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QUICK REVIEW: Spotlight

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’m going to be talking about Spotlight. I first heard about this film during a live Q&A with Mark Ruffalo on Facebook a few months back and once I saw the trailer I was interested, and then when all the Oscar buzz started floating around I really got hyped. So I saw it last night and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”

I thought this was a fascinating tale of conspiracy, corruption, and the search for the truth, and it was handled with a great deal of detail and care. I will admit that at first the story was interesting but not all that engaging when the news team began their investigation into the questionable priests and victims, however, there was a point when a major revelation gets dropped and then the film had my attention. And from there the level of damage and cover ups done by the church and legal system just got larger and larger, and the depths of the moral and ethical corruption went so deep that it becomes emotionally engaging and heartbreaking to know that this actually happened. Watching this film made me feel dirty and it wasn’t just because priests had their way with children, but it was because of the system they were part of and how they allowed it to happen and went to great lengths to keep it from going public. While some of the details were a little hard to follow because there’s a lot of history and individual stories to take into consideration, it was balanced very well.

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The cast was fabulous and this was certainly a case where you could say that this was a team effort as there wasn’t a single bad  performance. When it comes to the Spotlight team Michael Keaton was great as Walter “Robby” Robinson, I really enjoyed seeing Rachel McAdams who was wonderful as Sacha Pfeiffer, and Brian d’Arcy James was really good as Matt Carroll, but Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes stood out the most, Michael was very passionate about this issue and to see him get so worked up and emotionally invested made me root for him. Liev Schreiber’s calm yet stern demeanour worked well as Marty Baron, also John Slattery did a great job as Ben Bradlee Jr. and Stanley Tucci was fantastic as Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who had a lot of knowledge of the corruption of church activity but a fair amount of issues to deal with professionally and personally.

So while Spotlight wasn’t the mind-blowing, amazing film that some critics made it out to be, it was an incredibly dramatic, intriguing and unnerving and it’s a film that I believe everyone should watch because it has a story that needs to be seen.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Spotlight and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters!

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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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SUPER LATE REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, time for another film review and this one, this one is important because I’m finally going to talk about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Now I’ve never been the biggest fan of this film series, but it has grown on me over time especially after Catching Fire, I was meant to see this film within a week of its release, but then work and waiting for my sister to watch it with me delayed my screening for AGES. I mean I saw the third Hobbit film before this and that is just mental to me haha. I knew I had to see this film at some point, so I went to see it after work yesterday and now I’m ready to pass judgement, finally.

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The storyline for this film is as follows:

“The story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen; having twice survived the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself in District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol and fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.”

I thought the story was pretty great, it was a very different kind of film when compared to the previous two. There is no Hunger Games, so now we have what could only be described as Capitol vs. the districts of Panem. Here we have President Snow, a man determined to keep the districts in order and take out anyone looking to start a rebellion and on the other side there is Katniss, the symbol of hope to the districts and the one who is willing to do anything to get justice. This is a film about power, who has it and how is it handled. There is drama, deep emotions, and crazy mind games being played. If I had to fault the story I would say that it felt a bit slow at times, but otherwise it’s fine.

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As for cast they were all very good. Firstly Jennifer Lawrence is still killing it as Katniss Everdeen, I think this is the role where we can see the most from Lawrence in terms of acting. In this film Katniss is a scarred and fragile individual, she is haunted by her past, longs for Peeta’s return and has to find the strength to be the face of the uprising against the Capitol . The woman has to deal with so much and Lawrence’s performance is stellar and nothing short of amazing. Liam Hemsworth was cool as Gale Hawthorne, this character has always been sidelined and has never had that much to do in these films, but Gale’s presence has risen since the first film and he’s right in the center of the action this time around and I was happy with that. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee was great, it was odd seeing Hoffman acting knowing that he’s passed on, but I think it made me love him more. Heavensbee is smart and knows how to make things work in his favour, he is also very funny and confident. Also Julianne Moore as Alma Coin was good too, she is a woman ready to start the rebellion and unite the districts, however she wants to handle it properly and has the right tools at her disposal.

