“Good, not great”
The story of the Kray twins is very interesting. Two identical twin gangsters Reggie/Ronnie Kray owning the east end london during the 50s/60s. There is so much you can tell about the twins, the stories are endless! Too bad, the film didn’t really focus more in depth about the Kray twins. The narrative could have been a little bit better, it felt too clunky.
The strength(s) of the film. without a doubt, it’s all about Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy’s performance as the Kray twins is fantastic. You completely forget that these two characters (Reggie/Ronnie Kray) are played by the same person. Hardy does a great job making both characters very different and exciting to watch. The soundtrack I thought was phenomenal.
In terms of the weaknesses of the film, I think the primary weakness is the pacing. It won’t keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole runtime and at times ‘Legend’ might seem a bit boring. The film drags a little in plaecs. Another weakness is Emily Browning’s character (Frances). I thought the character of Frances wasn’t really developed as it should be.
In conclusion, Legend is a good movie that I think everyone should see! It has it’s faults but Tom Hardy’s incredible performance is worth the ticket. The film could have been better but by all means what we got was not terrible. It’s a fun enjoyable ride with some rough bumps along the way.
Rating – ★★★
“One of the best horror flicks of the year”
The film had a very simple premise (person is being followed by an entity after a sexual encounter) yet it was so engrossing and tense. The acting in this movie is phenomenal, especially Maika Monroe as the main character, Jay. All the characters did a great job. The acting wasn’t too over-the-top like in most horror films now-a-days. It felt natural and real and the characters were quite interesting.
The soundtrack was phenomenal! The soundtrack is very haunting and along with the gorgeous cinematography it created an incredible eerie atmosphere. I also really liked the pacing of the film. There are some jump scares throughout the film but they work and they are not just there for the sake of it (for cheap scares).
In conclusion, “It Follows” is one of my favourite horror films of all time! It hit all the right notes! Chilling cinematography, a bone-chilling soundtrack, and great performances especially by Maika Monroe! I highly recommend you check this one out!
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 – ★★★★★
“Heartwarming, Heartbreaking, and Beautiful”
“Short Term 12” is a wonderful film about neglected youths, the human spirit, and ultimately about relationships.
The film primarily follows three story lines; the main one is about Grace, a very caring supervisor at a foster-care facility whose past comes back to haunt her, another one is about a 17-year old boy named Marcus, a kid who has to be discharged from the facility when he turns 18 years old and finally about a girl named Jayden, a troubled teenager that deals with neglect and parental abuse.
The story flows very well and theres not a dull moment! My eyes was glued to the screen throughout. The acting performances in the film are fantastic aswell as the directing, and writing. The acting performances are superb, especially by Brie Larson.
“Short Term 12” is raw and powerful! I highly recommend you check this out!
Rating – ★★★★
Engaged from the very first scene! Benedict Cumberbatch owns this film! His portrayal of Alan Turing is just mesmerizing! The whole film is based around Alan Turing’s life during boarding school, his life breaking the enigma code and what happens after the war. The film is very well paced/executed and I was invested till the very end. The whole cast is phenomenal but, Cumberbatch steals the show! The story is so riveting, you never have a dull moment. The soundtrack is teriffic and the cinematography is great! Towards the end of this film, I was in awe of what Alan Turing had accomplished and the numerous challenges he had to face. Overall, this is a very well done bio-pic! I highly recommend you see this film when you have the chance! This is an Oscar contender, no doubt!