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August 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015)

In the last 2 months, I was really excited about seeing this movie. It has spy elements, set in the sixties, directed by Guy Richie( the man behind the Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes), and stars Superman himself, Henry Cavil who was actually really good in Man Of Steel, a movie that I enjoyed apart from the ending scene in the train station ( if you’ve watched the film, you would understand what I am talking about). With the adverts and release date coming up, I was even more excited than ever.

I loved this movie. People say that it has elements of an old James Bond movie and even though I don’t like them, I can see a bit of resemblance between them. I was engaged throughout the whole film and sometimes it wasn’t perfect but I appreciated the effort.

Man from U.N.C.L.E made me like Henry Cavil more. His American accent is always spot on and his presence on screen is engaging. If you didn’t like him before, you would appreciate him now. I also got some chuckles from the film.

Even though I like the characters, there wasn’t enough action and the ending was boring. I thought that there would be a big conclusion, instead I got something that might not interest a lot of people. It isn’t their fault because we focus a lot on the two characters connection that we forget there is a mission involved.

This film gets a 7/10 because it is really good and something that people should watch, especially with a lot of bad movies such as Pixels and Fantastic Four coming out.


Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation (2015)

The first time I had ever watched the Mission Impossible series was a week ago. I hadn’t been able to get into the series in the past and after hearing a lot of good things about Ghost Protocol, I thought that I had to watch the series first before I watched the fourth one. It was also good timing because the fifth instalment was coming out.

When I watched the first Mission Impossible and the scene that had Tom Cruise jump out of a window, I thought that it was amazing and his run is awesome. I skipped the second movie after I found it boring in the first 6 minutes. I decided to use CinemaSims to help me understand the storyline and while I was watching it, I was so glad that I skipped this one.

When I watched the third instalment, I realised something, they have completely ignored the second movie which was a good move on their part. The third movie brought the franchise back to life and there is only one person who could do that, J.J Abrams. From this to Star Trek, he always seems to bring back franchise that may be considered as dead or have no hope in the future. He has even made me excited for Star Wars and I don’t like Star Wars. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have Ghost Protocol. The fourth instalment was incredible and is definitely my favourite. It also built up my hype for the fifth.

This movie was intense. The action scenes were spot on. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time, especially for the water scene and I couldn’t blink watching the motorcycle/car chase scene. This is the second best mission impossible after Ghost Protocol and slightly ahead of the first instalment. 7/10 because it is a fun and silly time at the movies. This film has made me like Tom Cruise a bit more now. Good job Tom. Keep up the good work.

Fantastic Four (2015)

This movie worried me from the beginning. I had never seen the original Fantastic Four movie and the ones that they made in the early 2000s were okay. The second one is horrible but I can go through the first. Anyway, the trailers for this movie didn’t excite me. At times, they were fine but nothing special. I had heard bad reviews prior to watching this film but I chose to ignore it because I wanted to have my own opinion.

This film is the origin of the Fantastic Four.

In conclusion, this movie sucked. The scenes building up to the characters getting their powers are redeemable. It was a slow build up but it was fine. Everything else was horrible. Even trying to look for a good poster wasn’t possible. At one point, I wanted to leave the cinema and when it was near the end, I just wanted the movie to finish and I didn’t want to see any post credit scenes. If i did, I may have been interest in a sequel and that would mean that I still holding up on hope. They should do what Sony did and team up with Marvel for this franchise or just give it back completely.

I don’t know how Fox could go wrong, they have done an amazing job with X Men, a movie with so many characters but they can’t do a great job with four superheroes. The Thing was bad and the action scenes were horrendous. It didn’t even looked believable. There was so much build up and not enough action. We even see first 7 years ahead and second 1 year ahead in the space of an hour. Disappointing all the way. This deserves 4.5/10 and I will tell everyone to stay clear of Pixels and this movie.

Paper Towns (2015)

When I first heard that they were turning Paper Towns into a movie, I was upset. The book wasn’t great and between all of the books John Green has created, The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska deserve to be made into a feature. After finding out that the same team who filmed The Fault in our Stars were coming back, I was a little more hopeful but for some reason, I wasn’t that excited for the movie. I even nearly forgot about the special screening I attended. Thankfully, all went well.

After watching this movie, I have to admit that I enjoyed it. The revenge plot was great and the journey to find Margo was hilarious. I will definitely hang out with all of them if I ever were to meet them. I was happy to hear Pokemon theme song in the movie as I have watched the first season of the original show and the first movie. I have to thank my TV for breaking down at the time and allowing me to only have access to five channels. I got to discover so many shows, Pokemon being one of them. Anyways, the theme song brought joy to my life.

I like the ending that they changed. While I was reading the book, this was something that annoyed me. *Spoilers* Margo was so mean and rude to everyone when she found out that they all came looking for her and in the movie, she just explains to Q her purpose of leaving and even though you know she only cares about herself, she isn’t mean or trying to be mean. She feels bad that Q tried to look for her. Also, our surprised guest was really a surprise. Everyone at my screening was shocked. Good job to the team for keeping this under wraps, even though there are some clues on who the guest actually is.

Cara was great as Margo. Sure, she wasn’t there for long but when she was, her character was effective. She will do a great job in Suicide Squad. Her American accent does fade away at times but it was fine. Nat Wolf plays an incredible Q. I found his character to be believable to being shy. The other supporting characters all stand out and have their shining moment. My favourite scenes have to be the parts when they all just let loose.

All in all, it has a great message telling us that sometimes you may perceive someone as one thing but they turn out to be completely different from your imagination. Also, you might be reaching out for a perfect life with friends and loved ones when it all could be right in front of you.

I have given this an 8/10. It didn’t make me emotional as Fault in our stars but it is still great and better than the book. I will definitely watch it again when it is released.

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