Power Rangers (2017)- Film review

Power Rangers is a new blockbuster based off the old TV show of the same name, focusing on a team of heroes in different coloured suits with giant robot dinosaurs, I’m pretty sure everyone knows what the power rangers are. This film follows a group of different high school students, Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini and Zack, who are all isolated, and when the group find a collection of coloured coins, and an alien spaceship carrying the AI consciousness of an alien hero, in the town quarry, they are transformed into the super powered rangers, and must train to defend the world from the evil Rita Repulsa. This film takes itself more seriously than the show used to, gone are the swooshing fists and over the top, well, over the top absolutely everything, but this film isn’t like all the dark and depressing DC films either, there is a lot of fun and excitement to be had. It reminded me a lot of Pacific Rim, the sort of film that is fun to watch because of the big, and really well done, CGI action that’s just supposed to be cool, but then if you actually think about it you know it’s got a lot of problems. I had a lot of problems with Power Rangers, there were so many things that annoyed me and were just plain stupid, but despite that I actually enjoyed the film quite a bit, even though I never watched the TV show as a kid. It’s a fun popcorn film that if you switch off your brain you can have a blast with, and none of the issues are offensively bad, there actually quite fun to laugh at, so bear that in mind as this review is probably going to sound very negative. This film is directed by Dean Israelite, and stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G. and Ludi Lin as the Red, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Black rangers, with supporting roles from Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, and Bill Hader. Continue reading “Power Rangers (2017)- Film review”

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)-Film Review

Ghost in the Shell is a new Sci Fi action film based on the highly influential 90s anime of the same name. Set in the near future, where most of humankind has merged with technology through cybernetic enhancements, human consciousness is referred to as their ‘Ghost,’ which reside inside their own ‘Shell,’ meaning body. The film follows Major, whose Shell is the first ever completely cybernetic body, with a human brain, after her original body was killed in an accident. Major works for Section 9, an anti-terrorist defence unit, and after a number of murders happen to executives of the cybernetics company, Hanka, her and partner Batou start an investigation that will dig up things from Major’s forgotten past. Much like the original anime, this film looks at what it means to be human, and whether something technological can be considered alive, and while this film doesn’t explore that concept in as deep or conceptual way as the original film did, I found this film to be a more accessible, simpler version of that concept. This film is more action heavy and easier to follow than the anime, but isn’t as subtle or artistic. I found this film to be a very entertaining sci-fi action film with a deeper concept than a lot of modern big budget films tend to have. This film is directed by Rupert Sanders, and stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, and Michael Pitt. Continue reading “Ghost in the Shell (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”

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”