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Focus stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and it is about this con-man named Nicky and him dealing with a girl he trains to follow in his footsteps. It is the story of these two as they go through life conning people and kind of developing a romance. I was actually pretty excited for this movie. But does it really deserve your money?
Honestly, no. This movie does not deserve your money. It disappoints me to say it, but this film is a complete misfire. It starts out with Will Smith being all sly, conning people left and right, and it really gets you on board. You start to get really excited for the rest of this movie because of how good the beginning is. But then it doesn't really go anywhere. It just kind of chugs along giving you a little bit of story here and there, but in the end it really doesn't deliver.
The acting in the film was good. In fact the performances given by Will Smith and Margot Robbie are definitely the best parts. If you are a Will Smith fan, you'll most likely enjoy this movie. But if you are kind of neutral on that subject it's probably not for you.
One thing that this movie really got wrong, is that there isn't really an antagonist until the very end. Even then, it feels like the big scene with him is only characterization but you don't realize until afterwards that you were watching the climax of the film. It really is just kind of a boring movie. For example, I NEVER go to the bathroom in the middle of the movie because I want to focus on it. (Probably not a good idea, but I do it anyway). I actually went to the bathroom in this movie, because nothing was happening and I felt like nothing was going to happen. When I got back, I asked my friend what I missed. You not what he said? "Nothing really". It's just so boring!
Another thing is, the movie really doesn't know what it is. At times, it feels like a cool film about con-artists, then it seems to be turning into a comedy, and then it's a romance! The comedy in the movie missed for the most part, and when it turns into a romance you really don't buy it. The relationship just feels so forced between Smith and Robbie's characters that you really don't believe it could actually happen.
Whenever the movie finally gives you a little bit of conflict, it is really well done! There is a scene in the movie where Smith is gambling and he's losing all of this money, but he keeps going bigger with the amount being bet. I was actually on the edge of my seat a couple of times. But then they completely avoid the consequences by saying it was a con the entire time! I was okay with it at first, but then they say that with almost every major conflict in the film. It was alright at first. But when it started happening over and over again it really started to get annoying!
The thing that really drove the movie home (in terms of it not being very good) was the way it ended. The ending it just so abrupt. There is a scene happening and it feels just like the rest of the movie, but it's not until afterwards that you realize that was the climax. Then they try adding an emotional depth to it, and it really doesn't hit. After that, the movie just ends without warning. It was so disappointing.
So overall, this is not a movie you should see in theatres. It was boring, lack-luster, and it really just feels like they made it for the sake of making money off of Will Smith's name, not to actually make a good film. At most, you could rent it on DVD when it comes out. But it really doesn't live up to expectations. The only somewhat redeeming quality is the performances that are given by Smith and Robbie. In the end, the more you think about this movie the worse it gets. And that's one of the biggest flaws a movie can ever have.
So did you see Focus? Are you a Will Smith fan? Are you excited to see these two in 'Suicide Squad"? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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Hello fellow moviegoers!
The 87th annual Academy Awards were this previous weekend and there is definitely a lot to talk about. 2014 was such a great year for movies that a lot of the categories this year had no obvious winners! Who won that shouldn't have? Who lost that should have won? Here is what you should know.
Just as it was for my Oscar Predictions post, only the major awards are going to be discussed here. So no short films, or editing, or things like that. That's not to say they're no important. There just not major. There were so many great films and performances this year. Just because I don't think someone should have won does not mean that they did a bad job. I just disagree with the choice.
There was really only one category that legitimately upset me with the choice of winner. That category was...
The Grand Budapest Hotel won the award for Original Score this year and in my opinion it shouldn't have. The score in that movie was alright but definitely not Oscar winning. That trophy should undeniably have gone to Hans Zimmer for his score in Interstellar. One of the best ways to decide which film had the best score is to think about which one was stuck in your head the most, or, which one did you actually go out of your way to purchase and listen to. That was definitely Interstellar. The music in that movie was extraordinary! Listening to that score definitely made you feel like you were actually in space! The Grand Budapest Hotel was just a fun little soundtrack for a fun little movie, but it didn't deserve this!
Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Directing Oscar for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) this year, and I was thrilled that he won it! In my predictions post I said that he should and would win the award. But the closer we got to the actual award, the more and more I started to think the trophy would go to Richard Linklater for Boyhood. If Linklater would have won, I wouldn't have been too upset because it takes quite a vision to make a film over 12 years. But the way Inarritu shot Birdman and the performances he got out of his entire cast was mind-boggling. Definitely a good choice.
Animated Feature Film
Although I don't think I am ever going to fully get over the LEGO movie's snub, it is time to look beyond that and discuss the category for Animated Feature Film. Big Hero 6 happened to surprise us all and win the award for Animated Feature Film this year. It seemed like How to Train Your Dragon 2 was pretty much a lock to win this award because nobody thought the Academy would give an award to Big Hero 6 because it was a superhero movie. But boy were we wrong! I was honestly shocked when they announced Big Hero 6 as the winner! How to Train Your Dragon 2 should have won the award, but there's no need to complain about it going to Big Hero 6.
Now for the two big ones that really need discussion. Best Picture, and Best Lead Actor. We all knew that the Supporting Actor award would go to J.K. Simmons, and that Best Supporting Actress would go to Patricia Arquette. I didn't see Still Alice so I am not going to comment on Best Lead Actress. But these two really need discussion.
Best Lead Actor
Eddie Redmayne won the award for Best Lead Actor this year. He was definitely well-deserving of the award. But Michael Keaton was just a little higher up on the list than he was. Don't get me wrong, Eddie Redmayne was magnificent in The Theory of Everything! The way he was able to portray Stephen Hawking as the condition of his disease worsens was awe-inspiring. But Michael Keaton for Birdman was on another level. He definitely should have won instead of Redmayne, but still not a lot to complain about.
Finally, here's the big one. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)! Wow! Honestly, I believed that Boyhood was going to take that award. But Birdman winning is so exciting! Very,very well deserved. When they officially announced Birdman had won the award, I literally jumped up out of my chair with excitement! I truly cannot put into words how much this film deserved to win! It was especially surprising because quite often the Academy likes to give Best Picture to a historical film, but apparently not this year. Nicely done Academy, nicely done.
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Hello fellow moviegoers!
The 87th Annual Academy Awards are tonight and there is a lot of talk about them! For the first time in a while, there aren't any obvious choices for most of the categories. There are so many people out there debating on who will win what, so I thought I might put in my two cents. Not only will I discuss who will win, but also who SHOULD win. However I will only be discussing what are considered the main categories.
The categories I will discuss are; Best Animated Feature, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Lead Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture.
(I will not be commenting on Best Lead Actress due to the fact that I have only seen two of the nominated performances, and feel that I am under-qualified to make a good decision)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Nominations: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Should Win: The LEGO Movie
I still cannot get over the fact that The LEGO Movie was not nominated for this. That movie should have won this award! It was by far the best animated film of the year! And yes, it did still qualify for the award even though it had a few live-action scenes toward the end. There is no excuse for not even nominating it! Everything is awful!!
Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
This movie would have been my next choice to win after The LEGO movie. This movie is one of the best animated sequels in a long time. It takes a lot to make a sequel to an awesome movie like the first How to Train Your Dragon, and have it be even better than the first! Definitely a well-deserved award.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nominations: Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Should Win: Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher was one of the best parts in a completely performance driven film. I didn't know going into this movie the extent to which Ruffalo would be in it, and he definitely deserves more recognition than he is getting. His performance was brilliant!
Will Win: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Unfortunately, I was not able to catch this film when it was in my local theatre, and I won't be able to see it until this coming Tuesday when it comes out on DVD. So, I can't comment too much on his performance in this film. From the bits and pieces I have seen, and what I've heard from others his performance was mind-boggling, and he deserves the Oscar.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominations: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods).
Should and Will Win: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Patricia Arquette is definitely the front-runner for this award, and she very well deserves to win it! Not only did she give a great performance, but the fact that she could keep the quality of that performance on an awesome level for 12 years during filming, truly shows her dedication to this role. While I wouldn't complain if Emma Stone, or Keira Knightley won the award, there is little doubt that this award belongs to Arquette.
