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A Thoroughly Entertaining Comedy that Didn't Overstay its Welcome,
Episodes is a fantastic television series with very well written episodes and a phenomenal comedic cast. It is a brilliant satire on the entertainment industry in general and tells it from the very fun perspectives of Sean and Beverly, two comedy writers from London getting their series remade by Americans. There is also a good arc and terrific character development throughout the series, it does not just have one episode after another with no connections, instead having a continuing story with characters building and changing throughout.
It does get to a point, I will admit, where it does not necessarily get worse, but does get safer. The first two seasons are consistently bold and always willing to try new things, but the other three do start to delve in to the realm of cliches and security blankets. It does not get significantly weaker, just a little less exciting.
The cast is all around spectacular and there are many brilliant comedic actors that come for a few episodes and leave, but out of the cast that stay throughout, Stephen Mangan and Tasmin Greig have a dynamic chemistry that constantly keeps the show grounded, John Pankow is an absolute scene stealer as Merc, and Kathleen Rose Perkins plays a delightfully complex role as Carol that is consistently entertaining. However, the highlight is without a doubt Matt LeBlanc as, well, Matt LeBlanc, he plays a horribly exaggerated version of himself that is selfish, pompous, narcissistic, and you can see he is constantly having a blast doing it, which makes it so much fun to watch, and see him do something so different from what we all came to know and love him from in Friends, proving he is not a one trick pony.
A riot from beginning to end. Consistently stays afloat, big laughs and came to a close at a perfect time, Episodes is a comedy series that I would highly recommend.
A British couple/writing duo travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British comedy series, but their lives change forever when Matt LeBlanc is casted as the lead.
Best Performance: Matt LeBlanc
Special Correspondents (2016)
Stale and Uninspired,
Special Correspondents is a mediocre movie with a shoddily written plot and a cast that are enjoyable but have been much better. Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana certainly have an excellent back and forth that makes for a very enjoyable viewing, It is just unfortunate their natural chemistry was put together with unnatural dialogue.
I am a huge fan of Ricky Gervais, and it upsets me to see him deliver such average work, but the film really does feel unfinished, like there was so much more that could have been done to make this far better, for instance, strengthening the plot, but the passion just was not there. He definitely did not have half as much intrigue for this as he had for the likes of The Office or Extras, he was just asked by Netflix to make a movie and did.
The characters are also immensely two dimensional, none of them have a quality that adds a real human element to them, every thing they say feels written.
A stumbling mess. Not without its moments, Special Correspondents, unfortunately, does not have enough for me to recommend this.
Two down on their luck men fake a kidnapping while they hide out in New York.
Best Performance: Eric Bana
Incredibles 2 (2018)
An Immensely Solid Sequel that Shines on its Own, As well as being a Fateful continuation of its Predecessor,
Incredibles 2 is a fantastic movie with a very well developed plot and a stellar voice cast. As far as sequels go, it really does shine and is probably one of the best continuation to an animated film I have seen in a very long time. Though he may have been shying away from them for several years, it is clear Brad Bird did not stop thinking about these characters, the love, passion and intrigue in developing them further was felt in this screenplay throughout.
My only issue with the film really is that the villain does not shine half as much as Syndrome, who was one of the highlights of the first Incredibles. While there are brilliant moments, particularly a very tense scene where Elastigirl tries to track their location, the motivations and scheming of the character is quite cliche in terms of superhero movies, and was not nearly as personal or hard hitting as it felt in the original.
The voice cast is all around fantastic and as great as ever, and the new sides we see from the characters in this movie are fascinating, without feeling out of place or forced in any way. The star of the film, for me, is Violet, who is given a spectacular arc that I was always the most invested in, while Jack Jack was also a joy in every scene and a character with so much fun capabilities for writers.
An immensely solid sequel. Despite the difficult challenge this film takes of being a sequel people waited 14 years for, it takes this challenge heads on and manages not to disappoint, The Incredibles 2 is a joy from beginning to end.
