Thursday, 27 July 2017

(film review) - War for the Planet of the Apes

"Does this film end the Trilogy?  Is it all over now or do we get more?" The questions which were plaguing my mind having seen this excellent movie.  I just don't know what to say other than, I saw some real Apes talking and it was....and it was Amazing.  I was not aware Apes could do that yet and I want more of it, like...yesterday!?

The movie picks up several years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) which is the third film since Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and stars Andy Serkis as Caesar, an intelligent Chimpanzee and reluctant leader of all apes who finds himself stuck in a war with the Humans who want to exterminate his kind.  Having moved from location to location, Caesar struggles to find peace with humans and becoming who he hates the most.  With the support of his fellow Ape, Caesar must battle the Colonel (Woody Harrison) in order to save his kind from extinction as well as trying to find a peaceful way to settle the situation without any more bloodshed.

I wish I could write more, but If I did, I would give too much of the film away.

Beautiful.  This movie is great and having seen the 3 recent movies, I can only say, I want to see more as they story is soo great and it can most definitely reduce you to tears.  Not me, though...I fought them back (Damn you tears, not today)... but although this wasn't the greatest out of the Trilogy and could likely be the second instalment where we actually see 'Apes on Horses', this movie is a great book-end to the story-arc of Caesar (if we are talking trilogy story arcs).  Where he came from and what he did for Ape kind against the evils of humanity.  I mean, in the movie, Woody explains, human's created the Apes and now they are trying to kill the apes before the Human's are extinct.  But then, doesn't this just make you think, well if there is a threat to you and your people, what are you willing to do to remedy the situation? It also makes you wonder, who is the bad guy here?

I cannot stress how beautiful this movie is.  The cinematography is excellent, the acting is excellent, the story is very good and not to mention how it fits with the recent films, this film definitely belongs are there with the best Trilogies of all time.

Go and see it if you haven't

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

(film review) - Spider-Man Homecoming

So, they have released another Spider-Man movie because Sony Pictures (Sony) who have made Spider-Man movies since 1977 and while technology has got a lot better over the years, the last few memorable movies over the last 15 years have been good and somewhat great in parts, to me, has not really captured the essence of Spider-Man.  Shout out to Tobey Maguire but, I DID prefer Andrew Garfield.  But the Spider-Man 2 film can arguably be the best Spider-Man movie they have ever done.

The reason why we have another movie is due to Spider-Man having a soft Reboot of the character when they put him in Captain America Civil War after striking a compromise with Sony, Marvel are able to use Spider-Man in their MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), renting him whilst Sony are basically leasing him out as they currently have the rights to use him as agreed by Marvel.  Long story short, the character belongs to Marvel but marvel sold the rights off to Sony.  Sony need to do a movie with Spider-Man every so often or the rights will revert back to Marvel.  So this deal to use Spidey in the MCU is short-term at the moment but we will never know at this moment in time if this will become longer term.

As for the Movie, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has been Spider-Man for around 6 months and the movie basically picks up after Captain America Civil War, where Peter Parker enjoyed being an Avenger and wants to continue crime-fighting and thwarting bad guys. Peter is at school and between studying and wanting to be Spider-Man soo bad, Peter is finding school tedious.  When Peter discovers The Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) only to later find out that he is working for Adrian Toombs aka The Vulture (Michael Keaton), Spidey finds himself in an impossible situation where he is trying to impress Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and stop the bad guys in his Amazing Spider-Man suit, but is being knocked back by Tony because he wants him to focus on the smaller scale crimes and to leave the major criminals to the bigger guys who handle bigger threats.

This film is spectacular and even more superior in the 4DX experience.  The direction in this movie is great and I do not have a single complaint.  Having seen this twice, I might need to see it again to break it down a little more to comb through it with a fine toothed comb, but I understood everything Sony/Marvel were going for.  Also, great in 3D, but 3D does take away some of the finer details, visually.

To explain, this is another reboot of the character EVERYBODY and their Grandparent knows and we totally did not need another Uncle Ben death OR 'With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility' speech...AGAIN!
I understood that they wanted to focus on a kid playing a kid rather than a 30+ year old man playing a kid.  This played out through the characters, the acting, the things they say and how they say it, what they are doing and the general setting/environment.  Spider-Man is a geeky kid with a few geeky friends and this film plays into that a lot.  There is even a part in the movie where Spidey is shown as being vulnerable and emphasises, this is just a kid.
I understood the motive of the villain and is one of the more fleshed out villains in recent years from Marvel. You understand his plight and wasn't just moustache twirling.
The side characters were well cast and although they have been picking and choosing between different comic book iterations of Spider-Man, I really enjoyed what they did here and it didn't bother me that some of the characters are not as "Traditional" as they were in a comic books written how many years ago with a mostly white cast.
I also understood how they were trying to make this Spider-Man film a different one to it's predecessors and how they tried to connect it to MCU and for the future and not just cramming 'the future' down our throats.

There are soo much things in this movie, soo many villains they either tip the hat to or subtly point at or elude to with big comical or small comical moments. A VERY minor spoiler here, so SPOILERS (although this doesn't really give much away at all), There is a scene we see in the trailer where Tony and Peter are in the car talking. In the background, Happy is trying to take the suitcase out of the boot and is obviously struggling. When Peter comes out the car and the car drives off, Peter is casually holding the suitcase making those who spot the small detail that, Spider-Man is incredibly strong.  I mean, who caught that?

I'd definitely recommend you see this.  Charming, has heart and is a very well grounded film with a much more loveable Spider-Man because he is KID.  It is very funny without it being a comedy and the drama isn't half-baked.  Definitely the BEST Spider-Man there has been who absolutely captures the essence of Peter Parker the way he was initially intended to be like.

P.S. there are a few things in the trailers which are not in the movie, but to be honest, I don't think you would even care to notice.

Go watch it.