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With all the remakes and reboots hitting the big screen recently and no restraint given to Hollywood studios when they think they can capitalize on nostalgia, is it really a surprise that they turned to classic horror movies for a source of income? 2013’s Carrie, last year’s Dracula Untold, and this year’s Poltergeist, are sure signs that studios consider these films a worthy investment. Universal’s oncoming Monster Movie Universe consisting of Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and others seems to lock in that statement. While a majority of these films are almost straight adaptations of the classic stories, Victor Frankenstein took a new look at the story of Frankenstein’s Monster, choosing to focus on the man behind the monster rather than the monster itself.
Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as the titular character and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor. This film takes a completely new approach to the story of Frankenstein, changing key plot points and even entire characters. But does this fresh vision pay off in the final product?
Unlike most critics, I enjoyed Victor Frankenstein. It’s an imperfectly fun time at the movies. If you go into this movie expecting to be blown away, you’re going to leave disappointed. I went in with almost no expectations and found enjoyment in it.
The thing that was most enjoyable was the overall story. It was a very interesting new take on the story, choosing to no longer portray Igor as a hunchback, and make Victor less of a mad scientist and more of an intellectual who gets a little too into his work.
The acting on both McAvoy and Radcliffe’s parts was subpar. Neither one of them really stood out, but they didn’t really need to. To expect brilliant performances out of this film is useless because they’re not there. While they weren’t necessarily bad, they weren’t great either. However, the two of them did work well together. You could easily tell that they enjoyed working with one another, which is makes the film much more fun to watch.
I found the visual effects to be quite impressive. When the time comes and Frankenstein’s monster lives, he looks great. It’s not the traditional look, but it’s what you could expect if this were to actually happen. Although, there are little nods to the original design of the monster that make for some entertaining scenes.
The film was a bit predictable. You can predict almost everything that happens in this film. He’s going to be a villain. They’re going to get in an argument. He’s going to get the girl. They’re going to say something they shouldn’t. Yadda yadda.
The somewhat villain in the film played by Andrew Scott was underutilized. He seemed way too cartoonish and he doesn’t do much to forward the plot. By the time the climax of the film hits he’s an afterthought. Also, he might have an eye injury? I couldn’t tell as his eyepatch kept disappearing and reappearing. It was almost a game between my friend and me, as this eyepatch would show up and dematerialize within a few minutes.
Victor Frankenstein is one of those movies that you don't need to go out of your way to see. If it’s on TV and you don’t really have anything else to do I would recommend it. There’s worse things to do with your time. I enjoyed the movie, but I’m probably never going to watch it again.
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The tale of Rocky Balboa is one that has gone down in history as an American favorite. No matter who you talk to, chances are they’ve seen at least one Rocky movie at some point in their life. Rocky is very near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts. Now, Rocky has once again hit the big screen. But not in the way you would imagine.
Creed stars Michael B. Jordan as the titular character Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of Rocky’s old friend and rival Apollo Creed. This is the story of Adonis building a name for himself in the ring. Choosing not to use the name Creed, he struggles with the pressure put on him not only by others but by himself. It’s when he begins to train under a now retired Rocky Balboa that he really starts to discover who he is and how to live up to his father’s name and simultaneously create his own legacy.
This film has an intense amount of hype surrounding it, not just from fans of the original Rocky movies, but even from people from the newer generations that love intense sports films. So is this movie something to go out and see this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are my thoughts…
Creed will go down in history with just as much popularity as any other film in the Rocky franchise. This movie exceeded all expectations I had for it. It’s an amazing story of perseverance and self-discovery, and it’s definitely one you should check out.
The performances given by the two main actors, Michael B. Jordon (Adonis Creed) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa) are both A-class. They were brilliant in this film. It wouldn’t surprise me if either or both of them got nominated for Academy Awards for this film.
A film like this could have very easily relied too much on the Rocky franchise, but it tried is hardest to stand on its own. There is an interesting parallel between the actual film and Adonis Creed. Both of them want to stand on their own and make a name for themselves without relying on the popularity of their predecessors.
The first half of the film was pretty slow, though. There were points where I found myself bored and checking the time to see how much was left. Which was disappointing because a movie like this is the last one you’d expect to do that.
This film was a very inspirational film. The journey Adonis takes to remove himself from the shadow of his father is very motivational. The boxing scenes were definitely the best parts. Especially when they are filmed in one continuous shot. They are utterly breathtaking.
The music in the film also stood out. It had a completely new score for the new star of the franchise. The new score was a little forgettable at first, but as the film went on it started to grow on me. Don’t worry, there are little nods to that original Rocky theme in there.
Rocky fans are going to love Creed! It a great continuation to the franchise. It breathes new life into this story that many people never thought they would see again. It’s not perfect. The first half was a little boring, but the last half-an-hour to forty-five minutes make up for that twice over. I would highly recommend Creed. It’s a great film to forward the Rocky franchise, but it also makes its own mark.
