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Friday, 20 December 2019

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, 20/12/19


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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Synopsis

The First Order faces the surviving Resistance members as Rey, Finn and Poe’s journey continues. Power and knowledge of generations past now urging them on, the final battle commences.

Cinema

ODEON (IMAX 3D)

Run Time

Two hours, twenty two minutes (2h, 22m)

Rating

58%

Cast

*Possible spoilers*

Rey – Daisy Ridley
Luke Skywalker – Mark Hamill
Leia Organa – Carrie Fisher
Young Rey – Cailey Fleming / Josefine Irrera
Kylo Ren / Ben Solo – Adam Driver
Finn – John Boyega
Poe Dameron – Oscar Isaac
C-3PO – Anthony Daniels
Jannah – Naomi Ackie
General Hux – Domhnall Gleeson
Allegiant General Pryde – Richard E. Grant
Maz Kanata – Lupita Nyong’o
Zorri Bliss – Keri Russell
Chewbacca – Joonas Suotamo
Rose Tico – Kelly Marie Tran
Palpatine / Darth Sidious – Ian McDiarmid
Lando Calrissian – Billy Dee Williams
Beaumont Kin – Dominic Monaghan
Resistance Member – Shirley Henderson
BB-8 – Dave Chapman / Brian Herring
Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix – Billie Lourd
R2-D2 – Jimmy Vee
Temmin “Snap” Wexley – Greg Grunbery
Han Solo – Harrison Ford
Nien Nunb – Mike Quinn
Voice of Nien Nunb – Kipsang Rotich
Wedge Antilles – Denis Lawson
Wicket W. Warrick – Warwick Davis
Klaud – Nick Kellington
Rey’s Mother – Jodie Garlin
Rey’s Father – Billy Howle
Knights of Ren – Martin Wilde / Anton Simpson-Tidy / Lukasz Leong / Tom Rodgers / Joe Kennard / Ashley Beck
Resistance Trooper – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Supreme Leader Snoke – Andy Serkis
Darth Vader – James Earl Jones
Anakin Skywalker (Voice) – Hayden Christensen
Luminara Unduli (Voice) – Olivia d’Abo
Ahsoka Tano (Voice) – Ashley Eckstein
Aayla Secura (Voice) – Jennifer Hale
Adi Gallia (Voice) – Angelique Perrin
Kanan Jarrus (Voice) – Freddie Prinze Jr.
Qui-Gon Jinn – Liam Neeson
Mace Windu (Voice) – Samuel L. Jackson
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Voice) – Ewan McGregor / Alec Guinness
Yoda (Voice) – Frank Oz
Unspecified – Jeff Garlin
Unspecified – Kevin Smith

Movie details

Mid – Credits:  No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Well, usually it is drivers behaving like looney toons, but here goes. I almost had my car rammed into by an SUV which was driving dangerously, its indicators seemingly non-existent. Upon overtaking the vehicle, I saw that the self-entitled driver barely had their head over the steering wheel. I thought it was just me, but then they cut off another driver as they were in the wrong lane. Another SUV driver couldn’t be bothered to go around the roundabout correctly and just sped off on the right hand side, nearly totalling an oncoming vehicle. Another carer brought a disabled person to the cinema to watch the movie. These guys are legends, seriously.

*Possible Spoilers*

Review: I don’t even think I was born when the original trilogy was released as the whole saga has taken almost 42 years. As a child of the modern era, I didn’t even think negatively of the prequel trilogy. And truth be told, when I saw Kevin Smith’s name crop up as a possible cameo, I became hawk like in trying to find him (Russell Howard calls him “Sir Nerd”) and it was kind of a blink and you’ll miss it scene. I also noticed that the synopsis mentions “battle” and not war, paving the way for more possible entries in the future.

But still, it’s been two long years of anticipation. The characters are growing and throwbacks to the previous movies are intended to please fans. I’m not very selective of what genre I watch. If it peaks my interest, I will most definitely watch it. This movie contained a lot of throwbacks which were blended into the original trilogy in terms of storytelling as well. There was amazing animation, as expected, along with twists and turns.

 There was also many revelations and answers to questions during this trilogy which also extended to the original trilogy. It even cleared up some of the confusion in regards to recent Siths in general. I especially enjoyed the force spirits arriving in time of the main characters needs. The movie gives Rey’s character closure to her story, but in many ways, opens the possibility of future core movies in the franchise.

Friday, 13 December 2019

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, 13/12/19


JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

Trailer         



Synopsis

Spencer heads back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, whilst his pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany follow him to bring him back home. Discovering more obstacles and dangers that lie ahead, they soon realise that everything they knew about Jumanji, is about to change.

Cinema

ODEON

Run Time

Two hours, three minutes (2h, 3m)

Rating

71%

Cast

Dr. Smolder Braveston / Eddie– Dwayne Johnson
Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon / Fridge – Jack Black
Franklin “Mouse” Finbar / Milo – Kevin Hart
Ruby Roundhouse / Martha – Karen Gillan
Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough – Nick Jonas
Ming Fleetfoot – Awkwafina
Nigel Billingsley – Rhys Darby
Jurgen the Brutal – Rory McCann
Jurgen’s Spokesperson – John Ross Bowie
NPC Seductress / Bravestone’s Ex-Girlfriend – Dania Ramirez
Young Smolder Bravestone – Zachary Tzegaegbe
Spencer Gilpin – Alex Wolff
Martha Kaply – Morgan Turner
Anthony “Fridge” Johnson – Ser’Darius Blain
Bethany Walker – Madison Iseman
Eddie Gilpin – Danny Devito
Milo Walker – Danny Glover
Alex Vreeke – Colin Hanks
Switchblade – Massi Furlan
Nora Shepherd – Bebe Neuwirth

Movie details


Mid – Credits:  Yes

End – Credits: No

Before the Review:  After hearing all these horrible stories of people being mistreated in care, it warmed my cold, dark heart to see a carer bring in a disabled person, take a selfie with them and enjoy the movie. These moments can change your perceptions about your surroundings, even if for a short period of time. Not like the guy in the middle row though, he sporadically disturbed the guy ahead of me by switching his phone on, and got a popcorn to the head for his troubles. One of those “you had to be there" moments. An SUV cut into my lane, eyeballed me when leaving the lane and cut up a white van. Humorous. 

Review: Back in 1995, the original Jumanji movie, starring the late Robin Williams was released. I would watch this movie a few years later. There was a “supposed” sequel, Zathura, but some people attached to that movie said that Jumanji and Zathura were not connected, so I thought nothing further. Then came the 2017 release, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

I knew the original cast  from previous shows / movies, like WWE (mainly Smackdown), Dr Who, Kung Fu Panda, Scary Movie parodies and South Park. I had quite enjoyed watching them play out their on screen characters as a kind of “Freaky Friday” tribute, the movie which eventually stands on its own. Initially, some characters were portrayed as the actors would have been in their natural roles. However, for Jumanji: The Next Level, things were shaken up in a big way.

An actor’s worth can sometimes be measured on the variety of roles they play. For example, I thought Dwayne Johnson having to pretend he was Danny DeVito ‘s character was awesome as with Kevin Hart, Danny Glover and Karen Gillan. All characters showed some growth and as a result, I quite enjoyed the story. As a video game enthusiast, it was a no brainer to watch this movie. It contained humour, comedy and character development. I also did not grow up on the Jonas Brothers, and my expose to them came via South Park, which is how I recognised Nick Jonas.