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Thursday, 28 November 2019

KNIVES OUT, 28/11/19


KNIVES OUT

Trailer



Synopsis

A lush estate of a patriarch is visited by police and a private detective when he is discovered dead after his 85th birthday celebration. Suddenly the quirky relatives and those present become suspects.

Cinema

ODEON

Run Time

Two hours, ten minutes (2h,10m)

Current Rating

96%

Cast
Detective Benoit Blanc – Daniel Craig
Hugh “Ransom” Drysdale – Chris Evans
Marta Cabrera – Ana de Armas
Linda Drysdale – Jamie Lee Curtis
Walter “Walt” Thrombey – Michael Shannon
Richard Drysdale – Don Johnson
Joni Thrombey – Toni Collette
Detective Lieutenant Elliot – Lakeith Stanfield
Megan “Meg” Thrombey – Katherine Langford
Jacob Thrombey – Jaeden Martell
Harlan Thrombey – Christopher Plummer
Trooper Wagner – Noah Segan
Fran – Edi Patterson
Donna Thrombey – Riki Lindhome
Wanetta “Great Nana” Thrombey – K Callan
Alan Stevens – Frank Oz
Mr Proofroc – M. Emmet Walsh
Marta’s Mother – Marlene Forte
Cop – Raul Castillo
Voice Cameo – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Movie details

Mid – Credits:  No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: One person drove at 30mph on a country road when the speed limit was in fact 60mph. *Sigh* Some entitled driver drove up a No Entry zone in the car park, with a suspected driver’s license they must have clearly bought . A company minivan almost crashed into a bus after a dangerous manoeuvre to overtake an SUV, which joined from the wrong side of a roundabout.   

Review: I saw the trailer for the movie, and instantly saw that it was stacked with star power. However, all I could think of was: “This isn’t freedom. This is fear”, “Just tell me the first word that pops into your head. For example, I say, Day, and you might say... Wasted.”, “I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? ON A FARM?”

Those are, of course, my most memorable quotes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Chris Evens as Captain America) , James Bond: SKYFALL (Daniel Craig as James Bond) and Man of Steel (Michael Shannon as General Zod). And now, they are all part of a murder mystery in the mould of Murder on the Orient Express. It took some getting used to seeing Chris Evans no longer as Captain America. And Daniel Craig, the man can act. In fact, he was my main draw for the movie.

Usually these types of movies have me dozing off, but I was determined to see this one to the end, considering that the director, Rian Johnson, is of Star Wars (The Last Jedi) fame. There was humour; a car chase (with a hint of what seemed to be an insult to a certain car brand) and suspense, which all came together. I don’t know who gave the age rating of 12A, given some upsetting scenes, but it definitely isn’t suitable for children. The last scene kind of felt a little bit satisfying.

Friday, 22 November 2019

FROZEN II, 22/11/19


FROZEN II

Trailer



Synopsis

The Snow Queen Elsa and her sister Anna, head off on an adventure far away from thekingdom of Arendelle and are joined by their friends, Sven, Kristoff and Olaf

Cinema

ODEON

Run Time

One hour, forty three minutes (1h, 43m)

Current Rating

83%

Cast

Elsa – Idina Menzel
Young Elsa – Mattea Conforti / Eva Bella
Anna – Kristen Bell
Young Anna – Hadley Gannaway / Libby Stubenrauch
Kristoff – Jonathan Groff
Olaf – Josh Gad
Lieutenant Destin Mattias – Sterling K. Brown
Queen Iduna – Evan Rachel Wood
Young Iduna – Delaney Rose Stein
King Agnarr – Alfred Molina
Young Agnarr – Jackson Stein
Yelana – Martha Plimpton
Ryder – Jason Ritter
Honeymaren – Rachel Matthews
King Runeard – Jeremy Sisto
Grand Pabbie – Ciarán Hinds
The Duke of Weselton / Guard / Northuldra Leader / Arendellian Soldier – Alan Tudyk
Hans – Santino Fontana
Marshmallow – Paul Briggs
The Voice – Aurora

Movie details



Mid – Credits:  No

End – Credits: Yes

Before the Review: One driver on the road, who had just passed their driving test, threw the whole thing into question by driving like they had only had a provisional licence when they failed to indicate and cut off two cars, at 60mph on a dual carriageway. There was an unsupervised child throwing popcorn on the stairs inside the cinema screen, having a very excited time in doing so. Three kids seemed to be bunking off school and failed to hide their school emblem. Shocking(!)

Review: When I first when to see Frozen in 2013, it was riding a huge wave of anticipation and garnering a lot of attention. It took me a while, but I finally managed to get myself some tickets and took my kid brother to watch the movie. Surprisingly, for many scenes, I seemed to resonate with Elsa as an introvert who was mostly closed off (hermit like) from everyone else. By the movie end, she had come out of her shell and was finally accepted by everyone at Arendelle. And a catchy song  was sung by everyone leaving the cinema.

Fast forward to Frozen II (2019), and I am watching similar scenes take place, but with Elsa coming to terms with trusting her sister Anna more, as a kind of coming of age situation. It has been 6 years and still I can resonate with Elsa for parts of the movie. Much more is included and the story has been expanded upon. The humour will mainly be understood by a grown up in attendance, along with character development.

The award winning song, “Let It Go” is replaced by “Into the unknown”. Personally, I found it catchy, but time will tell if it surpasses “Let It Go”. Credit to Disney though, they seem to show my life development and evolution in both films. It would appear that I feel like I am Elsa personality-wise and without the physical ice powers, but with a different mission in life, which I commend Disney for. Looks like the Marvel franchise is not the only Disney property getting the heavy focus on good stories.

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.