Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (mild spoilers)

I hope they remember you.

Directed by the Russo Brothers the third installment of the Avengers franchise collects almost all the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, to go up against the mad titan Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

The Avengers Assemble one more time to defeat the Mad Titan, Thanos who aims to collect six infinity stones and wipe out half of the life in the universe.


The Good

10 years and 18 movies in the making Avengers: Infinity War is without a doubt the most anticipated movie of this year and boy did it deliver. This is the most ambitious project in recent history and to credit the Russo Brothers and the screen writers this movie is incredible.

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Josh Brolin plays Thanos the main villain of this story and they took their time fleshing him out. They gave him an empathetic backstory that makes him one of it not the best villain to date.

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A major highlight of these Marvel films is the humor and with all the seriousness and dread that’s revolving around the movie they still managed to alleviate some of it by having endearing and humorous interactions between our heroes. Whether it’s with Thor and Rocket Racoon or Peter Quill and Iron Man. These interactions are something fans would would gleefully watch and cheer.

The action sequences are spectacular and creative, it highlights some of the heroes abilities and it makes them even more interesting than they previously were. There are also certain dramatic moments that can get you more emotionally invested in these characters, Thanos included.


The Bad

The only glaring issue I have in the movie is it’s not a standalone movie. As mentioned above this movie have a 10 year history behind it and 18 other movies that accompany it, for someone to be fully invested, they need to have some prior knowledge about the infinity stones or previous marvel films.

There are minor issues as well, since the movie is huge in scope the story is divided into quadrants all leading up to one climax and some plot points take a little too long to resolve while other aren’t all that explored at all.


Rating

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Avengers: Infinity War is something we haven’t seen before the culmination of a 10 year project by Marvel pays off in a big way and it’s not afraid to push the limits in terms of superhero storytelling. With a huge cast to juggle the writers and the Russo Brothers manages to tell a story that’s clear and compelling. If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies there’s no reason for you to skip this film, it’s a must watch for a fan.

Good Bad 4.8/5
    • Josh Brolin as Thanos
    • Heroes Interactions
    • Deep Storytelling
    • minor plot points
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Movie Review: Nocturnal Animals

When someone loves you, you have to be careful with it!

Nocturnal Animal is directed by Tom Ford, it stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Michael Shannon.

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Amy Adams plays a wealthy and a sophisticated art gallery owner. She receives a novel from her ex-husband, which she interprets as a devastating story about a family, however as she reads on, she recalls the memories with her ex-husband and confronts a dark past that’s loomed over both their lives.


The Good

This movie is incredibly stylish, Tom Ford, the director which is also a fashion designer, knows how to dress his cast. From the glamorous parties to the dusty setting of the south. Everyone looked great. However the most impressive aspect of this film is overall structure.

The format of the movie is a story within a story. There’s the movie story with Amy Adams and there’s the novel story that she reads. The way the stories switch is seamless and it doesn’t distract you from the storytelling. You understand what’s happening in both stories and both are gripping in their own ways.

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The main great thing about this movie is it’s cast, all of the four main characters are acted incredibly well. Aaron-Taylor Johnson in particular who’s completely unrecognizable. He’s playing Ray Marcus who’s incredibly villainous and you hate him through out the film but you appreciate how good the character is acted.


The Bad


Rating

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Overall this movie won’t be for everyone, it’s nihilistic and dark and things do not go well with it’s characters. However the incredible storytelling and the great acting carries this movie substantially. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron-Taylor Johnson were all incredible and even Amy Adam’s subdued performance is also great. For people who enjoys a dark thriller with great acting and story Nocturnal Animals is highly recommended

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • Great Storytelling
  • Great Acting
  • Aaron-Taylor Johnson

Movie Review: Blair Witch

There’s something out there.

Blair Witch is the real sequel to the cult classic, The Blair Witch Project. Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) and stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez and Corbin Reid.

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Blair Witch follows James who recently acquired a footage of his sister who disappeared years ago. Accompanied by his friends, James ventures into the Black Hills forest in hopes to find his sister.


The Good

Glad to say Blair Witch provides some terrifying scares, it acts like a horror ride, with each section having a certain kind of scare and right when you think the ride is finished, it bumps up the scare factor to a maximum. There are moment of extreme uneasiness and the movie takes the most common phobias and puts our characters into those situations. To the movie’s credit, it works.

