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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Howdy ladies and gents, it’s time for my second review of a recent film in the form of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, a film I wasn’t too interested in watching until recently when certain reviewers convinced me to give it a go.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.” The plot wasn’t bad but felt incredibly familiar to other comedy films I’ve seen. The plot tries to be a little more serious with the emotional material relating to the two main characters but also with the political material, it doesn’t quite work because the film’s largely focused on humour and the tone is fairly silly and over-the-top, some of the more heartfelt or realistic moments don’t resonate because it doesn’t gel with the rest of the film. That being said the film’s silly nature is what makes it fun to watch, and while I could predict how certain events played out, it was still a decent time. The cast was good. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson were really good as Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid, both of these characters have different personalities, styles and ways the take out their enemies and seeing their worlds collide was fun. Reynolds and Jackson were essentially playing themselves or at least versions of characters they’ve played in other comedy films, but luckily their chemistry and screen presence elevates their characters. Elodie Yung was good as Amelia Roussel, she had a key part to play and I enjoyed how much screen time she had and anytime Salma Hayek is involved I am there, I love that woman and she was very fun as Sonia Kincaid. Hayek is so aggressive, sassy and crazy in this role and its fun to watch her rant and rave. The only person that didn’t leave an impression was Gary Oldman as Vladislav Dukhovich, this character barely did anything and could have been played by anyone and Oldman was wasted in this role. The action in the film was pretty good, there was some really fun and creative material that went into the hand-to-hand combat, gunfights and the car chases, the latter being my favourite with the chase sequences being shot very well. In conclusion, The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a basic yet decent film, it does nothing new but the chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson, along with some ridiculous humour and good action scenes keep it from being completely forgettable.

So have you seen The Hitman’s Bodyguard and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Kong: Skull Island

Howdy ladies and gents, its review time once again and today I’m talking about another one of the big blockbuster films of 2017 in the form of Kong: Skull Island. Now this was a film I was hyped for especially with the cast and after watching the first trailer, but with the subsequent trailers my interest waned due to the use of humour and the reveal of King Kong (which I wasn’t overly keen on), and with the mixed reviews that recently came out I was bracing myself for disappointment, but after watching the film last night I now have my thoughts on the film ready to share.

The plot can be described as the following:

“When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man.”

I thought the story was good, it had a little more depth than I expected being set during the 70’s with the ties war and intriguing mythology about Skull Island and King Kong’s origins too. But the best things about this film was that it was straightforward and fun. The pacing felt good and didn’t drag and when the action was going down it was very entertaining. That being said I do feel like the film had some tonal inconsistencies and some of the humour felt a little forced at times, plus it didn’t help that some of the funny lines had been shown in the trailers already. I also wish that there had been a better sense of fear, dread and stakes in the film, not that the film didn’t have those elements, it just wasn’t to a high enough degree considering the situation these human characters got into. Oh and finally there are some cool ties and references to other notable monsters throughout the film and in the post credits scene too which was great if you like your classic kaiju films! 😀

Now when it comes to the cast it is stacked to the maximum with a lot of notable faces including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz and John C. Reilly among others. And here’s the thing, everyone is fine, but it really is the actors that elevate the characters as the dialogue doesn’t do well to give the characters depth or character arcs, though some people fare better than others.

Firstly you have Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad and he was pretty good, he was a smart, tenacious and tactical badass and while I was surprised by how good he was at almost any situation he was put into, overall he was good. Brie Larson as Weaver was fine, Weaver was clearly the most kind and caring of the characters, she was fine but it was Larson that made her more engaging. John Goodman was really good as Randa, he’s a part of the government organisation who gets everyone on Skull Island and I like how his stern yet humourous demeanour and how he was determined to see his mission through. Next up is Samuel L. Jackson as Lieutenant Colonel Packard, and here he had an interesting character who was deeply effected by the Vietnam War and had some interesting and personal stuff that he dealt with once on the island. Sam Jackson was great and added a lot of personality and flair to the character. And then you have John C. Reilly as Marlow, of all the characters he had the most substantial depth and character arc, when I saw Marlow in the trailer I thought he’d be very annoying and at first he was a little too zany, but by the end of the film he ended up being my favourite character. Corey Hawkins as geologist Houston Brooks was good, he had good screen presence and charisma. Also Shea Whigham and Jason Mitchell as Earl Cole and Glenn Mills were two of my favourites, but that was more the actors than the characters. Toby Kebbell as Maj. Chapman was fine though I wish he’d had more screen time, oh and his accent was a little wobbly. And finally John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Jing Tian and Terry Notary were fine.

Visually the film is pretty good, the cinematography was solid and there’s some absolutely beautiful shots of scenery and action, the use of colour is very rich and striking during the day and night scenes, and the action sequences when they’re on-point they are ferocious, aggressive and brutal. I will admit that while that some of the action wasn’t as creatively choreographed as I would have liked, and though the CGI was really good, at the same time some of it wasn’t always as sharp or consistent as it should be. The film score for Henry Jackman was decent and did well to add to the action and subtle moments too.

