Movie Review: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and it stars himself and his wife, Emily Blunt, also stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.


The Good

With 90 minutes running time, John Krasinski managed to direct a tight and very straight forward horror film which is pretty good. This movie had very strong performances from our four characters and kudos to John Krasinski for his direction as well.

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One of the stand out is Millicent Simmonds, who’s deaf in real life, she plays one of the children and she is great. Seeing as she doesn’t have any lines her actions and emotions are conveyed through her facial expressions and she does it incredibly.

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The creatures were terrifying and they blend seamlessly with the environment, the visual effects on them were impressive and no doubt would leave an impression to the viewers.


The Bad

The major issues are the convenient plot points, there are a few of them and at times they follow the same beats. There are also character decisions that are questionable and at times there are things that could’ve dealt with in smarter ways.


Rating

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Overall A Quiet Place is a very good horror/thriller movie, the actors were great and again John Krasinski deserves every credit he gets for acting and directing and even some screenplay writing. Emily Blunt is very good and even the kids were good too. The scares can be a bit predictable but most of the time they deliver. If you’re a fan of creature feature horror movies highly recommend to check A Quiet Place.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Characters
    • Creatures and Scares
    • Convenient Plot Points
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Movie Review: Ready Player One

People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.

Ready Player One is based on the hit novel by Ernest Cline, it’s directed by Steven Speilberg and it stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn.

When the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, dies. He announced that he’s left an Easter Egg within the OASIS and whoever finds it first inherits the game company.


The Good

Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated movie this year and for me, this movie did not disappoint. The movie is packed with pop culture references from the 80s up till present day and for many this may just be a gimmick. However majority of the time it works, some references are woven nicely into the story creating a generally fun movie.

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The visual effects were incredible, especially when our characters are inside the OASIS. Steven Spielberg does what he does best and creating a fascinating world where everything presented is plausible. Our leads have great chemistry and makes up for characters you want to root for.


The Bad

The movie does have some flaws, one major point of the story is the love story between Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in a setting where this is unnecessary not only does this feels forced but it also happens in an unrealistic way.


Rating

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Overall Ready Player One is highly enjoyable from start to finish, it delivers with the pop culture references and it does it in a way that’s not too distracting nor obnoxious and at times it helps forward the plot. Steven Spielberg makes use of the CG effects very well and delivers a very exciting third act. Ready Player One is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.5/5
    • The OASIS
    • Second Challenge
    • Exciting Third Act
    • Forced Love Story

 

Movie Review: Game Night

You’re like a double threat. Brains… and you’re British.

Game Night is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Klye Chandler and Jesse Plemons.

Max and Annie holds regular Game Nights at their place but when Brooks, Max’s brother show up, he promises a Game Night they will never forget.


The Good

One of the biggest surprise of this movie is how actually good this movie was. It’s incredibly funny and this is Jason Bateman at his peak. His comedic timing is perfect and accompanied by Rachel McAdams they make a very comedic couple.

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One of the best part of the movie though is Jesse Plemons, as he steals this movie and easily becomes one of the best part of the film. The movie also had some very interesting cinematography from wide suburban shots that looks like a game board to a seemingly one shot take that keeps your eyes glued to the screen.


The Bad

The only real problem with this movie is the third act. It’s not necessarily bad but rather just a weaker part of the movie. It’s not as funny nor exciting but it leads up to a run of the mill comedy climax.


Rating

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Overall Game Night is an incredibly funny movie, the cast and were all likable and hilarious in their own ways and the movie had plenty of surprises to offer. If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch, definitely check out Game Night.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Hilarious
    • Jason Bateman & Jesse Plemons
    • Run of the mill third Act

Movie Review: Annihilation

It’s not destroying… It’s making something new.

Annihilation is the second movie by director Alex Garland and it’s based on a novel by Jeff Vandermeer. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac.

Natalie Portman is a biologist who signs up on a mission to investigate the shimmer, a mysterious area where the laws of nature don’t apply.


 

The Good

One way to describe this film is it’s depressingly beautiful, the movie starts of with a scene depicting the events that lead up to the creation of the shimmer and once we get into the meat of the movie and our characters get into the shimmer it’s vibrant and colourful setting is wondrous to look at. Giving us a well used visual effects that benefits the movie tremendously.

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Our leads are also good with Natalie Portman leading them, you understand their motivation as to why they want to carry out this mission. The true beauty of the film however is it’s story elements, this is a thinking person’s sci-fi and it allows the viewers to fill in the blanks. Alex Garland, who directed Ex Machina, once again created a science fiction that allows it’s audience to soak in what they’re watching and leaves them to ponder afterwards.


The Bad

This movie is a slow burn which means we get plenty of slow moving scenes with very quiet dialogue. Also being a smart sci-fi movie I can see plenty of people being bored by this and not understanding what the movie is about and it’s completely fine.


