Friday, 15 November 2019

LE MANS ’66 (FORD VS FERRARI), 15/11/19


LE MANS ’66 (FORD VS FERRARI)

Trailer




Synopsis

Carroll Shelby, an American automotive designer and Ken Miles, a fearless race car driver do battle with the laws of physics, corporate interference at Ford Motor Co and personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle. Up against the likes of Enzo Ferrari race cars, amongst others, together they plan to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France 1966.

Cinema

ODEON

Run Time

Two hours, thirty two minutes (2h, 32m)

Current Rating

92%

Cast

Carroll Shelby – Matt Damon
Ken Miles – Christian Bale
Mollie Miles – Caitriona Balfe
Lee Lacocca – Jon Bernthal
Henry Ford II – Tracy Letts
Leo Beebe – Josh Lucas
Peter Miles – Noah Jupe
Enzo Ferrari – Remo Girone
Phil Remington – Ray McKinnon
Roy Lunn – JJ Feild
Head of Security – Gian Franco Tordi
Jack McMullen – Charlie Agapiou
Bruce McLaren – Benjamin Rigby
Donald N. Frey – Joe Williamson
Dan Gurney – Alex Gurney
Gianni Agnelli – Giovanni Cirfiera
Corrado Invernizzi – Franco Gozzi
Dr Granger – Wallace Langham

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: I had to give way to a very aggressive Vauxhall Corsa driver on a roundabout, who was in the wrong lane to begin with. A near six foot tall dude blocked the view of at least four people when taking his jacket off, for nearly two minutes whilst the trailers were rolling in the cinema. Those four people would quiz the dude after the movie about his antics. And another cinema goer had their Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker tickets wrongly printed out.

Review: I’m not a petrol-head or particularly interested in cars in that way. However, Christian Bale is one of my favourite actors, ever since he starred in The Dark Knight Trilogy and personified the words: “I’M BATMAN.” (We’ll ignore Exodus: Gods and Kings). He stars alongside Matt Damon, whilst hes not particularly one of my favourites, he is still a very good actor.

The 92% rating is quite spot on. A lot went on in this movie and I was able to follow it all. Based on the real life events of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, the movie kept me interested throughout, possibly because of Christian Bale, and does really well to capture the mood of the intensity of what FORD were trying to accomplish at Le Mans.


Taking a step away from the IMAX screens, this movie does boast some comical moments; feel good music during some races that somehow draw you in and, at times, suspense. It seems like the actors who portrayed iconic figures, like Enzo Ferrari, kind of reminded me of how Bruce Lee was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It may have just been to build up the story. I always feel satisfied when watching these kind of movies, as before the credits start rolling, you are sometimes reminded of actual events based around the movie’s premise, but you also feel educated.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, 02/11/19


MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Trailer





Synopsis

As young Aurora’s upcoming wedding to Prince Phillip beckons, Maleficent travels to the grand grand castle to witness the event. Whilst there, she meets Aurora’s future mother-in-law, a queen who whilst conniving, is also hatching a devious plot to destroy fairies amongst the land. To stop this plan from happening, Maleficent joins forces with a seasoned warrior, along with a group of outcasts to battle the queen, and her powerful army.

Cinema

ODEON

Run Time

One hour, fifty eight minutes (1h, 58m)

Current Rating

41%

Cast

Maleficent – Angelina Jolie
Princess Aurora – Elle Fanning
Queen Ingrith – Michelle Pfeiffer
Conall – Chiwetel Ejiofor
Diaval – Sam Riley
Borra – Ed Skrein
Prince Phillip – Harris Dickinson
Knotgrass – Imelda Staunton
Thistlewit – Juno Temple
Flittle – Lesley Manville
King John – Robert Lindsay
Lickspittle – Warwick Davis
Gerda – Jenn Murray
Percival – David Gyasi
Shrike – Judith Shekoni
Udo – Miyavi
Ini – Kai Alexander
Narrator – Aline Mowat
Pinto – Emma Maclennon
Jungle Warrior – John Carew
Young Peasant – Freddie Wise

Movie details


Before the Review: A people carrier forced itself into my lane from a T-junction, no breaks and no indicators. This meant the car in front of me needed to do an emergency avoidance manoeuvre otherwise there would have been casualties. At the cinema, an unsupervised child managed to pull down a whole shelf of canned fizzy drinks, lots of written off product but a very delighted child. An animated customer started fuming that their Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker tickets had been printed off in advanced, and not “Joker”.

Mid – Credits: No


End – Credits: No


Review: It’s not very often I attend an Angelina Jolie movie; actually I would say this was first movie starring her. And truth be told, upon looking at the release posters, I thought I was looking at Vertigo Comic’s Lucifer, before realising it was in fact, the sequel to Maleficent, which I saw in 2014, a somewhat different take on the story from Sleeping Beauty.

The movie itself I thought showed Maleficent’s turn as an adoptive mother to Aurora, their bond stronger than ever. The added humour, at times synched up rather well, in particular with one reminding me of when a young John Conner tries to teach the Terminator how to smile in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

We also have a more back story to the Dark Fae, Maleficent’s own kind (Race), much like in Kung Fu Panda 3, again with a twist from the original story. Lots of character building in regards to Maleficent’s especially, with build ups and slight expectation shocks, one concerning a warrior fae with a seeming passion for war with humans. Lots of animation with twists and feel good scenes as well. A hint of a future continuity for eager listeners.