Fifty Shades Of Grey – Movie Review

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(SPOILER WARNING)
I’m probably one out of a very little number of men that has read the first book, but I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. Despite this being the case, the film really did not live up to the standard that I was expecting. The casting of Ana and Christian was pretty much perfect, but the way that some scenes were portrayed was completely wrong. Not from the acting aspect, but from the script aspect. For some reason, it was a mess. It was a jumbled mash of various parts of the books. I know this could be said for a number of films that derived from books, but that’s going off topic. One of the scenes in mention here is the “walk in the woods” scene. What on earth were they thinking?! The original scene with Christian telling Ana about Mrs Robinson was set in a cafe! What’s more, the scene in the film ploughs straight into the mention of Mrs Robinson! No lead-up, no fore-mention. Nothing. Mrs Robinson is brought up in the books well before the main mention.
The other scene that completely runs away from the original, is the dinner scene at the Heathman Hotel. The one that Christian has booked all to himself for dinner with Ana.
In the film? …It’s set in the Grey Enterprises building!
It’s scenes like that when I don’t understand what they were thinking when they decided to practically rip the books apart. I understand from a filmmaking point of view, that it’s difficult to fit an entire book into a two hour film, but they could have followed it a lot more, including more of the book and in the correct order! It seems as if the movie was made for one reason and one reason only… money.
Saying all of that though, I quite enjoyed most parts of the film and even though there was a strong sexual element in the film, they didn’t play too much on only showing that side of the story. They also showed us the sexual tension and the lust that pulsed from both Ana and Christian, seemingly straight from the pages of the book. The only downside for Christian’s character, is that they made him too serious. In the book, he eventually loosens up a bit more around Ana.
Overall, I’m not sure if I would recommend this movie, but seeing as it’s worth at least a small watch of it, then please feel free to go and watch it.

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The Imitation Game – Movie Review

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I have to admit that going into this film, I had no idea what it was going to be about.
From the start of the film, I was enthralled with the acting abilities of Benedict Cumberbatch. I knew he was an incredible actor, but his portrayal of Alan Turing was phenomenal.
The film is about how Alan Turing discovered a way to crack the Enigma code, which was a code language devised by the german army, in order to encrypt their messages to each other.
It also shows the struggle that gay men had around the time of World War II.
Through love and loss, the times that hurt, the good and the bad times, this movie shows us what it was like for Alan Turing during those years. Cracking the Enigma code is just the very start of Turing’s story, as he has also never stopped loving someone, he was quite lonely and he struggled to find people that understood him.
It’s quite a strange connection between Cumberbatch’s Turing and Keira Knightley’s Joan, as they get on well and like a lot of things that each other likes, but yet there’s the aspect that Turing would never be in a fully loving relationship with her, due to his sexuality.
Once we see Turing start to build his answer to cracking the Enigma code, things start to get increasingly tense between the team of code breakers, as Turing is no longer helping them work on the code, but is off in his own little world, creating his masterpiece.
It’s all worth it in the end, as his friends finally come around to liking him fully again and are grateful for the easier and quicker way of cracking the code.
The only other thing that I am going to say is that the film’s ending is emotional.
Overall, the film is incredible and a must watch!

Interstellar – Movie Review

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(WARNING: Some minor spoilers)

Despite some of the bad reviews that some people gave Interstellar, I saw it with an open mind. From the first scene or two, you realise that the film seems quite slow paced. Some elements in the latter half pick the speed up. Although there are the slow areas, it works well and brings attention to the fact that true space travel IS very slow and drawn out. Making a movie with every factual element of the science of it all being true, would be difficult to do if you just bumbled through it and didn’t show detail. Interstellar really brings home the nature of the human race, some fighting to survive and some not bothering to do anything about the problems. The film focuses on the world, after the majority of it’s food sources have died out and all that’s left is very little. This means that they will need to leave Earth in the future and find another habitable planet to live on.
The visuals, the facts and the characters lives, were all evenly spaced out and nothing took centre stage for too long. There is, of course, the “ghost”, which is mentioned throughout the film, but serves great purpose in the end.
The film starts with showing you family life and what they do on a daily basis, which surprises, because you expect to see more technical, space travel elements early on in the film. After many emotional moments happen, the main character and his team have to go to space in order to find another planet with the correct sustainable living environments for the human race. They encounter a number of problems and become increasingly aware that time is ebbing away from under their fingertips.
A major plot twist happens and the objectives of the members of the team changes. Some hard decisions are made, and then comes around one of the most debated scenes of the film. One that for many, there is a love-hate relationship.
I’m not going to give away a lot of this film, as it would be unfair to those who haven’t seen it yet. It’s an incredible movie and in my opinion, a definite must see!

Paddington – Movie Review

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A friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru. Paddington (the character and the film) is fantastic and is perfectly re-created, keeping the same nostalgia, but with an extra added touch of magic.
It’s difficult to imagine the furry bear as anything but a real, living thing. Watching the film, I did not once think, “That CGI is really good!”. Not until the end did I sit there and geek out a little at the fact that I had just watched the little bear that I had loved for so many years. I have always loved Paddington. I think my only main worry with this film, was that the created a villain. Now, it’s been many years since watching and reading Paddington, but I don’t remember there being a villain, or at least a bond style villain, at all. The creation of this evil character was quite clever, with a good back story, and good reasons for being who she is, but it’s just not Paddington. I know that it was produced by the same director as Harry Potter, David Heyman, but it just feels a bit unnecessary. I understand that the film needs to be bigger and better (in some ways) than older adaptations, especially to keep up with the other blockbusters and super hero movies that fill our cinemas now… but I just feel that they should have made the film a little less Hollywood in places and a littlr more relaxed, like the original Paddington was. The ingenious casting was perfect though, with Hugh Bonneville playing Mr Brown, Peter Capaldi playing Mr Curry fro m next door and best of all, Ben Whishaw as Paddington himself.
Please don’t get me wrong, the film is superb and thrilled me throughout, with the great voicing of Paddington and the comedy elements throughout, it was one of the best films that I had seen in a while and it really brought out the child in me.
Honestly, this is a must have movie, especially for the family, as it’s so lovingly adorable, it just makes you want to jump into the screen and hug Paddington. It makes you love him all the more and it whisks you straight back to childhood. I grew up on the stop-motion series of Paddington Bear and honestly wasn’t sure if this movie would live up to the expectations that a lot of people had, especially the older generation that grew up with it. I was ecstatically happyas I watched it and will definitely be buying it on DVD as soon as it comes out!