Cert: 15 Runtime: 107 mins Director: Burr Steers Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance and Matt Smith
Daughters do not dance well with masticated brains
Pride & Prejudice is something that is part and parcel with British life. Once this radical change of the classic novel happened we always knew there would be a film! So what is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies about? It’s Regency England, but not as we know it. In this alternate universe, the Black Plague has caused the dead to rise from their graves. So finding a suitable husband is hardly uppermost in the minds of Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her feisty sisters. Instead, they’ve been trained in armed combat since childhood to take on the ravening zombie hordes. Now Elizabeth joins forces with hunky Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) on the battlefield, where they find love while dispatching the undead.The humour works splendidly, there are times when sarcasm is produced just right against the backdrop of the sombre tone. Its playful romance, bantering and even cringe worthy moments are pleasantly delightful. However, the jarring tone can be too distracting at times.
The movie screams too hard to set grim horror, a staple flaw in horror genre and on the other side of spectrum, it’s occasionally overly zealous in the drama that it becomes wallowing or slow.The tone suffered a great deal of uncertainty as it struggled between being a full blown comedy or a serious classic with a popular cult twist. Indeed there have been some moderately comic lines and characters with some mildly nifty shenanigans, it wasn’t quite a real comedy nor was it remotely worthy of being taken seriously with the handling of the plot, character and emotions, which by the way should have been the heart of the classic, and also the half-hearted delivery of the timid and iconic moments.The cast was dry with Lily James’ Liz Bennett and a hilariously watchable Matt Smith being the stand-outs. Darcy was unattractive and creepy. His voice was just terrible. He sounded like he smoked 5 packs a day for two years. The opening credits were the best part, and the ending was very anti- climatic and frankly disappointing.
Cert: 12A Runtime: 125 mins Director:Alan Taylor mins Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith and J.K Simmons
Come with me if you want to live!
Terminator is a franchise I hold dear in my heart. The premise of this so called “new trilogy” is slightly painful but also joyous. What made Genisys suspicious was the trailers they have been awful and gave out a lot of spoilers. But like any other Terminator fan we will pay to watch the next film and the next and the next. What is Terminator Genisys about then? In the future, John Connor (Jason Clarke) is the leader of the human resistance against Skynet. After he sends his friend, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to 1984 in order to protect his mother from a Terminator, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. This Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is no longer a normal, everyday waitress, but a skilled fighter with a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Now Reese must adjust to a new mission – to reset the future.
Terminator Genisys isn’t as bad as I anticipated. It’s actually quite a lot of fun but it’s nothing on the original two but it’s better than T3 and Salvation. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke more in Genisys than in all the other three movies he has featured combined here. It was a lot of fun having Arnie back in his most famous role it wasn’t dull it wasn’t boring. He was comical, fearless and just Arnie he is by far a highlight of the film. His Terminator has developed a lot he now has a soul. Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor was a master stroke of casting we had a strong leading performance from her. She fills Linda Hamilton’s shoes very well it seems she has done her homework. Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke were rather dull for me. I am not a fan of Courtney and I never will, he is just boring and has no form of passion in his craft. Jason Clarke is an okish replacement for Christian Bale but his screen-time isn’t capitalized fully. The main cast balance out well, it’s a very loose screenplay not much character development and very two dimensional. But this isn’t a serious film at all this is a summer popcorn movie.
The action sequences are well presented but we do have a lot of angle shots of the same shots (that was pretty annoying). The Golden Gate Bridge scene was enthralling but the CGI was pretty poor, I think they saved the budget for the animated young Schwarzenegger. There was a lot of hype about the young Arnie but the anticipation was cut short as he barely is in the film. The pacing is pretty decent the first and third segments are very entertaining and fast paced. But the middle section is just awful, slow and dull Taylor could of cut at least 15 minutes from the film. Terminator Genisys does feel messy and convoluted in places, it can be confusing and sometimes the effects are ropey but go watch it’s a lot of fun.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 95 mins Director: Ryan Gosling Cast: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith and Ben Mendelsohn
The wolves… if they’re not already at your door… they’re gonna be there very fuckin’ soon
Cannes 2014 gave Ryan Gosling’s directorial début some of the worst criticisms any film has received in it’s history. It’s been re-cut and fixed and it still suffering in the hands of the critics. What is the real issue here then? the critics? or Gosling? The fact Gosling has just gone straight into directing and writing has pissed a few critics off. Gosling has worked with some of the best directors in the world including Derek Cianfrance and Nicolas Winding Refn. Surely started to learn his craft while working in the industry? I really don’t want to get into this too much but it seems inevitable that this is the hot topic of the film. What is Lost River about then? Single mother Billy (Christina Hendricks) is struggling to pay the rent and keep a roof over the head of her teenage son Bones (Iain De Caestecker). So she accepts a work offer from her bank manager Dave (Ben Mendelsohn), who runs a bizarre club of creepy cabaret acts as a sideline. Meanwhile, Bones swoons hopelessly for the girl next door, Rat (Saoirse Ronan), and attempts to provide his mother with financial assistance by looting empty homes for valuable scrap metal. During one of these sorties, the teenage crosses paths with a psychopath aptly named Bully (Matt Smith).
It’s safe to say this is an admirable attempt by Ryan Gosling. He has taken various ideas from many film-makers like Winding Refn and David Lynch.It’s a mesmerizing modern gothic fairytale in the heartland of America. It’s very symbolistic of how the financial fall has effected lives in the states in my opinion. Families are struggling a lot, thus we have Billy finding work in a twisted club. Mother’s will go far in order too establish food and shelter for their kids. We have Bones struggling in making a life for himself as a young adult, there is no opportunities for him. Yet again we see the struggle of getting out of poverty. We see the rise of dangerous characters like Bully and Dave, they have power and money. This intimidates people, and they can buy fear and power. The use of the nightclub it truly shows the darker side of desire and fetish. If you have the money your darkest desires can come true. For me it truly is the nightmarish status of our society at the moment. It’s a timeless issue I understand this but I can relate this. The premise is great but it does slack in dialogue sometime. It can be very cheesy and cliché, but the dark undertone of Lost River helps that.
For a film about poverty stricken America, the visualization is very lavish and rich. Benoit Debie was a great choice mind you. It’s bright, vivid, focused and over indulgent, the viewer is just spoilt here the use of red and blue is fantastic. But for the type of film we are watching it should be much grainier and rougher in my opinion. Gosling’s imagery is a direct influence of Refn, for me if he intended on this he should of given it his own twist rather than just copy. Cinema will always be homages to the directorial great, there will always be copying and mimicking but you have to give it your own twist. The fact he has created this world is phenomenal, he gave the characters great depth and he established an interesting world. The score gave helps deliver the tone of the film, but yet again seems like a Refn score. His casting choices were great too, Christina Hendricks was a powerhouse of emotion. It’s her best work to date, since Mad Men is finishing this year I hope we will see more of her now. Iain De Caestecker is unknown to me, but he seemed like a younger Gosling role. But he was a great protagonist and developed well throughout. Matt Smith and Saoirse Ronan seemed rather underdeveloped but Smith was menacing along with Mendelhson. Gosling has a future in film-making I think. But he needs to learn his craft more and create his own stamp not copy and stitch other directors themes, methods and tones. But Lost River isn’t as bad as the critics say, don’t let them dictate your opinion on cinema. It’s an art form and should be judged by everyone not a minority.