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An Epic Non-Stop Thrill Ride
I must admit I love the John Wick franchise so much, in my opinion these are the best action movies around and John Wick 3 is possibly the best one yet. The plot sees John Wick on the run, every hitman on the planet is after Wick to obtain a huge bounty. Keanu Reeves kind of disappeared after the Matrix films but he has been revitalised by this character. John Wick is the toughest guy ever, I love how comitted Wick is to the role and makes me root for this character, he gets beaten up a lot in this film and it makes even more interesting as a character. He totally owns every action scene he is in and shows what a true action star should look like. The supporting cast are also great, Halle Berry plays an ally of Wick and she nails this action role fantastically, she never seems to age and I really liked her dynamic with Reeves. Ian Mcshane is back for this film and does a good job as the head of the continental, I like how his relationship with John Wick is addressed in this film and how it is a large part of the story. Laurence Fishburne also reprises his role and even though he isn't a large part in the film he provides a charismatic performance when he is on screen. Mark Dacascos plays the villain in the film and I really liked his character, he is basically a John Wick fanboy trying to kill his dream opponent and I thought it worked very well, he was also fantastic in the action scenes. The story is great, this time around it shows John on the run instead of on the hunt, it causes some amazing action set pieces and a chance to see this guy get more tired as the film progresses. There is a twist towards the end if the film and I thought it really worked in the world that has been set up in these films. The script is great with some great dramatic tough lines but actually some well placed humour that really elevated this film for me. Now onto the best part of this film, the style. The action choreography is the best I have seen maybe ever, it is amazingly filmed and is so creative that it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The pacing of the film is amazing it moves at a rapid pace but you will be invested from the first minute to the last as it keeps you glued to the screen. Overall this is an amazing film that completes a truly amazing action trilogy that should be held up as one of the best of all time.
Game of Thrones (2011)
A Fantastic Final Season for this amazing show
Game Of Thrones has been the biggest TV show of all time and now this eighth and final season has come and even though there has been a lot of division in my opinion this was just another fantastic season and a fitting end to this amazing spectacle of a show. The premise of the season sees Daenarys & Jon Snow combine there forces in an attempt to take on the army of the dead, while Cersei Lannister prepares her forces for an attack from the Dragon Queen. Now Kit Harington has sometimes been accused of being boring as Jon Snow but this season I thought his character was fantastic this season, he is dealing with keeping both Daenarys and his family happy and worrying about the looming threat. Harington uses his facial expressions brilliantly to show just how talented an actor he really is. Emilia Clarke as Daenarys has always been great in the role but her character is given extra depth this season and she does a great job this season. Her character gains more complexity this season and it is great to see a female character given this shine. The Lannisters are back, first Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, now I will admit some of the writing for the character has been a bit mixed but Dinklage's performance has been truly superb this season. He delivers such a good performance this season and you truly believe the trouble his character is going through. Jamie Lannister has been one of my favourite characters over the last few seasons and he is once again fantastic this season showing the development that he has gone through over the show. Cersei Lannister doesn't have as much of a screen presence this season but still is great as a central antagonist. Their is the rest of a huge cast and they all do great jobs this season. The story moves at a quicker pace but I really liked the overarching theme of the season and the character interactions that take place. However, there are a few decisions taken at the end of the season that I didn't agree with and hurt the show a bit. The script is great, the drama is as strong as ever and the sprinkle of humour used really does make these characters more well rounded and feel like real people. The style of the show has never looked better, the cinematography is stunning this season and makes this the most visually stunning show of all time. Overall this season of Game Of Thrones is not the strongest of the show but is another fantastic addition. I have to say I have loved this show from the first episode to the last and I am glad that this show will go down in the history books and ends on a high.
