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November 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

This was a film that I was a bit sceptical about. I wanted to see it because it was a Hunger Games but I wasn’t that bothered about it because compared to the other books, this one was the most boring one out of all of them. I was lucky enough to go to a Super Ticket screening of this film a day before it came out nationwide.

This film is basically right after Catching Fire where Katniss is in District 13 and dealing with post dramatic stress. She is the centre of the rivalry.

I have to say that after watching this film, I loved it even more than the book. Francis Lawrence has done an amazing job for those fans that don’t like the third book. It was good to see a hero deal with post dramatic stress. This makes the film more realistic as supposed to a hero that always fights and wins without thinking about how they got to their position and in this case, it is by killing. The only film that I have seen the post dramatic stress in is Iron Man 3 but it wasn’t into that much depth like this one. A lot of people will think that this is the worst film of them all and I understand. It is mainly just about politics whereas the first two was more about the games and the violence of the games.

There were moments in this film where I could feel for this character and see that she never wanted this, all she wants is to keep her family, Gale and Peeta safe. I like the fact that again, they haven’t gotten people so attached to the love story because there is another story, trying to make Katniss a symbol of hope and show people that they can change the world only if they fight back.

This film also talks about how someone has been put into in the public eye just because they have done something against rules and have been made to say things that they wouldn’t say. It makes us think of some celebrities and how we always expect to see them and hear them say something while also seeing them as hope for us to be the best person we could be.

Jennifer Lawrence is an incredible actress. Always have been and always will be. I loved seeing how Peeta has changed from this nice boy into a broken man. I will always haunt me seeing him this way. This is Josh Hutcherson’s best performance yet. I also loved Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket. She livened up the movie when needed and it was good to see how she is dealt with in district 13 compared to the books.

Even though this film was good, the strong points come from the ending because that’s when most people start to become more engaged with the story and its dramatic moments. It is the edge of your seat moment that everyone has been waiting for which you don’t get a lot of in this film. I was also surprised that it had comedic moments.

Ever since Francis Lawrence came into this film, he has added a mixture of genre to this film which make it into a light-hearted movie when needed, action packed and dramatic throughout.

Overall, this is a great film if you are just looking for a political story and a more in depth story about the characters but if you are looking for more action, then I am afraid that this might bore you but don’t stop watching it if you love the franchise. Be prepared to see it and then wait for the last film, it’s going to be an action-packed and emotional ride, I am sure of it.

I have given this film a 8.9/10. It is still not as great as the first two but it is still very good and I can’t wait to see the final film for the epic conclusion to an epic film.

P.S. Jennifer Lawrence’s singing in the film is amazing. She has a wonderful voice (sort of a jazzy voice which makes the song dark and haunting) and it is a song that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

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The Imitation Game (2014)

This is the film that I have long waited to see. Ever since I had heard what this film was about, I wanted to watch it. We have so many films about the war and how brutal it was but we don’t have one that tells the story like this.

This film is about Alan Turing and how he figured out the Enigma code to help the Allies win the war.

This movie was very dramatic and you always felt unfazed with the story. It is interesting how a team was able to solve the enigma and how they were able to deal with using it to win the war. It also spoke about homosexuality and how it was a crime back then and either you were sent to prison or given a drug that will turn you normal.

All I have to say about this film is that Benedict Cumberbatch gave the performance of his life in this film. If this performance doesn’t give him an Oscar, I don’t know what will. He transformed into this character that you felt like you were watching the real Alan Turing. He never disappoints in his roles which tells us that he is an incredible actor. Keira Knightly was wonderful and exceptional in this film too. It was a performance that I had never seen from her before.

It gave me goosebumps throughout and kept me at the edge of my seat. It also made me very emotional especially towards the end as well as having its comedic moments. It is great to know the back-story of a man who basically saved our country and made it what it is now. It is also the same than that who without, we would never have technology. This is a film that I would love to watch again and I am glad that I actually bothered to go and see this movie in the cinema because if I didn’t, I might have regretted it. Watch if you love history or you are just looking for a great British film as there haven’t been one in a long time.

I have given this film a  9/10 and recommend it to anyone to watch no matter how old you are.

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Toy Story 4 Announcement

So you may have known by now that Toy Story 4 was announced last week Thursday. This announcement has been spiralling on social network with loads of people commenting on how they feel about this news. I am here to talk about my views on the Toy Story announcement.

When I first heard about them making a Toy Story 4, I have to admit that I was and still am upset. This was a film that came out when I was born, the second film came out the time that I started to appreciate cinema even though I was 4 and the last one when when my childhood ended because it was the time that I had started my exams which will decide on my future if I will continue education or work. I have been watching these films for my entire life. Basically, in the films, I am Andy and these movies are my childhood toys. So, to hear an announcement of this new movie made me annoyed. Why did they want to respire a film from my childhood by creating the movie but it will be someone else’s toys? Why can’t they just stick to the shorts that everyone loves? I get that a new generation love these films and maybe they just want to do this for money but they also have other kids movies to look forward to from Pixar like Inside Out or even Cars and there is no point ruining a great trilogy for money.