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Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark was good, this time he was after seemingly being dead, the man arose and starts to talk in defence of the Capitol and is asking Katniss and the people of the districts to start down. Hutcherson plays a different kind of character this time round, but it definitely makes him a much more interesting person. Donald Sutherland as President Snow, what a beast. Snow’s always been a douche, a clear villain who never liked Katniss and the courage that came with personality and since the last film he has gone to great lengths to break the spirit of not only Katniss but also the people of Panem. The man is ruthless, calculated and a lot sorts of mean and Sutherland is just perfect in this role, I loved his performance. Elizabeth Banks was lovely as Effie Trinkett, she has such a wonderful energy and persona that makes her fun to watch whenever she’s on-screen. Natalie Dormer was good as Cressida, I was surprised about Dormer’s role in this film as it wasn’t what I expected, however I thought she was fine. Woody Harrelson still does a good job as Haymitch Abernathy even though he was in the film a lot less than before. Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair is good too, while Stanley Tucci did a good job as Caesar Flickerman, I just wish there was more of him.

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty good. Visually the film looked good with nice cinematography, a dark colour scheme and detailed CGI, and the action, even though it was in a smaller amount, was cool when it showed up. Also James Newton Howard’s soundtrack is very nice and really comes into play when the emotional moments come into play.

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In conclusion The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a good film, in fact I would say it is a great film. There isn’t that much action and the pacing felt a bit slow at times, however this film makes up for that with its intriguing plot elements and great performances from the cast involved. I can now say that I’m excited to see how this film ends next year.

Rating: 7/10

So what did you think of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1? And how do you feel it compares to the last two films? Whatever your thoughts, drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this review. So here it is, another Michael Bay Transformers film. I said after Transformers 3 that I’d never go back to this series again if it were to return, but I knew I was lying to myself. I have an unnatural attraction to things that blow up, I am an action junkie from the 90’s after all. While all the promotional footage of Age of Extinction looked interesting, I knew in the back of my head what I was in for and with the mostly negative reviews this film got from America I was ready to shit all over this film. But I sat down, watched it last night and now I’m gonna give you my thoughts.

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Here’s the plot for the film:

“As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.”

So let me get this out of the way first, this film is better than Revenge of the Fallen (piece of shit) and Dark of the Moon (one of the most forgettable films ever), but I still don’t think it is better than Transformers 1. Why? Well that’s easy. Transformers had a fairly cohesive, action-packed and was fun, even if at times it was awkward and stupid. But as the sequels continued the plots got thicker and needlessly complicated and this film’s story is no different.

Age of Extinction has a lot going on, there’s Transformers on the run hiding from the government, the government and US soldiers are now partnered up with a Transformer bounty hunter looking for Optimus Prime and killing Autobots in the process and then there’s a human inventor who finds Optimus Prime, the inventor has family issues with his daughter, oh and there’s a scientist who can use Transformer metal to create his own Transformers and so on. There’s a lot of stuff going on here. And for all the storylines that are going on, there seems to be a tangent for each one further adding to the already overstuffed narrative. But the one thing this film suffers from the most in this film is the script, the dialogue here is so bad, cheesy and cringe-worthy that it is not even a joke. Michael Bay and his writers can’t do humour or serious drama, it doesn’t work, and dealing with the bad government, comedy, family and relationship scenes felt like an endurance test and most of it was just boring, I had to sit though so much of this crap before the robots came on-screen and even they weren’t much better.

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When it comes to the cast they pretty much do the best that they can given the material they have to work with, but even then only a few of them are actually good. Firstly Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager is pretty much the best thing about this cast. While you don’t believe Wahlberg as an inventor at all, he commits to the role, does well in action scenes and is his character is pretty much the most useful of all the humans. Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers is good if a bit over-the-top with his acting. Joyce is a douchebag and there is nothing to like about him, but at times the dude can be funny because in the face of danger his true colours come out. Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger is also pretty good at playing the big bad CIA man with a good screen presence and acting that just about gets the job done.

