Even though film reviews are suppose to be impartial but I have a soft spot for Wes Anderson. From a personal stand point his films are comfortable to watch. It has this style which is weird and wacky but it’s colour aesthetics gives a sense of nostalgia and the retro grandeur is a pleasant portrait to cast your eyes upon.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different. Anderson stays to his way of film making. Even on a limited budget the sets and the direction is one of a majestic feeling and the tone is quirky enough to become a joy to view. The huge and acclaimed cast is perfect for this film. It;s huge cast of all era’s and the only downside is that every big star gets limited to a cameo performance.
Ralph Fiennes plays the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel and his character is a unique in Anderson’s universe. In past films every character plays to Anderson’s world. Wacky in style and peculiar in their speech, There’re normally a calm tone to the characters speech even when they are angry. However Fiennes breaks out of this mould and at times, quoting ‘fuck it’ and loses his marbles. Fiennes breaks out of that mold and it provides a comedic strength to the film. Fiennes definitely shines in this film and that is not putting anything down on the supporting cast. Every actor did their job to the Anderson standard. Especially Ed Norton’s character was also a favourite, now becoming a regular in Anderson’s troupe. I would love if he had a leading role in the next Anderson film.
This is not Anderson’s best film, Moonrise and Steve Zissou is still by far my favourite films. The story had a lot of tangents that wasn’t necessary and the cast was too big. Their was a lot of talent on show and not enough screen time. The Royal Tenebaums shows that Anderson can utilise a big cast, in this film some big names had very little screen time.
However The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and would recommend everyone to watch it. It was hilarious, not massive laughs but constant chuckles. I just had a 100 minute smile on the whole time. This film will surprise you, it will make you laugh, make you cry, amaze you though the style and sets. I have yet to come across a Wes Anderson that I’m disappointed by.
Overall - Wes Anderson creates another masterpiece and if everyone followed suit of how much effort the director put’s into the set and utilise the budget every film would be a joy to watch. Maybe it was over ambitious in it’s cast but Fiennes shines, Norton excels and Dafoe just terrifying. If you love Anderson watch it, If you don’t find your lost soul and watch it anyway. Film Rating 8.5/10
This is pretty much summed up by the film’s main music track, everything is awesome. Have you ever has a sensation when you just happen to smile uncontrollably and you just can’t help but continue smiling. The Lego Movie is that. From the first scene I started to laugh and the smile never went away. This is primarily aimed at kids but it doesn’t limit the film to kids. This is a film for all ages.
I find it really hard to fault this movie, it had an excellent voice cast, a sweet story that has a little twist, an awesome soundtrack and it was so good to have other movie tie ins. That’s the joy of Lego, the possibilities are endless and also with the billions other tie ins the movie allowed to have Batman, Gandalf, Superman,Wonder woman and even Shaq. (there’s more) It was always pulling off jokes non stop, none that would make your ribs break from laughing but as I mention before ;can’t stop smiling. The ending is debatable and some love it and some hate it, but I’m on the love it side. I won’t explain due to spoilers but it worked.
This film encapsulates what Lego is and why it is so popular, everything is made from Lego in the film even the explosions are Lego. The animation is perfect motion for Lego. I literary cannot think of a better way this movie could of been to represent Lego. Everyone will enjoy this, well if you don’t like happiness then maybe not because this film, cliche or not, makes you happy. The only thing I wanted more out of the film was to explore the numerous amount of realms they mentioned but apart from that I love this film.
Overall - It’s make you happy, a bit of sadness, the characters are unique and have a lot of character. I cannot fault this film and I know it’s early but this should be considered for an Oscar, or some sort of award. It’s just everything in this film is what makes Lego so popular. The possibilities are endless. 100 minutes of happiness. Film Rating - 9/10
This is not just a wolf on wall street, it’s the wolf on Hollywood. How did a film with 500 mentions of the word fuck, full frontal female nudity, constant depiction of drug use and a film glorifying a criminal get nominated for so many Oscars? Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio playing Jordan Belfront, a stockbroker who creates a company to fraudulently sell shares. Even though the second shot of the film is him snorting cocaine out of a hooker’s butthole. This is an Oscar worthy performance. Sounds crazy but this is a film that goes 200 mph and doesn’t want to stop. DiCaprio is so diverse in this film, he’s hilarious in this film. The whole cast in this film is on top form. Jonah Hill, I’m not his biggest fan but he shocked me and his future is looking bright. It needed more Mconaughey, he was so funny.
There were scenes that I couldn’t stop laughing especially the ‘lemmon’ scene, tears were pouring down face. Also the whole modget talk, It was so offensive but I had this itching urge to bawl out laughing and I did. This is a comedy but a well scripted, directed, acted comedy. DiCaprio’s monologues and talks were so inspiring and he acted so well. When he was shouting you could see the vines pop out of his head. It will be tragic if DiCaprio gets snubbed by the Oscars…..again.
The whole cast was fantastic, the whole film was fun, yes it’s full of sex, drugs and fucks but that’s what makes this film so great, it doesn’t hold back. I was in a room full of all ages from 18 to 65 and I felt so uncomfortable in the sex scenes but it was a good uncomfortable. It added to the humour. One of the best of the decade. A little long at 3 hours but who cares when you are having this much fun.
Overall - Only Scorsese could make an 18 a mainstream film. Rude, crude and so well acted. Wolf On Wall Street is a fun, fast film, that is 3 hours of a ride through materialistic glory, sex and drugs. Every part of this film was amazing. Funny, brilliantly acted, just fantastic. Film Rating 9/10
Film Review - American Hustle (2013) An awards film, already bagged a few golden globes in the actresses department. I went to see the film as it was raved by a bizillion (an actual number….. ) critics. About a con artist (Bale) who is caught with his mistress (Adams) by an FBI investigator (Cooper) and forced to work for the FBI to take down the big shots in the con industry.
