Unicorn Store (2019) Film Review

So I saw the trailer for this a while back, and I was immediately sold on it, so I checked it out and here are my thoughts.

Overall thoughts on this film are that it’s pretty good and I really enjoyed it. I loved Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson in this, I thought they had really great chemistry with each another, and it’s just so clear how well they get along with one another after doing three films together now. I loved the heart that this film had, and the themes and the messages that underlay it all, and I just loved how fun and breezy it was to watch overall. But let’s break this down a little further.

As I mentioned there I thought Brie Larson was really great in this. Naturally I watched this film not long after Captain Marvel, and I felt like this film really showed how versatile Brie Larson is as an actor, because the whole time I was watching it, I didn’t have Captain Marvel in my head, I just felt like I was watching Brie Larson as Kit, and was believing in that. Similarly linking in with that as well, I felt like we really got to go on a journey with her throughout the film by watching her develop and grow as a character, and I really liked that the film did that as well.

The other stand-out star in this film, is of course Samuel L Jackson, who is equally incredible in this as well. I felt like he played a much softer character here, as opposed to some of the other roles that I’ve seen him play throughout this year so far. But again, much like Brie Larson, I think that just shows how versatile he is as an actor, because I felt like I didn’t have Nick Fury in my head, I felt like I was just watching Samuel L Jackson. And also, if Samuel L Jackson in a pink suit with a big afro and glitter in his hair doesn’t encourage you to watch this movie, then quite simply I don’t know what will.

If I had perhaps one sticking point with the film, it would probably be that had I not watched Adult Life Skills a little while beforehand, then I probably would have enjoyed this a lot more. But at the same time, I do think this had more of fantasy feel to it, as opposed to being really grounded in reality like Adult life Skills, so I guess on that basis, the two films do feel distinct enough to be considered as two different entities.

But all in all though, I thought this was a very fun, breezy film that’s just all round very heart-warming, and one that I would definitely recommend. But now of course I hand it over to you, what did you make of this film? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Were you perhaps not so keen? Are there any other Netflix movies that you think I should really watch? If so, please do be sure to let me know down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you, and be sure to give this article a like as well if you enjoyed it, as I really appreciate it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

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Red Riding Hood (2011) Film Review

Not a Netflix film I know, but a film that I was curious to see nonetheless, and much like always I’ve got plenty that I want to say about this film, so let’s get right to it.

Sadly, but I guess unsurprisingly, this is not a great film, I thought it was very clichéd, there was an awful lot of over-acting in this, it’s incredibly unimaginative, and it feels very long and very boring. However, I think in a weird kind of roundabout way, I feel like this is a film that’s almost so bad that it’s actually kind of good in a way, similar to the likes of Batman and Robin or The Room I guess. But let’s break this down a little bit further.

Let’s start off by talking about the good things in this film, because believe it or not there are actually some good things. I thought Amanda Seyfried was actually pretty good in this, she was probably the only person in this who wasn’t over-acting at all, which was refreshing, and similarly she wasn’t someone who was massively clichéd either. I probably found her a little bit jarring at the start to be honest, but that might have been just me trying to settle into the film, and not necessarily a reflection of her performance I don’t think.

In terms of story though, at the very least it is tonally consistent, you certainly can’t deny it of that. It certainly does commit to being ridiculous and bombastic, and I think if you just accept that right from the start, then I think you’re more likely to enjoy the film somewhat more to a degree, but I still think there’s some parts where there’s some pacing issues and what not. The subversion of the wolf though was definitely one aspect of this film that kept me interested, because of the fact that it kept alluding to the different people that it might be. This is because I pretty much just thought it was Gary Oldman’s character for the most part of the film, but then I was actually quite surprised when it turned out to be Valerie’s dad, so I guess that’s one aspect of this film that works in it’s favour.

In terms of actual flaws of the film though, as I said at the top of the article, it feels very clichéd throughout. I think probably the best way to define this film is that it very much fits into the bracket of films such as Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman, the very kind of glossy, style of substance, teen angst kind of movies, so if you like those kind of movies then you’ll most likely enjoy this. A classic case in point that would support this notion would be the love interest in this film, because to me it felt like a very typical trope of the genre, as their relationship felt very hollow and didn’t really have any depth to it at all to be honest.

All in all though, I would say that this film does have some redeeming qualities to it, and I did kind of enjoy it in parts, but for the most part, it’s not that great of a film, and I probably wouldn’t recommend it. But what did you think? Am I actually wrong on this and is this actually a masterpiece and do you love it? Please do be sure to let me know down in the comments section below as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Long Shot (2019) Film Review

So yesterday I managed to get round to seeing Long Shot in the cinema, along with my one of my favourite people, Alice Barr, and here are my thoughts.

