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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Film Review

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

“It’s time for you to learn what you can do.”

Another exciting film to hit the screens this year by none other than director Tim Burton. A great mixture of boy meets girl, wry humour, spooky elements, and most importantly the theme of self discovery – because in today’s society, who are you and how do you fit in, if you don’t know yourself.

The clash of fantasy and reality makes the journey of this film mesh so well with the self discovery and hero element. It also has a good blend of dark and light elements, that won’t scare the kids too much. The film is 127 minutes long, but time flies as you are absorbed into the storyline.

The visuals and effects will amaze, however the only downside I felt the film had was the unexplored history of Abe. It’s something the adults will pick up on but kids will wash over. I feel like it would give more of an impact and make the film far more well rounded in its story telling. Also majority of the characters are touched upon, and it makes you question what really is the point of having all of them.

However… Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great all rounder film, for all to see. Escape the ordinary and check out the trailer below. Oh and stay peculiar people, life is much more fun that way… you’ll see.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Hunt for the DVD lol

Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows the story of a young boy, Ricky, who finds himself in a wild manhunt with his foster uncle Hec. Being on the run, they learn to put aside their differences and come to rely on each other, in order to survive out in the New Zealand bush.

In New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople hit cinemas on the 31st of March 2016, a film directed and written by Taika Waititi and based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Becoming the highest grossing New Zealand film, it has now been released on DVD which you can find and purchase here. It’s also available on Blu-Ray here.

Special features on DVD and Blu-Ray include:

  • Audio Commentary with Taika Waititi (director and writer), Sam Neil (uncle Hec) and Julian Dennison (Ricky).
  • Featurette
  • Interviews
  • Bloopers

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Don’t read on unless you want to be spoiled.

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My favourite scenes from the movie would include:

  • Any interaction with Aunt Bella because not only was she savage as hell, she was probably the sweetest lady ever. I actually threw a mini tantrum in the cinema when that thing (Y’ALL KNOW THE THING I’M TALKING ABOUT IF Y’ALL HAVE WATCHED IT) happened. Straight up, I sobbed angrily in the middle row, holding the cheeseburger that I’d snuck in.
  • Once rejected, now accepted,
    By me, and Hector.
    We’re a trifecta. 
  • ANYTHING WITH THAT SOCIAL WORKER, PAULA! No child left behind. Bruh, she actually terrifies me like how on Earth is she allowed to work with children hahahahahahahahaha send help.
  • Hector is cauc-asian? Well they got that wrong, because you’re obviously white. *inserts laughing emoji*
  • HECTOR BEING CALLED A PERVERT. PERV. MOLESTERER.
  • The Maori dad who asked for a selfie, and his beautiful daughter who sang “original” songs and had a seemingly endless supply of sausages.
  • The cute moments between Hec and Ricky where they’d bond and it’s probably the cutest uncle-nephew relationship because they both think the other is a bastard, but they protect each other and that’s true family. Tbh, they just have all these emotional moments and lessons throughout the film.

It’s actually so great. Please watch it. And buy it. And love it.

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Independence Day: Resurgence | Film Review

 

Please note the following review attempts to not contain spoilers. 

“We sacrifice for each other, no matter what the cost.”

Twenty years after the first film, they are back. Independence Day: Resurgence, follows the storyline twenty years after the attack on Earth. It is filled with explosive moments, dramatic build ups, iconic monuments being destroyed, and alien verses human fights.

It is an action packed film from the onset, and throughout. The cast does an excellent job, but is let down by the script due to the constant duelling between the characters attempting to be the hero, and outshine one another throughout the film. In a sense, it’s good because you don’t have a single “hero” to stand behind, as it’s a fight for the entirety of the human race, however for any good story, you need that one individual, instead of having a divided focus. In the original Independence Day, we were all standing behind and rooting for Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), especially with his epic one liners.

The film has moved on from an American focus, and includes close up views of destruction across Earth, and has different nationalities portrayed. There is a bunch of new technology in the film, which is pretty epic as it reflects how far modern technology has come – especially within cinematic effects, which are pretty awesome for this film. We get to travel between Earth and the moon.

Independence Day: Resurgence is a great film, if you enjoy things getting blown up, millions of people dying, and a pretty predictable storyline. Parts of the film, feel like they were trying to reproduce the success of Independence Day. But with the great acting, and cinematography, the film isn’t all that bad overall. The film is in NZ theatres now so you can see whether or not the twenty years prepared us, and the longer than usual extended trailer is below for you to have a look over.

X-Men: Apocalypse | Film Review

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

Forget everything you think you know.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the next film within the X-Men franchise. It delves deeper into the mutants histories, predominantly focusing on what is believed to be the first mutant – Apocalypse. The film also allows us to take a deeper look into Eric / Magneto’s past and start to, once again, see how his future self has been shaped.

It is filled with epic fight scenes, and some humorous moments – mainly from Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Sophie Turner as the new Jean Grey really is a remarkable individual and really makes the film, alongside Tye Sheridan as Cyclops. These two are the characters that make you connect most to the film.

A downside to the film is that a lot of the characters we are introduced to are skimmed over, just due to the shear number of how many come in. However, I must say that all the actors are incredible in this instalment. All in all, I would have to say that it is the actors more than the storyline that make the film. X-Men: Apocalypse definitely doesn’t feel like an end, as the closing scenes leaves it very open with the prospect of more to come.