The Walking Dead (2010)
A Below Average ninth season that might be the final straw for me
I have watched every season of The Walking Dead and there has been a mixture of quality with some fantastic seasons but also some mediocre disappointing seasons and unfortunatly the 9th season of the show is more on the side of mediocre. The premise of the season sees following the defeat of Negan, Rick Grimes attempts to bring all the communities together in order to ensure a better future. Andrew Lincoln plays Rick and he does a great job in the role, he has been an iconic character and he does a great job in this reduced role to really deliver a memorable performance. However, he isn't in as many episodes as he has been previously and this really hurts the season as none of the characters have stepped up and filled that role. Norman Reedus is back as Daryl Dixon and does a great job, his character remains the tough but loveable guy that we have supported for many years now. A suprisingly good performance has to be Khary Paton as King Ezekiel, this season really sees him come into his own and I became more supportive of his character in this season. However, I thought there was some disappointing performances this season, Danai Gurira has always been fantastic as Michonne, but I wasn't particularly happy with the direction of her character this season. The reasons are quite spoiler filled so I won't address it but yeah I wasn't happy with her character. Smantha Morton is introduced as the new villain Alpha and I have to be honest she didn't do much for me, she was just a very boring character. She lacks the charisma to her and character to really care about the situation that our good guys are in. I love Jeffery Dean Morgan as Negan and he is great when he is on screen but he is so underutilised and this show needed Negan in it a lot more. The story is really jumbled, again it is hard to talk about the story without heavy spoilers but all I will say is that it feels like way too much happens in this season and it affects the quality of the show. The script deals with some heavy issues, the drama is delivered pretty well and there are defintley emotional moments in the show. But the charm has gone from this show mostly, the humour that was a part of the show has just pretty much gone. The style is the same as it has been not much different to the norm so it does work, but I feel like this show has too many episodes a season, the finale for this season felt uneccessary and the second to last episode should have been the finale as it was fantastic. Overall this was a really disappointing season of this show and I have to be honest that unless the trailer for next season is excellent this will probably be the last season of The Walking Dead that I watch.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
An Epic Cinema Experience
Over the last few years I have seen quite a few films including all 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe Films so I was unbelieveably excited for Avengers: Endgame and I have to be honest this is my favourite cinema experience of all time. As a casual fan you can enjoy this film but as a person who has been such a huge fan of this universe since the first Iron Man this film is executed absolutley perfectly. This is also the hardest film to review ever as nobody should have this film spoiled for them and the trailers have been incredibly vague but I will give it a go. So the premise of the film is set after the events of Avengers Infinity War and sees the Avengers attempt to fix the destruction that Thanos caused in that film. Now the cast is absolutley huge but I am only going to talk about a few so this review isn't really long, for fans of Chris Evans as Captain America who were disappointed with his role in Infinity War, they will be pleased with his role in this film as he is excellent and at the forefront. Similar to this Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark is obviously fantastic and totally owns the role, Chris Hemsworth as Thor & Scarlet Johansson as Balck Widow are great in their huge roles. But i wanted to talk about some suprisingly great perfromances, this is easily the best Jeremy Renner performance as Hawkeye, he is a damaged character and has way more depth to his performance in this film. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man really works in this ensemble cast, his style of humour really fits well with the other Avengers and was a great balance to the others. Possibly the biggest suprise is Karen Gillan as Nebula who is really fleshed out in this film and I really enjoyed her character arc especially from the first Guardians film to now. For those people that love Josh Brolin as Thanos this film isn't really about him, Infinity War is his film but he is more of a supporting player in this story but he is still great. I can't talk much about the story but it has a perfect mix of drama and humour, also has a great blend of character moments and epic spectacle. That's all I am going to say about the story but it is truly epic. The script is great, with a really good blend with humour and drama you will be laughing one moment and possibly crying the next and that makes this film special. The style just aids in making this film feel truly epic, the action scenes are great and feels different to other Marvel films. Overall this film is going to be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, this expereience has hit me emotionally and I have seen this film twice already and I can see myself watching this film over and over to come for many of years to come.
A Below Average Mixed Film
This is another of the new live action Disney animated films and I have to be honest this is easily my least favourite to date. The premise of the film sees an ugly elephant find his place in a circus when it is revealed that it can fly. Colin Farrell plays the lead in this film and he is okay, he has a great screen presence in this film and does feel like a leading man. However, his character was pretty bland in the film and didn't provide that much depth to the film. Alos I didn't feel like Dumbo had much of a character so that was definitley a disappointing aspect of the film. The supporting cast is a mixed bag, the one highlight is Danny Devito who plays a fun part in the film, he is the one person who feels very natural in their role. Michael Keaton plays the antagonist in the film and wow he is so over the top that it is just plain bad. He is a complete cartoon in this film, which is so disappointing as he is a fantastic actor but was given nothing to work with. Eva Green plays his girlfriend in the film and she has this really distracting French accent that took me out of the film, she once again tries but is given very little to work with. I also didn't really care about the children in the film, I felt especially the girl acts like she is better then every other character in the film but came across as a bit whiny. The story is very underwhelming, it just has very little to it and is pretty bland and generic. I didn't really care about any of the characters or their plight so it definitley affected the overall film. The script had some chuckle worthy moments that will put a smile on your face, but the drama just really didn't hit for me, so when the characters are trying to build emotion I just didn't care. The style has some impressive visual effects and seeing Dumbo fly is pretty cool. But the problem is that once you have seen Dumbo fly it is never as cool to see it again, this really hurts the film as it can never reach the heights visually that it needs to. Also Tim Burton uses his usual style but I felt it didn't mesh very well with the film and caused a mix of tones. Overall this was a disappointing film but I hope Aladdin & The Lion King are much better then this film.