This film is utterly delightful. Following on from the success of Crazy Rich Asians, to name just one, it’s definitely safe to say that the rom-com genre is back, and it’s alive and kicking. This has just got everything you want from a rom-com really, it’s got a really likeable lead pairing, it’s got a really heart-warming story, and it’s got jokes that are actually funny and plentiful. But let’s break this down a little further.

I have to kick off by talking about Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in this film, because they work so well together in this film and are so utterly delightful to watch, they really lift this film in a way that I think feels unexpected but welcome at the same time. I think when looking at this film, it’s definitely one of those times where you wouldn’t initially think of putting these two together in a film, but when you do it makes total sense and really works. They have so much natural chemistry with one another on screen together, that even though the film is a little on the long side, it’s doesn’t even really matter all that much because you just enjoy being in their company for the time that you’re watching the film. It was such a joyful and heart-warming relationship to watch unfold as well, because they clearly rub off on one another throughout the course of the film, and it’s safe that both me and Alice were rooting for the pair of them when they finally got into the White House at the end, because it was such a fist-pumping, satisfying moment that’s only a mere dream for it to happen in real life. So if you’re going to go for anything in this film, just go for the two of them.

That’s not to say they carry this film all on their own though, because another stand-out star that I found myself taking notice of in this film was O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Fred’s best friend. I thought he was very charismatic and likeable in this film, and he actually provided the film with laughs aplenty, which again I found quite surprising and welcome at the same time. And after seeing him in Ingrid Goes West a little while ago now, it’s safe to say that he’s clearly got a broad acting range that he’s demonstrating in the films that he’s in, and it will be interesting to see what kind of films he’s in following on from this one.

One final thing that I want to note before wrapping up is that, this film does act as a kind of social commentary on the world that we live in today, but what’s refreshing about how it’s dealt with here is that it almost takes a back seat, for want of a better phrase, because it doesn’t feel on the nose at all throughout the film, I would probably say that it gives us a peppering of these moments, but really the comedy is very much at the forefront in this film, and it was refreshing to see that from this film.

All in all though, this is an absolutely delightful film, and one that I can’t recommend enough, because it is just so joyful to watch from start to finish, and I’m going to call it here as well, this might be one of my favourite films of the year, but you’ll have to wait for my big look back on 2019 to see if that’s the case. Apart from that though, I do very much hope that you enjoyed this article, if you did then please do be sure to give it a like as I really like it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this article, then please do feel free to share them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Film Review

So next up for the big tent pole movies that we have this year, is of course Pokémon Detective Pikachu, and over the weekend I checked it out, and here are my thoughts.

Overall thoughts on the film are that it’s pretty good. I thought it was a lot of fun, it doesn’t feel inaccessible for people like me who literally have no knowledge of Pokémon. Ryan Reynolds is clearly having a lot of fun voicing Pikachu, and is all the more enjoyable to watch because of it. I thought Justice Smith also complemented his character very well also, as I found him to be very charming and likeable. The same can be said for that of Kathryn Newton as Lucy as well, as I thought she was just a barrel of fun to watch on screen. But let’s break this down a little bit further.

As I mentioned there, Ryan Reynolds is great fun in this film, he feels very well suited to the role of Pikachu, as you can probably imagine if you’ve seen any of the trailers to this film. He brings a lot of his personality and a lot of that Ryan Reynolds sass to the role as well, which I’m sure a lot of people including myself will enjoy.

Equally enjoyable to watch was Justice Smith as Tim. I thought his character really complemented the character of Pikachu really well. I feel like they worked really well together as a duo, but also I felt like he was able to stand on his own whenever he had scenes without Pikachu, so it was encouraging to see that he was able to hold his own as a character in such a way.

Probably the most surprising character in this film though, would be the character of Lucy played by Kathryn Newton, as I thought she was incredible in this film, and I only just realised as well that she was in Blockers, which makes me think that she’s only destined for great things from here on in, and I for one am very looking forward to seeing where her career goes, because I definitely think she has a lot of potential. In this film though, right from the word go, she comes into this story as a real force of nature, as I found myself really sitting up and taking notice of her when she first appeared on screen, as I think she is someone who really holds her own as a character as well. And as well as this, I feel like she’s a character who’s fully formed right from the word go, there’s no need for her to settle into the character, she’s not someone who you grow to love in time, I think she’s a character that you immediately buy into and are constantly rooting for her throughout the whole film.

And after watching this film as well, it’s safe to say that I would definitely love to see a sequel, even just to see more of Tim and Lucy’s relationship with one another, that alone would have me sold, because I think they’re both really compelling characters. And just to see more of this crazy world as well I think, it would be fun to explore some more of that in a sequel.