Review - Before I go into the problems of the plot, the performances is what makes this film an enjoyment to watch. Christian Bale is one of the greatest actor to ever live and this is another performance which shows this. Watch the fighter or the prestige, this is up there with those performances. Amy Adams has a lot of side boobs but don’t let that distract you, you also has a good performance, sometimes confusing with the constant change in mood and accent but definitely award worthy. Bradley Cooper is very comedic in its role and Jennifer Lawerence is the one to watch. She is the hottest thing in Hollywood right and that sounds so MTV to say that and it hurts me morally but its true.
Now the performances are great, the cinematography is great, Russel’s style is one to marvel at. ie. Silver Lining Playbook and The Fighter. American Hustle doesn’t falter in that. However I was let down by the plot. It was more a character central piece which is fine but in a con movie, it needs to be about the con and the whole pay off didn’t really satisfy me. The director has state it was more character focused with improvised scenes but I didn’t know what this movie was. It wasn’t a full on comedy or thriller or action. It kind of which a mixture but it was so lack off each that I didn’t know how to take the film.
I still enjoyed the film, as I mentioned amazing performances for me Bale stood out as the overweight con artist. It was funny at part, not chest pain inducing but a slight tickle. It isn’t the greatest con movie of all time or neither the best released film of 2013. It was a little too long but I would still give it a watch for the performances. Good but I expected more. Rating 6.5/10
A film that has actors known for playing characters that are like themselves are in a film playing themselves. And Guess What? It Works.
Plot: After James Franco holds a Housewarming and an Unexplained Earthquake leads to the destruction and death of many celebrities and Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny Mcbride and Jonah Hill must live together and survive.
Review: Straight of the bat, one of the funniest film I have seen ever. It’s rare I find a film funny throughout and just continue that pace constantly. Every single actor/actress is not outshone here. Yes there is little cameos from Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera and Aziz Anari and Emma Watson. Every single cameo works for great effect. This is one of the few times I actually like Michael Cera and he plays a douchebag in this film.
Emma Watson as a great cameo as she plays a very anti Hermione and is just non stop hilarious. Now we get onto the main players. Danny Mcbride stands out here, he is by far the funniest and the whole cumming scene, I laughed so much it hurt. Jonah Hill, I have never laughed at this guy even in Superbad but this film, Oh my God! Him playing a fake nice guy, It’s perfect! freaking perfect. James Franco plays an artsy rich himself and this is the funniest he’s been as well. Seth Rogen plays his similar and is just as good in this film then his others. Craig Robinson was amazing, loved him in Hot Tub Time Machine and loved him in this. Jay Baruchel was hindered by playing the exposition guy but had his moments.
The whole cast outperforms any movie they have done, comedy wise. This is the funniest they have all ever been. This film is crazy and sometimes rely on gross out humour but in no way does that hinder the film. You need to be a fan of these actors to love this film and I am. It’s just gag after gag after gag. There are moments in this film that had me in stitches. The cumming scene, The pissing scene, The Breathing Scene and the deaths scene. You’ll know. It seems like dumb humour but that what works for this type of film. This is much better then Hangover.
The Ending was a bit of a let down but besides that, It’s a must watch in the cinema. I did have a rule that I try not to laugh in the cinema but I broke that rule many times.
Overall: Funniest film I have seen in ages, great cast, everyone performs perfect. Crazy, gross and freaking Hilarious. Watch it like now. Film Rating - 9/10
Film Review: Man Of Steel (2013) Now Before we start this review I need to set things out straight here. I don’t like Superman. I never really cared much about Superman and when I was asked to watch it I was like meh!
Review: Well for starters this was way better the the Superman film 5 years ago. It actually made Superman likable and everything made sense. My biggest problem with Superman is that he is overpowered and very rarely feels like he is under threat and it’s stupid that only one thing can kill him. It’s good that General Zod (Played By Michael Shannon) which is by far the best performance in the film. He hammed it up but it hammed it well. Zod is a fellow Kryptonian and he is just as powerful as Superman.
Now the first half of the film was brilliant it followed the origins of Superman and for the first time ever I started to enjoy a Superman film I felt for Superman in his childhood, struggling with his power and struggle hiding it. Also the surrogate family was another good angle in the plot and led to the most emotional part of the film. It is the strongest part of the film and would of held a 9-10/10 on this section alone. It was the 2nd half of the film it fell apart.
The Second half it felt like that once they got the story over and done with it was like ” LETS BLOW SHIT UP!” and they did. it was fight scene after fight scene, explosions, buildings falling over, fire. BOOM BANG!. Yes it was visually stunning and the CGI was awesome but it was repetitive. I understand if two kryptonians were fighting it would create this much chaos but it should of been stretched out. Not one after another. I was falling asleep by the 6th building collapsing. I did enjoy the big fight at the end but it was ruined by the similar action preceding which is a shame because the whole idea of Zod not being given a choice is a great book end but ruined as by that time I was half asleep.
Henry Cavil was a good superman and I can see him playing him in future installments but the chemistry between him and Lois Lane was a bit wooden and forced. It just didn’t seem genuine. I like Amy Adams but I don’t think she fitted the Lois Lane role.
This film is visually stunning and has a amazing first half of the film. Now I know I bashed this film but I was disappointed because I really thought this would be the film that would win me over for Superman and it almost did. I’m looking forward to future sequel because this film did show some potential here.
Overall: A great story and a film that shows promise of a franchise. Let down by an overload of action in the final hour that was repetitive and boring. Michael Shannon is a great General Zod. I recommend to watch it, it is the first Superman film i liked. But not made me like Superman, Maybe one day. Film Rating 7/10