Check out the trailer below, and see it in NZ theatres from Thursday 19th May to make up your own opinions.

Eddie the Eagle | Film Review

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

It’s a world that doesn’t want to know you!” “So, what’s new?”

Eddie the Eagle is a feel good film, inspired from true events. It is brilliantly brought to life, firstly by director Dexter Fletcher, and by the exceptionally talented Taron Egerton, and Hugh Jackman. The film is based on the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, England’s own ski jumper competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The film centres around the ideology of never giving up and pushing yourself to believe, even when everyone else doesn’t think you stand a chance. From a young age Eddie dreamt of being an Olympian, he just had to find the right sport. That sport, Ski Jumping. Eddie fights against his fathers constant disapproval, “Eddie, you are not an athlete!” He strives forwards to find his glorious moment. We follow his journey of sheer determination and an unstoppable amount of will power, to see Eddie push past the British Olympic Association’s attempts at stopping him to make it to the Calgary Winter Olympics.

Taron Egerton does an amazing job of lighting up the screen as Eddie, his spirit and determination is heartwarming, even in the darkest of moments. Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of coach Bronson Peary, allows for a slight love / hate relationship. You just want him to help Eddie from the get go and have to persevere along with Eddie for it to come about. The characters journey together, allows for many laughter moments throughout the film. The throwback 80s music along with the amazing cinematography make this film an absolute must see in my opinion. Along with that, I love the little throwback to the Jamaican national bobsleigh team and Cool Runnings in the film, so keep an ear out for that.

Filled with humorous and inspirational moments, it is a absolute delight to watch and I would definitely recommend it as an all rounder, and family film. So have a look at the trailer below and preorder your tickets as it hits NZ cinemas on 28th April.

“Fly. You’re Eddie the Eagle.”

Kung Fu Panda 3 | Review

Kung Fu Panda 3, not quite as good as the first one but much better than the second and a solid ending to what I hope will stay a trilogy. This review is mostly spoiler-free as the film comes out in NZ theatres 23rd of March 2016.

It’s definitely worth a watch, if not to finish off the series and get the depressing second instalment out of your head, then at least for the childish lols, animated action, and chit chat.

Without giving too much away directors (the returning) Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni start us off in the Spirit Realm- where we get to see Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) again and meet the film’s big bad, Kai (J.K. Simmons).

Kai and Oogway used to be best buds but Kai went darkside and started stealing chi, life forces, until Oogway defeated him and sent him into the spirit world.

However Kai keeps stealing chi while there and eventually steals enough to get himself back into the mortal realm. Must be like that them loyalty cards where you collect enough stamps to get a free coffee- but instead of stamps you collect lives and instead of a free coffee you get a trip back to the realm of the living, so maybe not like a loyalty card at all.

Right so Kai now in the mortal world goes after the only one destined to defeat him- Po (Jack Black), the Dragon Warrior.

Kai has the worst timing ever because Po’s not only dealing with his new gig as a teacher (which he kinda sucks at) but also the return of his father who’s a Panda.

So Po’s having a bit of an identity crisis- I mean he’s only just realised in the last movie he’s adopted and that the noodle-peddling goose Mr. Ping (James Hong) isn’t his biological dad. But now his actual biological dad, Li (Bryan Cranston), turns up in the Valley of Peace looking for his missing son.

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Great timing on Li’s part because Po needs to learn some things from the Pandas.

His mates, the Furious Five — Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), and Crane (David Cross) — stay back to keep watch but well it wouldn’t be much of a story if they successfully kept Kai at bay while Po learned what he needed to learn and came back to defeat Kai with the flick of a wrist now would it?

The film definitely has enough to keep the kids entertained and give the adults a few chuckles. The visuals are stunning- apparently watching it in 3D is the way to go for this one- the music is on point- it is Hans Zimmer after all- and there are a couple of new characters that are great, but not make a new film just to see more of them great.

Extra thoughts:

  • “If you only do what you can do you will never be more than you are now.” Yo that’s deep, Master Shifu, deep.
  • So you mean to tell me NONE of the older Pandas retained any knowledge passed down from the generation before? No one. C’mon!
  • Kate Hudson’s Mei Mei was great, but I could see her getting annoying. Also I knew her ribbon dancing could easily be used as a weapon. But my favourite was the hugger, hands down- “I don’t even KNOW you!”

Trailer below if you haven’t already seen it:

DEADPOOL | FILM REVIEW

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

“WAIT! You may be wondering why the red suit. Well, that’s so bad guys don’t see me bleed.”

Deadpool is a hilariously great [violent] romantic comedy. Filled with one too many disturbing laugh out loud moments. The film centres around a quest for Wade Wilson a.k.a Deadpool to win back his love. The film is littered with many digs, and references of other films, actors, and characters that you will be familiar with which induces many laughs.

I thoroughly enjoyed the gore, one liners, soundtrack, and cinematography. It probably isn’t the best film to watch if you don’t appreciate crass language, or violence / gore. But if you aren’t shy of either of these, then step right up for some comic gold. It will give your abs a workout!

All I can say is Deadpool is definitely worth the two hours that it is, and without adding any spoilers please go see it yourself. You will understand and appreciate that I didn’t drop anything about it here. Check the NSFW* trailer now as it is disturbingly brilliant…

*Not Safe for Work for those not in the “know”.