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QUICK REVIEW: The Last Witch Hunter

Howdy ladies and gents time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Last Witch Hunter. While the trailers haven’t blown me away, I’ve been looking forward to this film just to see what’s up and whether it would be worth my time. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

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

“An immortal witch-hunter is tasked with the job of coming between the covens of New York City and their goal to destroy humanity by way of a horrific plague. In order to accomplish this, he must partner up with a beautiful female witch, something he thought he would never do.”

Back in my review for the first trailer I said the following statement:

“My fear for this film is that it is just going to be another generic action film with a lazy/boring story that only serves to justify the action like the recent Clash of the Titans.”

So it was interesting to see how this statement ended up being half right. The main strength in this story lies in its history and mythology, there is a lot of interesting things to learn about the witcher-hunters, how magic works, how witches exist coexist with humans and rules that have been kept in place to stop evil from happening. It is quite intriguing and engaging. The journey of the main character Kaulder and his unlikely partner Chloe is a familiar one, but there are enough unique elements to keep their adventure from feeling too generic… That being said there are certain clichés and standard plot points you can see coming, and for all of the interesting history and knowledge of this world I feel like it could have been so much more. If this had been in the hands of a more established or confident director and had a more polished script with better dialogue, this film would have been more enjoyable.

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The cast do what they can with the material given to them, but it is Vin Diesel who steals the show as Kaulder. Diesel is very similar to his persona in other films, except here he’s a little more talkative, aggressive and emotional (yeah you read that last part right). As usual Diesel is very charismatic, has a magnetic screen presence and is pretty cool to watch when he’s being a badass, I think I liked this film a little more because it gave Diesel a chance to be someone other than Dominic Toretto and while his dramatic scenes won’t sway harsh critics, I just liked seeing some varied emotions from him. Rose Leslie as Chloe was decent, her character fluctuated between being nice and interesting, to being annoying and troublesome. Leslie was awesome in Game of Thrones, but here she’s not nearly as cool, fierce or enticing as she was on TV. Elijah Wood was alright as the 37th Dolan, but he was severely underutilized and even though his character gets a bit more interesting towards the end of the film, it’s not enough to save his character. Michael Caine as Father Dolan was fine, Caine’s role in this was as interchangeable as he is any other film in the action, sci-fi or fantasy genre where he’s a main or secondary character. Julie Engelbrecht was suitably strange and over-the-top as Witch Queen (it’s just a shame that Engelbrecht’s face was covered under all that make-up because she’s quite pretty underneath it all). Oh and it was fun to see Bex Taylor-Klaus from Arrow as Bronwyn as well, everyone else was okay to forgettable to be honest.

As for the presentation it was nice. Visually the film has some good CGI, art design, interesting monsters and pretty sweet flame sword, I also liked some of the fight sequences (even though the camera was a little too close in certain shots) and the soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky was fine, but didn’t have that trademark energy I know he can bring to films especially ones in the action genre.

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In conclusion The Last Witch Hunter was a decent if somewhat flawed film. There’s a lot of interesting ideas with the mythology, Vin Diesel is good in the central role and some of the action scenes were pretty cool. Unfortunately the film’s a little by-the-numbers when it comes to action, story and characters, it is still fun but I’m sure it won’t be looked upon kindly by anyone outside Diesel’s fan base.

Rating: 5.5/10

So have you seen the The Last Witch Hunter and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Last Witch Hunter Teaser Trailer

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another trailer review. It feels like I barely do any of these types of blog posts regularly any more and yet besides my film and TV reviews I always seem to find time to talk about trailers when I’m in the right mood. Anyways, today I get to talk about the teaser that dropped online recently for the upcoming Vin Diesel film, The Last Witch Hunter. I’ve been looking forward to finding out more about this film ever since it was announced way back when and I’m glad that we finally have some footage to work with. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing the trailer? Looks interesting enough, I have to see more.

I guess with the first images that were released for this film, I hoping for a more fantasy style of film with action and adventure thrown in, this seems like an action film with some fantasy elements, and while it is too early to tell what the story is going to be like, it does look fairly large in scope. From Michael Caine’s monologue it seems like Vin Diesel’s character has been up to a lot, he’s done many things and it has been documented, he’s a good soldier and that’s his story isn’t over yet. Seems like Diesel is some sort of chosen one to do battle with the forces of evil armed with different weapons including a gun and flame sword. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of combat this film gives Diesel to work with. Oh and going back to Caine again, from his attire it looks like he’s a priest right? So I assume that this film will have something to do with religion and have close connections to church and god and stuff? Possibly? I don’t know I’m just taking stabs in the dark here.

It seems like there will be a lot of different locations some taking place in fancy interior locations to the snowy mountains and even in the USA as well. While it is not specifically mentioned, from the way Caine’s character talks about Diesel, it seems like Diesel’s character is pretty old, maybe this character’s been living for years slaying witches and now has to do it again in modern times? Who knows? But that’s the vibe I’m getting from this film. There looks like there will be a lot of travelling as there are many locations on display and that again adds to the scope of this film. Oh and in the trailer you can see Game of Thrones‘ Rosie Leslie looking nice and Elijah Wood too, man where the hell’s he been all this time? Hope they have decent parts in the film.

My fear for this film is that it is just going to be another generic action film with a lazy/boring story that only serves to justify the action like the recent Clash of the Titans. I like Vin Diesel, I think he’s a fun and charismatic person and deserves to take on new films that aren’t part of long running series’ like Fast & Furious or Riddick.

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In conclusion The Last Witch Hunter looks interesting. It could either be pretty good or really pants, it is hard to judge until I see more footage and get an understanding of what the story is going to be. I hope that it is good though.

So have you seen the teaser for The Last Witch Hunter and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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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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