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Despite being a fan of James McAvoy, I was slightly cynical about this film. I have seen James McAvoy play many a convincing role, but I wasn't sure if I could picture him in an action packed, gun slinging assassin movie.
Never the less I sat down to watch the film with an open mind and for the most part was pleasantly surprised. Now I say for the most part because I had some serious issues with certain bits of the story line, but I will come onto that in a minute.
The story follows Wesley Gibson (played by McAvoy) who is an ordinary, quite plain and boring guy. He does a run of the mill office job that he hates, for a boss that he hates, yet won't stand up for himself or strive for any better. His girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend, which he knows about but refuses to acknowledge. It seems Wesley is living a pretty pitiful existence until the day he meets Fox (played by Angelina Jolie) and is drawn into a gun battle in his local supermarket that spills out into a car chase.
We soon learn that Wesley's dad, who left when he was born, was one of a group of elite assassins but was recently murdered by a rogue assassin. Fox takes him to the leader of these assassins Sloan (played by Morgan Freeman) who implores him to help protect the rest of the ancient group and help them defeat the traitor Cross.
Wesley learns he has hidden strength and powers that prove his birthright into the group and he sets about being taught, in some unorthodox ways, how to become a trained killer.
Now all this so far was a pretty good storyline, the action sequences and special effects were pretty good and there were some great scenes. However it is when Wesley learns the insights into the brotherhood that I soon started losing interest. Wesley wanted to know how and why they chose people to be bumped off and Sloan took him to see the 'Loom'. Apparently the ancient brotherhood of assassins were all weavers and had discovered their loom was sending them coded messages , weaved into the fabric, giving them the names of people to be killed. Listening to the loom guided by 'fate' was what the assassins still did to this day.
Now I don't know about anyone else but this seemed like the stupidest thing I have ever heard. I'm all for using abit of imagination, but a loom that is guided by 'fate'? I just found this laughable and from then on the plot lost its credibility for me.
There were some good twists to the story that I won't give away and I thought the ending was really good however I had lost too much faith in the storyline to give it a rave review anymore.
The acting was great from all the main characters and apart from the loom debacle they were all credible and believable. It was just unfortunate that the writers could come up for no better explanation for the brotherhood and so ruined the story entirely. I would say this was a good film but would not recommend it to anyone who is looking for a serious storyline.
I actually went to see this film on a pair of free cinema tickets, as given to me by seefilmfirst and apparently was the only person in the cinema who hadn't bothered to look up the film. Imagine my shock when it started and I discovered not only was it a French film, it was all subtitled.
Now I don't mind foreign films, or subtitles for that matter, but I had been looking forward to a lighthearted rom com and began to think I was likely to be disappointed.
Luckily for me however, I came out of the cinema a few hours later thinking I had just seen one of the funniest films I had seen in ages.
Heartbreaker, or L'arnacoeur to use the French title, centres around Alex who works as a professional 'heartbreaker' paid by relatives or interested partners to break up relationships. With his sister and brother in law in tow he concocts elaborate plans and ruses to charm the women and then send them on their way ready to leave their relationship behind.
Alex, despite appearing well dressed and wealthy, is actually in serious debt and needs to complete one more huge job to pay it off. Sounds easy , especially when we see him in action at the start of the film.
Despite usual success however, Alex meets his match in Juliette, who is due to marry English man Jonathan unless Alex can put a stop to it. Posing as her bodyguard Alex will go to any lengths to charm Juliette, racing all over Monaco trying to win her over before her fiance arrives to prepare for the wedding. Alex will stop at nothing; faking a car-jacking and even learning the entire dance routine to dirty dancing (my favourite moment of the film!). Alex soon realises though that the largest obstacle to overcome might just be his own growing feelings for Juliette.
I cannot convey how hilariously funny this film was. French films can often tend to be a subtler humour with an unusual story arch, however this was a much more obvious and slap stick comedy , which although might not appeal to some, really amused me.
