This calls for a celebration… Hooray! – The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2020

Happy March everyone. Did you enjoy your extra day of February? We’ll see you in 4 years time, 29th! During the end of January, I saw many films. I know this is a tad late to the party, but here is my review for The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

Here is a brief plot summary – The Personal History of David Copperfield is a story of Copperfield’s life, from his youth into adulthood. He has an amazing childhood, with his mother, father and nanny Peggort. When his father dies, his mother remarries a cruel man named Mr Murdstone, who regularly beats him. David is sent to work in Murdstone’s factory, where he isn’t told about his mother ever again. Not until it’s too late. After being told this, David trashes the factory and runs away to his very odd aunt. But things still go wrong for David, when he meets a rather slimy man named Uriah Heep.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

I want to talk about the blind casting of this film. Normally, I find that if something is set in a specific time period, blind casting can be jarring. In 1917, I didn’t see the reason for the Indian soldier, as he wouldn’t have been in a regiment that he was placed. It felt like it was just a political correctness thing, a tick box exercise. However, the fact that race does not play large here, no one comments on someone’s race, people are just people, didn’t draw away from my watching of this film. In fact, the fact that people were picked on the talent enhanced the viewing for myself and my family. Dev Patel plays an amazing David Copperfield, and it was like I was watching the story come alive on the screen. I would re-watch this film in a heartbeat. The who’s who of British tv and screen play amazingly on screen for this film, and I really recommend people go see it.

Have you seen David Copperfield? What did you think of the blind casting? Leave a comment below!

‘Grunge is a good look for you.’ – Captain Marvel, 2019

Happy Monday folks! I somehow forgot to post last week, but my excuse was it was a super hectic week in the lead up to Easter. Seb was with me a few weeks ago and we went to see the big Superhero movie out – Captain Marvel. Check out my thoughts!

Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, using her powers – Captain Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, 2019

We’re in the year that this librarian was born – 1995 – on the Kree planet of Hala (yes those bad guys). A member of their starforce, (Carol Dan) Vers, suffers from amnesia and recurring nightmares with an unknown woman. Yon-Rogg, her mentor and commander (played by Jude Law, in a pair of contacts which just makes him look so uncanny valley I struggled to look at him), trains her to harness her powers and not let them take over, whilst the Supreme Intelligence, who runs the Kree – and turns up looking like the person someone most respects (In Ver’s situation, it’s the unknown woman).
Long story short – Carol is on an adventure to find out who she actually is, with all the crazy Marvel shenanigans along the way!

Agent Fury and Carol Danvers, chilling in a warehouse – Captain Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, 2019

I have to say I liked Captain Marvel. It was a good date night film. We both seemed to enjoy sitting there for a couple hours and watching it. @sebonthesilvermountain has more wrong with it than I did. But I’ve never watched all of the Marvel movies, as I have no inclination to. I pick and chose which look best to me – and Captain Marvel looked interesting. I’m totally for female empowerment.
However, I’m not sure Brie Larson was the right pick of Captain Marvel. Tom Holland can hold a scene as Spiderman, but I’m not sure that Brie can as Captain Marvel. I’m interested to see how she is in Avengers before I make a final decision on her – but right now I think the plot was great and it looked stunning… but maybe she’s not right for the role?

What were your thoughts on Captain Marvel? Did you love it or hate it? Was it 1990’s enough for you? What about Brie Larson?

‘That Harley is a fop and a prat and smells like a ninety-six year-old French whore’s vajuju.’ – The Favourite, 2019

Hello everyone – long time not see! I have been having WordPress issues (for some reason it’s not loading on my google chrome) so I’m having to use incognito mode? Yeah, I don’t know either.

Queen Anne VS Queen Anne – The Favourite, Film4 and others, 2019

Last weekend, I went to see The Favourite with my Mum and Dad, before it left the movie theatre. It’s a good Friday evening activity after a long week at work.
Here’s a quick premise: It’s 1708 and Britain is at war, with France (duh.) Queen Anne is in bad health, and seems to hate governing – she prefers to do childish activities like playing cards or playing with her rabbits. Her adviser, Sarah Churchill, is basically in charge, Anne does everything she says. Sarah basically controls everything, and hates to be challenged. Queue Abigail – her cousin. Fallen from grace, Abigail gets in with the Queen and attempts to change her views on Sarah; she wants to be as in control as her cousin is. Does she succeed? (I’m pretty sure we all know the answer by now).

