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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.

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.”

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”.

The Revenant | Film Review

Please note the following review contains spoilers throughout. 

“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe. Keep breathing.”

The Revenant centres around the tale of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman exploring the uncharted wilderness of 1823. It is both, a film about survival, and endurance. A tale that truly begins with Glass’ hunting team leaving him for dead after sustaining horrific injuries from a bear attack. Glass must fight for not just his life, but also for the justice of his son. Utilising his survival skills, and being fueled by vengeance, Glass sets out on a mission to track down his former hunting pal, John Fitzgerald, the individual responsible for leaving him for dead and the murder of his son.

The Revenant is quiet a gritty film. If you can look past the storyline of the film, the scenery is mesmerising in all its rugged glory. Leonardo DiCaprio is absolutely fantastic in his portrayal of Glass. After watching this, if you hadn’t realised what an amazing actor Leonardo is, then you will now. The character is completely believable in all his anguish, making this film a rather powerful survival story.

The film is quite long, and rather intense. At times it has you captivated and others wondering what time it is. All in all the actors and scenery make this movie remarkable. The Revenant is playing in theatres now. Have a look at the trailer below and keep your fingers crossed for that Oscar / Academy Award for Leo! Let it be “God giveth. God [not] taketh away [Leo’s Oscar]”.

 

 

Joy | Film Review

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

“We got here from hard work, patience, and humility. Don’t think the world owes you anything because the world owes you nothing.”

Joy tells the tale of entrepreneur and inventor, Joy Mangano, who delivers us the self-wringing ‘Miracle Mop’. I found this film to be a rather empowering portrayal of a very strong individual. Joy is that film that makes you proud of an achievement that isn’t even yours. It stirs up the emotions, and takes you on a journey.

The film shows the progression that Joy had to undergo to achieve her dream, albeit a dream about a mop, but still a dream. She underwent a character changing struggle, and through the film you can see her inner strength grow, as she fights for her own piece of the “American Dream”.

The film is carried mostly by Jennifer Lawrence, as the cut between throwback memories hit quickly within the story line, and leaves you a second behind as your brain catches up to what is happening. Unfortunately, it also leaves you stranded with wondering if it is supposed to be completely dramatic with intermittent one-liners, and cliché moments, however, Joy is a heart warming tale which enriches your view on the mundane items within your household. The things that we take for granted, that others struggled to get on the market to us.

Please take a look at the trailer below, and if you haven’t seen the film already, it’ll be out on DVD soon enough if your local theatre isn’t screening it. I mean, Jennifer Lawrence did win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for it, so it is a winner…