Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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So I saw this last night on the big screen (in 2D) as although it says 7/7/2017, my local cinema showed it yesterday (the rebels).

So I’ll explain a little about the story without any spoilers because it’s completely different too the previous two Spider-Man films we’ve seen.  Tom Holland plays Spider-Man himself and after seeing him in the last Captain America film (which was basically an Avengers film…) I was quite looking forward too this movie.

It’s set after the events of Civil War, fifteen year-old Peter Parker is having trouble adjusting back into his ‘normal’ life after being called to assist Iron Man on his last mission.   He’s itching to use his powers to help his fellow Avengers but is constantly being told to keep it all low-key and that he’s just a kid. This obviously makes him want to prove himself all the more so when he sees that a ‘gang’ of criminals are using and selling hi-tech weapons made from the left overs spoils of the Avengers battles he sets out to put an end to it. There’s quite a lot of humor in this film as with all Avengers movies which is great.

The cast is pretty good, Tom Holland plays the iconic superhero really well although I can’t help but think he’s just a little young… Michael Keaton is a fantastic villain as always. Laura Harrier plays LizPeter’s love interest in this movie which surprised me as due to the promotional material and interviews for this film I expected Zendaya to play Parker’s love interest.

With all Marvel movies now you know there’s a massive budget they’re given to play with so all the effects are flawless and even the various Spider-Man suits are probably the best we’ve ever seen. However, I was a little disappointed they all (bar one) came from Tony Stark, there’s just something I liked about Spider-Man making them himself.

Overall it’s a good movie however, I personally think (believe me I’ve though long and hard about this…) I preferred the 2002 Tobey Maguire movie because it was just a lot more true to the comics.  I also have an issue with this Spider-Man not being able to actually shoot web, it’s all made chemically and it just ruins it slightly.  I know a lot of people will rave over this film and I’m not slating it because it’s a well made movie but I think it was made to ‘fill a hole’ rather than because the writers and director actually wanted to make the film.  Marvel need to be careful I mean they didn’t reboot the Hulk movies, more so due to rights but we’d already had two decent films anyway.  I just liked the older, college graduate, photographer Peter Parker than the younger science nerd but I can appreciate both…

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it an eight, there’s some great laughs and a decent story line but there’s also so much missing… 8/10 

 

 

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider [Reboot] (2018)

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Based on the brilliant video game, Lara Croft is a now iconic character and will be getting a big screen reboot in 2018.  Angelina Jolie famously portrayed the role in the original 2001 movie adaption and it’s 2003 sequel.

As with all reboots there’s a completely new cast and Alicia Vikander will now be playing the role of Lara Croft. I personally think she’ll do it justice, it’s nice too see the role going too an up and coming young actress rather than a big hollywood giant. Alicia hasn’t been on our screens for long and yet she’s already won an Oscar for best supporting actress in The Danish Girl proving she is more than equip to be the next tomb raider.

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It’s been described as more of an origin story than the other films, allowing you to connect too the character rather than just being thrown into the action from the off. I’ve looking forward to this, the previous films were watchable but nothing too special, hopefully this will be the first of a new gritter tomb raider franchise.

Do you agree with the choice of actress to play Lara? Feel free to comment…

Charlie’s Angels [Reboot]

I’ll admit, this show was before my time so I never really watched it, even the re-runs as it just looked dated and cheesy.  However, the show does have a relatively good rating on IMDb and some decent reviews, plus it ran for five series so it couldn’t have been that bad right?

Then came the awful 2000 movie staring Cameron DiazDrew Barrymore and Lucy Lui. The movie had a terrible plot and considering the actresses selected, the acting was quite poor. Yet despite this there was actually a sequel which was even worse in 2003. 

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I bet none of you knew they also tried to reboot the series in 2011. It only lasted the one series (it was that good) and starred, Minka KellyRachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh, I’ve not bothered to watch it and probably never will…

So now Hollywood is trying yet again to reboot this franchise, no cast has been announced however, Elizabeth Banks is set to direct the film.  I’m personally not a massive fan of her previous director/producer films such as Pitch Perfect but they were quite successful box-office wise. The plot has been advised though ‘When Soh Bae turns up applying to be Charlie’s 4th Angel, she is thrown into the deep end immediately, as the other angels are kidnapped by the mysterious Ronny Petankan. With only her nerdy sidekick Nathan Woodhall to help, it is up to Soh to save the angels and save the world before breakfast!’

It sounds as though the film will be aimed at the younger audience judging by the plot and with Banks’ style of film it will more likely be a comedy than a series action flick which is a shame in my opinion.  I mean after Wonder Woman it would be interesting to a Charlie’s Angels film in that same style with us not having seen that before.  I know the series was a comedy but you can have action and comedy without going overboard, like all the jokes we have in Marvel films.