In conclusion Kong: Skull Island was pretty good, not great, but better than I expected considering some of the early reviews. While I had some issues with the characters, some of the humour and visual effects, overall the film was solid fun and I’d recommend it. 🙂

So have you seen Kong: Skull Island and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan

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Here’s the thing about The Legend of Tarzan, there’s a lot of interesting ideas with good story and character elements. however, I don’t feel like this film reached the potential it could have. Now I LOVE Disney’s Tarzan, it’s one of my favourite animated films ever, and while it took a lot of liberties with the source material, it was a wonderful visual experience with a simple yet effect story with characters you cared about and cool soundtrack to boot (yes I loved the Phil Collins sound, suck it haters)! So I’m a little biased. However, after doing some reading about Tarzan online I’ve come to realise that he’s a pretty interesting character with cool stories and a lot of potential for more modern live-action adaptations because, Tarzan, while he’s been depicted in many live-action versions prior to this 2016 version, I feel like there’s always been room for improvement with technology, cinematography and the depiction of Tarzan’s abilities. So even though I didn’t feel the need to see another big-screen version of Tarzan, at the same time I was curious to see what Tarzan would look like with today’s technology and under the direction of David Yates.

The story can be described as the following:

“Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.”

The story was certainly interesting with the film focusing on life of Tarzan post jungle and then having a situation that would force him out of his civilised life and back into the wild. It was nice to see the origins of Tarzan’s life in flashbacks similar to Man of Steel, I also liked how there was history between not only just Tarzan’s life in the jungle but also an African tribe and other animals that helped flesh out the world and make Tarzan and Jane’s life seem well-lived and detailed. However the plot felt very familiar and standard fare to anyone to who’s seen any kind of film in the action adventure genre, it also doesn’t help that the script lacked a lot of unique or compelling elements, and the dramatic or subtle moments that the film tried to portray didn’t have the right kind of emotional depth. It also didn’t help that most of the interesting aspects of the film was about Tarzan’s past and the latter half of the film, everything else just felt like a chore to get through. However if you’re just looking for a simple action adventure film and you’re not too fussed about the story details then you’ll forgive those issues I previously highlighted.

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The cast do a decent job, though some people were clearly better than others. Firstly there’s Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan/John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke. Can I just say that Skarsgård as nice as he is, looks too pretty to be Tarzan. For a dude raised in the jungle and having dealt with the harsh nature of that lifestyle for years, the guy looked too perfect in body structure and the face, I would have preferred the guy be a little more rough around the edges with more battle scars and longer hair. Plus Tarzan felt a little plain and unless Jane was involved, the man felt lacking in the motivation department and considering the book material the character could have been a lot more fun and intriguing to watch. Outside of that I will say that did start to come around to Skarsgård towards the end of the film. Margot Robbie as Jane did alright as Tarzan’s wife, Robbie brought a lovely charm to the character, however, she was also a little plain and her romance with Tarzan felt so engaging and tedious. Samuel L. Jackson was the best as George Washington Williams, Jackson was clearly having fun in the role and his character while having some serious moments, also provided most of the film’s best moments of humour nad he was the best part of the cast. Christoph Waltz was severely underwhelming as Captain Léon Rom, Waltz just played the same average/lazy villain role that he’s become attached to in recent years and while he was fine, it felt like he wasn’t really trying. Djimon Hounsou was actually pretty good as Chief Mbonga, while Casper Crump (who some keen-eyed viewers will recognise him from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Vandal Savage) was fun as Captain Kerchover.

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When it comes to the presentation visually the film was decent with some nice camera work, action scenes and CGI. Though I feel like the quality of the visual effects fluctuated between being decent to pretty lazy and blurry, also for a film with tribal warriors, and a man who fights apes and summons the animals to fight for him, I feel like the action lacked creativity, flair and choreography, Tarzan’s action scenes were just alright and the fact that the tribe people didn’t get to do much felt like a wasted opportunity. Also the film score by Rupert Gregson-Williams was alright, but wasn’t nearly as memorable as it should have been and at times it tried to be super dramatic with some of the vocals but it didn’t connect with me.

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In the The Legend of Tarzan wasn’t as bad as I had initially feared, it had moments of intrigue and fun and I was having fun with it especially when Sam Jackson was involved. But I just felt like the film was a little formulaic, didn’t expand the mythology of the title character or do much to sway people who weren’t fans of the material beforehand.

Rating: 5.5/10 (It was just alright)

So have you seen The Legend of Tarzan and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below, share your thoughts and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, time to talk the film I’ve been waiting to see for AGES, this is big one, my most anticipated film of 2015, of course I’m talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you’ve read this blog you know that: 1) I’m a big fan of Marvel and 2) That I REALLY loved The Avengers back in 2012, so the wait for this film has been super painful to endure, but luckily I got to see it yesterday in IMAX and I am ready to pass judgement. So please, sit back, chill out and read my non-spoiler review.

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So plot for this film can be summarised as the following:

“When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and The Avengers are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the team to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.”

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Now I will say that this film is not without some problems and potential nitpicks, but the good totally outweighs the bad and it really is about personal preference. Your experience and enjoyment of this film will be dependent on you as the viewer and what you choose to take away from the film. With that being said I would like to talk about what I liked about the plot.

