The Snowman (2017)

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I saw the trailers for this movie when I went the cinema to see IT and it looked really interesting, kind of a like a horror/thriller.  Plus, I won’t lie I’m always up for a Michael Fassbender film…

So the plot is pretty straight forward, there is a serial killer on the loose that’s targeting women and he leaves a snowman at every crime scene. Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is on the hunt for the killer with fellow agent Katrine Brett (Rebecca Ferguson). Now as with most thrillers, for some reason the lead detective is flawed due to alcohol addiction.  I mean will we ever have a detective in a movie or television series that isn’t like this? Who knows…

The acting in this film is good, Fassbender and Ferguson both do the best they can with the material they’re given.  There’s not any special effects worth mentioning with it being your standard thriller.

The trailer made the film look at lot better than it actually turns out to be.  I expected a more psychological thriller however, the killer was just a sad bloke with a bad childhood but the reveal was so anti-climax that it just didn’t work for me.

It was a movie I was really looking forward too, hoping it would be a thriller along the lines of Seven with a cast like this one but sadly it was no where near as gripping to watch and in some parts it was just plain boring and predictable.  Especially the fact that Harry’s ex wife is clearly still in love with him despite being with someone else.   I’m afraid we’ve just seen it all before but done better than this.

Overall, I suggest you wait til it comes on Netflix or Sky because it was a disappointing watch and not worth seeing at the cinema.  Fassbender is a great actor but he really isn’t picking great films at the moment with this and that terrible movie adaptation of Assassins Creed… I know this is a shorter review than you’re used to folks however, with it being a thriller I don’t want to give too much away and unfortunately there’s not really anything to rave about with this movie…

Perfect Popcorn Score – The Snowman get’s a five from me.  So predictable and not what you expected from the trailer… 5/10 

 

 

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Rush (2013)

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I remember watching this film at the cinema back in 2013 and decided to watch it again last night, it was just as good as I remembered.

I’m only in my early twenties so I’ll be honest with you (as always) I hadn’t known who James Hunt and Niki Lauda were but, when I saw the trailer for this movie I did a little research… The pair were Formula 1 race car drivers and their rivalry captured the attention of the world back in the 70s.  This is the basis of this film, it shows their story over the years through both Hunt and Laudas eyes.

Lets talk about the cast for this film, Chris Hemsworth is best known for his role as Thor but he’s proven to be a big player in Hollywood and this film is one of his best performances as James Hunt.  Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda perfectly, he even looks like Lauda himself, this is casting at it’s best.  Both actors play off each other so well and I would like to see them in something again together in the future.  The rest of the cast are great but your focus stays on these two throughout the film.

The effects in this film are brilliant, the car crashes look so authentic on screen.  Lauda’s accident was especially graphic and there’s some great FX makeup on him afterwards, well done guys (and girls).

The pair are the complete opposites of each other, Hunt is a hot headed, glamorous playboy and Lauda is a serious, disciplined and fairly anti-social guy.  Let’s be honest now, there’s a bit of Lauda in a lot of us, that work hard and try and push ourselves to see that other half of the population have things just come to them naturally. James never got into the background of cars he just drove them, where as Lauda made sure he knew exactly what he was doing both in the car and in garage.   I think this just made the rivalry more interesting between the two.

Overall this film is a must see in my opinion, it follows a great story and tells it brilliantly on screen.  I wasn’t into racing and still aren’t but this is in my top twenty overall favorite films because it gripped me from the start.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a ten, the acting is great, the story is told perfectly and it’s one where you don’t have to know anything about F1 to appreciate it…  10/10

Dunkirk (2017)

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The trailers for this movie are all over the internet at the moment and I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan (let’s face it, who isn’t…) so I decided to watch this movie the other day at the cinema..

It’s quite a slow starting film and it’s basically following a number of characters that intertwine with each other during the events of Dunkirk.

There’s not a one main character as such and each person you see has their own story to tell and it’s filmed really well so that it covers all bases.  You see Dunkirk from the ground, the sea and the sky, each point of view is equally as important and it’s a very moving story.  For those of you unaware of the history of Dunkirk it was an awful time during the Second World War where both British and French soldiers were being forced to the beaches by the Germans.  Boats were only able to carry so many and so, as the poster above says, home came for them.  Meaning everyone back home with a ship that could sail went to Dunkirk themselves to bring the stranded soldiers back home.

The cast in this film are all brilliant, we’ve got both big names and relativity unknown actors in fairly large roles.  Tom Hardy is great, as always as pilot Farrier who despite the amount of fuel in his aircraft continues to defend his fellow Brits.  OK for those 1 Direction fans, I’ll say it… Harry Styles wasn’t terrible, he was actually pretty decent as a soldier who is let’s face it, kind of racist…

The effects were spot on, I expected nothing less from something with a budget like this though.  It didn’t go overboard, apparently Nolan wanted to use as little CGI as possible and it really paid off.  There’s a lot of tension in the music scores used as well, typical Zimmer and you can’t fault it.

Overall this film is worth a watch, it’s your typical very good war film and there’s a lot of those out there these days.  It does jump timeline wise though just to warn you as I could tell it did cause a little confusion when I looked at my fellow cinema goers when certain scenes begin at different points.  It’s another bittersweet one for you really because, it was an awful event and should not have happened but it really brought people together and proved that there are some good people in the world willing to help others.

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving it a nine, only because of the timelines as they did get me at first and also there were thousands of ships that came to aid the soldiers and it only showed about 35… just thought it could have been a really great and powerful scene and message to the audience…  – 9/10.

Cruel Intentions (1999)

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So this movie has been remade and the plot has been used in many films, to be honest this film itself is a modern take on the movie Dangerous Liaisons. 