A Below Average Messy Film
I haven't seen the original Hellboy films for a long time but I was mildly excited for this film due to some entertainment in the trailers, but I was worried that the trailers had shown too much and unfortunatly I was right. The premise of the film sees Hellboy bought in to help stop The Blood Queen from bringing back the Apocalypse. David Harbour takes over the role of Hellboy and does a really good job in this film, it is just a shame the rest of the film is a mess. He is very quick witted and snappy with quite a few good jokes. He looks amazing with the prosthetics and really does a good job of selling the action scenes. The supporting cast though doesn't perform as well, Ian Mcshane plays his father in the film and honestly he could have been played by anybody I like the actor but he had nothing to work with in this film. You are meant to care about their relationship but I never did even when the film really wants you too. Sash Lane plays Alice but her character never really interested me, you are meant to believe in this friendship between her and Hellboy but they never give you a particularly good reason to care about this friendship and again it hurts the overall film. Daniel Dae Kim plays an M11 agent that has to work with Hellboy and he is a pretty generic character, the military guy who doesn't trut Hellboy, yeah you can probably work how that is going to go. The one thing interesting about his character is spoiled in the trailer and isn't explained at all in the film. Mila Jovovic plays the Villain The Blood Queen and she is so bad it is funny, the dialogue for her is just terrible and she really is one of the most boring antagonists of all time. The story is pretty much non existant, there is nothing interesing or unique about the plot in this film, basically the plot is an excuse to get as many over the top violent action scenes and has depth whatsoever, especially with all the plot points being heavilly promoted in the trailers. The script has actually quite a bit of funny dialogue in it that made me chuckle, Hellboy is a pretty funny guy in this film and it definitley helped the film. However, as mentioned the films drama just doesn't hit for me and I didn't really care about anything that happened in this film. The style for the film has some pretty entertaining action scenes especially in the first part of the film. Some of the visceral scenes do work and feel appropriate for the film but I cannot stand how much unnecessary violence there is in this film. I don't mind violence but it has to have a point and this film honestly has so much pointless over the top cartoony violence it hurts. Overall this film is a mess with plenty of idea not executed well. Seeing how much money it has made in the Box Office I think it is fair to say we won't be seeing a sequel to this film anytime soon.
A fantastic fresh feeling comic book film
I am really excited to review the newest DC Film Shazam! The premise of the film sees a 14 year old boy granted the powers from a wizard, during the film he must realise what it takes to be a hero. Zachary Levi is relatively new to me, I have only seen him in his small roles in a couple of the Thor films, so when he was cast in this role I wasn't sure, but he was fantastic in this role. He really nailed the role of this kid in an adults body, he is very likeable and fun to watch especially when he newly recieves his powers. He is of a good physical build to sell all the action scenes and look the part of the role. Also new to me is child actor Asher Angel who plays Billy Batson and he does a great job with a suprisingly emotional performance, he also does the humour well but he does very well in this film. Mark Strong plays the villain Dr Sivanna in this film and he did a really good job, his character is pretty fleshed out and comicly evil as well. He is a good foil for Levi and I enjoyed watching them clash in the action scenes. Djimon Hounsou plays The Wizard and he doesn't have a large role in the film but he does a good job with the material that he is given. A real highlight is the performance of Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freedman, Shazam's sidekick. He starts off the film as quite annoying but becomes a loveable character and I really thought he and Levi did a great job in building their relationship and chemistry. The plot is fun and interesting seeing this child granted an adult body with superpowers leads to some funny moments and an interesting take on how superheroes should act. Suprisingly to me this films emotional arc really resonated well and aided with the character development very well. The script of this film was important and I thought it really worked. The humour made me laugh throughout and helped make this character feel more likeable. Also as mentioned the drama was suprisingly good and aided in making this film feel more then just a throwaway comedy. The style of the film mostly works, the costume is great and feels like it was ripped straight from the comcic books. However, the pacing of this film was a bit of an issue for me, especially the final confrontation which feels like it goes about 10 minutes too long and would have been more effective if it had been shorter. Also the action scenes are okay but nothing really stands out and some of them even feel like a rehash of the final battle in Man Of Steel. Overall I loved watching Shazam! this film was incredibly fun with great performances and an appropriate mix of drama and humour. After Aquaman and this film it is nice to see DC do a great job with these solo films and I just hope they can keep this quality up for future films.
A Below Average dark show
This show was the first big show for the new DC Universe but I had to watch it on Netflix and I just never got into Titans, this show had an interesting premise but I thought it failed to deliver. The premise of the show sees a group of people with special skills have to come together to survive. Brendon Thwaites plays Dick Grayson/Robin and he does an okay job on the show, he has the physical performance nailed on and is very believeable in the role. I just found him quite dull in the role and lacked the charisma or charm to care about him in the lead. Teagon Croft plays Rachael and I actually thought she did a decent job, her character was sympathetic and I actually cared a bit about what happened to her as the season progressed.However, I wasn't really gripped by any of the other supporting characters, the characters of Kori and Gar aren't that interesting and their backstories aren't given enough depth for you to get attached to them. Also the lack of a main antagonist for pretty much the whole season holds this show back from you getting invested in the threat to the team. The story has some interesting take on a couple of the characters and it is entertaining seeing this dysfunctional group work together at first. But this show never hits that truly emotional gear, and to be honest the season feels a bit incomplete as the finale feels just like an episode that should have come before a finale with a lackluster payoff. The script is probably the worst part of the show, the characetrs are written so poorly, the dialogue is wooden and lacks any real emotion to it plus there is a very distinct lack of humour. The style of the show is rated R and this makes it feel different and more edgy at first. Though the filming of the action scenes isn't done very well and it is hard to follow at times. Also I feel like this show couldn't decide between the tone of realistic and super natural and it didn't work. Overall I was really disappointed by this show and I don't think it is really worth a watch.
