Only one word can really describe how I felt leaving the screening of Gone Girl this week.
The story begins when protagonist Nick Dunne (Affleck), receives a call from a nosy neighbour whilst at work, alerting him to the fact that his front door is wide open and his cat is sat outside the house. Nick returns home to find his wife, Amy (Pike), gone and glass tables overturned. It’s Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary and something is amiss.
The police are called and an investigation follows. This investigation soon becomes America’s biggest news story as the media discovers that Amy, a beautiful New Yorker, and the inspiration for America’s favourite children’s books, Amazing Amy, is presumed to have been murdered by her cool and calm husband, Nick.
Luc Besson’s films haven’t really received many good reviews over the past few years and unfortunately his latest release, Lucy, did nothing to change that. Starring both Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, this film had the potential to be pretty damn great, but it fell short at just about every hurdle. The film follows the story of Lucy, a student who is forced into becoming a drug mule with a packet of a new drug, CPH4, sewn into her. Her passage takes a turn for the worse when she is violently attacked, causing the drugs packet inside of her to burst. This releases a very large amount of the drug, which increases the user’s brain function capacity, into her bloodstream. Lucy immediately begins to develop powerful mental talents such as telekinesis, the ability to absorb information instantaneously and mental time travel to name a few.VIEW STORY »
When this movie first came out, my best friend highly recommended it to me; however, it didn’t really seem like something I would find that interesting so I ignored her advice until now. Prior to watching this film, I had absolutely no idea what the film was actually about apart from the fact that it was something to do with old British people in India, though I had heard that it’s funny so I gave it a shot.VIEW STORY »
Well, where should I begin. I knew this film was going to be pretty sexy, but I still wasn’t prepared for the heat that Magic Mike gives rises to. Four extremely hot strippers? Hell yes. From the very first time I saw the trailer, I knew that this was a film I had to see. When I found out that Magic Mike is in fact, in part, based up Channing Tatum’s own experiences as a 19 year old stripper, I was even more intrigued by this film. Whilst on the surface this may look like a superficial film designed to attract women to their local cinemas for a legalised strip show, there are actually some deeper themes explored within this movie. Tatum’s character is one who is only in the stripping industry to earn money so that he can start up his own business, so it’s not all about women, money and sex.
Spider-Man is my all time favourite super hero and I was dismayed to find out that they were going to remaking the films without Tobey McGuire. One of my pet peeves about movies is remakes that have completely different actors, though, of course, this only applies to remakes that are made fairly shortly after the originals. I was even more annoyed to find out that Andrew Garfield had been cast to play the lead role. My opinion of him at the time was less than favourable and I saw him as a skinny, ugly, nerd from The Social Network; however, I soon came round to the idea of him playing Peter Parker. He’s grown on me immensely during the past year and now I think that he’s a great fit for the role of Spider-Man because he’s fit and nerdy, which is basically Peter Parker summed up. I got even more annoyed when I found out that Emma Stone was going to play Gwen Stacy (i.e. Mary-Jane) because in my mind no one can play the Mary-Jane character but Kirsten Dunst, but after watching the trailer I realised that the chemistry between her and Andrew Garfield was actually quite good.
As this is a Spider-Man remake, a lot of the plot lines are similar but not so similar that the film is a complete copy. The basic plot line is the same as the original but it all looks and feels different. The story starts with Peter Parker sneaking into OsCorp to find out information about his father’s research and it is there that he gets bitten by the spider that completely changes his life. He immediately begins to feel the bite’s effects with sticky fingers and incredible strength and after a fight with the school bully Peter realises he could use his new powers to help people. Peter helps his Dad’s old friend, Dr Curt Connors, to create a cure for the dying which seems, at first, to be successful; however, it has devastating side effects causing Dr Connors to turn into a mutant lizard wreaking havoc across the city.
So as I said above, I really wasn’t looking forward to a Spider-Man remake, but I have to say that I loved The Amazing Spider-Man and thought it was absolutely fantastic. I was really impressed with the visuals which were certainly a lot more impressive than they were in the original. There were better shots of the city and they managed to make Spider-Man flying through the air look even cooler than last time. There were some really cool shots of Peter Parker in action just as he was getting used to his new skills and it was just little things like that they made a big impression on my brain.
I was worried that the acting wouldn’t be up to scratch and that it would ruin the movie, but both Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are incredible actors so I had no reason for doubt. This pair had great chemistry and I can’t wait to see their relationship develop in the sequels. The supporting actors were also superb with appearances from Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field, Martin Sheen and Chris Zylka. I can’t say whether I prefer Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of Spider-Man to that of Tobey Maguire because I got quite a different feel from the two films, but they are both excellent. I think I found this new film funnier than I found the original which was an added bonus.
If I were to compare this film with the original, I would have to say that there is less focus on Peter Parker’s initial transformation into Spider-Man and his reaction to this. This may seem a little strange but since most people have already seen the original film and know all about what the bite has done to him, I suppose it makes sense that they didn’t dwell too long on this. There was also less focus on how the public felt about Spider-Man with little on him as a new hero or the press coverage surrounding him.
