Thursday, 27 June 2013
This movie however - doesn't tick all of the regular boxes and I'm finding it hard to understand why he was cast for the role.
Johnson plays a successful business owner of a construction firm, with a new wife and daughter and an pretty impressive homestead he has left behind an ex-wife an son that appear to not have been too fortunate. In a daft turn of events, his son agrees to accept a package of drugs from a so called friend and before you know it the D.E.A have stormed the house and arrested the kid for possession with the intent to supply after being grassed up by his 'so called' pal to bid to reduce his own sentence by playing Snitch.
This is where I thought The Rock would come into his own - busting out the biceps to wreak some damage to bad guys but he is every bit as much as out of his depth doing this as he would be partaking in the royal ballet!
For a billed 'action' movie the 12a cert should have given the game away and to be honest, there is very little action to actually speak off. The story is quite ploddy and long winded and The Rock actually gets a kicking rather than dish one out.
Had Dwayne of kicked right off and started cracking skulls I could have seen the link but to be honest, Steve martin could have done just as good a job.
Only go to this if you have already seen Man of Steel and WWZ, if not - both of these other movies leave Snitch well and truly standing.
Monday, 24 June 2013
Who ever came up with the notion that zombies would plod around aimlessly, leaving you plenty of time to escape a locked in loo let alone a country obviously hadn't discussed the notion with Brad Pitt as these bad boys (and girls) come at you like a Tsunami rather than a 'non' energised bunny to the point that within 10 seconds of being chomped on you're part of the clan and swept up in a constant, hunger fuelled rampage the only ends when the blood literally runs out.
Well - that's what you get with this movie - and its truly awesome.
The whole cast is fantastic - from Brad Pitt himself right down to Pater Capaldi (BBC's The Thick of it) and everyone else in between. To highlight a few, there is Pitt's family (wife and daughters) who are awesome, his U.N boss who plays the protector and guardian angel and the reasons for the family's survival in the first place and the W.H.O Dr's (I haven't got it the wrong way round - World Health Organisation) who 'man up' exactly when needed to assist Pitt. Finally - my favourite were the Marine squadron who assist in the plane refuelling with a real "Hoo-Ra!" attitude that rounds off the stand out cast.
This has 'action' written all over it with awesome special effects and the falling of Fortified Israel (you'll understand) is one of the most awe inspiring visualisations of mass CGI Mapping you will ever see. I cant fault it - from the first 10 minutes the action starts and its finale which is more edge of the seat anticipation than actual Zombie rampage finishes it all off perfectly.
Sunday, 23 June 2013
With Man of Steel - we go right back to the beginning - as with the original Superman movie, we see the Baby Kal-el in his fathers arms in the midst of Krypton's destruction. There is far more involvement as well between Kal's dad Jor-El ad Zod - the military leader of the home world who's standing up against the Krypton government in its dying hours.
Even better - it only takes about 40 minutes until we see the suit adorned for the first time and as with Batman - its a far darker suit, very distant from the 'man in sparkly tights' from all those decades ago.
Henry Cavill - well, there is no geeky journalist approach to this Clarke here, until the end at least and for the mad fan base out there - this movie ends with a truly fantastic opening to absolutely anything they want it too.
Well, luckily - the relationship between them in the movie is close to written off anyway which helps, minimising the element of gushing parent to perfect child - Will is the military commander, barely home enough to raise his own offspring and Jaden - determined to prove to everyone he is every bit his fathers son - with little acknowledgement back in return.
The movie is set way in the future - a Millennium after the human race was forced to leave Earth due to finally exhausting the planet for all its worth. On an exploratory mission that goes bad - Will & Jaden find themselves crash landed on an abandoned alien world - as the only two survivors and with Cypher (Will) injured - it falls to Kitai (Jaden) to trek across a dangerous and unknown territory to the rest of the wreckage to collect the homing beacon that will bring the rescue ships in to pick them both up. That world - Earth. But now, everything has evolved to kill humans (even the cute monkeys!) so good luck with that!
