Friday, September 22, 2017

Kingsman The Golden Circle Review: A Well Suited Sequel!

Manners maketh man. Do you know what that means? That is one statement that has defined the spy action blockbuster Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film based on the comic by Mark Millar was released in 2015 and with its sense of style became an instant classic. With the Secret Service being a success it was no surprise that Kingsman would continue its cinematic career and sure enough a sequel has made its way to theaters in the form of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Once again directed by Matthew Vaughn The Golden Circle looked too follow the standard sequel blueprint by expanding on foundation of the first film. Although my expectations were fairly moderate I was eager to see how this sequel would play out,and I can safely say that The Golden Circle did not disappoint.

The movie continues the story of Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who,along with Merlin (Mark Strong) and the resurrected Harry (Colin Firth) join forces with the Statesmen after Kingsman is destroyed by an organization known as the Golden Circle. The plot to The Golden Circle accomplishes two things: being simplistic and expanding the continuity. The adventure aspect did its job by being exciting while new elements such as the Statesman made the overall plot all the more investing. However there were some issues with the story’s execution. While having common tropes was expected and was a minor issue, what did hold this story back was ineffective plot points. The theme about drugs was interesting but it had a little to no effect on the overall story; while the US president subplot was (although harmless) pointless and would have been better off as a one shot scene. Thankfully other story elements pulled the movie’s weight and made this spy story a fitting adventure as well as a enjoyable experience.

Monday, September 11, 2017

It Review: A Haunting And Captivating Adaptation!

The fall season is underway, and things seem to be off to a frightening start. Now playing in theaters is none other than It:the horror film based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. Since the novel’s release It has become a pop culture sensation as the story was made all the more famous thanks to the 1990 television miniseries. Now this haunting tale finds itself on the silver screen with Andy Muschiette, the director of Mama, helming the new adaptation. So far It has been well-received with some going as far as calling the movie the best adaptation to King’s work; but as for this Film Adventurer's opinion I must say that I...full heartedly agree.

The story of It centers on a group of kids who are haunted by the demonic creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgard). If you are familiar with the novel then you will likely not be surprised with the movie's plot or its outcome, but that did not prevent the film's tale from being any less impressive. The movie took its time to tell the story which allowed elements like the kids bonding (as well as their individual stories) to feel just as important as the conflict with Pennywise. The plot's thematic narrative and sense of pacing made this terrifying adventure feel refreshing and showed the horror film such as It was more than a nonstop thrill ride.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Annabelle Creation Review: A Thrilling Experience and A Chilling Addition to The Conjuring Universe!

In 2013 the horror world was forever changed with the release of The Conjuring. The summer film became one of the most successful horror movies of all time as it was successful both critically and financially. On that day the Conjuring Universe was born which made up of the Conjuring series and its spin-offs. Among the spin-offs is the supernatural series entitled Annabelle. This evil doll made her debut in The Conjuring where she made quite an impact with brief scenes. The doll's presence was so memorable that the studio decided to give the specter her very own spin-off movie. Annabelle was released in fall of 2014 and while the movie did not meet the reception as its kin did, the movie managed to garner some success in the box office. Because of this Warner Bros. decided to give the series another chance and develop another film based on the demonic toy. This sequel became the latest chapter in the Conjuring Universe-Annabelle: Creation. Directed by David F.Sandberg Annabelle: Creation is in fact a prequel that tells the events which brought the evil spirit to life. With the director of Lights Out attached this movie there was some good buzz going into this terrifying continuation; but does Annabelle: Creation bring the scares to theaters or is it time to exercise this spin-off franchise?

Annabelle: Creation tells the story of a group of orphans who move to a farmhouse where owners Samuel and Ester Mullins (Anthony LaPagila and Miranda Otto) open their home to become the girls' new orphanage. After making themselves at home one of the girls, Janice (Talitha Bateman), finds a room where a doll is locked away. The doll is no ordinary toy as it houses an evil spirit that the Mullins summoned after mistaking it for their daughter who was killed twelve years earlier. Once released the evil spirit begins to haunt Janice and the other girls in the hopes of terrorizing the residents and taking their souls.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Dark Tower Review: Loose Adaption Makes For An Entertaining Adventure

It is hard not to know the name Stephen King. For years the decorated novelist has published a number of books with many of King's stories leaving an impact on pop culture. A cased point of this influence is none other than the Stephen King novels adapted to film. Many of King's tales have one way or another become cinematic features; such as Christine, Pet Cemetery, The Green Mile, The Myst and It. Despite the numerous adaptations one has yet make a debut on the big screen and that would be The Dark Tower. Considered to be King's Magnum Opus, The Dark Tower has spent many a year in development hell going through a handful of productions. Now at long last the dark fantasy finally makes its way to silver screen with the new summer blockbuster simply know as The Dark Tower. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel The Dark Tower is more as a continuation to the series oppose to being just an authentic adaptation. With the hope of making this into a new film franchise (as well as getting a TV series) there is much riding on this new blockbuster. So does The Dark Tower bring the grim fantasy to the movies or does this blockbuster remain lost in the realm of obscurity.

