Monthly Archives: August 2014
The Inbetweeners 2 – Movie Review
Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Plot: Neil, Will and Simon receive an invite from Jay to join him in Australia whilst on his gap year, who promises them it’s ”the sex capital of the world”. With their lives now rather dull compared to their hedonistic school days and legendary lads holiday, it’s an offer they can’t refuse. Once again, they put growing up temporarily on-hold, and embark on a backpacking holiday of a lifetime in an awful car, inspired by Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’. Will soon finds himself battling with the lads to do something cultural, whilst they focus their attention on drinking, girls, and annoying fellow travelers.
My Tagline: The eternal quest of teenage boys… To get laid.
My Review: The films starts with Will, Simon & Neil stuck at home in jolly ol’ England, while Jay is living it up in Australia as a DJ “DJ Big Penis”, and scoring with a different Aussie girl every night (Or so he proclaims to his mates).
So what are three hapless guys to do when their best mate has all the “sheilas” and all the fun? Go Downunder of course! When they find their mate, however, they discover that he is not the DJ he boasted to be, but working in the nightclub toilet.
Will happens to meet an old flame, and the lads are dragged off the Byron Bay with Will’s only focus to hook up with his lost flame, Katie, who is a very free-spirited young woman indeed 🙂
There were quite a lot of Aussie stereotyping in this film that was absolutely hilarious (the randy Aussie girls did remind me of my own escapades in my younger years 🙂 )
The Inbetweeners 2 certainly had it moments of laughter, and some scenes that were outright disgusting. Apart from the waterpark scene (which wasn’t necessary), I did get a few laughs from this, and would recommend to anyone who wants to veg out and be entertained by a troupe of loveless saps for 90 minutes.
Verdict: Surf, Tons of Sun, and… Aussie Girls 🙂
My Rating: 7 out of 10.
Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Plot: An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
Review: For the most part, this film was hard to follow. On one hand you have an aging actress (Robin Wright playing herself) who has made quite a number of bad choices in life, and now in her 40’s, she finds that she has very little options left, especially in acting. While she may have the talent and experience, the ones who “rule the movie industry” want fresh, youthful actresses.
With little choices she has, she is given one option. Sign away her image to a film studio for them to “avatar” her likeness to be in any film they want her to be in. The catch? She herself needs to vanish from existence (so to speak). Acting is her passion, so giving up her image to be in films she otherwise would abhor, Robin makes the decision to give up the life of her alter-ego and live a somewhat normal life.
That is until 20 years later. We see her arrive at the entrance of Miramount studios (in the middle of the desert, mind you), where she takes a hallucinogen drug, and thus starts her 20-odd year journey as an animated character of herself.
The film had some interesting concepts, but the whole “reality meets cartoon land” has been done many times before “Cool World”, “Roger Rabbit”).
There were a few things which didn’t line up in this movie (such as when the film starts, she is 40-something, then 20 years pass before she returns to the studio. She spends another 20 years living as a cartoon character, then she decides to get it on with the avatar version of a guy who has been obsessed with her for 20 years (animated granny porn). When she decides to rejoin the real world, she looks no older than a woman in her 60’s.)
The film was interesting to a point. It wont win any awards, and as weird as I found the “this drug will make you trip out for a few decades” (that is one strong drug), the film itself did present a concept that may not be as far fetched as one may think. With technology advancing so rapidly, how long will it be until human actors are replaced with CGI perfect likenesses of themselves?
Think about that for a moment or two, while I drift off and imagine that I am a cartoon character living in Homer’s version of The Land of Chocolate 🙂
My Rating: 6.8
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Plot: A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
Tagline: Don’t believe the fairytale
My Tagline: You got that right!
Review: Maleficent. A name that stirs dread and fear. The self-proclaimed Mistress Of All Evil. In the 1959 original version, the stage is set with Maleficent placing a curse on Aurora so that before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. This curse is weakened by Merryweather, who reduces it to an eternal sleep and the curse can be broken by the first kiss from her true love (Prince Phillip).
That is about as far as to the original story this film was. In this adaptation, Maleficent is downgraded to a fairy who was scorned by her own “true love” (King Stefan), who betrayed her twice (Once when he is a teenager, the second when he’s an adult and he gets her drunk then cuts off her wings).
Maleficent is woman scorned. Fueled by jealousy and bitterness, she sets out to destroy King Stefan by doing the only thing she can…. Sealing herself off from the outside world with a wall of thorns, then later decides to rock up at the Christening of King Stefan’s daughter, Aurora. Hmmmm.
In the original tale, Maleficent could not find the young princess. In this version.. If you guessed what I am going to say, then you score extra brownie points… Yep, Maleficent manages to find Aurora in under 5 minutes flat, and then, for the next 16 years, she “watches” over her, to the point of becoming her motherly-figure. (how sweet)
Maleficent, in her own way, discovers that she has a shred of humanity, and regrets the curse she placed on the girl, and try as she may, she cannot lift the curse (but hang on, if she put the curse on to begin with, shouldn’t she be able to remove it just as easily?).
True Love’s Kiss scene. (SPOILERS). The young Prince Phillip kisses Aurora, and voila!….. Nothing happens…. (oops!) Maybe he wasn’t Aurora’s first love after all! (Going by how they briefly meet in an earlier scene, I’m not surprised).
The film, for the grand fee of close to $200 Million, was good to the point of the special effects. But the storyline was very different than the original version. I can understand the fact that movies sometimes need to be remade to fit the “new idealisms” of the modern thinking, and to be P.C., but when you take a timeless villain and downgrade her so that she’s nothing more than a spiteful individual, then that’s when you loose the plot.
The acting by Jolie, Fanning and Copley were good, but not spectacular, and I did expect more from this.
Just a few spoilers.
Does she teleport? No
Does she transform into a dragon? Sadly not.
Is she Evil? Yeah… right….
If you like the Disney classics, then go watch the original, then you can compare that to this version.
Verdict: Oh Maleficent. Your maternal instincts just shine and make you “mother of the millennium”!
My Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (Mostly for the SPX, and the characters borrowed from LOTR and Labyrinth (David Bowie version))
Stars: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Plot: An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.
Review: On a routine flight from Orlando to Atlanta, something goes wrong with the plane and it begins to fly erratically. With little choice, the pilot (Whip Whitaker – played by Denzel Washington) must crash land in order to save the passengers onboard.
When he comes to in the hospital, he soon finds out that all but 6 of the crew and passengers survived the crash, thanks to his daring flight maneuvers. However, rather being heralded as the hero he was, his life comes under scrutiny, as it is revealed that Whip has a drug and alcohol dependency.
A strong film with a great cast, that focuses on just how much destruction drugs and alcohol can have on a person, and just when you think that Whip gets his act together, he again falls by the way-side and drinks to the point of being unbearable to everyone around him. The only hope that he has, of walking away from the investigation, is to clean himself up and remain sober.
“Flight” is a powerful, dark film that is is about a man who has fallen into his own darkness and how salvation comes in the most unexpected form.
Denzel Washington is, without a doubt, in my Top 5 List of best actors of the modern era, and in this film he shows that once again his performance is powerful and moving.
Verdict: Flying is still the safest way to travel 🙂
My Rating: 9 out of 10