Best Lead Actor
Nominations: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Should and Will Win: Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Michael Keaton's performance in Birdman is definitely one of those performances that will captivate people throughout the ages. He was amazing! Keaton really knocks this role out of the park. The way he was able to transform himself not only into his lead character Riggan, but also the character in which Riggan stars in a play, and the titular Birdman. It is most certainly a well deserved award.
Nominations: Alejadro G. Inarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennet Miller (Foxcatcher), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
Should and Will Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu
The directing of Birdman is definitely was made the film what it was. Inarritu did an amazing job directing this film. The performances he was able to get out of his ENTIRE cast was breathtaking. Also, the way the film was shot was also very intriguing because it was made to look like it was all one shot. He should definitely win the award. I wouldn't be surprised if the Oscar goes to Linklater for Boyhood though.
Nominations: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash.
Should Win: Birdman
In my opinion Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was definitely the best film of the year. The way it was able to look at so many different themes and hit them all exactly was excellent! The entire ensemble of the cast did such a great job! I honestly cannot put how good I thought this movie was into words!
Will Win: Boyhood
While Birdman has a very honest shot at taking home the Academy Award. Chances are, it is going to go to Boyhood. Boyhood is definitely very deserving of the award. Also, it helps that this film was actually shot over 12 years and it was able to stay consistently good the entire time. The entire way this film is constructed screams Best Picture. Even though I have fingers crossed for Birdman, Boyhood really deserves the award.
So how excited are you for the Oscars tonight? Do you agree with my picks? Who do you think is going to win? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, I will be live-tweeting the ceremony tonight @KruzeReviews. So you should definitely check that out!
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Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mark Strong. A lot of people out there have passed over this movie to see other less colorful movies this past weekend, but is this movie really worth your money? Here's what you should know...
Kingsman: The Secret Service is definitely the most fun I have had at a theatre so far this year. It is the story about this kid named Eggsy (Egerton) who is the son of a former member of a British spy network called Kingsman. When Eggsy is recruited for training to become a Kingsman by Colin Firth's character named "Galahad", he starts to really develop as a person and learn that "Manners maketh man".
Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain in this movie, and he is definitely an interesting one. Not only is it strange to hear Sam Jackson with a lisp, but also he doesn't like to see violence, in which he causes a lot of. I thought that his character was going to be one where it didn't necessarily need to be Sam Jackson, but he really made that character a lot of fun! He was definitely an interesting villain.
The concept of this film is such a cool one. Kingsman is basically a modern day version of the Knights of the Round Table. Each member is even given a code name that is the name of one of the original knights. When you go to see this movie (and you should see this movie) be aware that this isn't a movie for kids. There is enough language to fill several jars of quarters. It is also extremely violent. If you cannot handle impalements, decapitations, and other absurdly violent actions, this movie isn't for you...
I cannot stress enough how badly you should see this movie though. Not only is it just a good action film, but it is also incredibly funny. Not often is an action scene good enough to make people laugh uncontrollably. In fact that only happened to me once last year in the climax of Godzilla, but that happened to me not once, but twice in this movie. That's how good it is. The first was in an all out brawl in a church about half-way through. I don't want to spoil the second one, when you hear Pomp and Circumstance, you'll know what I am talking about.
The acting in this movie is also really good. Almost nobody knows who Taron Egerton is now, but we will. This guy was brilliant in this movie, he is definitely going to have more big roles coming his way (especially if those Spiderman rumors are true). Colin Firth, who is usually a dramatic actor, was awesome. He pulled off that character so well. Not once did I feel like it wasn't actually him doing all of these crazy things. It was really cool to see Firth take on a different sort of role than he usually does, and he knocked it out of the park. The rest of the cast was great! Mark Strong played Merlin who is the tech-guy of the group and he was as good as ever. One person I didn't even realize was in the movie until last week is Mark Hamill. Although he isn't a major character and he's not in it very much, he did a good job. (It really just got me excited to see him again this December)
So, overall Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most fun I've had in a theatre so far this year! It's definitely a movie you need to check out, especially if you are a fan of the James Bond franchise, or really just fun action movies at all. We better get a sequel...
I know I have been giving a LOT of 9's recently but there have just been so many great movies I've been seeing! Anyway, did you see Kingsman: The Secret Service? What were your impressions? Would you like a sequel? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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