movie review

dunkirk – best war film of the year

First of all, I’ve been late with my reviews. Trying to catch up and recommend some great stuff this week.

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, he directed and wrote it. It has an ensemble cast in different timelines/storylines that converge. The cast consists of Fion Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cilian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
The film is about the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. Continue reading

war for the planet of the apes – some nice monkey business here

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes rebooted franchise. This film is directed by Matt Reeves written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. 
The movie follows the journey of the apes led by Caesar, and the humans that want these apes killed.

The good, the CG is amazing in this film. The motion capture used on Andy Serkis for Caesar is very impressive. Very pleased that the films in this franchise had the budget for the apes, as opposed to the original franchise where the budget got lower and lower for each film addition.

The film hits all the right emotions, Reeves takes us through a journey. Insights into the apes and the humans are given and they’re both logical and relate-able. Caesar’s struggle to keep his people alive in a world where the other inhabitants want them eradicated is almost prophetic set against today’s state of things. Sure it’s not something everyone can relate to, but we can sure empathize with.
The same can be said for Woody Harrelson’s character. On the outset he’s the bad guy, but his motivations are clear, whether we agree with them or not.

The bad; this is just me, because I really love the original franchise, but everything is CG. I miss the practical makeup and prosthetics. The reason for this feeling is that there are scenes where it’s just the apes, and all of that looks great, but it’s all CG. Don’t get me wrong, it looks good, but how much of that is real and tangible? That’s the feeling I got from the original films, and how movie making used to be.

Overall, it’s a nice way to end the franchise. Matt Reeves does a great job pulling you into the story. War of the Planet of the Apes is one that you could watch on its own. It brings the audience up to speed with where things are and then moves right into where things are going. There’s this sense of a lot of things going on that aren’t spelled out, the audience fills in the blanks, it’s very refreshing and un-like most Fox movies.
Reeves is up for the new Batman movie, if he can do what he did here then we’ll be in good shape and hopefully the other films will take his lead.

Fade out-
Eugene

spider-man: homecoming – the best spider-man movie

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest Spider-Man movie, this time it’s directed by Jon Watts with a screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein and Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Tom Holland (reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War), Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
This time around Peter Parker tries to balance his life as a superhero, high school, and a new villain in the form of the Vulture. Continue reading

baby driver – drive yourself to the movies for this one

Baby Driver is the latest film that’s written and directed by Edgar Wright. It’s about a driver, named Baby, who’s a wiz behind the wheel when he’s escaping the police. Being involved with criminals leads to some no so nice situations. The film stars; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. Continue reading

cars 3 – there’s some tread left

Cars 3 is the third installment in the Cars film franchise. Lightning McQueen has to deal with the new breed of racers and where he fits into the racing circuit. This film is directed by Brian Fee (he was a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2), it’s written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich with a story Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell, Jonathan E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria. Continue reading

john wick: chapter 2 – the boogeyman is back!

John Wick: Chapter 2 continues where the first film left off, with Wick looking to retrieve his car. This film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane. After addressing the events of the 2014 film, Wick goes on the run due to a bounty being placed on him. Continue reading

silence – is deafening

Silence is the latest film from Martin Scorsese. It’s directed by Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based on the novel of the same name by Shuskau Endo. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Drive, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciaran Hinds. The film is about 17th century priests who travel to Japan from Portugal to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholicism. Continue reading

passengers – next stop, space, and to your left, space

Passengers is a science fiction film directed by Morten Tyldum and its written by Jon Spaihts, it stars; Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia. It’s about two people who wake up too soon on their hibernation induced trip to a new planet. Continue reading

rogue one: a star wars story – more star warrrrs, nuthin’ but star waaars!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first stand-alone film installment in the epic space opera of Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It stars; Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, DonnieYen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. 
The plot follows Jyn Erso (Jones), the daughter of the designer of the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve the plans for destroying it. Continue reading

moana – the ocean is calling you to see this movie

Moana is the 56th Disney animated feature film. It’s directed by the fantastic Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.  It’s got a screenplay by Jared Bush, with story by; Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, and Joran Kandell. The music is written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. It features the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk. The film is about Moana, the daughter of a chief who is chosen by the ocean to reunite a magic stone to the goddess it was stolen from, she and Maui work to save her people. Continue reading