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!

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!

The Equalizer – Movie Review

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A man on a crusade to rid the world of evil. That’s the line that I’m going to use to best describe this fantastic film. I loved how they played on the fact that he kept an eye on time throughout the movie, checking his watch and timing himself with various things.

The movie starts out with a man that is going about his every day life, doing the same sorts of things…until one day, he gets bored of reading at home, so heads out. He sits in a diner, reads his book, meets a girl, becoming friends. After seeing her a few times at the diner, he finds out that she is a working girl, with a boss that no-one wants to mess with. Well…apart from Robert McCall (Denzel Washington).

Well paced with never a moments dullness, this movie showed incredible performances from both Denzel Washington and his fellow actors.

A definite must-see!

Non-Stop – Movie Review

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A man who has seemingly hijacked a flight. A little cliché, but it works really well.

Liam Neeson plays a Federal Air Marshall who boards a flight which is going to be hijacked. Neeson is getting framed for the hijacking, and to stop it from happening, he needs to find the person who keeps texting him and killing passengers before time runs out. To make matters worse, the killer is picking off the passengers one by one, every twenty minutes.

With a plot that is seemingly like other ‘flight-murder-mystery’ movies, it still stands out from the crowd, entertaining the audience with twists in the plot and some epic jumpy parts. The acting on Neeson’s behalf is superb, and so is the cinematography. The only bad thing I have to say about this movie, is that the script was very predictable in places. Either that or I have watched far too many crime dramas!

A brilliant movie, which keeps you gripped to your seat and guessing throughout!

About Time – Movie Review

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Starting out as a movie that captured me from the first moment I saw the trailer, About Time moved me more than any film has ever done.
The story of a young man, Tim, who finds out on his 21st birthday that the men in his family can travel in time, to change what happens and what has happened in his life.
After his Dad delivers the news of time travel, his Dad asks him what big thing he will do with the ability. The big thing? Find a girlfriend. Probably the simplest of things to do it may seem, but it’s not. Finding that ‘one’ person is difficult and then keeping up the happy relationship perfectly, as Tim wants to, proves to be even harder.
It all turns upside down though, when Tim’s sister has a car crash, caused by alcohol abuse. Tim realises he needs to change his sisters life, and the only way to do that would be to stop her from ever meeting her boyfriend, who’s a bad influence. In doing this though, he changes the gender of his child and realises that he won’t be able to fix his sisters problem and that the best way is to change it is in present time.
Perfect from beginning to end on every aspect if this movie, it serves also as a wake-up call to people who don’t spend enough time with their loved ones and who don’t live life moment to moment, to the fullest extent.

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