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QUICK REVIEW: Minions

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Minions. Now I’ve never been overly fond of the Minions, but I’ve appreciated them in a stupid kind of way like the Rayman Raving Rabbids (before they became over-saturated). So when I heard they’d be getting their own spin-off film not too long after the release of Despicable Me 2, I was disappointed and sceptical, however I wanted to give the film a chance. And while the trailers were good, after the reviews came out I decided to give it a miss, though after some time and curiosity I gave it a watch today to see what is like.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.”

The story in this film was serviceable and had moments of adventure, chaos and humour, but overall it was not nearly as captivating as the Minions’ adventures with Gru. The main problem with the film is the Minions and how they are the main focus, the cool thing about the Despicable Me films was that Gru was the focus and the Minions was there for support, but without a story and characters as interesting as those pervious films, the events of this film come across as less engaging and fun. That is unless you’re just in love with the Minions, then you should be fine. As for the humour it was a mixed bag. There were individual moments where the humour was great or completely random as hell. There’s three moments in particular involving a robbery, a sword and watching TV which were pretty funny, but beyond that there wasn’t much else to love. Most of the humour was hit and miss, clearly aimed at children and had the most generic of slapstick elements incorporated.

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The cast was good though. Pierre Coffin did such a great job as Kevin, Stuart, Bob and the Minions, but what I really appreciated about this film was how it gave the three main Minions specific personality traits. Sandra Bullock’s voice work as Scarlet Overkill was awesome, Scarlet as the supervillain wasn’t as interesting, at first she was fun, but got really petty and annoying towards the latter half of the film. Jon Hamm was as Herb Overkill, this guy was so relaxed and weird but in a good way and it really helped with Hamm’s delivery of some of his lines. I also loved Michael Keaton and¬†Allison Janney as Walter and Madge Nelson, they were so charismatic and fun. And Geoffrey Rush was great as the narrator too. Everyone else like Steve Coogan as Professor Flux and Jennifer Saunders as Queen Elizabeth II were fine but not nearly as memorable.

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In conclusion Minions was alright but a wasted opportunity for sure. Having a film primarily focused on these weird little characters is all and well for hardcore fans and young children, but the story was a little lame and messy and in my mind there was nothing to balance out the madness of the Minions like the Despicable Me films.

Rating: 5/10

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

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

 

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Philomena Review

Hello again ladies and gents, time for another film review and this one is one Philomena. This was a film I missed last year and when I saw that Cineworld were showing it again I had to view it and it was my main reason for going to the cinema yesterday. By the way I feel the need to mention that I think I was the youngest person in the screening with everyone else pretty much being old. So anyway, was Philomena good? Read on and find out.

The story can be summarised in the following write-up:

“When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son’s fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged.”

I loved the story in this film is incredible which has many twists and turns, but at its core it is a journey for truth and throughout the film gets more and more dramatic and tugs at your heartstrings so badly. While I don’t have children myself, I can only imagine the amount of pain and mystery that would come with having a child and then having them forcibly taken away from you at a huge age with you left to wonder what could have been. Two things that really get me in films is tragic love stories and tragic stories involving parents and their children. This film is so emotional, painful and beautiful aspects to Philomena’s story and the one involving her son, the story nearly brought me to tears and the film had my heart from very early on and that doesn’t happen very often.

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In addition to the wonderful story, you have a cast of characters who are very good too, but the main performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are the real stand outs. Dame Judi Dench is in top form in as ¬†Philomena Lee¬†and gives one of her finest performances that I’ve seen from her. Normally Dench is an authoritative role like M from the James Bond films, but here this very different territory for her. She’s Irish, she’s playful, she’s frail and yet firm and not afraid to speak her mind. She also carries so many painful memories from her past and Dench acts with such conviction and care that you feel for her on such a deep level because the acting feels so real. Steve Coogan also delivers a great performance as¬†Martin Sixsmith, he’s blunt, unapologetic, a bit of a know-it-all, but also has a heart and wants to do the best for Philomena. Sixsmith has firm beliefs and wishes to get to the bottom of a news story and Coogan plays him so well, he’s like the rough side of the pair whereas Dench is the softer half. Both Dench and Coogan have great screen time together and you can see them start to grow and care for each other over their time together.

Sophie Kennedy Clark also does young a great job as the young Philomena, she is so good and acts well, she is charming and cute, but also does her emotional scenes well too, when she had painful scenes it was so powerful and convincing. The only other person I wanted to highlight was¬†Michelle Fairley as Sally Mitchell. For the longest time I was trying to figure out where I’d seen her before, it was KILLING ME! And it is only now that after I’ve been online that she was obviously¬†¬†Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones. It was really bugging me haha. Anyway, I liked her role in this film, it was a little more aggressive and uncaring, but definitely enjoyable.