The subtitles were not hard to follow at all and did not detract away from the humour or the fast pace of the film. In fact my friend who came with me thoroughly enjoyed herself despite confessing at the beginning of the film to hate subtitles and threatening to walk out.
The acting was absolutely brilliant and Roman Duris who played Alex was perfect for the role,being not only good looking but also having great comedy facial expressions. Although of the humour also came from his sister and brother in law who had a very comedic relationship.
I would recommend this to men and women alike and also to anyone who likes a good romantic comedy, regardless of whether they like subtitles or not.
Cameron Diaz really knows how to do classic chick flicks and The Sweetest thing, is no exception. Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair play three friends Christina, Courtney and Jane.
Christina and Courtney are two party girls who don't take dating or men that seriously. In a bid to cheer up their newly dumped friend Jane, they take her out on the town to show her how it's done. Christina is in for a shock however when she meets nice guy Peter and uncharacteristically begins to like him.
Cue a mad dash across country with friend Courtney to surprise him at his brothers wedding only to discover he had lied about who the groom was going to be.
The sweetest thing is a funny, romantic comedy that certainly doesn't take itself too seriously. Refreshingly the main female lead isn't a soppy love sick girl but a strong independent woman who doesn't normally get sucked in by men. This makes a nice change from the usual bridget jones style heroine who is clueless when it comes to men.
Cameron, Christina and Selma make a great set of friends and are hilariously believable. The film centres as much on their friendship as it does on the romance and its nice to see them all come good in the end.
This is certainly not a film for younger members of the family and can be rude in some parts, but this adds to the humour in my opinion. One of the funniest moments comes when Jane has an 'accident' with her new boyfriends piercing and a room full of police officers and fire brigade all join in singing aerosmith 'I dont want to miss a thing' to help her relax her tonsils.
I also love the scene where they are dacning around their car singing 'do you like pina coladas' ... it makes more sense when you see the film though!
This film is laugh out loud funny and I won't spoil any of it my describing much more but I would definately recommend it to anyone in the mood for a good, romantic comedy.
When I first saw the trailers for the film Frost/Nixon, I knew that I would have to see this film. Although not alive at the time of the original interviews I studied A-level history and did alot of work on Nixon and the Watergate scandal, which I found fascinating.
The film is based on a very successful theatre show of the same name, which is a portrayal of the real life television broadcast from 1977 where David Frost famously interviewed the ex-President of the USA Richard Nixon.
This was the first major interview that Richard Nixon had done since resigning from the Presidency in 1974. For those of you that don't know the background I will give you the brief version of events. Nixon had been caught up in the controversial 'Watergate' scandal which started in 1972 when 5 men were caught breaking into the Democratic Party HQ in Washington, also known as the Watergate building. These 5 men were then linked to several staff from the presidential office and eventually to Nixon himself. After discovering a tape recorder in the Presidents Office, Nixon was ordered to hand the tapes over and it was discovered he had been trying to cover up the break in. Before he could be impeached by the Supreme Court however, Nixon resigned from office.
Although, as I have mentioned, I had studied this at a-level and knew alot of the details I was still pleased to see that the film went into the background of this and even showed some real TV footage and news reels from the time. Not only did this set the background of the story it really got you caught up in the feelings of the time. Footages of riots and angry Americans made you really appreciate how angry the general public were at the time, something that really helps you to understand the reactions to the interviews later on in the film.
The film follows Frost from his first idea about conducting the interviews, right through the arrangement of production and coercing Nixon into participating and up until the end where we see the fall out of the interviews.
Not knowing much about David Frost from the 70s it was interesting to see them giving a bit of insight into his life as a chat show host in Australia as you begin to appreciate the momentous effort it was taking him to get the TV stations to take his interview of Nixon seriously. Being a lighthearted entertainer and interviewer Frost struggled not only to get any interest in funding for his project but also struggled to be a match for Nixon in the interviews themselves. The American people, including even his researchers, were vying for Nixons blood , wanting Frost to give him the trial he had never had.
