Monday, April 9, 2018

Movie review of A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place - 8.5/10
Directed by John Krasinski

I remember watching the teaser trailer for this quite some time back and thought to myself that this might just be something interesting. And indeed it was, when I watched it last week. A Quiet Place completely took me by surprise. It is definitely one of my top movies for this year. Everything was pretty much perfect. A fantastic screenplay with a great cast would always make a compelling movie and A Quiet Place is no exception.

Casting was great. When you only need a handful of actors for the movie, choosing a good actor with chemistry is important. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt who are real life couples fitted perfectly. John Krasinski is the director as well. But the ones who stole the show to me are the kids, Noah Jupe and Milicent Simmonds. For a movie that has very little script, the actors have to really heavily on facial expressions to tell the story and everyone did that. John Krasinski of "Office" fame has that look, that can change from happy to sad. Emily Blunt to me always had that tortured tired look, like what she did in "Sicario". But to me the kids were the best. Noah Jupe had that really scared shitless expression, I kinda felt sorry for the fella. Milicent Simmonds who is really deaf in real life, was the one for me. There was a brief period in the movie where I was furious with her. When someone who can make me hate a character easily, is definitely a good actor. And for Milicent, she does it all with facial expressions. Absolutely brilliant.

The whole experience watching A quiet Place is intense as fuck from the get go. You will be gripping to someone or the seat itself. That's how intense the movie is. Camera works were good and I have to say John Krasinski did a pretty good job directing this.

All in all, you really need to watch A Quiet Place in the cinema. You won't really have the same experience watching it from home. Because Sound is very important in this movie.

Absolutely worth watching on a weekend. Watch it with your loved ones but not kids. And a word of advice, don't bring in food like popcorn or potato chips. Trust me, you won't even be eating it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Movie review of Ready Player One

Ready Player One - 5.5/10
Directed by Steven Spielberg

One of the few movies, I have mixed feelings about. I guess its because I have read the book. And now after watching the movie, I wouldn't say its great, it's quite shit actually. Those who haven't read the book, will enjoy the movie because the nostalgic factor is high. But those who have read the book, will be disappointed and pissed at how bad the book was butchered. And of all people, it's Spielberg. I understand it's not easy transitioning a book to a movie and there are some changes they had to make due to copyrights and all. Even if you have to change the story line a bit also I can understand but the way the story was butchered, even parts that are not important is why I am quite disappointed with Ready Player One.
Casting. Ty Sheridan as Wade/Percival looks a little too old and his acting is too rigid. Making Sho as a 11 year old Chinese boy is probably to get into the Chinese market. A bit cheebye but understandable. In the book, there are a few deaths, in the movie, all are alive and well. That's probably Spielberg being Spielberg. Everything must be happy. Even Wade's back story also changed horribly. Making the Auntie look like a nice person. Why? That part you didn't have to change it from the book what. Olivia Cooke as Art3mis and Lena Waithe as Aech were good choices. They played their roles well. T.J Miller as I-Rok had some funny lines but ill timed. Ben Mendelsohn as Sorrento was rubbish. Want to be the bad guy but act cute. Fuck you lah. Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow was a good choice however very little screen time and should have been given a larger role.
Soundtrack was fun and all the movie references of cult classics were the only good things going for me. Watching the Delorean again and pointing out so many classic pop culture and gaming characters, made me grin and laugh even though I knew some of them were not in the book.

All in all, Ready Player One is a fun nostalgic movie to watch with your loved ones, provided if you haven't read the book. If you have read the book, I suggest you watch it on a weekday so you won't really get too pissed.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Movie review of Death Wish

Death Wish - 4/10
Directed by Eli Roth

I'm starting to notice a pattern about Bruce Willis. It started with A Good Day to Die Hard (which is the most lanjiao movie of the Die Hard franchise). Every movie since then, Bruce Willis has not given a fuck about acting anymore. From Good Day to Die Hard to Death Wish, almost all of his movies, he gives the same "Eh Fuck you lah, I'm bald Bruce Willis. I don't need to act" look. From the smirks to the damn "sian" style of delivering lines, he has been doing the same shit and its starting to get a little annoying.

I fondly remember watching the original Death Wish with my dad as he was a huge Charles Bronson fan. The original Death Wish was gritty and a cult classic. The sequels after were a little meh but it's ok cause they had Charles motherfucking Bronson in it. Man, was that fella a badass. So when I found out that Bored Willis (I'm gonna call him that from now on) was gonna act in the remake directed by Eli Roth, I thought OK, let's give it a try.

