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LATE ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Bad Neighbours 2

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’m finally, FINALLY getting around to talking about Bad Neighbours 2 (originally titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in the US). Now I enjoyed the first film, and while I didn’t love it, I really enjoyed the carnage and humour that came from Zac Efron and Dave Franco especially. So when I heard there’d be sequel I knew I’d have to give it a shot.

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In a way Bad Neighbours 2 is essentially a retread of the last film with a few variations of the basic plot. In this film Mac and Kelly end up living next door to a new sorority who prove to be more troublesome than their previous neighbours, so they team up with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down. And what I liked about this film was that besides the fact that the humour was order-the-top, silly and full of all sorts of ridiculous situations, there was some heart and emotional themes relating growing up, friendship and finding your place in the world, and as someone who has experienced some of these same issues/anxieties it was pretty effective. With all that being said, not all of the humour worked and some of the emotional moments weren’t as effective as they could have been. When it comes to the cast the returning members did well and some of the new cast were cool too. Firstly Zac Efron (who was my favourite dude from the last film) returned in full effect as Teddy Sanders, and Efron had the same charisma and likability that made him so fun in the last film. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne also returned as Mac and Kelly Radner, and they were just as strange and good as they were last time. Ike Barinholtz was also as Jimmy Blevins and seeing Dave Franco again as Pete Regazolli was nice even if his role was much smaller. Chloë Grace Moretz did really as Shelby, as she was not only fun and charming, however similar to Teddy, she had a pretty interesting and emotional character arc. And finally Kiersey Clemons as Beth and Beanie Feldstein as Nora had their decent individual moments, but weren’t as funny as some of the other cast members. In conclusion Bad Neighbours 2 was a good follow-up the original film and while not all of the humour and story elements worked, on the whole it was worth a watch in the cinema.

So that was my review, have you seen Bad Neighbours 2 and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

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

 

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Bad Neighbours Review

Hello ladies and gentlemen, time for the first of two film reviews today and it is a COMEDY DOUBLE! OH! Now this is a big deal because anyone who reads this blog knows I’m not keen on comedies, but I’m open to comedy films if they look funny. So the first review comes in the form of Bad Neighbours, a film I wanted to watch because I heard good things from early reviews and the trailers looked good. So how does the film fare? Well read on and find out.

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Here’s the story summary:

Mac and Kelly Radner are a young couple, they are suffering from arrested development and have to care for their newborn baby and for the most part their lives stable if somewhat boring. Things change dramatically when the couple are forced to live next to a fraternity house lead by Teddy Sanders, a young, out-going and crazy student who is ready to party on a hardcore level. Obviously these two are from different worlds and they start to clash in various and funny ways.

The story was somewhat unique but also familiar. Basically you have two opposing forces that are forced into the same space, they are on totally different wavelengths, so obviously they are gonna clash and that’s where the fun lies in this film. While I understand and naturally want Mac and Kelly to get their way, I was way more invested and interested in Teddy and his fraternity because they were so crazy, obnoxious and silly. Plus being a university student I could relate to their party antics too haha. This film just has an incredible sense of modern times in there with the dialogue, pop culture references, partying and music, and that made the film incredibly easy to relate to. I also like how there is a bit of heart to this comedy, I mean most comedy films don’t rely on jokes alone and have to present something else which is normally some emotional component and in this case it is a subplot involving Teddy and I really liked that inclusion.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. First there’s Seth Rogen as Mac Radner, now I make it no secret that I dislike this man with a passion, but in this film he was tolerable. Sure he’s still doing all of his Seth Rogen-based things but I think the material Rogen was working with is better than some of his previous films, his comedic timing is good and he was at times kind of funny. Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner is also good, I haven’t seen Byrne in a film since X-Men: First Class, but luckily she’s versatile as she is funny and has good chemistry with Rogen. She is also pretty hot in this film, however I don’t feel like all of her funny moments connected as well as Rogen’s.

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But the stand out person for me was Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders. Now I’ve been a fan of Efron since Me and Orson Wells and since then the guy has gone on to become so much more than that boy from High School Musical. In this film Efron is on fire, the dude is funny and has such a great screen presence, Teddy is a cool, handsome, brash and somewhat selfish guy who lives in the moment and whats to party hard while at university. Whether Teddy is butting heads with his neighbours or messing around with his boys he is a joy to watch and for the ladies they’ll probably love seeing him topless throughout the film. Dave Franco as Pete Regazolli is another one of my favourite people from this film, he’s Teddy’s second-in-command, he is just as crazy as Teddy but has some weirder qualities. Pete is really funny, but also pretty smart and the most logical of his frat boys. Franco and Efron have great t chemistry together and I loved their friendship, it was way more endearing than Mac and Kelly (probably because I’m a young person who loves a bit of bromance haha).

There were other good performances from Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie (even though he was very underused), Lisa Kudrow was funny as Carol Gladstone, Jerrod Carmichael was great as Garf, Hannibal Buress was a combination of being funny and weird as Officer Watkins and lastly Craig Roberts as Assjuice was delightful, Roberts has come such a long way since The Story of Tracy Beaker and he had a lovely part in this film.