Following directly after the events of the first movie, Elastigirl takes up work with an organisation striving to save the protection of superheroes, while Bob stays home with the kids and discovers Jack Jack's superpowers.
Sweet, but Not Quite as Spectacular as Pixar's Other Shorts,
Bao is a good animated short film with a nicely developed plot and some stand out moments. It is a very sweet, quite a different short for Pixar as we follow a mother bond with a dumpling that comes to life, giving her a second chance of motherhood. It definitely explores deep, emotional themes while staying humourus and kid friendly, exactly what Pixar does best.
I will say that the film did not impact as much as some of Pixar's other shorts, one of the main reasons being I found myself trying to figure out what was going on for too long. I did not understand why it was a dumpling, and there probably was not a specific reason, but having it be a piece of food that comes to life just confused me, and I avoided connecting with the piece cause I felt like he was going to get eaten.
Sweet and well animated. Bao is not my favourite of Pixar's work, but it is certainly unique and definitely worth a look.
A mother whose son has left the nest gets a second chance when a dumpling comes to life.
The Last Man on Earth (2015)
A Brilliant and Refreshing Conedy Series That Unfortunately Never got the Praise it Deserved,
The Last Man on Earth is a phenomenal television series with immensely well written episodes, as well as an inspired and talented cast. It is one of the most refreshing comedy series I have seen in a while, as we follow a group of people in a post apocalyptic society. The show is far less about the danger surrounding them, and far more about the relationships between the characters and how they function in this new world.
As well as that, there are lots of very unique episodes that take unexpected turns, such as several where we follow another character in this universe who has no connection with the main cast, it was never afraid to try new things.
The cast is all around terrific, Will Forte deserves huge praise who his portrayal as Phil Miller, a deeply complicated character who is flawed and, at times, completely selfish and unredeemable, but Forte has a warmth to him that always makes him loveable. Other standouts are, of course, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriquez, who had such an incredible arc as Todd that he managed to display a lot of depth to while always keeping the part grounded.
Hilarious and investing. Funny, well written, meaningful and smart, The Last Man on Earth ticks all the boxes that would make me want to recommend it as a solid comedy series, my only criticism is that they ended it too soon.
Survivors from a deadly virus search for more humans and safety.
Best Performance: Will Forte
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Has its Moments, but is Nowhere near as Refreshing as The Original,
Sicario: Day of the Saldado is a good movie with a reasonably well developed plot and an outstanding cast. The highlight of the film is without a doubt the two electric performances delivered by Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, both as great as ever in their respective roles, bringing a great intensity in their performances.
I will say that the film stumbles due to a lack of an everyman-type character, as Emily Blunt was in the first film, with Brolin and Del Toro, they are very much anti-heroes, but lean so much on either side of both villain and hero that it becomes too difficult to decide whether to route for them or not, which is intriguing when they are side characters, but a bit stressful when they are now the leads.
I also was very disappointed by the lack of development or of feeding us with any new information on Alejandro. What worked so well with the first one was how mysterious he was, and what excited me so much about the announcement of a sequel was getting to learn more about the character, but upon seeing this film, I just left a little aggravated that I did not gain much more from the character that I did not already receive from the first Sicario.
Had plenty of phenomenal moments, but riddled with flaws. Sicario: Day of the Saldado is certainly enjoyable, but it had more potential than what it delivers.
The US government looks to increase threat and conflict on the cartels.
Best Performance: Benicio Del Toro
Not the Teen Dramedy I Had Hoped For,
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a decent movie with a reasonably well developed plot and a talented cast. The highlight of the film is certainly the chemistry between Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, the back and forth between them was phenomenal, and looked absolutely effortless.
However, I did find that the film was falsely advertised as being a feel good teen comedy drama that it made me go in to it expecting something else. In reality, it is a very bleak film that teaches bad lessons about your teen life and paints a very pessimistic picture.
