Monday, 9 April 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, 3 April 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.