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The Fantastic Four Review (SPOILER FREE)

Howdy people of the internet and today I’m here to give you a review of a film I’ve been super curious about for AGES, I am of course talking about the 2015 reboot; Fantastic Four. Now this film has been controversial since the beginning, from the casting to the tone of the film to the story and the trailers. It has slowly been changing the minds of many detractors, but since hasn’t wowed a lot of the haters either. So yesterday night Cineworld gave us Unlimited Card holders a chance to see the film before its release on Friday and I couldn’t miss out on it. So is the film good or not? Well read on and find out! Oh and by the way there’s no spoilers so you can read it haha. 😀

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

“When four people teleport to an alternate universe, which alters their physical form and grants them new abilities, they must learn to harness their abilities and work together as a team to save the Earth from the friend turned enemy, Doom.”

The story in this film was decent, but it wasn’t great. This was a film about discovery, power-hungry individuals and tragedy with key themes of family and change. There were some interesting aspects with the early aspects of Reed’s story and life after the team gains their powers, but this film has a lot of familiar story beats and their not really executed in a fancy or unique way. You definitely get the sci-fi/horror vibe that was described by the producer and director (I think that’s who was saying that) and it is was an interesting angle to approach these characters, scenarios and powers, and there’s one point (which I won’t say when) where the film goes kind of hardcore with the horror and its great. However it doesn’t fully commit to those genre influences, however, what’s worse to me was the fact that this film lacked the superhero flair and charisma that is required. And furthermore I feel like the film forsakes the superhero elements for its the sci-fi/horror aspects and rather than making a genre fusion like The Dark Knight, Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the recent Ant-Man that felt different in genre but still had superhero elements, this film just wasn’t able to replicate that as well. In this day and age of superhero films you have to bring your A-game, the bar has been set to a really high standard and you have to deliver the goods if you want to be relevant in this ever-growing sea of comic book adaptations and Fantastic Four by the time it was over felt decent, but nowhere near as epic as it should have been. This is definitely the beginning of more to come, I just wish there had been more done with this first entry.

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As for the cast they do a good job considering the material they are given. Miles Teller as Reed Richards was good, he was smart, empathetic and awkwardly humourous. Kate Mara as Sue Storm was good, I liked how witty and smug she was and she had good banter with Reed too. Michael B. Jordan which most people took issue with because his race did well as Johnny Storm, Johnny was cool, brash, aggressive and humourous. And Jamie Bell was surprisingly good as Ben Grimm especially after he becomes the Thing, he was an enjoyable character and I liked the personality and relationship with Reed. As a whole the cast were decent and there were shades of the comic book personalities in their performances for sure, so there’s that at least.

And then there’s Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom, this character is probably the most significant change in character from the comic book counterpart, he’s not very enticing character, however after he transforms he’s turned he’s a lot cooler and intimidating. Kebbell started to embody Doom’s personality eventually and he did alright, but Doom is SO much more in the comics and he kind of felt like an afterthought. Reg E. Cathey did a good job as Dr. Franklin Storm, he was the mentor and father of not only Johnny and Sue but sort of to the whole team as well. Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder was your typical military official and he was fine but forgettable and finally it was random to see Dan Castellaneta as Mr. Kenny in the film and he was fun.

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When it comes to the presentation it is good for the most part. Visually the film is good, I liked the use of light, colour and the CGI for the most was very detailed. This film depicted all of the characters powers well especially when it came to Johnny and Sue Storm, the Thing looked good most of the time, but at other points he looked not nearly as good (especially in daylight). As for Reed Richards, well he’s a character who was always gonna have a problem translating to live-action because of his stretching abilities. For the most part the film does Reed justice, but at points the CGI used for his movements looked off and not as polished as the other visual effects. The action sequences were nice but not too memorable. Also the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass was alright but it wasn’t nearly as impactful or memorable as a film with these kind of characters should be.

