film meet your expectations or were you let down due to the hype and anticipation? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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