I thought the plot overall was very enjoyable. The film that deals with cause and effect, the corruption of artificial intelligence, tampering with unknown power, dealing with one’s insecurities and the bonds between people, and it is all handled in a very dark, twisted, humourous and human way. For those worrying that the film would be too dark, be at ease as there is plenty of humour in this film and balances out perfectly with the more serious aspects of the story too. In addition to that this film is full of fan service, it pretty much gives you more of the same but with new, exciting and different scenarios. There was a very global scale to this film as the Avengers travelled to different parts of the world together and individually to find answers, stop the bad guys and save the world, it just makes the stakes feel higher and let you know that this is not an isolated incident and involves the lives of many people across the world. Another thing I appreciated about the film was the use of other characters from previous films crossing over into this one, it is not only great for fans to see these characters acknowledged again beyond the solo films, but it also gives a better sense of cohesion and continuity in this cinematic universe. I won’t say who shows up but needless to say the use of certain characters is definitely humourous and satisfying. So is there anything I didn’t like, well yes there was. This film had a lot going on with the numerous plot lines taking place and while for he most part it was executed well, I feel like some of them could have been handled better or been cut out entirely, plus I do miss the streamlined stories of some of the previous MCU films too. And there is an argument to be made that this film rehashed a few elements from the last Avengers film too, but in the grand scheme of things this will be stuff that only fanboys and harsh critics will pick up on.

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As for the cast they are all very good and what I loved so much is that with the extra layers given to them thanks to the script, we get to see more sides to them, and learn more about their personalities and see them interact.

Let’s start with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, RDJ is still awesome and does well in this role. It’s like Joss Whedon found a way to bring back the funny and cocky aspects of the character, while also continuing to mature him and see how he feels responsible for the team and the world, and show how his insecurities bring about the dangers that follow. Chris Evans is great as Steve Rogers/Captain America, this time round Cap is more settled into present times, he’s focused and has that leader-like quality about him. It was nice to see his character evolve and grow a bit more, and when him and Tony butted heads, it was great. Evans and RDJ have such good on-screen chemistry. Chris Hemsworth as Thor was awesome, I’ve always loved this character and in this film they’ve given him his best material since the last Avengers film, here he is funny, awkward and totally badass. We discover more secrets about him, also see him battle in the most coolest way in the MCU so far, and we also see that he has great banter/competition with Tony Stark.

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Mark Ruffalo is once again really good as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Banner is still just as witty and fun as he was in the last film, but he is definitely a little more on edge with his powers and troubled by what his future holds, as not only part of the team but also with personal relationships. It is also interesting to see how the Hulk was humanised quite well in this film and really makes me curious as to how they will handle him in a future solo film. Scarlett Johansson is still great as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, besides being absurdly gorgeous, this woman finds new ways to kick ass and look like a force to be reckoned with. But beyond that we learn more about her past, and see a more different side to her in regards to her relationship with Banner/Hulk. Ruffalo and Johansson have really good chemistry together. And Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye was awesome! Anyone dissatisfied with the character’s treatment last time will be very happy with this film as Hawkeye gets a lot of love here as he’s more dominant in the action, story and humour, plus he has some of my favourite lines in the whole film.

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Now let’s talk about the new villain, Ultron played by James Spader. I thought Ultron was going to be super serious, but this film really did flesh him out and gave him more personality and human traits, it made him a little easier to relate to but also understand how his mind works. I loved how he could be totally calm and collected one moment and then freak out in another. Spader did quite well with this role and gave us the most memorable villain in the MCU since Loki. Then there’s the twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Johnson. I thought they were both really good, adding new flavours to the MCU and creating interesting situations for the Avengers to deal with. I bought the sibling-like nature and they worked well together and individually. Paul Bettany as  J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision was really good. Bettany does well to transition from a computer AI program to a fleshed out humanoid character, it gives his performance some variation and I really liked how Vision was handled, the dude was really intriguing and cool. Olsen was wonderful as this creepy yet vulnerable individual with strange powers and Johnson was totally cool, cocky and aggressive as the overly protective sibling. I liked the depiction of their powers as they looked cool and lead to some really great action scenes. Samuel L. Jackson return as Nick Fury and does a nice job and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill is just a good as I remember her being too. Oh and Andy Serkis was totally awesome as Ulysses Klaue offering a humourous, smart and devious supporting role. Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was pretty good but I wish he had been used a lot more and lastly Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes was awesome, I liked his interaction with the other team members and was glad to see that he had some good screen time.

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty damn impressive. Visually this film has some of the best action to come of the MCU with awesome fight sequences, good CGI and comic book referenced material too. Whether it is the Avengers team fighting together or seeing Captain America go up against Ultron or seeing Quicksilver running around messing stuff up, it is all so cool and it is pure fan service for the fans as there are a good few moments that made me smile with glee thinking, “Yes, this is the Avengers I wanted to see in live action.” I will say that sometimes the action does get a bit too chaotic and some of the action is hard to follow either because it moves too fast or is zoomed in too close, but that’s nitpicking. And the soundtrack handled by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman is awesome, I’m not sure if it quite outdoes the previous soundtrack by Alan Silvestri, but it does include parts of the themes from previous MCU films and has plenty of powerful, heroic and beautiful moments, plus they kept the Avengers theme intact and it still sounds gorgeous.

