Get Out (2017)-Film Review

Get Out is a new horror thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele, from the comedy duo Key and Peele. The film follows Chris, a young black man in a relationship with a white girl, Rose. Chris is going to meet Rose’s family for the first time, and is feeling nervous about this, as she hasn’t told them that he is black. When they meet there is an underlying awkwardness as her family have that uncomfortable passive racism that old rich white suburb families can sometimes have. They aren’t outwardly racist or anything, they are nice and welcoming to Chris, but they do things like say “yeah man” after everything or assume he’s into basketball, the kind of behaviour that is uncomfortable to watch and, I imagine, even more uncomfortable and stressful to be stuck in the middle of. Anyway, as the visit goes on things get weirder and weirder for Chris, and he starts to figure that something isn’t right about this family. I will leave it there plot wise because this film is full of twists and turns. I heard that the trailer spoils quite a bit of the plot so I avoided watching it. I thoroughly enjoyed Get Out. I’m not often a fan of modern horror films because, honestly, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to jump scares, but this was an exceptionally well made film with great acting and an enjoyable plot, so I thoroughly enjoyed this film. This film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, LilRey Howery, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, and Caleb Landry Jones.  Continue reading “Get Out (2017)-Film Review”

Beauty and the Beast (2017)-Film review

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action retelling of the classic animated Disney musical from the 90s. The film follows Belle, an intellectual young woman who is mocked by her village for being able to read. Belle longs for adventure outside of her ordinary town life, but when her Father is locked up for trespassing in a mysterious castle in the woods she trades places with him and becomes prisoner to the cursed Beast that resides there. The Beast, and all the servants of the castle, have been cursed for many years due to the shallow nature of the Beast, and only by finding true love before a magical rose wilts can the spell be lifted. Time is almost up, and so the Beast and his servants try to court Belle. I think most people know this story as nothing really changes between this film and the original other than a few elements are extended or changed slightly. I am of the mind-set that all these live action remakes are pointless cash grabs and unnecessary, but if it is done well I will still enjoy them, for example I really liked the new Jungle Book film because they did something new with the story. That being said, the stuff that this film added to the story was uninteresting to me, and as most of the film was an exact re-tread of its predecessor, but not done as well, I came away feeling  mostly disappointed. This film is directed by Bill Condon, and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Ian Mckellen. Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast (2017)-Film review”

Logan (2017)-Film Review

Logan is the third spin-off film following the popular X-men character Wolverine, as portrayed by Hugh Jackman, in what is supposedly his last time playing this character. Set in the near future, Wolverine, who is an old and beaten version of the hero he once was, is caring for an ailing Charles Xavier in a secret hideout on the Mexican Border. However, Wolverine’s attempts to hide himself and his history from the world are forced into turmoil when he meets a new young mutant, who is being chased by dangerous forces. This film follows Deadpool in being an adult rated X-men film. However, this film, unlike Deadpool, is very mature, dark, and a much more serious and dramatic portrayal of a super hero story. It is more on The Dark Knight end of the superhero film spectrum than the Iron man end, there are hardly any jokes or quips, and the action is probably the most brutal and violent action I’ve seen in a mainstream superhero film, even more so than Deadpool as Deadpool’s violence was cosmetically over the top. This film is actually more of a character study of these characters that we have known for years, and is definitely one of my favourite X-men films. It’s intense, engaging, emotional, visceral and ever so exciting. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen, and is directed by James Mangold. Continue reading “Logan (2017)-Film Review”