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In conclusion this new incarnation of Fantastic Four is alright, but it’s nothing mind-blowing. There are moments that I genuinely enjoyed, the performances were good and the action looked cool, however I feel like the film could have been so much more. The new approach to the story and genre is admirable but I feel like it took away from the usual superhero elements that make these kinds of films enjoyable. This feels like one of those films that people will either not care very much for or try a rip a new asshole, I thought it wasn’t a total disaster but it wasn’t amazing.

Rating: 5/10 (All in all decent, but nothing amazing)

So have you seen Fantastic Four and if so what do you think of it? Did you like it or were you unimpressed? Also how do you think it compares to other comic book films? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Fantastic Four Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to another trailer review! Well I was having a nice casual day re-watching some Phase 1 Marvel studios films, and during a break I saw on ComicBookMovie.com that there was a second trailer released for The Fantastic Four. Now this film has been under fire from fans for the longest time, but after the first trailer dropped a good few people have changed their tunes about wanting to see this film. So what’s the second trailer like? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing this teaser? Well, I’m conflicted. On one hand the additional footage looks very intrigued and promising, while other parts left me not as impressed or as hopeful. But overall it is certainly making me interested in the film more so than before.

Now for this review I’m going to keep my thoughts as brief as possible since not too much has transpired in this trailer to make me go into full-on analytical mode, but I will highlight certain things that worth noting.

Firstly let’s talk briefly about the trailer as it does the following things:

  1. It establishes that there will be humour in the film (which I believe is necessary considering that these people will not only have to become a family, but also because humour is pretty much part of Johnny Storm’s persona)
  2. We get a little more background into the characters and their early interacts
  3. It is also made known that Sue is the adopted child in the Storm family AND that her father is the man behind the research that leads the team’s eventual journey
  4. These characters will travel to an alternate dimension/world (I know that was technically already known, but this trailer confirms it visually and verbally)
  5. The Thing is on display A LOT
  6. The powers of the characters are seen more so than before

The first trailer basically sets up a bit more of the story with us finding out that Johnny and Sue’s father has been researching into something to help understand and potentially safe the world. He’s been at it for a while, some people (probably the government) have been giving him a lot of money for the research and want answers, but it is due to Reed Richards’ intellect Dr. Storm and company have been able to take the one step further. The early appearances and interactions between the main four characters is interesting as it tells us what their personalities are and how they may butt head later on. It also looks like once these guys travel over to the other dimension, they are changed and it doesn’t look like the aftermath is good. These lot are on operating tables, showing off their powers in weird and violent ways, like a horrible transformation.

What I like about this trailer is the humour, that means the film isn’t all doom and gloom (thank god), the CGI for the most part looks very detailed, clean and has a strong art direction too especially for the other dimension stuff. I like how Sue Storm seems to be wearing something that looks very in line with the comic book costumes. Oh and the use of their powers is pretty cool with Reed stretching, Sue and her force fields and Johnny on fire and flying.

My only nitpicks are:

  1. Dr. Doom, we only get a glimpse of him and yet it looks so odd, like he has a melted metal face. I know changes need to be made and maybe the film will justify it with the plot, but for now I would have preferred the standard mask (for all it’s problems I actually like the look of the old Doom from the 2005 film, yeah I said it).
  2. The Thing, wow. Now I saw the images of The Thing released beforehand and he’s definitely taken a more detailed and more realistic approach, but seeing it in action is a totally different thing. At certain angles he looks kind of cool, but at other he looks hella ugly. I mean maybe he is meant to look bad to emphasise the horror of his transformation, but still he’s not that hard to ruin, and now I’m thinking I may actually like the big old orange version from the 2005 film (again, I’m saying it because I’m not afraid of the hateful comments!)

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In conclusion the second trailer for The Fantastic Four is pretty interesting, but I can’t say I’m totally sold on this film yet. There are things that I liked, but there are also things that I didn’t like or just left me wondering why such things are happening. That is not to say that I won’t watch the film, it certainly looks like it at least deserves a watch and if they get the core elements of the characters and mythos right then I shall forgive all of the radical changes in a heartbeat.