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In conclusion is Avengers: Age of Ultron pretty damn cool. While there are a few stumbles a long the way and there is some magic from the first film that arguably could not be recaptured this time round, make no mistake, this film gives fans what they want while delivering new and intriguing mysteries to be discovered. And at the end of the day the film is fun and when a film like this really entertains me there’s not much to complain about. 🙂

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Do you feel this sequel leaves up to the hype or not? Also how do you think it more compares to not only the prequel but the other MCU films? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film trailer review and I thought I would be waiting until tomorrow to review this one, but apparently the third trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped so I have to talk about it. So with a great first trailer was amazing and the second was decent, so what’s Marvel going to show that’ll outdo the last trailers? Well read on and find!

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So my thoughts are seeing this trailer? Well fuck me, seems like there is still more good stuff that Marvel haven’t shown us in these trailers and it’s awesome!

Now I’m not going to talk too much about this trailer because I have business elsewhere, but I will try and be as descriptive as possible.

This trailer shows off a lot of shots that’s been shown in previous trailers (which is good because too much new footage always takes away from the final film), though there was a heck of a lot more material like:

  • More Ultron dialogue
  • Scenes of the Avengers kicking ass
  • Extra snippets of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
  • Some of that trademark Marvel humour
  • VISION!

In a way there is a bit too much to talk about however I will try to touch upon things as a whole and what small things that stuck out to me. Well this trailer definitely continues to show of the epic scale of the film with all of the different locations and crazy action sequences which makes it feel like a bigger adventure than before. That being said there are a lot of character moments with people together whether it is Tony Stark and Steve Rogers or Black Widow and Bruce Banner or Ultron hanging with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and believe those intimate moments will be pivotal to the drama and character development in this film.

In addition to that I knew that Ultron was going to wreck shop, but he really seems like he going to let the Avengers have it. He’s throwing his drones around to destroy the place and give our heroes grief, and while Loki had his army of Chitauri, Ultron and his posse look like they’re just here to end human existence. It is like Marvel’s version of Skynet taking over with an army of Terminators built of Vibranium (well, at least Ultron is).

But there are a lot of things to talk about with this trailer that grabbed my interest like:

  • SOMEONE LOOKS POSSESSED: This is a quick shot, but it looks like Scarlet Witch is controlling the mind of Black Widow. Looks super creepy, and I wonder what she’ll make Widow do. It also makes me wonder if this is the same kind of magic that makes Hulk fight Iron Man.
  • BANNER & ROMANOFF: Sticking with Black Widow, what’s going on between her and Bruce Banner? There has been a lot of talk about their relationship, and there have been hints in previous trailers, but this scene looks very intimate with them getting very close. That is kissing distance yo. Is there anything romantic involved?
  • YOU’RE TOO SLOW!: It is a quick shot, but there’s a scene where Quicksilver knocks Cap on his ass and it is awesome. It is interesting that when Quicksilver hits him it is in slow motion, but after Cap falls to the ground things return to normal. So this leads me to assume that there will be a combination of fast shots and slow mo ones?
  • THAT TRADEMARK HUMOUR: While the last few trailers have been mainly devoid of humour and more serious (with the exception of the first extended trailer), but here there is a few funny moments. Whether it is Widow telling Stark that he failed with the Ultron program or Thor egging on Ultron to throw more at them, only to have a million robots thrown at them with Cap saying “You had to ask?” This is some good stuff and I can’t wait for the humour again.
  • STARK & BANNER DISCUSS FAILURE & ULTRON: At one point we hear how Stark wanted to create a suit of armour around to world to protect it but failed and made something else. A crazy AI hellbent on destroying humanity.
  • FIGHTING AGAINST THE ODDS: The heroes fight pretty much a never-ending mass of robots, everyone is beating the crap out of the Ultron drones. Hulk is definitely throwing down and if you look you can see Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fighting alongside the Avengers which is cool. What I like is the fact that the heroes are pushed into a corner and there are in a tight little circle where it is literally a “fight or die” situation.
  • VISION!: Sure you only see him for a hot second at the end of the trailer and he doesn’t say or do anything beyond opening his eyes, but man he looks cool and i can’t wait to see more.

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In conclusion the third trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is pretty damn sweet. So much new footage and fan service in this trailer that I’m getting giddy just thinking about it. My hype for this film is just at the peak of life and I need the film in my system now, just give it to me Marvel! 😛

So what do you think of this trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Does it make you feel the hype more or less than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about the latest Mathew Vaughn film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. This film I’ve been interested in watching for a while, but the trailers didn’t blow me away, so I came into the film with mild expectations… So is it good or not? Well the short answer is a massive HELL YES!

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The story can be described as the following:

Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

The story in this film was great, this film definitely has a superhero element about it, however it is more so a spy adventure with a few unique traits that make it feel fresh from other films of the same genre. I like all of the references to other spy films whether it be James Bond of the Bourne series and the fact that the film is self-aware and knows what it is makes it so much better. This story swift, didn’t drag, had so much violence, but had a lot of good character moments and humour mixed in so that there was something for everyone. One thing to not before going into this film that is VERY violent and if that kind of thing turns of off, then this is not for you. I have to give props to Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman for the direction and writing, it seems like these two have really found their groove and work so well together to produce really great scenes with awesome dialogue and a nice sense of style.

