Zootropolis (2016)- Film review

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Zootropolis (or Zootopia) is an animated film from Disney animation and is directed by Bryan Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush, starring Ginnefer Goodwin and Jason Bateman and co-starring Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence and J.K Simmons. The film is set in a world where all mammals, predator and prey, live together in the city of Zootropolis. This city’s police force made up solely of large, tough, animals, until Judy Hopps (Goodwin) is appointed as the first rabbit police officer. The film follows Hopps as she struggles to be taken seriously as a cop, and when she tries to prove herself by taking on a case of a missing otter, she must seek the help of a fox con-man Nick Wilde (Bateman). The film is entertaining for both children and adults, as the best family films are, and is full of fun and meaning. It never had me crying but it did make me think and has strong messages that are important for all ages, not to mention smiling and laughing throughout. Continue reading “Zootropolis (2016)- Film review”

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016)- Film review

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Batman v Superman is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, with Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot supporting. It is the second film in planned DC Cinematic universe, after Man of Steel. As the title implies, the film focuses on the clash of these two well-known heroes. Batman, and the rest of the world, are in a fierce debate over Superman’s morality after the death and destruction of Metropolis caused during his fight with General Zod at the end of Man of Steel. Batman sees Superman as a threat to humanity on a global scale and, motivated by the death of a friend in the Metropolis battle, makes it his personal vendetta to destroy the Man of Steel. Unfortunately, the rest of the plot was spoiled by that second trailer, so as the trailer shows, Lex Luthor is in the background manipulating events, and another villain, Doomsday, appears to bring the characters together. There was stuff I enjoyed in this film, and some things I probably liked more as a fan of the comics, but there was also a lot of elements I really didn’t like. Continue reading “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016)- Film review”

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)- Film review

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10 Cloverfield field is director Dan Trachtenberg’s first feature length film and stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. The film follows Michelle (Winstead), who wakes up in an underground bunker after being knocked unconscious in a car crash. With her are two men, Elliot (Gallagher) and her “rescuer” Howard (Goodman), who claims he saved her from an unknown attack that rendered the outside world toxic and inhospitable. The film largely takes place inside the bunker with only these three characters and so is very small and isolated in scale. Although it carries the Cloverfield name it is nothing like that film, so if you go in expecting the big monster movie Cloverfield was you may come out disappointed as this film is more about these characters and their confinement. If you don’t go in expecting a big monster and instead expect a very intense psychological thriller you will not be disappointed. Continue reading “10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)- Film review”

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)- Film review

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Little Miss Sunshine is a road trip movie starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin, directed by Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Michael Arndt. The film follows a dysfunctional family as they travel cross-country in an old VW bus, determined to get their young daughter to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. It is an emotional journey as well as a physical one, as the film is tragic, heart-warming and really funny all at once. It’s important to note that while the story is about them trying to reach a beauty pageant, the meaning of the film is so much greater than that. It’s about the importance of family, and being confident and true in yourself, and, most importantly, finding happiness and love despite the difficulties of life. It’s actually quite anti-beauty pageant, and is a beautiful, touching film. Continue reading “Little Miss Sunshine (2006)- Film review”

American Ultra (2015)- Film review

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American Ultra is a stoner action comedy directed by Nima Nourizade, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kirsten Stewart, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, and is written by Max Landis. It follows stoner couple Mike (Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Stewart) as they are hunted by government assassins after Mike is revealed to be a sleeper agent. The story of a normal person thrown into a crazy situation is a premise that has been done countless times, but this doesn’t feel cliché as it has a unique feeling. It is full of fun violence and a comedic style, along with well written characters and an energetic pace.    Continue reading “American Ultra (2015)- Film review”

The Martian (2015)-Film review

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The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Kristen Wig, Michael Pena and many more. Based on the novel by Andy Weir of the same name, the story follows Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) who, while on a manned mission to Mars, is presumed dead and left behind after a viscious storm causes the crew to abort the mission. Watney must survive against the seemingly impossible Mars environment with a limited food supply and total reliance on systems that could break at any moment, using his willpower and skills as a Botanist to help. The story also follows everyone at NASA as they try to work out how to save Watney. The film is both a comedy and drama and it works very well on both levels. It is a touching story of the whole human race pulling together to save one man who is seemingly without hope. It is uplifting and funny while also showing extreme desperation and helplessness. Continue reading “The Martian (2015)-Film review”