I don’t have anything against Rebel Wilson as a person, she seems lovely however, if she is cast in this movie, I won’t be watching it.  Personally I’d like to see actresses who haven’t yet quite made their mark in film compared with others so…

 

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Blake Lively 

Yes, I’ve warned you before, I’m a fan of Blake Lively’s and I personally think she could do this role justice.  She was really good in both Age of Adaline and The Shallows, proving she’s gotten more range in her acting since her Gossip Girl days.

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Jessica Stroup

Jessica started out in the reboot of 90210 and was probably the best actress in the show.  She’s since then done more serious roles in The Following and Iron Fist, I’m sure she would fit the role of an angel perfectly.

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Elodie Young

You may recognize this French actress in Netflix’s Daredevil as Elektra. Proving she can play a female superhero brilliantly and bagging herself a role in The Defenders I’m sure she can fill the boots of an angel.

The plot did mention a fourth angel and her nerdy sidekick I think this is where the comedy will come from so I think these pair would fit in great…

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Arielle Kebbel 

She’s been in so many TV shows I’ve lost count, from comedy to drama Arielle just needs a proper big break to give her a boost onto the big screen and have her stay there.

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Matthew Lewis 

He’s little Neville Longbottom but he was very good in Me, Before you and added some comedy into the film.  Let’s face it he’s got the nerdy, comedy look down but with added ‘British charm’ that might make this role more interesting.

Well there’s my opinions on the cast, it will be a while before anymore news is announced so let’s see what Elizabeth Banks comes up with…

Final Destination (2000)

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So I’ve seen all of the films in this franchise and re-watched this one a couple of days ago.

So the story is that a group of American teenagers are boarding their flight to Paris along with their two teachers and one of them has a premonition that the plane is going to crash.  When I say premonition, it’s very detailed he actually sees and feels everything as it happens. Alex, played by Devon Sawa then completely freaks out (as you would do..) he gets himself and six others thrown off the plane and they see the fatal crash from the airport window.

Naturally everyone thinks Alex had something to do with the crash and their fellow classmates and teacher all meeting their ends.  Strange things then begin the happen after the events of the crash and they learn that you can’t cheat death…

It’s a typical young american teen movie when it comes to the acting so it’s not the best.  Devon Sawa, is average as the lead character Alex, personally I think the rest of the cast were all better actors than him.  Ali Later, plays Clear (who’s name I thought was Claire until I looked on IMDB) the misfit that falls for Alex. Sean William Scott, plays Billy who isn’t really a strong character in this film, it’s a shame really because Sean can act a lot better than the others.

If you’re expecting suspense, don’t bother, you see everyone’s demise as it happens and the movie is pretty dated nowadays.  The plot is still interesting and as a franchise it’s worth a watch just out of interest. It’s still going to stand as a ‘cult classic’ because it was something different at the time like Scream.

The effects are alright given it was release in 2000 the plane crash was pretty good and the deaths to follow are nice and gory. I can’t say my favorite death without giving away who dies so I’ll keep quiet here but if you wanna know comment and for those of you that don’t, stay out of the comments.

Overall it’s a good action/slasher film and has it’s own (now slightly less but back then…) original plot. There’s a few creepy scenes but not as much suspense as I’d like.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a seven only because of it’s plot, it’s a good idea but better acting and script was needed to make it work… 7/10

Me, Before You (2016)

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I’ve not actually read the book but quite a few of my friends have so I knew the basis of the story and the film had got decent reviews so I thought I’d give it a watch when it came to Netflix.

We see a young woman called Lou, played by Emilia Clarke happily working in a little coffee shop when, sadly she’s let go of as they’re not making enough money there. Lou then tries to get herself a new job as her family are struggling since her dad also lost his job.  She goes through a few roles and then finds one she feels she’d be right for.  It’s a job as a carer at a wealthy families estate, caring for their paralyzed son, Will played by Sam Claflin.

Lou is overly happy and cheerful (yes, one of those people) and obviously given what’s happen to him, Will is the complete opposite and the pair clash a lot.  Lou is just about to give up and then Will seems to start to give her a chance and the pair finally seem to be getting on.  It’s a bittersweet film and it does make you think about what it would be like in both of these characters shoes.

The acting in this film is brilliant, both Clarke and Claflin are brilliant in their roles and look out for Matthew Lewis as Lou’s boyfriend Patrick. I think that it’s refreshing too see Emilia Clarke in a role like this one because we’re so used to seeing her in her Game of Thrones attire being bold and serious, this proves she has some range when it comes to acting.