I know that this film would be good. How would it not? They have the same director as the first two which are considered the best ones. They also have Rashida Jones writing the script and have shown from films like Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen that having a female’s touch in stories makes for a good movie.

I have tried to look at this sequel as a good thing from different perspectives. Kids in 2017 will be able to appreciate great movies like this with a sequel coming out that year because who knows how kids films would be like in 3 years time. Its good to pass the touch on to a much younger generation etc. In the end, I just can’t seem to let this film go so I did something else. I watched clips from the first movie to the last remembering all the good memories and why having the fourth film come out would be great.

I watched the clip where Andy almost doesn’t give Woody away and realised that I was doing the same thing. I didn’t want to give this franchise away to this new generation because I have so many memories of it and giving it to them makes me realise that I am an adult and I am growing up. The truth is, in the end I am an adult. I even feel embarrassed to watch kids films in the cinema sometimes. Heck, not that long ago, I went to see Frozen sing-along and actually hated it. Not because of the film but because of everyone around me. It was full of young kids who loved to sing the songs no matter where they were and I would only sing them in my house. I also went to see the Book Of Life and found the film a bit childish because it is for children.

The last clip I watched for this Toy Story experience was the scene when the toys wave off Andy goodbye and it made me realised that yes, this new film will go out to this new generation but no matter what, the first 3 Toy Story films will always be a part of me and that is something that I will never let go. I just need to let younger people have their own experience with them. Maybe I might watch the new one, maybe I won’t. I have to wait 3 years to find out. So all I have to say is a quote from the last film which is ‘Thanks, guys’ and I hope that a new generation can appreciate them as much as I do.

PS. I figured out that The Muppets actually made this prediction when they mentioned Toy Story 4 in their opening number for Muppets Most Wanted

Interstellar (2014)

As soon as I heard about this film, I knew I wanted to see it. This was before there was any trailer and it is because of one person. Christopher Nolan. His films are ones that actually make you think during and after the movie and it actually isn’t fed to you compared to most films out there. The first one that I actually saw from him was Inception. It was a film that blew me away 15 minutes after watching it and I am still confused by it till this day.

This film is about a team of explorers who have to go on a mission in space to save the Earth as it is coming to an end.

Interstellar was kind of a weak film compared to Inception. It started off with with a great father- daughter relationship which was a bit rushed but there was a reason why and there were great scenes in space. I was intrigued by the scenes in space and was happy to find out that most of the scenes where all real. This was great because you weren’t watching it and thinking that it was all CGI, you were watching it as a person who is in space and looking at all the surroundings.

Every since Matthew McConaughey has stopped doing romantic comedies, he has been a well respected actor who does films that inspire you. You always knew that his character cared about his family no matter what. Anne Hathaway was also really good in this film but this was all Matthew.

Now, I got to see this film in 70mm and I was a little worried about that but it just worked for the film altogether and blew my mind away. My favourite part of this whole film were the puzzles which makes me love Christopher’s films. You as well as the characters had to figure out the puzzles and what they could do to solve their problems which always put me on the edge of my seat even though I did lose concentration at the time. The only bad thing about this film was the ending. It just felt like a very low standard compared to the whole film and it was a bit unnecessary. I wanted them to leave me with suspense but they didn’t so it actually disappointed me.

This film is also about love and that love can change time. It is also an important message for the whole movie. The score by Hans Zimmer is pretty good but not as incredible as his other scores. To really understand and appreciate this film, as an audience and a critic, you would need to have 24 hours to really understand what it is telling you. Also, there is a surprise that I actually didn’t expect.

Overall I have given this film an 7/10. It is a great spectacle of a film but story-wise is a bit weak.

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The Book Of Life (2014)

The first time I found out about this film was while I was watching Step Up 5. They were showing trailers and I remembered that the concept and design of this movie looked and sounded wonderful. I was really excited to see this, especially as it had great reviews.

This film is about the legend of Manolo who is a dreamer that goes on a quest through a magical world in order to rescue his true love and save his village.

The book of life is a great story about the difference between life and death and that you shouldn’t try to cheat death as that doesn’t make you brave. It also has a love story because it wouldn’t be interesting without one and is a great Halloween story for kids.

When I heard about the story for this film, I thought it was going to be a great PG film. Then 2 minutes before the film started, I found out it was U and all my hopes for this movie went away, slowly. This is not to say that all U films are bad, it is just that it won’t be an incredible film because the whole idea for the story is that, it is for kids so there are moments where they would start to have a great action scene but it is cut short because of the age rating, which stops it from being an incredible film.

The story wise starts off strong but when the main character goes to the land of the forgotten, the film starts to become weak. It feels like they are rushing the story because they spend so long trying to building it up to get us to understand the characters.

The good thing about this film is that they actually don’t spoil a lot of it in the trailers so things that do happen is something that you didn’t expect. One thing I have to say is that the villian is pretty weak in this film. You don’t actually know what his motive is and what his history with the town is. The villian is just rushed into the story.

Overall, this is a good film to watch and I am glad that I did watch it the first time. I don’t think that I would actually buy this film on DVD but kids will definitely enjoy the film. I have given this a 6/10.

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