All in all though, this film is a bloody hoot to watch, and I think it’s definitely a film that’s fun for all the family. If I had perhaps one minor gripe with the film, it would probably be that it does feel a bit paint by numbers in terms of the plot, it doesn’t really make any attempts to feel particularly new in any way. But it is a children’s film at the end of the day, so it’s not exactly going to be the next Citizen Kane, so I’m willing to forgive it for that.

But apart from that, that brings me to the end of another review, I do very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please do be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then please do feel free to share them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Star Trek Discovery Episodes 2-4 Review

Episode two, and I think the thing about this series that strikes me at this point is, is that it’s very much like Stranger Things in that a lot happens in each episode, each episode feels like an event. They’ve clearly invested a lot of care and attention into this series to make sure that the audience are always engaged, and to also make it feel like a valid part of this universe. And I think that’s definitely the case in terms of the characters as well, as the captain feels very three-dimensional in this episode and I feel like I’m starting to get to know her a bit more, which I think makes it all the more the shame the fact that she was killed off so soon. Having said that though, Mirror Georgiou does offer up some very interesting story strands and character development for Michael Burnham later on, so I guess there’s that. Speaking of which, not just in this episode, but I think over the course of the series, Michael Burnham develops to become one of the most interesting and complex characters in the whole show, and Sonequa Martin- Green, plays her incredibly to say the least as well. But I think what stood out to me from this episode in particular was the fact that she seems to be a character who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, she seems to be the sort of person who will stand up and fight for what’s right, even when no-one else will, and I think if that gives us anything, that sure does give us an interesting show to watch.

Episode three, and after a wham-bam start to the series, things start to slow down here. We get an episode that’s a lot more focused on Michael Burnham, we get to learn a lot more about her character here, which I found particularly interesting to watch, because again it shows that she’s a very layered character. The introduction of Jason Isaacs’ character I absolutely loved right from the off, he just felt like one of those characters that just felt right to me right from the get-go, there was no need for him to settle into the role, or to mould himself in any way, he just fitted right in from the start. The way he acts in the role as well, I think is so captivating to watch, he has such a strong screen presence whenever he’s in a scene, and I love that he’s just so able to bring so much gravitas to the role as well. I cannot tell you how gutted I was when it was revealed that he was actually a bad guy because I fell in love with his character so much, that it seemed like such a shame to kill him off so soon because I really thought he had a lot of potential. Having said that though, I really do like Captain Pike, so it’s not a total loss. Having seen the whole of the first series though, I think it’s safe to say that I am really excited to see where this show goes next, because it’s clearly not afraid to go in unexpected ways and push the boundaries, and from what I gather series two seems to be even better than series one, so the signs are looking good.

Episode four, and again, I thought this was another fun episode. Stemming off from what I was talking about in episode three, I again really liked Jason Isaacs’ performance in this episode, he definitely feels like a character who keeps you on your toes at this point. As well as this, echoing what I was saying in episode two, this series definitely feels similarly akin to that of Stranger Things, because each episode feels like an event. It’s not like iZombie for example, where you could perhaps skip a few episodes and still be able to keep up with what’s happening. There are really big events that happen in each episode that you really need to pay attention to in order to know what’s going on at any given point. As well as this, also echoing what I was saying in my last review, I was amazed to see how three-dimensional the Klingons were made to feel as characters, because I really did feel something for them, even though for the most part they don’t even speak English in the show, which would make you think that you shouldn’t be able to connect to them as characters, but as I say, clearly not the case.

Before I wrap up this review, I would just like to say here, that up until this point, even though I was enjoying the show, I felt like I wasn’t really connecting with the show in the way that I perhaps should be doing, and as a result of which questioning whether or not I needed to be die-hard of the franchise in order to fully enjoy. But I’ll take this moment to say that that was absolutely not the case, because by the time I finished watching episode five, I was fully on board with this series, and now I absolutely love it, and I’d even go as far as saying that it’s probably one of my favourite shows of all time. So if you’re like me, and haven’t fully immersed yourself in the world of Star Trek yet, then there is no need for you to be put off by this show as a result of the extensive lore at all, because it is a very good gateway into this world.

With that said, that brings me to the end of another review, I do very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did, then please do be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this series, then please do feel free to share them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

John Wick: Chapter Two (2017) Film Review

So you know the score by now, I’ve been catching up with film franchises ahead of new releases coming out this year, and having seen the first John Wick film, it of course only makes sense to watch the second ahead of the third and here are my thoughts.