The film was shot as though it was a documentary itself, so all the way through we had moments of narration from some of the central actors as they talked to the camera and discussed the events as they remembered them.
The storyline, although quite simple in that it followed them through the interview process, was engaging and fascinating to watch. I found myself enthralled with the characters and willing Frost on to beat Nixon in the interview mind games and prove everyone wrong.
Frost, played by Michael Sheen, and Nixon, played by Frank Langella, were superbly acted and thoroughly believable in their roles. Not only did I enjoy watching the film but it made me incredibly eager to watch the original interviews to see how they played out.
All in all a highly interesting and compelling film about a significant moment in US history.
Practical magic was actually released in 1998 and I actually saw it at the cinema at the time. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this film however until it was shown on TV the other day.
Practical is a story of the women in the Owen's family, in particular the two sisters Gillian (played by Nicole Kidman) and Sally (played by Sandra bullock). The women in the Owen's family were all witches and had an unfortunate curse on them that meant any man they loved would meet a tragic death. Gillian and Sally were orphaned at an early age when the curse attacked their father and their mother died of a broken heart.
Growing up in the family home with their two aunts they learnt to do magic and Sally, determined never to be hurt the way her mother was , makes a spell for the perfect man. He has to have one blue eye and one green, be able to ride a horse backwards and has to be able to hear her call from miles away. Sally thinks this man could never exist and therefore she would never be heartbroken.
Years later Sally is married with two daughters of her own when her husband meets a tragic end and she moves back home with the aunts, although this time she bans any magic in front of her daughters; she never wants them to learn what she knows.
Gillian was the wild sister and moved from town to town and man to man. When she calls Sally in the middle of the night to help her escape her drunk and violent boyfriend, Jimmy, they end up accidentally killing him. When their attempts to bring him back to life with magic go horribly wrong they are left to bury his body in the garden of their aunts house.
It seems Jimmy is not going to rest in peace however and mysterious things start happening around the house, causing the two sisters concern, particularly when a policeman , Gary, turns up looking for Jimmy.
Funny thing is though that Gary has one blue eye and one green and can ride a horse backwards.....could this be a sign?!
The thing I love about practical magic is that it is an easily watched romantic film but with a difference. It has some hilarious moments, I particularly love the midnight margarita scene where they all dance around their blender and it also has some really heartwarming moments, especially between the two sisters. It also has the drama and the action , some scenes of Jimmy's ghost might be a little disturbing for young kids, but I think apart from that it is a good family film.
Ultimately it is fun to watch, no matter how many times you see it, and makes you smile throughout.
Now i'm just left looking for my man with one blue eye and one green......
Dear John is a novel by Nicholas Sparks that was recently made into a movie of the same name (you can also see my review of the film).
The story begins in the present day, or 2006 which was when it was published, with a passage from John Tyree thinking back on love and loss whilst waiting to catch a glimpse of the girl that he loved and lost. We hear how much he loved her but how it was his own fault that they ended.
The story then transports us back to 2000 when John was on leave from the special forces and is visiting his father in their home town of Wilmington. Whilst surfing on the beach one day he meets student Savannah, who is helping to build homes for charity whilst on her spring break. The two enjoy a two week love affair and decide that when John goes back to the army base in Germany they will continue their relationship via 'dear john' letters.
Things seem to be going well until September 11th 2001 hits and John is faced with a difficult decision. Deciding to re-enlist with the rest of his army friends he ensures that Savannah and himself will be separated for at least another two years. Angry and upset at his decision Savannah ends their relationship via a dear john letter whilst he is in the midst of a war zone and announces she is engaged to someone esle, although she never tells him to who.
Years later John returns to Wilmington to see his father and is left with the desire to visit Savannah. Upon discovering who Savannah married and learning about her life now John is left in turmoil and unsure how to reconcile his anger with his ever presnt love for her.
Although I watched the film before I read this book, and as you will see from my review of the film I was a little disappointed with it, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book.
