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Wow. Christpher Nolan, ladies and gentlemen. A round of applause please. At this point, everyone should know who this guy is and his reputation. With movies like Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy under his belt, he's made his mark on hollywood. But with greatness, comes great criticism and expectations. And as such, every endeavor that he embarks upon becomes more and more difficult as expectations become sky rocketed. Once again however, Nolan manages to blow away with his movie Interstellar, showcasing once again that movies are evolving and that thinking outisde the box and not being limited by a sense of realism and embracing imagination can make a great movie.
The thing about it is, as with most of his movies, the plot is so intricately woven into the movie, to discuss, at any point or in any way, can lead to spoilers and it would be a disservice to you to do that. So while this may make this review a bit difficult, I'll try my best to be as vague as possible, and as objective. In a nutshell, Interstellar's about a guy travelling into outer space for a reason as mankind is suffering from extinction. That is literally all I can tell you without spoiling anything. Before going to this movie, it's important that you need to be able to open your mind; and use your imagination. The plot is science heavy and involves a lot of 'what ifs' with themes like space travel and gravity. It's obvious that Nolan did his homework, but make no mistake; this is a science fiction movie and as such, there'll reach a point in the movie where you'll either say 'I don't think this makes sense' or 'this is ridiculous'. The important thing is to let your imagination loose and sit down and enjoy the ride.
There are a lot of plot twists and revevlations as the movie goes along, because its not like any of his movies are ever simple. Some are predictable but most will genuinely surprise you. The plot is in no way predictable however, even if you've seen the trailers. I, myself, had not seen any trailers and as such walked into the movie not knowing what to expect and am so glad I did. It goes in one direction and is linear in a way but as the movie progresses it starts to open up. Granted that when it starts to open up a bit too much is when the problems start happening but I'll get to that later. The movie is tense for most of its run time of 3 hours and 10 minutes, with an initial slow start, but that's required to set up the story. Its never boring nor does it distract you at all; it's like he knew what audiences expected with regards to the plot and decided to give it to them.
As there are a lot of expectations of Nolan, there are also a lot of expectations for Matthew McConaughey as this is his first movie after the award winning Dallas buyers Dallas. And as usual, Nolan picks wisely. Matthew is THE actor meant to play the role of the character Cooper. Not just Matthew, but almost every single character in this movie is played inccredibly well by their respective actor with a special shout out, as always, to Michael Caine, who just shatters hearts every time he's on screen, just like he did as Alfred in the Dark Knight trilogy. The performances are great and they're coupled with a great script, while though cheesy at times, have some humour as well.
The special effects were gorgeous, but that comes with the territory of a "Nolan" movie. Gorgeous shots of earth, other galaxies, solar systems, black holes. The directing and the cinematography are one of a kind. It's similar to gravity but while gravity had actual shots of real time space, which in itself is impressive, its also the reason why it took 10-12 years to make. Nolan uses CGI but does it so well that he makes your imagination a reality. How do you think a black hole really looks? He shows you in this movie. I'm still sitting here remembering how gorgeous it is and I'm still in awe. This is definitely a movie you NEED to see in Cinema. It would be an injustice for you to watch this (legally *cough*) on your laptop or on DVD or blu-ray whenever it comes out. Christopher Nolan has been known to redefine the cinematic experience and once again, he has.
I can't finish this review without mentioning the soundtrack; once again, Hans Zimmer just demolishes all other movie soundtracks. He manages to capture every rise, every fall, every tense scene, every emotional scene with just the right music which swells and dims with perfect timing. By now, the man's practically perfected movie soundtracks and should be listing his services out to hollywood on a whole.
Now the movie's plot is great, not to mention ambitious; and its a clear reflecction of not only christopher nolan's vision but his imagination. It's grounded on realism till a point where they really go out there. When it starts to branch out at this point, plot holes start forming. Not only that, but some of the characters go through some drastic changes that aren't really highlighted, probably due to time skips, which in their defense, is not entirely their fault. It tends to fall apart a bit but manages to keep standing till the end. The ending is a bit hollywood-y but still manages to have the christopher nolan flare. That last 45 minutes? Best you bring a condom because its going to eff your brain up good. The only other complaints I have are that sometimes the music was a bit too loud but that may have been due to the theatre I was in and that some of the secondary characters felt like they were just thrown in there because we needed to have 'this' role and 'that' role.
