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Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

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kingsmanposter_0When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the remaining Kingsmen’s journey leads them to their US counterparts, called Statesmen.

Kingsmen: The Secret Service is one of my favourite films, not just recently, but ever. I think it is simply fantastic. It was fresh, fun and brutal. I actually thought from the original trailers that I would hate it, but boy was I proven wrong. In fact, I’ve watched that film countless times and have been looking forward to this sequel ever since.

As a result I actually risked over hyping its potential to myself and perhaps as a result of this I did start getting a little concerned about the quality the second film in the franchise could produce. To be honest, I’d almost convinced myself that this film would fail horribly and be awful. It was a clear case of lowering my expectations so that I wouldn’t be too disappointed. I need not have worried, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle is a cracking film.

Now admittedly, The Golden Circle is not as good as the original, but you know what? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was not ‘quite’ as good as the original either but that does not make either of them bad films. Far from it, this second outing is a highly enjoyable romp throughout that keeps a lot of the charm whilst also going a bit more bonkers at times. The argument will be that what was once fresh, new and different is now known and expected but Kingsmen 2 delivers on those moments of similarity and doesn’t feel like a re-tread of what we’ve already seen.

In Julianne Moore we have another excellent and eccentric villain and the action is as brutal as ever. Sure, it’s a little over the top at times and often ridiculous but when you’re having fun with it, who really gives a damn? Plus it still has that brilliant, now iconic (in my opinion) camera work for the fight and action scenes. Granted nothing is likely to ever top the original church scene with Colin Firth or that bar brawl just because they were so iconic and well executed in the original.

All of the returning characters are still a lot of fun and the new additions from The Statesmen are great too. Plus there are a number of surprises as well as a hilarious cameo too.

Honestly, if you enjoyed the first film you will enjoy the second one and if you have not seen the first one. Firstly, why not? Secondly, do so. Thirdly, then go and see this film because you will also enjoy this one. It’s really that simple.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage…

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♥ Baby Groot ♥

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is really, really, really, really, really good. Hands down my favourite movie I have seen this year. It is just so much fun.

I think that Guardians 2 once again nails the ‘fun space adventure’ genre and I am actually finding it really difficult to review this film because quite frankly I can not think of anything else to say other than ‘its brilliant, go and watch it. You silly buggers why haven’t you already gone to see it?’.

The returning cast are all great, the new characters are really cool. Chris Pratt is pretty much the coolest man alive right now and Dave Bautista Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russel and Vin Diesel are all excellent too.

Vol. 2, as you’d expect, has a brilliant soundtrack and it looks incredible as well. The immense array of colours, coupled with the musical choices make everything seem so bright, wonderful and adventurous. It is really nice to see the contrast of the Guardians franchise in a world of full of ‘dark and gritty’ superhero films.

Enough gushing though butI really liked it. Can you tell?

A few nit-picks I want to mention though. Sometimes Vol. 2 does try to squeeze in too many jokes and there are a few that fall flat. Mostly it moments that do not even need a joke taking away tension or intrigue. Secondly, the musical choices worked seamlessly in the original and really added to the film. This time around ‘the gimmick’ does occasionally feel a little more forced, maybe its just that the soundtrack in the first one is especially excellent though. Finally, good lord there were a lot of cameos and new characters introduced.

As I said though, in the grand scheme of things I am just nit-picking. I loved this film and spent the entire time I was watching with a big dumb grin on my face. Guardians continues to be my favourite Marvel cinematic property by some distance. Plus, I mean…Baby Groot is just awesome right?

Verdict: Thumbs up

Review: Going In Style

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Going In Style is a heist comedy film directed by Zach Braff. Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as a trio of struggling retirees who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled.

In honesty this film was a lot better than I thought it would be. I expected it to be simply age related jokes, old people referencing sex and mobility scooter chases and… well, it was. However, I thought that those jokes were a lot funnier than I thought they would be and I spent most of my time with a smile on my face. Sure there are a few misses along the way and the film never hits its full stride or potential but it is enjoyable enough throughout. Freeman, Caine and Arkin do seem somewhat underutilised in their respective roles but I would argue that it is their presence that makes this film what it is at all. Freeman and Caine warm your heart no matter what they do these days and Arkin is perfect at playing a grumpy old sod.

