Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
The best X-Men movie with the new cast
After reading some mixed reviews about this movie I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to see this one in cinema. I was a teenager when the first X-Men movies came out, and I liked them a lot back then. But now I'm almost 30, so it's not that often I go to see superhero movies - I've missed Deadpool and Captain America - Civil War this year (and Batman V Superman was big pile of sh*t to be honest). You could say I've lost my faith in superhero movies - or maybe I have grown up.
But I decided to give this movie a chance. Mainly because Michael Fassbender whom I have enjoyed as Magneto and because Oscar Isaac is the main villain in this movie. And those two actors are the best thing this movie has to offer.
The plot is entertaining, and the movie opens with epic scene from ancient Egypt. The movie makes Magneto even tragic character than before and Isaac's Apocalypse is probably one of the coolest villains of all time. Apocalypse is scary and vicious at the same time. And I gotta give it to the makeup department; Oscar Isaac is very nicely transformed into Apocalypse.
And now I'm going to give some minor spoilers, so don't read ahead if you have not seen the movie yet.
We get to see how Storm got her white hair and how Prof. Xavier lost his hair. You might have never thought about those two things, but after seeing what happened to their hair, the mystery is finally solved (at least to those of us who have not read the comics)! If you remember the movie X2, you might remember the dam where Wolverine was held. So when this movie goes to a dam with same looking wintery scenery, you just might get some goosebumps. You guessed right: yes, we do have Wolverine!!! For about two awesome minutes Hugh Jackman is slicing up people. That came as a surprise for me because I had not expected him.
X-Men: Apocalypse introduces many new faces and does a good job doing so. Quicksilver has also "his scene", and it's a lot better than in Days of Future Past - and that scene was great too.
I don't think there is much to complain about in this movie. Well maybe Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. I don't like her in Game of Thrones, and I didn't like her now. She's just not that good actress. Too bad they're probably ruining the future X-Men movies with her.
This movie is the best superhero movie since The Dark Knight Rises (I know, it's DC and this is Marvel). If you have hard time choosing between this and Captain America, go see this one!
A little disappointing, but still good
Let me start this review with a cliché: I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings movies. I saw the first film when it was released in 2001 (I was 11 back then). They are my favorite movies and have made me what I am today - a student studying film.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the movie I waited for years and years. I always knew it couldn't be as great as LOTR films were, but I hoped it to be decent. And it was. I thought it was maybe a little too long and had some unnecessary moments. In my opinion, the LOTR movies are better than the books, so I am not a Tolkien purist. Thus I didn't mind all the "made up new scenes" PJ added to the movie - actually I loved most of them.
Now after waiting for a year, the second part of the trilogy is here. I saw it in HFR 3D in a midnight screening here in Finland. The Desolation of Smaug starts *** SPOILER SPOILER *** with a prologue from the Village of Bree, where Gandalf meets with Thorin, wanting him to claim Erebor back. I think this was a very nice beginning for the film, and you can actually see a familiar face from the Fellowship of the Ring eating carrot again.
After this, the actual story continues where it ended in the first film. The company is followed by bloodthirsty Azog and his wargs, and the dwarfs seek refuge from Beorn's house. Beorn is an interesting character in the book, but unfortunately there's only little of him in the film. That's a pity as the actor seemed good.
The Mirkwood was something awful in my opinion. The CGI looked so god damn fake (especially on the trees) I wanted to cry. I don't think it was the 48fps making it look so bad - The Unexpected Journey looks at some points bad from Blu-ray. You have to but wonder - what on earth have they done right with the LOTR films over 10 years ago to make them look so brilliant and real? Is it really that nowadays CGI just looks crappier? I don't know, but the CGI on the Mirkwood looked bad - and this bothered me time to time with different scenes throughout the whole film (especially in Gandalf vs. Sauron). Have they not have had enough time to finish all the shots? Anyways. Let me not bother you with boring whining about CGI. Legolas is back, and that's a good thing. I think his character is nicely introduced in this film. His father seems to be like an douchebag, and Legolas is clearly fond of Tauriel - a new character played by Evangeline Lilly. Tauriel is, without a doubt, a pointless character. Yes, she is Legolas' love interest, but she crushes on Fili (or was it Kili? I always mix those two!), and that is something so dull! Tauriel's scenes are dumb and they make the movie look bad. Especially the overlong chat in the dungeons and the King's Foil scene... WTF?! The battle scenes look great, and I loved the barrel scene. The choreography was outstanding, and extremely fun. I think that's a good thing considering The Hobbit is a movie based on a children's book. You could see Peter Jackson's old splatter film maker imago popping up time to time, but those scenes were made with good taste.