First off I thought it was really refreshing to read al love story written by a man and from the view point of a man. I have read possibly hundreds of romance or chick lit type books written by women and it made a definite change to read it from a man's perspective. I loved the way that Nicholas Sparks managed to develop his character John into a very endearing and romantic person , someone the reader really empathises with, but without making the book overly sappy or mushy. I don't know if this was necessarily all down to him being a male writer however it was incredibly refreshing and no less heart warming for this.
As I already talked about in my review of the film I found myself unable to fully understand Savannah's reasoning's behind leaving John however I felt that the book explained it abit better and went into a bit more depth about why she married someone else. I think it is perhaps just a credit to Nicholas Sparks writing that I got that involved in the story that I felt personally aggrieved for John and very angry with Savannah.
Nicholas made the characters so realistic that the story had a really credibility and believability to it, something alot of love stories lack. The ending of the book is slightly different to the film, I won't give either away but I will say that I much preferred the ending of the book and felt it was ended rather nicely instead of the abrupt finish the film had.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone and have definitely become more interested in reading Nicholas Sparks' other offerings.
When I first saw the trailers for Dear John the movie, I knew I had to see it. Mostly, I have to admit, because of the loveliness that is Channing Tatum. Any film with him in it has to be worth a view. But it also looked like my type of film, romantic, slushy with a touch of war induced drama.
Dear John is the story of John Tyree a special forces soldier who whilst home on leave meets the student Savannah on the beach and falls unexpectedly in love with her. Despite their differences in background and circumstances the two spend a wonderful two weeks together before John has to fly back to his base in Germany.
They maintain their relationship despite the distance and write letters to each other regularly. These letters provided the narration for the movie and tie in the two lives as we see John on duties all over the world and Savannah back at college and studying.
After September 11th 2001 everything changes however and John is left with a difficult decision to make. With only a few months left before he can leave the army for good he re-enlists along with his fellow soldiers and is sent straight to the frontline of fighting.
Savannah, angry with his decision and unable to take the thought of another 2 years away from him, ends their relationship while he is aboard via one of her Dear John letters and informs him she is marrying someone else.
I won't give anything away about the rest of the story, in case you want to find out for yourself, but the film then focuses on how John deals with that, and what happens years later when they meet again in unexpected circumstances.
Firstly I have to say that Channing Tatum was everything I hoped he would be in the film, good looking, sweet, vulnerable and always ready to get his shirt off. Amanda Seyfried as Savannah also did a very good performance and I thought she was very believable.
However I have to say I was left more than a little disappointed at the end of the film. I loved the idea of the story and I think it could have been really good, particularly as it could well be a really life story for many soldiers around the world. However I had a few issues with the ending, which it would be very difficult to talk about without giving too much away, suffice to say I thought it ended extremely abruptly and didn't give you any information about what became of John or Savannah.
Mostly I think my problem with the film was that half way into it I got extremely annoyed by Savannah's character. I didn't really understand her reasoning for breaking up with John, personally I felt that if she really loved him she could wait 2 years, and I especially couldn't understand how she could do it via a letter while he was in the middle of a war zone. Talk about heartless. I also couldn't understand how she married who she married (I won't reveal who it is) and therefore couldn't feel any empathy or understanding for her. I mostly just felt incredibly sorry for John, which believe it or not actually had little or nothing to do with the fact it was Channing Tatum looking all doe-eyed and heart broken.
I also got annoyed at Savannah's attitude when they met up years later feeling that she really didn't deserve any contact or even civility from John.
Although, maybe all this was me getting too involved in the story.
Despite the ending and the other problems I had with Savannah I think the storyline was overall very sweet. The relationship between John and his father, who we find out is mildy autistic, is beautiful and a later scene between them when his father is very ill had me actually crying in the cinema. It was simply heartwrenching.
I found out after watching the film that it was based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, the author of the notebook which is a film I absolutely adore, and this prompted me to read the book. Expect the review shortly!
