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Movie Review-Avengers: Age of Ultron

The movie is an example of how a good narrative and a good script can make a huge difference, instead of using the most stupid of excuses and weak story to build a movie on (See: The Avengers 2012).  It’s not just a big budget mess, it’s a well thought out film.

It is the first time that the incredible actors that portray these superheroes have been utilised.  They are given a handful of real, serious, meaningful and emotionally filled scenes that have allowed them to show what kind of performance they are capable of producing and also allow the Avengers to manifest some character, a personality that has been missing all this time.  After all that is what separates this movie from what has preceded it (the last Avengers movie and the standalone ones).

Furthermore the movie is funnier than most comedies.  I would go as far as to say that it is probably the funniest of all the marvel movies, with most if not all the funny witticisms that the characters attempt, to be successful.  The visual along with the sound effects were simply stunning, surely an Oscar nod is in order.  That CGI…so much better than the first instalment.

One thing that was quite annoying though, was the continuous use of the fake Russian/Dracula accent, which I know is common in many movies.  However it becomes very irritating, especially when these characters speak between them, but still choose to speak English instead of their mother language.  It would have been much better if they just did the latter and we were shown subtitles.  And don’t get me started on Andy Serkis doing a British-fake Russian combo accent.

In a nutshell, It’s up to par with the best marvel movie to date (X-men: Days of Future Past) and it’s by far the best set in the Avengers universe.

7.5/10

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Why I won’t be watching the new Star Wars trailer

From what I’ve been told, this particular Star Wars trailer, is a teaser rather than any means of spoiling the movie, it is basically what a trailer should be.  Nevertheless I know better than to watch any footage from a movie I desperately want to watch.

As the years have gone by, trailers have become more than just a taste of what to expect, but rather a demo of what will happen in the movie, sometimes even giving us the whole plot in just 2 minutes, with the best jokes, action sequences or even twists included.  Even people in the business hate that this is happening, but producers and Hollywood studios just want to get as much publicity as possible, albeit it ruins the movie.

I like to be kept in the dark, knowing nothing about a movie before I watch it.  Usually knowing members of the cast & crew will suffice, I can use that to determine what to expect and whether it’s worth watching or not.  If that isn’t enough a two sentence summary on IMDB should do the job (however I prefer not to do that, as it sometimes gives away the prologue~first 20 minutes or so)

Movie Review-Blade Runner

I don’t usually write reviews about older movies, but in the light of the re-release in the cinema of the Final Cut version and me taking the opportunity to visit the theater and watch it again, I thought I would give my thoughts on this timeless classic.

The story introduces us to a futuristic world, with new technologies expertly depicted on screen, considering it originally came out 33 years ago. It’s visually stunning and it never ceases to amaze me, how Ridley Scott and his crew managed to capture the essence of a dystopian society so well, that the thought of it becoming reality accomplishes to agitate the viewer.

Credit has to be given to Harrison Ford, cast after the success he had portraying Han Solo and Indiana Jones, both similar to his character Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, personified by their sarcastic wit, cool-guy attitude and being attracted to the opposite sex. He shows his charm in being the lead and his ability to never stop entertaining, by embodying his character’s main aspects as mentioned before.

Very important to the believable retro-future dystopia is the music composed by Vangelis, mostly with the use of synthesizers, he manages to complement the neo-noir and dramatic elements of the movie masterfully and provides the film as envisioned by Ridley Scott a more dark and ominous tone.

A Science Fiction masterpiece, a must watch and worth revisiting for any movie fan.

9/10

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