Bird Box

A Netflix original that has got a lot of people talking and saying it’s a good film, the first I heard about it was a story about Sandra Bullock not having holes cut in her blindfold as she wanted the journey with her blindfold on to be as real as possible and the producers where worried about her well-being. In my opinion this didn’t live up to the hype it has been give and I kept waiting for Dean and Sam (From Supernatural) to appear as this felt like a Supernatural episode.

The film is decent and worth watching but not as good as it’s led to believe and Sandra Bullock was her normal best, however there was a lot of weird things that didn’t make sense (even in a Supernatural Triller film) and I can’t understand why for 5 years she called her son Boy and the girl that Olympia gave birth to at the same time (weird that too) was called Girl. The ending has caused many discussion online and also at work, it doesn’t follow the book and I gather one of the few things in the film that didn’t. Whilst the ending does seem abrupt and also seems to have got people talking about it, it is what I expect in these types of films and perhaps there might be a follow up film that tells you what happened afterwards.

If you have Netflix, watch it but not necessary a must see as I was expecting with the hype that it was producing. B- from me

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Life Itself

A Sky Cinema production that like the previous Sky Cinema Productions were being showed on Sky Cinema Channel and selected Cinemas at the same time. Life Itself feature Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening with a brief appearance from Samual L Jackson. The films starts off weird and tries to split the movie into Chapters like Moonlight but fails with this as it disjoints the film and 1 chapter is 30 minutes long whilst another is like 5 minutes. The Chapters do link up at the end but as you watch the film it is very confusing and has different timelines, you can suddenly be 2 years previous and then back at the current time. However once you have watched the film and pieced all the chapters together it makes a lot more sense and makes it more enjoyable so I think it is a film that improves when you watch a second or third time but not sure you would watch any more than this.

The actual idea I really liked and that the worst story narrator is Life Itself but I do think the film could’ve been better and perhaps get rid of the chapters or just have 3, 1 each about the families and then one final one at the end where the families join.

So I’m only giving this a C+ (Changing rating from out of 5 or 10 to grades like we had I school so will mark it A+ to F-).

If have Sky watch it but I don’t think worth going to the Cinema for.

The Greatest Showman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vs Reimagined

One of my favourite movies and soundtrack last year was The Greatest Showman and when they said were releasing an album with the songs sung by the likes of P!nk, Kelly Clarkson and Craig David I was really looking forward to hearing how it compared.

I have 3 songs that I really love in the Movie, A Million Dreams, Never Enough (sung by Loren Allred as Rebecca Ferguson didn’t actually sing the song) and This is Me so these were the 3 songs I played more attention to. Only the Reimagined album A Million Dreams is sung by P!nk, Never Enough by Kelly Clarkson (who I love listening too) and This is Me by Kerala Settle (who sings it originally), Kesha and Missy Elliot. Maybe it’s because I had listen to the original songs first but none of the Reimagined versions seemed to be as good as the originals, Kelly’s version of Never Enough not P!nk’s version of A Million Dreams gave me the chills the original versions gave me, personally to me it seems the people behind the Reimagined version jumped on the band wagon of The Greatest Showman and tried to cash in and with the names on the album should’ve produced a far better album in my opinion but as said it could be that I’m biased as listened to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack first and fell in love with those versions of the songs.

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack would’ve got a B+ from me whilst the Reimagined would only get perhaps a D-

Personally Radio Stations I rather listen to Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and the rest sing A Million Dreams than P!nk.

Colette

A film I saw the trailer before Christmas and thought this looks interesting so I watched and I rather liked it. Based on the true story about Parisian writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette who married a very successful writer who was better known by his pen name of Willy who was the author of the Claudine Novels though as the film tells they were actually written by Gabrielle. The film follows Colette before her marriage and during it until her divorce which happened after Willy sold the rights to Claudine. Kiera Knightly returns to costume drama with her role as Colette and fits the role well. I learnt a lot about Colette duding the film and made me want to find out more about her afterwards which I guess was part of the point of this film though I expect those who have read more will probably know more about her, I did find out she wrote Gigi which is a book I have heard off. I liked the film and enjoyed it though I have no doubt some people won’t like it and would find boring though there are a few sex scenes and topless scenes to keep the boys watching.

