Friday, February 3, 2017

Movie review of Arrival

Arrival - 5.5/10

I was about to give this movie a miss when I saw one of the tag lines and it said Arrival had a shocking ending. Naturally that got me curious and I decided to watch it.

Arrival turned out fine but the ending wasn't as shocking as I would have thought. Still its a decent movie and worth a watch in the cinema.

The good things about Arrival are sound design and also the alien designs as well. They do look mysterious and especially the way they communicate adds more mystique to them. Even the spaceship design may look minimal and all but something about it made me feel, shit might get rough if you fuck with these guys. And I really loved that.

One of my favourite scenes is how the humans get into the spaceship. That was done brilliantly. I enjoyed the plot a lot, showing how humans when panicked or scared about shit they cant comprehend, they turn to be complete arseholes. Sad but very true.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve whose previous works like Prisoners, Enemy and my personal favorite, Sicario. I really like what he has done so far and I am definitely looking forward to his upcoming projects like Blade runner 2049 and possibly Dune.

What I didn't like about Arrival is the choice of the main cast. I like Jeremy Renner but in Arrival, he looked as if he is going to take out his arrows and shoot shit anytime. The worst is Amy Adams. Throughout the movie, she gives that look which is a cross between being oblivious and about to cry, adding that with a voice that sounds like a whimpering whisper. So basically she "Louis Lane"d the shit out of this role. I wont be surprised to see "Louis Lane" in more movies of her.

As for the so called "shocking " ending, it really didn't give me a "what the fuck" feel at all. it was more like a "meh" kind of ending.

Still all in all, Arrival is an interesting movie to watch and Science fiction fans would enjoy this. Just watch it on a weekday.

Movie review of War on everyone

War on everyone - 6/10

I watched this movie just because of Michael Pena. To me, he stole every scene he was in Antman. And in War on Everyone, he pretty much did the same. This time however he has a partner in crime with him and that's Alexander Skarsgard. I have to admit, they are two unlikely actors to act together but they have good chemistry and that's what saves this movie.

The script is good even though somehow it feels like a pirated version of Shane Black's The Nice Guys but there are still some funny lines and well delivered by the actors. Even the supporting cast did a good job and were funny as well. And I could barely recognize Paul Reiser of Mad about you fame as the police chief. Dude is pretty old now.

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh whose earlier movies I have not had the chance to catch but looking at his filmography, it is a good start.

Overall, War on everyone is a fun movie to watch. Nothing fantastic or even memorable, just fun to watch. maybe catching it on cable would suffice.