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Paddington 2 – Review

I was hugely surprised at just how good the first film was and was tentatively cautious when this sequel was green-lighted that perhaps it might cheapen Michael Bond’s beloved family friendly creation.

However, fear not, for this sequel is absolutely terrific on all levels. Firstly it is as funny and witty and as brilliantly animated as the first film. The excellent cast from the first film is also enhanced by a superb turn from Hugh Grant, who hasn’t been as good as he is here in a long time. In fact it is quite clear to the viewer that Grant is thoroughly enjoying himself by playing against type and sending himself up as a faded egotistical actor and total cad who sets Paddington up to be the fall guy (or should that be Bear?) for a dastardly deed. There is a touch of the pantomime villain to his performance, but it works splendidly and it fits his character perfectly.
Maybe it could have been ever so slightly longer and would have again liked to have seen more of Mr Curry and his acrimonious relationship with Paddington. Everything else is magic.

‘Paddington 2’ once again looks great. It’s beautifully shot and vibrant in design with a little bit of grit and Paddington as to be expected couldn’t have looked more perfect. The music score is suitably soothing, rousing and whimsical, while the direction keeps things moving at a bright and breezy pace. A pace that never slows down but doesn’t ever feel too hasty either.

A large part of that is the character of Paddington himself. Can’t fault his design or Ben Whishaw’s beautiful voice acting, nor can one fault his truly adorable personality, absolutely love how he tries to still remain even in the grimmest of situations and he is easy to root for and love throughout. The story may on the slight side structurally but has a lot going on, without being cluttered, that makes it very much eventful and to me there weren’t any tonal issues.

Every ounce of the heart, charm and fun seen in ‘Paddington’ is here and everybody gets a chance to shine, especially Mr Brown and Mrs Bird of Paddington’s family. The new characters are great additions, with a superior villain and the character of the cook Knuckles being one of the film’s nicest surprises. Only Mr Curry could have been done better.

-Nazher-

Justice League – Review

Finally, DC’s Justice League is finally here. The crime fighting group consisting of Batman, Wonderwomen, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg will combine their power to fight Steppenwolf – an evil ancient being feared by both the Amazonian and Atlantean. After of all the hype of the movie, will it finally give the DC the edge the require to kick Marvel of the chart?

It starts off with Superman’s death. Everyone is moaning of his death. However one particular person isn’t, Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman. He was worried of the implication of Man of Steel’s death towards the world. He start recruiting. He start looking for the meta-human and he finds them. The conventional method of finding just pro-long the movie time and honestly it was a little too much finding. Never the less, Bruce Wayne played by your truly Ben Affleck seems very in touch with his feeling unlike BVS – he is more restrain. Maybe Zack wanted Batman to be regretful of his action of killing Superman?
Wonderwoman picks off quite beautifully with Diana Prince being herself. Gal Gadot didn’t spoiled the character at all. She is the perfect fit.
Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg all played by Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher did very well of their first DC movie. First of, Aquaman – we have to give it to Jason for bringing the character so well. I mean his version of Aquaman maybe more GOT ‘like’ but he pull it off good. Even though he didn’t have much dialogue, his action was talking more than required. Next is The Flash a.k.a Ezra Miller. Ezra plays the boyish speedster who not only talk alot but alot aswell. He character could use some more development but Zack tries to stick to the comic. We give him that. Last but not least is Cyborg. Supposedly to have died, he was revived by his father using one of Steppenwolf’s power(box). For Ray Fisher, we have to give him a pat on back for holding on the character  strong. 

Zack Snyder – while he is good in his previous work such Watchmen and 300 the key element was narrating the movie, Justice League in our opinion don’t require that thus making Zack talent in narrating kinda useless. In our opinion this where he lost the movie. His focuses was of place that forgotten to build the character’s background well. We are missing a lot of chunk of The Flash and Cyborg’s life. Even if you read about it, this is totally different than what is in the comic. 
FYI, there 2 post credit after the movie so do wait until the movie really finishes. Quite surprise with some of DC’s direction when it could be. The timeline between BTS and Justice League is to different time thus the confusion for some of the movie goers and comic book fan. One could only pray that JL2 would amend the timeline thus making more sense.

Our verdict of this movie, 4.5/10.