And then there’s Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, good god where do I begin? Well firstly she is really hot and has grown up a lot since that other major film she was in that we don’t talk about. That being said she still sucks at acting. As Cade’s daughter she mainly hates a dad but erratically keeps changing her opinion of him whenever she wants, she also cares more for her gutless little boyfriend more so that her own father and lastly she just shouts for her dad or help whenever possible, which is multiple times throughout the film. Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, to put it simply I didn’t like this guy at all. I’m sure the guy is a decent actor, but Reynor was just plain old  boring and his character was one of the cheekiest little shits I have ever seen. This man is cocky as hell, but when it comes to actually facing danger the dude has no balls but still takes the credit for being the hero and I despise that. Sophia Myles as Darcy Tyril, she’s good but is very forgettable. Li Bingbing as Su Yueming was beautiful and was one of  the useful people in this film but totally wasted in the grand scheme of things. Titus Welliver as James Savoy was good, I actually like Welliver as an actor and the guy did fine in the role but I felt like sometimes he did go a bit overboard with the whole ‘I’m the bad guy so I’m gonna make sure you know I’m bad’ kind of thing. T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery was decent and had some funny moments but I felt like some of comedic scenes were a bit overdone.

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As for the Transformers they were alright, but nothing to write home about as the Autobots are relegated to bickering children all wanting to play leader and the bad Transformers aren’t really the main threat which kind of sucks. Peter Cullen still does a great job as Optimus Prime, but everyone else doesn’t fare as well. John Goodman can go from sounding pretty decent to pretty terrible as Hound, Ken Watanabe is alright Drift and John DiMaggio is pretty humorous as Crosshairs. Mark Ryan does a good job as Lockdown sounding very evil and sinister and the same could be said for veteran voice actor Frank Welker who does a good job as Galvatron.

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The best thing about the film is still the visual effects. The Transformers films have always excelled at giving audiences something to stare at and appreciate and this film is no different. Seeing massive transforming robots be the crap out each other is still badass, though I feel like the quality of the transforming isn’t as awe-inspiring as it once was, plus these new man-made Transformers have a crappy transformation sequence where they just break apart into little cubes and reform again and its hardly as cool to look at. The overall CGI while good, didn’t make blow me away and that’s a shame. As for the soundtrack, yuck. That’s what I’d describe it as. Steve Jablonsky returns to score the film but his soundtrack is the most forgettable in this series, but what is worse is all the horrible songs inserted into the film. Whenever there’s a dramatic scene with humans involved there’s always someone singing some stupid song in the background and it’s annoying as hell! These are some of the worse music choices I have ever had to endure in a film for ages.

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In the end Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t a film I hate with a passion, but it isn’t one I will watch again, ever. The visuals are awesome as usual, the addition of Mark Wahlberg was much appreciated and when the robots throw down it is pretty cool. That being said, this film has far too much unnecessary baggage, the Transformers themselves have become less cool and interesting (bar Optimus Prime) and there’s boring humans dealing with government, new technology, relationships and all this other boring stuff. If you like Michael Bay Transformers you’ll have a good time, if you don’t, stay away, this is the same ride again except it is longer.

Rating: 5.5 (Mark Wahlberg and the CGI saved this film from being completely pointless)

So what did you think of Age of Extinction? Did it fill with joy or fill you with hate? Are you down with Michael Bay Transformers films or do you want this series to end indefinitely? Whatever your thoughts be sure to write them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

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

 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

Okay, time to talk The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a film I’ve been both excited for and not overly interested in at the same time! Now the first film was decent, wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t amazing either. It did rather well, and after X-Men: First Class it made Jennifer Lawrence come across as not only a bankable star, but an actress who had talent. For all its success the film had its criticisms. some thought the film was too long, others said the violence wasn’t enough, some just called it a Battle Royale rip-off and other fans of the book just slated the film for the changes made to the books. Anyways that was last year, Catching Fire is now. Does this sequel entertain or not?  Read on and find out!

