Category Archives: MOVIE REVIEW

CONTRABAND

Hello Saw Contraband a while ago, just getting round to blogging about it now. Its pretty good. . .done haha ok ok yeah its very solid not too long not too short nice pace and keeps it going all to the end. It dint blow me away but its very interestingly solid, Giovanni Ribisi plays it very well and Mark Wahlberg is. . well Mark Wahlberg, but good for the part. Its a bit of an easy watch not really original, no major twists or turns, it’s entertaining and easy going, nothing new but what it does its quite good a simple heist movie. Let me know what you think 🙂

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Ben

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WANDERLUST

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Just seen Wanderlust with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. I thought it was very mediocre and slightly amazed this film even got made.  There are some nice parts in the film which is mainly at the pay off at the end when everything returns back to normal. There are parts (I remember one) I laughed out loud but not an overly funny film, although lots of times inside i would think (ha ha) and that’s the only reason i wasn’t overly bored probally. Not a cinema film, barely a DVD film. The storyline was massively over the top, and this is coming from a sci-fi fan!. Although I wasn’t bored, but i didn’t care for the characters, I came out thinking ‘ oh ok, yeah, irrelevant film, didn’t offend, very harmless’ Very forgettable. The is film is soon bland nothing really stood out for me, Its saving grace would probably be its a very bland, non-offensive date night film.  If anyone else has seen it let me know what you think 🙂

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Ben

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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

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We recently saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It was very good I was very impressed, it was really quite funny in places. I think i dint expect too much because I thought the storyline may be very flimsy because its just a bunch of old people going to a retirement home, but the story, I thought was quite solid.  It never felt like it dragged and had a good pace to the movie. It wasn’t too long and it was a perfect one to see with my wife, its a bit of a ‘popcorn’ movie but sometimes that’s really nice. Oh and the guy that runs the hotel is awesome in it, I think he was in Slum Dog.

From looking at some film critics online, like Guardian and some others, they seem to bash the movie. Now they probably know more than me, because their experts, but i really liked it, it was genuinely funny tackled some issues and appealed to a wide age range. The comments under most of the reviews seem to love the movie. . I don’t understand critics :/

If you want some easy watching, go for it. If you see it let me know what you think.

Thanks

Ben

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CHRONICLE

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Went to the cinema and saw Chronicle, it’s different from what I expected, for starters, I didn’t know it was all done through a camera. That made it little annoying at the time because it feels like a gimmick to make it feel more ‘real’.

Saying this it’s quite good in the beginning because when there using their powers to muck about its kind of what you would do if you suddenly had powers, but later on in the film it starts to take itself very seriously and then it gets a little too ‘funny story with a moral’ I think if they kept it in the same light as in the beginning and more light hearted it would have appealed to me more because I have seen a million times ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ angle before.

It feels like your having fun with mates seeing them muck around with powers and its quite fun seeing them realise what they can do, then at the studio someones walked in and said ‘ yeah its fun and’al but what’s the message, why are they here. .  where’s this film going people, it needs to go from A-B. . . make it happen’ so they got pressure to tag on a moral to the story. This element mixed in with the camcorder effect makes it hard watching at the end. Then by latching a serious part to the film makes you lose all empathy with the characters because it feels ‘forced’ i dint care if they all died at the end really. I’m no professional at reviewing films but that’s just how it feels. It was a good 30-40 minutes then its really starts to lose its way I feel, up to then its pretty good 🙂

Let me know what you think 🙂

Thanks

Ben

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WAR HORSE

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We went and watched Warhorse recently. I somehow missed all the hype for this film so in that respect I was lucky. I was quite impressed with it to be honest, I think because of the sheer fact that they made a film with the horse being the main protagonist, and it did hold its own. . .thumbs up, well done Mr. Horse 🙂 The story was solid generally enjoyable, but more enjoyable while watching with someone, I think if I was on my own watching it i would have not liked it as much. Defiantly a ‘couple film’ It did feel segmented like lots of little stories joined together, but I don’t think to the detriment of the film, I may have even helped it because if it had the same people around the horse for the whole movie it may have become too much.

Another element that I wasn’t expecting was that this film made me interested in World War 1 so i recently watched bird song on the i player, (but thats’ a different review) so in terms of evoking interest in the subject matter I suppose it worked 🙂

Ben

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HAYWIRE

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Just seen Haywire, its very ‘Bourne’ ( identity, supremacy, ultimatum ) but with a female as the lead role. I think this film will appeal to fans of ‘Bourne’ series but because this has been quite recent and very well produced, Haywire is up against strong competition from what has gone before in this genre, and to be honest doesn’t stand up very well against it. I think this is because it doesn’t really add anything new to the table, The fact that the lead is a woman doesn’t change it enough to make me think ‘oh ok this is a new take’ it makes me think more like its a gimmick. If this film was first then I would more than likely be singing its praises a bit more, but being so recent after the ‘Bourne’ series it works against the title. Storyline is pretty solid, like you would expect, government frame job she gets revenge but with no real new twist and to be honest I got a touch bored. In summery, see this film if you are a fan of this genre, stay away if you dislike this style or even think you have had your fill from ‘Bourne’

Comments always welcome, thanks for visiting come back soon 🙂

Ben 🙂

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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Just seen the the girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Solid movie, The reservation i have from saying this film is amazing is that I have seen the Swedish version. After seeing this version the Hollywood one doesn’t add anything. I was expecting the storyline to be very similar, but the budget to be higher and therefore bigger set pieces. Thinking about it there were no scenes that required a more elaborate set pieces, so I am left with the feeling that it was ‘quite long’. The direction was better and some of the scenes were more ‘polished’ but saying that the Swedish version had a more ‘gritty’ realness.