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As for the cast they are awesome. Colin Firth as Harry Hart is great. This is certainly my favourite film from Firth as he brings the same level of acting talent as he has with other films, however here he just has a screen presence that makes him come across as such a cool badass. Taron Egerton as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin is just wonderful. From the trailers I thought I wouldn’t like his character because of his accent and behaviour, however those are the aspects that make him so likeable. Eggsy is a boy who has skills, but only needs a little direction and when he has a task he knows how execute it and think outside of the box. Egerton was very charming and charismatic and hope to see more from him in the future. And Samuel L. Jackson as Richmond Valentine, just wow. I had seen Jackson in so may films, however this has to be one of his most odd and memorable roles in recent times. Valentine is a very smart and ambitious individual with a plan to take over the world and he’s such a cool guy. However he’s also unconventional and funny because of his lisp and disliking of violence and his character works so well just because it is Jackson in the role who just steals every scene he’s in.

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Sofia Boutella as Gazelle was cool, this woman was Valentine’s right hand woman and dispatched people in such a violent and stylish way with those sword legs of hers. I was afraid she would just be a silent bodyguard for Valentine that had no substance, but luckily she had a fair amount to do and say and I really liked Boutella’s performance. Mark Strong was awesome as Merlin. I usually like Strong, but I think this is my favourite role he’s been in for a while. Merlin is firm, tactical and at times quite humourous and I loved his interactions with Eggsy especially. Michael Caine as Arthur was good as usual, Jack Davenport was very good as Lancelot and I really liked Sophie Cookson as Roxy (she is also incredibly pretty). Samantha Womack was good as Michelle and as a long-term casual watcher of Eastenders I was happy to see her do well in such a big film. Oh and seeing Mark Hamill as Professor James Arnold was so delightful, he wasn’t in the film that much, but for the screen time he got he was lovely.

When it comes to the presentation it is great. Visually the film is crafted so well, the cinematography and filming techniques used throughout is spectacular, and the action scenes are done SO well with the best camera shots used for shooting action for a while. There are some incredible tracking shots, wide shots and zooming in and out in these fast and furious action sequences. The action overall is just insane with some very great choreography and acrobatics and it is some of the best stuff I have seen since The Raid 2. Oh and there is one sequence in this film (you’ll know when you see it) that is one of the coolest, craziest and filthiest thing I have ever seen, SO good.

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In conclusion Kingsman: The Secret Service is a pretty kick ass film. As a fan of action and spy films this film ticked all the right boxes for me. The story was very nicely done, the cast were awesome and the action was on the most insane level. I would definitely recommend this to any fan of action films or people who know of Matthew Vaughn’s previous work, it is a really good time in the cinema.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Kingsman: The Secret Service and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #2 Quick Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time to talk the big trailer that dropped on the internet last night, the trailer in question is second one for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now the first trailer was amazing! and I think it is safe to say that most people, especially the fans, lost their minds. So with this next trailer coming out, the hype was building pretty high for sure. So how does this trailer fare? Read on and find out.

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So my thoughts are seeing this trailer? It goes a little something like this: “Nice, I want this film to come faster.”

To be honest this trailer didn’t blow me away, however,  it did have some stellar moments of action and it did give me a little more to speculate about and I know that I want to see this film just a little more than before.

So what happened in the trailer? Well it was primarily a lot of the same stuff we saw in the teaser. Stuff like:

  • Ultron’s first appearance all mashed up and broken in Stark Tower
  • Ultron’s drones flying around
  • Thor grabbing Tony Stark by the throat
  • Hulk and Black Widow touching hands

You know stuff like that. But we do learn some new details from some minor details in certain individual scenes. So firstly we hear that Stark believes that the world needs more than just the Avengers, and because of that mindset I feel like that is the reason why he creates Ultron. Also when Ultron makes his appearance in front of the Avengers crew some of his drones fly out afterward. Then there’s other nice little moments like seeing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch very close together or seeing Bruce Banner’s eyes turn green in a room alone or the moment that stands out is the one woman in that cave alone. Some have speculated that this is linked to the moment in the last trailer where Thor is in that pool of water in the cave alone and some have also said that this woman in question could be Shuri, sister of Black Panther or a more far-fetched person Hela, goddess of death (because of the connection to Asgard). You also have Thor saying that Stark is messing with things out of his control, a short of a possibly younger Black Widow, an operating desk, Iron Man dropping in getting ready to start some action and Hulk attacking the police.

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Other cool things involves Andy Serkis with a gun, Captain America going up against one of Ultron’s drones, Thor being electrocuted and Ultron shooting some crazy red beam of death. And then of course there’s Iron Man’s Hulkbuster going up against Hulk and it looks amazing. This fight seems like it is going to be rough as hell. Tony doesn’t seem to be holding back as he smashes Hulk’s head through the ground, but Hulk aint holding back either as he hits pretty hard as well. The one that gets me curious is the fact that the area around Hulk’s eyes look red which makes me wonder if he’s just hurt or if he’s under mind control by someone like Ultron or Scarlett Witch (like people have theorized online already).

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The best thing about this trailer is that it did not show too much and that is the key factor. Too often these days film studios feel the need to through everything into their film trailers and by the time you see the film there is nothing left to show. Some people love to see a lot in trailers, but there are some (me included) that likes trailers to leave a little to the imagination and find out what happens in the full film, this Avengers trailer has done well.

