Saturday, 28 November 2015

Black Mass

Black Mass

BBFC Certificate: 15

'Black Mass' is a crime drama film which is based of the FBI and the south Boston Irish mafia's alliance. The film stars Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch and is directed by Scott Cooper.

'Black Mass' may not be the first or most original gangster film, but it is entertaining and insightful enough to be recommendable to fans of the gangster genre. Johnny Depp brings a return to form with a intense and terrific performance as James "whitey" Bulger. The supporting cast give good performances, however the story tries to balance plates too hard between the characters and the story and eventually both of the story and the characters sometimes seem to overshadow each other. Scott Cooper's direction is a breath of fresh air. Instead of over stylish shots and flashy editing, he directs his film like a play which gives a further opening for the drama to unfold, which helps separate the film from the genre uniform.

Overall 'Black Mass' is an entertaining and well acted gangster film. The film may seem a bit too familiar at times, but thanks to Johnny Depp's performance and Scott Cooper's directing it doesn't become a bland, run-of-the-mill movie.

Rating: 8/10


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

BBFC Certificate: 12A

'Bridge Of Spies' is a historical drama film starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Everybody's favorite actor and director are back with this engaging drama. It's very pleasing when you watch a film that you have high expectations for and it hits the mark. Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance both give brilliant performances; the chemistry between the two is very charming to watch. Steven Spielberg shows us all how it's done with a magnificent direction. Without any doubt he will be nominated for best director at the award ceremonies and deservedly so. Matt chairman and the Coen brothers have written an excellent script filled with wit and character. Thomas Newman's exceptional score gives plenty of warmth to the story.

The only very minor problem I have with the film is that I think the film's ending slightly outstays it's welcome and a minor nitpick I have is that the film is not very re-watchable,

Rating: 9/10

Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

BBFC Certificate: 12A

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' is the final installment to the popular Hunger Games franchise. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and is directed by Francis Lawrence.

Sombre is the word I would use to describe 'The Hunger Games' and this final film is as dark and sombre as ever. Francis Lawrance is back for a third time to direct, and his visuals do often fit and go beyond the source material without being too flashy. Jennifer Lawrence naturally shines as the lead, but no surprise there. The supporting cast are serviceable despite a constant battle for screen time. The films pacing is a mixed bag. The action and thriller elements of the film felt genuinely tense and fairly woeful. However the scenes in-between felt sluggish, especially the first hour of the film. Unfortunately you do feel the length of the film, this maybe due to the film being split into two parts. Overall the conclusion to this franchise will not "wow", but will entertain it's many fans and will be likely satisfy the critics and the general audiences alike.

Rating: 6/10

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

BBFC Certificate: 15

'Steve Jobs' is a biographical drama film based on the life of apple founder Steve Jobs. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the lead role. The film is directed by Danny Boyle.

After the somewhat laughable 'Jobs' staring Ashton Kutcher It it's with a sigh of relief that someone in Hollywood got it right with the latest adaptation of the businessman's life. This time Danny Boyle takes the directors chair, with a subtle yet suitable direction and Arron Sorkin has been wisely chosen as screenwriter, most likely because of his work on 2010's 'The Social Network', Sorkin has a high reputation and his latest screenplay doesn't disappoint, with it's quick whips and complex drama, although the screenplay may not be as razer sharp as the social network, it's still praiseworthy. Micheal Fassbender, of course is great in the lead role, which will be another performance to his already impressive cannon of work. The supporting cast all turn in impressive performances which help stimulate the story further.

Despite the strong qualities of Steve Jobs I found the film to be a little flawed here and there. The second act of the film was feeling a little sluggish because of the repetitive nature of the story and the ending of the film felt too emotionally manipulative and quite far fetched.

Rating; 7/10

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Spectre

Spectre

BBFC Certificate: 12A

'Spectre' is the latest film in the 007 James Bond franchise which stars Daniel Craig and is directed by Sam Mendes.

After the critical and commercial success of Skyfall expectations were high for Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes' latest outing. Unfortunately I was left disappointed with a bland and very confusing entry into the bond franchise. The bright side of 'Spectre' is that Medes' direction keeps the action looking good, however I found the set pieces not as memorable as the action sequences in 'Casino Royale' and 'Skyfall'. Christoph Waltz does his best with the questionably written villain. The majority of the writing in this film is quite poor in comparison to other bond films. The main problem is that 'Spectre' doesn't really know what is wants to be. One minute it's dark and brooding the next it's camp cheese. Overall the film is not terrible, but I found it to be disappointing nevertheless.

Rating: 4/10

Friday, 6 November 2015

Beasts Of No Nation

Beasts Of No Nation

BBFC Certificate: 15

Beasts Of No Nation is a drama film which is set in a unnamed African country during a civil war. The film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. 'Beasts Of No Nation' is also the first film to be distributed exclusively by Netflix.

'Beasts Of No Nation' has split opinion about it's distribution, however for Netflix this has been a great success. Abraham Attah is outstanding in the title role of Agu, giving the audience a relatable vulnerability. Idris Elba gives another great performance as the frightening but strangely likable Commandant. The film does not hold back on it's themes and subject matter, but also avoids being exploitive with it's violence. Overall the film is a powerful and thought provoking drama. The only complaint I have about this film is during the second act the film had some pacing issues.

Rating: 8/10

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