Nicholas Hoult is amazing in this film! – The Favourite, Film4 and others, 2019

So this was a weird movie. I wanted to see it because I was working at Hatfield House when it was filmed, so I saw a lot of the filming being done. It was really interesting seeing a film from the inside, and sitting in a theatre knowing where each scene was filmed.
It looks immaculate, and It was so interesting to see each scene take place. I liked the bit where they were running back and forth in the hallway – pushing the wheelchair the full length at full speed. That looked really fun.
I loved the power dynamics of this film. Especially the end where Anne gets all her power back, forcing Abigail into a servant’s position again. After there was this weird bit with rabbits, which I still don’t know the symbolism of it a week later. Is it about the cyclical nature of children? I have no idea. I’m not sure anyone knows really.

All in all, I really liked this film. It was weird and quirky, like All is True, which I had seen a little previously to this. I like these weird historical films. I dig them. Everyone should.

Check out the trailer down below!

It’s good to be back! What should I see next? Or read next? What would you like me to review?

‘I’m not a man! But neither am I a wolf’ – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! How are well all this week? I hope so! Has anyone started their Christmas shopping? I have only just. I am feeling very behind already this year. So much to do and such little time. With all this stuff I have to do, I like to have things on in the background. So today’s review is just that. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle came out this weekend, so I thought I’d give it a watch. Without further ado, here we go!

Mowgli with his wolf brothers and sisters – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a fantasy adventure, both live action and CGI animation. It’s got an all star cast; directed by and staring Andy Serkis, featuring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris. When I said all star, I bet you weren’t expecting Batman and Sherlock alongside Gollum. 

The shooting of this film is pretty darned magical – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

It has received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast, visual effects, and Serkis’ passion for the project, but compared it unfavourably to the Disney film. But I don’t think this can compare to the other Jungle Book that came out this year. Also with an all star cast. That was cuddly and cute. This isn’t. I won’t go much into the plot, but this is not the story that Disney lovers will be used to. This is a dark retelling of the story we know and love. There’s no singing and no cuddly animals. They all look ragged and, dare I say it, evil. But it’s more like the original book.
For instance, there’s a really upsetting scene where Mowgli is forced to look at his killed-and-stuffed best friend when he’s in the man village. The camera pans between the two more than once, adding to the sadness of the scene.
There’s a lot of gore too, blood and bits are shown a lot. We see Mowgli and his wolf-brothers and sisters eating raw flesh on more than one occasion.

I think I enjoyed it better than the soft and cuddly version of the story. I am a sucker for films close to the book. And this is just that. It is an actual retelling, rather an a Disney-ifying. 

Have you seen Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle? Are you going to? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below telling me what you think!

No Review 30/07/18

Hey all! This week has been super busy (writing for my dissertation and revising for an exam) that I’ve not had the time to do any reviewing this week! Fear not, there will be a review next week, I promise! I’ve been watching a lot of iZombie as I’ve been working, so I’ll probably have all that watched by next week!

Tell me what you’d like to have me review, it can be anything – books, movie, comics, tv! You name it, I’ll try get it done!

What do you want to see me review? I’m up for anything! Leave a comment down below!

No Review 16/07/2018

Hi guys! No review this week because it’s @sebonthesilvermountain‘s birthday today and so we’ve been having a really nice long weekend together! We’ve been watching a lot of movies though, so maybe a movie review for next week? Who knows! All I know is that we’ve been having a great time together, and will be for the whole week!

Speak to you guys soon!

Loving what I’m doing at the moment? Is there anything you’d like to see me review? Perhaps you’d even like to wish Seb a happy birthday? Leave a comment down below

‘Only best buddies execute pedophiles together.’ – Deadpool 2

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your extra day of weekend! I sure did, which is why this review is out on a Tuesday and not a Monday! I have done a lot of walking, enjoying myself at my local county show, and then going to the cinema. My review of that movie next week. This week is my review of the movie I saw last weekend – Deadpool 2.
Without further ado, review incoming!

