Grimsby – Movie Review

Having been a little while since I’d seen a film for the fun of it at the cinema, I went to see Grimsby… I have to admit that I hadn’t wanted to see it in the first place though. After the trailers that I had watched, it seemed okay, but only mainly because of the Spy elements of the film. The “Grimsby” areas of the film seemed very over the top and nothing like what Grimsby actually is like. I’ve been there before and it’s quite a lovely little town and definitely not that bad, living-wise. There probably are areas that are that bad, but they make out in the film, as if Grimsby is all like that, whereas it’s not.

Without putting a damper on anyone’s plans on going to see this film, as you may enjoy it… I really didn’t like it. But that’s just because it was somewhat weird, revolting in places and very offensive to watch in places. I don’t think I have ever said that about a film that I’ve seen yet, but it was tragic. Yes, the Spy elements of the film where fantastic and the brothers’ relationship was great, but the rest of the film just didn’t quite work. It seemed like two films put together, one of which was like a spin off of something like Kingsman and the other being a mash of random things that made no sense together and seemed to try to cause the most offence that it ever could. A note about one aspect of the film… they seem to like giving people AIDS in the film… for instance, Daniel Radcliffe (Not actually him) and Donald Trump (A CGI’d head on a body)

If you are planning on watching this film, then I must tell you that you have been warned as to what you are letting yourself in for. A big hot mess, but a funny one at that!

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Man Up – Movie Review

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A film about finding love through being spontaneous.
[SPOILER ALERT!]
Nancy Patterson has given up on having a social life and meeting new people. She is somewhat of a bumbling mess. However, she tries to follow some simple rules that her sister has told her. One very embarrassing evening at a party later, Nancy decides to pretty much give up on ever finding “Mr Right”.
That’s when she does something completely out of the ordinary and unlike her. She acts on impulse.
On a train, heading into London, she meets a woman called Jessica, who is on the way to a blind date, for which she is meeting her date with the handy presence of a best selling book, 6 Billion People: A Guide To Dating In The Modern World (which as far as I can tell, isn’t a real book). Jessica then tells her that she should read the book, as it will change her life. Nancy doesn’t want any of it.
After waking up on the train, Jessica is gone, with only the book left on the table. The book has a note on it, for her  to look at a certain chapter, which tells her to basically stop worrying and live life.
Searching for Jessica, she runs into the blind date, Jack. He thinks that she is Jessica, mainly due to the presence of the book and so Nancy decides to embrace being spontaneous for once and pretend that she is the man’s date, Jessica.
They stroll through London, talking about themselves, with Nancy following along with everything that Jack says about her (“Jessica”) and trying to make conversation. Later in the film, they go to a bar and then a bowling alley, the latter of which being a place where a man works, who used to go to school with Nancy. He has always liked her, ever since school. He flirts with her and blackmails her, after finding out that she is pretending to be someone else, and threatens to tell Jack who she really is if she doesn’t do something for him in return.
Things happen and Jack finds out what’s going on and who Nancy really is. They argue and things start turning sour.
After having to go back to the previous bar, they meet Jack’s ex-wife and her new partner that she left him for.
They try to make her jelous, to get back at her and to get closure.
Jack and Nancy start to bond more, after which things fall apart again and you really feel for the love between the two.
That is all I will say, as I have said too much already. Spoiling the end of the film would just ruin it. The film is amazing and shows you that being spontaneous is great and that love can be found anywhere, at anytime.
I definitely recommend anyone watching this, whether you are in a relationship or single.