The storyline for this film is as follows:

“Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.”

I thought the story in that film was pretty good and had a lot of depth to it. There was a lot more fleshing out of the world that these characters reside in, we saw more of the other districts and see how the events of the last Hunger Games affected everyone. Nothing gets easier and complications begin for not only the main characters but for everyone. There’s a difference in the air and themes of love, sacrifice, revolution and war are explored in a great way. What I really liked was how Katniss’ actions in the last film carried over into this one, where she has become a symbol of hope and the people from the other districts and cause them to slowly revolt which in turn creates problems for President Snow who sees her progress and wants her to be eliminated. Overall the story was just much more involving, dramatic, believable and cohesive than the first film.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good at bringing life to these characters and their definitely the film’s highlight. Firstly Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen and Lawrence is just so good as the character now. This time Katniss has to deal with the events of the last film which have taken their toll on her mentally and emotionally and you get to see that through Lawrence’s fabulous acting skills which are easily the highlight of the film. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark is a lot better in this film than before, the material the actor is given makes his character a little more interesting and less of a weakling. Donald Sutherland is once again is wonderful as President Coriolanus Snow, I like how his outward persona is so calm and authoritative, however behind the scenes he is quite sinister and really wants to control everyone with an iron fist. Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne is back and is given more to do which has made his character more likeable and fleshed out, Hemsworth’s moments are more interesting this time around.

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Woody Harrelson is totally awesome as Haymitch Abernathy, he was one of my favourite characters in the last film and here he returns with that mixture of seriousness mixed in with dry humour. Elizabeth Banks is still as kooky, high-spirited and fancy as ever as Effie Trinket, she gets a little more screen time and actually feels a lot more developed as we see more sides of her personality. Lenny Kravitz is still as cool as ever as Cinna, the man who stood by Katniss’s side, makes amazing clothing and looks at things from a realistic perspective. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee is the new dude who overseas the games and is in alliance with President Snow to take out Katniss. He has new tactics and plans that make him a person to look out for and Hoffman as ever is great to watch on-screen. I also liked performances from Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, and Jeffrey Wright as Beetee Latier is great, he plays this interesting returning winner and I liked his smart and funny personality and it makes a MASSIVE change from the douchebag character he’s playing in Boardwalk Empire. And lastly Stanley Tucci is still amazing as Caesar Flickerman, the charismatic TV presenter that covers all the major happenings related to the Hunger Games.

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As for the presentation it is notably better. First and foremost the most immediate difference is the lack of shaky cam in the action scenes. I watched the previous film the night before and the lack of shaky cam was incredibly noticeable and to be honest the film is a hell of a lot better for it. Action in general is just shot and staged a lot better with more convincing GCI too, it was delightful. Just wish there was a bit more violence (I am a junky for violence lol). Also the soundtrack by James Newton Howard is also a lot better too, it had a better emotional connection and better presence and the good themes that were used in the last one have returned too.

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In conclusion The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was a lot of fun and a lot better than the previous film. There is a better direction in place than before and the story, characters and action was much deeper, dramatic and better executed than before. Unlike the first film which was just decent for me,  I just felt more invested in this one and I really liked it. While it wasn’t by any means one of my favourite films of the year and I had hoped for a bit more action, otherwise this is a film I would recommend highly.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A much better and dramatic sequel)

So what did you think of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Did you find it better than the first or did you like the last one better? Whatever your thoughts, drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Captain America: The First Avenger

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #11 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now we’re gonna change things up a bit with a fairly recent superhero film in the form of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Wow, didn’t expect to be talking about this film so soon but I thought why not? It’s my blog! Anyway, Captain America: The First Avenger is one of those films I have seen only 2 or 3 times, I’m always curious to watch it again but then get reminded of how much disappointment I’ll face so I avoid it. So now I’ve checked it out again its time to pass judgement yet again!

In terms of the plot the film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler’s ruthless head of weaponry and the leader of an organization that intends to use an artifact called the “Tesseract” as an energy-source for world domination.

