I'm 19, studied Double BTEC Media Film and TV for two years and I am a big movie fan. I do love a good old classic but to be perfectly honest modern movies are more my thing. I am a sucker for huge assemble casts, gigantic blockbusters with special effects and I love 3D. I would love to work in the movie industry, screenwriting or directing is my dream job. For now I'm working wherever until I start film school in 2014. I tend to love movies others hate, and hate movies others love, I'm not lenient I'm just easily impressed and I don't heavily analyse whilst watching a movie, my thoughts come after. Plus when I buy Blu-Ray my replay value is insane, I make my money go far, one watch is worthless, hence my profile name.
The last time Bruce Willis was in Moscow he was in another sequel that was bland, and just like A Good Day To Die Hard, Red 2 is quite bland. The writing is weaker and the characters are less interesting than before, and yet again Willis phones it in now and again but it's not his worst performance. What also bothered me was the development of characters, just because they were strong the first time round doesn't mean you can't develop them more, it certainly seems like the writers have skimped out on that. As much as I love Mary Louise Parker her character in this second instalment feels underwritten, she's like a loose part waltzing behind Moses and Marvin although she does do her best with the material delivering some big laughs and looking good. Catherine Zeta Jones over does it but nonetheless you can tell she is having a lot of fun and that fun is passed onto you, but it's easy to say Helen Mirren is the gold star in this movie, she is witty, smart and whenever she appears the movie feels stronger all of a sudden, same goes to Anthony Hopkins who plays a great nutcase. Red 2 shares flaws and positives, the positives being the light hearted nature and some of the cast's performance, plus the action is silly but fun, but the flaws are the forgettable story, rubbish bad guys and an overly long run time. If you enjoyed the first movie you will like this but you'll notice the step down in quality, especially in the editing as it's loose, clunky and the dialogue plays out when lips aren't moving, all proving rather distracting.
Totally worth watching for the amusing banter and insults between it's two immensely likeable stars, 2 Guns is purely driven by Wahlberg and Washington, whereas as every other aspect seems to fall behind a little. It's got plenty of interesting bad guys, although they aren't exactly terrifying or sinister, all three of them use different tactics to get the money from threats and torture, and thrown into the mix is the beautiful and feisty Paula Patton who is rather underused but she does her best with her part. The story is quite engrossing, the real good part of the narrative was the fact that Stig and Bobby were undercover against each other but when all the betrayals and double crossings set in the plot can get quite convoluted but it is still easy to follow. Director Baltasar Kormakur's latest movie offers a barrage of exciting heist scenes, jaw dropping slow motion action shots and one hell of a finale that's worth the wait just to see the two leads walk away from an exploding car that rains money.
Featuring hands down the best action set piece of the year, The Desolation Of Smaug is a darker, bigger, bloodier and scarier sequel, and that's just how I like it. The quest continues to recover the city of Erebor, and reclaim it from the ferocious dragon Smaug whose enormity and mighty power threatens Middle Earth.
The cast are wonderful, even better than last time as their characters develop and more is at stake, meaning the dwarves and Bilbo band closer together, but it's fair to say that the film really picks up when the dynamite duo Tauriel and Legolas appear, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lily are tremendous, bringing some serious power to the action sequences and kicking some Orc ass with extreme style. Peter Jackson's direction is masterful, everything is seamless, from integrating his large cast into beautiful landscapes, and the action sequences are nothing short of breathtaking. The spider filled forest will have you shivering as the enormous beasties crawl all over the screen, and the moment Tauriel appears you know she means business as her fighting skills are one of a kind, Evangeline Lily is beautiful and a fantastic addition. If anything, the best moment of this wonderful sequel is the river sequence in which all the dwarves escape down a flowing river in wine barrels, as Orcs and Wood-Elves fight alongside, it is like you are genuinely on a roller coaster ride, the motion effects are tremendous and the way the characters use insane tactics and skills to fight will leave you absolutely jaw dropped, this is a wild ride that never lets up.
What I really loved was the build up and tension that Jackson creates when Biblo enters Erebor and tries to avoid waking Smaug, a giant dragon who sleeps amongst the gold. The moment the golden coins fall to reveal Smaug's eyes I froze, and when he woke the whole cinema paused, then Benedict Cumberbatch's superb voice rumbled the whole theatre, it was a cinematic event to remember, what a way to end a spectacular movie with a stealth like feel and plenty of fiery action, and a cliffhanger that is far more memorable than the last. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is a stupendous movie that knocks the first out of the water, the 3D is improved with immersive depth and plenty of reactionary pop out effects that hit hard, this film is a beauty to look at.
Mark Wahlberg has been doing some great movies lately, from The Fighter, Ted and The Other Guys, his performances are solid and he's a very funny guy but Shooter reveals a whole different side to him, a poor side. His line delivery in this movie is stilted, he mumbles every piece of dialogue and when he explains the way the mind of a sniper works it's dreadfully boring and his tone is on drone setting. He is emotionless, not expressing any feeling or urgency, just waltzing around city to city doing nothing to elevate the generic story of a shooter double crossed and framed for a crime. The only quality aspect of this dull movie is director Antoine Fuqua's master ability of stirring tension and constructing action sequences incredibly well, and in Shooter he does exactly that, all action sequences are entertaining and shot very well in this film, packed with tremendously gigantic explosions that erupt with force, and when people are shot and others fight you know who is who and what's going on. The same can't be said for everything else here, I'm an action junkie but I do expect strong performances and an intriguing story every now and then, Shooter doesn't have this.
Personally I prefer comedy that aims for big laughs, offers shocking set pieces where characters get into awkward situations performed by big ensemble casts. In Bruges is the total opposite but bloody hell it's funny. Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell can say anything and it's funny, even simple lines like "turn the fucking light off" will make you chuckle.
Two hit men are asked to lay low by their aggressive crime boss in Belgium, Bruges. Ken is very content and happy to sight see and explore the history of the city, whereas Ray wants excitement and adventure, so he sets off and finds adventure in the form of dwarves, prostitutes, excessive drinking and a film crew. From a technical point of view, In Bruges is very well shot, it's picturesque and well thought out, and the calming piano soundtrack works well with all dialogue scenes and even simple tracking shots of the city. There's a lot of banter, mumbling, insulting, arguing and clashing opinions, sometimes it gets exhausting altogether but there's no denying that Farrell and Gleeson are a dynamite duo, and sticking their two different personalities together makes for some cracking comedy.
Considering the two characters are hit men, there is a lot of regret and suffering, whereas most movie hit men just get over their kills and live on, and I like that difference, it's refreshing. There are also some shocking moments, where he kills the priest and child the tone switches instantly, which is good showing that this movie isn't just aiming for laughs but aims to make us think. When writer Martin McDonagh does go for laughs his writing is sharp and extremely witty, you'll notice it most when Ray has the argument about the smoking section and the Vietnamese with another diner ending up in a punch-up.
I'm glad I watched In Bruges, almost four years since my first viewing and it's still very entertaining, albeit a bit slow but always smart and superbly acted. Next up for me to watch is McDonagh's latest dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, let's see if that holds up to this one, or even surpass it.