Man Up – Movie Review

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A film about finding love through being spontaneous.
[SPOILER ALERT!]
Nancy Patterson is a middle aged woman, giving up on having a social life and meeting new people. She is somewhat of a bumbling mess. However, she tries to follow some simple rules that her sister has told her. One very embarrassing evening at a party later, Nancy decides to pretty much give up on ever finding “Mr Right”.
That’s when she does something completely out of the ordinary and unlike her. She acts on impulse.
On a train, heading into London, she meets a woman called Jessica, who is on the way to a blind date, for which she is meeting her date with the handy presence of a best selling book, 6 Billion People: A Guide To Dating In The Modern World (which as far as I can tell, isn’t a real book). Jessica then tells her that she should read the book, as it will change her life. Nancy doesn’t want any of it.
After waking up on the train, Jessica is gone, with only the book left on the table. The book has a note on it, for her  to look at a certain chapter, which tells her to basically stop worrying and live life.
Searching for Jessica, she runs into the blind date, Jack. He thinks that she is Jessica, mainly due to the presence of the book and so Nancy decides to embrace being spontaneous for once and pretend that she is the man’s date, Jessica.
They stroll through London, talking about themselves, with Nancy following along with everything that Jack says about her (“Jessica”) and trying to make conversation. Later in the film, they go to a bar and then a bowling alley, the latter of which being a place where a man works, who used to go to school with Nancy. He has always liked her, ever since school. He flirts with her and blackmails her, after finding out that she is pretending to be someone else, and threatens to tell Jack who she really is if she doesn’t do something for him in return.
Things happen and Jack finds out what’s going on and who Nancy really is. They argue and things start turning sour.
After having to go back to the previous bar, they meet Jack’s ex-wife and her new partner that she left him for.
They try to make her jelous, to get back at her and to get closure.
Jack and Nancy start to bond more, after which things fall apart again and you really feel for the love between the two.
That is all I will say, as I have said too much already. Spoiling the end of the film would just ruin it. The film is amazing and shows you that being spontaneous is great and that love can be found anywhere, at anytime.
I definitely recommend anyone watching this, whether you are in a relationship or single.

Man Up – Movie Review

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A film about finding love through being spontaneous.
[SPOILER ALERT!]
Nancy Patterson is a middle aged woman, giving up on having a social life and meeting new people. She is somewhat of a bumbling mess. However, she tries to follow some simple rules that her sister has told her. One very embarrassing evening at a party later, Nancy decides to pretty much give up on ever finding “Mr Right”.
That’s when she does something completely out of the ordinary and unlike her. She acts on impulse.
On a train, heading into London, she meets a woman called Jessica, who is on the way to a blind date, for which she is meeting her date with the handy presence of a best selling book, 6 Billion People: A Guide To Dating In The Modern World (which as far as I can tell, isn’t a real book). Jessica then tells her that she should read the book, as it will change her life. Nancy doesn’t want any of it.
After waking up on the train, Jessica is gone, with only the book left on the table. The book has a note on it, for her  to look at a certain chapter, which tells her to basically stop worrying and live life.
Searching for Jessica, she runs into the blind date, Jack. He thinks that she is Jessica, mainly due to the presence of the book and so Nancy decides to embrace being spontaneous for once and pretend that she is the man’s date, Jessica.
They stroll through London, talking about themselves, with Nancy following along with everything that Jack says about her (“Jessica”) and trying to make conversation. Later in the film, they go to a bar and then a bowling alley, the latter of which being a place where a man works, who used to go to school with Nancy. He has always liked her, ever since school. He flirts with her and blackmails her, after finding out that she is pretending to be someone else, and threatens to tell Jack who she really is if she doesn’t do something for him in return.
Things happen and Jack finds out what’s going on and who Nancy really is. They argue and things start turning sour.
After having to go back to the previous bar, they meet Jack’s ex-wife and her new partner that she left him for.
They try to make her jelous, to get back at her and to get closure.
Jack and Nancy start to bond more, after which things fall apart again and you really feel for the love between the two.
That is all I will say, as I have said too much already. Spoiling the end of the film would just ruin it. The film is amazing and shows you that being spontaneous is great and that love can be found anywhere, at anytime.
I definitely recommend anyone watching this, whether you are in a relationship or single.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Movie Review

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This being a film that I wasn’t very interested in seeing, I found it to be moderately interesting. That’s not to say though, that if I was interested in seeing it, that I would have found it to be any different. The film itself I was just able to bear. The CGI was done well on the majority of the film too. The characters were the same old, same old. There was a particularly strange love interest in there, that seemed almost like they just put it there to entice audiences into watching it. That being said, they did well to convey a sense of love between the two. The plotline, however, was something that anyone would have guessed and everyone probably did. I know I did.
The usual plotline for a superhero film is that the good guys are having a good time, living life. The bad guys are shown plotting something. The good guys aren’t any the wiser and then the bad guys show up, causing mayhem. There’s a love interest somewhere, which subsequently gets messed with by the bad guys in some way or another. The good guys and bad guys fight in some big battle and the good guys struggle to survive the attack. After almost all hope is lost, the good guys miraculously manage to save the day. They all live happily ever after.
There… that about sums up the usual comic book film, and to be fair, the majority of almost any film with a hero and a villain.
I never understood the fascination of films that are so similar, like comic book films. They’re great for entertainment purposes, but that’s about it. I’m not saying it was a terrible film, because it wasn’t. It just wasn’t that great… especially with all the hype that surrounded the film.
A big flaw I found with the CGI in this film however, was at the very start when they’re all racing through the snowy forest. A few of the soldiers are being thrown about and it all looks incredibly fake. The CGI just looked bad. They spent money and effort making the rest of the film look superb, which paid off, but it’s just that scene that is a let down for me. Even some of the Avengers aren’t terribly well done.
As for the acting, among others, James Spader as Ultron was great and so was Paul Bettany as Jarvis.
If you’re a Marvel fan, or love comic book/superhero movies, or even if you just want some entertainment for a few hours, then this a good film to go and watch.
One of my favourite posters of the film is below

