The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Genre: Action, Comedy

From the minute I first saw this trailer I was very excited to see this movie 😀 . Ryan Reynolds (Michael Bryce) and Samuel L Jackson (Darius Kincaid) did not disappoint and created a good partnership together. Their humour and lines in the dialogue were quite amusing and some parts hilarious 😀 . Other moments within the film tried to keep the level of comedy and action equal and it mostly does. The actual narrative was quite entertaining with a decent plot (try to defeat the bad guy and don’t let the witness die 😛 )plus the graphics are good. My favourite scene had to be the beginning as it was a great set up to understanding the character of Michael Bryce and the scene was a shocker 😛 . I also thought Gary Oldman’s character Vladislav Dukhovich was a very impressive villain and the action scenes were great 😀 . I liked the scene in the court near the end (can’t say what scene as I don’t want to spoil but I can hint it is the one with the van 😛 ) onwards was more intriguing. The defeat of the bad guy was very fitting and I liked the development of the characters as they “had” to get along 🙂 . However, as much as I was not bored at all, I can’t say I truly enjoyed this either. It storyline was very predictable which affected the action side of the storyline and the comedy suffered too. The jokes only had me slightly chuckling at times but no laughter. The majority of jokes weren’t funny and the only ones that got me chuckling were due to Reynolds and Jackson’s characters only. Plus the love interests and how they got together were not needed. However, this is still a very entertaining movie and I am glad to have watched it once, I just wished it had been funnier. Enjoy 😀 

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Genre: Drama, Romance

I was wary about watching this movie as I had seen another book adaptation of Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D’Urbervilles BBC series) and I was not the biggest fan. Not that the series was bad because it wasn’t, it was just very depressive and I assumed this one would be the same. However, I was definitely wrong and absolutely loved this 😀 ! The story had me hooked from the very beginning and it continued to captivate me throughout. There are no big dramatic action scenes but the small scale drama still manages to grip you to the story of Bathsheba Everdene. Carey Mulligan performs Bathsheba brilliantly and I loved the empowerment and kind of feminist feel 🙂 . I believed her and really wanted her to “astonish them all” 😛 . The romances she finds and her admirers were also good 🙂 . I liked that each were very different a sheep famer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), land owner William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) and soldier Sergeant Francis (Tom Sturridge) plus each had a moment with her that made you want her to go with them. I could not decide who I wanted her to be with 😛 . I liked the scenes that shocked me such as the scene with the sheep on the cliff and the conclusion of Christmas Eve party 😛 . The scenery was amazing, the acting superb and costumes really helped envision the Victorian world the characters lived in. 🙂  I liked the character development and the fallout over the Fanny Robbin situation. The ending is also very fitting and perfect 😀 . I was left wanting to see more of this film 😀 ! Overall, this is a great romance period drama which is a must watch for anyone who loves those genres and is a fan of Thomas Hardy 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Green Mile

The Green Mile (1999)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy

This is a film that everyone needs to watch at least once in their lifetime and it is a classic 😀 . Its storyline is compelling, gripping and entertaining from start to finish plus mixes realism with magic perfectly 🙂 . The story is dark (it is following the lives of death row guards) and does have some uncomfortable moments but it feels right for the atmosphere of the movie. I loved that the excellent performances from all the actors lead by Tom Hanks (Paul Edgecomb) and Michael Clarke Duncan (John Coffey) helped created so many different characters. I believed each character (some made me love them and some made me hate them 😛 ) and each felt useful to the narrative. I loved the character of Eduard Delacroix (Michael Jeter) who was lovable and funny even if he was a death row inmate plus his exit scene is a shocker. The filming is clean and crisp plus the CGI on the “magic” still works for this movie 🙂 . John Coffey was an extremely likable and unique character and Paul Edgecomb (performed fabulously by Tom Hanks) was a main character you wanted to follow 🙂 . Percy Wetmore was a perfectly horrid character who I believed (and hated 😛 ) and Doug Hutchison performed him brilliantly. The movie also ends great as it leaves you questioning the experience Edgecomb saw while accepting a perfect end to a memorising movie. It is beautifully filmed, has a fantastic storyline with solid acting 😀 . This is a long movie (over 3 hours) but you really don’t notice 😛 . I definitely recommend this movie if you like Stephen King book adaptations (as this is one) or Crime with a touch of Fantasy 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014)

