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QUICK REVIEW: Jason Bourne

Howdy people, hypersonic55 back with another review and today I get to talk about Jason Bourne, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2007 film; The Bourne Ultimatum. Now I’ve been hyped yet cautious about this film since it was announced a few years ago, but the duo of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon gave me hope. So after seeing the film I’m ready to pass judgement!

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

“A decade after his disappearance at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne unexpectedly resurfaces at a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability. At the same time, a new program, Operation Ironhand, has been created to hunt him down while he is still trying to find all the answers to his past.”

What I liked about the story was the following:

  1. It was tonally consistent with the previous films
  2. It felt relevant to modern times
  3. It gave Bourne a reason to come out of hiding and go on the hunt
  4. The world felt expanded and was layered when it came to history of Bourne and his ties to the CIA

I will admit that story took a little while to get going and didn’t have the immediate hook that I wanted, however after a key moment early on things shifted into gear and got interesting. From there the film went deep into the history of this film series, yet still presented new issues, conspiracies and dangers that relate Bourne, the CIA and the use of modern technology and privacy. There was a sense of realism, grittiness, intimacy and pressure involved, but what this film really did well was make things personal, not only for Bourne, but for the people he interacted with as well, this added a level of drama necessary for you to care about the characters and stakes involved. It has to be mentioned that this film’s tale isn’t as unique or engaging as the previous films, however if you just want to see more of the same then you’ll be fine.

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As for the cast they were all very good. Firstly there’s Matt Damon who returned to great effect as Jason Bourne, the cool thing about Bourne in this film is that he’s off the grid, but still haunted by his past and once he gets involved with Nicky and starts to discover more mysterious behind his past made for some really cool and suspenseful material. Damon felt like he never left this role as was able to be calm and collected, badass and emotionally engaging. Alicia Vikander was the next most interesting character as Heather Lee, as a CIA agent her character was very smart, resourceful and knew how to strategize to sort out the situations she faced. I didn’t expect Vikander to be as involved and as important as she was, but it was a welcome surprise and I actually liked her a lot. Tommy Lee Jones was also good as director of the CIA, Robert Dewey, this guy had an interesting part to play in this film being very self-aware, aggressive, cautious and calculated when it came to his actions with Bourne and the secret operations within the CIA. Vincent Cassel as the Asset was very enjoyable, besides being a badass assassin, he was also driven, cold and ruthless and I liked that Cassel brought a sense of energy and urgency to this character. Also seeing Julia Stiles again as Nicolette “Nicky” Parsons, it was great to see that even after she went into hiding that she was still looking into the past for information and had Bourne’s interests at heart. And finally Riz Ahmed was nice as Aaron Kalloor, his character was very charismatic, likeable and interesting in this role.

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Presentation-wise this film was pretty solid. Visually this film was great with wonderful cinematography, and awesome action sequences whether it was the insanely sweet car chases or the well-choreographed fight scenes, the visual style and flair of this series was on-point. Oh and the film score by John Powell and David Buckley was lovely, very energetic, emotional and amplified the action on-screen and brought back the familiar themes that came with the previous films.

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In the end Jason Bourne was just what I wanted it to be, a kick ass action thriller that was intriguing, intense and badass. While not as good as the previous three films,  I still had a hell of good time with this film and I recommend it highly.

Rating: 8/10

So are you planning to see Jason Bourne and if you’ve seen it what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Men In Black 2

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #6 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. After reviewing Men In Black yesterday, I decided why not continue with the sequel, Men In Black 2.

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So MIB 2, the sequel not liked by many fans or critics. I actually didn’t see this film until 2005 and after all the hate that it’d gotten I was surprised by how much I liked it and back in my teenage years I used to watch this film a lot of DVD (mainly because I didn’t own the first film). But its been ages since I saw it last time so I was curious to see how it held up.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“Agent J must bring Agent K back from retirement when the evil Kylothian, Serleena comes to Earth looking for the Light of Zartha, a source of great power that could destroy the entire Earth if it doesn’t leave the planet soon.”