The story is unique, interesting and good for the most part, though the execution is a bit off. For the first half its pretty much about us getting to know Steve Rogers, who he is, how he’s selected for the super soldier programme and how he’s transformed into the hero that he becomes. The next half is about Rogers’ effort to take out the Red Skull. The first half of the film is nice and there’s a good amount of character development, though it is a little long-winded and then when the pace picks up in the second half there’s not really as much detailed material as there was in the first half. And speaking the action none it is really all that good because it’s over too quickly or worse it happens in BLOODY MONTAGES! Caps donning of his costume, his action scenes, the work together with the hollowing commandos, all of that happens in montage which means none it can be fully appreciated or taken in. Actually that actually applies to a lot of aspects in this film, a lot of stuff happens and the film doesn’t take enough time for things to be processed, so then when other major stuff happens that ties into things that’s happened before you don’t really care about it because it wasn’t there long enough to matter.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly Chris Evans as does well as Steve Rogers/Captain America, he embodies all the right traits of the character and it is a massive turn around after seeing him as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films. Evans was cool, assertive and was truthful as the character and he has nice screen presence. Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter was great. Besides being totally beautiful and being arguably the hottest out of the love interests in Marvel’s Phase One films, Atwell was nice, kind and knew how to kick ass as Peggy, you could see why Cap would fall for her.

Then there’s Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt/Red Skull. I thought before this film came out that this was the perfect casting for this role, Weaving is awesome at playing villains and this was one of the best from the comics. It should have been perfect. The problem is that his interpretation of the character is so dull and one-dimensional. I mean a lot of villains are but Red Skull from the comics is this brilliant supervillian with a smart mind and very evil personality, Weaving’s version of the character was just your common “I want to rule the world with power” kind of guy with no charisma or unique charms and that hurt me.

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Sebastian Stan as Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes was alright but not nearly as good as I was hoping for. Obviously they heavily changed and updated his character for this film, and Stan does what he can with his material but it isn’t enough for me to care about him. The problem is that Steve and Bucky’s relationship doesn’t feel that strong and there’s only a few points where their long friendship seemed real. Then there’s Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, he was amazing. I didn’t expect his role to be so big in the film but every time Jones was on-screen he had such great dialogue that made me laugh and kept me smiling throughout. Also Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark was very good as the younger version of the father of Tony Stark. Cooper’s version of Howard was very reminiscent of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in terms of his love of the ladies, level of intellect and his love of the ladies. And lastly there’s Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who created the Super Soldier Serum. Tucci was sweet, funny and wonderful in his role, my only issue was that he wasn’t on-screen longer.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is nice, the way the film creates its old-school 1940’s looks is nice if somewhat questionable at times, also the CGI used in the film for the advanced weaponry and moments when Steve Rogers or Cap is doing something superhuman is decent but is never consistently realistic. But let’s talk about the special effects used to make Chris Evans look skinny, I know that character’s meant to look feeble but that was super extreme Chris’ head looked absurd on that little body double. The action is also nice when it’s on but the problem is none of it is there long enough to appreciate because a lot of it is in FRIGGING MONTAGE! As for the soundtrack by Alan Silvestri it is nice and has a heroic sound to it when the action’s going down but other than that it’s just there and isn’t overly memorable.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well for the most part the film follows the source material with Steve Rogers’ history, how he became Captain America, the stuff with Dr. Erskine and the Red Skull. But there were a lot of changes like Bucky being an adult rather than a teenager and the nature of some of the character deaths was changed a lot too.

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So to conclude.Captain America: The First Avenger is a decent effort and has a good cast to help carry the story along. The problem is that it is something special or amazing, it doesn’t have that wow factor about it. It isn’t a terrible film but any means but because of the source material I know that this film could have been so much more and that’s why it is more disappointing that it is good.

Rating: 7/10 (It’s good but it could have been SO much better)

So there’s my review people, only 19 more to go. So have you seen Captain America: The First Avenger and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jack The Giant Slayer Review

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

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

Here’s a synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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