John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)-Film review

John Wick Chapter 2 is the follow up to 2014 fantastic action film John Wick. The film returns to John Wick as he is forced back into the underground world of assassins against his will, as a crime boss who Wick owed a debt to comes looking to collect on it. The film expands greatly on the secret and mysterious criminal underworld that was introduced in the first film, and takes it even further down the fantastical route while still remaining believable in the context of the film (I’m not saying there’s magic or anything like that but it’s definitely larger than life). John Wick is just as much of a badass as before, and you expect many henchmen to be shot in the face or killed in some other fashion. To be honest there isn’t a lot to say about this film, it’s pretty much the same as the first film, just with a bigger story and action scenes, which is expected of a sequel. I left feeling very satisfied, as this was just as good as a sequel to John Wick probably could be. If you liked the first film you will like this one as well, and I loved the first John Wick and I thoroughly enjoyed the second chapter. This film stars Keanu Reeves as John Wick, with supporting roles from Ian McShane, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Common, and Laurence Fishburne, and is directed by Chad Stahelski. Continue reading “John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)-Film review”

Hidden Figures (2017)-Film Review

Hidden Figures tells the true story of three black women who fought through overwhelming racial and sexual prejudice to become instrumental in putting an American man into space. Set during the Cold War, the USA is falling behind in the space race against the Soviet Union, and when NASA’s mathematicians are unable to solve the problem of putting a man into space, they start looking for talent in the “coloured” computing division. The film follows Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who are three incredibly intelligent and determined woman who previously have been unable to move upward in NASA due to their skin colour and gender, but are given the opportunity to work in the mathematics, programming and engineering sectors respectively. Despite excelling in their fields, these women are met with constant discrimination, but remain steadfast and determined to prove their worth. This is a very uplifting and inspirational film about equality and fighting for the rights that we take for granted. It is set in a tragically backwards time of frustratingly terrible inequality, but is primarily a film about hope, freedom and success against all odds. This film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as Katherine, Dorothy and Mary, with supporting roles from Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons, and is directed by Theodore Melfi. Continue reading “Hidden Figures (2017)-Film Review”

Arrival (2016)-Film review

Arrival is a Sci-fi drama following linguistics professor Louis Banks, who is recruited by the American Government after twelve alien spacecraft appear around the planet. She, along with physicist Ian Donnelly, must find a way to communicate with these aliens, but fear of the extra-terrestrials is pushing the planet into a panic. Arrival attempts to show a realistic portrayal of what communicating with aliens would really be like. These aren’t like the aliens you’d see in Star Trek or other Sci-fi blockbusters, who look like humans covered in scales and talk in a random language that everyone seems to understand. These aliens are totally different from humans in every conceivable way and their method of communicating is unrecognisable to us, which makes the story of trying to communicate very engaging and interesting. This film is a very serious and grounded depiction of Science fiction, and I won’t spoil the plot in this review as it goes to some unexpected places, but this was one of my favourite films from 2016. Arrival is directed Denis Villeneuve and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg. Continue reading “Arrival (2016)-Film review”

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)- Film review

The Lego Batman Movie is a spin-off from the Lego Movie, and follows Lego Batman as voiced by Will Arnett. The style of the film is much like the style of the Lego Movie, being very fast paced and full of jokes and references to pop culture. The film is a spoof of everything we have seen from the character batman, from the 60s to the recent DC films, but also has a pretty sweet story amongst the gags about Batman dealing with loneliness and struggling with the concept of family. Batman is afraid of relationships and relying on other people, he resists working with the police and refuses to admit to the Joker that they have a connection, but when he accidentally adopts Dick Grayson he is forced to try to connect with the people who care about him. If you’re not a fan of referential humour and pop culture comedy, you didn’t like the Lego Movie, and don’t have a basic knowledge of the Batman franchise, then you probably won’t enjoy this film. I like all of those things though and I thought this film was an absolute blast. The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay and stars the voices of Will Arnett. Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis. Continue reading “The Lego Batman Movie (2017)- Film review”

Split (2017)-Film review

Split is a psychological thriller following three girls who are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities. The film primarily follows Casey, one of the kidnapped girls, and three of the man’s personalities, Dennis, Miss Patricia, and Hedwig. These three personalities have split away from the other 20, as they believe a 24th personality is coming to consume the girls. This is the latest film from director M. Night Shyamalan, and if you are familiar with his previous work then you know that he has had very high points and very low points, and I am very happy to say that this film feels like a return to form for him, I enjoyed it a lot. There is quite a big spoiler in this film which I will avoid giving away. Split stars James McAvoy as many personalities, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula. Continue reading “Split (2017)-Film review”

Sing (2017)- Film review

Sing is the latest animated kids film from Illumination studios, and is set in a world with animals instead of people. Buster Moon, a theatre owning Koala, decides to put on a Singing competition to save his Theatre from closing down. The film follows Buster and a variety of different animals who enter his competition, including Jonny the bank robbing Gorilla, Rosita the housewife Pig, Meena the shy Elephant, and more. The film takes the initial premise from Zootropolis, but replaces the cleaver comedy and inspiring social message with pop song covers and on the nose, slap stick humour. To be honest there’s not much to say about this film. There was nothing offensively bad and it wasn’t particularly boring, but it didn’t really have anything that made it unique or especially entertaining either. This is definitely aimed more at a younger audience, and adds up to a perfectly fine but ultimately disposable kids film. The film stars the voices of Mathew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Edgerton, Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane and John C. Riley. Continue reading “Sing (2017)- Film review”

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)- Film review

Hacksaw Ridge follows World War 2 army medic Desmond T. Doss and his involvement in the Battle of Okinawa. Doss desperately wishes to serve his country but is also a devout pacifist who refuses to ever touch a gun. After much resistance, he is allowed into the field of battle with no weapon to protect himself. This is a very inspirational story about someone trying to bring a ray of light into one of the darkest and most horrible places imaginable. It is also a very grounded and realistic depiction of WWII and the horrors of the battle on Hacksaw Ridge. Films like this are important as they remind us of these dark times so that we may find a way to avoid them in the future and this film definitely fulfils this as war is never glorified, and every death hits you like a punch to the chest. This film is directed by Mel Gibson and stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, with supporting roles from Sam Worthing, Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey and Hugo Weaving. Continue reading “Hacksaw Ridge (2017)- Film review”