Tomb Raider (2018)

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I did a short and sweet post on this reboot on here and have been looking forward to seeing how this movie compares to the previous films starring Angelina Jolie.

The story is pretty simple, Lara is choosing not to accept the death of her father Richard Croft and rebel against who she is, until she has to be bailed out by his company.  She returns to ‘the croft manor’ only to find clues to lead her to the last whereabouts of her ‘late’ father in hopes of finding out what happened to him.

Alicia Vikander is a good choice as the lead character in this movie and I actually preferred her to Angelina Jolie’s take on the character because I think that the previous Tomb Raider films were more about style and gadgets that the gritty game character we know and love.  If you want a ‘sex symbol’ you’ll be disappointed but if you want something closer to the earlier games and more action and close calls then you’ll enjoy this.

Walton Goggins is always a good bad guy, he’s great in a series called ‘Justified’ which is worth watching if you haven’t already.  It’s important for a reboot to have a good villain especially with Lara Croft because the ‘villains’ play such a key role in both the games and films.

Special effects wise, you can’t fault this movie.  It’s action packed from start to finish which is exactly what I was hoping for going in, it’s not the ‘I know every move and you can’t beat me’ type of film, there’s some scene where Lara get’s beaten up pretty badly herself.

Personally I really enjoyed this movie, I’d heard mixed reviews and went in with an open mind to be pleasantly surprised.  If you want a more gritty, younger and action packed style Tomb Raider then you’ll enjoy this film.  Judging by the ending, depending on how well it does there’s going to be more to follow….

Perfect Popcorn Score – Good non-stop action packed fun, it could have had a slightly better storyline but it set up for a franchise quite well.  I’m giving it a strong seven! 7/10

 

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Little Evil (2017)

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I’m always on the look out for new ‘Netflix Originals‘ because sometimes you do get some gems in there.  The trailer for this film shows a dark comedy  take on ‘The Omen‘ and a few other horror classics so I gave it a go.

Basically the story is that Gary (Adam Scott) marries Samantha (Evangeline Lily) and in doing so becomes a stepdad to her ‘little boy’ Lucas (Owen Atlas).  Their wedding was actually ruined by a tornado so things didn’t exactly get off to the best start for the couple and then things get even weirder…

The acting is decent from Scott and Lily and Atlas defiantly has the ‘creepy kid’ vibe but unfortunately is a little weak in the general acting department. The supporting cast are great though and add plenty of humor to this movie.

The effects are pretty B-Movie but that’s what I expected on something low-budget, I’ve still seen a lot worse though.  There’s a couple of clever little quirks such as the little goat puppet Lucas loves.

The movie escalates pretty quickly, it starts off fooling around with the audience, is he actually supernatural or just a creepy kid? The more you watch the more you find out… It takes from so many other movies both new and old to create it’s own story.

It’s not the greatest Netflix original film as it’s not exactly original to begin with.  I personally only enjoyed it because I thought the ‘step-dad support group’ were really funny, especially Gary’s work pal Al.  If you want something easy to watch with a few laughs but in general is very predictable and not scary at all then give this a try but don’t expect it to blow you away (tornado pun?).

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a five by five, nothing new but still some good laughs and it’s still a watchable movie. 5/10

It (2017)

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Stephen King is one of the greatest writers going, I mean nearly every one of his books has been adapted on the big or small screen.  It has been adapted before, I’ve not seen the original film but I’m a fan of King’s other stories so I decided to give this a go…

So for those of you like myself that weren’t familiar with the story it’s basically in short, a film about an evil shape-shifting clown that eats children (and maybe adults).  I don’t really like clowns so I’ll be honest I did get a bit creeped out by this, despite it’s 15 age rating.

The acting in this film is brilliant, considering there’s no big hollywood in this movie I thought it was really well cast.  There’s only two actors I recognized, both star in two Netflix series but I’m sure they’ll go on to do other things after their performance in this movie.  BillSkarsgård is fantastic as Pennywise the clown, I first saw him in a Netflix series called, ‘Hemlock Grove‘ which is worth a watch itself.  Now I’ve seen my fair share of bad child actors in films but the cast are all brilliant in this. 

The effects in this movie are great, it wasn’t given the biggest of budgets compared to a lot of movies out there and because of this, made a killer profit at the box office!  The makeup FX for Pennywise was spot on, less is more sometimes and he looked so creepy so well done guys!

