Friday, September 22, 2017
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
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!
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 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 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
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 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.