The story in this film is a decent one full of interesting mythology when it comes to the M.I.B.’s history and development of Agent K’s history with this organization, however it is definitely a step down from the last outing. While the stakes are higher and the danger is at the forefront of the film, it just felt like the quality in the storytelling got weaker. Jokes weren’t as funny, the story felt a little muddled and a lot of the time the film felt like a rehash of the last one except with some role reversal stuff for Agents K and J and some slightly different dangerous circumstances for Earth’s destruction. Oh and the film just has a very silly and wacky nature about it that takes away from some of the more serious and dramatic elements. That being said I still found this story to be quite charming, funny and there are some wonderful emotional moments sprinkled throughout the film that make the relationships between some of the characters really special.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K/Kevin Brown is great. It is interesting to see K having a normal life and adjusting to this former life he used to know, but it is also great to see him get back into his MIB groove and be the same humorless, grumpy and witty man we know him as, and Jones is lovely. Will Smith returns to great effect as Agent J/James Darrell Edwards III, this film is definitely more of the Agent J show with him becoming more seasoned as an Agent and having to show K everything that he used to know. While it does feel like Smith is just going a bit overboard with his material, overall he’s still really funny and awesome. Even though some of the humour doesn’t always work, for the most part Jones and Smith are just as good together as they were before, their banter and overall chemistry make this film work.Lara Flynn Boyle as Serleena, damn. I know this is a generic guy thing to say, but Serleena is frigging hot yo, but it also helps that she’s confident, aggressive and cheeky. Johnny Knoxville as Scrad & Charlie, erm, I wasn’t too keen on them. While there are a few moments where I chuckled, ultimately these two were just weird, annoying and their presence was just distracting and unnecessary.¬†Rip Torn returns as Chief Zed and he was just as fun as he was before with some great dialogue and more screen time.

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Rosario Dawson is lovely as Laura Vasquez, Laura is the sweet and innocent lady who just happens to be at the of the crisis and she has some really good moments with Agents J and K. Dawson, is such a pretty lady and it also helps that performance is the right balance of sweet, sad and funny too. Tim Blaney as Frank the Pug is lovely, it is interesting to see this character get more screen time and moments in the spotlight, Blaney’s voice work for Frank is great as he’s so talkative, strange and funny. Patrick Warburton as Agent T is awesome, the dude is a dumb as bricks but is so funny that you can’t help but love him. Warburton is one of those actors you just can’t dislike and he does a good job in this film. Tony Shalhoub is once again pretty great as Jack Jeebs , he has some really good moments in this film and seeing David Cross return as Newton is great as he provides some good moments of humour in the film. Oh and the cameo from Michael Jackson as Agent M, frigging awesome, it is so random and odd but so jokes at the same time.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is really good, the practical effects for the aliens still look really detailed and fancy, and the use of CGI for all of the fancy-looking aliens and big action set pieces are great, though I feel like there was an over abundance of CGI here and it made the film feel a little less realistic. But I have to give a shout out to the visual effects people from crafting all of those crazy alien designs. As for the soundtrack, Danny Elfman returns and does such a brilliant job crafting a score that is¬† just as fun, sassy and full of style and charm. Elfman retains all of the themes from the last film but creates some new ones and somehow finds a way to make the music even more energetic and upbeat.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Like I stated in the MIB1 review I’ve never read any of the original comics so I unfortunately can’t comment on it at this point in time.

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So to conclude Men In Black 2 is still a decent film, it has a serviceable story, great performances again from Smith and Jones and has some pretty sweet action sequences. That being said it definitely felt like a disappointing follow-up the 90’s classic with not so funny jokes, a lot of CGI and not so interesting story. I don’t like this film as much as I used to but it’s not a total waste.

Rating: 6.5/10

That’s 6 reviews done, only 24 more to go. So have you seen Men In Black 2 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‚Äôll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Men In Black

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #5 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’m going to be talking about another great film from the 90’s, Men In Black.