This will not go down in my mind as the greatest movie Will has ever made but with so many success stories under his belt already - he's allowed one or two flops a decade - and on the flip side - this still makes Wild Wild West look awful!
His previous outings in Meet the Parents and subsequent sequels definitely place him better as Mob Bad guys that laughable dad's and although he is loved my many in these roles, for me it just bordered on cringe worthy.
The other thing is don't think that this comedy - The big Wedding is kiddie friendly - although the 15 certificate gives this away its the language that should keep fun loving parents kids far away as De Niro dropping a "C" bomb in polite conversation is only part of the barrage of curses bestowed upon the audience which for some may be too much but for me - were the saving grace of this movie.
Throw into the mix De Niro's long time girlfriend (Sarandon) who now has to dumb down her role as Step-parent to the kids, and as one time best friend to De Niro's wife (I am sure you can imagine what happened there) you can only presume that their long standing feud could reach fever pitch. Then there are the other two grown up kids (Heigl & Grace) offering their humorous quips that "it'll never work" and you end up with a very grown up affair.
I shouldn't moan too much - there were certainly plenty of laugh out loud moments and De Niro as the wealthy sculptor / swear box husband certainly out does his performances of other comedies he's been in. Sarandon steal the show as the adulteress and sexy girlfriend - offering a slightly bitter approach to being side-lined as after all - she has raised Alejandro (Barnes) from a child / teenager.
Wrap all of this up and there is enough story and sub plot to make quite an amusing flick - and although the leading role falls to De Niro himself - there is plenty else going on to distract you from the fact that when all is said and done - comedies still aren't his strong point. Everyone else however (mainly Sarandon & Heigl) are Brilliant.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Half Term animated joy this year comes in the form of Epic. A well casted story telling the tale of a world in miniature, playing out battles between good and evil all throughout the forest. Almost invisible to the human eye, it takes the belief of one man, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis) to devote his life to finding these mystical beings, albeit losing his wife and daughter in the process, but when Bomba's daugher, MK (Amanda Seyfried) comes to visit and gets magically shrunken into the world of the Leaf Men its the belief of her father and the determination of MK to get back home that ensure a happy ending for all.
The 3D animation in this is by no means poor - the depth of field and the feel of the forest really make you believe you could fly on Humming birds or hide out in worm holes but its the high calibre of voices for me that stand this movie out above others.
The story itself - well, that was the dull bit. Saving the forest from Mandrake (Waltz), hell bent on turning the lush greenness into darkness and rot, its down to the army of Leaf Men, led by Ronin (Farrell) and his unwilling soldier of a son, Nod (Hutchinson) to bring them down all under the watchful guidance of Queen Tara (Beyoncé) and with the help of new forest recruit MK (Seyfried).
This story is told from the perspective of Wall Street newbie Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who moves into a quaint little groundsman cottage just next to the sprawling mansion of Jay Gatsby (Leo DiCaprio), a wealthy American gent living it up in the Roaring 20's.
Carraway's cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) lives just across the bay, opposite Gatsby's pad with wealthy partner Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) who is a bit of a modern day 'lad' with his mistress Myrtle (Isla Fisher) as his bit on the side and that's most of the main cast covered, albeit for the very suave and sexy best pal of Daisy's, Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) who acts as an initial liaison between Carraway and Gatsby in the opening scenes.
The love story element is that of Gatsby & Daisy with a back story 5 years earlier making an appearance as the already once lovers and the reasons for Gatsby's relocation to the house on the other side of the bay and the lavish nightly parties? Well, A ruse to gain the interest of Daisy all over again and with Carraway being her cousin, its only a matter of time until the two are reintroduced and try once more to carry on from where once they left off.
There are definitely two parts to this movie - the 1st half has a distinctive light hearted, slightly comedic party feel to it, peaking with the introduction of Gatsby and Daisy to one another in a hilarious turn of events that's sees our leading man return to almost an childlike attitude towards meeting girls
either way - both parts are seamless and crafted magnificently. I wasn't sure if this would be my kind of movie as I'm not a huge fan of Maguire in pretty much anything but luckily - the rest of the cast totally overshadow him, with Isla fisher and DiCaprio producing stand out performances.