So have you seen the second trailer for The Fantastic Four and if so what do you think of it? And are you more or less interested in seeing the film than you were before? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer Review – FINALLY!

Well the teaser trailer for the comic book film that’s been shrouded in secrecy for the longest time; The Fantastic Four has FINALLY dropped today and I finally get to talk about it.

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Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing this teaser? Not bad, this film, it has my interest. Now while it didn’t do anything to blow me away, it did paint a picture that I want to see more of. This trailer pretty much is here to give you an idea of what to expect in terms of the atmosphere and style of the film. This looks very different from the old FF films and possibly any of the recent comic book films that we’ve seen.

At first we get a very standard (and a bit generic) voice over that talks about humans’ need to build and invent and furthering those ideas on the younger generation, and obviously there’s talk of risks and sacrifice. So this guy’s monologue is a way of summarizing the outline of what the future holds for the heroes of this film. All while he is talking we see shots of a lab, Reed walking around, Ben playing baseball, Johnny fixing a car and Sue on a computer. There is a montage around two-thirds of the way in where the more interesting shots come in like Sue looking sad holding Johnny, an explosion in the city, Johnny flaming on in a hallway, what looks to be Dr. Doom dispatching some guards with electricity and Johnny’s fire against Sue’s invisibility force field. And that final shot of the four heroes together looking at that crazy light/portal thing in the sky looks menacing and flashy.

What I do like about this trailer is the tone. It feels very serious, realistic and falls in line very much with Days of Future Past or The Amazing Spider-Man. It seems like this will be one of those superhero films that is less comic book styled and more like an action drama with superhero elements thrown in.

So from what I can understand it seems like Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben are all doing their own thing, possibly looks like they volunteer for some science experiment that goes wrong and then they all gain superpowers.

I like the look of this film, the special effects look pretty clean and the scope of the film (again like The Amazing Spider-Man) looks huge, not only in terms of locations, but the way this film is shot has so much wide and establishing shots of various locations. I’m also like the effects used for Johnny’s fire and The Thing’s rock form that looks more realistic than before.

My only concern is how much they will change from the comics, but even more so than that, how serious the film will be. I like dark and gritty films, but after the Christopher Nolan Batman films I was ready for something a little lighter. Guardians of the Galaxy was hella fun and showed that you could have a comic book film that didn’t need to be all moody, but instead could a balance between humour and action. I don’t want FF the dark edition, hopefully there is some fun to be found in this film.

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In conclusion the teaser trailer for The Fantastic Four is pretty good, it gives you just enough footage to give you an idea of what’s going on, but doesn’t overdo it with footage or spoil specific story details (SONY TAKE NOTE). I am now intrigued by this film, it may not be the FF that I remember, but I’m going to give this film a chance.

So ladies and gents what do you think of the teaser trailer for The Fantastic Four? Are you down with this more realistic approach or do you want something more in line with the comics? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Fantastic Four First BTS Images Revealed & In-Depth Talk From Josh Trank

Yo yo people of the internet, time for some very important film news that comes in the form of images and an interview from the Fantastic Four reboot. The following info comes from ComicBookMovie:

