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Now You See Me (2013)
Breathtaking, loved every second!
Before I even walked into the cinema I knew this would be a great film because of the great actors and original story. I've always been a fan of Jesse Eisenberg, and I don't think the movie would of worked if he wasn't cast in the main role, and the same goes for everyone else in this movie. Each and every actor brings their A game from start to finish. Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo are good actors but neither really made me think, 'Wow, they're good freaking actors!' But after this movie I can say that about both of them.
The story is original and fresh with some mesmerizing action sequences and some even better thrills! All of my respect goes to Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, if this was just a movie about four young bank robbers it wouldn't have blown me away as much as the magical element did, even with these actors.
Now much like this movie, the title of this review could be deceitful, there were a few moments where I found myself thinking 'Really? He just turns every light bulb he comes across?' (You'll understand about 15 minutes into the movie). Some of the audience at the magic shows didn't impress me either, but they're minor speed bumps on an otherwise fulfilling, truly beautiful film.
I can tell you that this movie will most definitely take your breath away. Some have complained about the four horsemens character development, don't let that throw you, they're probably just angry that they couldn't work out the twist, which by the way, was also a beautiful moment.
Overall, this is an amazing movie, with awesome action, great actors and characters, a nice soundtrack and a brilliant script. Woody Harrelson had everyone in the room laughing. But maybe I'm biased. There is nothing I love more than a great heist movie.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
This truly is a beautiful movie... Enough said! I would leave it at that but IMDb requires 10 lines in a review so... Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence make the best on screen couple since Ross and Rachael. The twist is, none of them are truly happy. With a supporting cast like De Niro, Weaver and Chris Tucker, there was no way this film could go wrong.
Bradley Cooper makes the movie real. He is amazing in portraying Pat, a victim of bipolar disorder, and Jennifer Lawrence does a great job as the 'Good Girl'. Pat and Dr. Patels therapy sessions are a nice change of pace as well. "Read the signs!" Watch this movie! You won't regret it! (This film definitely deserves all the awards it got!)
Appreciate the genre
I think the main reason for most of the negative reviews on here is that those people were probably expecting explosions and stuff like that. After all, it is a film about a CIA operative extracting six fugitives from Iran. However, this film does not include explosions, or gunfights, or any James Bond stunts.
If you're looking for a film like that, walk away now. What this film is a tension filled political thriller, and a bloody good one at that. Some people in the UK have given this bad reviews plainly because they were not credited. Yes, the British Embassy sheltered the fugitives for a few days before agreeing they would be safer in the Canadian Embassy, but so what? I'm a British citizen and I couldn't care less about our absence in the movie. If the director wants to go the extra mile and add a pointless half an hour on the movie, let him, but Ben Affleck pulled this off with flying colours.
Speaking of Affleck, I've never really been a huge fan, but he is phenomenal in this movie. He does a great job as a director and an even better job as Tony Mendez. The only complaint is there wasn't enough of a backstory, he talks on the phone to his kid near the beginning but they weren't very believable as father and son. For me though, Alan Arkin and John Goodman make the movie. They supply the comedy to the movie while Affleck does the drama. Also, Bryan Cranston didn't have a big enough part, hes a great actor but he didn't get chance to show it in this film.
Overall, this is a mature spy thriller, with an exceptional cast, and *very* believable characters. On a side note, the sound track fits perfectly and Lora Kennedy (Casting Director) definitely, without a doubt, picked the right people for this movie. Ignore the negative reviews and watch this, because this is one of those films people will be talking about for a while.
Not for everyone
I've seen 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring' at least 4-5 times a year. But only now have I really started to appreciate it. When watching it in the past it has always been with my parents, and I've been fairly young. Bored by the length and lack of action.
However, when I watch it now, I really take it in more. I found myself smiling throughout the whole movie. The soundtrack fits perfectly, the script is perfectly written, and the action scenes really get your blood pumping, you really feel like you're there with them! Elijah Wood and Ian Mckellen make the movie. Their banter is great, just like Elijah's and Sean Astin's. The biggest thing that stood out to me was Sean Bean, his acting is impeccable, and I'm not usually a fan of him. Bean and Mortensen create a chemistry like I've never seen.
The lowest point for this film is the length, personally, I don't mind, the longer the better, but when I asked my 10 year old brother if he liked it, he told me he was in and out, too much story, too little action. I completely disagree. I love films that concentrate more on the story than the killing, but obviously my brother does not. I will admit that I remember thinking the same when I was his age.
Overall, if you're over 15 and can appreciate a film with great music, great dialogue, and a perfect story accompanied by beautiful acting, this film is for you. If you're under 15 though, you may be bored by the length and little action. (Don't get me wrong though, there is enough action to fulfill adrenaline junkies' thirst for blood).
Thanks for reading.
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
A bit cheesy but...
OK, lets start with the story line... If I'm perfectly honest, there isn't one. Mcclane goes to see his son and then gets caught up in a terrorist plot. Typical Die Hard.
Bruce Willis does a decent job as the quick-witted Mcclane, and him and Jai Courtney create some good on-screen chemistry as fictional father and son. Rasha Bukvic's character can be a bit dry at times, but its forgivable due to his psychotic bad guy nature, and Yuliya Snigir does a good job as the bad guys daughter.
The biggest let down for this film was the director. It was too damn cheesy. And what happened to the pistol. I think I seen two uses of a pistol in the entire film. Everyone was toting automatic weapons. Not what I expect when I watch a Die Hard movie. The producers of the film overshot the slow mo and jumping through windows way too much. The scriptwriters would have had the easiest job, because there is no talking! A couple of cheesy one liners make up the dialogue in this film. But it's all forgivable, because it is Die Hard. Its not famous for it's story line, it's famous for its action and sarcastic humour. Also, every Die Hard movie has at least five far-from-reality moments.
All in all, it's a good film with some great action sequences and some quick-witted comedy, even if the slow motion is sometimes a bit *too* slow. However, I would liked to have seen more of the pistol.