Rating

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Though not as intriguing or fascinating as Ex Machina, Annihilation is still a solid sci-fi flick there’s a good mixture of suspense and mystery as well as some touches of horror. At times it’s beautiful but sometimes it’s disturbing, the visual effects were used to great effect and the acting is decent. This might not be some people’s cup of tea but if you like thinking science fiction movie this might be for you.

Good Bad 3.8/5
    • The Shimmer
    • Natalie Portman
    • Great Visuals
    • Slow Pace

Movie Review: Black Panther

What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.

Black Panther is easily one of the most anticipated movies of 2018. Starring an all star cast including Chadwick Boseman, Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Michael B Jordan and the list goes on.

Black Panther is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with the passing of King T’Chaka, T’Challa takes up the mantle of the Black Panther as well as the role of The King of Wakanda.


The Good

This movie came with an incredible amount of anticipation, with an all black cast behind and in front of the camera not to mention the first major superhero movie led by a black actor, this movie is ground breaking.

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Chadwick Boseman is great as both the Black Panther and T’Challa, however the movie is filled with more interesting personalities. From Lupita Nyong’o who plays a Wakandan spy to Letitia Wright who plays T’Challa’s sister and more importantly Danai Gurira who leads the Dora Milaje. These characters bring so much depth to them and makes you invested into their own story arcs.

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One of the most fascinating aspect of the film is Michael B. Jordan. As his story arc brings about a damaged character that you can sympathize with. You understand why he’s angry though his actions are extreme, you can feel his frustration. His role as Killmonger is easily one of the best villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The Bad

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This film does have flaws, at times it’s predictable and the CG isn’t all that polished there are several scenes where the CG looks unfinished and it can take you out of the film.


Rating

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Overall Black Panther is an incredibly enjoyable film, it’s definitely one of the better Marvel movies. The characters, the story and especially the culture it’s representing makes this movie unique and special. Even with Avengers: Infinity War looming around the corner Black Panther manages to be it’s own movie and if anything makes you more excited for the next movies.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Terrific Action Sequences
    • Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger
    • Bad Ass female characters
      • Predictable Plot Points
      • Weak CGI at certain scenes

     

Movie Review: All the Money in the World

J. Paul Getty had a fortune. Everyone else paid the price.

All the Money in the World is directed by Ridley Scott, it’s based on the book by John Pearson. Starring Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty.

When 16 year old John Paul Getty III has been kidnapped, the kidnappers asks his mom, Michelle Williams, to pay for 17 million dollars. However seeing as she doesn’t have that amount of money she asks her father-in-law, who’s adamant not to spend any ransom money, to pay the ransom.


The Good

Coming into this film, I was intrigued on how Ridley Scott tackled the transition of replacing Kevin Spacy with Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty. However after watching this film proves that Ridley Scott is a master of his craft as he manages to seamlessly swap the actors without any hints of the former.

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The acting in this movie is tremendous, this is more of Michelle Williams more than anything and she is terrific. Mark Wahlberg is also toned down but Christoper Plummer as J. Paul Getty is incredible. He’s cold-blooded and meticulous about his money and you do see his point of view at times but there’s ruthlessness behind him and that makes the character intriguing.


The Bad

The only major issue I have in this movie is the color palette, the film has cold bleak look to it and seeing how most of the scenes are in Italy, it didn’t quite resonate well on screen. Though there are some scenes that greatly benefited from it at times it was distracting.


Rating

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Overall All the Money in the World is a highly suspenseful film, it’s not very action packed but it does enough to keep you entertained throughout. It has some good twists and turns to keep it unpredictable and the performances were great. Highly Recommended.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Strong Performances
    • Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty
    • Highly Suspenseful
    • Bleak Color Palette

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3

Last Call, Pitches

Pitch Perfect 3 is the third movie in the Pitch Perfect series. It’s Directed Trish Sie and it stars the usual Pitch Perfect crew with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson.

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The Good

There’s very little good things about this movie, mainly if you’re someone who’s into covers and the singing battle they call a Riff-off you might enjoy the parts where they do so.


The Bad

This was a painful movie with an abundance of unfunny fat jokes. Rebel Wilson who was tolerable in the first movie, was annoying in this movie. Another annoying part is DJ Khaled, granted he’s not in screen a lot but do they mention his name a hundred times beating you over the head with the fact that he’s in the movie.

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Anna Kendrick seems like she’s lost passion with this project and was clearly doing this for the paycheck and also we get John Lithgow with a terrible Australian accent.


Rating

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Overall there’s really no big reason to watch this in the cinemas. It’s unfunny and even the singing wasn’t as good as before. Pitch Perfect 3 is what you call a cash grab taking advantage of naive viewers thinking they would go in there and have a good time. Not Recommended, (just keep watching the first one).

Good Bad 1/5
    • Generally Unfunny
    • Fat Jokes
    • Tired Plot
    • DJ Khaled