 

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Deadpool loves you. – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

Deadpool 2 is the 11th (yes 11th!) installment to the X Men franchise. The storyline for this movie is hilarious, and is as follows, I can’t describe it better than this:

 

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

I don’t know what I can say without giving spoilers so SPOILER WARNING FROM HERE ON OUT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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The Creation of Deadpool – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

I loved this movie. Every second. Whilst some of the scenes felt a tad rushed (the Xforce bit especially). And sure some of the skits were played for laughs, but it works for a Deadpool movie – it’s meant to be stupid and funny. I actually think it was better than the original movie. This one felt better planned, the jokes were just as funny if not funnier, and there were more characters having to deal with Deadpool’s crap. I would be annoyed to have to deal with him all day too. Domino is a babe, and I love her a lot. She was amazing. Go Domino! Also go Cable, Negasonic, Yukio (Hi Wade! Hi Yukio!) and Firefist! Go team!
Much of the dialogue in Deadpool is ad libbed, which makes the movie funnier in my opinion. Ryan Reynolds has been seen saying that he had many different lines for each joke, and wasn’t burning any film so felt like he could just say lines until one stuck or felt right.
The death of Wade’s girlfriend, Vanessa, was very sad. But hey it’s been all retconned so never mind! (The end credits scenes were probably the best part of the film. Very funny)

The writing out of the X-men from being in the movie was hilarious. They just shut the door on helping him out. Purely ignoring his existence. Very funny. Also means they don’t have to pay lots of money for all of the X-Men for the whole of the film. His X-Men clothing was very funny, the yellow shirt over his uniform, and his call back to his X-Force clothing (white and black) was also very good.

I would really recommend people watch Deadpool 2. Especially if they’ve seen the first. Go watch it. It’s a good 2ish hours of your life.

[Header Image: Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018]

‘ My name is Gene. I’m a MEH emoji.’ – The Emoji Movie, 2017

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? As you guys know, I’m bogged down with a lot of work and assignments, so I will be giving you a short review today. I am someone that works with noise in the background, which means I watch a lot of movies that come out of Sky, Netflix, Amazon or any other streaming site I have a subscription to. I tend to come across a lot of awful movies, and trust me this one is *awful*. Without further ado, here we have The Emoji Movie.

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This was a thing! – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

The Emoji Movie is a pile of gar- no wait… I should at least try give you guys a non bias review… at least give this thing a chance…
Let me start over… *clears throat*
The Emoji Movie is an animation, much like any other we see in this day and age, based on the trend of emojis. It is about Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, who decides he needs to set out to become a normal emoji. Gene is an emoji that lives in Textopolis (very hard thinking on this name guys…), a city inside the phone of his user Alex. He is the son of two ‘meh’ emojis (😒) named Mel and Mary, and is able to make multiple expressions despite his parents being singular face emojis. He goes on a mission to make himself a normal emoji, and makes some friends along the way.
Okay, there’s the brief synopsis – I can stop being unbiased now…

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This is so true for this movie… – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

I went into this movie with an open mind, I had seen it hadn’t done too well on any of the scoring systems for movies. I tried to get on with this movie. I really did. But…this movie is 2 hours of my life I will never get back. You may say that’s an exaggeration, but I do not. It was awful. It was just painful to watch. I can honestly say it just seemed like an advert for the mobile apps Candy Crush, the match three game, Dropbox, the safe file app and Spotify, the well known music app. It didn’t seem to have a story other than “here’s some huge apps we’re going to show you, because we were paid a lot of money to show them off to you.” I am struggling to find anything good to say. I feel like the actors in this movie were wasted on it. Such big names for something so awful… honestly, it’s a tad depressing. Maybe I only feel this way because I was watching it whilst half asleep, stressed out and missing nearly a pint of blood (I had given blood that morning, and just needed to chill out with a movie.

I’m sorry this review has been so awful! Better thing next week… I promise!

Have you seen The Emoji Movie? What did you think? Hate it or love it? Leave a comment down below! 

 

 

 

 

[Header Image: The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017]

‘I wish somebody spoke his language’ – Isle of Dogs, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I am drowning in deadlines, but my library door is always open, so I can’t forget about you all! I’ve been with Seb (@sebonthesilvermountain) this week, and we decided to have a date night. Both of us wanted to see this movie, so after a very filling Wetherspoons we toddled down to his local cinema and cuddled up to watch. Wes Anderson is one of our favourite directors; we both loved The Grand Budapest Hotel and I really liked Fantastic Mr Fox. So, without further ado, here’s our thoughts on Isle of Dogs!