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So now we come to another one of my all-time favourite nostalgic films from my childhood. Men In Black, when that film came out it was a really popular and well-received film. And after the two sequels this one remains the best because of its originality, humour and great cast. I’ve always wanted to review this film since 2012 and thanks to this current blog series I have a reason to do it. ūüôā

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The story can be summed up as the following:

“Unbeknownst to the public, there is a secret organization known as the Men In Black and they are tasked with the surveillance of extra terrestrial activity. When a “Bug” alien crash lands on earth and is on the hunt for the power source called “The Galaxy”, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy.”

The story is very good full of humour, good sci-fi action and some great character moments too. This film mainly works because it knows how strange it is, but gives reasoning for the setting, story and characters, and besides some serious moments, this film is primarily a comedy and luckily it is hilarious. What I really love about this film is the whole concept of the M.I.B., how they are like this film’s equivalent of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., except these guys are super secretive, have memory erasers, procedures for the aftermath of an alien-related incidents and the list goes on. It is such an interesting and bizarre world that these people operate in and its made even cooler/stranger that it is in plain sight, but the general public would never know. What’s also great is that now that I’m older I’m able to appreciate some of the more adult references, but also the severity of Agent K and J’s mission once the chase for the Galaxy begins, even though this tale feels grounded to New York, there are some huge stakes from space that actually threaten the safety of the world which was awesome.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly there’s Will Smith as Agent J, originally he’s a police detective, but gets recruited into the M.I.B. by Agent K. Agent J is a little cocky, ambitious and doesn’t listen to authority, however he is strong-willed, quick on his feet, funny and tenacious. Smith just kills it in this role as it allows him to be his regular humourous self, but also shows off his charm, charisma and serious side when it comes to the action. Tommy Lee Jones is no slouch and does a great job as Agent K. This guy is very much in the vain of most of Clint Eastwood’s various roles in cinema, he’s gruff, doesn’t smile much, sticks to the rules and is a mentor to J. Jones’ performance is nothing short of brilliance, he has that great screen presence and dry wit, and together with Smith they both have some of the best on-screen chemistry of any pair I’ve seen in a film ever. They’re just a great pairing.

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Linda Fiorentino as Laurel Weaver is lovely, she’s a smart and confident Medical Examiner who runs into the M.I.B. on a few occasions. Weaver is beautiful lady and has some really great screen time especially with Smith. Oh but the guy that almost steals the show is Vincent D’Onofrio as Edgar the Bug. D’Onofrio has always been known for his memorable cinematic performances and this is definitely one of them, this character is so strange, disturbing and unsettling, and it must have been bloody hard to move around and talk in the manner that he did, but D’Onofrio made this character super funny and creepy at the same time and that’s no easy feat. Also Rip Torn as Agent Zed is pretty good too, he was a lot of good dialogue and his delivery of some his lines is nothing short of awesome.Tony Shalhoub is pretty funny as Jack Jeebs, I also liked Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Beatrice and finally David Cross was jokes as Newton the Morgue Attendant.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is really great. When it comes to the special effects I loved the use of both practical and digital effects. For the aliens I liked the various designs, colours and character traits and I have to give a big shout out to Rick Baker and Industrial Light & Magic for their great work. Oh and the soundtrack, man, I really love it. Danny Elfman crafts varied score for this film as it is cool and mysterious, then aggressive and sinister or quiet and emotional, Elfman is able to great music that is right for each scene its required for and if you listen to it carefully, the MIB score sounds very similar to the first two Spider-Man films.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well unfortunately I’ve never the comics this film was based on, much like The Mask I never knew this was an adaptation of comic book property until I looked it up online a good few years ago¬† That being said I’ve always wanted read the comics at some point.

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So to conclude Men In Black is a really entertaining and interesting sci-fi comedy with some brilliant performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, great special effects and a wonderful soundtrack. If you haven’t seen this film in a while or haven’t seen it ever, I would implore you to do so, it’s a lot of fun and still holds up well.