As well as that, if I am being honest, I found Lerman very uneffective in the lead role, Charlie was a very bland character that he did not bring much to make him more intriguing, this suffered especially when Sam and Patrick are far more interesting, but we do not get to see them half as much.
Has its moments, but was not for me. I am aware many love this film, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower never made me feel too hard or laugh too much, and for that I could not recommend it.
An outsider in his first year of high school finds friendship with two older students.
Best Performance: Emma Watson
The Simpsons: Haw-Haw Land (2018)
Fun, but Had a Greater Potential,
Haw-Haw Land is a good Simpsons episode with a well written plot and plenty of very funny moments. I definitely enjoyed Lisa's bond with Brendan and the crontrasting conflict between her and Nelson. The side story was also quite fun, seeing Bart getting in to chemistry created some chuckle worthy moments.
I did, however, find that the episode was a bit misleading. Featuring Ed Sheeran as the voice of Brendan and having the name be a parody of La La Land, I was anticipating the episode to be a full blown musical or to at least feature a few new songs, but it instead is quite a by the numbers Simpsons, it could have done something so much more interesting.
I thought Ed Sheeran did a great job as Brendan and quite like the quality he generally has as an actor, he fitted in to the universe of Springfield seamlessly.
Fun episode. Certainly not amazing, but Haw-Haw Land is a solid Simpsons.
Nelson gets jealous when Lisa falls for jazz pianist Brendan. Meanwhile, Bart finds out he has a gift for chemistry.
The Simpsons: Gone Boy (2017)
Gone Boy is a terrific Simpsons episode with a well written plot and plenty of very memorable moments. It was an absolute joy of an episode that had a very timely feeling to it, this easily could have been done in the fifth or sixth season, it did not try to appeal to the pop culture euphoria of today and merely did its own thing, which is what the Simpsons should always do, they are enough of icons themselves, they do not need to continuously reference others.
One thing I will say is that I would have loved once we got to the "Bart section" of the episode, finding out what actually happened to him, I was hoping for a "Gone Girl" type reveal, because of the title, and was a little underwhelmed they did not give Bart a similar presence to that of Rosamind Pike's character in the movie.
Kelsey Granmar is brilliant as ever as Sideshow Bob, continuing to always delight, as well as bringing something new to this very enriching character who continues to be one of my favourites on the show.
Simple and enjoyable. Gone Boy is a very solid Simpsons.
A search party goes out for Bart when he goes missing, and Sideshow Bob is a key suspect.
Third Person (2013)
Consistently Riveting, Despite Poor Pacing,
Third Person is a good movie with a reasonably well developed plot and a terrific cast. It is certainly a very interesting story that consistently kept me engaged. It interconnects the three stories in a very clever way, even if it is not as consistent as similar films, it definitely still manages to keep my attention throughout and I was sincerely invested in to each character.
There definitely was an issue with pacing, the film presents itself as being a sort of rapid fire movie, but each story is told in a slow, melancholic fashion that it does, at times, start to feel like the potential of interconnected plots is wasted on as they become less and less linked as the film progresses.
The cast is all around spectacular, even if their potential in these parts does not always feel fulfilled. The likes of Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and Adrien Brody are all impressive in their parts.
An enjoyable watch, but not something you will be longing to see a second time. While it definitely had more potential, Third Person is certainly an intriguing piece of film that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good drama.
A tale of three interconnected love stories.
Best Performance: Adrien Brody
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
A Thriller with Little Thrills,
The Butterfly Effect is a poor movie with a shoddily developed plot and an ineffective cast. It is certainly an ambitious film that had interesting ideas, but unfortunately it all becomes muffled. There was a sense of overenthusiasm and confidence in the idea that did not help in giving it any weight or scope.
There was so much that it could have done right, personally I love the idea of time travel, and I thought the way that he was going back in time to his body and age that he was at that time was immensely interesting, but it never ended up doing anything more than being lightly amusing.
The cast is pretty lackluster, the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart just do not belong in a film like this, it brings the caliber of the movie down to a noughties teen romp, which they fit fine in to and are fun to watch, but they did not do anything to benefit this mess.
