Movie Review

Nov 172018
 

The Hobbit : The Desolation Of Smaug

2013

  



Plot

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest–without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

Summary

It just gets more silly doesn't it? Very little here was in the book, half the characters are new and I thought the goblin escape in the first film was bad until I saw the barrel scene in this one.


IMDb 7.8

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Nov 162018
 

The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

2012

  



Plot

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities .

Summary

I tried watching this film before but gave up halfway through as it was so dull. On a second attempt it wasn't much better and a big disappointment after LOTR. The almost slapstick comedy with the Goblins is also very misplaced


IMDb 7.9

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Nov 112018
 

Monte Carlo

2011

 



Plot

A young woman, her uptight step sister and her best friend use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip to Paris, which turns out to be a big disappointment. When they decide to take a break from their lousy tour and duck into the lobby of a luxury hotel, one of them is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities they are wrapped up in misadventures during a vacation to Monte Carlo instead.

Summary

It's a teen movie and I don't really reflect it's target audience but I usually love these cheesy films. Selena Gomez is as hot as hell but the film itself is average at best.


IMDb 5.8

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Nov 102018
 

Kill Keith

2011



Plot

Kill Keith: Volume 1. Keith 'Cheggers' Chegwin is a household name and has been at the top of his game for nearly 40 years. He's an all round entertainer and has lived with us via our TV screens on Swap Shop as kids through to GMTV as parents. He is undoubtedly a national treasure, and for nearly four decades has been much loved by viewers young and old. The year is 2010 and hidden away in a damp dark and blood stain cellar is a stranger, a man, a figure in the dark, someone we'd rather not know. He sits through the small hours torturing himself watching Swap Shop on fast forward over and over again. Cheggers Plays Pop posters decorate the cellar walls. The stranger moves slowly around his memorabilia filled shrine; terrifying equipment of torture fill the cellar together with several slabs of dead meat hanging from meat hooks. In the corner a man is bound and gagged in a cage while being subjected to archive TV clips of Keith Chegwin. The stranger is on an evil crusade. What is this …

Summary

How can you not like a film that stars Keith Chegwin and Tony Blackburn and also includes the gorgeous Susannah Fielding? Quite easily when it's as poor as this. Terrible film.


IMDb 3.3

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Sep 302018
 

A Bridge Too Far

1977

   



Plot

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far.

Summary

An all star cast in a faithful telling of an Allied military failure which was unusual in it's day as films were normally of glorious victories. One of the best war movies of it's day.


IMDb 7.4

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Sep 302018
 

Up

2009

   



Plot

Carl Fredricksen as a boy wanted to explore South America and find the forbidden Paradise Falls. About 64 years later he gets to begin his journey along with a Boy Scout named Russel by lifting his house with thousands of balloons. On their journey, they make many new friends including a talking dog and figure out that someone has evil plans. Carl soon realises that this evildoer is his childhood idol.

Summary

Not normally a great lover of Disney/Pixar productions but this has a quite emotional and adult theme to it especially at the beginning. Very enjoyable.


IMDb 8.3

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Sep 232018
 

Happy Ever Afters

2009

 



Plot

Dublin: Maura is a single mom, furniture repossessed, being evicted. For a fee, she's marrying Wilson, an African, facing deportation. Her nine-year old, Molly, thinks she's going to get a dad. Freddie, a bit of a compulsive, is remarrying Sophie, after divorce and recommitment; she's starved herself into her old wedding dress. Both bridal parties arrive at the same inn for receptions: Freddie and Maura's paths keep crossing, Sophie thinks the two are having an affair, immigration officers are stalking Wilson, and Molly's figuring out what's really up. Sophie's father threatens Freddie with bodily harm if anything goes wrong. Can it not?

Summary

These offbeat comedies can either be classics or fall flat. This is unfortunately the latter and lacks any real humour which is a pity as Sally Hawkins is usually great.


IMDb 5.6 

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Sep 222018
 

Beastly

2011

 



Plot

At the Buckeston Academy High School, the wealthy, arrogant, narcissistic, and bigoted Kyle Kingson is a student who does not respect his classmates. When Kyle is elected representative of the students, he plays a prank on the outcast Kendra, who has a reputation as a witch: he invites her to a party and humiliates her in front of their classmates. However, Kendra curses him with a spell that makes Kyle as ugly as his soul. Further, she tells him that if he does not find anyone who loves him within a year, he will be doomed to that appearance forever. When Kyle's father, Rob Kingson, sees him, he takes Kyle to specialists but the doctors do not know what to do, so Rob hides Kyle in an apartment with a maid and a blind tutor. When Kyle sees his mate Lindy on the streets, he saves her from a dangerous drug dealer and he brings her to his apartment to protect her. Now his only hope is that Lindy will fall in love with him.

Summary

Dull retelling of the classic Beauty And The Beast


IMDb 5.6

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Sep 202018
 

Captain America: Civil War

2016

   



Plot

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.

Summary

How is this a Captain America film and not an Avengers film as they are all in it? Very good.


IMDb 7.8

FilmIMDbElizabeth Olsen

Sep 142018
 

Blockers

2018

  



Plot

Blockers is a 2018 American sex comedy film directed by Kay Cannon (in her directorial debut) and written by Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe. The film stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena as a trio of parents who try to stop their daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon) from losing their virginity on prom night.

Summary

I had high hopes for this as it has a very appealing cast but it just lacks any real humour.


IMDb 6.2

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Sep 092018
 

Avengers: Infinity War

2018

   



Plot

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain

Summary

There is just so much going on in this film! Not up to the standard of the first film but still very good.


IMDb 8.6

FilmIMDbElizabeth Olsen

Sep 082018
 

Doctor Strange

2016

  



Plot

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Summary

The trailers did nothing for me and would not have watched this if it hadn't been part of the Marvel build up to Infinity War. Actually it was better than I expected.


IMDb 7.5

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