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QUICK REVIEW: Room

Howdy people of the internet, time for a review that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, today I finally get to talk about Room. Now before this film came out in the UK, there was so much buzz around this film for its incredible story and performances, but when I saw the trailers I had no clue what the film was about, and normally if a film can’t give me a feel for what I’m gonna what beforehand it’d be a hard sell. But after so much positive word of mouth from certain online film shows and people that I know, I decided to see what was up, and now I’m gonna pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.”

This film was quite captivating because of the sheer concept of what took place, from start to finish it was an engaging and dramatic experience. Now I find it a little hard to talk about this film without discussing spoilers because it is those details that reveal this story’s brilliance in the mystery, tension and discovery of key elements as to why I liked this film, but I’m going to be as vague as possible. What this film did well was paint a picture of an incredibly strange scenario, which as the film went on, you discovered just how complicated and difficult it was for this mother and son to operate within the confines of the room, and how, no matter how hard things got, they needed each other to keep going. There was so much drama emotionally and psychologically, things got pretty melancholy and traumatic, but then there were some humourous and absolutely beautiful moments that made me SO happy as well. I will admit that this film felt very similar to A Place Beyond The Pines or Cast Away where the first half of the film was much more engaging than the latter and people who have seen said films may be able to understand what I mean by that. That’s not to say that the parts beyond the escape was bad, I just had a preference on the earlier half where things were a little more mysterious, difficult and confined.

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As for the performances, damn, all I can say is well done to the cast involved especially when it came to Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Firstly Brie Larson, talk about a breath-taking performance. Larson played Joy “Ma” Newsome and she was so good as a mother who was doing her best to protect her son physically and mentally, but also having to deal with her own personal issues which came with being a mother and adapting to a life that felt so trapped and dehumanizing. Not to be outdone Jacob Tremblay was insanely talented as Jack Newsome, As usual child actors can fall into one of two categories; pretty good or pretty bad, and luckily Tremblay fell into the former. Jack was a really interesting character as we got to see him adapt and learn about the world from a very different way that most kids grow up, and we see a lot of the film through his eyes (kind of like Rugrats), and learning about how he interprets things, what should and shouldn’t be done and seeing the strong bond he had to his mother so was fascinating. Seeing Joan Allen again was great as she did a fine job as Nancy Newsome, her scenes with Jack and Joy were some of the most powerful moments in the film, and it was also interesting to see William H. Macy as Robert Newsome, his character was good and had some interesting moments in the film too. Sean Bridgers as Old Nick was very good and Tom McCamus was also great as Leo.

In conclusion Room was a very interesting, dramatic and thought-provoking experience that had absolutely stellar performances from the leads Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, and a story that was very compelling to watch. I now see why so many people were talking about this film during its main release in the US and while it isn’t my favourite of the Oscar-nominated films of this year, it certainly is in the top three and I wish it nothing but luck at the Oscars.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Room and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Mystery Men

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #7 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. Today I’ll be talking about Mystery Men.

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This is one of those films I’ve heard about through passing conversation online and have been told to watch a good few times by my uncle over the last few years, but I’ve never put time aside to see it. But much like a few previous entries in this blog series I now have a reason to watch it.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.”

The story in this film is very unconventional, it is like a typical superhero film but at the same time it really isn’t. Mystery Men tells a classic tale of superhero heroics, but in a parody-like fashion that pokes fun at superhero tropes and the standard codes and conventions. It is pretty interesting to see these strange takes on superheroes and villains when it comes to their costumes, personalities and motivations and the overall story. Since this is primarily a parody of superhero stuff, the jokes and references are very self-aware and will resonate with any comic book fans who know their superhero material. The comedy doesn’t always work but when it does hit it can be pretty funny because it is so strange and silly.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Let’s start with Ben Stiller as Mr. Furious, this guy is a little temperamental, insecure and ridiculous, but it those traits that make him fun to watch. Hank Azaria as The Blue Raja/Jeff, a superhero who throws cutlery with great accuracy. One of the standout performances comes William H. Macy as The Shoveler, this hero is so bizarre with his choice of weapon, however he acts with the most amount of logic and sensibility. Kel Mitchell is great as Invisible Boy, he is a nice, smart and innocent dude who has the ability to become if nobody is looking, which is ridiculous but it makes him really funny too. Janeane Garofalo does a really good job as The Bowler, i like her backstory and her reasoning for wanting to join the team and have revenge for what happened to her father. Wes Studi has to be my favourite as The Sphinx, this superhero has some cool powers but what may be even cooler is the fact that he constantly talks in riddles or just states sayings in a confusing manner.

Geoffrey Rush as Casanova Frankenstein is fabulous, this guys is very smart, cunning, flamboyant and is fun to watch. Eddie Izzard is just awesome as Tony P., this guy is the leader of the Disco Boys and has a lot of confidence, charisma and style. Greg Kinnear is really good as Captain Amazing/Lance Hunt, he’s this superhero who is super nice, charming and has all of those Superman/Captain America personality traits in the public eye, but behind the scenes he’s a bit of an asshole who needs a challenge and better reception from the public eye. Also Paul Reubens is good as The Spleen, Claire Forlani  is lovely as Monica the waitress and Tom Waits is another strange yet entertaining person as Dr. A. Heller.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is pretty good, there is a nice sense of style with the costume design, art direction when it comes to Champion City and the use of colour and lighting. The CGI helps to craft the expansive city and is used well in some of the action scenes, but it does look a little dated now. As for the soundtrack, the film score by Stephen Warbeck is alright, but the music selection is much better especially when it comes to “All-Star” by Smash Mouth (love this song).

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? This is another one of those films I never knew was originally based on a comic until I looked it up, so once again I don’t know much about the source material.

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So to conclude Mystery Men is a strange yet fun film, it parodies the superhero genre with some really funny, strange and interesting ideas, and it helps that the cast involved are really good as well. While it isn’t a great film, it’s still worth a watch especially if you like superhero films.

Rating: 7/10

That’s 7 reviews done, only 23 more to go. So have you seen Mystery Men 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 7, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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