Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Movie review of Alien:Covenant

Alien:Covenant - 7.5/10

Few things to take note before watching Alien: Covenant. If you are not a fan of the Alien franchise or science fiction, don't bother watching this. If you are a fan, you need to watch Prometheus first AND most importantly the prologues which are on YouTube. It will help explain. That being said, I enjoyed watching Alien: Covenant despite a few hiccups.
Here are the hiccups.
Editing. Sadly a lot of unexplained stuff and you are bound to go what the fuck happened to that guy? Wasn't he in the trailer? Stuff that appeared in the trailer didn't make it in the movie and that always pisses me off. Then you show those scenes for fuck? Quite a number of pivotal scenes have been cut off hence the kind of abrupt start. My guess why it was edited like that, which is hiccup no. 2.
Timing. Covenant is at 2 hours long when it should be actually 3 hours. The prologues are very important and I didn't realize that they were not in the movie when they should have. I hope there is  a director's cut when the Blu ray comes out and add the prologues and whatever deleted scenes that were cut from the original movie so I can enjoy the movie in its whole.
Script. Very inconsistent. There are some really fucking awesome lines and then there are some Schwarzenegger-esque lines. That music selection line... Fucking awesome. That bed bug line... Fucking cheesy.
Acting is not too shabby. Fassbender pretty much owned every scene he was in. Even though there are some instances I feel he doesn't really act like how he was supposed to especially towards the end but I have a funny feeling that all this will be explained in the next Alien movie as it edges closer to the Alien and Aliens movie.
Effects and the aliens. Still a little unsure on how the first ones come about but design wise it was very meh to me. Facehuggers still creep the shit out of me even though I know whats gonna happen when you look at the fucking cocoon when it opens. The xenomorph was cool as fuck and follows the first Alien design. But there's a scene which involves putting your hands up. I didnt know whether to laugh or facepalm myself.

All in all, its still worth watching on a weekend, if you are a fan of the franchise. I would definitely watch this again and get the Blu ray for the director's cut. But remember to watch the prologues first.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Movie review of Fate of the Furious

Fate of the Furious - 6/10

The gang is back. This time without Paul Walker of course. And at the rate its going, three's gonna be more installations of the Fast and Furious series. Perhaps less fast and more furious. Why less fast? Because unlike its predecessors, FF8 isn't really about the cars or the racing no more. Its more action now. The action sequences are fun to watch, even though they are down right silly but some how it just isn't the same without a race. There was a race at the start of the film but that was done in such a rush, probably just to get it out of the way and go straight to the action and explosions.

Casting was alright. Charlize Theron can be a good villain. Surprised to see some cameos especially Helen Mirren. I really feel they should give more screen time to Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, cause these two have god chemistry for comedy. Michelle Rodriguez still can't act but that's OK. Her sad crying scene was laughable. Vin Diesel unfortunately got abit too boring for me. it feels like he is got lazy. its the same old deliverance of speeches and that shit about family has gone really stale for me. The guys who stole the scenes for me are Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. All the scenes they were in were awesome. Dwayne pretty much delivered his lines like he was the Rock in WWE. I don't really think he will be returning to the FF franchise because of the beef he has with Vin Diesel which hasn't been solved apparently. I didn't really give two shits either.
Jason did his scenes pretty much how he does in all of his movies. The plane sequence was all him.

Scenes with the submarine are entertaining and quite exciting even though its stupid. Then there is that family shit again in the last scene where Dom waits until the very end to reveal his son's first name which any idiot could have guessed it.

Overall, if you are a fan of the series, you're gonna enjoy it but watching it on a weekday is fine. Those who aren't, just wait for it to be on cable.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Movie review of Kong:Skull island

Kong:Skull island - 6.5/10

This was a surprisingly enjoyable movie. I loved how they made Kong look like he is one pissed off, battle hardened, lonely motherfucker. All the scenes he was in were brilliant, from start to end. And the fight scenes were exciting and edge of your seat kind of shit.

Mad props to the special effects and CGI team, they did a fantastic job. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is the director for Kong. I have not seen any of his works before but from what I checked, this is probably his biggest budget movie. Pretty good effort for Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing his first ever big budget movie. The editing was quite bad, there were some pretty obvious bad cuts.

