Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Pan (2015)

Genres

Adventure, Fantasy

Director

Joe Wright

Country

USA

Cast

Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garret Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke, Lewis MacDougall, Jack Charles, Cara Delevigne, Na Tae-joo, Bronson Webb, Kurt Egyiawan, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell

Storyline

12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland where he must face pirate leader Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) in order to become the hero that will always be known as Peter Pan.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Genres

Horror, Thriller

Director

John Lafia

Country

USA

Cast

Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Christine Elise, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Grace Zabriskie, Peter Haskell, Beth Grant, Greg Germann, Raymond Singer, Charles Meshack, Adam Wylie

Storyline

When his mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, Andy (Alex Vincent) is placed in foster care. But he won't be safe because Chucky is onto him and he's determined to claim Andy's soul.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Genres

Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Directors

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Country

USA

Voice Cast

Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, Will Forte

Storyline

Clumpsy inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) creates a machine that can turn water into food and soon food starts falling from the sky. But it eventually gets out of control as the people of the town ask for more and more food.

Opinion

The first time I saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs I didn't enjoy it at all. I found it so boring, I almost fell asleep. Then, months ago (maybe even more), some TMP entries made me realise that I was probably the only one who felt that way so I decided to give it a second chance and I enjoyed it. Probably not as much as everybody else, but definitely more than the first time.

The reason I watched it in the first place was the storyline and it ended up being my favourite part of the film. And it still is. It is original and yet clichéed (there are both the
typical romantic subplot and the father-and-son relationship) but, although it feels dragged at some points, it's quite enjoyable and fun to watch.

However, what I really liked back then and what I really like now is not the story itself but its meaning and how much it has to teach us. Without being too complicated or heavy, the film delivers its message. And it's not that American is fat (okay, maybe that too) but it is about the inability of human beings to contain themselves - we are never satisfied, we always want more and more - but most of all, it shows how we are treating our planet.

My biggest problem with this film is the characters. They are pretty shallow, childish and annoying as well. The lead is barely likeable but you root for him anyway because there isn't a strong villain. The cop and the monkey were kind of nice though. The animation isn't that bright either, but at least the actors did a fairly good job bringing to life the characters.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Mummy (2017)

Genres

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Director

Alex Kurtzman

Country

USA

Cast

Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jack Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe, Marwan Kenzari, Javier Botet, Selva Rasalingam

Storyline

An ancient Egyptian princess (Sofia Boutella) is awakened from her crypt and she is determined to take back all that should have been hers bringing terrors that defy human comprehension.

Opinion

I never cared much about The Mummy. I haven't seen the original and I've only seen bits and pieces of the remake with Brendan Fraser. I just couldn't care less. But then this movie's trailer was released and I have to admit that it looks pretty cool. Which only meant a thing, it would suck. And guess what, this movie sucks. 

Let's see... where do I begin? Oh, I know, the plot, although it's going to be quite tough because the film barely has one. It's paper-thin, too simple and stupid to even care. It doesn't make any sense. It doesn't have an interesting plot point/twist. On the other hand, it is filled with larger-than-life holes. Have I mentioned how predictable it is? So predictable that the mummy hasn't awakened yet and you already know how it's going to end. And how about that super contrived Tom Cruise plot where he tries to reverse the curse? Absolute trash.

And what a disappointment Tom Cruise was! I get it, the script is basically toilet paper, but I don't think I've ever seen him so uninterested and bored. He is the first one who doesn't care about what's going on, so why on earth should we care? He was great in the Mission: Impossible series, but here he's like a ghost, and it's quite embarrassing since he's the lead. 

On the other hand, we have Russell Crowe who actually took this thing seriously and tries to do good, but there's really nothing he can do to save this since his character, Dr Jekyl/Mr. Hyde, is terrible. Can you believe that him turning out to be a bad guy is the film's best twist?

And I feel tremendously sorry for Sofia Boutella who found herself in the shoes of this incredibly strong and independent woman who basically spends all of her time chasing her lover. For once that they have a great female character, the filmmakers do stupid things like that. 

The filmmakers couldn't even decide whether they wanted to make an action-adventure thriller, an action horror, or a romantic horror. The action sequences are pretty lazy and tedious. And it's a mess visually as well. The editing isn't good - there are some scenes placed here and there that don't make a lot of sense - and the effects, actually some of them, are pretty awful. They look like they came for the '90s. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Danny Collins (2015)

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Music

Director

Dan Fogelman

Country

USA

Cast

Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer, Nick Offerman, Cesar Evora, Josh Peck, Fernando Colunga, Michelle Vieth, Katarina Cas, Melissa Benoist, Giselle Eisenberg, Eric Michael Roy

Storyline

Agings folk singer Danny Collins (Al Pacino) decides to change his life and rediscover his family when he finds a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon. 

Opinion

Danny Collins came to my attention because there's Al Pacino who doesn't play neither a gangster nor a criminal and I gave it a change. And he was impressive. Way more impressive than the film itself. 

Why? Because there simply isn't a lot new in this film. It basically tells a story that has already been told a million times before. Actually, it manages to tells two stories that have already been told a million times before, that of an ageing musician who decides to turn his life around and that of an ageing and absent parent who feels guilty about that and decides to be part of his son's life. I would have loved the writers to go with the John Lennon letter and focus more on that but instead they decided to go on the tedious road of clichés. 

The title character isn't anything special either. He's just another man who has lived a life made of excesses, wants to change it but keeps fucking it up. He isn't a very interesting character either to be honest, but with a strong performance, Al Pacino manages to make you root for him while he charms his way into his son's life and flirts with hotel manager Mary, delightfully portrayed by Annette Bening. However, the courting between Pacino and Bening gets a little repetitive and boring after a while.

So for the most, the script isn't the film's strongest suit, but the dialogue is actually pretty clever. Also, Folgelman's director (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) is good and the film ends up being a little emotional and humorous dramedy.