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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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.

Fast and Furious 7 – Movie Review

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I had been contemplating watching this film for a while, ever since I heard about it being made. I got a chance to see it and so… here are my thoughts.

Just to clarifyn, I have only seen the first three films of this franchise and I’m not into cars. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, a guy that isn’t mad on cars. Don’t get me wrong, I still get a thrill from looking at cars and watching them race and so on, but I just don’t get as ecstatic as some car enthusiasts would. In my opinion, the second instalment from the series is the best. That street race at the start is incredible.

Fast and Furious 7 is a high octane thrill ride and cannot be compared to any other (non-furious) film. The fast paced action, the ridiculously insane stunts, the cars that have been buffed to perfection and the model perfect women that in this film seem to take over every scene with extras in it, all add to the atmosphere that makes the Fast and Furious films what they are. For me, one of the only major differences in this instalment, was the knowing that this was the very last film that Paul Walker was in. The sad passing of a massively loved actor has helped bring millions of people together and has also added a strange feeling to the seventh film. Throughout Paul’s scenes, you keep thinking about it all. For me, every word that was said about family and the future, seemed to hit home more. That being said, this made the ending so much more emotional than it was originally filmed to be. I’ll speak more on that later though.

The whole film revolves around Owen Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw, avenging him. If you have no idea who Deckard is, I’m talking about Jason Statham. You might be thinking “Wait… isn’t he Ian Shaw?”. Well, the answer is no. I’m not entirely sure what happened, but somewhere along the line, the name was changed. ‘Ian’ may have even been a rumour. It seems to be plastered everywhere though, without much correction. The credits even state him as Ian Shaw. From what I can gather, it may be due to ‘Ian’ sounding a little like ‘Owen’. Personally, Deckard Shaw sounds a lot better and more like a villain’s name.
Anyway! The film revolves around Deckard avenging his brother and about a super computer program that can basically track anyone down, within a few hours to even a few minutes.
Throughout the film, various stunts take place, which seem impossible. Apparently they really did drop cars from a plane and really did crash do some of the ‘driving a car through the Abu Dhabi towers’ though. Obviously a lot of CGI work was done on the towers one, but they tried to be as non-CGI as possible. Yes, even the cars attached to parachutes was really done. The most impressive of all the stunts though, has to be the bus falling off the edge of the cliff, whilst the car drifts mere inches from the edge and Paul’s character, Brian, runs up the bus and jumps through the air, grabbing the back of the car. It’s the most impressive, daring and most implausible stunts of the film… and yet was created without any CGI work. Apart from the fact that it was filmed in a quarry and not on a beautiful winding road, as depicted in the film.
Despite the efforts to make this film incredibly entertaining, I was finding myself getting fed up with the constant action. I know it’s something that always happens in this series, and maybe it was just an off day for me, but after a while I just found it all a bit repetitive. I could go on for hours about the rest of the film, but I won’t. I do, however, want to mention the ending. I don’t want to give it away though, as it is sublime and definitely the one of the best scenes in the film. Shot on a beach, I’m assuming that it was originally filmed with Paul Walker as a ‘holiday’ scene, presumably with only himself and his family. From what I could see, it seems as if they shot more footage of the other cast members at the beach at a late date, splicing together all the shots and superimposing Paul’s face into the shot of him standing and walking away. The emotion you see in the faces of the cast is real, as they remember Paul, their brother. The scene that follows this also contains a flashback montage of Paul in the films and also showed the brotherly love beteen Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Altogether, along with the final shots of the film, which are perfect and also accompanied by a beautiful song, the film rounds off the franchise in perfect way and also sends off Paul Walker in one of the most beautiful tributes I have ever seen.
If you haven’t already, I recommend seeing this film. Even if it is just for the ending!