The Laketown was very nicely done with all the detailing, and Luke Evans did a great job being Bard. Erebor looked as great as it did on the prologue of the first film, but now we got to see the dragon and his mountains of gold (about the CGI; this scene looked most of the time great, but the melted gold was awful!). Benedict Cumberbatch made a terrific performance as the voice of Smaug. The theater trembled when he spoke and that gave me some serious goosebumps! I liked the Smaug scene, even though it was way too long with a "little" battle. And now comes even bigger spoiler, about the ending - so don't read forward if you don't want to know how it ends! I was so sure before seeing the film that the movie was going to end in the death of Smaug. But it didn't. The ending came rapidly and a bit unexpectedly, at least to me. The movie ended in the scene where Smaug is seen flying towards the Laketown. After thinking this for a while, it is a good ending. It has cliffhanger, and the Smaug is in the last film too by ending second film like this. The third film would not have made much sense if it would have only the the Battle of Five Armies.
All in all, this is a good film that could have been better. Some scenes are just so pointless you have to but wonder them. This is, by far, the funniest Tolkien film made to date. You have to laugh at least to the Gimli joke. Peter's directing is great, but the film could have been better, if some scenes would have been saved for the extended edition. Actor's are all top notch, as you'd expect. Only big complain I have is CGI. It really does look bad at some points. HFR films looks awesome, as does 3D. This is a nice film that you have to see in theaters!
Iron Sky (2012)
Best sci-fi movie - EVER!
As I live in Finland, I have been interested in Iron Sky movie since they announced that the makers of the film 'Star Wreck' are making a new sci-fi movie. Star Wreck was funny, and it was made with a very low budget (15, 000 euro), but the CGI looked pretty good. I have followed pretty much the progress of the Iron Sky film on internet, and the first trailers looked very much awesome. Visually the trailers said to me, that this movie was going to be astounding!
Today I saw the screening of Iron Sky at the 'Iron Sky On Tour' event in Finland, where there where also the director Timo Vuorensola and the producer Tero Kaukomaa talking about the film after the screening - which was all very interesting, but I will only give a short review of the film for you now!
The story of the film was great, especially if you like conspiracy theories and such. I trust you all know the movie follows space-Nazis from the moon, so I will not tell you more about the plot (but I can say it was pretty ordinary after all). The humor of the film was probably best ever. I understand that Nazis are a tough thing to swallow for many (probably more to Europeans than others), but the script was so well-written and the jokes were so good, that I don't think if I have ever laughed so much in a movie theater. The characters were all interesting on their own way, and I think I liked most Julia Dietze - I wish her nothing more than a blossoming career as an actress!
Visually the film is probably the best looking ever that has come out of Europe - not to mention Finland where we are used to only drama films! And the budget of this film was only 7,5 million Euros! The director Vuorensola said that this movie has something like 890 CGI shots, nearly as much as the latest Transformers film. I can't describe by words how awesome some scenes looked, but I dare say that sometimes it looked even better than the space battles of Star Wars Episode III. It is funny how you can do a film that looks like a 100 million film with under 10 million!
All in all this film was a pleasant surprise. My expectations were really high, but it was so nice to see that the film was nothing more than an superb and entertaining 1,5 hour film with great humor and awesome visuals! I could easily say that this is the best sci-fi movie happening in space ever. I highly recommend this film to all friends of science fiction and good comedy - well worth a cost of a movie ticket!