No it is not the best film ever made; yes it has its faults but the world needs casual feel good films like this to keep on ticking over. It has its moments and is keeps you entertained for 90 minutes. If you watch this film in the right mood, you will enjoy it. Simple as that.

Youtuber Thomas ‘Tom Ska’ Ridgewell described the film as a perfect plane movie and I would have to agree with him. It is an enjoyable inoffensive ride, with a few laughs and makes for pleasant viewing. Personally though, I think it is slightly more than that. If you’re looking to spend a casual night in with an easy watch, I would recommend this movie too.

Overall Going In Style is worth a watch if you do not fancy anything too taxing.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

Passengers (Movie Review)

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Travelling through space to the colony planet, Homestead II, two passengers awaken from induced hibernation when their ship malfunctions… 90 years too soon. Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) are left to face the reality of living rest of their lives on board with only bartender android Author (Martin Sheen) for company. They soon realise that the ship is in grave danger and with the lives of over 5,000 sleeping passengers and crew at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

Well, this film was a lot better than I expected!

I’m not sure why, but the entire vibe I got from the trailers kind of put me off. I think it might mostly stem from the fact that I’m not Jennifer Lawrence’s biggest fan, that’s right I’m still salty about her refusing to wear the make up for Mystique enough in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Another reason might be that the vibe the trailer gives off, isn’t necessarily the same one the film itself has. If you’re expecting the film to be space disaster flick and nothing more, like the trailers suggest then you might be disappointed. Or like me, pleasantly surprised. I mean sure the final third is them trying to save the ship, but the rest of the movie is a character driven story and I really enjoyed it.

There’s a big moral dilemma at the centre of this film, that isn’t even hinted at in the advertising campaign. Yet it makes the entire film so much more interesting. I do wish that they’d delved slightly deeper with the whole thing both before and after ‘the decision’. I think they could have gone for something really tense and complex. Even if it was just showing me more of how lonely the characters were. In the end though Passengers is still for the most part a romance story, in space, and everything get’s swept under the rug when push comes to shove.

The film is also absolutely gorgeous. Everything about it is so crisp and the exterior shots are fantastic. The sound track is great too, subtle but atmospheric.

I thought that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt did really well here. They had an excellent chemistry between each other and are a very stable foundation for the film. The star of the show though is Martin Sheen, the aforementioned android bartender. He is simply brilliant and steals, I’m not joking, every scene he is in. It was great.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone, it’s really quite good.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

The Accountant [Film Review]

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The Accountant is one of those films I went into not knowing what to expect. Normally I can go in with a preconceived expectation based on my opinions of the trailer. For example I can go into a movie thinking that I’ll probably enjoy it or maybe even that I’ll hate it. Then it’s up to the film to prove me wrong either way. However for The Accountant, for lack of a better term, I was numb to it.

It didn’t look like something I would necessarily hate but it also didn’t look like something I’d love. I was actually going to skip this one entirely until a friend asked me to go and see it with him. I get the impression, that I’m not alone in getting this vibe from this movie. So if you were like me and unsure about it, then this review is for you.

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Doctor Strange [Review]

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doctor_strange_posterThe life of talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) changes after a car accident. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. He must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.


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The Nice Guys (Film Review)

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In 1977 Los Angeles fate turns the unlikely pair of Holland March (Ryan Gosling) a down-on-his-luck private eye and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer, who hurts people for a living, into partners. They are looking for a young woman named Amelia who has mysteriously disappearedTheir investigation takes them to dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.

Wow, what a lot of fun The Nice Guys is. Heck of a film, highly recommend it. It’s funny, charming and a tad violent. The characters of Healy and March are both disastrous in their own ways and balance out perfectly. They’re great characters and Crowe and Gosling are in fine form. I’m a big fan of both in general and this film is a great showcase for why. Personally I think Angourie Rice, who plays March’s daughter steals every scene she’s is in. It’s so common for me to criticise younger actors but you wont get any of that for her. She’s excellent.

The film might be slightly too long in honesty, but the film has a lot it wants and needs to tie up before the end so I can appreciate that.

Overall The Nice Guys is an excellent film, full of fun characters, good performances and twists.

Verdict: Thumbs Up