Oh where on earth do I start with Grey's anatomy. Firstly I should probably point out that I am absolutely obsessed with Grey's anatomy. I have a tendency to really get into tv series boxsets (as you may have noticed from my reviews of the OC, one tree hill, shameless etc) however Grey's anatomy holds a special place in my heart.
My mum had been banging on about Grey's anatomy for years, ever since it started being shown on UK TV. At the time I wasn't particularly interested, I used to enjoy watching ER back in the day and so thought it was just another hospital drama. It was only for my mum's bday in march that I even decided to buy the boxsets, she got the first and second series on boxset and I thought i'd better watch them with her.
From the first episode on I was absolutely hojooked. Set in Seattle and narrated by Meredith Grey, the main character, we are introduced very quickly into the lives of a group of surgical interns who are starting their internship at Seattle Grace hospital.
In the first episode Meredith has a one night stand the night before her first day at the hospital with a guy called Derek. When she turns up the next morning she is dismayed to find Derek is not only a doctor at the hospital , he is a consultant surgeon she will have to work with on a daily basis.
Meredith , it transpires, is the daughter of the infamous surgeon Ellis Grey who previously worked at the hospital and Meredith is living in her house, although closely guarding the secret of her mothers alzheimers.
We are soon introduced to the other interns, Izzie the former pin up who is gorgeous, kind and bakes. Alot. George is the geeky guy who soon becomes close friends with all the girls but has a not so secret crush on Meredith. Alex is the typical lads lad who sleeps his way around the hospital and Christina is a harsh work aholic who despite being highly competitive and annoying soon becomes best friends with Meredith.
Grey's anatomy follows the same format as most hospital dramas, following the drama in the hospital as well as the drama in the doctors own lives. We see some great scenes of surgery, not for the faint hearted and some really interesting story lines which differ from a lot of hospital shows in that they focus only on surgery.
What sets Grey's Anatomy apart from all the others however is the humour, which is apparent from the first episode and has often had me laughing out loud. Derek soon becomes labelled Mc Dreamy, due to his devasting good looks (I am a big fan!) which causes much amusement around the hospital and in later series is even joined by a McSteamy!
I am now on series 4 and still highly addicted. I challenge anyone to watch the first episode and not want to watch more!
I have never met a girl yet who didn't like Legally blonde. One of the ultimate chick flicks it is funny and sweet and never takes itself too seriously. I have met quite a few who aren't so keen on Legally blonde 2 however. I personally quite enjoy it, as I was reminded the other day when it came on TV. However it is not quite as good as the first film, something hardly any sequels are.
Legally blonde 2 shows Elle post law degree and working in a prestigious law firm. Planning her wedding to Emmitt ( yay she is still with him from the first film) she desperately wants to find the mother of her dog Bruiser so that she can come to the wedding, but is dismayed when she realises she is part of an animal testing programme. Becoming outraged by this she is determined to bring down the animal testing company, something her law firm are not too impressed with prompting them to fire her. Elle being Elle doesn't stop there however and takes it all the way to Washington, to meet an old friend who will help her to lobby government for Bruiser's Bill to outlaw animal testing and release Bruiser's mum.
Reese Witherspoon reprises her role as Elle perfectly and we have some great comedy moments, such as when we see Elle marching up the steps in Washington in a bright pink outfit, the only colour in a sea of black business suits.
This film is funny and has all the great Elle-ism's of the first film however I felt the story line was a tad more farfetched and there was not enough of Emmit in the film for my liking, although we do get to see them getting married in the end (arrrhhhhh).
If you loved Legally blonde I'd say watch it, if not I don't think it's quite a good enough film to stand alone!
Despite being realeased in 1988, 22 years ago, I hade never even heard of the film Beaches until a few months ago. Having a discussion with my friend about cheesy 80s films we love she mentioned this film and how great it was. When I admitted to never having heard of it she was shocked beyond belief and told me I absolutely had to see it, knowing as she does that I love my cheesy old films. Luckily for me it was shown on Tv not long after that so I managed to catch it.