Convoluted and overbearing. Filled with great ideas that are never executed well, avoid The Butterfly Effect.
A man discovers he can time travel to the bodies of his former self and alter the present.
Best Performance: Ashton Kutcher / Worst Performance: Amy Smart
The Simpsons: Mr. Lisa's Opus (2017)
A Very Bold Future Episode,
Mr. Lisa's Opus is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written story and a load of hilarious moments. I always love the episodes that explore the character's future, but this episode does so in a very unique way, showing us a side to Lisa we have not seen before and really taking advantage of her as a character.
The only thing I will say is that it did have the tendency to get overstuffed. Longtime writer and executive producer Al Jean wrote a very ambitious script that does, admittedly, stumble at times due to certain details being mentioned but never properly developed.
I have to applaud this episode for truly showing us Lisa Simpson to such an impressive degree for the first time in a while, jumping back and forth from past, future and present, showing her in college and having her struggle to find acceptance and happiness. The episode goes places that I never would have expected, showing us what they can do with Lisa that you never could with the likes of Homer and Bart, because she is an intellect with possibilities very different from the rest of the family.
Funny and heartwarming. Sweet, memorable, Mr. Lisa's Opus is one of the best Lisa focused episode's there's been in awhile.
Jumping back and forth from various of Lisa's birthdays, as she applies for college.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Has it's Moments, but Never Truly Shines,
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good movie with a reasonably well developed plot and a talented cast. I will certainly commend this film for being very fun, one of my issues with the most recent anthology film, The Last Jedi, was that it did not have enough of it. There are plenty of great back and forth moments, some nice rapid fire dialogue, it was just refreshing to see a film be playful with this universe again. A highlight for me is, without a doubt, Donald Glover as Lando, he lives and breaths the part, being perfectly suited as a young Billy Dee Williams. He was very slick, simply fun to watch, and I have high hopes we will get to see him in the part again.
While it is no doubt entertaining, it is lacking in something that would have had me completely hooked, there was a sense of a lack of confidence in the overall film, it was shakey and lacking in charm because of that.
I think the main reason I felt this way about the movie is, while he is by no means bad in it, Alden Ehrenreich just does not quite nail it as Han Solo. He was lacking in the charismatic selfishness of Harrison Ford, I always loved how the character was sort of an anti-hero, only out for himself, so it was underwhelming to see him be a lot more of a traditional hero here. As well as that, Ehrenreich is really only doing an impression of Ford, which I get that he had to do, but I never felt a moment of him doing his own thing with the character at all, it was a bit rigid. Fun while it lasts, but nothing spectacular.
Playful, action packed, but forgettable, Star Wars fans should certainly check out Solo, but leave your expectations behind while watching.
Han Solo gets involved in a heist in order to rescue his love.
Best Performance: Donald Glover / Worst Performance: Emilia Clarke
The Simpsons: Singin' in the Lane (2017)
A Fun Tribute to an Old Classic,
Singin' in the Lane is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written plot and plenty of very funny moments. The episode revives the old "Pin Pals" from a classic episode way back in the seventh season, I loved what they did with it, they were not just reviving an old classic for fanfare, but it was clear they clearly had a new story to tell that they were intrigued by.
The only complaint I have, as much as I like Lenny, Carl and Barney, I would have preferred if it was a proper revival with the original crew, Homer, Moe, Apu and Mr. Burns. I get that it was likely because they are viewed far more as a gang, but I would have loved to have seen them together again, especially seeing as we rarely see Apu, Moe and Mr. Burns interact with one another.
Funny and memorable. A blast from start to finish, Singin' in the Lane is a simple, fun Simpsons.
Moe revives his old bowling team to bring back some passion from his glory days.