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Cover art for the Dvd box – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Isle of Dogs is a stop motion animation, with an all star cast. Set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the film follows a young boy who goes in search of his dog after the whole species is banished to an island due to an illness outbreak… and the fact that everyone likes cats more. The prologue explains the downfall of dogs and the uprising of cats – dogs were only saved by the daring deeds of a young samurai.
The film is split into acts, four if I remember exactly. Most of the film takes place on an island of trash, just off of the coast of Megasaki City, Kobayashi. The humans speak in their native tongue, and are translated by interpreter, machine or subtitles. The dogs have been pre-translated – it highlights the struggle between man and beast when trying to get them to play fetch. As I said before, it’s got an all star cast. The main dogs are played by names like Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton and Scarlett Johansson, whilst there are human characters played by the likes of Frances McDormand.

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Wes Anderson and his figures – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Overall, I really really enjoyed this film. Like every second of it. I felt like I learned something about the culture of Japan, I found it to be a respectful depiction of such – it wasn’t being forced upon me that this was correct. It also brought up the idea about being environmentally friendly – Trash Island isn’t exactly a sustainable solution. I think it shows Anderson’s worry for the future, a dystopian world who’s leaders get rid of the things that they hate through mass cullings. It shows that if people band together, they can make things better for everyone – and the epilogue shows that. I won’t spoil it for you, you need to go see it for yourself.
The only qualm I had with it was that the man in front was so tall (or I was so short, either way) I struggled to see over his head. It made me remember why I disliked going to the cinema on a regular basis.

Have you seen Isle of Dogs? Do you want to? What’s you views on it’s portrayal of our future? Do you believe we’re heading for a dystopia? What about it’s portrayal of Japan?Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Isle of Dogs, Searchlight Studios, 2018]

‘Relax… this pot is making you aggressive…’ – Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Good morning/afternoon readers! How are we all today? Recovered from the loss of sleep from the clocks going forward? I know I haven’t!
Todays review will be slightly different – I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently, but none of them have been ‘comic book appropriate,’ so I thought screw it, let’s just talk about something I’ve been watching! I mean… at least it’s an adaptation… right? Without further ado, let’s talk about Eyes Wide Shut.

Warning – this review is not for minors, 18+ please! 

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The Movie Poster – Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros., 1999

Eyes Wide Shut is an erotic drama (quote wikipedia on that one, not me) based on Traumnovelle (Dream Story); written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick (fun Kubrick fact – he lived in a manor house incredibly close by to where I am). It was the last movie he ever worked on, making it a pivotal movie for me – I’ve watched a few Kubrick films now, and his style has changed throughout. Like other Kubrick adaptations, this film verges so far from the book it’s barely the same anymore, but significant plot points are not omitted. I find it very interesting that Kubrick hired Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise to be his main characters, these two were a married couple at the time of this film – and definitely adds to the sexual tension of the piece. Throughout, we have callbacks to it’s original setting, with the use of old Victorian buildings etc.
The narrative follows the sexually charged adventures of Bill, a medical doctor , who is shocked when Alice his wife, says she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier – which is shown in the first few moments of the movie. Bill is called away during a party, leaving his wife to the hands of another man who gets her slightly too drunk. Extremely upset Bill embarks on a crazy night, in which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an underground secret society.

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The weird mask things – Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros., 1999

One issue I always have with Kubrick’s work is how long his films are. When he was writing them it was shocking to have a movie over 2 hours long, and (according to my select button) this movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. There’s got to be a lot of this movie that’s pretty superfluous, it goes on a little bit too long. I’d have struggled to sit through it in a movie theatre/cinema that’s for sure.
I also have a real issue with Bill’s first port of call to be “cheat on wife with prostitute.” Learn to talk things out with your wife dude! You’re married with a kid! Whilst I admit that what she did was wrong, she didn’t kiss the naval officer, whereas he instigated an affair with a prostitute. At least it didn’t go further than a kiss. It makes me laugh that the way that Bill gets into one of these crazy parties is by wearing a tux with a hood and a mask, talk about weird!
The Master of Ceremonies bit is weird, the constant imagining of Alice having sex with another guy is weird – the whole movie is weird. And I think that’s it’s appeal. It’s weird, because it’s Kubrick, but at the same time it’s weirdness is alluring. I want to find out what happens in these underground sex cults, whether it’s true or not (I presume not), and it makes me want to keep watching.  I will watch any of Kubrick’s work any day, which I will finally get around to doing soon!

Eyes Wide Shut is classic Kubrick weirdness, but honestly I loved it for that. His distinct directoral stance can be seen throughout; the sex scenes reminded me a lot of A Clockwork Orange (which I also loved and thought was crazy).

Have you seen Eyes Wide Shut? Are you a fan of Kubrick? I’d love to chat about him with you all! Leave a comment down below!