I really enjoyed this film, there’s some light humor in it and great sarcasm. It actually references Molly Ringwald at one point and I think in doing so makes you think of ‘The Breakfast Club‘ which is a film about a group of ‘misfits’ banding together (sound familiar?).

I think this film cause have been made so much darker if it was given the 18 age rating the original was but director Andy Muschietti has confirmed that a sequel is in the works and set to be released in September 2019.  The sequel will tell the story of the second half of the book where Pennywise returns 27 years later.  The cast have all said who they would like to play their characters in the second film and I’ve got to say there’s some pretty good choices… I will be doing a further blog post about my thoughts on these choices and who I think should play them also so please do look out for it soon.  

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving the film a solid 8, the story was always going to be great as it’s written by King and acting, effects and everything else is all gooood! 8/10

 

 

Evil Dead (2013)

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Evil Dead is a film franchise that will never die, it’s going to be rebooted countless times and we now even have a series (Ash vs. Evil Dead).  I went the cinema to see this movie because although it’s been done before, I had high hopes as the trailers looked pretty decent.

So the story of this Evil Dead is very similar to the original with a couple of modern twists… Basically drug addict Mia (Jane Levy) agrees to go cold turkey and give up the drugs.  Does she choose to do this the normal way at home or in rehab? Of course not… Her and her friends and old brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) decide the best place for a detox is their familys remote cabin in the woods.  

Before they go you see that a girl was killed in this same cabin by her father and some weird redneck family… They seemed to be the good guys as the girl was possessed and apparently killed her mother, the ritual was out of a creepy looking book…

The acting in this film is basically american teen drama acting, no better or worse than you’re typical Pretty Little Liars crowd. It’s not the worst modern day remake but it’s also far from the best…

The effects are average, there’s plenty of blood and gore, as you would expect.  The tree scene was done very quickly, for something that caused so much outrage when the original came out they just kind of skipped right past it in this film.  It’s a shame really because there’s a lot worse and more gruesome scenes in films these days so it could have been done far better.

The advertising for this film created a lot of hype, quotes on the poster such as, ‘see this movie when it comes out and often‘.  This made me so disappointed when I actually when to see it because it wasn’t something I’ve rave about that much personally.  There’s nothing exactly wrong with it but I think some bigger players acting wise would have given it a better feel, or even just better actors.  Look at Cabin in the Woods for example, a couple of well known actors and a few not as well know but all worked so well where as this was just a group of twenty something actors that have been in a couple of teen movies.

Overall  it’s not terrible, it’s worth a watch if you like the genre of film as there’s some good gory scenes.  Basically don’t take it seriously at all and you might enjoy it but if you go by the advertising you’ll be disappointed.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a six, decent effects and story but the acting does let it down in my opinion…  6/10

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

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OK so, normally I avoid these kinds of films because I think it’s going to be a disaster like the Epic Movie’ franchise however, I decided to give this movie a go as it was showing on Sky and I just needed something to watch…

So the premise of the film is pretty simple, there’s a zombie apocalypse in a small American town and three guys who happen to also be scouts try and survive and save their friends.  It also touches on peer pressure and the whole, ‘we need to be popular to get laid’ typical teen movie story-line.

There’s not any really well known actors in this film, I have seen a couple of people in small roles in other films but that’s about it so I was quite surprised too laugh as much as I did.  The acting is pretty decent, it’s your typical American teen comedy and I’ll be honest the plot shouldn’t work as well as it does.  Tye SheridanLogan Miller and Joey Morgan are the three scouts and they’re not quite as good as the Superbad trio but they’re not bad and like I said, I did laugh quite a lot at this film.

The zombie effects aren’t as awful as a lot of films out there but could have been better, it’s probably on par with those used in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies to give you an idea.  I don’t usually like it when they have animal zombies in films because it doesn’t look realistic and to be fair, it didn’t in this movie but it did add to the comedy so I’ll let it slide because I think this film is just one big piss-take of the zombie film genre.

From the beginning of film there’s plenty of laughs and there’s one scene in particular that really just got me but I won’t ruin it for you and let you work out which scene that is… If you’re a fan of the horror comedies like Tucker and Dale then this movie is right up your street or if you just want something funny and easy to watch then I’d recommend giving this a try.  It’s not something you take seriously and it’s not up to the standard of Zombieland I’ll be honest but it’s clearly not got the same budget and still ends up being a decent movie.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this movie a six, it’s got decent acting, easy to follow plot and some great laughs…  – 6/10.

 

 

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…

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