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While there’s been secrecy and a lack of promotion for this year’s reboot of Marvel’s First Family, Collider has exclusively revealed two of the first official production images from The Fantastic Four, as well as an extended interview with director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg. The former filmmaker features in one of the behind-the-scenes images, while the other features the latter on-set alongside actor Michael B. Jordan, aka Johnny Storm, who appears to be suited up in his Human Torch suit. The interview is quite lengthy, but Collider has provided some highlights which include Trank saying that they “consciously decided to not release anything official” until now, the story is essentially “a modern telling of how these four iconic characters came together and came to be,” Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami are scoring the film, recent additional photography was nothing major, and “the original shoot was seventy-two days and they were on-schedule and on-budget.” Regarding influences on The Fantastic Four, Josh Trank further explains that Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and his films, Scanners & The Fly, are big influences for the look of the reboot, while there are also “influences of what Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day,” plus “The Ultimates was also an influence and a lot of the science specifics are there.” Trank and Kinberg also reveal that they are very influenced by Marvel Studios’ shared universe even though “it’s tricky to combine X-Men and Fantastic Four because the X-Men films don’t acknowledge the Fantastic Four and The Fantastic Four takes place in the same time period as the modern day X-Men movies.” Furthermore, Trank reveals that his first cut of the movie was “around 2 hours and 10 minutes,” but the final run time “will probably be between 2 hours and 2 hours and 20 minutes.” As for Easter eggs, producer Simon Kinberg teases that “there’s a lot in the movie and there’s one on the teaser trailer (which will be premiering in three weeks with Kingsman: The Secret Service on February 13) that people can freeze frame and try to find.” To read the interview in its entirety, make the jump to Collider.

All I can say is THANK YOU and IT IS ABOUT TIME! I can understand that you don;t want to release any old form of information or imagery without it being of the best quality, but considering how close the film is and the fact that nothing official has shown up until recently is still ridiculous. But that aside we have two behind-the-scenes images and some comments from Josh Trank. Let’s talk about that top image first which features Michael B. Jordan (everyone’s favourite black man) in a black padded suit, looks kind of cool and interesting, though if the filmmakers are actually getting rid of the blue-coloured suited and going for some generic black look then I will be disappointed. The thing that gets me most happy about this article is Trank’s comments. for the longest time, the only reason I have given this film the benefit of the doubt is because he is at the helm, Chronicle was awesome and this man knows how to direct good action and character pieces so I just hope he can make that work for the FF too. Seems like he is acknowledging the comics (which is always a good thing) and understands the complexities with crossing the X-Men and FF universes together, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens down the line if he is around to the direct the sequel. I’m not stupidly excited for this film, but I know it is going to be interesting at least. Can’t wait for that trailer to drop today so I can finally have a look this film properly.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2015 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to the third part of my special series of blog posts dedicated to the films that you should be looking out for this year entitled: Films to look out for in 2015! It’s a preview to this year’s selection of films in the cinema and I’m basically going to highlight why I believe they’re worth paying attention to. Before checking this out be sure to read PART 1 and PART 2 first.

Now before we begin I have two main things I need yo point out:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2014 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there.😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The Fantastic Four

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Release Date: August 7th (USA), August 6th (UK)

So now we have the Fantastic Four reboot, the film which directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle, written and produced by Simon Kinberg of X-Men Days of Future Past and it stars some of the most talented young actors working today in the form of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. So what’s the problem? Well for a lot of fans, the information provided about this film doesn’t sound that intriguing. The origin’s been changed, the actors for the characters are super young, Johnny Storm is White, Dr. Doom is apparently some internet hacker or something. Add on top of that there’s no images or footage of this film to be found and it’s 8 months away! I want to believe in the talent behind the film and want to be entertained, but so far nothing has gotten me excited for this film. I hope to be proven wrong.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Release Date: August 15th (USA & UK)

So now we have a film I’ve heard a lot of talk about from certain film sites and I know that this is the next big film for Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, but beyond that my knowledge about this film is next to nothing. From what I’ve read this film is based on a 1960’s TV show, it’s a spy comedy and its directed by Guy Ritchie. I like Guy Ritchie’s as a director and cast seem solid. Now again I have no idea of what this film entails, however a lot of film sites say it is one to look out for so I’m keeping my eyes peeled.

Criminal

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Release Date: August 21st (USA)

This is another film which doesn’t have a trailer or any images released for it, however when I saw it listed in the set of 2015 films I thought it my be worth watching. There are a few reasons to check it out like: 1) The premise sounds pretty interesting, “The memories & skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.” 2) Ariel Vromen, the director for this film was also the man behind The Iceman and I really liked that film. And 3) There’s the cast I do love Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds is a good actor, Kevin Costner is cool, Alice Eve is pretty and even Gal Gadot is in this too (which will be interesting to see if she’s improved as an actress since Fast 6).