Beaches is the story of two women, CC Bloom, played by Bette Midler adult and Hilary Whitney Essex , who had a friendship that spanned many decades. The film starts with an adult CC leaving in the middle of a rehersal for her stage show to be at her friends side. While on the way there she has flash backs to how they first met as young girls, CC a common and extraverted girl auditioning for a part in a show and Hilary a rich, sophisticated, quiet young lady who was lost on the beach. The unlikely pair became friends and then penpals until in their early twenties when they meet up again.
The film is rather long but goes right through their life stories, narrated by them through their letters when they are separated and then through action scenes when they are together. They remain friends through marriages and divorces, arguements over CC's growing fame and illness.
They both marry and divorce and Hilary has a daughter who CC becomes close to also, despite a difficult start. As the film progresses we soon realise that Hilary is severely ill and the three of them spend a moving summer together in a house on the beach where CC and Victoria, Hilary's daughter, help to look after her.
CC returns to work and to rehearse for a concert when she gets word that Hilary has been rushed to hospital, which leads us back to the opening scene with CC rushing to be at her side. Hilary is dying and she asks CC to take her to the beach so that she can die in piece and by the beach where they spent that happy summer. After Hilary passes away CC agrees to look after Victoria.
The scenes where Hilary dies were the most moving and I found myself crying bucketloads. It was so sad and poignant, the two friends who had been there for each other through all of life's troubles and would be there for each other right until the end.
Although this film is unbelievably cheesy and full of some awful 80s clothes and hair, it really has a charm to it that can't be denied. The film even contains that 80's classic song ' you are the wind beneath my wings'.
If you love your 80's cheese and your weepy films, then you will love this one!
Although this film is a few years old now, I only got around to watching it recently, once again love film came to my rescue and filled in the Tom Cruise shaped gap.
Collateral was a huge film at the time of its release and saw Tom Cruise doing two very surprising things, firstly playing an older man, even donning silver/grey hair and secondly playing the part of the bad guy, something he rarely does.
The story is quite simple in that Tom Cruise plays Vincent, a suited and booted man who hails a taxi, outside LA airport, driven by Max, played by Jamie Foxx. Max is a hardworking taxi driver who is struggling to save money for his own business.
Vincent asks Max to drive him to several different different destinations and wait for him to do his 'business deal' before taking him onto the next stop on the list. This all seems fairly normal and above board, especially as Vincent proves to be a well spoken man. However at the first stop a man falls from two stories up to land dead on the bonnet of Max's taxi and when Max realises he was shot by Vincent he begins to see this will be no ordinary taxi ride for him.
Vincent, we soon realise, is a hit man hired by a big time criminal to kill several men who are all appearing as a witness in a trial against him. Meanwhile the cops have realised their star witnesses are all being picked off one by one and are on the case to try to find Max, who they mistakenly think is behind the killings.
Full of action and fast paced the story takes place in the space of a few hours and follows Vincent and Max through the journey to each stop. Max makes several attempts to escape along the way, and when he finally manages to separate from Vincent it is only in time to realise that the final person on the list is the lovely young woman Annie, played by Jada Pinkett-Smith, who he meets at the very start of the film and becomes enamoured with. It then becomes a race against time to get to Annie before Vincent does.
Although this isn't the best film I have ever seen, it was certainly enjoyable and full of enough action to keep me interested. Both Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx were excellent in it and it was especially nice to see Tom Cruise in such a different role.
I am a sucker for the old fashioned, big Hollywood epics such as Gone with the wind and Doctor Zhivago, which is why I was absolutely sure I would love Australia when I first saw the trailers.
Although set in Australia (as if you needed telling) this film has all the characteristics of a classic Hollywood epic;
* A hugely famous beauty to play the lead heroine....Nicole Kidman, who naturally plays the utterly sophisticated English rose Lady Ashley.