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In conclusion the second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron basically just builds on the foundation of what we saw in the teaser trailer and while it doesn’t show much new or outdo the last trailer, it does badass Hulkbuster Vs. Hulk action and a few new interesting shots that will cause speculation within the fan community. I’m still hyped for this film and I want the next few months to speed up, NOW!

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Does it make you feel the hype more or less than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer Review: IT IS GLORIOUS!

Howdy ladies and gents, time to talk about the big news that dropped on the internet last night, I am of course talking about the frigging trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron! Now officially this trailer was meant to come out next week with an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but then some secret person leaked it online and set the fans into a frenzy looking for it after it got taken down. But the damage was done and so Marvel decided to release officially and so it now here we are. Crazy story right? Anyways Let’s talk about the badass trailer yo.

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All I can say after watching that trailer is fuck me, next year can’t come quick enough. If I was excited for this film before, then the hype has gotten to a level beyond my body, the hype is transcending into space! While teaser trailers vary in the amount of footage that you get given, this trailer gave you more than you expect but just enough to keep you speculating and wanting more.

There is so much going on in this film it is pretty insane, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve seen the trailer like 4 times now and I want to watch it some more but I don’t want to overdo it. So what can we see in this trailer? Well for one the tone is incredibly darker than before, bordering on disturbing. The low lighting, use of yellow/brown filters, slow motion shots and use of eerie music ( “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio) create an atmosphere very different from the last film, this is more Winter Soldier than Avengers and I love it. The film looks like it takes place on a much more global stage than before with the different locations on display, and I love how there are so many shots on the individual Avengers in separate locations whether it be Thor in a pool of water, Bruce Banner in the snow, Hawkeye in the woods or Black Widow dropping out of a plane on a motorcycle, it is all too cool. A long time ago just after The Avengers came out, I remember Joss Whedon saying that if he were to maker a sequel that he would make a more personal, character-driven film with a darker tone and not make a film that was bigger and larger than the first just for the sake of it. And now seeing this trailer I’m finally starting to get an understanding of his vision and my, what a gorgeous vision it is.

This trailer gives you so much and more, it’s kind of hard to sit back and think about it as your head might explode from all the epicness. But since this is a review here are a few highlights to touch upon like:

  • OMG, Ultron Is Such A Badass: I thought Loki would be only good villain the MCU would ever have, but this guy, he looks like he’s ready to steal that title. Straight from the beginning this character narrates the trailer with his sinister voice off-screen and his dialogue is delivered with such style, it is almost like poetry, EVIL POETRY! Quotes like “I’m going to show you something beautiful.”, “You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change.”, “You’re all puppets, tangled in strings.” And finally the best one, “There are no strings on me.” Ooooooh, that last quote just sends shivers down my spine yo. Plus it also helps that the dude looks so badass, clearly he goes through a visual transformation and ends up looking so sleek and scary in his final form.
  • Hulk Vs. Iron Man: While I don’t know how much of the film this will take up, just seeing the Hulkbuster armour in live-action gets me giddy. For the longest time I’ve known about it and see in it in comics but now that it exists in live-action I am hyped! Seeing Hulk and Iron fighting in the streets, causing chaos, smashing cars and food stands, it is mental.
  • Looks Like Things Have Gone To Shit, Again: After all this time you’d think our heroes would deserve more time to chill out, but nope. The world looks like it is in danger again, people are running around in fear, police are shooting guns in the streets, there are loads of psycho robots everywhere, the Avengers are divided and fighting each other. It’s all-out chaos!
  • Tony Stark Is In A Bad Place And He Knows It: We all know that it is Stark who creates Ultron in this film and we see that he is regretful of his decision in this film, obviously creating a crazy robot hell-bent on taking over the world will do that. But you cans see it in his face and Thor, I assume isn’t too happy about it either when he grabs Tony by the throat and holds him up against a wall. I’m sure he isn’t the only one who will want a piece Tony after this mistake.
  • Look, It’s Andy Serkis! Who Is He Playing?: For a while now we’ve known that Serkis was involved in this film, not only consulting on the motion capture of Hulk, but also having a secret role and then he appears out of the blue in this trailer for a quick second. And I’m like “Oh my god! Who will he be playing? I WANT ANSWERS!” Apparently according to some fans on certain websites I have seen they reckon he is Klaw, a supervillain who apparent have crossed paths with the Avengers before but mainly with Black Panther. So of he is a villain and someone related to Black Panther’s mythos, does that mean we are closer to a film with the king of Wakanda?
  • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Seem To Play A Big Part In This Film: You can see them early on in a crowd of scream people, possibly protesting and they look like they haven’t gotten their powers yet. Later on you see them individually using their powers and atone point together with Ultron! Looks like they will be playing both sides of the field from what I can gather here. The both look pretty cool and while we haven’t seen that much of Quicksilver, I think he looks pretty cool so far, but he does have a lot to prove after everyone pretty love the X-Men: Days of Future Past edition.

