Review : Alice Through the Looking Glass

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“Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.”

Alice in Wonderland came to the big screen 6 years ago, and now we have the sequel in Alice Through the Looking Glass…Why? So i didn’t have too much to say about the first Alice movie, and for this movie is even more so. That is to say, this movie basically made me feel nothing really, like nothing either side of the coin here. The movie is most definitely  gorgeous to look and it has some really nice production and set design that makes everything you’re looking interesting in that regard, but the movie itself seems empty. I’m sitting here honestly struggling to try and say what actually happened in that movie, because in all honestly, not much of anything did happen. And thats the kind of impression I think this movie is going to leave on most people, and that impression is apathy. I do think that this movie has to have been geared more towards younger audiences than the last Alice movie, and maybe that’s why it just doesn’t resonate with me, but I do think that is going to hold through for most people above the low teens. All in all I’ll say Alice Through the Looking Glass just kind of is, it couldn’t even sway me in one direction or the other to make this review seem more impactful.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

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Review : The Nice Guys

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“A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.”

What do you get, when you cross great writing, great acting, and extremely well done directing?  You get a great movie like The Nice Guys. A lot of people might not know what this movie is, or what to expect from it, and to be honest I wasn’t sure either going in. This isn’t a comedy, or an action movie, or a mystery thriller, its actually all of them. When this movie needs to be funny, its very funny, when it needs to be serious and have real stakes, it genuinely does. It does just about everything it has to do extremely well. It keeps a good ebb and flow that goes up and down but never seem to race or slow down, but rather it just builds you up and down and takes you for the ride. This is most definitely an adult movie however, but it never seems to take it to a distasteful place. Something also has to be said about the chemistry between Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling, whom both happen to be really great actors to begin with, but together they pull of something really great here and definitely worth your time and money. If you want to see something a bit different, right now you can do no better than The Nice Guys.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review: X-Men Apocalypse

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“With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.”

All trilogies face a very difficult proposition. They are always meant to build from the first to the last, getting better and better as we go. However, most times the final movie in trilogies tends to be a let down, and the question now is… is X-Men apocalypse one of those? Yes and no. To just get over it from the start, this movie is not as good as Days of future past, but that was an incredibly high bar to try and overcome. It does do a good job at trying to get there though. This movie does live up to his name however, on delivering on both the character Apocalypse, and giving us an actual Apocalyptic event which raises the stakes from the last two movies. That being said, thats not to say this isn’t a good movie, but it does lack the lustre of its last two counterparts. The movie does give us some nice set pieces and it really does deliver in the emotional components, but it just seems to be lacking something. The shine of the past two movies does get a bit dulled here, amidst some scenes that were supremely well done in an overall movie that I do like a lot, but for some reason it just can’t reach that peak of potential. The casting here is also really well done, its nice to see a new lease on life for characters like Jean Grey and Cyclops, whom haven’t always had the best goes at it. This all might sound like a lot of gloom and doom, but I really need to reiterate how much I do like this movie. All in all, I think X-Men Apocalypse is one of those movies that I like now, but will like more as time goes by, and even if it won’t get to the Days of Future Past level, I do think it warrants this trilogy’s legitimacy in the best of what this genre has to offer.

Review Score: 8 out of 10

Captain America vs Batman

Now that the much anticipated Captain America: Civil War is out, it got me thinking about what will eventually go down as the best comic book movie trilogy of all time. For the longest time, the Nolan Batman trilogy has pretty much been the undisputed heavy weight champion of the world when it comes to this idea, but now, we truly have a contender to the belt (and a soon to be third possible contender when we get to see X-Men Apocalypse later this month). Now that we have finally seen the full realisation of the Captain America trilogy we can really get into a full comparison of the two. Lets look at the numbers first:

Batman Begins: 48 Million opening weekend (US) and a 374 Million worldwide total earning.

The Dark Knight: 158 Million opening weekend (US) and 1 Billion worldwide total earning.

The Dark Knight Rises: 160 Million opening weekend (US) and 1.1 Billion worldwide total earning.

That gives the Batman trilogy a total of 2.4 Billion earned, with an average opening weekend total of 122 Million.

Captain America The first Avenger: 65 Million opening weekend (US) and 370 Million worldwide total earning.

Captain America The Winter Soldier: 95 Million opening weekend (US) and 714 Million worldwide total earning.

Captain America Civil War: 179 Million opening weekend (US) and currently 767 Million worldwide at current date.

That gives the Captain America trilogy a total of 1.8 Billion currently, with Civil War still having a substantial run in cinemas to complete, and an average opening weekend total of 113 Million.