I felt Eli Roth did a pretty decent job. The kill scenes were brutal and made me cringe a little. You expect nothing less from a guy who did Hostel, Hostel 2 and Cabin Fever. Soundtrack was a little weird. I don't know why ACDC's Back in Black was used for a sort of training sequence montage, it just didn't click and I thought ACDC can pretty much work well for any kind of movie. Well, I was wrong.

It was nice to see Dean Norris doing a Hank (Breaking Bad) kind of role. Elisabeth Shue did what she did cause her role was pretty small. I couldn't recognize her at first, I thought it was Kyra Sedgewick. hahahaha.  The immensely talented Vincent D'Onoforio was severely under used. This guy does fucking fantastic villain roles and I felt he should have been given a bigger role for this. Bored Willis was... well.. bored as usual. Knn even sad scenes also, he looked bored. I burst out laughing at his attempt of crying. Chialat lah the fella.

Now Death Wish may look like its advocating for guns and all despite what's going on in America and timing couldn't be any worse. Maybe that's why it didn't do really well. Either that or people are starting to be just as bored as Bored Willis.

You don't really need to watch this in a cinema, just wait for it on cable will do.

Movie review of Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow - 4/10
Directed by Francis Lawrence

Spy or espionage movies don't really have a lot of action in them. They mostly depend on the drama, the acting, script and plot twists. I'm not gonna count the Bond franchise because that's pretty much action with good looking people and what not. I'm talking about movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tailor of Panama or A Most Wanted Man where the focus is mainly on acting and delivering the script. Sadly, Red Sparrow tries too hard and becomes a little dull and draggy. And you can see the plot twist and reveal pretty much a mile away.

I didn't really like the casting as well. Jennifer Lawrence can be a good actress in certain movies but Red Sparrow is clearly not suited for her. First of all she is not really consistent with the accent. Whenever she shouts or gets angry, the Russian accent disappears. Second, her face is too bubbly for scenes which show distress or pain. That particular scene where she strips naked to sort of emasculate the guy who wants to fuck her, I was not convinced one bit. If you give that kind of scene to actresses like Marion Cotillard or Noomi Rapace, Fucking hell.. I will probably chop my cock off in shame. The worst casting was Mary Louise Parker. What the fuck was she doing? She acted like as though it was an episode of Weeds. Matthias Schoenaerts was not too bad. I remembered him from the movie, Rust and Bone. Even Joel Edgerton was decent, I still think someone else could have done his role better. Veterans like Ciaran Hinds and Jeremy Irons were given small roles and under utilized. Both pretty much did fuckall actually.

Direction and camera works was alright. Plot wise, it was a little draggy and too much focus on the training. Sitting down like a classroom, touching nipples and showing tits, dicks and ass is not really a training sequence for me.

Overall, Red Sparrow is a forgettable movie and I will not watch it again. Just wait for cable to watch for those who haven't.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Movie Review of Black Panther

Black Panther - 7/10

I'm not a big fan of Black Panther comics and I haven't really read much of his stuff so I wouldn't really know how much the movie has deviated from the comic. So I'm writing my review just as a movie fan's perspective.
I enjoyed Black Panther as a visual treat. It's very obvious there has been a lot of effort and work done. The designs for the city, Wakanda reminds me of futuristic city that is not bleak but happy. I really liked the intricate costume designs for all the tribes. They were made in such a way that you can tell each tribe have their own costumes and colours and they looked beautiful. My personal favs are the tribe with the dude who has a huge coaster like thing on his lower lip and the Jabari Lady warriors.Those ladies are fierce as fuck.
Casting for Black Panther was pretty good as well. The ones that stole the scenes for me were Michael B Jordan as Kilmonger and Danai Gurrira as Okoye. Danai was my fav character, Michone in the TV series, Walking Dead. The reason I say "was" is cos the fucking series which used to be great is boring as fuck now and should be called Sleeping Dead instead. Anyway, Danai's fight choreography was great to watch as well. I remember watching Michael B Jordan as a kid in my fav TV series called The Wire. He has definitely grown up to be a fine actor and I look forward to watching many more of his movies. His only shit movie was the disastrous Fantastic Four remake which was painful to watch. Jordan plays a rather different type of villain in this movie. A bad guy whom the audience can understand and probably relate to due to shit going on in America.
Direction for this movie was pretty good as well. I got to give it to Ryan Coogler. He did an indie flick called Fruitvale Station which was a really good movie. Then he went on to do Creed which I found it to be great as well. Both movies feature Michael B Jordan as well. I will definitely keep an eye out for his future works.

All in all , Black Panther is a fun movie to watch which has a decent story line and script which does make you kind of reflect.Especially that last line of Killmonger. Thought provoking and quote worthy as well. I really liked that line.

Worth watching on a weekend.

PS- There are 2 end credit scenes which aren't really important. You can skip it and find out online later on instead of waiting.