Great Fun, Witty and Clever,
The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used To Be is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written plot and a ton of chuckle worthy moments. Marge running for mayor was a great plot that I am actually surprised the show had not done before. Putting her up against Mayor Quimby was a delight that lead to plenty of very enjoyable moments. I liked the unexpected turn of having her make fun of Homer in order to win people's support, and how she managed to achieve this as a result of the naivety of Springfieldians.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the side story of Mayor Quimby enjoying a life of retirement, it was very humourus and also nice to see him get his own little story, as he is a character who is rarely given anything more than a scene or two used merely for gags.
Funny and consistently enjoyable. A clever, satisfying twenty minutes, The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used To Be is a solid Simpsons episode.
Marge runs for mayor and uses jokes aimed at Homer's expense to gain support.
Once Again makes the Wrong Story a Subplot,
Grampy Can Ya Hear Me is a good Simpsons episode with a reasonably well written plot and some great moments. The side story was certainly my favourite, as we follow Principal Skinner go through a personal trauma as he discovers his mother has been keeping a lie from him for years, what ensues from there is quite entertaining.
The episode suffers with a similar issue that several episodes have had this season, in which it pushes a story with much more potential in to a corner, making it a subplot, and giving a lesser, more two dimensional plot, in this case being Grampa getting a hearing aid, and that's about it, in to the main plot, but barely having enough to warrant it being that.
The Skinner plot had loads of potential, it could have been a great Bart and Skinner episode, but instead it minimizes this plot to make room for a story that was more so a series of sketches.
Fine, but forgettable. Grampy Can Ya Hear Me is a good Simpsons, but it suffers due to how much better it could have been if it was handled with a bit more care.
Grampa gets a hearing aid and starts to hear what people have been saying about him. Meanwhile, Principal Skinner receives unsettling news.
The Young Pope (2016)
Becomes Too Convoluted for Its Own Good at Times, but a Genuinely Interesting and Entertaining Plot,
The Young Pope is a great mini-series with a very well structured plot and an outstanding cast. It follows a very interesting story of a young, American man becoming a pope, and the controversy that ensues from his unique viewpoints. There was clearly a great deal of research done in how the Vatican function and it all felt very well documented. I will say that, at times, the series got too convoluted and almost carried away with itself, to the degree that I was struggling to suspend disbelief, as too much of the story was very grounded in reality to almost be going off on tangents.
The cast is all around spectacular, Jude Law knocks it out of the park as Lenny Belardo, a very complicated and rich character that he puts so much life in to that we do route for him despite many flaws.
Consistently interesting. A well structured, terrifically acted ten hours of television, I would recommend The Young Pope to anyone looking for a good drama mini-series.
Follows the story of Lenny Belardo, a young man who becomes the first American pope.
Best Performance: Jude Law
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Great Fun, Bigger and Better than its Predecessor,
Deadpool 2 is a fantastic movie with a very well developed plot and a tremendous cast that shine in both comedic and more dramatic moments. As much as I was looking forward to this, I really did not think it would manage to top the original, I was prepared to be entertained, but I did not give my hopes up on it being spectacular. I was blown away from just how thoroughly entertaining, funny and investing it really was, by far one of the best sequels that has been done in awhile, it manages to go bigger without getting carried away with itself.
The only major issue I had with the film was the lack of development they put in to Cable. Despite Josh Brolin really bringing it to the part, they left a lot of details out about him, and being someone who was not previously aware of the character, I would like to have known a bit more, he needed a lot more scope.
The cast is all around brilliant, Ryan Reynolds is as great as ever in the title role that we can see is still a dream come true for him to play, and it's immense fun just watching him having a ball. Brolin, who already wooed the hearts of Marvel fans as Thanos, annihilates it again in a major part, Zazie Beetz, whom I really admire from her work in Atlanta, had a terrific presence as Domino and manages to match up against two major actors playing well known characters, she was an absolute scene stealer.
Pure fun, as well as an engaging story. Proving that sometimes, bigger is actually better, Deadpool 2 is a blast from beginning to end, I would recommend to all fans of the franchise, it is a must see.
Wade Wilson seeks vengeance and works to protect a young mutant, along with new friends and foes.
