Review : Wonder Woman

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“Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”

So just for full disclosure, I’ve had Wonder Woman’s theme as my phone ring tone, for like a year now, needless to say I have been nothing but super hyped waiting for this movie, and my expectations were super high. All that being said, this movie is pretty awesome. Gal Gadot, is honestly the greatest incarnation of the character we have ever gotten, and she brings everything to the role. She’s absolutely stunning, she brings the physicality, and she does excellent at playing both the strong, soft, and funny moments. However, she does have some help in here in a fantastically played secondary character in Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. The two had a great chemistry and they played extremely well off of each other, especially in the softer more quiet moments in here. And even for all the great action in here, a lot of the best scene are honestly these soft, quiet, and subtle scenes between Chris and Gal (and some others with the other supporting cast). Like I said before though, the action in this movie is here, and its very well done. The film itself is also absolutely stunning when it needs and wants to be, doing a great job at juxtaposing the colour and vibrance of places like Themyscira, against the drab and dull world of man and of war. Wonder Woman is truly a film firing on all cylinders here, from acting, to action, and everything in-between. All in all, I think this movie will be a bit of a game changer, and come Monday, will likely be the most successful female directed and lead film we’ve ever seen. Go see it right now!

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Incase You Missed It!

American Honey :

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How can I explain the film that is American Honey…Firstly, I’m not sure there is anyway to really know what you’re getting into going this movie. American Honey to me really feels like an experiment more than anything else. Its almost like a case study, in character studies, in character journeys.

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One part of this movie, is its road trip of misfits. Like if the Goonies were teenagers, but also gutter rats, really poor, had no general direction in life, and were stranded in middle America. The movie does a very interesting job at presenting the dynamic between such a group of youths. And as over the top as some of their personalities might be, their interaction comes across in such a sincere manner, like they really have been sharing the same van and motel rooms for months together.

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Another major aspect of this movie is love, but love in a few ways. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a representation of love like this movie portrays in any other movie. For one, it goes after the concept of love when contextualized by your financial stature, but it goes further also and looks at both young love, and the way in which that can shape our lives. It doesn’t try ever to romanticise it or make it seem like something to fight for, but more as this force of nature that sometimes we just can’t fight, and we can’t leave alone.

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Thats why I say its so hard to describe or explain what this movie is to people. I don’t think I know myself, but, I don’t think that means that this movie shouldn’t be seen. I think there needs to be some warning that this movie can be very explicit and its done in such a real and honest manner that some people might not be expecting based on what I’ve said before. American Honey I think is a movie about ideas and experimentation, and if you’re a fan on film and film making on a whole, then give this movie a look.

Review : The Lost City of Z

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“A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.”

Based on the trailers for this movie, I thought I had a good idea of what this movie was about, but I was wrong. This movie is much more a character study than anything else. It about the acting here, the introspective and reflective moments juxtaposed with the larger than life events of Col. Percival Fawcett’s life. And the acting here is where this movie really shines. Charlie Hunnam does a really great job at portraying the character here, giving him both subtle and more striking features and behaviour. The real stand out performance here however, is Robert Pattinson’s Henry Costin. The role in itself is very subtle, but it plays deftly by Pattinson and is honestly award worthy. All the performances here are honestly top notched, but it must be said that Pattinson is a cut above. The Lost City of Z is a real slow burn also, and that’s something I think you should know if you’re going to watch it, because it is also a long film (2 hours 21 mins) and as such it feel extra long at times. The movie itself spans much of Col. Fawcett’s life and it has a distinct feeling of having a beginning, middle and end. All in all I think if you like these kind of movies (slow burn dramas, that are about the acting more than the pay off) then you will be intrigued and impressed with this movie as I was, if not, you might find this one a bit much to sit through.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Review : Split

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“Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.”