It’s such a sad story and Will’s situation does raise some controversial issues, which feature in the film.  It’s more than just a romantic story because like I mentioned earlier, you see both sides to this and it does make you wonder what you’d do in their situation. I don’t intend to spoil the film for you but some scenes are a little stressful to watch because Will isn’t in the best mind set and doesn’t value his life anymore so it’s just to warn you really.

Overall this film is a really good watch, I cried I’m not going to lie and it’s not a chick-flick, it’s one everyone can relate too but maybe not young children as it might be a little heavy for them… It’s nice too see the pairs relationship change over time as they grow closer and the ending isn’t what everyone’s wants to see but that’s one of the reasons I like this film and it’s story.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this an eight, brilliant acting, moving story and something that will stay with you. 8/10 

The Ugly Truth (2009)

theuglytruth This film is one of those easy to watch rom-coms that you put on, chill out and enjoy.  Katherine Heigl seemed to want Jennifer Aniston’s rom-com queen crown around that time but seemed to fail when she was deemed ‘difficult’ to work with. 

Abby, played by Katherine Heigl  is a successful television producer and a very hopeless romantic that believes that she will meet the guy of her dreams one day.  Abby is watching TV alone (well, with her cat..) and comes across a ‘cable’ show called The Ugly Truth and it’s presenter/creator Mike Chadway, played by Gerard ButlerAbby is disgusted by Mike’s attitude and actually calls into his show, making a fool of herself in the process.  The next day her bosses all (coincidentally) saw the show and want to make it a feature of their morning show, Abby reluctantly agrees.

Abby meets Colin, played by Eric Winter and she is desperate for the relationship to work so she goes against her morals and get’s Mike to help her.  I mean it’s kind of a bet but still, why build a relationship being someone you’re not to try and prove a point? It’s obviously not going to end well…

This film has some good laughs and an OK story line highlighting what women think men (should) want and what men actually want.  Personally I think it’s all about opinions and based on individuals at certain times in life.  Everyone is in different situations, this film doesn’t really dig deep into that and misses, The Ugly Truth really. It’s a pretty predictable story line so don’t expect anything big but there’s worse films out there.

Acting is average and let’s face it there’s only so much you can do with a script like this but Gerard Butler does his best and makes this film.  Heigl is the same in every romantic comedy she’s cast in, nothing new here. The rest of the cast didn’t stand out but they did their jobs.

There’s no effects or anything in particular worth mentioning but like I said sadly this film does miss the point.  All men aren’t just after sex and all women aren’t just after marriage and babies (or vice versa).  This film massively stereotypes gender and it’s funny in parts but I’m getting a little tired of this same stereotype used constantly.

Overall, it’s easy watching and like I said, not the worst out there but it’s not one of the best romantic comedies either. It’s very predictable but if you’re at home looking for something to watch for a laugh then, why not?

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a six, it’s your average rom-com with some good laughs but nothing to rave over – 6/10.

About Time (2013)

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I don’t normally see ‘rom-com’ type films at the cinema these days because at lot of them are very predictable, but I did catch this one on the big screen when it came out.  I’d seen the trailer when watching another film and I love Richard Curtis movies so this is one I just had to see.

The story is that all of the men in Tim’s family, on his fathers’ side can travel through time.  They’re not able to change history but they can change certain things in their own lives. Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson, uses this opportunity to get himself a girlfriend (that’s it Tim think big…).

Tim meets Mary, played by Rachel McAdams in a sort of ‘blind date’ situation and uses his time travelling abilities to impress and then hopefully date her.  Tims’ Dad, played by Bill Nighy is always there to guide and advise Tim about life and his gift.  There are some laughs in this film but you just see life slightly differently when watching this, some of Tim’s plans don’t always work out and where or not you can travel through time, that’s just life for you.

The cast in this film are fantastic, I mean Bill Nighy is just a legend and Tom Hollander is brilliant as Tim’s land lord, the cynical writer Harry.  This was actually the first time I’d seen Margot Robbie in a film as Tim’s sister’s friend Charlotte.

There’s no effects to mention and I won’t go into wardrobe but I will, however say that this film is very bittersweet too watch. I can’t say too much as I try and review films without any spoilers but it does get emotional towards the end and the message of the film is explained.  It’s a cleverly written film and like I mentioned not all of Tim’s life goes to plan, there’s a catch or two to his gift that he has to learn and deal with.

It’s a lovely film to watch, the cast are brilliant and as with all of Curtis’ films, no one tries to outdo one another.  He directs and writes perfectly, something America have been trying to achieve for a while now with ‘flops’ such as Valentines Day.

Overall it’s a great, feel good film and defiantly one to watch with the family. I’ve got no complaints and this film is certainly on par with Curtis’s earlier work such as Notting Hill and Love Actually.

Perfect Popcorn Score – About Time gets a nine from me, it’s a great film, brilliant acting and a bittersweet ending that stays with you – 9/10.