The movies are pretty close when it comes to dollars, and I fully expect that by the time Civil War is done its cinematic run, the total numbers I referenced above will be much, much closer. Another way we can look at these movies is to compare their relative ratings, and I’ve decided to use what I think most people use and respect as an good rating standard, in there Rottentomatoes scores.

 

Batman                                                                    Captain America

Batman Begins: 85%                                             The First Avenger: 80%

The Dark Knight: 94%                                          The Winter Soldier: 89%

The Dark Knight Rises: 87%                               Civil War: 90%currently

That gives the Batman trilogy an average rating of 89% and the Captain America movies at 86% (baring a big jump in the current rating for Civil War).

So now that you’ve seen all the numbers and stats, do you think the Batman Trilogy still reigns supreme, or has the usurper Captain America taken over?

 

Review : Keanu

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“Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.”

The guys who have brought us so many laughs already through their former television program Key and Peele, finally get a chance to bring us a full feature length film opening in cinemas everywhere. Can their work translate to the biggest stage there is? Yeah pretty much. This movie i don’t think is going to be anyones new favourite comedy of all time or anything, but I don’t think anyone will dislike this movie either. While you most certainly don’t need to be an actual fan of their previous work, knowing their comedy and their brand of humour will most definitely enrich this movie going experience for you. Boasting a pretty solid cast, with the dynamic duo of Key and Peele at the forefront here, their chemistry is undeniable and allows a platform on which to build this entire movie. Keanu is both a great introduction to comedy of Key and Peele, while also being a great amalgamation of what they do, and what they do best. All in all , Keanu packs a good amount of laughs, with some serious side splitting moments in there as well. If you’re a fan of comedies, definitely take the time and give this movie a look, its most definitely worth it.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

In Case you Missed It!

Pan’s Labyrinth:

In 2006, director Guillermo del Toro brought us a fantastic, dark, twisted, spanish dream in the form of Pan’s Labyrinth. A dark, brooding, atmospheric narrative that takes the viewer on a journey unlike most they’ve even had. The movie blends a very realistic view of a slice of life from a certain place and time, and juxtaposes it with this fantastical world full of weird and strange creatures that exist just below the surface, but only for some, and none existent to others. It paints a fantastical tapestry while keeping all of its characters nailed down to reality.

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One of the best received “foreign language” films in recent times, including 6 oscar nominations and 3 wins including best cinematography. That’s another area in which this movie truly excels. Its aesthetic resembles that of an oil painting almost with the way the light reflects and bounces off things and the way in which things move and are animated. Using a combination of CGI, Make-up and puppetry, the movie better brings you into its more fantastic elements so much more convincingly that a solely computer generated world could do. Its brings its characters to life with such a unique and interesting way that you can’t help but stare in fascination as they move and interact with other characters on screen.

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The narrative itself is a very cerebral, and reflective sort of poem of a story. As the movie goes on, we get pulled into the ebbs and flows, the rhymes and the rhythm that make the movie so hypnotic. There is also something to be said about watching a movie in a language foreign to yours. Reading subtitles almost forces you to pay laser like focus to the film and the things happening in it. Pan’s Labyrinth is a full experience of a movie, and totally worth a watch if you’ve never seen it, or a re-watch for those who haven’t given it a watch in a long time.

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Review : Captain America – Civil War

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“Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.”

Thats a pretty simple way to describe what this movie is about, but it really is much deeper. This movie really builds on about 8 years of Marvel movies and lore (based on those movies, and that really matters when we get to this movie) that add up to a lot of the emotional weight this movie tries to throw around. Lets address what would be everyone’s biggest concern first. Does this movie live up to the title? Yes and no. Firstly, if you’re going to be a big comparer of the movie with its comic book counter part, you are going to be disappointed. This movie does a very good job at building its own civil war based on the lore the movies themselves have made. Its only a fraction of the comic book movie story line, and I think it really had to be, but again, its going to disappoint some people. The real stand outs of the cast here are both new characters. Black Panther and Spider-Man are really, really well done here. I mean hats off to Marvel, but these are some of best character representations I’ve ever see and I’m really impressed by them. The next most impressive thing about this movie, is the action. The action in this movie is absolutely outstanding, and some of the best, if not the best we’ve ever seen in any of the Marvel movies thus far. The airport scene is really a thing to behold. There are so many moving parts of this movie also, I can’t cover them without a lot of spoilers, so I’m just going to say it was a mixed bag (more good than bad). Overall I think this is a very good movie, that depending on your expectations, you’d enjoy more or less than the Winter Soldier movie. Scoring this movie is hard, because its not being rated in a bubble, so i really have to take inconsideration the other movies in this universe, but all in all i really did enjoy this movie.

Review Score 8.5 out of 10