Review : The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

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“When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.”

Well, well, well….This movie though. This movie is one hell of an emotion and psychological hook. It totally draws you in to the the Panem world and everything about it. You feel for each and every character and what they have had to do to get the places they do, and you want to see more of each. Everything about this movie is done to the highest level. It is visually and emotional superb. The acting here is also world class. All of these are reasons why this movie is going to make a hell of a lot of money. All of these positives however, lead into the big downfall this movie, and that is that this is most definitely a part 1 of 2. It feels like this movie was made solely to make sure as many people as possible go to see Part 2. On a whole it is a big departure from the previous 2 films as it is the first to not have to center around the actual hunger games. The lack of that big central action piece changes the entire flow and feeling of the movie from what we would have come to expect. That doesn’t mean the movie is boring in anyway. Any missing action here is substituted for nail biting tension and strong emotional battles. All in all this is a the second best movie of the franchise, leading up to what should be a truly epic finale.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Why Adaptations Suck

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Now i will admit that title is a bit misleading. I certainly don’t think that all film adaptations suck ( for video games yeah pretty much all), but i do think that ALL adaptations face an uphill battle to be considered good. The only difference being how steep of a hill we’re talking about. The major problem here is the fact that people don’t take the word “adaptation” as seriously as they should, and as such they draw some very heavy comparisons as well as expectations, instead of simply viewing the item as a cinematic experience. Now i can totally understand the desire when you hear that they are making your favourite anything into a film to expect and want to see the EXACT translation of that thing into a movie. HOWEVER as fans we need to take a step back sometimes and view the thing for what it is. An adaptation, and that alone. That is to say that the movie will be drawing from and is inspired by the original material but is not beholden to it. It does not HAVE to put anything into the movie that the makers of said movie think will detract from the experience of this story as a MOVIE. Not as a book, or a comic, or a game or anything else. All that matters is how to tell the story in the time allotted by the medium used. The second thing we as fans need to do is realise that in 90% of cases, the majority of the people who end up watching these movies will have either no, or less of a connection to the source material than we have. Therefore it also there duty to tell a story that has the most broad appeal and can be understood by everyone and anyone watching. A movie should never have homework attached to it. So when someone tells you, “wellll if you read the book/comic/watever you would understand this part”, we need to understand that most people HAVEN’T and WILL NOT read the source material. Its a delicate game the film creators have to play, because at the end of the day the purpose of all films are to make money, and they need to make business decisions as to what will be best for business ( not best for fan boy or girls #sorrynotsorry). So next time you go to see or hear about some new film adaptation, try and remember these words and take it for what it is, a film ADAPTATION, meant to stand on its own outside of the source material. At which point you can still think it sucks if its a bad movie, just don’t be hater cause they cut your favourite characters scene. If they totally changed a character you love (like my beloved cyclops in X-Men) then you can state why that character doesnt work int he film, and not just go WEEHHH they made him a bitch, even though they did.

Cheers

Review : Nightcrawler

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“When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.”

So this is a great example, of a movie that is really good for mostly one reason…and thats the acting. The acting here is simply superb, amazing job by Jake Gyllenhaal as well as the rest of the cast. He of course is the stand out, since he has the most development and the most screen time. Also all the weight that he lost for this movie, has a way of bugging out his eyes and really adding another dimension to his character. A character that is certifiably bat shit crazy, and while you can’t totally root for him, you get this sick desire to see if he can keep out reaching his grasp and not fall to his doom, and that is TOTALLY sold off his action performance alone. The way we get both to see inside his head and at times be completely left to see what he will do next allows the audience just enough information to understand the character better, but not enough for us to fully understand why his motivation exist. Its a fine line to walk and it was walked very well. This is one of those movies where you see a lot of award nominations for acting roles, and nothing else. Thats not to say the movie isn’t shot and directed well, just after its done no one is going to ask who directed, they are all going to say that Jake Gyllenhaal is a great actor. Its a role totally different to any you will have ever seen him do, and that alone is reason enough to give this movie a watch.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

Review : Interstellar

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“A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.”

So this will probably be one of my most difficult and polarizing review ever. On one hand this movie is made with so much scope and wonder and ambition, that its hard not to just be in awe of it. While at times the execution seems to not be up to par. So i say this movie is really hard to review, and that’s because of how divisive the script of this movie can be. So let me start with the good parts. This movie is breathtakingly beautiful, and is a master class in shooting and shot selection. The times when Nolan decides to lock the camera down to an object, and simply leave it there while the action happens, is a really immersive and realistic way to portray things. Secondly we get some really good acting performances from Mr alright alright alright, as well as Mrs taliban hunter. And those two characters as what simultaniously keep this movie together, and then seem to rip it apart some what. The biggest plot line truly in this movie, is the love and bond between father and daughter. It is truly evident and totally believable just how strong the connection here is, and it needs to be because the concept of love is a really big part of this movie as well. There is also a bit of a surprise appearance in this movie from a well known actor, and if you haven’t seen it yet, stay away from sites like imdb and just go and let it surprise you. Now I’m not going to discuss every plot point, since i like to keep these reviews spoiler free as possible, but i will say how the movie doesn’t work as best as i can without spoilers. So the marketing of this movie, did a really good job at keeping a lot about the movie hidden, so i will respect that, and it really does add to the experience. Now when we get to the last third of this movie, everything starts to go into a direction or a realm that WILL lose some viewers, and WILL divide opinions about this movie. Some will totally get and understand the concepts, and while many others will also understand them, many will not like them, and yet many will also just be turned off by them. So what is this movie? This a movie much more than space, but that still gives you all the space you could want and more. I definitely thing everyone should see this movie, and i think it will spark some great debate. Also you should see this movie on as big a screen as you can find, trust me.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : Big Hero 6

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“The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.”

The best way to some up this movie is charming. It’s not the deepest movie you will see, and I know its meant mostly for a younger demographic, but at the same time that doesn’t mean you have to be predictable. The animation is great, and the world building on a whole is really well done. The voice acting too here is very well done, and the cast all seemed very suited to their characters. The biggest problem for me, was the villain here. Firstly I knew who it was from the start, and secondly the actual motive I think was really weak and seemed really shoe horned into the film. There also wasn’t much character design outside of the brothers, but these problems still wouldn’t stop you from enjoying the movie. This is a well done movie especially from all the technical aspects, but have done with a bit more/deeper story telling. It is definitely gonna be up there in the best animation discussion, but it still can’t touch How to Train Your Dragon 2. And there is an after credit scene !

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : John Wick

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“An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.”

That is LITERALLY everything that this movie is about, HOWEVER, John Wick is some of the most fun you will have in a cinema this year. From start to end this movie is an action packed thrill ride, that will leave you breathless in some areas and speechless in others. The score and soundtrack are also spot on and hit every mark they need to. There is honestly not much about this movie that you could find a problem with, once of course you understand what kind of movie this is. If you go into the movie with wrong mindset, your not going to have a good time. This movie is not meant to be a deep conversation of revenge and loss and grieving. It is meant to be a kickass funass ride along side a great character, doing amazing action (the man is 50 for Christ’s sake), and dropping great one liners. If that’s not the kind of movie you like, stay very far away. However, if you’re looking for a great popcorn flick, GETS TO GOING.

Review Score : 9 out of 10