Michael Caine

Actors that star in original and remake/reboot movie.

Sometimes in the ocean of remakes in Hollywood, they decide to recast actors that starred in the original. (Cameos don’t count because they occur more often than not).

Michael Caine in Sleuthsleuth_movie_image_michael_caine_and_jude_law

Sleuth is a movie about a meeting between Andrew, an older married man and a young handsome man called Milo. Andrew thinks the latter has “stolen” the heart of his wife.  They then proceed in engaging in a battle of wits to see who will come out on top.  Michael Caine portrayed the younger man in the original in 1972 with Laurence Olivier as the married man, and then in the remake in 2007 took the role of Andrew with Jude Law in the role of Milo.

Judi Dench in James Bonddaniel-craig-judi-dench-skyfall

James Bond needs no introduction and for those that have watched the recent movies neither does Judi Dench in the role of ‘M’ (M is the head of MI6).  She was firstly cast in the James Bond movies starring Pierce Brosnan, starting with Goldeneye in 1995  and then she was recast in the Jame Bond reboot with Daniel Craig, with the first movie being Casino Royale in 2006 .

James Garner in Maverickmaverick show

Maverick is originally an American western TV series which run from 1957-1962, and James Garner portrayed Bret Maverick,  who is a poker-playing rounder, who travels around looking for high stakes games.  He later regained his role as Bret Maverick in a series sequel in a show that run from 1981-1982.  After that he was cast as Marshal Zane Cooper in the movie Maverick in 1994 with Mel Gibson starring as the homonymous character.

Kingsman: The Secret Service-Review

I’ve read and heard a lot of opinions where people praise the movie because as they say it tried to, and succeeded in deconstructing the spy film-genre. That is not true, it takes all the aspects that one would anticipate to see in a secret agent movie, action, twists, fancy gadgets, interesting heroes and villains, and mixes them up in an exaggerated way, which we’ve witnessed more and more in recent years, yet without breaking the mould.

Its strongest suit, is the ability to make the audience laugh continuously throughout the whole duration of the film. The exaggeration of every situation and the utilisation of aspects found in both British and American spy movies, allow for a plethora of amusing moments. The story is set in England, hence the British element is more distinct and that works in favour of getting the audience to embrace the narrative due to it resembling a very well-known secret agent; a certain James Bond.

Great cast that complement the story massively, yet the most important member of cast and crew is the director, Matthew Vaughn. His projects in the last few years have all been very entertaining, his writing and directing makes movies a thrilling ride and he always manages to the get the most out of the story, Kingsman is no different.

All and all, an action-comedy that has a very strong comical attributes that set it apart from a lot of other feel-good spy movies that have fallen short time and time again in recent years.

Hilarious and very enjoyable, just not as innovative and amazing as some people make out.

7/10

Movie Review-Interstellar

This is more of a praise rather than a review, it was that good. I have watched it three times and its epic scope is best grasped in IMAX and the reason for that was that it was shot in anamoprhic 35mm and IMAX 70mm photography to fully immerse the audience in this space adventure. The story by Jonathan and Christopher was breathtaking, Nolan’s great directing complemented the film, the visual effects which were simply breathtaking, with mostly use of practical effects without no green screens and minor use of CGI, and wonderful sound mixing & editing. All that accompanied by amazing score by the always reliable and remarkable Hans Zimmer.

It is almost as if it’s two separate movies squeezed in one, both with the same central principle but so different in setting and I loved both equally as much.  It might be an epic adventure, with black holes, space exploration, extra dimensions, but at its core it’s so , so intimate.  And maybe I am too romantic but that is what the movie is about, love and affection.

I am not an expert but the apparent scientific inaccuracies do not take anything away from the film. Some people might argue that they spoil the movie, however anyone who slates it because of those scenes that bend the rules of physics are being hypocritical or they do not like 99% of the movies that come out every year.  There was only one point that I can make that was inferior to the rest of the movie and that is Anne Hathaway’s acting.  It was probably her worst performance I have ever seen and I cannot figure out why, it just felt as if she didn’t manage to capture the essence of her character (credit to her though, she brings her A-game in the most important scene).

If you haven’t watched it already, then do so as soon as possible.  If you do not love it you will at least enjoy it. 

9.5/10