Triple Frontier (2019)
An Average Action Film
This film has had a ton of marketing put into it and an all star cast so I ahve now seen Triple Frontier and i've got to be honest this film really disappointed me. The premise of the film sees a group of ex marines attempt to take down a crime lord and take the money he owns. Ben Affleck plays the lead in this film and he was okay in this film. His character has an interesting arc in the film which is more then can be said for some characters but I think Affleck has started to become a bit lazy. He seems to play the same thing in everything at the moment and maybe needs a proper break to revitalise himself. The supporting cast is large, Oscar Isaac has the most depth of any of the characters in the film and does a good job in the role, he really is a top class actor doing consistently good work. Pedro Pascal is fun in this film and adds a bit of extra flair into this film, however, I didn't really care about his or the characters of Charlie Hunnam and Garret Hedland. They were just a bit one dimensional and I wasn't fussed about what happened to them as the film progressed. The story has some promise at first seeing these different personalities come together for this cause and I liked a couple of the character arcs. But the second half of this film goes off the rails and is really drab and uninspiring, it crawls to the finish after a pretty strong opening. The script is completely average, some of the drama is used well and applied appropriatley, but others miss and the humour is non existant here. The style has some decent action scenes when they happen with some good gun action. But this film isn't paced very well and when it slows down it feels like it really slows down and takes ages to get back into the action. Overall this is a very forgettable film that unless you like some of the actors isn't worth a watch.
The Punisher (2017)
A Good Second Season
Unfortunatley The Punisher has been cancelled by Netflix and I have just finished the second and probably last season of the show and I enjoyed it but I thought it was a big step down from the first season. The premise of the season sees Frank Castle drawn back to New York City in order to protect a girl and stop an old enemy. Jon Bernthal plays Frank Castle/The Punisher and I cannot imagine another person playing this role now, he encapsulates it absolutley perfectly. The agression and violence is there but also mixed with the moral compass of the character that makes him such a compelling person and character. The supporting cast though was a mixed bag this season Ben Barnes is back as Billy Russo and I thought he was fantastic this season, he provides a really emotional dynamic performance. His journey is very interesting and seeing the dynamic between between him and Frank is easily the best part of the season. Jason R Moore plays Curtis and gets a much larger role this season, he is a good foil for Castle and is a good replacement for Micro who isn't in this season. Amber Rose Revah is back as Madani but I found her character pretty boring this season, her story isn't particularly interesting and she came across as quite whiny at times. There were a few new characters added this season but none of them were particularly interesting and I thought it took away from the quality of the show. The story is at its peak when it deals with the relationship between Frank and Billy, it continues from the first season in an appropriate and logical way. However, this season focuses too much on the conspiracy storyline involving the new characters which didn't have the same depth or intrigue that the Russo arc does. The script is great when dealing with the drama which is key on this show as it is very dark and deep. But I felt that the use of humour was much worse then the previosu season and when used it didn't feel funny at all. The style of the show is fantastic, the action is as brutal as always, providing some excellent shootouts and violent action scenes. Overall this is a good second season and if you are a fan of the first season it is still worth a watch.
An Epic Different Fairy Tale Film
The other day me and my family rewatched Shrek and it made me realise that this is one of my favourite animated films of all time. The premise of the film sees an Ogre have to go on a quest to rescue a princess from a tower. Mike Myers has become iconic as the voice of Shrek, he is perfect as the loveable ogre. He has so many quick lines that make him such a funny character plus I really like how his character develops as the film progresses. The supporting cast is great too, some would argue that the star of this film is Eddie Murphy as Donkey and he is great in this film. He is just so fast talking and spouting one liners galore that it really works, also his chemistry with Myers is off the chain in this film. Cameron Diaz plays Princess Fiona and she adds an interesting dynamic to the group, she isn't your typical female character and I enjoyed watching her character. John Lithgow plays the villanious Lord Farquad and when on screen he is very entertaining and plays a very fun role in this film. It is also really fun seeing these fairy tell characters in different circumstances. The story is very simple and quite predictable but it is so fun to watch and I really enjoyed the different fairy tale dynamics used in the story and it is a sweet story. The script is great, the humour is really good with some utterly hilarious moments, and some suprisingly emotional moments. The style of the film is great with the large cast of fairy tale characters and the animation moves very smoothly in the film. Overall this is such a great film that should be watched especially as a family.
