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 

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.

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

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Another one of Disney’s live-action remakes is ‘The Legend of Tarzan’. This film was great to watch on the big screen, lots of action and a different take on the story compared with the cartoon version.

So we see Tarzan, played by Alexander Skarsgard as a ‘normal’ English gentleman going by his birth name of John Clayton living in London with his wife Jane, played by Margot Robbie. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country given his ‘celebrity status’.  He refuses at first but then is asked to go by George Washington Williams played by Samuel L Jackson as he’s heard that there’s some possible slave trade going on, appalled by this Tarzan agrees to go back to Africa and Jane insists on accompanying him.

There’s more than one ‘villain’ in this Disney film and both are played by great actors. You’ve got Leon Rom, played by Christoph Waltz and Chief Mbonga, played by Djimon Hounsou.  Leon is building a railway line and using slaves to get the work done. Chief Mbonga just wants to kill Tarzan for personal reasons… 

The casting is good, I think Skarsgard is an interesting choice for the title role but he does it justice. Jane has always been one of my favorite Disney female characters because she’s brave and pretty sassy too, Margot Robbie fits this role perfectly. Christoph Waltz is just brilliant in any role at the moment, he’s normally in darker (Tarantino) films so I was surprised when I heard he was cast in this but no complaints there at all.

I thought the apes were brilliantly done but the lions didn’t seem as realistic unfortunately (which does worry me because next on this list for live-action is The Lion King). The Jungle Book just set the bar very high for these live-action remakes in terms of visual effects but this one didn’t seem quite as detailed as it.

Overall I enjoyed this film, it’s very fast paced, which means if you look away for a minute you will miss something.  There’s plenty of action and the story isn’t too bad but it didn’t seem as ‘child friendly’ as other Disney films but I blame Christoph Waltz for that…

Perfect Popcorn Score – The Legend of Tarzan gets a six from me, the effects weren’t quite up to the level of The Jungle Book and there’s plenty of action but the story isn’t as family friendly.  I think Disney need to decide on their target audience with these remakes…   – 6/10.