Thor Ragnarok – Review

Another Marvel movie done better. Thor: Ragnarok is something unexpected from the same character who was so serious in it last movie. One word to describe this movie is daring.
Taika Waititi, the man behind Thor: Ragnarok has found the formula of movie making and he used it well. Unlike the previous Thor movies, the character was mostly restricted by his Asgardian background. Taika, releases that part of him and Thor look even better and more entertaining. 
While it does feel like you’re watching a different version of the Guardian of the Galaxy, Taika comedic sense were more original and Chris Hemsworth was more relaxed. Taika was clever to keep the audience on screen while explaining the complicity of the movie without confusing. Which was a genius move. Taika explain beautifully the God of Death relationship with Thor and Loki while moving to another scene. God of Death played by Cate Blanchett was not only deadly but may we add sensual as hell. However don’t take that as full compliment to character. Well Hella has a good background but it does seems off at certain part.  For some reason our editor can’t stop looking at her. Loki played by the ever handsome Tom Hiddleston was more mischievous and it looked like Loki absolutely was having fun. Like how the title of the God of Mischief suppose to be. He was cunning, liar and continuously thinking of how his own survival.

Another character which we were excited was the talking Hulk. Yes Hulk can talk even thou most of his words is like Yoda(wait, is that Yoda beefed up). Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo was really most of the time smashing on something. But the fact he is in another planet could lead to another part Marvel expansion in which we won’t touch for now.

After all the movie aced it and even better was nicely constructed. By far, Thor Ragnarok is best among all Avengers movie and could be better than Guardian of the Galaxy. After the best character of them all is without a doubt is Korg played by non other, Taika himself. The Kiwi accent and jokes make you love him even more.

Do catch the post credit scenes after the movie. In total there is 2.

-Chris-

Olli Maki – Review

Why the happiest? That defeat enabled the skilled, disciplined but very modest Finnish boxer to withdraw from the high-powered and highly-financed arena of world engagement and settle into the richer rewards of a simple life with his sweetie Raija.

That’s all Olli ever wanted. He was fine with being European champ, but he’s pushed into the world title match and burdened with the onus of Representing Finland by his windy manager Elis It’s hard to say that everybody would end up liking it. Especially the sport segment. That’s a major drawback of the film, but the other way around this is still very good. Only if you are okay with the facts over entertainment. So as I’m who already saw the film want to give a piece of advice for those who are yet to see it that watch it as a romance film. Yep, it is a better romance film than a boxing film. That’s not how the pre developments swings, but it gets there a little late and then ends with an unexpected twist.

 

-Nazher-

Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba – Review

Adaptasi dari karya novelis thriller No 1 Malaysia Ramlee Awang Murshid ini mempunyai nilai seninya yang tersendiri, jalan cerita yang di susun kemas, lontaran dialog yang gah, serta sinematografi yang baik , pujian harus diberi pada Seth Larney atas kekemasan kesan khas yang digunakan.

Hasil tulisan dan olahan daripada Yasmin Yaacob dan Chi-Reng Choong wajib mendapat pujian, kerana berjaya mengolah skrip yang begitu utuh dan mampu memberi kesan yang mendalam kepada penonton.

Meskipun ‘tracking shot’ dan ‘slow-mo’ acapkali digunapakai dalam filem ini ianya tidak mencacatkan Tombiruo malah ianya berjaya menambahkan lagi impak sesebuah babak, lebih-lebih lagi babak aksi.

Sejujurnya saya tak sangka yang Zul Ariffin adalah Tombiruo, lagak ngeri dan babak aksi yang ditonjolkan sangat meyakinkan dan menunjukkan Zul bukan pelakon yang calang-calang. Walaupun ada pelakon veteran yang sedikit babaknya tetapi ia berjaya meninggalkan kesan kepada saya sebagai penonton, watak yang dipegang oleh Faizal Hussein dan Datuk M.Nasir mempunyai simbolik yang tersendiri.

Secara keseluruhan ianya sebuah karya yang cemerlang. Oh dan ianya mempunyai ‘kredit scene ‘ jadi jangan keluar panggung dulu.

Personal rating : 8.0/10

-Nazher-

Tokyo Ghoul – Review

From Manga to anime and now to the silver screen, Tokyo Ghoul has established their fanbase for this few years and many people loves it. The struggle the gore and the grotesque scene that makes their fan throw up. Since I’ve been watching Tokyo Ghoul anime for some time needles to say, this is an average adaptation for one of the most best selling manga in Japan. Easy to follow but suffers like many adaptations with the too much to explain with too little time syndrome. The pacing also had its ups and downs but mostly because of the intensity of some of its key scenes that make the quieter moments quieter.

Both Kubota and Shimizu play their parts well and, though I can already hear the overacting complaints from others despite Kubota really making a perfect Kaneki with the switches between calm and paranoia.

Overall is an average watchable live action and I’m hoping there will be a sequel for this movie, and a big shout out to Tgv Cinema for gives us a chance to make this premier night happen.