Quite a star studded cast. Samuel L Jackson is always awesome playing a bad guy and I hope to see him in more bad guy roles. Tom Hiddleston was decent but the guy who stole the show for me was the ever versatile and funny actor, John C. Reilly. Despite a really shitty script, he managed to pull it off and made me laugh. I cant really say much for Brie Larson, cos there were not a lot of scenes of her acting. In fact there were more shots of her smiling than acting. Brie has a pleasant, genuine smile unlike Emma Stone whose smile makes her look like she is going to bite your fucking face off any moment. The rest of the cast were shit. Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins (aka Easy E and Dr Dre from Straight outta Compton) were totally let down by bad acting and an unfunny script.

Still not as bad as the MOST USELESS thing in Skull island, China actress, Jing Tian. I have no idea why the fuck is she in this movie and what she was supposed to be doing. You are in an island, everyone is looking like shit but you are looking like Pierce fucking Brosnan as James Bond. Make up still on, no sweat, hair not disheveled. That was pretty much Jing Tian's role. Even her lines were useless. "THEY TOLD US TO LEAVE AT DAWN. ITS DAWN" 
Knn what kind of fuckall line was that?

Despite the shit script and bad acting, Kong Skull island is still fun to watch especially if you are a fan of King Kong or monster movies. Worth watching on a weekend.

There is an end credit scene and its a good one.

Movie review of Logan

Logan - 7/10

James Mangold who directed this did a pretty good job. He made a gritty, more realistic super hero movie with not much CGI. To me, of all the X men movies, this is definitely one of the best. Because it's violent and rated R and we got to see a proper wolverine and proper wolverine kill scenes. Not that pussy ass shit we had in the early X men movies. His stand alone movies were all shit and the worst one was the X men movie directed by Brett Ratner.

I really liked the make up done for Logan. That battered up look, wolverine had and it kept getting worse through the course of the movie. Caliban's make up and costume was cool as well and I could barely recognize Stephen Merchant.

Acting was pretty decent especially Patrick Stewart who lost quite abit of weight for this and Dafne Keen. I'm not a big fan of Hugh Jackman but he did good for this. I may not have totally felt the final scene as much as everyone else. That scene to me could have done abit more with better acting, script and emotion. Still, Jackman did good for it, he's not a fantastic actor but I will give it for this.
That scene where she turns a cross to an X. That was a nice touch.

Worth watching on a weekend. Logan is a fitting end of an era for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.

PS - There is no end credit scene, so you dont have to wait.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Movie review of Arrival

Arrival - 5.5/10

I was about to give this movie a miss when I saw one of the tag lines and it said Arrival had a shocking ending. Naturally that got me curious and I decided to watch it.

Arrival turned out fine but the ending wasn't as shocking as I would have thought. Still its a decent movie and worth a watch in the cinema.

The good things about Arrival are sound design and also the alien designs as well. They do look mysterious and especially the way they communicate adds more mystique to them. Even the spaceship design may look minimal and all but something about it made me feel, shit might get rough if you fuck with these guys. And I really loved that.

One of my favourite scenes is how the humans get into the spaceship. That was done brilliantly. I enjoyed the plot a lot, showing how humans when panicked or scared about shit they cant comprehend, they turn to be complete arseholes. Sad but very true.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve whose previous works like Prisoners, Enemy and my personal favorite, Sicario. I really like what he has done so far and I am definitely looking forward to his upcoming projects like Blade runner 2049 and possibly Dune.

What I didn't like about Arrival is the choice of the main cast. I like Jeremy Renner but in Arrival, he looked as if he is going to take out his arrows and shoot shit anytime. The worst is Amy Adams. Throughout the movie, she gives that look which is a cross between being oblivious and about to cry, adding that with a voice that sounds like a whimpering whisper. So basically she "Louis Lane"d the shit out of this role. I wont be surprised to see "Louis Lane" in more movies of her.

As for the so called "shocking " ending, it really didn't give me a "what the fuck" feel at all. it was more like a "meh" kind of ending.

Still all in all, Arrival is an interesting movie to watch and Science fiction fans would enjoy this. Just watch it on a weekday.