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In conclusion Philomena¬†is an incredible film which had me emotionally invested throughout. The story is something that will hook your heart from the beginning until the end. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are amazing and I think this is one of the best films I’ve seen in a while. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8.5 (it is both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time)

So what did you think of Philomena? Whatever your thoughts are I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below. Thanks for reading and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Despicable Me 2 Review

Alrighty then, time to review another animated film that I’ve been looking forward to and this one¬†comes in the shape of Despicable Me 2. Initially I was never interested in Despicable Me, but after watching it a few months ago I converted to being a fan, the first film was a lot of fun and trailers lead up to this sequel seemed promising enough as well. Now I watched Epic and was pretty let down by that film, so I’m hoping that this film will be more entertaining yo. So I went to see it today and you know what it was pretty damn awesome and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.

So the story in this film involves¬†Gru, as he is now out of the villain business and is experiencing life as a father to Margo, Edith and Agnes. However Gru’s life is changed when he and his minions are recruited into an Anti-Villain League¬†to take out an evil supervillain who¬†causing¬†havoc¬†elsewhere. So Gru along with his new partner, Lucy must get to the¬†bottom¬†of this plot before things get out of hand.

I thought the plot in this film was great, I like how this film continues the great material that it gave us in the last film but presents some new and interesting elements that keep it fresh and interesting. it was wonderful to see Gru¬†transition¬†from his former villain role to his life now where is going through the ups and downs of being a father. This film is very much for the kids and doesn’t quite have the universal appeal that you’d find in a Pixar or to some degree a Dreamworks film, nevertheless this is a still fun little tale that has more pros than cons.

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When it comes to the characters all of the cast old and new turn in some lovely performances.¬†Steve Carell is still great as Gru, offering great moments of humour, strangeness, sarcasm and also emotion too.¬†Miranda Cosgrove also makes a lovely return¬†as Margo, in this film there’s a few new things going on in her world and I like how her character was handled.¬†Dana Gaier ¬†is still fine as Edith still being a¬†tomboy and all that jazz. But my favourite is still¬†Elsie Fisher as Agnes, her character is one of the most adorable kids in any film ever and that continues in this film, Gaier does a great job in making this character so¬†likable¬†through her voice.

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Kristen Wiig¬†was nice as Lucy Wilde, while a bit over-the-top and weird at times I did like her as an addition to this film series. She was a great partner/love interest for Gru and the two had some nice chemistry together. Also¬†Benjamin Bratt¬†was jokes as Eduardo Perez/El Macho, such a strange yet hilarious character with loads of charisma and stand-out moments.¬†Russell Brand¬†also does a good job again as Dr. Nefario, I wasn’t expecting his storyline to unfold in the way that it did but he was still good in the film and Russell Brand continues to sound nothing like himself in this role which is still surprising to me.¬†Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san, is great, his role is small but definitely worth of a few laughs.¬†Steve Coogan¬†as Silas Ramsbottom, he was good but not nearly as¬†utilized¬†as much as I’d hoped.¬†Mois√©s Arias as Antonio Perez, is pretty jokes, while¬†Nasim¬†Pedrad as Jillian is this crazy chatterbox full of funny moments in the film and lastly¬†Kristen Schaal as Shannon was great, she reminded me so much of her character¬†Hazel Wassername¬†in¬†30 Rock¬†it was unreal.

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As for the presentation it was firing on all¬†cylinders¬† Visually the film was fabulous, the last film already looked great, but I think I noticed a lot more¬†shininess, detail and a very vivid colour scheme in the art and animation. I love the way this film looks. And the soundtrack is also wonderful,¬†Pharrell Williams¬†and¬†Heitor Pereira¬†return o craft the music for this film. Pharrell is still doing his thing bringing in some of the songs from the previous film while introducing new ones with¬†“Happy” being my personal favourite, and Pereira’s score for the film is still is good as ever having the right tone and emotion for¬†each¬†moment in the film. And I also have to mention that I loved some of the film’s choices of songs from real life that they inserted into this film, some it was perfect.

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In conclusion¬†Despicable Me 2 is a great follow-up to the previous film, it’s basically more of the same material except with new scenarios and obstacles that need to be tackled. I didn’t expect to like the film as much as I did but by the end I was just in a very happy place and I knew that this was gonna have to be one of my favourite films of the year. Before watching the film I saw that this film was being¬†received¬†pretty well and I can see why so many people loved it, this film is just pure fun and I recommend it highly.

Rating: 8.5/10 (A great fun film full of humour and great animation)

So what did you think of Despicable Me 2? Are you fan of the films or are you not swayed by its charms? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

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

 

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