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The most impressive aspect of the movie, is the sound direction. Most of the jump scares utilize loud sounds and though it may be cheap it’s very effective as it can help deliver plenty of terrifying scares.


The Bad

Unfortunately for the movie, it’s not all great as the first two acts are incredibly dull. Though the movie tries to make you care about these characters, from the bad acting and poorly delivered lines, it’s difficult to care for them.

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It also gives you plenty of story in the first two thirds, however unless you’re interested in the mythology behind the Blair Witch, it is a story not caring about.


Rating

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Overall this movie is strikingly similar with the 1999 cult classic. Though the scares are a lot more terrifying and sometimes uncomfortable. The lack of depth within the characters and the uninteresting story drags this movie down tremendously. If the scares is something you’re looking forward to, it takes a while to get there but it’s there. However if the you’re looking for a competent horror film you will be disappointed.

Good Bad 2.7/5
  • Terrifying Third Act
  • Great Sound Direction
  • Bad Acting
  • Dull First and Second Act

 

Movie Review: Kimi no na wa (Your Name)

Kimi no na wa (Your Name) is the latest movie from acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai.

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Kimi no na wa tells the story of Taki and Mitsuha, both live miles apart from each other but were able through connect through their dreams and together form a bond that transcends through time.


The Good

This is easily the best looking anime movie this year, the artwork in this movie is gorgeous. The details are outstanding at its a pure joy to look at. Once again Makoto Shinkai has out done himself and delivered an artistically unforgettable movie.

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Along with the beautiful artwork the story is also incredible, though what starts as a cliched love story becomes something so much more around the movie’s second act. Accompanied by sci-fi and fantasy elements the story enthralls from start to finish. The characters are charming and funny, and though the movie is very strong with its romantic presence, the comedic parts also hit.


The Bad

As mentioned the movie is very cliched in terms of its romantic aspects, also like similar to other Makoto Shinkai movies it starts quite slow, however if you’re a fan, it’s an issue not worth thinking of.


Rating

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If you’re familiar with Makoto Shinkai’s work, you know what you’re getting into. That said, Kimi no na wa is without a doubt one of the best movies of the year, from the captivating romantic story to the hard hitting drama, this will no doubt pull the heartstrings of many. The movie is lovely to look at, the characters are great and the fantasy / sci-fi aspect of it is fascinating. This movie is a masterpiece and without a doubt the best anime movie of the year.

Good Bad 5/5
  • Gorgeous Animation
  • Great Characters
  • Emotionally Captivating Story
  • Music / Sound Direction
  • Slow Start
  • Cliche’d at some parts

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

I’m not trying to turn you into me, I’m trying to turn you into you

-Shifu

Dreamworks is back with one of their strongest animated franchise with Kung Fu Panda 3. With now having a trilogy, does the third film live up to it’s predecessors in delivering a solid film to form a solid trilogy?

Po has been training under Shifu’s tutelage for quite some time now. However Shifu feels that he’s got no more to teach the Dragon Warrior therefore the student has to become the teacher. While he also tries to reconnect with his biological father, Li (Bryan Cranston) and also face a dangerous threat the Spiritual Warrior, Kai (J.K. Simmons).


The Good

It goes without saying that Kung Fu Panda is one of the most beautifully animated franchise that’s ever made. And in Kung Fu Panda 3 it carries this same accolade, as this film was beautifully done. It’s gorgeous to look at and the animation of the characters felt genuine. The fight choreography between the animals themselves is still top notch.

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The movie itself is humorous, it’s very charming the interactions between Po’s adoptive father and his biological father is adorable and very fun to watch. Speaking of Li, Bryan Cranston is great in the movie, he sounds like he’s having a lot of fun and in return forms this great chemistry with Jack Black’s character.

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The Bad

Now along with Po the rest of the crew is back, The furious five are still voiced by the same actors/actresses who voiced them on the first film. Now that’s great but they don’t have much to do apart from Tigress who plays a small role in the film.

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The villain is probably my least favorite Kung Fu Panda villain. As he’s not given a decent backstory and though the film shows that he’s an incredibly strong opponent you just don’t care for him all that much. He doesn’t feel threatening and he makes jokes several times which makes it hard to take him seriously. That said he’s got a pretty sweet theme song.


Rating

Despite it’s flaws Kung Fu Panda 3 is still a solid film. The story itself isn’t great but it’s not bad either, there’s a lot of positive message to be taken from the movie, a lot of it is motivating one’s self and for a kid’s movie it’s a solid film. Probably the lesser out of all the three film however, it makes then Kung Fu Panda as a whole, a great trilogy.

