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”

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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”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)- Film review

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Rogue One is a spin-off anthology film set in the Star Wars Universe. The film depicts the events that led up to the beginning of A New Hope, showing how the Rebellion acquired the Death Star plans. The film focuses on the team of rebels as they try to acquire the plans, and primarily follows Jyn Erso, a convicted criminal who is recruited by the Rebellion. I don’t really know what else to say about it without spoiling it, but despite the fact that the film goes all over the galaxy to new and unique planets, it feels like more of a small scale adventure than the other films. I found the film to be very enjoyable with engaging characters. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelson, Forrest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelson, as is directed by Gareth Edwards.   Continue reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)- Film review”

Prisoners (2013)- Film review

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Prisoners is an intense thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano. The story surrounds the disappearance of two young girls, Anna and Joy, and the actions of Keller Dover (Jackman), Anna’s father, and Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) as they each try to find the girls in very different ways. When Detective Loki is forced to release primary suspect Alex Jones (Dano), Keller takes matters into his own hands. Prisoners is a harrowing and deeply disturbing film about how far this father will go in order to find his daughter. I don’t want to say any more as this is a mystery and it goes places that really surprised me. It is a tough film to stomach but is worth it in the end. Continue reading “Prisoners (2013)- Film review”

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)-Film review

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X-men: Apocalypse is the latest film in the X-men franchise, featuring the younger cast from X-men: First Class. The film pits the X-men against the most dangerous villain to date: the ancient mutant Apocalypse, who sees himself as a God and seeks to purge Humanity and leave only the strongest mutants alive as his followers. The film also gives us younger versions of character’s we’ve seen before, such as Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler, and introduces several new characters as well. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac and much more, and is directed once again by Bryan Singer. Continue reading “X-men: Apocalypse (2016)-Film review”

Captain America: Civil War (2016)-Film review

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Captain America Civil War is the latest film in the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the 3rd Captain America film, although it seems much more like the 3rd Avengers film as it features the majority of hero’s that we’ve seen before (excluding Hulk and Thor), and introduces the characters Black Panther and Spiderman to the growing pool of superheroes. Based very loosely on the 2005 comic book series of the same name, this film pits the Avengers against each other, as leading Hero’s Captain America and Ironman disagree over a decree to turn the hero’s into assets of the UN; Ironman believes they need to be controlled, as when they are left to their own devices innocent people can sometimes get hurt, whereas Captain American believes they shouldn’t be weapons for a government as they can be corrupted. The film is very much about this clash of ideology between these two powerhouses, as all the characters we’ve come to know and love are forced to take a side and fight people they once saw as friends. It also continues the story of Bucky Barns a.k.a. The Winter Soldier that was started in the last Captain America film. The film is directed by the Russo Brothers and stars the returning cast of Chris Evans, Robert Downy Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Rudd, and introduces Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Hollan as Spiderman.     Continue reading “Captain America: Civil War (2016)-Film review”

The Jungle Book (2016)- Film review

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The Jungle book is a live action remake of Disney’s classic animated musical of the same name. It has a lot of the same characters and the same basic plot as the original film, but tries to expand and modernise certain things to make it feel fresh and new. The film follows the human child Mowgli, who grows up in the forest with a pack of wolves and his guardian Bagheera, a black panther. After the lives of himself and his pack being threatened by the Tiger Shere Khan Mowgli is forced to leave, and with the help of Bagheera and a variety of other animals, including the care free Bear Baloo, makes his way to the human village on the edge of the jungle. It is a very simple story that has potential to be a lot of fun, and I’m happy to say this film was. This adaptation is directed by Jon Favreau and stars child actor Neel Sethi as Mowgli and the voices of Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Murry, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. Continue reading “The Jungle Book (2016)- Film review”