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In conclusion Bad Neighbours is fun comedy that works mainly due to it’s really great work from the cast, good verbal and physical jokes and a story that has substance and reliability. Not all of the jokes work and a fair amount of them felt like I’d seen them before. Plus the film wasn’t nearly as funny as I had hoped and I probably won’t watch it again, but for what it was and considering how much I hate Seth Rogen, this was a good time.

Rating: 6.5/10

So what did you think of Bad Neighbours? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review which will be up straight after this one! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Paperboy Review

I recall seeing the trailer for this film I think around a month ago and I knew from that point that this was a film that would be worth a watch. The story seems interesting and the cast was solid, so fast forward to Wednesday this week when I went to watch this film in the cinema and I have to say it was definitely something I’m not going to forget anytime soon.

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So the story of The Paperboy is set in the 1960s in Moat County, Florida. Here we have Jack Jansen; he’s the son of the local newspaper publisher and has the job of paperboy after he’s kicked out of college. But things change when Jack’s journalist brother Ward arrives from Miami hot on the trail of a story that could make his career. Along with writing partner Yardley, Ward wants to uncover the mystery behind inmate Hilary Van Wetter’s imprisonment and prove him innocent. And then there’s Charlotte Bless, a woman obsessed with prison-based men who has now taken a liking to Hilary who tags along with Ward and Yardley and supply them with information relating to the investigation. With Jack now as their driver, the four of them travel to prison to meet Hilary and try to help his situation. However what follows is a tale of mixed emotions, sexual tension, mystery and deceit.

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I thought the story in this film was very intriguing and at no point was I bored, as the plot advanced and thickened I just wanted to know more about each of the characters. Elements of the story and characters really fell into the area of strange and disturbing territories for me. Some of the secrets and mysterious behind these different situations are pretty unexpected and dramatic. There is one now-infamous scene in the film that everyone talks about. I won’t say what it is but it is a scene that sort of leaves on speechless. Annoyingly the specific scene question was ruined by Mark Kermode while watching one of his videos online, however that still didn’t stop the scene from being strange to watch.

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I think the strongest element of the film is the characters as the performances from the cast here is some of their strongest stuff for a while. Let’s start with Zac Efron as Jack Jansen. In this film he plays a young adult with issues in his past and has a pretty dull life until the return of his brother and his first encounter with Charlotte Bless. After seeing her he becomes obsessed and wants to court her, but due to Charlotte’s love for Hilary it creates emotional and sexual complications for them. I think this is his finest performance to date. Now I have to say I have become a fan of his in recent years, while I stay away from his romantic films, after I saw him in Me and Orson Welles I knew he had actual talent. In this film his talent is on show as much as he is in his underwear for a lot of the film too haha. Then we have Matthew McConaughey as Ward Jansen, he was really as this journalist who tried was well-headed and stayed in control of most of the situations he was in. I don’t have much to say about McConaughey besides the fact that he played his role very well and I was impressed.

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Let’s move onto the most surprising performance in the film which was Nicole Kidman as Charlotte Bless. My god, what difference from her other roles! I have never a transformation for a role. Kidman was simply captivating as this sexually charged prison groupie who is a complicated and vulnerable person that has wants and needs. You can see that she knows what she wants and tries to keep Jack away at a distance because of his young love for her. The other notable performance would be from John Cusack as Hillary Van Wetter, he was a creepy individual who was calm and collected in is meetings with Ward, Yardley and Jack; however with Charlotte they have a connection of the sexual kind that comes to the surface a points. This is most different kind of performance I have seen from Cusack; it was quite strange and disturbing.

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Now we move onto David Oyelowo as Yardley Acheman, he was surprisingly intriguing as Ward’s writing partner. He brought some humour to the film and some reliability too both due to the fact that he was black and English too. And lastly we have Macy Gray who plays as Anita but also acts as the narrator of the film too. I thought she was simply fabulous. I also liked how she was the innocent party in this watching the chaos ensue from a distance as the maid for the Jansen family. The relationship between her and Jack is sweet and lovely to watch, Gray and Efron have great chemistry together on-screen. I know Gray has made some film appearances over the years but this is the first time I’ve seen her in years and I’m glad I did, she does have some acting talent.

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When it comes to the presentation its pretty good, visually the cinematography and lighting is nice and there is a use of film grain in the film which I think really worked for the film especially because of it 60s setting. Also the soundtrack by Mario Grigorov was very good at conveying emotions and amplifying the dramatic elements of the film, it can be quiet unnerving and creepy at points, also the collection of songs in the film was nice to listen to too.

So to conclude The Paperboy was a film that was definitely an interesting film which left me with mixed feelings after I left the cinema. I kind of feel the same way about this film like I did with On The Road, it has some very interesting and impressive elements but some elements are unnerving and awkward to watch for me. I still recommend the film for the story and performances of the cast which is very good and unforgettable.

Rating: 7.5/10 (I recommend it for the story and cast alone)

So what did you think of The Paperboy? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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