* A ruggedly handsome man to play the hero, Hugh Jackman (a reason in itself to watch the film) , who is of course the man in whom Lady Ashley meets her match
* A blossoming love story of two people from two completely different worlds
* An awe inspiring backdrop, in this case a ranch set in the wild but beautiful bush in the Northern territory of Australia.
* A war, in this case WW2, which would tear the couple apart
* A cute orphan child that becomes one of the family but is ripped away , in this case an Aborigine child called Nullah.
Right from the start of this film you know you are in for a treat and a step away from the utterly modern Hollywood blockbusters usually hitting us from left right and centre. The film has the opening credits and formatting styles of a 1940s film, with authentic lettering and map pictures used to create the scene.
With Nullah narrating we find out that Lord Ashley, Lady Ashley's husband, has been staying on their ranch in Australia, near to Darwin. With growing money problems, Lady Ashley cannot understand why her husband refuses to sell and flys out to Darwin to sort it out herself.
Being the typical English lady, Sarah Ashley finds herself in a hot, dry country with only the 'Drover' , or Hugh Jackman to us, as her guide and is already out of her element. Upon arrival on the ranch they soon discover Lord Ashley has been killed, supposedly by the Aborigine chief King George, although other parties seem highly suspicious.
After sacking her manager Neil Fletcher, who has been helping the opposition Carney Cattle, Lady Ashley decides to stay on and manage the ranch herself with the help of Nullah, who she has become increasingly entranced by and the Drover, Hugh Jackman.
Desperate to beat Carney to a lucrative cattle contract with the army, on the very eve of WW2 in the pacific, Lady Ashley and the Drover race across the county to get their cattle to the docks on time.
This film is full of excellent action scenes and some fanstastic landscape shots that definitely need the big screen of the cinema to do them justice. As the drover and Lady Ashley spend more time together and get close to Nullah, a beautiful relationship starts to blossom, one that is both funny and touching.
As WW2 erupts the family is torn apart and Nullah is taken to a mission island that puts him directly in harms way.
A true epic that I think will stand the test of time among the greats, Australia is a fantastic film that I would recommend anyone watch!
The Quintessential English detective, Sherlock Holmes is a story that has been told and re-told so many times that the story is ingrained in our memory. I have seen many versions of the classic story and was not exactly eager to see a new one, until I found out this was not only Guy Ritchie's interpration on it (the British do British classics far better than Hollywood) but it was also going to have Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in it, two of my favourite actors.
Sherlock Holmes in the book was a self-obsessed opium addict who only got his act together to solve a few crimes every now and again, something that many adaptations seem to like to ignore, going for the romanticised hero view instead. What I loved about Guy Ritchie's version is that his Sherlock retained this self-obsessed, half crazy and very difficult personality, something Robert Downey Jr was perfect to play, this being so close to various periods of his life I'm sure.
Jude Law played an excellent Watson, always loyal to Sherlock although slightly downtrodden and never able to fully stand up to him. Dr Watson has met his bride however and wishes to retire from their detective shenanigans and move out of their shared building, something that Sherlock is eager to discourage which provides much comedy value in the film.
Irene Adler, played by the beautiful Rachel McAdams, is a former lover and adversary of Sherlock and turns up mysteriously to ask for his help. It seems things are not that simple though when it appears Irene has a secret purpose behind this and the man she has asked for him to look for has wound up dead.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson race around London trying to discover the truth of what is going on and Sherlock finds himself led to the Temple of the four orders, a secret occult society that contains many high profile members such as the Prime minister.
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is in equal parts dark , grim , funny and light hearted, a combination that is extremely hard to get right. There were the expected excellent action scenes and plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. The relationship that Jude Law and Robert Downey jr played between Holmes and the Dr was excellent, both affectionate, loyal , argumentative and truly funny.
I will most definitely be recommending this to people and I particularly enjoyed the mention of Professor Moriarty at the end of the film, a sign I hope of more films to come!
I rarely say this about a film, but the Book of Eli is one film where I severely resent the few hours I spent watching it.