Hitman: Agent 47

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Release Date: August 28th (USA & UK)

Now from what I understand the first Hitman film back in 2007 wasn’t that well-received. I never saw the film so I can’t comment on whether it was good or not and since I’ve never played the games I can’t compare or say what I would like to see in the sequel. That being said, I have done some research into the game series, learnt a lot of stuff from reviews and my best uni friend and I expect a solid action thriller with suspense, style, stealth and drama, IF the filmmakers can pull it off. The cast seems decent as well with Zachary Quinto, Thomas Kretschmann and Rupert Friend as the main character, let’s hope this film is a good one.

Jane Got a Gun

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Release Date: September 4th (USA), September 25th (UK)

Again we have another film with no trailer or any promotional images, just another one I’m interested in based on word of mouth from film sites and the description of the film. I’m not usually into western films, but if the story and cast are interesting enough then I’ll give it a try. This film sounds interesting, sounds like a good old tale of revenge and murder and I like that regardless of what genre it takes place in. I really like the cast though, I LOVE Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton is good actor too, but it is Natalie Portman who interests me the most. I haven’t seen her in a leading role since Black Swan and I know she’s a good actress, but I want to see if she can be tough again. If she can pull off this film then I’ll be happy.

Triple Nine

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Release Date: September 11th (USA & UK)

This is another unknown film that just has an intriguing premise and great cast. Apparently it’s a crime-drama heist film involving corrupt police officers, blackmail and murder, sounds nice. Plus the cast has Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Michael Peña. That is a good deal of talent especially when it comes to the Harrelson, Winslet, Ejiofor and Affleck. Plus my boys Paul, Mackie and Reedus are in check.

Black Mass

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Release Date: September 18th (USA)

This is another film I’m interested in from the sound of the story and cast involved. It’s apparently based on a true story (like most films these days), but what excites me is the cast. Johnny Depp’s in the film and since it is a crime drama the man will be in a serious role and I love that, plus my man Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the film as well as Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons and Sienna Miller. I just want to see them interact in one film.

Everest

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Release Date: September 18th (USA), October 2nd (UK)

There’s no trailer for this film but the premise sounds good: “A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.” Sounds like things could get messy and I like films where people battle against the elements and try to survive impossibly tough situations. Add on top of that a good cast involving Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and a few others and we could be on to a winner.

The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

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Release Date: September 18th (USA & UK)

A lot of people hated on The Maze Runner when it was released last year, but I really liked it, sure some of the plot was generic, the pay-off at the end wasn’t that good and the sequel bait for the film was far too obvious. Overall I still thought it was fun and interesting. Now we have the sequel and I just want to know what these kids are going to be doing and what kind of trials they’ll have to endure that could be worse than the maze beforehand.

Victor Frankenstein

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Release Date: October 2nd (USA & UK)

With this film, I’ve head a lot of talk about this film since around the summer of 2013. Apparently from what I’ve read it’s like an origin story about the character of Frankenstein from the perspective of Igor, the assistant. I’m not sure what to expect from it, however, it has James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in it, so that is my main reason for checking out.

Crimson Peak

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Release Date: October 16th (USA & UK)

So now we have Crimson Peak, the next film from Guillermo del Toro. I’ve I do like Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, but I’m more interested in Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain as they are two of my favourite people in film these days. It is horror, a genre I’m not too interested in, however it is del Toro as the director so I’ll give it a go.

St. James Place

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Release Date: October 16th (USA), October 9th (UK)

This is a film I knew nothing about until I read about it online. My main reasons for watching it are: 1) It’s a spy film. 2) The film’s directed by Steven Spielberg. 3) It has Tom Hanks in the lead role. The film has me on those three aspects alone, I can’t wait.