So here’s my top 6 moments from the trailer:

1) Final shot of Ultron at the end of the trailer

2) Hulkbuster armour suit up

3) Ultron robots everywhere

4) Thor grabbing Tony by the throat

5) Andy Serkis

6) Seeing Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch in action

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In conclusion our first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron is nothing short of awesome. The is so much more to this trailer that I have yet to mention in this review but if I did we’d be here forever. Basically I’m over the moon about this film teaser and I’m totally into the darker tone, seeing the Avengers divided and of course seeing the badassery of Ultron. If Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige and the people at Marvel Studios have this film right like I think they have, then 2015 will be the year of heaven for us comic book fans,

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Does it make you feel the hype more or less than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Beginning of the End” Review

Good day to you ladies and gents of the interweb, after all this time we’ve come to the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with episode 22 entitled Beginning of the End“. Ever since the introduction of Hydra things have definitely been heating up in the story department and AoS has hit its stride, can it continue into the final episode and gives us a satisfying conclusion? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

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What I Liked

All I have to say is thank god they didn’t mess this episode up. The season finale of AoS was not only good but it was also one of the best episodes of the series. This was some solid TV here and I feel like there was loads to love in this episode with the various story plot points, different emotional moments, character development and cool action sequences. There is just an immense level of satisfaction you get as a viewer as so many of these different plot points and characters finally come together in an epic kind of way and still leaves so much more to be followed up on in the next season. I think this episode has a lot of the best moments of the entire series, the humour finally works most of the time, Coulson finally feels like the guy us fans fell in love with in the films and the set ups for the future are pretty cool.

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Here’s some of my highlights:

  • Fitz and Simmons Under the Sea: Honestly this was my favourite part of the show. There is just something about people who are the imminent danger who also confess their feelings for each that just gets me every time. After seeing these two get dropped in the ocean that there’d be some danger and drama, but I didn’t expect it to play out like that. For a minute it looked like things were completely hopeless, then the two find a way out, but then that glimmer of hope is ruined when Fitz says that only one of them can leave alive. Having Fitz ready to sacrifice his life for Simmons shows just how much he cares and how courageous he is too, but we also see how much Simmons cares for him saying that she didn’t want to leave him. Also Fitz finally told Simmons how he felt, THANK GOD! Dude finally grew balls and it worked so well in that scene. Both Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecke’s acting was incredible and very believable, the moments between those two were very emotional.
  • The Return of Nick Fury the Badass: Ah Samuel L. Jackson, you’re just one of the best guys ever and seeing you return in this episode just makes me smile. His return was just incredibly badass, coming down to save FitzSimmons in the ocean was cool. Also seeing him and Coulson together on-screen was beautiful and the two had great chemistry especially when they were talking during Garrett’s mad speeches and I’m glad that Coulson got to address his whole revival with Fury even if it was done mainly off-screen. Then there’s the moment when Coulson was appointed new director of SHIELD which was a powerful and important moment, I loved Fury’s words about taking time to rebuild and that he’d still be everywhere.
  • Garrett’s Grand Day Out: Garrett in this episode pretty much sounded crazy with all his talk of the future, ruling the world and monologuing while people aren’t really paying attention. Also seeing him kill one of the military guys was so brutal and badass and then there’s the moment when he knocked the wind of Coulson, kick ass. And of course there’s that moment at the end of the episode when he just rises up and gets that armoured suit and looks like he’ll return as a villain, but then is blown into oblivion by Coulson. That was totally unexpected and frigging funny as hell.
  • Action Galore: This episode went pretty hardcore with the action with the hand-to-hand combat and fire fights, from Coulson and Triplett’s assault on Cybertek to May vs. Ward and then seeing Garrett in action too. Seeing Coulson and Triplett together was great, the way they were vibing while taking on the bad guys was awesome. But what was even cooler was May and Ward going at it, that fight was really dynamic, there was wall-crashing, makeshift weaponry and some brutal punches and gets delivered, best part was when May shot Ward in the foot with a nail gun, badass!
  • Agent Koenig, Yay!: Man after seeing my boy Patton Oswalt get taken out a few episodes ago I never expected to see him again, but the moment when he appeared again gave me an immense amount of joy. But what’s even more interesting is the fact that this guy must be one of the life model decoys, his lines of dialogue were exactly the same, however this Agent Koenig had a different name. Robot!
  • Raina Knows Skye’s Father: Besides Raina’s conversations with Garrett that suggests she’s more than just a human, knowing that she actually knows Skye’s father who is some dodgy, bloody-handed man sitting in some dimly lit location makes for me so excited and curious to know who it is. I have no idea, however I am sure that the dude is dangerous and is probably come into play as a villain next season and at least we know where Raina’s alliance lies too.

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What I Disliked

Well as for the stuff I didn’t like as usual its nitpicking at best but it is still stuff worth mentioning. First and foremost, WHERE’S MY GRAVITONIUM? Annoyingly my Gravitonium was once again just side-lined and wasn’t used for anything. Now I understand in the grand scheme of things there’s not really as place for the stuff especially the way the story was going and I’m glad Quinn still has it, however the fact that it was introduced in episode 3, left for ages, rediscovered in episode 18 and then has no major development in the season at all is really disappointing for me considering the source material it’s based on. One other thing I had hoped for was more of a showdown with Garrett, now don’t get me wrong, what was on display was cool, but I had just hoped for more. Also is it wrong that I wanted either Fitz or Simmons to die in this episode? While I love them as characters, I like it when shows take risks and kill main characters because it really adds drama.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Beginning of the End” is a great episode and is a very good end to this series. This episode had a great combination of action, drama and foreshadowing and it was handled smartly. There was so much to like and appreciate like the small character moments with Fitz and Simmons, seeing May unleashed her fury on Ward, John Garrett’s crazy yet awesome speeches and the return of Nick Fury. While there are still some questions left unanswered, overall this was a strong episode and I can’t wait to see what happens in season 2.