Best Performance: Ryan Reynolds
Wonderfully Weird, as We've come to Expect,
Treehouse of Horror XXVIII is a terrific Simpsons episode with three very well developed segments and a plethora of brilliant moments. I can gladly say there is no bad segment this time around, the past few years there tends to be at least one bland one in the three, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of these. The Coraline parody was particularly ambitious, I loved the mesh of the two animation styles, it was a really joy to watch.
The weakest of the three was definitely Maggie getting possessed, while I did still have fun, it offered nothing new or original in terms of Exorcist parodies.
I also loved the third story, probably one of the weirdest THOH segments the show has ever done, as Homer takes up a new diet of eating himself. It is certainly not for the faint hearted, but I really admire how far hey went this season.
A very bold Treehouse. Fun, enjoyable, weird, and at times quite disgusting, Treehouse of Horror XXVIII was great and took some real risks.
Maggie gets possessed, Lisa discovers a portal to a new world, and Homer begins a strange new diet.
The Simpsons: Whistler's Father (2017)
Lightly Scripted, but Enjoyable,
Whistler's Father is a great Simpsons episode with a well written plot and many hilarious moments. Instead of having a main plot and a sub plot, this episode instead had two plots that were both equally as important as each other, which I quite enjoyed. Neither one felt like filler, instead the writers were putting in the same level of focus in to both plots.
However, I will say that the "Maggie being able to whistle" plotline was very lackluster and we get as much out of it as my description describes. It's a weird concept that the show has the ability to spin on its head and make fun, but unfortunately that does not happen here.
I did, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoy the plot of Marge working for Fat Tony's crew, it lead to several terrific moments, particularly from Fat Tony, Legs and Louie, and was without a doubt the saving grace of the episode.
Great fun. Thoroughly enjoyable, Whistler's Father is a nice Simpsons episode.
Homer discovers Maggie can whistle and launches her baby celebrity career. Meanwhile, Marge starts working for Fat Tony.
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Sweet and Superbly Acted,
Behind the Candelabra is a terrific movie with a very well developed plot and an outstanding cast. Capturing the life of world renowned musician Liberace at a certain phase of his career and personal life, the film manages to find a lovely balance between these two without making it feel overstuffed or putting too much focus on one aspect. Huge credit deservedly goes to director Steven Soderbergh in bringing this all to life, between the camera work, set and costumes, this world is brought to our very eyes marvelously.
The only issue I would have that is worth mentioning is that there was very little scope put in to any character bar Liberace and Scott Thorson. Of course, I understand that the film revolves around their story and relationship, but I felt we could have gotten a bit more development from other characters that also served a huge importance to this plot, but unfortunately come across as two dimensional.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are absolutely outstanding in their respective roles, both going against the grain of what we had come to expect from them as performers. Douglas knocks it out of the park as Liberace, bringing this larger than life, animated being to life in a way that never comes across as mimicry, but genuinely authenticity, while Damon really grounds the story with a part that is much more tame and human.
Riveting and enjoyable. Spellbinding performances and superb direction, Behind the Candelabra is most certainly worth the watch for anyone looking for a good biography film.
Chronicles the six year relationship between superstar Liberace and his young lover.
Best Performance: Michael Douglas
Cadillac Man (1990)
Great Concept, Could have been Executed Much Bettsr,
Cadillac Man is a decent movie with a reasonably well developed plot and a very talented cast. The saving grace of the film is certainly Robin Williams and Tim Robbins, who have a great back and forth with one another, as well as both playing consistently interesting characters that are very different to them.
My biggest issue with the film is that it has such a surefire concept that seems like it will have no chance of not being at least exciting, and it really is not, the film never seems to fully realise or embark on the potential of a man who "has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his business, while also shielding his two girlfriends from each other, until a gunman enters his dealership", it could have been far more fun and bizarre than it ended up.
I felt the film should have focused far more on Williams' and Robbins' characters, instead of jumping back and fourth to a bunch of characters in the dealership who I cared far less about. I would have loved a far larger focus on their characters, it could have been a two hander, the other characters were unnecessary.
