Film Reviews: Week 7 (Feb 12-18)

by - February 21, 2018

This week was yet again another strong week for films. I managed to get to the cinema and watch one of my most anticipated films of the year, and with that a change of order of film reviews will happen in this blog. I am going to cover the big film release first, and then follow it up with Netflix watches and repeat viewings.

Black Panther
I went to see Black Panther in 3D 4DX on Saturday, and this was a film I needed to see the moment it was released in cinema. I was not going to let a Marvel film get spoiled for me, especially one this important to the MCU and politically in general.

This is possibly one of the most important films in MCU history, not only due to the first end scene credit (I will not spoil it here), but also majorly important to society today. A lot of political stances are made, whether to do with refugees, POC or political stance. These messages are told carefully and sensitively to not offend anyone watching.

The action is fantastic, and whilst there is little of it, it is important to set the pace and scene of Wakanda. The story follows straight after Civil War and the events that occur after the death of T'Chaka and how his son T'Challa copes under the pressure of being king of Wakanda.

All of the actors in this film are brilliant in their roles. From the smaller supporting cast, including Lupita N'yongo and Daniel Kaluuya, to the main cast, everyone does a fantastic job. The stand-outs however are the villains, Andy Serkis as Klaw and Michael B Jordan as Killmonger. Once again, Marvel learns their weak point of their villains and have improved them. Both villains have a great introduction, and with a little bit of waiting, an even better follow-up and battle for each character.

This film could have had a couple of small changes to improve the flow of the film structurally. There is one scene that takes place in South Korea that could have been changed or cut out entirely. It reminded me very much of the casino scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that felt very much like a filler. As well as that, the villains could have had more impact in the middle section of the film, as they seem to only make a brief appearance before disappearing for the first half of the film. Having them come in and take lead a little earlier could have lead to more impact in the final scenes.

Overall, this is another fantastic entry for Marvel. This is in my top 7 Marvel films in the MCU, and it is the perfect film to get me excited for Infinity War. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly urge that you do (and stay for the two post-credit scenes!)

4.5/5


Love, Rosie
Having read the book this film is based on, I am shocked that it took me this long to watch this adaptation. I do love myself a simple, soppy rom-com once in a while. and this film perfectly ticks that box for me.

Whilst this is a film that isn't made to win any awards or do anything revolutionary, it is the perfect film for me. I was struggling to get to sleep so I wanted something happy and light, and this just cheered me right up. I love the relationship between Rosie and Alex, and it helps that I love both of the actors in the lead roles.

This is a total girl's nightmare, where everything that could go wrong for these two characters goes wrong. Their awkwardness shines particularly with each other, and their chemistry work so well. You believe they are made for each other and you are rooting for them to succeed.

This is definitely not a film for everyone, and I wouldn't expect anyone to call it a masterpiece. However, it is a fun little film and we need a couple of them around.

4/5


Cloverfield
There has been a lot of talk recently about Cloverfield, due to the launch of The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. I want to get around to that, but first I needed to watch the first two films in the series. This week I managed to get the first Cloverfield a watch.

This is a very short film, clocking in at 85 minutes, but it is the perfect time. This film is short and sweet, and doesn't overstay its welcome. This film knows what it needs to do and it does it well. The found-footage style of the film is well presented, and it feels authentic with the camera skipping and flashing.

It is also nice that I did not recognise anyone in the film. This made it feel a lot more authentic, and took me straight into the film and the situation. I could not imagine being in that situation. All of the effects look so real, and this is probably because of the shaky camera that blurs the CGI. This is a good effect of shaky camera, it also adds to the effect.

I would like to re-watch the film before I watch the sequel. I was distracted at the start and found the transition a little unclear. I did really enjoy this film and it is a fantastic horror film.

4/5



Kingsman: The Golden Circle (repeat)
I have already reviewed Kingsman: The Golden Circle (link to that blog post here) so I will not say much. All that I will comment on is that this is a very fun movie that I can put on and watch again and again. It cheers me up and is a fantastic parody of the action/spy thriller.

3.5/5

This following week, I will be going to the cinema once or twice hopefully. There are a lot of good films out in cinemas right now, and I still have a lot of Oscar contenders to catch up with (in particular The Shape of Water).

Until Sunday, that was some film for thought.

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