The Dark Tower centers on Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor): a young boy who dreams of another world, a man in black and a gunslinger. While everyone thinks he is just imagining things, Jake's vision are in fact real as he inadvertently travels a world known as Mid World. Arriving in this new dimension Jake meets Roland Deschain (Idris Elba):  the famed gunslinger that Jake has had visions about. Roland wanders Mid World in order to find Man in Black Walter (Matthew McConaughey) and get his revenge on the sorcerer. Despite the gunslinger's reluctance Roland and Jake travel through Mid World to find Walter and end the sorcerer's tyranny, but this mission is easier said than done as Walter seeks to use Jake's abilities so he can destroy the Dark Tower and release the darkness that will wipe out all of existence.

Friday, July 14, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes Review: Latest 'Apes' Film is A Rough But Fitting Conclusion

In recent years there have been several film franchises to return to the big screen and among them is none other than the Planet of the Apes. The sci-fi series made its come back to the world of film with the reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes; and while I was not a fan of the film, the movie did bring success back to the franchise. The 2011 film managed to get a sequel in the form of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which not only succeeded its predecessor but is among one of the best films in the series. Now the franchise returns to the big screen with War for the Planet of the Apes. Directed by Matt Reeves (the director of Dawn) War brings the new series to ahead as the new film will likely bring the franchise to a close (at least for the time being). Despite having to live up to its 2014 predecessor the latest installment has managed to garner positive feedback prior to its release-though that is not a guarantee that the film will exceed expectations (especially for this Adventurer). So with much riding on this summer blockbuster does War for the Planet of the Apes go out strong or does the latest installment get wiped out by high expectations?

War for the Planet of the Apes continues the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow apes. After the events of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar finds himself in a constant struggle with the humans as the war rages on between the two species. As Caesar seeks to lead his apes to new home the group is attacked by a man named known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his soldiers. Seeking revenge, Caesar travels with a small group of apes to find the Colonel, but what the group finds is the Colonel's deranged plan and a revelation that shakes the foundation of the planet.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming Review: Spins a Dynamic and Refreshing Web!

Many superheroes have transcended the pages of comics into the realm of pop culture-particularly film. Among these heroes is none other than Wall Crawler himself: Spider-Man. Often labeled as Marvel Comics poster child' Spider-Man has become an icon in pop culture as the character has had the likes of television series and video games to his name. The likes of movies has not escaped the iconic hero as Spider-Man has swung onto the silver screen on five different occasions. Now the Web Slinger returns yet again to big screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Directed by Jon Watts Spider-Man Homecoming starts a new adventure for the icon as the latest blockbuster marks Spidey's first solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new prospect from both Marvel and Sony looked promising for the franchise, however certain elements (like the marketing's excessive use of the MCU) left this Film Adventurer a little worried about Spider-Man's latest outing. So is Spider-Man: Homecoming a defining entry in the franchise or does this summer blockbuster get stuck in its own web?

Homecoming tells the story of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who continues his role as Spider-Man (after the events of Captain America: Civil War) and tries to maintain balance in his school life. Though Peter is active in his role as the "Friendly Neighborhood" Spider-Man the young hero feels that he can do more to protect the city. Peter gets a chance to prove himself when he stumbles on a criminal operation run by Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton) to sell high tech weaponry to the criminal underworld. Peter's determination to stop the Vulture gets the better as him as he quickly realizes that with great power comes great responsibility.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Transformers The Last Knight Review: A Prime Example of What A Blockbuster Should Not Be!

In 2007 the movie world found a new blockbuster series to produce in the form of Transformers. The Hasbro based franchise has played a pivotal role in pop culture and the world of cinema was no exception. Since that faithful summer Transformers has been a big time franchise with several movies to its name. Now ten years later the series has its latest installment with Transformers The Last Knight. Like the previous movies the fifth addition to the series is directed by Michael Bay and features the Autobots in another summer adventure. Now if you know anything about me the you know that I am not a fan of this franchise-not one bit! I could go into the details about disdain for this series, but doing so would just lead to me ranting and raving and I will never get to the review at hand. So to say that I was not looking forward to this blockbuster could very well be  the understatement of the year. Yet despite this I believe that I can be proven wrong and there is always chance that The Last Knight could transform into a exciting film. So does this latest installment roll out to success or should it be dismantle?

Transformers: The Last Knight continues the story of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and the Autobots. While dealing with a world against Transformers, Cade and the Autobots have to deal with a dead Cybertron that is on collision course. The only way to stop the coming threat is for Cade to find the staff of Merlin which has the power to revive Cybertron. With the help of Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock) and Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), Cade and Bumblebee search for the staff but encounter other problems on the way-such as Megatron (Frank Welker) and even Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) who has been corrupted by Quintessa (Gemma Chan) to steal the staff for the sake of Cybertron.