“One of the best horrors this year!”
I absolutely adored this film! Going into this movie, I heard nothing but great things and rightfully so! It deserves all the attention its getting because its phenomenal! Anyways, the story is simple. A family living in a small farm in New England in the 1600s is torn apart. I felt very uneasy as I was watching “The Witch” and I was never bored. Pacing wise, I really enjoyed it being slow. It’s a slow burn horror, and it’s fun. Some might not like the slow pace but I think it fits and the movie gives you just enough to be satisfied. I was glued the whole time so it didn’t really concern me.
Along with a very intriguing story, the film also had an incredible haunting score, beautiful cinematography, and fantastic performances, especially from Anya Taylor Joy (Thomasin) and Ralph Ineson (William). All of this combined together creates a fantastic horror film that is incredibly tense and one that will make you squirm in your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I encourage you to check this one out! Unlike many horrors movies that are released today, “The Witch” is genuinely creepy! It’s very unsettling and disturbing and fun!
Rating – ★★★★
“Tense, Tough, Bleak and Riveting”
The film is about an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) enlisted by a government official to aid in a joint task force tracking down a drug lord at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s a very fascinating story and you really see the reality of the drug war.
I haven’t felt so tense watching a movie in ages. From start to finish the film was super intense. I started to feel uncomfortable watching because the film was so dark. Denis Villenueve really has a gift taking the most vile subjects and turning them into a masterpiece of cinema. With this film, Denis Villenueve proves once again why he is one of the best directors working today.
The whole cast gave a terrific performance especially Benicio Del Toro. Everyone transformed into their character. Emily Blunt I think gave her best performance in her career in this. Blunt’s character gets introduced to the most dire world she could possibly imagined. Awesome performances! Del Toro killed it!
The tension never stops. An attack could happen at any moment. Anything could be a trap. With this in mind you are left squirming in your seat and your eyes being glued to the screen. Villenueve manages scenes expertly to sustain the tension and thus you are in awe. I was on the edge of my seat the whole runtime. The atmosphere was extremely tense!
The cinematography is perfect. Roger Deakins does once again what he does – gorgeous/stellar cinematography. Another thing that’s fantastic is the soundtrack! The soundtrack is superb and really meshed well with what was on screen, especially while the action unfolds. With Deakins cinematography and a bone-chilling score, you can see why the tension was on point throughout the whole film.
All in all, this movie is a true example of tour-de-force filmmaking. Everything about this movie is on par! The realism in Sicario makes you wanna puke. Its dark, bloody, and so brutal. Villenueve doesn’t hold back and really shows you both sides of the war against drugs, American’s view and the brutal reality of the Mexican view.
“Sicario” is one of the best films of the year!
Rating – ★★★★★
“Electrifying, and Tense”
WOW! Alex Garland hit’s a home run with his directorial debut! Alex Garland hit all the right notes and he is definately one to look out for in the future.
The premise of the film is very simple and easy to follow – Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man who works at a company called Bluebook, the worlds most popular search engine. Caleb wins the company contest to meet and visit the company’s CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Nathan and Caleb spend a week doing turing tests to an A.I. (Ava). The story is well executed throughout the film and there’s not a dull moment. Also, there are bits and pieces of humour in the film but it wasn’t forced/over the top.
The acting performances are amazing overall, especially Alicia Vikander, who plays the Ava, the Artificial Intelligence. Whenever you see Ava on screen, you don’t want to get your eyes off her. She’s undeniably seductive even though shes ‘not human’. Her precise movements make you really believe she is an A.I. Her performance alone was so mesmerizing and she embodies the character, literally. On top of that, Oscar Isaac’s character Nathan and Gleeson’s character Caleb are also very interesting and intriguing. Whenever the characters interact with each other, it’s so damn fascinating to watch!
In conclusion, the film was beautifully shot, brilliantly cast, and the script was intelligently written! The film is also very thought-provoking and really makes you doubt your own intellect and moral choices. It was a fantastically crafted film. You really see how much work Alex Garland put into this film and regardless if you enjoyed the film or not, you have to at least appreciate what Garland did, especially as a first time director.
Anyways, I highly recommend you check this out!
‘Ex Machina’ is one of my favourite films of the year!
Rating – ★★★★★