Perfect ending for a movie saga that changed many of us
After seeing the extremely good Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in theatres last year, I started immediately waiting for the final movie. I have grown with the Potter books and movies; I was 11 when the first movie had it's premiere, and now I'm 21. So in a way, I am one of those lucky people who have actually grown up to adulthood with Harry.
As the first part was so great, it created very high expectations for this movie. But seeing the trailers, the movie looked very, very good.
I live in Finland, so I was lucky to see this movie last night, as it premiered here in Finland 13th of July. The movie started at 12.07 am, and it continued directly from were the part 1 had ended. It actually seemed, that the movie was skipping way too much stuff from the book. But of course, this wasn't anything to worry about, because most of the last book was already seen on the part 1, leaving only about 200-300 pages from the book to the last movie. So, as told, the movie started fast. Very soon it was the time to rob the Gringotts. The scene was very good, especially the dragon riding. This scene also proved, that the worry abut how the 3D would look was unnecessary. The 3D looked awesome, and this was a big surprise, as this film wasn't filmed in 3D, but converted to it later. The cinematography was beautiful throughout the whole movie. I paid a lot of attention to it as I study it myself.
And then it came the time for Harry to return Hogwarts. I must say, that the last battle was more than unbelievable. It was really something that we haven't seen yet in movies. It really was magic. The visual effects were astounding. And all the feeling of things to end in the book was shown very well in the movie. I must say that it was more than once or twice when I cried. The moment that many were of course waiting, was the death of Snape. In the book, it is very emotional. In the movie, it was emotional too, but the makers hadn't done it so that it would have made me cry - they kinda ruined Snape's death as they did to Dumbledore. But thank god, Snape's memories were all shown very well, and it made me really happy. And about deaths, they didn't actually show Fred's death, which was a shame too. Instead, we got to see some scenes that weren't told in the book so well - one of these scenes was Ron's and Hermione's visit to the Chamber of Secrets, which worked actually very well. It was funny too. And that reminds me of the humor the movie had. There were lots of it, and I was surprised how well it actually worked. In the moments of despair, there were lots of funny moments - Voldemort made me laugh more than once, as did McGonagall.
At last it was the time for Harry to meet Voldemort. The moment we had waited for the whole movie, and the whole movie saga. The Dark Forest scene was as in the book, and so was the moment with Harry and Dumbledore - which was great scene actually. It was bad choice from the director to show the final duel in different place than the book. As it is in the trailer already, the final moments of the battle are outside of the castle without people watching it, and not in the Great Hall with hundreds of witches and wizards looking at the duel. In the book, the duel is more like a moment when all time stops, there are only Harry and Voldemort. But in the movie, that feeling wasn't shown so well. The death of Voldemort was also a bit different than in the movie - I'm not yet sure if I liked it or not. There were no cheering people around Harry, next thing we saw was Harry walking peacefully in the Great Hall.
The ending was very similar to the book, even though Harry, Ron and Hermione didn't visit Dumbledore's painting at principal's office. 19 years later scene was as dull as it was in the book, it was actually pretty comical. And then the movie ended. It actually ended. I couldn't believe it. It was a strange moment. I watched the credits, and thought about how long time it was that I had lived with Harry. Ten years. And nothing new to read or to see anymore. Nothing new to wait from the world of Harry Potter. It made me happy and sad.
The Harry Potter saga had an ending that really was worth it.
My favorite movie
I remember one cold day when I came home from skiing in December 2001. At the moment I had entered to our house, my mom said to me that we are going to movies. I was a bit surprised, because usually we did not go to movies too often back then. She said the name of the movie, but it didn't ring any bell. I did not even get the chance to change my clothes, they clearly had been waiting for me. We went to movies together by our old -87 Mitsubishi Lancer - my mom, me, my brother and my cousin. The reason why I remember that day so well is that it changed my life literally forever. I was 11 years old.