I rate this a 3/5 (I may changing my rating scheme as don’t really like marking out of 5 or 10).

Mary Poppins Returns/Bumblebee

A week later than planned Sunday saw me watch Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee at Cineworld.

Mary Poppins Returns

This was a film I was looking forward to seeing as well as dreading as love the original Mary Poppins. My main concern was on how Emily Blunt did as Mary and how her singing compared to Julie’s. Set after the original the Banks children (Michael and Jane) have now grown up and Michael has 3 children, whose wife had just died and is in danger of losing their house (Still 17 Cherry Tree Lane), Jane has taken after her Mother and organises rally’s. Though this is not a patch on the original nor is Emily Blunt like Julie Andrews, it is a decent film and Emily Mortimer and Lin-Manual Miranda give very good performances though Ben Whishaw goes the same way as Emily Blunt and doesn’t do the role justice. There is a lot of the same things though dated in the new film compared to the original (Admiral Boom, Ellen returns, Jumping into a Painting (or a bowl in the new one) and the film starts with a song by neither the Banks or Mary Poppins and of course the Kite is involved). I don’t believe the songs are as catchy though I do like a couple of them – Can You Imagine That (though not sure suits Emily Blunts voice) and A Cover is not a Book (that does suit her voice). You can’t help but compare this to the original but if you don’t then it is a better film, I think it would be better to wait to see on Home Media than going to see at the Cinema which is a shame. 2/5

Bumblebee

It’s been a while since I watched the Transformers but liked the trailer for this film so had to go and see, though Cineworld Whiteley seemed have the wrong format of film as the subtitles were only showing the top of the letters and the top part of the screen seemed to be missing in parts (think played IMAX format on a non IMAX screen). Set in 1987 the film shows how the Transformers arrived on Earth and how Bumblebee was involved in this after being sent down to Earth to prepare it. Bumblebee arrives on Earth and after escaping the US Army he hides as a VW Beetle until Charlie (Hailee Steinfield) finds him in a repair yard and fixes him up thinking it was a normal car but as she fixes him up Bumblebee shows himself and they start an unlikely friendship and Charlie gives him the name Bumblebee, their friendship helps Charlie deal with her life and helps develops a friendship with Memo and they overcome the Deceptions as well as the US Army when they escape Charlie tells Bumblebee they have to split or would be on the run forever and Bumblebee than transforms to a Camaro. I really enjoyed this film and though Hailee played the role well as having seen her in Pitch Perfect it was nice to see her play a different role. The only thing that was poorly done was when Charlie was fixing the Beetle she was fixing the engine in the front of the car but even I know that the Beetles’ engine is at the back of the car but this doesn’t take anything away from the film. This is worthwhile seeing at the Cinema if have time and free to do so. 3/5 rating from me.

Cineworld Unlimited Secret Screening 10

Last night saw Cineworlds tenth Secret Unlimited Screening, recently we have been treated to some very good films such as Love Simon, Incredible 2 and last Christmas saw Molly’s Game being shown, this year was a wide open as there is a lot of good films coming out but with the booking being opened for Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns this to me ruled them out so I was then thinking it could be the films about Queens, either Mary, Queen of Scots or The Favourite but when the Certificate appeared and mentioned Green Book, I though wow I’ve not even heard of this and not even had it on my radar to watch however as the titles started and said was based on a true story I settled back to watch as films based on true stories and biographies are my favourite Genre.

Green Book is named after the Negro Motorist Green Book that was a guidebook for the African-American Travellers in the 1960’s and the film is about African-American Classical/Jazz Pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) who hires Italian-American Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) as his driver and to help him gets to his gigs on time when he tours the Deep South (which still had a lot of racial tension). 

The film takes us on the journey not only the musical tour but also the journey of friendship that started to blossom between Tony and Don and how they start to improve each other which Don trying to make Tony more intelligent and helps him write letters back to his wife whilst Tony tries to get Don to stand up for himself more.

I enjoyed this film and not knowing what to expect may have help make this better as not seeing any trailer or reading any review I couldn’t have any expectation of what to expect and maybe this is a good way forward, though with going to the cinema you are always seeing trailers so seeing films not hearing anything about is going to be rare.

