I saw it at the cinema a while ago when it first came out and then watched it again recently to do a decent review for you guys. I wasn’t actually aware of it being a sequel to another M. Night Shyamalan film called Unbreakable which stars Samuel L Jackson and Bruce Willis and to be honest even after watching it a second time I’m not sure how to the two films are related… I’m sure all will be revealed in the up and coming third film ‘Glass’ in 2019.
So the film follows Kevin (McAvoy) and the three girls he kidnaps, Casey, Claire and Marcia. Claire and Marcia are typical high-school girls, not really wanting to be friends with Casey but still invited her to their party… Casey from the off seems like an outcast, throughout the film you’ll learn more about why she is this way and her past via flashbacks.
Kevin himself is one of many personalities that take over his body. We learn that there are actually 23 personalities all residing within Kevin’s body, some are even female. He’s attending therapy and his doctor Karen Fletcher is trying to persuade others that there is more to Kevin than pure insanity. That there is something special about him and all the other personalities that live within him.
It’s a very interesting film and I was gripped straight away because it’s a subject that hasn’t really been used in a movie this way before. We’ve heard of multiple personality disorders and some television shows have touched on them before, we’ve seen many movies use ‘possession’ so it’s a good concept to use in my opinion. Each personality you see is so different, some are good people and some are not so good…
The acting in this film is brilliant McAvoy is the only actor I recognized but his performance is Oscar worthy and if he isn’t at least nominated then I’ll be very surprised! He plays all 23 personalities amazingly different, I mean not many actors achieve what he did in this film to the standard he did as well. The three girls are also really good, they don’t over act or annoy you they’re just perfect in their roles, especially Anna Taylor-Joy who plays Casey.
I can’t say much about the story or ending as such without ruining it for you but it’s something for you to guess yourselves. Basically in short two of the personalities believe in something called ‘The Beast‘ and this links to why they have taken over Kevin and kidnapped these girls. Is ‘The Beast‘ real? Watch to find out…
Perfect Popcorn Score – Split gets a nine from me, James McAvoys performance is brilliant and the story itself is very original. Great overall movie… 9/10
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
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 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
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
I know this movie is pretty old now but I watched it for the first time last weekend as I was told it was a ‘feel good film’ and you can’t go wrong with a ‘feel good film’ can you?
So the story to this movie is that self-centered weatherman Phil (Bill Murray) is fated to live the same day over and over again. That day is, Groundhog Day. Like yourselves and probably the rest of the audience I had no idea what Groundhog Day was but luckily for us it’s explained pretty early on in the movie and is basically the day when a little groundhog (google them, they’re cute) predicts how soon winter is going to arrive and stay for. It’s just as silly as it sounds I’ll be honest, Phil starts off confused as you would be and thinks the town is playing tricks on him and then he starts to take advantage of his situation. He uses a lot of his time trying to seduce his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) but things don’t go as well as he hopes…
The acting in this movie is typical 90’s rom-com really, I can’t really say Bill’s performance was amazing but it was watchable… After seeing his later movie’s it’s difficult to picture him as a romantic lead though so watch this with an open mind… It’s a pretty cheesy film but I have seen worse movies and I do understand that the film is trying to get a message across in that you’re one choice or action away from a completely different life. Andie MacDowell was pretty wooden in this for me, I think they could have cast this far better, any other girls from St Elmo’s Fire would have done a better job in my opinion…
This is a film that has an interesting concept and I did enjoy watching it however, if they do remake this film (let’s face it one day, they will….) it needs to be cast better. I did like how after failed attempts at dating Rita, Phil does see that there’s more to life but I think I’d have found it more interesting personally if this movie had a different outcome in the end.
Overall it’s worth a watch, if you want something with a bit of meaning to it but not have to be completely switched on while watching it.
Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this a 6.5, the story is interesting and it’s funny in some parts but Andie MacDowell isn’t great as a lead love interest… 6.5/10
This was one of many movies just added onto my Sky movie package so I decided to give it a go. It just sounded like a film filled with violence and let’s face it folks, sometimes it’s just nice to switch off and watch something like that…
So it’s a film that get’s into it quite early on and just doesn’t stop from there. There is a ‘crazy’ red-neck family in this movie, aren’t they always fun? Luke Evans plays the main character, he’s got no name though (ohhhh mysterious) and he’s completely cold and ruthless all the way through the movie.
Basically the family kidnap Luke and his girlfriend when robbing them proves difficult, they try to kill the pair and then the tables are turned…
The film seems pretty low budget but the cast are decent actors. Adelaide Clemens is really good in this film however, I won’t say much about her character as it’s an interesting situation… I will say though that I actually thought it was Carey Mulligan (my bad) because the pair look so similar, whilst on that subject Michelle Williams could also be related to the two of them…
There’s no effects really other than your standard gore and violence, which is all filmed pretty well. There’s plenty of torture scenes too so if you’re squeamish this isn’t a film for you…
This movie isn’t just your average gory redneck in the middle of nowhere movie, there’s a few twists in the story which leave you unsure of who you’re supposed to be rooting for. I really enjoyed the film, it keeps you guessing and there’s a slight twist to it. A simple story really but very well written and the ending did leave me wanting more which rarely happens when it comes to this type of film. I think they could defiantly do more with Luke Evans character here that wouldn’t ruin this movie or be a terrible idea for another film. Basically if you want a fast paced, action ride with a large amount of ‘mindless violence’ then this is the movie for you! (Making it one of my dad’s favorites…)
Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a solid eight it’s good violent fun and there’s an interesting sub-plot going on within a straight forward story-line that makes this movie stand out. Decent acting for a low budget film too… 8/10