The plot is that two step siblings Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) have a bet, if he can charm his way into bed with virgin Annette (Reese Witherspoon) he gets to sleep with his sister.  If he looses the bet she gets his precious car.

It’s a very well done film, you can see that the actors actually wanted it to be a hit and worked very hard to make it one.  I’ve not seen Dangerous Liaisons  myself so I can’t make a comparison between the two films.  The characters and their lives do make it seem like your average American high-school movie but the way it’s written and how the plot works make it one that stands out.  Kathryn is so two-faced, she’s obsessed with everyone thinking she’s perfect and an angel so that she can get away with being the complete opposite.  Take note of this please, for future reference, it’s not always the kids in the lower classes that may not be as pretty that manipulate and bully others, sometimes it’s the ones up the teachers asses that they’d never suspect (trust me).

You start out hating Sebastian, only to almost like the guy later in the film.  Not because he’s ‘found himself’ but because he has the balls to tell it how it is. Annette is pretty sassy for the girl he preys on and I like that, she’s not a doormat and tells him exactly what she thinks of him from the off.

The acting is spot on, especially Gellar she’s brilliant as the bitchy Kathryn and I’m surprised she doesn’t get more roles like this actually. The whole cast work really well with each other and they’ve all been in other films or hung out since.

There’s no special effects to mention with it just being a teen movie but the soundtrack is great.  That end scene where one of my personal favorites, The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony plays is perfect, that song fits the ending so well.

Overall, this movie deserves a watch and is better than most modern day rom-coms it’s clever and well acted.     I’ve seen interviews and the people behind this movie really wanted it made and you can see that.

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving it a strong seven, good plot, good acting and great soundtrack – 7/10.

 

Se7en (1995)

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I’m a big movie buff, as you can probably tell… However, I only saw this film for the first time the other day (I like my view from under this rock, OK?)

So for those of you that haven’t seen this movie, I’d definitely recommend it but it’s what I call heavy because you need to be ‘switched on’ the whole way through to get what’s going on…

So the plot for the film is that there’s a serial killer, killing people and using the seven deadly sins as motives.  You follow detectives Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) work on the case to try and catch the killer.   It’s proven very difficult because this killer leaves zero fingerprints or any other leads behind.

As with all thrillers, these cops have some personal issues. Somerset for example is on his last case and wants to leave the city as he’s just had enough of dealing with people like this killer.  Mills on the other hand wants to establish himself as a good detective and is keen to catch this killer to prove that.  Both characters are on opposite ends of a spectrum and it works well because when Somerset is ready to give up Mills keeps going and when he misses something Somerset sees it.

The acting in this film is brilliant, I mean with a cast like this one you’re not going the be disappointed.  Both Pitt and Freeman are great as the two lead detectives and don’t try to out do one another, they just take their roles seriously and do them justice.  Gwyneth Paltrow is also good as Pitt’s wife in the film who is struggling to adjust to her new life in the city.

There’s no special effects as such however the crime scenes are very gory and well done and it does look very realistic especially for a film done in 19995. The ‘crimes’ themselves are well thought out and the one for lust is especially grim in my opinion.

I really enjoyed this film, it’s not your typical ‘catch the killer’ film and has some big twists in it that keep you watching until the very end and oh the ending is good! It’s difficult to review a thriller without giving any spoilers I’ll be honest but all I can say is the killer himself is great and the actors performance is menacing.  Overall, it’s worth a watch if you have the time.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a nine, brilliant acting, good story and a now classic movie.  9/10 

 

The Crow [Reboot]

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This is one of my favorite films and I will get around to reviewing it properly for you guys some day soon.  I think they need to leave this film alone now.  The first, original film in 1994 was a pure classic however, like most classics it spawned an array of crappy sequels in this case three. There was also a television adaption that judging by the reviews was actually pretty decent so, I might give it a go one day…

This has the exact same story line plot showing on IMDb as the first original film so it’s a reboot.  The only cast showing is that Jason Momoa is rumored to play the lead role of Eric Draven/The Crow.

As much as I like Jason Momoa, he’s got some big boots to fill because Brandon Lee played this role perfectly before his tragic and untimely death during filming.  I don’t personally feel that he’s right for this part because he’s an intimidating looking guy from the off and I just don’t see how that will work with this character.  I think the below actors would be better…

Jared Leto 

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Leto is an Oscar winning actor and has played various roles such as, The Joker. He’s also a musician so I think he’d do this role justice and fit it perfectly.

Jared Padalecki 

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Best known for his role as Sam in Supernatural he’s got that ‘brooding’ look down and I think he could also be a contender for this role.

Taylor Kitsch

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Taylor has got some series acting range, I’d defiantly recommend catching the latest series of True Detective too see what I mean. He’d bring his range to this part and I think it’s the big break he needs.

I think the late Heath Ledger would have been the perfect choice to bring Eric Draven back onto our screen but sadly we will never get to see this…

A lot of actors, such as Bradley Cooper, have actually dropped out of playing this role due to crew and cast members of the original saying the set was cursed.  There was some seriously bad and strange weather and a member of the crew suffered from burns, then sadly the death of Brandon Lee from a real bullet been shot rather than a blank.

I think they’d need to cast the part of Sarah carefully as she’s a key part to making this film work.  Here are some actresses I think could be good for the role…

Chloe Moretz

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She’s a great young actress and already has a lot of movies under her belt.  I think her acting in Let Me In and Carrie make her a wise choice for the part of Sarah.

Abigail Breslin

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She won my heart as Little Miss Sunshine and has managed to land herself some very big roles ever since, she’d play Sarah very well.

Freya Tingley 

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With previous roles in both Hemlock Grove and Once Upon A Time this big screen role would cement her movie career as it’s well deserved.

Who do you think should be cast in this reboot? Comment below…

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