Alien: Covenant (2017)- Film Review

Alien: Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus and prequel to the 1979 Alien film, and is directed by Ridley Scott, the director of both those films. The film follows the crew of a colonisation ship who, after being forced to stop due to a radiation storm, come across a new planet that they believe would be better for a colony than they’re destination. However, in true horror film fashion, the planet isn’t as perfect as it seems and the crew is subsequently terrorised by chest bursting aliens. I absolutely love Alien and Aliens, and so I was looking forward to seeing if the masterful suspense and horror that the first film managed to portray so perfectly. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t come close to the quality of its predecessors. I actually found myself laughing at the stupidity of the plot and characters actions, cringing at the poorly presented “horror,” and down-right insulted by some of the story elements that undermine the previous films. You can see how they wanted to turn the Alien franchise into the next big sci-fi franchise, like Star Wars or Star Trek, and so all the subtlety, and simple but effective storytelling, is lost in CGI action and pointless backstory that bloats he film and tries to establish this wide extended universe. This film is also directed by Ridley Scott, and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. I am going to say that from this point on I may be revealing spoilers, so if you wish to remain spoiler free then stop reading now. Continue reading “Alien: Covenant (2017)- Film Review”

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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”

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”

La La Land (2017)- Film Review

La La Land is a musical romance set in modern day Los Angeles. The film follows Mia and Sebastian, Mia dreams of being an actress while Sebastian wishes to open his own Jazz club, and through a series of coincidences these two come together and help each other pursue these goals. This a uplifting film about chasing your dreams, it has a joyous tone and is a fun musical experience. It has a similar feel to the old musicals of the 50s, like Singing in the Rain and Guys and Dolls, and definitely pays homage to that era and style. I feel like if you have experienced LA you will get a little extra out of this as the city is brought to life; I have never seen LA but I was still drawn into the setting due to the dreamlike quality the film displays. Having seen this film after it won all those Golden Globes I had to put that out of my head, as I didn’t want to have overly high expectations, and while I will say I don’t know if it deserved the record breaking amount of awards it got, It was a very enjoyable film that I had a great time with. La La Land is directed by Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash, and stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and John Legend. Continue reading “La La Land (2017)- Film Review”

Silence (2017)- Film Review

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Silence is the latest film from Martin Scorsese, and tells the true story of two Priests, Father Rodrigues and Father Garrpe in the 17th century, who travel to Japan find their mentor after they receive a report that he has verbally renounced his faith. The Priests are put to the ultimate test of faith, as Christianity is outlawed in Japan, and their supporters are tortured and executed. Despite being about religion, I did not find this to be a religious film. It doesn’t feel preachy, and Scorsese treats this tragic story with respect and doesn’t hold back on the horrors that took place. This film will affect anyone, religious or not, as it is a portrayal of people suffering for what they believe, and it is from a director who has yet to make a film that hasn’t been a critical success. This film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson. Continue reading “Silence (2017)- Film Review”

A Monster Calls (2017)- Film review

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A Monster Calls is the film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness. It tells the story of a young boy, named Connor, who is visited nightly by a giant monster. Connor is struggling with issues at school and at home, and dealing with things that no one, let alone a child, should have to deal with. A Monster Calls explores the complexity of a child’s emotions through imagination. Having read the novel and loved it, I knew that trying to not compare this Film to the book would be difficult. However, this wasn’t really an issue, as the film is almost exactly the same as the book plot-wise, and acts as a very good companion piece to it. The film captures the essence of what made the book special, and that is its mature approach to a child’s mind as well as its full and vibrant imagination, and while it isn’t a masterpiece or one for the Oscars, it is a touching and heartfelt experience with an important message that can connect to all ages. A Monster Calls stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver, and is directed by J. A. Bayona. Continue reading “A Monster Calls (2017)- Film review”