Split is one of those movies that might actually and no pun intended, leave audiences split. It a Shyamalan movie in every sense of the word, which is sometimes very good and other times…ridiculous. But its a line that when he walks properly, he walks almost perfectly. This movie is movie built on tension, and a slow and steady release of information, and those are both vital for this movie to work. As we go deeper and deeper, we keep getting just enough new information to keep things grounded and tight. Then towards the end when the movie starts to release all of that tension, its speeds up to help keep convert that slow tension from earlier to a fast paced explosive one. For the majority of this movie we get one of the many characters played by James McAvoy, and he plays them to perfection. He seamlessly is able to switch and swap and drop and pick up these personalities and their unique expressions and tones thats done so convincingly, that you never question that aspect of the story. There is a twist of sorts at the end of this movie, and to be fair its more of a reveal than a twist. About 90 seconds before it happened i found myself muttering a phrase to myself and wondering if thats where he was going to take it, and to my surprise and delight he did, and i applaud him for it. Split is a real pulse pounding, heart beating kind of thriller that I highly recommend.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Fences

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“A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.”

Fences is based on a play, and I think that really shows here, not in a bad way at all, just in the structure of it. Like you can really see that act and scene setup of a play here, you can even see where there would be an entrance or exit on stage. I say that to show that the movie itself here is just a vehicle for the acting, and the acting is the real story here. Thats not to say there isn’t a story here, just its told almost exclusively through acting and through the actors telling of it. The acting in this movie is also second to none. Everyone and I mean everyone puts in a real great turn, and there really are no small parts in a movie like this. At this point Denzel seems like a real shoe in for best actor, and I have no real reason to say anyone else should get it over him. I do think a movie like La La Land is a bit better of a movie overall, but I don’t think any of the performances can be said to be stronger than what he does in fences. If you’re a fan of the play, of great acting, and just curious about this movie, it is definitely worth he price of admission.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : La La Land

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“A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.”

Do they make movies like this anymore? I guess every now and then they do. And I’m so glad they made this movie. La La Land, to me at least, from all stand points is as perfect as a movie can be. Its production is 100% on point, its directing is subtle when it should be, but perfectly directional when it needs to be. It set design and costuming ┬áis perfect. The acting and singing and dancing is wonderful to behold. And most importantly, it all fits and works together as a whole. Emma Stone isn’t the greatest singer of all time, but the way her vocals are used here fit perfectly, and really make her stand out when she needs to. There is no one that does RE-acting better than Ryan Gosling, and there is probably no one more multi talented. The man can act, he can sing, he can dance, and he did some amazing piano work for this movie also. Enough can’t be said also about the chemistry between Emma and Ryan, they’ve done it before, and they’ve done it again here. La La Land is a real once in a so often kind of movie. Yes it is a musical, and if thats not your cup of tea then you probably aren’t going to be as high on this movie as I am. But even if you don’t like musicals, and you see this movie, and it doesn’t at least strike up some kind of nostalgia, and some kind of feelings in you, then maybe you’re dead inside, but if you’re not, you need to do yourself a favour and see this movie.

Review Score : 10 out of 10

Review : Live By Night

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“A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the completion and the Klu Klux Klan.”

If there is one thing I should say about this movie right from the start, it’s that if you think this is a shoot-em-up gangster movie, erm…not so much. This is a gangster movie, most definitely, but, its not what you think. Even if you’ve seen Ben Affleck movies before, there is some of the same here, but this movie is also considerably different. For starters, this movie is really slow. This movie is just over 2 hours long, which is really 2 hours sans the credit, but it FEELS like 4 hours. Now I wouldn’t say that the movie really gets boring, but if you need a certain kind of pace to a film, you’re going to be very put off by the pacing here. This movie is slow and deliberate, it takes careful and thoughtful steps. There directing and cinematography here are nothing we don’t expect now from Ben, and we also get some really nice character moments. What this movie really feels like, is an old time gangster movie that has been stretched out to fill it up with great character moments from great actors. All in all, this movie is something you need to ready for, or be in the mood for to really enjoy I think.

Review Score : 7 out of 10