Personally this is a good film to watch but I know lots of people won’t enjoy this, if you like Hidden Figures, Moonlighting I think you will enjoy this film, there is comedy parts in the film as the differences between Tony and Don show through.

Green Book gets a 4/5 from me.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

I’ve been MIA recently for my blog but will try and catch up over the next month but won’t do a blog for every film I’ve seen whilst been missing. But as this was the last movie I saw I thought I start here.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (AKA Wreck it Ralph 2) is the sequel to the 2012 Wreck it Ralph film that was a huge success, it starts 6 years after the first film where Ralph and Vanellope became best friends and whilst Ralph is happy, Vanellope dreams off more and is getting bored of her game and after Ralph tries to create a new track in Sugar Rush for Vanellope the player playing the game breaks the steering wheel when Vanellope fails to respond to the controls, this makes Vanellope and the other Suger Rush characters homeless, as Vanellope glitches more Ralph decides to try and get the replacement Steering Wheel that one of the kids at the arcade showed Mr Litwak when he said he couldn’t get a replacement. Ralph tells Vanellope and they both manage to get into the Internet via the Wi-Fi Router that Mr Litwak had recently installed and this starts their adventures in the Internet.

There is a look of familiar products and names and eBay is part of the story, there is also a lot of Disney ties in with the Disney Princesses, Stan Lee (Marvel) and Star Wars all playing a part in the story, there is also references to the Dark Net however the adventures in the Internet tend to be lame for the most part with some good parts but the film tends to drag for a while before starts picking up again (personally I didn’t see the need for the Disney section).

Ralph Breaks the Internet is not as good as the first film and I don’t think the plot is a good one, the animation is top notch and whilst the Disney part of the film was pointless I liked it had a lot of the Disney characters, kids may enjoy this more than me but I think this is too long (around 2 hours) for the main target audience.

I can only rate this 2/5 as could’ve been and perhaps should’ve been a lot better than it was. The storyline was weak and felt rushed.

Final Score

Final Score is the 4th Sky Cinema Original Film that is shown on Sky Cinema channel the same day as is released in selected cinemas. Starring Dave Bautista, Pierce Bronsan, Amit Shah and Lara Peake; a group of Terrorist hold a West Ham crowd hostage (though they’re not aware of this) during an European game whilst trying to locate the brother of one of the terrorist. An ex-army officer stubbles across them whilst taking her niece to the game.

You could say this is a British version of Die Hard or Under Siege but this is nowhere near as good as either, whilst this is a good idea in theory the idea of all this going on in a football stadium with 35,000 people inside without anyone noticing is too far fetch which even for me thinks it’s okay to exaggerate in movies to make it a fantasy but this was too much (and I like superhero and star wars films). It’s an okay to watch as on Sky but I wouldn’t go to the cinema to watch. I’m going to give it 2 stars only because it does have a lot of action in otherwise would’ve only really be a 1 star.

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The Happytime Murders

Being seeing the trailer for this for a while but never remembered the name until the posters/trailers started being played in the foyer at Whiteley’s Cineworld but one I had to see to see what it was like as grew up in the Muppets Era and have also seen the Avenue Q musical, this was billed as an Adult Muppets (like Avenue Q is) but to be honest I was disappointed with the film, yes there was some very funny parts but it lacked any real cohesion to keep the story going and the audience entertained. PI Phil Phillips is a Puppet and and ex-cop and the reason why Puppets are not allowed to be cops, Detective Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) is his ex-partner and when members of the Happytime Gang started getting killed they reunite though the FBI suspect Phillips as the killer and finally Phillips shots the killer to bury his demons and get’s his old job back as a cop.

As mentioned there is some funny scenes and stupid scenes that make you laugh (a Puppet Sex Shop where the first murder happens is an example) and you also get spoofs from other films (Basic Instinct cross leg scene) but these are too far apart and most of the film drag, it only really started to flow towards the end when Phillips was avoiding the FBI and then when Edwards helps him escape to catch the real killer, in fact the credit scenes where you see behind the scenes and how the puppets where moved was probably just as good as the majority of the film.

I don’t know whether I got my hopes up for the film as I hoped it would be a film equivalent to Avenue Q but this was nowhere near this but personally I would wait for this to come to Home Media to watch then recommend to see in the cinema.

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