I thought that some parts of the story could’ve done with a bit more development, but the film was already two hours long so I suppose they couldn’t really fit more in. The ending to the film was great as it left it on a sort of cliff-hanger with definite room for a sequel which is set to be released in May 2014. I was so happy to hear that this new series will also be a trilogy because that means more Peter Parker for us! The new trilogy will revolve around how Peter is shaped by the disappearance of his parents so there are hints of the original series in the new series.
I highly recommend The Amazing Spider-Man for all – even if you haven’t seen the original! It is a brilliant film with stunning visuals, great acting and a well written story. There are funny bits, cute bits, romantic bits, sexy bits, action bits, sad bits, exciting bits and more. Basically, this movie is awesome – go watch it.
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I haven’t written a film review in a while and for that I’m really sorry, but I plan on getting lots more done soon because there are just so many awesome movies out right now. I’ve also got lots of French film reviews lined up because I thought I’d be a bit more cultured and worldly. Now back to 21 Jump Street.
I have to admit the only reason I watched this is because my friend kept going on and on and on about how amazing it was and she just wouldn’t stop bugging me. I would’ve done anything to make her shutup, heck, I forfeited watching The Avengers for this film so I was hoping that it was going to be pretty damn good.VIEW STORY »
Seen by many to be the most anticipated movie of 2012, I had very high expectations of ‘The Hunger Games’. This new book to screen adaptation has been dubbed as the new ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’, but I disagree strongly with this and The Hunger Games is a phenomenon in its own right and with a novel as unique as this, there’s no reason to compare it to those gone before it. VIEW STORY »
I have to admit, I strongly dislike the Paranormal Activity series. I don’t find them scary at all and I don’t like that everything looks like it’s been filmed on a family camcorder. I would probably have to say that this is the best out of all three Paranormal Activity movies, because at least this one gave me a couple of jumps, whereas I fell completely asleep in the other films. I don’t know if I missed something, but I don’t seem to recall ‘Bloody Mary’ appearing in this film as she did in the trailer. I found this thoroughly disappointing as that was really the only reason I watched this film. The Paranormal Activity movies also greatly confuse me because they are all linked to each other and yet the events that take place don’t really seem to follow on from one another and I got the impression that the characters had forgotten the past horrors, which makes absolutely no sense to me.
The third movie takes us back to 1988 again as a sort of prequel to the prequel and we see Kristi and Katie as little girls. Kristi mysteriously starts interacting with somebody that noone else can see, who she calls ‘Toby’. After Toby’s appearance, many strange things start happening in the house, so Kristi’s mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, sets up several cameras all around the house in order to see if anything weird is going on. Everyday, Dennis collects the tapes that have been recording all night and watches the back. At first he cannot see anything, but then strange things start happening, mysterious moving objects, empty spaces that dust won’t fall on, floating sheets and slamming doors. Dennis tries to convince Julie, Kristi and Katie’s mother, that there’s something weird going on in the house, but she refuses to believe him and this could have consequences for her and her family.
The style of acting in these movies is obviously quite different to any other movie. In addition to the fact that you’re being recorded on a home camcorder, the characters are usually seen doing normal everyday things, so there’s never really any need to display much acting talent as it’s all pretty realistic. I did believe that all the scenes were real and had I not known that this was a film, I probably could’ve believed that they were real home made tapes. I suppose this means that they all were very good at acting, though it would be interesting to see how these actors fare in normal films where they would be forced to adhere to a script that is probably something they have never actually experienced in real life.
These movies always get better as time goes on. The beginnings are usually very, very slow, in fact, I’m pretty sure nothing interesting happened until the last 15 minutes of the second movie, and this one was much the same. However, by the middle of the movie, much had happened, or at least, enough to tickle your curiosity buds and make you pay attention. I felt like there was much more a story line to this one than the previous movies and it wasn’t just everyday life with a bit of a twist there was actually a character, ‘Toby’, involved in the horror. The ending of this movie is definitely the most frightening bit and I think it was done very well in terms of filming; however, I was slightly frustrated at the end as I wasn’t entirely sure what had just happened, but that was probably my own fault. This movie actually has a build up and reaches a climax, unlike its predecessor and I’d say this is probably a case of ‘third time lucky’ for the producers.
Whilst this film was the scariest out of the three for me, it still no way near as scary as your typical ‘horror’ movies. If you’re a fan of the Paranormal Activity movies, then I’d recommend you watch this as it is miles better than the second movie. If you’re a horror movie fanatic, but have never watched any of these movies, then personally, I wouldn’t recommend that you do when there are plenty of other horror movies out there; however, that’s just me. If you’re the sort of person who is easily frightened by the mysterious slamming of a door or ‘real’ horror, then I suppose this is the sort of movie for you.