Good Bad 3.6/5
  • Gorgeous Animation
  • Po, Li and Mr. Ping Relationship
  • Final Fight Scene
  • Lame Villain
  • Underused cast

Movie Review: Force Majeure

I’m a bloody victim of my own instincts!

-Tomas

Force Majeure is one of those unique films that you see once in a while. A movie that you might think you know what’s happening but completely turns on you and says “hey this is actually what this movie is about”.

A Swedish family of four are on a vacation on the French Alps. While having a lovely lunch at the roof of the resort. An avalanche starts to form from the top of the mountain heading straight towards them. In a panic induced situation Tomas, the father, does something that shook the family’s core.

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The Good

Wow! I watched this movie expecting a survival themed movie. Though I was dead wrong, it was still a nice treat. The movie is filled with awkward yet hilarious situations. Some are laugh out loud funny while some are just plain uncomfortable. It’s always a good treat if a movie can make you cringe on your seat due to it’s awkwardness.

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Now the movie is labelled as dark comedy, while yes the comedy is there. There’s also drama, our leads Tomas (Jahnnes Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli), who play husband and wife, are great in the movie. Both have great moments and they also capture the the latter moments in marriage where your partner does nothing but get on your nerves.

The cinematography is also noteworthy, filmed at a ski resort, the director does a fantastic job showing the snowy mountains. Often accompanied by Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto, yes very ironic.


The Bad

The movie is two hours long, there are several scenes that are dragged out. This film won’t be for everyone. There’s a certain crowd that will thoroughly enjoy this flick but for a casual crowd it might be too long sometimes could be considered boring.

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There are several scenes that felt irrelevant, though I’m sure they’re meant to deliver something symbolic in a deeper sense. It just ends up leaving you confused. Another issue is the predictability, once you figure out what the movie is really about, it’s quite easy to predict the outcome.


Rating

Overall Force Majeure is an odd treat. There’s a subtle charm to the movie that despite it’s running time you still want to watch till the end. It’s awkwardly hilarious with very deep dramatic moments. It’s what a dark comedy should be and it succeeds in being one.

Good Bad 4/5
  • Awkward Hilarious Moments
  • Strong acting performances
  • Great cinematography
  • Two Hour Running Time
  • Confusing / Irrelevant Scenes
  • Slightly Predictable

Movie Review: When Marnie was There

There’s inside and outside…These people are inside……I’m outside

-Anna

When Marnie was There is unfortunately Studio Ghibli’s last film until they take a break. Studio Ghibli produced animated classics such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. This film, however didn’t have Hayao Miyzaki’s involvement in it.

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Anna is a socially distant girl living in the city. However, due to an asthma attack, she was asked to live in the countryside for a while. Whilst exploring the place she stumbles into an abandoned mansion. Drawn by the mansion she kept coming back despite being asked to stay away. In the process, Anna befriends another girl, Marnie, which may or may not be real.


The Good

This film is gorgeous, the artwork is amazing and it’s beautiful to look at. Just like other Studio Ghibli productions, the animation is superb. There’s a clear separation of the 2-D background and the animated foreground, however you can pause the movie at any scene, you will have an absolutely beautiful still.

Another great part of the movie is the overall score, the score is incredibly well-done. It’s lovely to listen to and it complement the characters’s actions quite well. From Anna’s exploration’s to her happy and sad moments, the accompanying music fits and it does help make you empathize for the character.

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The most surprising part of the movie is the story. One might think it’s just a story between two friends, however there is more to it than that. It’s very mature and I feel a lot of adults can relate to. The burden that Anna carries is incredibly heavy and you feel the weight upon her revelation.


The Bad

There’s only one thing that might bother audiences is the story telling on the third act, on the climax in particular. Where it felt as if the film’s about to have a big reveal. However, it didn’t go that route but it does leave you confused on to what is really happening. The ending does clear it up nicely, however it almost felt unnecessary to have the climactic scene in particular.

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Rating

When Marnie was There is a visually appealing movie, with great art design. the 2-D background and animation is gorgeous and the accompanying music works well with it. It tells an emotional story with very adult themes and it tells it well. With very minor issues this film is not their best work but it is still worth your time specially if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli.

Good Bad 4.6/5
  • Beautiful 2-D Animation
  • Amazing Score
  • Great Story
  • Minor pacing issues on the third act.