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The World's End (2013)
Cheers to the cornetto trilogy for it's humour and heart
I love the movie, it was still very funny but it didn't have anything as memorable as the first two. Because of this it can't help but be the weakest (and it was always going to be) but the pure heart and story was better than the previous two. Shaun had heart (plenty) but the observation of life and being human in this was extraordinary. Two scenes were exceptional and I really felt for the characters. Which was another great thing, the chemistry between all the characters was great and you felt they were friends off-screen. Their dialogue was natural and very realistic, they bounced off each other exactly how they should have and I instantly grew to love them all. This was another thing that Shaun and hot fuzz excelled in but I felt this did it better. The story was great two, many plot elements I didn't see coming and had me laughing out loud due to pure absurdity, though the foreshadowing was a little overdone. The subtleness in the previous two made the movies more entertaining but it was still clever writing. I was also very Impressed by the the effects but the overabundance of it made it disconnect from the trilogy though the fights were hilarious and were stylised in such a way that makes me laugh just thinking about it. Nick frost is a great slapstick actor, you could tell he was having fun (along with everyone else). In the end this movie was truly the weakest of the three with less imaginative and laugh out loud humour plus an uneven tone but is truly exceptional in story telling and heart. This makes it just as fun to watch as the previous two even if not an instant classic. 8.6/10.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Maybe the most fun i've had all year!
This review contains no spoilers. I don't normally write reviews for movies but i enjoyed this movie so much and i want to show that a mo-cap movie can be good to all the naysayers. First of all the movie starts with a stylish cartoon opening credit which basically sets up the style of Herge's books and the movie. We are soon brought straight into mystery only 5 minutes into the movie and doesn't stop in to the credits roll. We are introduced to Tintin in a really great way which i won't spoil along with the rest of the movie's great humor which put a smile on my face throughout and will with a lot of kids and adults. Jamie Bell is really great as the the boy journalist setting a real fun and adventure thirsting character like Mr Spielberg's other adventurer. The rest of the cast also shine in their roles with Andy Serkis playing a sublime and brilliant haddock who is a very complex and original character to get adapted to the screen but is pulled off so well by the mo cap master. Even more Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are funniest on screen as the Thompson twins who take on their roles with enthusiasm to give a flawless and and great performance. Finally Craig gives a good performance as Rackman with a evil and typical bad guy role though doesn't shine no way as much as the rest of the cast. However in the end it doesn't come down to one of the human cast to steal the show but tintin's partner and pet snowy with his cuteness and Wit that makes him irresistible to anyone. What makes this movie even better is its use of the mo cap tech which includes some astonishing set pieces which couldn't be caught in real life from a motorcycle chase through the streets of morocco to a OTT crane fight which is so over the top you don't care due to the amazement of it all which Indy 4 failed to do. Really i couldn't expect anything less from writers Moffat, Wright and Cornish who have already created remarkable stuff in their lifetime which is applied to the movie to create a remarkable adventure story with a good plot and some amazing design and love. However this movie does come with some flaws including some bad dialogue throughout the movie and some undeveloped characters which i would have loved to have seen more of. Thought this no way spoils the movie which is the most fun i have had in the cinemas this year. This movie is fun and really funny which never stops. It also includes some of the most breathtaking scenes since avatar with the action and adventure of Indiana Jones. Even more john William's score really fits the movie and once again enhances Mr Spielberg's work. A return to form for one of the best directors of all time.