When we arrived at the movietheatre I saw the poster. There was this young man with curly hair, looking down to his hand in which he held a golden ring. I thought this wasn't very promising. There were really many people in the theatre waiting. This was very unusual, because we lived in small town and usually there was like 30 people in one viewing. But that day the theatre was full - all 302 seats. I thought this must be some big blockbuster film, which it of course was.
And then the film started playing. The very first scenes of the film impressed me, and the movie took me away with it. I found the movie very fascinating. The story was so good I had never before seen anything like it. Sure I had seen Star Wars films, but I didn't like them when I was 10 and I do not like them now either. When the movie ended I was totally speechless. I couldn't take my eyes of the screen. I had just seen something that made me to want direct movies. Immediately the next day after I had seen the film I borrowed Lord of the Rings -trilogy from the library and read it in two weeks (not bad for an 11-year-old in my opinion). Few days later I went to see the movie again. After that I went to see it again, so I saw it 3 times in movietheatre.
To this day, I have seen The Fellowship of the Ring about 25 times. I love this movie so much I can watch it again and again and again. The two sequels for it were to me almost as good as the first one, and I've seen them as many times as the FotR. Usually I watch them in a row. The extended editions are of course the versions I prefer watching than theatrical, because the bring so much more in the movie, but since the theatrical cuts were released on Blu-ray almost a year ago, I'm always facing a hard decision which version to watch:) There are still new things I notice while watching this film, and it is actually quite rewarding after so many times. The meaning of the movie to me grows every time I watch it, and I am glad of it. I wouldn't be me as I am today this day without Fellowship of the Ring, so thank you J.R.R. Tolkien & Peter Jackson! Now you must be thinking what kind of review for the movie this is. Well, I would say this tells my personal relationship for the movie. I thought it might be more interesting to read than other dull review. I am pretty sure everyone knows what this film is about, so I'm not going to tell the story. As sure as I am about that, I also know that most of you reading this have seen all the three LOTR films already. So you do must know how perfect this movie is in every imaginable way, so I don't have to explain myself to you. Just watch it NOW if you haven't seen it yet.
The effect the movie had on me after seeing this film for the first time lasts still on me. Firstly it made me a total movie freak; I go to movies almost every weekend and usually I watch 1-3 movies/ day. The second thing is that I still want to direct movies. And to that dream I have lived to this day. At the moment I study cinematography in Finland, so there's still a long way to become a director, but I'll try and probably someday I might direct a proper movie...
I have been fan of Harry Potter books since 2001, when I first saw Philosopher's Stone in movies. I was 11 years old back then, and I thought the movie was great. One month later I saw The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, which literally changed my life; I now study cinematography in Finland.
Sadly, none of the Harry Potter films have been better than the first one, which is still a great movie, but very childish. As the books became darker and better book by book, the films remained childish. To me, Half-blood Prince was an awful film: I didn't like the way how there were scenes that weren't in the books, like stupid jokes and the burning of The Burrow. Especially I was irritated by the way there were some great scenes missing, like Voldemort's memories.
But now, in The Deathly Hallows the movie series has finally reached the stage it should have been since The Goblet of Fire. It is absolutely great! As a movie, there's only one word for it: unbelievable. Cinematography is beautiful and the scenery is breath-taking (I gave this part of the making a lot of thought as it will be my occupation someday). Director has done good job with everything. Music fits well to the scenes and Daniel Radcliffe shows finally his talents as an actor. Visual effects are great, and they gave me some serious goosebumps. The best thing in the movie is that there are not many scenes that were not in the book. Those that are, are actually pretty good jokes that fit well to the story. All the main parts of the novel are there, which was nice. Only few things made me annoyed (like Wormtail, and the actor of Bill Weasley, who was not "cool" as Harry described him in the books). Also a good thing was that the movie was actually bit scary, even to me - and I'm 20. Bathilda Bagshot was creepy and the Horcrux scene was gorgeous in a strange way.
All in all, this is by far easily the best part of the HP series as a film and as a book. It's so good it deserves 10 stars out of 10, and I even dare say it's one of the best films made in few years. It is absolutely one of the best fantasy/ sci-fi films ever made. I wish the next July would be here already...