Genre: Comedy

This movie is certainly made for the fans alone and as much as I tried I could not get into it. Don’t get me wrong, this film is fine enough to watch throughout and it certainly is not the worst movie in the world. However, for a comedy it felt like it missed the mark 😛 . I have watched a few episodes of the popular television show and can see it is funny 🙂 . It can make me laugh but this movie struggled a lot. The concept of the narrative is passable but not very exciting and the “corpsing” in the movie wasn’t very good for the flow of the film. The stereotyping of the Chinese and Russians was very bad (especially the Chinese) and was rather cringe worthy to see. The opening scene was alright compared to the rest of the movie and the outtakes in the end credit were quite funny 😀 . The acting is not good, the jokes old and I really was not captivated. It feels like the format of this show does not work as a movie as it over stretches to the point of boredom. Where the story and humour that Brendan O’Carroll can create in 30 minute sitcom may work but cannot translate to the big screen. Mrs. Brown’s Boys is not my cup of tea and I have only seen the odd one when it was on TV. Now I may be actively avoiding this because the movie has certainly put me off 😛 . This one is for fans only if they can cope with its simple storyline but otherwise I would say not to watch this movie 😛 . Enjoy if you can 🙂

I give this film 1.5 Stars out of 5!

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Blade

Blade (1998)

Genre: Action, Horror, Marvel

Another Marvel movie but this one is before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s a horror 😛 . I had not seen Blade before but I really enjoyed this movie 🙂 . The storyline kept me highly entertained throughout and I was hooked from the beginning. The start of movie throws you straight into the story and the scene with the nightclub is a great scene 😀 . It is very interesting to watch as well as being a great introduction to Blade (Wesley Snipes) and the world he has to live in. Wesley Snipes performs Blade impressively as his character’s personality does not seem to falter and it is different from other Marvel Superheroes 🙂 . His lady interest (though more of a sidekick) Karen (N’Bushe Wright) is a welcome addition as she wants to fight rather than be saved and I actually believed her which is refreshing 😛 . The main villain Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) is a decent bad guy and his cool but cruel attitudes to others in his way makes him impressive. The fight scenes are well choreographed and fitted the story well (that it wasn’t placed there for no reason 😛 ). The graphics and how the vampires die was good and I liked the turn to skeleton death the most 🙂 . However, the graphic aren’t as good as they probably would have been but it doesn’t affect the movie. It ends well and you can’t wait to watch a sequel 😀 . This is a highly entertaining and generally fantastic movie for any Marvel fan or fans of Vampire horror films 😀 . Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Fog

The Fog (2005)

Genre: Horror

This horror is a remake of the original The Fog movie in 1980, and I can’t say how true it is as I have not seen it. However, as much as this film is passable to watch from beginning to end I don’t know if I can call this a horror. I mean sure, we have ghosts, deaths and plenty of things happening in the dark but I wasn’t scared. The thing I liked was learning about the past and the connections of who was being aimed at (by the ghost) and why 🙂 . The pace treaded along slowly and wasn’t the most entertaining. I did like the scene with the “boat party” though I do wish it had been done better. I was captivated when the child was being chased and when the “fog” was taking over the town 🙂 . There are a few plot holes and unanswered questions that should have been answered to make this more interesting. Such as, why does Nick need two love interests when I barely saw him in love with one of them? They never questioned Nick’s Uncle’s face (which was rotting) or the fact the ghosts “graffitied” a church. I though the ghosts were from 1800’s so why did they use spray cans?? The CGI is not very good but I did like the ghost ship in the night 🙂 . The characters are not very deep and are cliché of an early 2000’s horror (or any horror actually 😛 ). To be fair, I was entertained enough to watch to the end. Moments in this were promising, although the movie’s end could not save it. For as much I as I didn’t mind it, it was more of a ghost (and strange) romance movie than a horror which was quite predicable 😛 . This was a confusing plot that wasn’t very scary and I wished I had just watched the original. Enjoy 😀