After Life (2019)
An Above Average Controversial Show
This show has gained alot of praise recently and alot of attention and now I have finished the first season of After life and I enjoyed elements of this show but I also really didn't like elements of this show and it ended up being very devisive for me. The premsie of the show goes through the life of a man who's wife has died as he contemplates killing himslef and what life means. Ricky Gervais is the lead in this show and he really pours everything he can into this perfromance. At first his character is really unlikeable and it is kind of hard to root for his character. But as the show progressed I started to like his character and thought he did a really great job in the role. The supporting cast do as good a job as possible, it is nice to see some of my favourite british comedians getting a chance to get some shine here. However, nobody really stands out because the shine is heavily on Gervais and not much else. The story is interesting to a certain extent as it sees his character going through this personal tragedy and how he deals with it. But at times it just isn't that entertaining to watch, it is very predictable aswell as you can pretty much predict the way it is going from very early on. The script has some very funny lines in it but they are pretty fleeting in this show, also the drama does work at times. However, the mix comes across as jarring and a bit all over the place and as the show goes on the shock factor wears off and it isn't as funny. The style of the show is good as it goes by very quickly, with only 25 minutes it is the correct length and makes it an easier watch. But it is a sensitive subject matter, and it can be a buzz kill to watch and you really have to be in a particular mood to watch it. Overall this is an okay show that I believe is overhyped and is really just a Ricky Gervais passion project.
Captain Marvel (2019)
A Great Fun Adventure
This film has so much buzz about it right now and I have seen Captain Marvel and I feel like this film won't be remembered as one of the better MCU films but is still a very fun film with some really positive moments. The premise of the film sees in the 90's an alien warrior arrives on Earth and hunts down an alien threat to the planet. Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel and she does a great job in this film, the trailers make out that she is a stoic character but she really isn't, she is likeable and actually quite funny. When she does have to provide emotion she does a great job and you actually feel sorry and really root for her. The supporting cast is great to watch, Samuel L Jackson repries his role as Nick Fury, but a younger version and he is so entertaining to watch. Its nice to see this more entertaining and likeable character here when you know what he will become. Also his and Larson's chemistry is very good in this film and really carries this film. Ben Mendholson plays Talos the leader of the skrulls and this is definitley one of the better villains in the MCU. He has depth to him and even a bit of humour to him that makes him interesting and different from the traditional antagonists in this universe. Jude Law plays her Kree commander and he does a very good job in this film, his performance rises above the writing for the character which is quite basic but he does a good job. Lashana Lynch plays her friend in this film and she does a great job, she provides some real humanity to this film and a nice difference to everybody else in the film. The Story of the film is interesting as you see her trying to piece her past together and wondering where exactly it leads. Also there is a big twist in this film and it made this film way more interesting for me. But apart rom that twist this film is very predictable, and this film manages to ruin a moment the majority of fans have been waiting for years to see. The script is very good, making you care when they really want you too, also suprisingly this film is much funnier then i expected and had a little bit of a Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it which did work. The style of the film sees some good design choices for the characters and locations which were interesting. But the action scenes aren't that memorable, especially the close quarters action which I thought were poorly filmed. Overall this is a very fun film that if you are a fan of comic book movies is definitley worth a watch.
Fighting with My Family (2019)
A Fantastic Feel Good Film
To start off this review I must admit that I have been a lifelong fan of wrestling, especially the WWE, but I just wanted to see this film from a non bias opinion and I have to say I thought this was a fantastic film. The premise of this film sees a young girl get a tryout at the WWE where she struggles to fit in. Florence Pugh plays Paige in this film and she is truly fantatsic in this film, she has to really carry this film on her back and she delivers such an emotional real performance. She is a really interesting person and this film does her story justice. The supporting cast is great too, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is heavily marketed for this film, but don't go into this film expecting to see that much of him as he is used sparingly but when he is used he just plays himself and is so entertaining to watch. Nick Frost and Leana Headey play her parents and they both do a really good job, they are fun to watch and their chemistry together is really good. Vince Vaughan plays her coach in this film and he does a great job, he recently has been really impressing and it continues here with a very strong performance. But a real highlight for this film is Jack Lowden's performance as her brother, he goes through a very emotional interesting arc in this film and it suprised me how much much depth he was given in the film. The story of this film is really interesting as you see Paige's journey from humble beginnings to trying to achieve her dream, also as mentioned her brother's story arc is really good and interesting to watch. However, I know that there are certain elements of this story that have been changed and embeleshed to make this film feel more dramatic when they really didn't need to. The script is brilliant with a fantastic blend of drama and humour that makes this film feel so real and make all the characters feel like the real people that they are. The style of the film is great, it shows off the wrestling incredibly well and all the challenges she had to go through in an appropriate manner. Overall I really loved this film and think it is definitley worth a watch even if you aren't a wrestling fan.