I personally liked the actors in the Swedish version over Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, but that’s my own personal preference.

If you haven’t seen the Swedish version then this is a treat, but if you have, and liked the Swedish version then I would say that the Hollywood one does not add anything.

Ben

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL + THE ARTIST

Hello again,

Two films reviewed today, first up Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was awesome 🙂 solid popcorn action fast paced story, good acting, serious, funny, well directed and never got boring. The storyline as good enough to keep the action together and the set pieces were all good and unique. The fight scenes were well thought out and kept it moving and even the really unbelievable action parts. . .you sort of believe, its done in a way that you don’t mind the ‘that would never happen’ parts because your gripped by it. Very impressed and after the last few movies i saw, this was a nice surprise. . .and wait for it, you won’t hear me saying this often, this FORTH film was the best one, in my opinion. If your up for a nice popcorn action film that is enjoyable whether at the cinema or at home, go for it.

The Artist. The Black and white, Silent movie. GIVE. THIS. MOVIE. AWARDS. Amazed, If i could get away with saying original, i would. everything about this film dripped with class the acting the direction. the cinema really did this film justice, seeing how the old black and white would have looked in the big screen. My biggest concern BEFORE i saw the movie was how they would tell a complicated story (the transition between silent movies to ‘talkies’) in the style of a silent movie, and how i would feel the emotions of the protagonist and how they would get across the depth of characters. They not only do this but achieve much more. A true feel of what the industry in that time, gripping storyline and characters packed with individualism. You just cant look away and at the end just astounded that they managed to say, explain and emote more that most films that have in colour, action and TALKING. The film shown in this way really makes the movie, and the fact that its a true story is amazing. There is so much to say about this film but i wont be forgetting this quickly. A concept film that truly says something new AND entertains is so rare these days that you need to see this film. . .In my option

Thanks

Ben

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SHERLOCK HOLMES, NEW YEARS EVE, PUSS IN BOOTS

Hello, Happy Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂

Over the holidays we went to see the new Sherlock Holmes, new years eve and puss in boots, and here’s the low-down on those

Sherlock holmes – I fell asleep. . .and not on a quiet bit. . .on the part where massive guns were going off. I think some of the concepts that were defined in the first film were over played in this one, the end was a slight twist, but generally i was quite bored. I didn’t feel it brought anything new to the table, when I was expecting something different, especially with the main introduction of Moriarty. A little disappointed to be honest.

New Years Eve – Wasn’t expecting anything in anyway good about this film, but i think, because of this, it was watchable. The end presented a slight twist that was ok, and there were so many different people in it for it to be moderately interesting. It’s like they knew one storyline was not strong enough for a film so they put about 6-8 story lines, intertwined them a little, pack it with stars, slight twist on the end, BOOM you have your self a film. A pop corn movie, nothing more, watched around the time set (New Years) and its bearable.

Puss in boots – Nothing special, for the Shrek fans and animation buffs. I did get the impression someone thought it would be a good idea to make this film simply because it had a cat as the main protagonist, so they knew it would draw in cat / animal lovers. Story line moved at a satisfactory speed it got from A to B pretty fast and there are a few laughs, but never side splitters. Maybe designed for kids, and if so, fair enough and then the parent could be ok watching this film. If your wanting anything different, interesting or anything other and pure pop corn movie then avoid this one. Oh and i fell asleep again in this one aswell :/

Thanks

Ben

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My week with Marilyn

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Just seen the film My week with Marilyn, it was ok, pretty good, but i don’t know much about her and her life. I didn’t know she was that physiologically scared, and for that it did give an insight. However this is what the film is, an insight, it is very aptly named because it only shows you a small window of her life and washes over any real detail of her. It’s like a taster to see if you want to know more and when i look at the film like that, it did pretty well.

If you are going to see this film wanted an in-depth breakdown of her life or even a piece as captivating as ‘the kings speech’, then you will be disappointed. If you go wanting a taster pop corn light movie then this is what is was.

The piece feels like it was trying to ‘light and airy’ and achieves this well, so it doesn’t feel like it tried to do something and failed or ended up being this way because of bad production, it feels it done what it set out to do, it hit the mark it was aiming for. I wasn’t bored but i wasn’t transfixed with any particular part either, but it has made me wanting to know more about her and why she was, the way she was, so, maybe it has done its job, left me wanting more.

Ben

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