I give this film 1.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I have never read the books by Stephen King so I don’t know how faithful to the original this is and if any fans will enjoy this movie. However, coming to this film with no prior knowledge, I really loved this movie 😀 . I was gripped from the start, captivated throughout and loved the ending 🙂 . My favourite person in this movie was Walter (Matthew McConaughey) 😀 . His performance was fabulous and his character was believable.  He was awesome, strong, his magic great and was terrifyingly evil 😀 . Idris Elba played a very cool Gunslinger Roland who created an interesting character to follow. I also liked the main character of Jake (Tom Taylor) and his relationship with Roland 🙂 . The other world was great and I liked the threat element of the demons. The pace was very good and action scenes were steadily placed (it felt right and I was not left wanting). The magic and hints to a darker world (such as the scene when Jake is attacked by the house) was very good and kept me guessing. There are a few deaths in this that are shocking and a great twist in the tale (won’t say who as don’t want to spoil 😛 ). Plus in the final battle, I loved the cleverness of how the defeat was achieved. Overall, this was a great adventure fantasy for anyone who loves otherworldly movies 🙂 . I would recommend this movie, would happily watch again and would love to watch another film if a sequel is ever made 😀 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Bridesmaid

Bridesmaids (2011)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

I had heard many people who loved this movie and recommend this comedy. Therefore, when I got the chance I had to give this movie a watch 😛 . The overall story is pleasant and I can’t say I wasn’t captivated from beginning to end. The actresses who played the main characters all performed great and I liked the fact this movie is lead by women 🙂 . However, the humour was not as great as I was expecting. The humour felt off or overdone and it tried to force us to laugh along at the comedy elements. Don’t get me wrong I did laugh at parts and it was not terrible 😛 . I think its main problem was the main character herself. Annie (although portrayed brilliantly by Kristen Wiig) was not a very likeable character. I get her life was awful and at times I did feel for her but the problems she faced became annoying. She became dislikeable as the story continued especially her attitude to people and that moment in the bridal shower was horrid. The only characters I did like in this movie were Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Helen (Rose Byrne) and Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) 🙂 . I did like the growing relationship between Annie and Rhodes (except for her attitude part way through). However, it is saved by the ending and I can’t say it wasn’t entertaining. This is an alright movie that is possibly worth the watch but it is not as great as others may say 😛 . If you like crude humour with your romantic comedy then this is for you 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Man Up

Man Up (2015)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

I am not the biggest fan of comedies but sometimes I do find a rare comedy that keeps me entertained throughout 🙂 . Man Up was pleasant, lovely, funny, captivating and a great watch from start to end. We are introduced to Nancy (Lake Bell) and even with her “problems” we automatically sympathise and really root for her to succeed when the film continues 🙂 . The main plot of this film “pretending to be someone else’s date” is actually quite unique and even though it’s “wrong” you really want it succeed 😀 . Jack (Simon Pegg) is a really great character and I really appreciated that this film gave him flaws too not just Nancy 😛 . The chemistry between the two characters is really genuine and I really liked them in the bar when the ex-wife turns up (won’t say any more as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). There is plenty of space for comedy to work its way into the story and isn’t over powered by the romance. The “The Reflex dance off” was really funny and I loved the scene when Jack is running with the drunk teenagers 😀 . Nancy ‘s old school acquaintance Sean (Rory Kinnear) is the most marmite comedy element here but he is needed for the conclusion.  The pacing of the movie flows well and I was enjoying it that much that I wished I had more to watch. Though I loved the ending and I think it ended perfectly for any fan of romance comedies 🙂 . I certainly recommend this movie for anyone who likes romantic comedies or anyone in general as you will be surprised at how good this is 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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