Sadly, much like many other sequels, it’s good but not quite as good as the first. I found the problem with this one to be that, whereas the first one was this very wacky, bombastic action film with just no realism at all but embracing that, this one seems to shy away from that a little bit more. It’s almost as if the film makers behind this thought that because people enjoyed the first one so much, they should perhaps do this one a little bit more properly and make it a bit more like a proper action film, and that just isn’t the case in all honesty, it would have been so much better had they just carried on with that bombastic, unrealistic nature of the first film. But let’s break this down a little bit further.

In the first one, I thought Keanu Reeves’ acting was somewhat passable due to the amount of crazy action sequences and the simplistic plot not really requiring much acting from him. With this one however, the same sadly cannot be said. I think because there aren’t quite as many action sequences in this one, it gives the audience time to notice his acting skills. And I think whilst it should be said that Keanu Reeves is certainly not the worst actor I’ve ever seen, I did kind of feel like in this film there were moments where he doesn’t quite nail the dramatic moments and you don’t really feel the weight of his actions as a result, it feels a bit airy-fairy if anything. Having said that though, from my perspective it seems to be that these films are something to be enjoyed only on a surface level, and they shouldn’t be delved into too deeply, so perhaps whenever I revisit these films I’ll enjoy them a lot more due to not having to think about them so much due to knowing what’s coming.

In terms of characters however, two noticeable performances that I found came to fruition in this film were from Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne. Now, as we all know Ian McShane is a great actor, but there was one scene in particular that really made his character stand out for me, as opposed to the first film, and that is at the end when his character essentially exiles John Wick from The Continental. This scene in particular stood out to me because it links back to what I was saying about feeling the weight of John Wick’s actions as it was only really at that point where I felt like things got really serious for him, and I also got the sense it’s going to create an interesting set-up ahead of the third film, in terms of shit’s going to get real, simply because I think it means that John Wick’s essentially got nothing left to lose at this point, so what’s there left to stop him really?

In the case of Laurence Fishburne’s character, I found him really interesting because he seemed to be the only character so far in these films that can give John Wick a run for his money to a certain extent. The scene on the rooftop for example, he just seems to dominant that scene so effortlessly, and command John Wick in a way that I don’t think any other character can, and I think that’s what makes his character so interesting is the way he can just have John Wick in the palm of his hand like that.

All in all, I think this is a good film but as I say, perhaps not as good as the first. I do think this makes for an interesting set-up for the third one though. My hopes for the third one are that it’s just John Wick exiled from The Continental and he’s just going on a full-on rampage, killing everyone in his way because he feels like he’s got nothing left to live for, and it’s just the most bat-shit one of them all as a result, that’s what I hope to see in the third one.

But until then, that brings me to the end of another film review, I do very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please do be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then please do be sure to leave them down in the comments section below as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Film Review

So I thought this seemed like a fine film to watch, and I initially wanted to see it at the cinema when it came out, but unfortunately didn’t get the chance to. However, I recently bought the Blu-ray of it, and finally got round to watching it, and here are my thoughts.

I personally really enjoyed this film, I know it got quite mixed reviews when it came out, but I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun watching it. I think this film comes much under the same bracket as films like Isn’t it Romantic for example, in that it isn’t completely revolutionary in terms of re-defining the genre or anything like that, but it gives you a couple of great performances from the lead actors, thus making it a really fun ride all round. But let’s break this down a little further.

I think I said this in my review of Isn’t it Romantic as well, but this seems to be one of those films like The Hitman’s Bodyguard where you watch it and enjoy it, but then it kind of gets put back on the shelf and isn’t really given that much more thought. That’s not a detriment to the film, it’s just happens to be one of those films, and it’s certainly not say that the film doesn’t have a lot going for it either, because it really does I think. I think the story is very clear cut and well defined, I think it’s really easy to follow, and there’s plenty of opportunity for gags as well that I think really get nailed in this.

And most expectantly, a lot of that humour comes from it’s main leads in the form of Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as they really do bring the gags to this film in spades. I think much like Isn’t it Romantic as well, where Rebel Wilson brought a lot of her own style of humour to that, Kate McKinnon in particular brings a lot of her own style of humour to this as well. So it’s safe to say that if you like Kate McKinnon and her style of humour, then you are more than likely going to enjoy this film.

As well as this, I also think that it’s very easy to tell that these two actors clearly have a very natural chemistry with one another, and that they’re clearly having fun in this movie, because as I’ve said before in numerous reviews prior to this one, when you’re watching actors on screen together who are clearly getting along and enjoying making a movie together, then that in turn makes it all the more fun to watch for the audience.

All in all though, I thought this was a fine film all round, I found it very enjoyable and had a lot of laughs whilst watching it. But what are some of your thoughts on this film? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Was it perhaps not for you? Where would you rank it amongst other comedies of recent times? Please do be sure to let me know down in the comments section below as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.