So in conclusion; should you see this movie? Yes. Yes you should. It's heavily sci-fi based so I imagine that it may not be for everyone. But give it a chance; you may never know if you like it. Nolan and sci-fi fans? Stop reading this review right now and go see it. You owe it to yourself. A great plot coupled with some of the most gorgeous cinematography I've ever seen and music that'll make you feel like things like you never have, well, if you've never seen a Nolan movie before, Interstellar delivers on everything Nolan promised. though it may fall apart slightly in the final act, this can be looked past as the movie just gets so much done right. Astonishing, Nolan. Look forward to your next masterpiece. 9.5/10
Garden state was one of the best movies I've ever had the joy of watching, minus the ending. It was Zach Braff's directional debut and that was almost 10 years ago. Now he got a kickstarter for his new movie 'Wish I was here'. Is it any good and was it worth the wait? Yes and no.
The thing about Braff is that he has a tendency to make movies about life while involving his own original splicing of script. The movie's about a dad who's trying to get closer to his kids going through problems in his family coupled with the diagnosis of cancer to his father. There are a lot of familial and relatable issues surrounding the movie, and this is where Braff shines. He's got a way of bringing out the most tear-jerking of scenes in movies and he does this expertly in this one. The movie's got a lot of heart, too much at times.
The plot is all over the place and to be honest, the movie just felt like a stringing together of heartfelt scenes for the 2 hour run time. I mean, sure you get the feels, but you don't really know why you are. There are some people who can be okay with this and just love the movie for what it is, but there are others like me, who see the potential of what could have been, and become disappointed that he decided to play it safe. Braff has covered all of these themes already in his previous movies; he never really steps out and tries to do anything different. I am of course, comparing this to his previous movies. With respect to movies in general, its got some unique qualities; from his vivid imagination, to the random amount of Jewish jokes. Go figure.
The movie's pace is slow and by the time you reach the halfway point, there are so many heartfelt scenes that you become exhausted. There's only so much emotion you can put in a movie; you need to balance it out with other factors like action or plot. The cast is solid though; with Hudson playing an amazing wife and Thudium as an amaing father. I've never seen him in anything actually. The kids also were well portrayed and they brought a sense of innocence to an already dark movie. Something as simple and him teaching his daughter to swim; there's just something so enjoyable in that. Other characters were of convenience; they needed a prodigal son for the climax return and they needed to create a work scenario for Hudson to have some kind of impact on the story.
I cannot review this movie without mentioning the soundtrack. Like all his movies or movies of this genre, I was just blown away by the originality and appropriateness of the music. I especially loved that Coldplay created an original song called 'Wish I was here'. The thing I loved is that they played that song at the most random of times; they didn't play it when something big happened or at the end; the played it when he was talking to his kids and spending time with his family. It helped to reinforce Braff's type of themes; all of which involves having feels.
Truth is, while disappointing that he played it safe and that the plot was all over the place at times and its a slow paced movie, it was still a good one. Fans of this type of movie will love it; fans of Zach Braff probably helped the kickstarter by donating cash. All in all, a good movie. 7/10
There are many movies, especially comedy movies, that sacrifice a good plot in order to create a scenario. Sometimes the plot is so ridiculous that it becomes part of the humour; for example, in 'This is the end.' I thought that was the strangest movie I have ever seen but World's end is, by a long shot, the weirdest movie I have ever seen. This is good and bad; good in the sense that it's got some original material which I can praise; bad in the sense that sometimes there are scenes and jokes that are completely irrelevant or out of timing with what's going on screen, which can break the comedic buildup.
If I tried to explain this plot to you, I'd sound ridiculous. Although granted you can see it from the trailer, so you can just go watch it there. All I can say is that its a bunch of friends who go on a journey full of drinking around england. It's been done before and in that sense, there's no real new things brought to the table by the movie; but the script is good at times and this is helped by the chemistry of the actors as well as the characters.