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A lot of people imagine Pixar as this well-oiled machine that can crank out feats of cinema one after the other. For the most part, these people would be right. For the longest time, Pixar was releasing films at an astonishing rate of one per year. This may sound like a small number but take into account that these films take four, five, and sometimes even six years to make, e.g., this year’s Inside Out, which started pre-production back in 2009, and 2008’s Wall-E, which was written in 2002.
But with audiences getting used to this one film per year schedule, people were confused by the notable absence of a Pixar film in 2014. What a lot of people fail to realize, is that this film, The Good Dinosaur, was originally scheduled for a May 30th, 2014 release. While we still do not know what exactly happened that caused its year-and-a-half delay, we do know that many Pixar employees lost their jobs over it and they ended up re-recording all of the voice work for the film with completely new actors. So, with this huge mess of a production, how did the actual film turn out? Here’s what I thought…
Pixar has done it again! They’ve managed to make this film another standout film of the year with real heart. I absolutely loved The Good Dinosaur! This is Pixar’s 16th motion picture, and it definitely meets and exceeds all expectations.
The general plot is nothing new. Arlo, a young dinosaur, is the runt of the litter. He tries his hardest to impress his family and make his mark, but his cowardice always seems to get in the way. When he gets lost in a big storm he befriends an unlikely ally, a human child named Spot. Together these two work their way through the wilderness to reunite little Arlo with his family.
While the plot may be very simple, it does manage to pull on your heartstrings. You laugh with these characters, you cry with them, and you’re scared for their safety. Surprisingly enough, this dinosaur is very easy to relate to. The physical and emotional journeys he goes on during this film are ones that we all go through in our own ways. That is what Pixar excels at with this movie. They make this movie about dinosaurs a very human story.
Visually, I believe this is Pixar’s best movie yet. There were scenes throughout it when I honestly could not tell if they went out and filmed a landscape or if it was just really, really good animation. Since this is an animated feature, it’s safe to assume the latter.
The environment throughout the entirety of the film was breathtaking. (Although, there is one sequence involving some strange berries, that is visually and mentally baffling.) The first really noticeable time is with the water. From my knowledge, water is one of the most difficult things to animate realistically due to its fluidity, but Pixar pulled it off amazingly!
The plot can get a bit predictable at times. The final shot of the film can be assumed after the fifth minute. Also, some of the best scenes involving other dinosaurs don’t hit the mark as much as they should, because we already saw them in all of the marketing.
I would have liked to have seen more of some of the characters as well. Some of these extremely entertaining dinos are only in the film for five to ten minutes max. Which was very disappointing because they were such a joy to see on screen.
The Good Dinosaur is a fantastic film. It’s visually stunning, it pulls on your heartstrings, and it pulls out that basic human emotion that we all have inside. The plot is predictable at times, and there are some scenes that really stick out in a bad way. It’s no Inside Out, but I can say that I adored The Good Dinosaur.
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At this point in the year, we are really starting to get into the heart of Oscar Season. We’ve seen great films such as The Martian, The Walk, and Black Mass while, we still have some very potential Oscar candidates such as The Revenant, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Hateful Eight still to come. The latest film to be released “widely” across the United States is Spotlight. I put that in quotations because I did have to drive an hour to see the movie, as I’m fairly certain it was only playing in one theater in the state of Nebraska. It has expanded to three or four since then, but I still wouldn’t consider that a “wide” release.
Spotlight is the true story of a group of reporters employed by Boston Globe that make up the investigative reporting team from which the film gets its name. The film focuses upon their research into the Catholic Church that ultimately unveils a massive child molestation scandal that has been going on for decades. Spotlight has a magnificent cast that consists of Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci. This film was in my top five most anticipated films of the 2015 Oscar season. So did it live up to expectations?
I would consider Spotlight to be the first real lock for a Best Picture Nomination. There aren’t very many of those this year. It’s all kind of up in the air for now. But this film is a very emotional piece, and it’s one that everybody needs to see.
Director Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer wrote the script masterfully. They were really able to portray the horribleness of what was going on in a way that the audience felt the gravity of the situation without actually having to see it. The script overall is what brings this movie together. You can’t have a good movie without an equally as good script, and this film has a great script.
The film did have a very slow pace. Which isn’t a bad thing for a film like this, but that may turn some viewers off from seeing it. I personally didn’t mind it, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when deciding what to see this weekend.
The only real negative is there wasn’t much climax. If you’re going to have a very slow paced film, then the climax better be one that will literally have you on the edge of your seat. This film didn’t have that. I could tell when the film was going to be coming to a resolution, but it wasn’t the most exhilarating part of the movie.
At the end of the day, the strength of this film lies in its cast. The acting in this film was tremendous. Rachel Adams was enthralling, Live Schreiber was the best I’ve ever seen him, and Stanley Tucci’s character was brilliantly portrayed. But, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton are definitely the standouts. They were both magnificent! It wouldn’t be a surprise if both of them get Oscar nominations for their individual roles.
Spotlight is one of the best films to come out this year so far. I would highly recommend you go out and see it! While it’s not perfect, it’s definitely worth the $10 price to get in.
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