Rating: 8/10

That’s 5 reviews done, only 25 more to go. So have you seen Men In Black 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‚Äôll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

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

 

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The Family Review

Alrighty then time for my review of The Family, a film I had heard a little bit about but had no intention of watching, but then was told to watch after my sister insisted on it. So after watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire I just into the next screening for this film with my whole family (it felt so random), so was it worth the watch? Read on and find out.

The story of the film involves the Manzonis,¬†a¬†Mafia¬†family who is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where they wish¬†to change their lives and fit. However as they begin to try and¬†integrate¬†themselves into their new town things soon become challenging as their old habits die hard, then add to that¬†there’s an old enemy tailing them wanting to exact revenge.

This story had a really interesting premise, anything to do with the Mafia is a story worth telling especially when you have conflict and family involved. Unfortunately the execution of the story isn’t as good. The story for the most part is okay but is kind of generic and leaves a lot to be desired and there’s not too many points in the film where it is unique enough to separate itself from other films that have done similar stories before. The film is funny though and stuff goes down it is great, but sometimes it takes too long to get to those points.

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The cast is what really saves this film from being a complete disaster and while the performances aren’t anything overly memorable, they make certain characters worth watching and caring about to a degree.

Robert De Niro was pretty good as Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni, I thought his character was interesting considering his background and crazy temper.¬†Michelle Pfeiffer was great as Maggie Blake, as the mother she was the voice of reason and probably the most level-headed of the family, however she did have her moments of frustration that made her a force to be reckoned with. I’m not sure if it’s wrong for me saying this, but there’s still part of me that finds Pfeiffer pretty hot. I think it might have something to do with her character’s personality being so fiery, sassy and aggressive when provoked. Loved it, so good.¬†Tommy Lee Jones was fun as Robert Stansfield, Jones was pretty much doing his Jones like thing and to be honest it didn’t bother me, his role was good.

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Then there’s Dianna Agron as Belle Blake. Firstly let me just say that this woman is gorgeous. Okay moving on. Argon as the daughter was a lady that acting pretty and innocent but when needed put people in their place. If I’m honest her character was the least interesting because of this annoying little subplot with her that goes on for a little too long and doesn’t have a very satisfying conclusion.¬†John D’Leo as Warren Blake was my favourite of the children, as the son he played this foul-mouthed, super calculated dude who knew how to do big operations and plan ahead to get what he wanted. I loved D’Leo, his acting was fab and I loved how funny and smart he was. And besides some decent stuff from¬†Jimmy Palumbo as Di Cicco and¬†Domenick Lombardozzi as Caputo,¬†the rest of the cast don’t really do that much to be memorable.

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In conclusion The Family is a decent film with a lot of good humour and fun performances from the cast involved. However the film I don’t think could find the balance between seriousness and humour and since the plot moves at a slow pace at times its hard to be fully invested in without getting a bit bored. This film could have been so much more considering the premise involved but unfortunately its a bit lacklustre.

Rating: 6/10 (It’s fun but not as good as it should be)

So what did you think of The Family? Whatever your thoughts, stick them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. ūüėÄ

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

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Batman Forever

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #24 of my¬†Month of Superhero Film Reviews!¬†During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. So we’ve covered the Tim Burton Batman films, now let’s talk about the more light-hearted and lesser liked follow-up film slightly controversial sequel in the form of Batman Forever.

Okay now we’re talking about the 90s Batman and this is probably where I started watching Batman in the live-action films when I was a kid. I remember really liking this. For a while I loved this film for its characters, action and kick ass soundtrack, so after a while I grow up and even though I was teenager after the Christopher Nolan films had come out, I still liked watching this film. But now I haven’t seen it in a good few years so now let’s go through this film and see if my thoughts have changed at all.

As for the plot it focuses on Batman trying to stop Two-Face and the Riddler in their villainous scheme to drain information from all the brains in Gotham City. He gains allegiance from a love interest in the form of psychiatrist Dr. Chase Meridian and a young, orphaned circus acrobat named Dick Grayson, who becomes his iconic sidekick Robin.

