From the depths of my drafts comes a movie review I wrote many months ago.
There was an article about Ocean’s Eight I stumbled on, which gave me a moment of thought. It stated that the lack of conflict, which some critics see as a negative about the film, actually highlights the importance of a female led film. It makes sense and I agree with that point of view… but Ocean’s Eight is still a pretty boring movie.
It’s been a month since I saw Thor: Ragnarok – my first Thor movie that I experienced on the big screen. I knew it was going to be better than the first two introductions to Chris Hemsworth’s Marvel character, but I didn’t expect to walk out with so much positive energy. Thor: Ragnarok is upbeat, funny and colourful. So much so, that you are distracted by its flashiness and you end up seeing past its flaws.
With a character like Cinderella, and with a story of a common girl becoming the princess through the magic of her godmother, one knows how the movie will end before they even enter the cinema. Told through animation, told through movies retelling the same story or a story similar to Cinderella – everybody, more or less, knows what to expect. Therefore, the challenge is not about changing the story but finding a new, a refreshing way of retelling the beloved story again! And I think Chris Weitz and Kenneth Branagh together with Sandy Powell did just that.
With all the Oscar predictions appearing in movie blogs, me not being very skilled at predicting things, and the Oscars being right around the corner, I decided to create my own awards! The bottom line is that I’ll hand out my choices for BESTs of last year’s movies and performances, and though my choices are a bit limited due to the quite small number of 2013 releases I’ve seen but there’s enough to hand out some great Mettel Ray Awards this time of the year.
Despite everything that lead up to the moment of me watching Hanna, the urge to dislike it for reasons discussed later on and me putting it off for so long, I ended up liking it close to a feeling of love. What happened with my presumptions and intolerance for that type of violence was a surprise but what ended up being a bigger surprise was the beauty behind the cinematography and music Hanna holds in between its action filled scenes.
Today MR. Movie-Addict crossed the 5000 views mark – a quick jump for joy and let us continue with the serious stuff.
I’ve seen two new trailers this week, first up – Hanna. A young girl (14 year-old) who is taught by his father to kill a bad woman. Remember my Kick-Ass review, well I said that I found it very weird that this kind of thing is used as a plot, a girl kills people and her dad watches idly by – I didn’t like it then and I’m sure not gonna like it now. And this in mind, the list of actors in this is just insane, Saorise Ronan as Hanna (I think she was rather good in Atonement), Eric Bana as the dad (nice morals, man) and Cate Blanchett as the bad woman who Hanna is after. Disappointed, nothing else to say. Young girls killing people should be left to horror movies!, not made into plots in action movies – and that’s that!
Second one is much better plot wise, Waiting For Forever tells a story about a boy and a girl who are best friends as kids but are separated. He comes back and wants to win her heart. There you go, a romantic story that doesn’t evolve 14 year-olds breaking women’s necks! Anyway, Rachel Bilson from The OC is yet again on the big screen (I haven’t seen her since Jumper) and an unknown name for me, Tom Sturridge plays the male lead hoping to win Rachel’s heart. Oh, and he’s English but since this movie is a romantic one I’m not sure if Tom is going to save this one but I’ll give him a chance when this movie comes out in February.