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”

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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”

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”

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”