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The Age Of Adaline – Movie Review

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(SPOILER ALERT!)

Absolutely beautiful. Everything about this movie is just perfect. The casting is especially phenomenal. Not only because Adaline is played superbly by Blake Lively and Ellis is played amazingly by Michiel Huisman, but also because of the spot-on casting of Anthony Ingruber as a young William Jones, who has an uncanny resemblance to Harrison Ford… who plays the older William Jones. Ford is superb as William Jones, showing emotion that I haven’t seen from him in a long time.

Adaline is a young woman, who never ages a day more than where fate stepped in and caused a terrible accident, which saw her car veer off the road in a snowstorm and end up in water. The narrating throughout the film, especially in this scene, is a beautiful addition to the film and goes hand in hand with the cinematography on screen. After Adaline’s heart stops, lightning strikes her car, acting as a defibrillator. The lightning also did something else. It caused her to live forever, to always remain 29 years old.

We first meet Adaline in modern day, at which point she has a her own fluffy King Charles Spaniel. We get glimpses at the rest of her life throughout the film. First, we start looking at smaller moments in her life and then at larger and more detailed moments. The relationship between Adaline and William is a particular and very large portion of the film’s flashbacks. As Adaline’s daughter grows older, it becomes apparent that Adaline isn’t ageing, and we find out how Adaline was able to deal with this. We also see love blossom and grow between Adaline and a new man in her life, Ellis. Playing hard to get, Adaline doesn’t allow Ellis into her life at first, before her daughter (who’s looks physically older than her) convinces her to say yes to starting a relationship with Ellis. This relationship flows throughout the film, blooming and romantic, until one day, she meets his parents. This in itself is difficult, but then Adaline has the added problem that one of his parents is someone from her past.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I did notice, however, that in one particular scene, the film slightly differs to the trailer. That’s the only bad thing that I thought I would mention. Other than that, the film is absolutely perfect!

The Theory Of Everything – Movie Review

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This film is a visually beautiful portrayal of Stephen Hawking’s life. It follows Hawking through his time at Cambridge University and into his first marriage. One of the most fascinating aspects of the movie is that Eddie Redmayne contorts himself perfectly. Apparently Redmayne would sit alone in front of the mirror for hours on end, perfecting his ‘Hawking’ and training his body to accept the contortion. It’s no wonder he won an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance!
The film talks through the scientific findings that Stephen made and still manages to add humour, by adding quirky moments and one-liners. One of the most memorable is when Stephen’s fictional friend (He was created for the film) carries him up some stairs and asks him about his sex life, to which Hawking answers that he is still fully potent. In real life, he never brings up his sex life, as it’s a taboo subject.
The fictional friend, however, was made up from attitudes of Stephen’s friends. Jane said this about it, “Stephen’s fellow lodgers and research students” at Cambridge: “They talked to him in his own intellectual terms, sometimes caustically sarcastic, sometimes crushingly critical, always humorous. In personal terms, however, they treated him with a gentle consideration which was almost loving.”
A fun fact for you, apparently in the scene where Jane is talking to Stephen on the bed, when Stephen says “Thank you”, it wasn’t actually scripted. The scene didn’t have any words, but Redmayne improvised… and it works beautifully. Redmayne and the director talk about that particular scene and what happened here:

From the big moments of Stephen’s life, to the littlest moments, this film is sublime. The cinematography adds something absolutely beautiful to it.
This is one of those films that you will just have to watch, as words cannot describe the perfection that it holds.