On the Basis of Sex (2018)
A Great interesting story
This film is a biopic based on a really interesting story, so though I had reservations about this film I saw it and really enjoyed it. The premise of the film sees an aspiring female laywer try and get the laws of gender changed for both men and women. Felicity Jones plays the lead in this frilm and she does a truly fantastic job, this is easily one of her best performances to date which is saying something because of her great filmography. She is such a strong character in this film, but she is really relatable and it is very easy to root for her as she goes through a gripping journey. Armie Hammer plays her husband in this role and this is easily the best I have ever seen him, he is utterly charming and I really enjoyed seeing their chemistry together. He doesn't overshadow Jones and does a really good job in being her partner in crime. Everybody else does a great job in their roles and really help build the tension to the situation as the film progresses. The story has a great underdog story as you see Jones fight the system, also it builds to an amazing final confrontation that makes it all worth it. But I feel like this film gets dragged down a bit by a bit too much going on in it, there are some sub stories that I felt took away a bit from the focus of the film. The script has some great dramatic dialogue but with some well done humour involved, however, with this film involving the law there are some law jargon used. This can be a bit hard to follow at times and I didn't feel like this film always made it easy to understand the legal dialogue going on. The style of the film is great, I was worried that this film was going to come across as a big feminist film, but it really doesn't it treats the subject matter very maturely and it comes across very powerful. Overall this is a great interesting story that shows why recently biopics have been so interesting to watch.
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
A Good dramatic film
This film was directed by the same person as Moonlight which gained so much praise when it came out, so I had an interest in watching If Beale Street Could Talk and I can appreciate how well this film is made even though it isn't my type of film. The premise of the film sees a young woman deal with pregnancy while her and her family try and get her fiancee out of jail. Teyonah Parris plays Tish in this film and she does an excellent job, she portrays the emotional plight of her character so well and you really feel for her character as she goes through this journey. Regina King plays her mother and she does a fantastic job in this film, she plays the role perfectly and really adds depth to her role even though it isn't that large. Colman Domingo from Fear The Walking Dead plays her father in this film and he is great in this role I just really wish he was in the film more. Though I didn't care for Stephan James character of Fonni, it is difficult to truly care about a romance when one half of the pairing in my opinion comes across as unlikeable and just a bit ego centric which hurt the film. But there are some suprising cameos that I really enjoyed seeing that was a nice suprise. The story is impactful seeing these two individuals try and live life and seeing the depth of the ways they try and get Fonni out of prison. However, there are certain elements of the story that I felt were used to embelish the story and really didn't lead to anything. The script is very good with some quick dialogue to begin with and the use of drama works to build this relationship the best they could. The style of the film is very nice to look at, the backdrop of the film fits the story very well, but the pacing of this film is really slow and where it works in some scenes it really doesn't in others and makes this film feel closer to 3 hours instead of 2. Overall this is a good movie that is well made and is worth a watch if you are a fan of slower romantic films.
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
A good visually stunning film
This film has had some build with some production issues but the promise that this film will revolutionise how we watch films, but I feel like it wasn't as inventive but was an enjoyable experience. The premise of the film sees the remains of a cyborg recovered as Alita trys to work out her past and this world that she is living in. The character of Alita is completly CGI and at first this was a little strange but as the film went on I really cared about this character. She was very sympathetic and was a great action hero to watch with an interesting story about her. Christoph Waltz plays the man who finds Alita and does a really good job in this film, he is a very caring character and I cared about their relationship throughout this film. The rest of this cast was not as good, Mahershala Ali plays a villain in this film and he was completly underutilised in this film, he is a great actor but is given a really poor character in this film. Jennifer Conolly is in this film and I thought she was so bland in this film, her character didn't need to be in this film as she really added nothing to this film in any way. Ed Skrein is in this film and is quite fun to watch but he isn't in the film enough to learn about his character or care about his role in the film. The story in the film has some emotional beats to it especially in the first half . However, this film has a very bland generic plot, especially with a tragic love story that is really not interesting at all and you won't care even though the film wants you to. The script has some decent dramatic dialogue in it and some interesting unique elements aswell, though there is some cringy lines in this film that really takes you out of the moment. The style of this film is fanatastic, it looks incredible, a great use of effects and a good blend of action scenes make this a great experience to see on the big screen. Overall this is a fun film to watch that if you are a fan of great looking films then you should see this film.