A lot of the jokes are fast, which is to be expected of english humour. Some may like this, others may not. This also causes jokes to fall flat a lot of times because its a frequently used device in the comedic routine. The plot may not be predictable, but the characters are in a sense, which leads to some level of disappointment as I feel they kept very stereotypical characters and as such, couldn't allow them to branch out. There's the married guy that can't do anything; the single guy who wants to sleep with everything with a pulse, the guy who's got a romantic crush on someone in the group; you get the picture. Thing about it is, if you love Simon Pegg movies, you're going to love this one.
There are a lot of times its actually funny and will have you saying 'wtf' out loud. It's also recommended that you watch it with a group of friends who have similar comedic taste as you'll enjoy it more, especially if its a guys' lime movie. Still, recommended as a rental. As the finale in the Pegg trilogy, it's a good sendoff. 6.5/10
Let's be cops is a generic comedy that is saved by the chemistry of its two main actors; Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. They've had chemistry as friends since they're already on the New Girl, which is a show I enjoy and it was nice to see their chemistry come out on the big screen. Interestingly enough, they played almost the exact same characters; this could be construed to some as playing it safe but it can also be viewed as playing to their strengths. They type of comedy is immature combined with talking really fast coupled with wit. It's not for everyone but for people who are accustomed to their type of humour, will enjoy this movie.
It tells the tale of two guys who are at points in their life where they don't know where they are going; so to spice things up, they decide to become cops for halloween which goes awry when they end up getting involved in a drug bust. It's not the most riveting or sensible of plots but its just barely enough to push the movie forward. I saw this because you wouldn't watch this type of movie for plot but for the comedy, and on that, it delivers, a good amount of times.
Sometimes the jokes really hit home and its backed up and made so much better by their chemistry but there are other times they fall flat. It'll bring out the kid in you though, especially if you ever wondered what being a cop is like as the movie covers all the parts of being one. Characters were not very interesting and they randomly manage to have andy garcia make a cameo. He was too serious for the film and to be honest, his parts weren't very good. Nina Dobrev, I'm convinced, can never not look hot; Christ.
The thing about it is that you'll either like it a lot or you won't be interested. It's generic in the sense that all the types of jokes have been done before and that the plot is terrible and predictable and in movies like this, sometimes they confuse themes of comedy and darkness which tends to dampen the humour; this unfortunately happened. Still, worth a rental. I had a good few laughs, but that's because maybe i'm slightly biased to Damon and Jake's type of humour. 6/10
We all worry about sequels to good movies. Sometimes franchises should be left at the first entry; and a lot of times, sequels capitalize on the success of the first movie and ride the coat tails of said success. However, once in a while, sequels can actually be great; evevn better than the original. In this case, luckily, How to train your dragon 2 is in a lot of ways, better than the original.
Before even getting into the plot, let me just start off by saying this movie is incredibly gorgeous and I regret not seeing it in cinema. The animations are some of the best and most realistic I've ever seen and the vast world that is to be discovered is beautiful. It's so good that there's a scene where Toothless imitates Hiccup and it looks so real that you can't help but laugh. Despite the imaginitive aspect of the movie, they ground it in realism to a point with expressions and the plot
Now getting into the plot, it starts off mundane and its predictable, but there are a plot twist here and there to keep it interesting and push the movie forward but the plot's enriched by some stellar voice performances by the main cast. With an incredibly well written and witty script along with some great humour, it's an all round good movie. The intended audience is a bit vague as some of the scenes are very dark and speak of death and killing so i'm not sure if they were trying to only aim for children. There's something for everyone though; with mature themes of responsibility, family, and finding one's purprose. This of course is helped by the fact that the movie has got a lot of heart.
Toothless, once again, makes the movie. He's funny, original, and carries the movie in terms of both main and supporting cast. As such, it is recommended that you see this movie. It was enjoyable, gorgeous, with a lot of great themes. 9/10