In Time is a movie that I always meant to go and watch in the cinema but never found the time (sorry I had to!) to go and see. However, here I am watching the film. Action films are a particular of mine due to, putting it simply, and the amount of action. I love a good car chase or fight scene. This film is surprisingly fresh and the best part its original. The concept is different and it gets the viewer to start thinking about what it could be like to life in this dystopian universe. Time is money and money is time in this future fictional world. Working earns you a few hours, whereas commodities such as coffee and bus tickets will cost you a few minutes. And when you run out of time you like a clock, will stop ticking. The link between our societal views and the societal views of this future community ring true. The gap between the rich and poor reflects what we see today. A story of kidnap, generosity and answering the question of what is unjust, this film is a great sci-fi drama with hints of romance along the way. Andrew Niccol, also the director of Gattaca, delivers this film to a full advantage and even though others may feel that this film in below par, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake have a great chemistry together and bring a different dynamic to the movie.
This film was showing at a local independent cinema, I’d never seen it so I thought I’d give it a go. Afterwards I thought to myself, if I were only allowed to say one thing about the movie, I’d say it was definitely worth the money! And if I was only allowed to use one word to describe this movie, I’d choose MAD. Good mad. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star in this vibrant movie. This story is about truth, beauty, and freedom, but above all things this story is about love. This is what sells the film to me. It has everything a film needs in order to succeed. And that’s what this film definitely did, numerous nominations and 8 wins including Academy and Golden Globe awards. Obviously costume and makeup was a massive part in this film, the exuberant colours and the vivid images give the film life and the mash-ups of classic songs got me singing along in my theatre seat (who knew Nirvana would be in?). This whirlwind of a film took me on an emotional rollercoaster, laughing one minute at Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent for non-Harry Potter fans) singing Like A Virgin and crying the next. They say it’s a love it or hate it film (or in other words a jar of marmite), and like marmite I definitely loved it. The show must go on…
With over half of working people saying that at one point in time they’ve had a troublesome boss, this film is probably something that everyone (over the age of 18) can kind of relate to. But however much you hate your own bosses nothing will compare to the bosses that Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman have to experience day in day out. Knowing Jason Bateman from his Arrested Development days and his role in Juno, I went into this film expecting him to live up to my expectations. And he did. He surpassed them. He was essentially the leader of the group and feels like the only way out is murder. They hire a ‘murder consultant’ and plan to kill their psycho, man-eating and tool of a boss. With a crazy plot and mini ‘cameos’ from stars like Jamie Foxx, the 100 minute movie has everything packed in. It’s enough to get the grasp but not too much to its explodes your brain (imagine the first time watching Inception ). It’s a great movie even though it has Jennifer Aniston in it (pretty sure she’s doing as much acting as I do procrastinating and let me say that’s a lot). Despite, my somewhat dislike for Aniston it’s one of those movies that can pick you up when you’ve been having a bad day.
Now Jack Black is hilarious. Some of you may not think so, but School of Rock is one of my favourite films purely for his character. I’ve seen pretty much all the films that he’s starred in, and they never let me down. I was 13 when the first Kung Fu Panda came out, that’s the age where you don’t know if going to see a animated PG movie is too childish or not (However now I probably see lots more animated films to cherish my childhood). I loved the first movie but I still thought that is was a one story movie and wouldn’t become a series unlike Toy Story and Shrek. However, it obviously does have a sequel seen as if it didn’t I wouldn’t be writing this blog post. Again, Jack Black is the key to a great movie, and although he only gives his voice to the role, he like always brings so much more. The film is definitely full of little jokes here and there and I’d say it’s a staple film for any family. Even though it’s a comedy film at heart, it does touch on other subjects by using this form of entertainment, for example (not spoiling it for any of you, who haven’t seen it), the scene in which Mr. Ping, Po’s father discusses how he is not the fat panda’s real dad still seemed to make me laugh (plus it’s a bit hard to believe a goose is a panda’s dad). Whether it’s the slapstick karate moves when Po fights a radish, or the fact that the tigress is Angelina Jolie, this film is full of action and full of epicness (is that even a word, well I’m using it anyway). And if you have been listening to film related news recently, Number 3 is being produced in collaboration with Chinese companies, one of the first films to do this. And don’t worry another 3 after that to come as well, so we’ll hopefully see a lot more of Jack Black as Po the karate chopping fat panda in the future. Skadoosh!
Well it’s summer, the time for chilling out, relaxing by putting your feet up and sunbathing (although with English weather, you’re more likely to be drowned by the rain). However, I’ve hardly done any of that I’ve been so busy in the past 4 weeks I have been off. Whether it’s been filming short videos, finalizing competition entries or cheering on Team GB in the Olympics I’ve not had a proper sit down day as of yet. And this means my film reviewing has taken a back seat, but no more! I miss it, getting to watch a film and then reviewing it on here to you guys! So this coming month, expect more reviews from me!
And I don’t say it often enough, but thanks for comments, likes and views, it keeps me going!
“That thing, that moment when you kiss someone and everything around becomes hazy and the only thing in focus is you and this person and your realise that that person is the only person that you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life” – now I normally don’t bother writing out quotes from films but this one was too good to resist. I don’t normally go all ‘gushy’ around romantic comedies but I thought this film was surprisingly good. The film which was released in 1999 was probably one of the first teen-centred comedies that seem to be flying off the Hollywood shelves the last few years. It reminds me of the film ‘Mean Girls’ with its high school setting and ‘cliques’, but that came many years later so it’s likely that it was based loosely on this film. A problem I have with this film is you have to have a suspension of disbelief; she does not look 17 at all. Surely the students would realise this? Right, I know I’m going to sound proper geeky here but one of Drew Barrymore’s character co-workers used to be in a sitcom called Unfabulous and I found it pretty funny. Judging from the amount of doodles around my page of notes, I must have kind of enjoyed the film, I wouldn’t say it’s my absolute favourite but it’s bearable. However I did find myself singing the movie’s soundtrack from ‘Catch a Falling Star’ to ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’, so all is well.
Normally my film reviews come from me watching the movie for the very first time, however when She’s The Man aired the other week on TV, I immediately knew that I’d love to review it, having seen it previously. Before I start I must say, this film is one of my absolute favourites (and not just because it has got Channing Tatum in it <3). It came out 6 years ago, so I was 11. As well as bringing back memories from this time, the film was probably one of the first teen flicks I came across being so young. The fact why I love this movie so much is that I love football and I love films so it’s the best of both worlds (and no I’m not talking about the Hannah Montana song!) One of my favourite scenes has to be the ‘nose bleed situation’. If you haven’t seen this movie, see it purely for this scene. If you’re reading this review, you probably know the storyline right? (girl pretends to be a guy to get into a football squad and lots of complicated love stories ensue). Along with being a great comedy, the movie also shows themes of equality because sexism is addressed and it shows that girls can be as good as guys, something that comes up in the media all the time. My only nitpick at this film is because it’s an American film the dreaded word ‘soccer’ replaces ‘football’, however I can learn to live with it. Watching films for a second time, can make you notice little things you missed the first time around. Seen as I was 11 I hadn’t really studied Shakespeare in much depth, all I probably knew about him was that he was a ‘writer dude with an awesome moustache’. Having studied him in high school, it’s much easier to see that this is a modern twist on ‘Twelfth Night’, even down to the character’s names. I don’t normally do rankings/ratings however because this film is in my top ten, I’d give Andy Fickman (the director) a 10. I was really surprised to find that critics didn’t warm to the film but hey an opinions an opinion, however I think mine’s much better