A Great Iconic Film
In preparation for watching Alita : Battle Angel, I decided to watch a film that revolutionised how CGI is used in Avatar the highest grossing film of all time. The premise of the film sees a disabled human travel to an alien planet where he makes a connection with the natives. Sam Worthington was relativley new in this film and I thought he did an okay job in this film, his dead pan humour actually worked in this film and made him a bit enjoyable to watch. But most of the time he is just bland and boring as a performer in most of his films including this one. The supporting cast is very good, Zoe Saldana plays Neytiri the local to the planet and she does a very good job in her role, I actually found her character interesting and i cared about her more then the main character. Sigourney Weaver does a great job in this film, she delivers a charismatic, charming performance showing just how good an actress she can be when she commits to a role. Stephen Lang plays a villain in this film and he is so fun to watch in this film, he revels in the role and is just an entertaining character to watch in this film. Giovanni Ribisi isn't in this film a huge amount but he is a really good actor and I enjoyed watching him in his role in the film. The story is simple to watch, it is executed okay with you buying into the story as the film develops. However, this film is incredibly predictable and you realise that you know the ending way before it takes place. The script is good with a decent mix of drama and umour, at times the humour suprised me as it actually made me laugh at times. The style of the film was the biggest selling point for this film and 10 years later it mostly still holds up and looks fantastic. The colour used in the film makes this such a vibrant film to watch and adds to the conflict in the film. Also even though this film is almost 3 hours long it flows very well and I was enjoyed throughout. Overall this film is a great spectacle to watch that is definitly worth a watch.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
A Great interesting story
With the recent Oscar buzz about this film I went to see Can You Forgive Me? and I really enjoyed this film. The premise of the film sees a failing author find a way to sell fake celebrity authors letters. Melissa McCarthy plays the lead in this film and this is the best she has ever been, she has cut out the carbon copy perfromance that she usually gives and gives a truly emotional performance that really gets you to root for her charcter even though you shouldn't really. Richard E Grant plays her accomplice in this film and he is fantastic in this film, their chemistry is so good that it carries this film and really makes this an interesting film. The rest of the cast do a very good job aswell to help make this film feel authentic and interesting. The story is interesting seeing this friendship grow as this illegal activity grows and they just get deeper and deeper as the film progresses. However,there are certain parts of the story that felt less interesting and just a bit of padding for the length of the film. The script is very good with some very fun and whitty dialogue that mixes the
drama and the humour very well. The style of the film is fun at first to see this interesting idea come to light, however, as the film goes on it becomes less inspired and a bit repetitive. Overall this is a great film taht has some great performances in it and should be seen first hand.
Green Book (2018)
An Epic truly special film
This film has been gaining a ton of buzz especially with Oscar season coming around so I had to see Green Book and this is one of my favourite films over the last few years. The Premise of the film is set in the 1960's and sees and Italian - American Man become a driver for a Black Piano Player as he travels the deep south of America. Viggo Mortensen plays the lead in this film, he is totally brilliant in this film, This smooth talking guy is so fun to watch with that everyday charm about him that makes him totally relatable to us the audience as he tries to help this rich man. He will definitley be a frontrunner for the Oscar which is great to see as I haven't seen Mortensen in that much recently. Mahershala Ali is absolutley brilliant in thsi film, his character arc in this film is truly important to watch, seeing these two guys learning from each other is truly fascinating to watch. He gives a really powerful performance that in my opinion will give him the Oscar this year. The rest of the supporting cast all fit their roles very well and immerse you into the story that you are watching. The story sees these two very different people go on an emotional journey of deiscovery dealing with some heavy issues and build a truly great story. It is a bit predictable but I believe that actually worked for this film. The script is actually pretty hilarious with a lot of funny moments that really worked for this film. But when the drama is needed it delivers some truly amazing moments in this film. The style is great, I wasn't bored once in this film and I loved seeing the different parts of America and how they react to this situation. Overall this is a film you must see to appreciate and is definitley going to be up there for my best movies of the year.
A Great film based on an interesting person
This film has had so muvh hype for it, it has numerous Oscar nominations and is a great, tough experience to watch. The Premise of the film goes through the life of Dick Cheney as he works his way through the American Government. Christian Bale plays Cheney in this film and he is truly amazing in this film, He encapsulated the character so well, that I didn't see Bale but Dick Cheney. He physically transformed for the role and whether you agree with it or not it made his performance more powerful and more engaging to watch. The supporting cast all do a very good job, Amy Adams plays his wife in this film and she is a great character, she is tough as nails and oviously has great chemistry with Bale. Steve Carell is in this film as Donal Dumsfeld and he adds the bit of humour and charisma that was needed in this film, he adds some life and fun to this film which is needed. Sam Rockwell plays George W Bush in this film and he does a really good job nailing his voice pretty exactly, I just kind of wish we could have seen a bit more of him in this film. Everybody else in this film does a great job in their roles to help with the authenticity of the film. The Story when Cheney is the Vice President is really interesting as you see how much influence Cheney had at that time period. However, this film focuses a lot on Cheney's past in the film and I just wasn't as interested in that part of the story and wish wecould have spent more time with him as VP. The script has really good dialogue in it, the dry humour used worked very well in this film and the drama is portrayed well. The style of the film is quite unique, it doesn't hide away from certain controversial topics in the film, also the use of a narrator usually annoys me but I felt like it worked for this film. But as mentioned I felt like the pacing of the film was off and I didn't get fully invested in the film till like around an hour in. Overall this is a really interesting film that looks at a controversial figure in this current climate.
A Poor generic action film that does nothing new
This film has just hit Netflix and I decided to give it a watch. The Premise of this film sees a group of mercenaries go after a retiring hitman for a huge price. Mads Mikkelsen is the lead in this film and I thought he did a great job, it is a slightly different performance then I would usually expect from him. He sells the dangerous hitman really well and absolutley nails the action scenes to help add some legitimacy to this film. The supporting cast is really poor, Vanessa Hudgens is in this film and she has a poor character in this film, she tries but just the material given to her character just really doesn't work. Matt Lucas plays a mad villain in this film and I just couldn't take his character seriously at all which contradicted the overall tone of the film. The rest of he cast offered absolutley notjing to the film and could have been played by anybody. The story is very generic and bland but fit the overall tone of the film until the last 15 minutes which in my opinion completley ruined this film for me and made this film feel really stupid. The script for this film is incredibly generic and doesn't add anything unique to it to make it stand out from the other films in this genre. The style of this film have some cool action scenes in it especially one in an underground hallway which is great to watch. But the pacing of the film is just off and makes the first 45 minutes feel like a waste of time. Overall this film is really poor and isn't worth a watch at all.