The Last Witch Hunter

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Release Date: October 23rd (USA), November 6th (UK)

This is a film I’ve been curious about for a while now. It is next big Vin Diesel film (that isn’t part of the Fast & Furious series), and I’m a big fan of his and even when the first few images were released, I was intrigued. I like the premise of the film, plus with other talent like Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine, this makes me very happy. I hope this film is good, it’s a supernatural action film and that’s right up my street.

Spectre

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Release Date: November 6th (USA), October 23rd (UK)

So now we have the next Bond film… And I want it now. Nuff said. But if I had to elaborate, Skyfall was one of my favourite films of 2012 and the fact that Sam Mendes is back at the helm along with the talented cast and crew just makes me giddy. Since the main announcement about the cast, film title and new car, my mind’s been freaking out just thinking about it. I can’t wait to see what Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci add to this new Bond adventure.

The Peanuts Movie

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Release Date: November 6th (USA), December 21st (UK)

Now we have a film I’m eagerly anticipating, it is of course the return of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the group in The Peanuts Movie. The first teaser hit my nostalgia levels just right and since then I’ve been hyped for this film. Even though I never read the comics or wasn’t alive when the Peanuts were at the hype of their popularity, I’ve seen a lot of the old TV show and specials and I love it. It seems like the people behind this film care a lot about the project and if they can get it right, this will be a very special animated film in 2015.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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Release Date: November 20th (USA & UK)

Despite what a lot of people said I liked Mockingjay – Part 1 and I am very curious to see how this whole thing ends. While I’m not stupidly hyped for this like I was when the final Harry Potter film was out in 2011, I have become a little invested in these films and I’m curious to see how Katniss ends the crazy journey she started back in the first film.

The Good Dinosaur

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Release Date: November 25th (USA), November 27th (UK)

Now I may have read this wrong, but I believe we are getting TWO Pixar films this year which is unprecedented as far as I know. I guess they’re making up for not releasing anything last year haha. But anyways I’ve been hearing a lot about this film for a while now, I heard the initial footage was good, then the film got pushed back and then the film’s original vision got scrapped and got re-done, so there’s a lot of development that’s been going into this film. I just hope that it is worth it.

The Martian

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Release Date: November 25th (USA), November 27th (UK)

Now we have the next film from Ridley Scott which I am curious about, however, at the same time very I am wary of. Scott hasn’t made a very compelling film that I’ve seen in recent years. All of them have been decent to average to dull, especially his last entry Exodus: Gods and Kings. The premise sounds good and I like the cast, I just hope Scott can produce a good film that’s worth watching this year.

Midnight Special

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Release Date: November 25th (USA)

Another film I found online and have seen has an interesting premise (A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers) and a cool cast (Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Joel Edgerton). I also like the director, Jeff Nichols, so I hope that it’s a good one, plus I hope it gets a UK release this year.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Release Date: December 18th (USA & UK)

Okay, now we have pretty much the most important film on this list. It doesn’t matter if you respect the series or not, this is a major cinematic event that some people have been waiting a long time to see. For me, I knew The Force Awakens was going to be worth my time but after that teaser trailer, I went from excited to absurd excitement. This film could either be the best thing ever or could suck badly and have a lot of SW fans ready to take out J.J. Abrams, but I have faith that it’ll be good. I can’t wait to see the old cast back together with all the new members, plus ANDY SERKIS, YAY!

Mission: Impossible 5

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Release Date: December 25th (USA), December 26th (UK)

And we have the fifth entry in the Mission: Impossible series. Now I didn’t think we’d get to this point, but honestly after what Brad Bird did with Ghost Protocol, I wanted more of Tom Cruise and this crazy action stuff. Now I don’t think this next film will be as good as the last because the last film pretty much gave life back to this series and was a mixture of fun and action in ways the previous films had not done before, plus it had Brad Bird’s style all over it. I do hope that this next adventure continues to build on the material that the last film did.