Great concept, poor delivery. Has it's moments, but Cadillac Man never truly shines, and for that reason I could not recommend it.
A car salesman is trying to balance many great stresses that all need to be put on hold when a gunman enters his dealership.
Best Performance: Robin Williams
Begin Again (2013)
Sweet, but Unspectacular,
Begin Again is a good movie with a well developed plot and a talented cast. Mark Ruffalo is, without any doubt, the saving grace of the film, he delivers a truly pure and honest performance, delivering a very vulnerable, tragic character that we do feel for and support as the plot progresses and his character grows.
I will admit, I was expecting something more original and fresh from John Carney, the visionary writer and director behind Once and Sing Street. However, I could not help but feel an overabundance of studio involvement in this film, there was something holding it back from being different, something preventing it from standing out.
Keira Knightley is quite bland in this film, I do generally enjoy her as an actress, but I feel she did not manage to play a normal person. She suits a strong female lead, such as in Pirates of the Caribbean, or a quirky female, like in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but I was never convinced by her as a normal, ambitious, conflicted human, and her chemistry with Ruffalo simply felt forced.
Had potential, but lacking in originality. Unfortunately dull, Begin Again failed to sweep me away, worth the watch if you are looking for a good romance, but do not expect anything phenomenal.
A chance encounter leads a male and a female to feel reinvigorated in their careers by collaborating with one another.
Best Performance: Mark Ruffalo
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War is a fantastic movie with a very well developed plot and a tremendous cast. This really does break new boundaries that have never been crossed with a Marvel movie, or any superhero film for that matter. From the very first scene, we are pulled in, we are made aware that this film is bold, daring, that the stakes have been risen to the max and the circumstances are dire. It genuinely had me at the edge of my seat, the atmosphere in the theatre was phenomenal, as we reacted and shared the journey with one another, it was a film experience I will not soon forget.
The movie also deseves to be applauded for how seamlessly it manages to combine all these franchises in to the one, it never felt overstuffed somehow, I never got lost, and, what it especially deseves credit for, never felt any one of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange or Spider-Man were under utilized in any way, everyone got a good amount of screen time and a solid arc.
One of the film's highlights is, without any doubt, Josh Brolin as Thanos, he completely knocks it out of the park as this intimidating, petrifying character that we know from the get go is going to put all of our favourite superheroes in jeopardy. He had me both trembling and riveted every time he is on screen, and I was amazed with the turn the Russo brothers took in actually getting us to somehow sympathise and see a little eye to eye with a character that so easily could have been presented as just a villain.
All around tremendous. Entertaining, action packed, funny at times, suspenseful at others, Avengers: Infinity War is a film that needs to be seen on the big screen, it is a sight for sore eyes and it does not let down one bit.
The Avengers face their biggest challenge yet as they learn of Thanos, who has his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet and will stop at nothing to collect all six Infinity stones, which would render him unstoppable.
Best Performance: Josh Brolin
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
A Sequel that Never Gives itself a Reason to Exist,
Now You See Me 2 is a very mediocre film with a thin plot and a talented cast that are never given a chance to shine here. What the film does still offer is some visually terrific sequences, even when it can get convuluted, it is always fuj to see these magicians use their skills and it's a soecial thing this series has to offer that no other film series has. The plot is very flat, I really enjoyed the first Now You See Me and was looking forward to seeing how they continued this story, but they really did not try to break any boundaries or try to excel beyond any success they had with their predecessor, it was simoly by the numbers. The cast look like they are having fun, and that certainly makes it more watchable, but their is little to no scope added to their characters, we do not learn anything new or benefit in seeing them grow by watching this film, it offers little pay off. An uninteresting sequel. Lightly plotted and thinly developed, I would advise giving Now You See Me 2 a miss.
The Four Horsemen are recruited to pull off an impossible heist.
Best Performance: Mark Ruffalo