I thought the plot in this film was alright. There a good few ideas in this film like how Batman questioning his act of vengeance due to what happened to his parents and then there’s Bruce struggling with his dual identity too. We also have the introduction of Dick Grayson and his storyline and Edward Nigma’s plot too which all sounds pretty good on paper too. The problem is that way its done in the film is not nearly as effective as it could have been. Due to the direction by¬†Joel Schumacher, this film adopts a much more child-friendly approach which mean that all the more serious aspects are watered down and it doesn’t help that the script a little on the weak side offering up some half-assed material and stupid coincidences¬†that really shouldn’t be taking place in a Batman film.¬†You know what the film emulates the feel from the Adam West 1960’s TV show, it feels very similar with the colourful villains, crazy situations and levels of campiness.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. In my opinion¬†Val Kilmer makes for a great Bruce Wayne and Batman. I Kilmer’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne and I also like his calm and collected Batman too. As for¬†Nicole Kidman she was good as¬†Dr. Chase Meridian. Firstly she is SUPER gorgeous in this film and she was one of my first film actress crushes. That aside, I liked her character, she was smart and sophisticated and a good love interest for Bruce Wayne thought I wasn’t keen on how¬†obsessed she was with Batman or how she was a damsel in distress¬†in the¬†climax.

Then there’s Tommy Lee Jones¬†as¬†Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Somehow Billy Dee Williams disappeared and is replaced by Tommy Lee Jones. I feel like Jones was okay in role but he was far too wacky, over-the-top and was in no way as good as he was in the comics. And then there’s Jim Carrey¬†as¬†Edward Nigma/The Riddler as the second villain in the film. In this film he’s a bit of a sympathetic character and you can understand his a motive for become evil. Even though Jim Carrey is pretty much Jim Carrey in this film which can be frustrating at times, I feel like he’s way better villain because he has better motive and more screen time devoted to his character. These two together are like children stuck in older men’s bodies, they’re so crazy and out of control that its very reminiscent of an episode from Looney Tunes.

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As for Chris O’Donnell¬†as¬†Dick Grayson/Robin, I thought he was alright, thought he did moan a little too much for my liking. He was still decent once he became Robin, but wasn’t as skilful as his comic book counterpart. And lastly Michael Gough is still great as¬†Alfred Pennyworth, he’s still reliable, funny and I like how he’s the faithful family faithful butler and Bruce’s confidant.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is insanely colourful and way more vivid and bright than Tim Burton’s darker and moody colour palette. Gotham is still a unique and distinctive-looking city, it is way more colourful and accessible to child audiences though it is a bit excessive for me especially with all the additional special effects that’s found in this film. The action in this film is of a pretty extra in this film and is way more in line with the comic book and 1960’s TV show too. As for the soundtrack by¬†Elliot Goldenthal¬†I personally really like it. The score is loud, bombastic and works well with the style of the film. I really like the new main theme for this film, it is one of my favourite themes ever! It’s so epic and heroic, I even had it on CD when I was like 7 years old and played it on repeat. That’s how much I loved this song!

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? As I said before my knowledge mainly comes from the Batman cartoons and research online. Well in this film we have the inclusion of Robin, The Riddler and Two-Face and while some of their character origins are the same, the way they’re depicted that’s questionable and different. Firstly Robin is a hell of a lot older and not a boy at all and he’s whole persona is wrong, then there’s the Riddler who is just a lot comedy-based than usual and then there’s Two-Face, I’m sure he was meant to be more of a serious character but here’s portrayed as a much sillier and campier character which really doesn’t work for the comic book fans.

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So to conclude¬†Batman Forever¬†is a film that I like from a nostalgic stand point and I think it’ll honestly have a special place in my heart. But it obviously isn’t exactly the Batman film that fans were hoping for after the Tim Burton approach and I can say that I don’t like the film nearly as much as I did before. However¬†Batman Forever is still decent, it’s not nearly as painful as some say and I think its WAY more tolerable than its sequel, so if you haven’t watched it and you’re curious, give it a chance.