Alrighty then, with part 3 over, that’s my big ol’ 2015 film preview done. Thank you so much for reading especially if you made it through all three parts. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for the final blog post in this series with my TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2015! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Fantastic Four Reshoot And Trailer Release Confirmed By Simon Kinberg

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and while today’s news story is a little small, it is very important as it is related to the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. The following comes from ComicBookMovie:

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The fact that we’ve seen nothing from The Fantastic Four means that everyone is thinking the worst of it, with plenty of reports (like the one earlier today) claiming that the reboot is in trouble.Well, the movie’s producer and writer Simon Kinberg has reached out to Latino-Review with the following statement: “To confirm – Fantastic Four will be doing 3-4 days of additional photography with director Josh Trank and some key cast members. We are very excited about the film and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to. And you will be able to do that very soon as I can confirm here that the teaser will be on Kingsman in theaters February 13.”

It’s worth noting of course that Kinberg isn’t going to contact them and admit that the movie is in trouble, but three to four days of additional shooting is a lot different to the weeks of reshoots we heard about earlier, and I don’t think he would tell an outright lie about how extensive they are.

The main thing to focus on here is the fact that we now FINALLY know when the trailer will reach us! With a Super Bowl TV spot likely, it will obviously be early February that we start getting to see more from The Fantastic Four, including a poster and stills hopefully.

All I’m seeing this article is the fact that there’s a date for the trailer of Fantastic Four and I have to say about that is THANK GOD! For the longest time this film has been hidden in secrecy and all we’ve had to go off is the words of the writers, actors, producers and directors. There have been no images or footage of any kind. It is absurd. So after all this talk we finally have a date for the first trailer which will be releases with Kingsman: The Secret Service on February. There is one thing that it makes me wonder though, over in the UK we get Kingsman at the end of the month so does that mean we’ll see the trailer with the film too or is it an American thing only? Also will the trailer be released online the same day or not? I’m sure it will but I need to know. I just want to see what this film looks like, understand the story, the tone, the characters and action as well. Plus I want to see how this footage compares to all the rumours surrounding the rumours about the quality of this film and whether it is Chronicle 2 or not and whether the film has any elements retained from the comics or not. As for the info about reshoots, woo, big whoop. Re-shoots happen all the time these days with films and it it’s not always a bad thing.

So what do you think of this news? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Official Synopsis for The Fantastic Four Reboot Released

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some film news and today I’m going to talk about something of some degree of interest; the upcoming Fantastic Four film. For the longest time this film has been shrouded in secrecy with only tidbits of information released that either didn’t tell us anything or gave just vague details of what to expect. Besides the big shocking news about the casting, there has been NOTHING released about this film that has been newsworthy in my opinion. But now we have a synopsis as you will see from the following information that comes from superherohype:

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Things have been very quiet on the front of 20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Fantastic Four with nary a trailer, poster, or even official image to speak of, but now an official synopsis of the upcoming film has been released and reads as follows:

“The Fantastic Four,” a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Miles Teller will play the titular team in the upcoming film. Toby Kebbell will also appear as Dr. Doom along with Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man. Directed by Josh Trank, The Fantastic Four is set for release on August 7, 2015.

So that’s the story details for this film so far, my thoughts? I’m kind of indifferent to it. On the one hand I’m annoyed that it isn’t the classic space origin story, sure with films like Gravity and Interstellar, it might seem a bit repetitive, but I think it could have been effective if handled properly. On the other hand the concept of alternative universe doesn’t sound that bad and thinking about it, the filmmakers could have come up with something a lot worse than that. Plus alternate universe can be pretty cool when done right, just look at Fringe. 🙂 This synopsis also highlights the fact that the characters are not only young, but also that the main team once had a connection with the enemy, so one can assume that the relationship between Doctor Doom and the FF will extend beyond just the friendship/rivalry Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom, oh scratch that, I meant to say Victor Domashev (such a crappy and unnecessary name change). This small plot summary doesn’t sound too engaging, that being said, I’ll still be watching the development of this film from afar to see how things turn out before the film’s release next year.

So what do you think of this synopsis for the new Fantastic Four film? Are you down with it or does it fill you with a sense of dread? Please comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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