-Nazher-

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle attempts to shine like gold as the golden circle. Unfortunately, the result is nowhere near the shiny gold. The story briefly- Eggsy(Taron Egerton), a brilliant agent and Merlin have to team up with the American Kingsman ‘The Statesmen’ to get to the bottom of a virus being spread by Poppy, our films ‘bad guy’ played by a wonderfully evil Julianne Moore. There are some twists and turns along the way (the trailers already spoil the surprise return of Harry Hart but I will not give details of how this happens)some of which you wont expect (others are pretty obvious but more on that in a minute!) Whilst the main antagonist Poppy may not have been as symbolic as Valentine, her sidekick certainly made up for this. The fight scenes were spectacularly done, with numerous sequences that were particularly memorable and whilst none of these were as good as the famous Kentucky Church Fight Scene, all of them displayed a significant level of action, violence and of course bloodshed.

The film opens and concludes with a nice action sequence, but there is really not much in between to get the adrenaline rush going. The original film had the fantastic church sequence that became one of the most talked about moments of the film and sadly the sequel offers nothing nearly as memorable. If you take this movie too seriously with some again comparing it to 007, you will be disappointed as of course it’s not going to have the same class or sophistication as Fleming’s novels. That is what makes it different as it does not try to copy that or make a mockery of it either. The Kingsman films now stand on their own.

-Nazher-

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING – Review

There have been plenty of Amityville horror movies since the 70’s and here is yet another reboot of the franchise, is it any good? Read on to find out.

 

Amityville: The Awakening has been in development hell for a long time (pun intended). It was suppose to be released in 2015 and after was pushed back 5 times and after some re-shoot its finally here but its not like everyone was eagerly awaiting it in the first place.

This movie is about the story of the mother, Joan and her 3 children, Belle (Bella Thorne), Juliet and their comatose brother, James (Cameron Monaghan) who move into this old house. Right after moving in, Belle starts to realise there is something creepy about the house and her brother is slowly recovering from his coma state. As with every horror movies, unusual things start to happen at night especially at 3.15am as that’s the time the previous owner of the house killed his entire family 40 years ago. There is no real ghost or demon in the film but just jump scares to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. The brother, played by Cameron Monaghan does a great job towards the end once he is awakened from his state. If you have seen him in Gotham as the Joker, you will know he has the face and eeriness aura around him when he acts. As for the main actress, Bella Thorne is pleasing to the eye and does the usual emo teen with the goth makeup bringing out her real life bad-girl image.

 

Horror movies have changed tremendously over the past few years especially with the work of James Wan setting the bar for all future horror flicks, so if you were to compare, director Frank Khalfoun (P2, Wrong Turn, Maniac) has a bit of catching up to do if he wants this movie to be memorable. It has plenty of jump scares and would satisfy audiences looking for some thrill to get their heart racing. So, guys do bring your girlfriend

 

-Vin-

Annabelle: Creation – Review

In 2014 we’ve been a slammed down by the Annabelle movie, with meaningless jumpscare zero suspense, zero tension and everything relaying on the ‘ Creepiness’ of the Annabelle doll. Of course let’s not dwell on the past. David F. Sandberg gives us another thrilled ride, but this time with high level of intensity.

The atmosphere it created left me on the edge of the seat the whole movie. Which to me is far better than jump scares! The movie also had very few slow/boring parts if any. Some characters do make stupid decisions which can be frustrating, but same goes for all movies. All the actors in the film were really good, which surprised me since most are so young. They’re are a few hidden Easter eggs throughout the film that fans of Annabelle and the Conjuring series will probably notice, which was really neat/surprising to see! This movie also ties in perfectly the the first film in a very surprising way that made the crowd of the theater actually gasp in shock.

Overall: There are no standout scenes that will make you not want to go to bed, but it serves its purpose as a horror movie and is entertaining enough in its last part to please an audience.

-Nazher-

Osiris Child – Review

Despite blurry shot and, different angle cam Osiris Child got it owns charm in order to keeps me awake. From the guy who brought you Infini, here’s come Science Fiction Volume One : The Osiris Child Shane Abbess latest installment it’s the story where humans have started to colonise the universe and out on the fringe there is a planet with a new colony, a flotilla floating above and a prison below with a deep secret ready to bust loose.

In here we meet Lt. Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson) an officer for Exor the military contractor who is in charge of supporting new settlements. Sommerville has a conflicted past that drives him to be as far away from Earth as he can get, which is complicated because he has a daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) who has travelled across the Galaxy to see him.

Although this an indie sci-fi installment what I really adore with this movie is how Shane manage to pull off a high level production that you don’t really see in such budget film , the set feels authentic the details are surreal The action is real, from the punch you can almost feel that the weight, the swing and the brawl between character, Shane also manage to make aerial combat between Kane and the Dogfighter looks intensed. In the end, it’s clear from the movie, I mean look at the title, that this is meant to be the first of a series of films and given this first outing I’m really interested to see where they go next with this, I just hope people give it a chance.

-Nazher-