My main problem with the film starts right from the beginning and the setting of the scene. It is set in our world in the future.....which is actually a big assumption on my part as we are never actually told this. I have watched enough science fiction and futuristic films to know that often you just have to use your imagination and explanations aren't always plentiful, however this film didn't even attempt to broach the subject.
The World that Denzel Washington inhabits is a harsh, very bright and baren one and it is hinted at many times that this is due to a devastating war that took place in the past. This is as much explanation as we ever get about this, something that really annoyed me. We are told there was a war and a giant flash of light that left many ppl blinded. However we never find out who was in the war, which side won, where this giant flash of light came from or which side set it off!
Denzel Washington is a lone traveller making his way westwards carrying the last copy of the Bible to be found on the earth. Apparently after the 'War' , of which we still know nothing, religion was blamed and all other copies of the bible were burnt. Again we never find out which side burnt the bibles, or why religion was blamed.
Anyway Denzel unintentionally picks up a young girl traveller Solara on the way, and after her step father discovers Denzel is in possession of the bible, they are soon on the run together.
There are a few action fight sequences that are fairly interesting to watch but most of the film is of them making their way across the land to the West. Incidentally we never find out where exactly he started his journey, or where west he is heading to although in typical Hollywood style it was just somewhere in the USA apparently.
There is a twist at the end, which I won't reveal, and this did make me think oooh, but that lasted momentarily as the conclusion of the film left me thinking they hadn't really planned out what they would have happen when he reached his destination. The bible which he spent such a long time protecting, was left to sit on a shelf in a hidden, underground library. HArdly worth it from my point of view.
I would definitely not recommend this film to anyone, unless you are trying to cure your insomnia, and despite Denzel Washington being a fantastic actor he has gone down quite far in my estimations thanks to this film.
As a sex and the City fan this was a must see film for me. If you have read my review of the first Sex and the city film you will know that a) I am a huge fan of the TV series and b) I was a tad disappointed with the first film. If you haven't ...well now you know!
The second film doesn't pick up directly from where the first film left us (Carrie and Big getting married, Charlotte giving birth to her own daughter, Samantha splitting up with the hunky Smith and Miranda giving her marriage a second chance) instead it starts 2 years on.
Carrie and Big have been happily married for 2 years and have a wonderful apartment together. Samantha has moved back to New York and is her same extraverted, raunchy self although now a few years older and with a few more hormone/ vitamins to take. Miranda is still happily married to Steve although now unhappy in her job at the law firm under a new boss. And finally Charlotte is busy looking after her two daughters , Lily from the first film and 2 year old Rose, who despite Charlotte's insistence otherwise, is proving abit of a handleful.
We not only get to see where their lives have taken them in New York and what they ar up to now, we also get to jet across the world with them to Abu Dhabi for a magical holiday that sees the interesting return of Carrie's ex Aiden.
I won't go into any more detail for fear of giving too much of the story away, but be prepared for the usual outrageous outfits, hunky men and several high profile cameos from Miley cyrus to Liza Minelli.
As much as I love sex and the City and enjoyed seeing where they girls are now 6 years on from the final episode of the tv series, this film left me feeling even more disappointed than the first. Having seen the trailer before I saw the film most of the storyline was already given away. Even without this however it was more than a bit predictable. The reappearance of Aiden was a nice touch, mostly as I had loved Aiden when he was in the series, however it was quite obvious what would unfold after that.
The best bit of the film for me was in the opening few scenes of the film and lasted only a few minutes. Right at the beginning Carrie is meeting the four girls on a busy street in New York and we get a rare flashback to when they first meet and we find out for the first time how Carrie met the three other girls. This was for me a really treat as it was something i'd always wondered about and we had never been told. Unfortunately I think it would only be of interest to us die hard sex and the city fans, but that alone was the best bit of the film for me.
I would recommend Sex and the city fans to see this film, if only to find out what happened next however it wasn't the best film I have ever seen.
Apparently there will be a third film made and as much as I am sceptical about it , I know I will be there to see it at the cinema regardless!