Rating: 6/10 (Its cheesy, campy and a little silly, but it’s still fun!)

So there’s my review people, only 6 more to go. So have you seen Batman Forever 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 24, 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‚Äôll 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¬†‚ÄstAdolf 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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Lincoln Review

I’m sorry for taking so long to get this review online, but as some of you may have seen who follow this blog I have been posting like a crazy man over the last 3 days and I didn’t want to overload their subscription lists haha. Anyway I saw Lincoln on the weekend just to see what the hype was about and see if it was worthy of all the praise, so is it a great historical film or just another boring biographical film? Read on and find out!

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So the story covers the final few months of Abraham Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives. I found it interesting to see how Lincoln tried to get this amendment passed in order to abolish slavery, and I also found it interesting to see how a lot of people weren’t down with the idea and thought it was too radical for time too. The story in this film is dramatic, emotional and impactful. There are elements of corruption, dirty dealings in the background, and there is also a lot of tension in the film too. It was captivating though the story was hard to follow at times because of the specific dialogue used. And speaking of the dialogue, this film is very dialogue-heavy and not that much action happens, but if you can sit still and embrace the story then you’ll enjoy the film a lot.

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Then there’s the cast of Lincoln, they were all grand. Firstly Daniel Day-Lewis really does give an Oscar worthy performance as Abraham Lincoln. He carries the role with such gravitas and conviction, and he embodies the character to the point where you don’t even see him as an actor. The way he moved and spoke, I saw Lincoln in him and while I can’t tell how accurate it was to real thing I felt that he really kicked ass! Also Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln was outstanding, her performance was emotionally charged and you could see that she was a fragile and complex and Field handled the role wonderfully especially in her intense scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis. But my favourite performance came from Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, he was this intense force of nature who was a no-nonsense kind of guy who insults people he doesn’t like, so badass. Jones was incredible and his performance was powerful, unforgettable and quite funny at points too. And there was also some great performances from David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Costabile and Jared Harris to name a few. There really are too many people to mention in this film, but all of the cast were really on the mark.

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The presentation is also very good. The cinematography and camera work was excellent with some great shots and angles at many points in the film. And the soundtrack by John Williams, well John Williams is automatically awesome and while this isn’t one of his most memorable soundtracks, the score he composed for this film was fantastic.

So in conclusion Lincoln is probably one of the best historical dramas I’ve ever seen. Now while I haven’t seen too many films of this genre I have seen a good few before this film and this one is great. I was surprised with how much I actually enjoyed this film, but it was definitely a brilliant film that deserves all the praise it’s getting. Steven Spielberg has done a great job with this film, the cast is great, the story is solid and the presentation is grand. I highly recommend this film; it is worth your time and money.

Rating: 9/10 (Super Seal of Approval!)

There’s another review done, I hope you enjoyed and whatever your thoughts on the film drop them below in the comments section! See ya on the next review! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I‚Äôm Looking Forward to in 2012: Men In Black 3

Hello again ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another installment of films I’m looking forward to in 2012 and today’s film is very interesting one which comes in the shape of Men In Black 3.

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In a way Men In Black 3 in a way is one of those unexpected sequels that’s just showed up out of nowhere and it really does seem like Hollywood are running out of ideas and are resorting to reviving dead franchises from the ground for a remake or unnecessary sequel, however this is one sequel I think some people would like to see. The first Men In Black was awesome and I think everyone can agree that it was a good film, whereas a lot of people hated MIB2 and it wasnt the sequel most people wanted, so with a third film on the way I think fans want to see the power of the film series restored. Now this film has taken many years to make mainly because for a while it only was rumored to be made and then it was eventually confirmed by Sony Pictures Entertainment back in 2009 that the Men In Black would grace our cinema screens again. In 2010 after some debate as to whether Will Smith would sign on to do another MIB film, he was eventually drafted onto the project once co-star Tommy Lee Jones had joined the fray along with returning director Barry Sonnenfeld in May 2010. And then we had our first taste of that old school MIB feeling when Will Smith dressed up the black and white suit with the glasses at an exclusive Sony 3D TV launch event at Sony Pictures Studios saying that he was about to make 3-D look good. That line alone got me hyped.