Rating: 9/10

So what did you think of “Beginning of the End“? Was it everything you wanted, were you disappointed or did you want more? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for my season review! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Good day to all who may be reading this blow, today is an important day I’m finally able to review Captain America: The Winter Soldier! I have waited for AGES for this film and avoiding spoilers has been a frigging mission for me. But after all the waiting I finally saw it yesterday and I’m ready to share my thoughts. So how did the film fare? Read on and find out!

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Set after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers/Captain America is trying to adjust to the modern world and while working for S.H.I.E.L.D. he starts to realize that there is a lot of secrets and complications hat come with working for an organization that has so many secrets. Soon a  new enemy emerges known as the Winter Soldier and it require not only Cap, but the help of Black Widow and newcomer Falcon to join in and help.

I thought the story was great, it was action-packed, dramatic, dense, thrilling and complex. There is so much to love in the film like:

  • Steve Rogers trying to adjust to the modern world
  • The secrets and deceit of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The introduction of the Winter Soldier
  • Getting to know more about Black Widow
  • How this film not only links to the past of Captain America but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general

One of the great things about the film is that it doesn’t feel like a typical superhero flick, it feels like a mix between a thriller and a your usual comic book material. If you know of films in the political and spy thriller genres then you’ll totally see elements borrowed from that here and it is used to great effect. The story emphasizes the themes of trust and the price of freedom, plus since this film is all about secrets and lies nothing is black and white, just loads of grey. The Russo brothers do a great job with this film’s direction, it seems like they have a good idea of what Captain America is, how to handle him in film and change things up while giving the fans what they want.

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Oh and by the way, there are things in this film that basically change the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. I can’t say what they are, but when you see this film, you’ll be looking at everything in a totally different light and will be trying to wrap your head around things for ages after the film ends.

When it comes to the cast they are all really good and there really isn’t any weak links. So let’s start with Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, honestly Cap has gone from being one of the most bland superheroes to being one of the coolest. Evans embodies the character so well now as he feels cool, serious, yet vulnerable and emotionally versatile, the guy really gets to spread his wings and shows off why he’s a badass seeing more of his strength and combat skills in a way unseen before now. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is also very good in the film, we get to learn more about her, see more layers get stripped away and see more of her personality too. Johansson really does well as this character and I would love to see her continue in this role for a while longer. In addition to that Johansson and Evans have such a great screen chemistry as Cap and Widow whether it humour-based or action related.

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And then there’s Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, oh how I loved him. This villain here is cold, merciless, scary and relentless, he’s like the frigging Terminator and had an intimidating and screen-dominating presence. And Stan just does such a great job as the character, he’s stepped into this role so well and I he’s just awesome. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon is an awesome new addition to the MCU. Wilson is cool, funny and capable action man, he’s not just thrown into the film, he is key to the plot and has some cool key scenes. Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce is simply amazing. I knew that he’d be awesome after I watched All Is Lost, but here is great because his character has a lot to do with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the main plot and he was really awesome. And then there’s Samuel L. Jackson who is still killing it as Nick Fury. In this film we get to see more of Fury emotionally and see how he fits into the world of lies and deceit that S.H.I.E.L.D. have created. Jackson is still cool and badass as hell and he has such a good handle on the character that it would be hard to see another person do the ultimate version of the character.

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And the there’s all the other people that show up in the film and even if they’re only around for a little while, they still have relevance. Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill was cool, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow was intense and smooth and Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 did a good job in her role too. By the way there is a cameo of a character that is from a certain TV show, I won’t say who it is but when you see him you’ll know and for me it was a great moment.

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As for the presentation MY GOD it is GORGEOUS! Honestly this might be the best presentation of the Marvel Studios films just behind Avengers. The action sequences and scenes are done with such precision, scope and style that you’ll be hard-pressed to fight something you didn’t like. There are fights in the sky and on the ground and it is a mixture of hand-to-hand combat, gunfights, car chases and so much more. The best part for me what the fight scenes, they were some of the sexiest fight choreography I have seen in years, i was tight, well-down, hard-hitting and SO cool to watch. Also the CGI in this film is very clean and works well to give us some of these larger-than-life set pieces. The soundtrack by Henry Jackman is also very good and in my opinion is better one then Alan Silvestri’s score for The First Avenger. While this film doesn’t have any stand-out themes, the music just amps up the action, drama and tension and it just felt so good in addition to what was going happening on-screen. And seeing this come together on a massive IMAX screen just made it SO much better. 😀

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In conclusion Captain America: The Winter Soldier just night be the best Marvel film yet! The direction, story, characters and action is simply incredible and this film really does change the game for future comic book films. Forget Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, this is the best Phase Two film and possibly the best film from Marvel Studios. 2014 films have finally gotten awesome and The Winter Soldier sets the bar really high for future films. Do yourself a favor and check this film out, it is mint.

Rating: 9/10 (Another win for Marvel with a kick ass action-based thriller)

So what did you think of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? And how do you think it stacks up against the previous Marvel Studios films? Whatever your thoughts are drop in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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