A Great conclusion to this unexpected trilogy
I recently watched Unbreakable and Split again and I really enjoyed them so I was really excited to see the conclusion Glass and I was relieved because I believe that this film delivered on the hype and was a great film. The premise of the film sees David Dunn on the hunt for the individual called 'The Horde' which leads him to meet his old enemy Mr Glass. James McCavoy plays The Horde in this film and is absolutley amazing in this film, the way he switches between the personalities is pretty brilliant to watch and captivating to see and even a level above the great work he did in Split. Bruce Willis is back as David Dunn and you can tell he does care about this character, he delivers a strong performance befitting of the character and perfromed very well. Samuel L Jackson returns as Elijah Price AKA Mr Glass and he really gives everythingto this role, he takes his time to get going but he really thrives in this role and it really helps return him to the mainstream. The supporting cast also does a great job, Sarah Poulson plays a doctor and she adds alot to her role and becomes an interesting character to watch on screen. Anya Taylor Joy reprises her role from Split and she does a decent job with the work she has given. The story of the film is interesting to see these three characters interact with each other and deal with their dynamics. Also like most M Night Shamylan films there is a big twist in this film, but there are a few different twists in this film and I thought the majority of them worked even with quite a controversial ending. However, I feel like the way the story is structured David Dunn isn't actually in the film that much which takes away from the gimmick of being a true Unbreakable sequel. The script is great with some great dramatic scenes and also some well placed humour which added some much needed levity to the film. The style of the film has a great feel to it in this world with more comic books they take advantage of it successfully. Unfortunatley though with the few action scenes in the film, I felt they were pretty poorly filmed and made it seem a bit silly and like it was clearly stunt doubles. Overall this is a unique great sequel that if you are a fan of the previous films needs to be seen.
A Great film that was ahead of its time
With Glass coming out tomorrow I have gone back and watched the film that started this universe Unbreakable. This film is incredibly unique as it focuses on comic books before the genre of comic book films was a big deal. The premise of the film sees a man survive a train crash unscathed, which peaks the interest of an excentric art dealer. Bruce Willis is the lead in this film and he does a really good job, he is very sombre and down in the dumps in this film but he sells his character very well. You are rooting for him in this film and it is really interesting seeing his character developing and going on a great journey. Samuel L Jackson plays his partner in this film and does such a great job, he isn't as over the top as he has been in other films but he is excentric enough to sell his character as a unique character and you are supporting his role aswell. I also thought the roles of Willis's family were portrayed very well to add to the drama in the film. The story in the film is fantastic seeing this origin story of this normal man realising that maybe he could be a superhero. It is portrayed well enough to make it seem pretty realistic and feasable even though it has supernatural elements. However, i felt like this film ends abruptly, there is a great twist, but it just ends afterwards and I was disappointed by that. The script is great with great dramatic dialogue and well placed humour that helps build up this universe. The style of the film has a great tone to it, the dark mood and incredible score really takes you to this universe. Though i cannot deny that this film has a really slow pacing about it which does hurt its overall quality in my opinion. Overall this is a great film that was quite revolutionary when it came back and should be seen especially given the state of comic book films in this day and age.
Stan & Ollie (2018)
A Great truly fun film
I am a younger viewer of Laurel and Hardy so I wanted to watch this film to gain a greater appreciation for this legendary comedic duo and this film certainly did a great job. The premise of this film sees the duo of Laurel and Hardy on a tour of the UK looking to revitalise their partnership. Steve Coogan plays Stan Laurel and John C Reily plays Ollie Hardy and my goodness these two are amazing in this film. Their chemistry is absolutely amazing in this film and easily drives this film to higher levels, I am not usually a huge fan of Coogan but he was brilliant in this film, he played this person so well and made him incredibly likeable. Reily is a great comedic actor but gives a great all round performance in this film to really portrsy this loveable man. The supporting cast also do a great job especially Stan's russian wife who is really funny in this film, also Ollie's wife and their tour manager are portrayed really well aswell. The story is really good seeing these two guys perfroming in stage and dealing with personal demons that adds to the drama for these characters, The only thing is that i felt the story came across as a bit repetitive at times especially with the numerous perfromances. The script is great it has really true British humour in it that really worked for this film, also as mentioned when used the dramatic dialogue does really work. The style of the film is good, especially when these guys are delivering the charming and charismatic perfromances on the stage. However, I felt that the pacing of this film was a bit off as it wasn't very long but it felt long to me and dragged a little bit. Overall I really enjoyed this film and the charm that it has too it and definitley think it is worth a watch.