In November 2010 principal photography started and it was at this point we got a look at the first set pictures and as time went by we got to see some of the additional cast members that would be part of the film including Emma Thompson, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement and even singer Nicole Scherzinger was going to be part of crew too. The cast for MIB3 seemed to be a mix of the old with a lot of fresh new talent and things only started to look up after the set pictures started showing up. Seeing Will Smith as Agent J again made me so happy and it was also good to see Tommy Lee Jones there too. It also looked like Josh Brolin looked great as the young Agent K, Emma Thompson looked fairly professional onset and Nicole Scherzinger just looked hot so I had no complaints. ūüôā

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It seems like an odd fit on paper but Smith and Brolin seem to fit well together as partners in MIB3.

When it comes to the plot of MIB3 it is as follows:

J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

Now time travel is no stranger to sci-fi films and if anything it is usually used as the main plot device for films from classic film series’ like The Back To the Future Trilogy to the Terminator films or more specifically in great films like Donnie Darko or the animated masterpiece that is The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. In the case of MIB3 it does seem like a questionable choice for a plot on paper, but at the same time it does look pretty good in the trailers so there looks like there’s hope for this film.

The development of this film has been very turbulent due to delays, script rewrites and other formalities that made MIB3 look like it wasn’t going to be made. But luckily the film continued in production. And so several months down the line we got more set pics, the main teaser poster which was literally the title of the film in space. Then in November 2011 the next set of teaser posters came out and they were very funky, dizzying and confusing.

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Look at those? While it’s certainly an inventive poster, one has to ask the question who thought that these posters was a good idea? It’s very strenuous on the eyes.

Then in December we got our first sort of look at the film when the first small trailer came out in December 2011 and it sort of had that old MIB feel with a few new aspects in play in terms of plot, aliens and the human characters. And while it was decent trailer it did feel like it was quite lacking and left much to be desired. Luckily a full trailer was released recently, but we’ll get to that in a bit. There’s also talk recently of Lady Gaga making a cameo in MIB3 which could be great or completely irrelevant and this wouldn’t be the first time a famous music artist made an appearance in a MIB film. As many will be aware the late Michael Jackson made cameo as Agent M in MIB2 and it was probably one of the best scenes in the film because it was pretty damn funny.

I think the main reason I’m looking forward to this film is due to the fact that it’s Will Smith’s first film in like 4 years and that’s far too long for someone as awesome as him to be out of the game. I think MIB3 is the type of film Will Smith needs to come back into the world of cinema. Mainly because it’s part of a series of films that people know of and it seems like it’ll be massive. Plus this’ll be a great chance for those uneducated in the world of Big Will to take in all of his greatness.

Besides the fact that Will Smith is in the film, MIB3 does look like it could be a decent film. As I mentioned before MIB2 wasn’t that well received and so now in the year 2012 the filmmakers and actors have one final chance to redeem themselves and prove that the MIB series still kicks ass and also prove to us as the film audience that sequels can be good when handled properly. Potentially MIB3 could be a failure and all of this could be in vain. However even if this film doesn’t do amazingly well in the end it couldn’t be any worse than MIB2. Now let’s talk about that new trailer that’s available below:

Now seeing this trailer I feel a little more hopeful for this film. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t think MIB3 was going to be a complete failure but it’s always hard to tell until you get a decent trailer. This trailer happens to give us better idea as to what will be going down and is miles better than the previous trailer. Seeing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as partners again back in black is fabulous and Josh Brolin seems to capture the spirit of Agent K very well and overall there seems to be a great deal of scale to this film, with the characters, action and sci-fi elements combined.

So now all we can do in wait until May 2012 to see if this sequel kicks ass or flops at the Box Office and with critics. It comes outs around 2 weeks after The Avengers so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares in the summer.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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