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Hidden Figures (2016) Review

Time: 127 Minutes
Age Rating: 120px-OFLCN_-_PG.svg[1]
Cast:
Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Goble Johnson
Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner as Al Harrison
Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons as Paul Stafford
Glen Powell as John Glenn
Mahershala Ali as Jim Johnson
Aldis Hodge as Levi Jackson
Director: Theodore Melfi

The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Hidden Figures seemed interesting when I first heard of it. It had a large and very talented cast, an interesting premise and story, and yes, it got many nominations for awards. So, I was curious enough to check it out. However, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Hidden Figures is full of great performances, solid direction and also a very compelling story. Hidden Figures is really worth seeing, a pleasantly surprising movie.

The story in Hidden Figures was quite good. It’s easy to follow what’s going on throughout the movie, there was no confusion and I never felt bored throughout the movie. The leads were likeable (which was also helped by the lead actresses, which I’ll get into later), and so I was interested to watch what was going on. The stories were interesting for me, it was interesting seeing how big of a role these women had in historical events. Each of their stories was very interesting and it’s easy to be invested in their stories. As for how the bigotry is handled, it’s subtle, at no point does it seem over the top or forced for dramatic effect. This movie wasn’t put in black and white, the way people acted and the decisions made were more complex than most movies which portray this time period. It feels genuine and so its easy to believe what the characters are feeling when they encounter obstacles, almost experiencing what they are feeling. It was an easy movie to watch overall, not complicated but at the same time very enjoyable and interesting enough.

Hidden Figures has a very talented cast all around and they were all great here. The three main leads, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae were all fantastic, they were all very likable and believable in their roles. As I said, all of their stories are interesting to watch and these talented actresses really did carry their storylines well. If there is a main character between the three of them, I’d say that it’s Henson, she was personally a stand out to me. Other very talented actors like Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali and others were great in supporting roles.

The direction by Theodore Melfi was pretty good overall, this is the first film of his I’ve seen. The costume design, music, production design, soundtrack, everything fitted the time period well. So on top of the writing, story and acting, the direction made it a lot easier to be invested in this story. However it wasn’t really the highlight of the film, the story and acting were more the focus. Still solid direction nonetheless.

Hidden Figures is quite a good movie, the acting was great, direction was solid and the overall story was investing and riveting. It was interesting learning about all these events and how significant these people are. It definitely deserves the praise its been getting. Check out this movie when you get a chance. It’s not one that you need to immediately see, but I do think it’s worth a viewing.

Lion (2016) Review

 

Time: 118 Minutes
Age Rating: 120px-OFLCN_-_PG.svg[1] Adult themes
Cast:
Sunny Pawar as younger Saroo Brierley
Dev Patel as older Saroo Brierley
Rooney Mara as Lucy
Nicole Kidman as Sue Brierley
David Wenham as John Brierley
Director: Garth Davis

Five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo (Dev Patel) sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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Lion was a film that I was curious about. I actually saw the 60 minutes article about the real life story this movie was based on and I just knew it would be turned into a movie. Surely enough, that happened with Lion and I knew I had to check it out as soon as possible. And it did not disappoint. Lion is a good movie, the acting was great by everyone, the direction was also good but most of all the story is compelling, Lion is definitely worth checking out.

This movie’s first half is of Young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) in India and the second half is of Adult Saroo (Dev Patel) in Australia. While most movies would cut between the past and the present, it decides to tell it’s story chronologically, while the second half has some additional flashbacks. This makes it easier to get a better idea of what Saroo’s feeling in the second half when he’s trying to find his family. It’s very easy to get caught up in the story, I never felt bored watching this movie. The first half of the movie was great. It heavily relies on actor Sunny Pawar and while I’ll get into more detail about him later, I’ll just say that he’s the reason that the first half works so well. It does feel a little jarring when the story witches to the second half. The tone, pace and feel did seem to noticeably change. The second half is still good, it just didn’t feel quite as strong as the first half, though honestly I’m not quite sure what it is. With that said, and the ending is really satisfying, and paid off well.

Newcomer actor Sunny Pawar did amazing work as Young Saroo. This is a kid actor, and Lion is also the first movie he’s been involved in. And we all know that kid actors nowadays are hit or miss. Very impressive performance, he was the stand out in the movie. He’s basically the main star, as the entire first half focusses on him. Most of the time he’s not saying anything, so his reactions and the way he acts has to carry the movie. Dev Patel was also great as adult Saroo. It was a little jarring with the shift to Dev after the first half, but nonetheless he did a good job and it was very easy to buy him in this role. Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman also did great work in supporting roles, they definitely added a lot to this movie as well.

Lion was overall a well directed movie by director Garth Davis. This is the first film I’ve seen from him and I can tell from Lion that he’s a solid director. The cinematography is beautiful and the locations also showcased well, whether that be in India or Australia. The music by Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka was also good. Generally though, Lion’s highlight wasn’t it’s direction, it’s the story that’s really the highlight.

Lion lived up to expectations with its great acting, solid direction and also a compelling and powerful story. While the switch between the first two halves is a bit of a jarring and the second half of the story isn’t quite as strong as the first half, I still really liked this movie. Lion was a great movie and it’s really worth checking out when you can.

Manchester by the Sea (2016) Review

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Time: 137 Minutes
Age Rating: 2773-o[1] Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb
Cast:
Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler
Michelle Williams as Randi
Kyle Chandler as Joseph “Joe” Chandler
Lucas Hedges as Patrick Chandler
Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s (Kyle Chandler) heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16 year old nephew (Lucas Hedges). As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

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Manchester by the Sea was a movie that got a lot of attention, particularly from it being an awards movie. Much of the attention was on the acting. I was curious about this movie but not sure how I’d feel about it. I have to say that Manchester by the Sea deserves all the praise and attention. The story, the direction and particularly the acting was so great, all of it combining to make such an emotionally affecting movie.

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At first it may be hard getting into the movie. Early on, Lee is a character hard to like. But over time as you find out what happened to him in the past, you begin to empathise and understand why he is how he is. The film is a bit unconventional, it doesn’t really have a 3 act structure like most movies do. The flashbacks used were effective, sometimes it takes a while to figure out that the scenes are even flashbacks. The dialogue between the characters seems so natural, it almost feels like we are listening in on real life conversations between real life people. That’s one of the main takeaways from this movie, it felt so real. There is also surprising amount of humour in this movie, to offset some of the darker moments of the film. Something to address is that this movie isn’t for everyone. It is a very depressing movie, with characters going through some issues (especially with Lee). But I feel like this was done very well, it didn’t feel overdone and it felt so real. I will say that I didn’t really like the way this movie ends. It’s not bad, I just don’t really know what to think of it. It just sort of ends unexpectedly. Also at times this movie does feel a little too long. Those are really the only problems with the movie.

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There is no doubt that the acting is the highlight of the movie. Everyone was excellent in this movie, they felt like real people. Casey Affleck played his role incredibly well. He’s so subtle in his performance, it’s never showy. He might not be saying anything but you can tell whatever he’s feeling based on his expressions and through his eyes. Michelle Williams is not in the movie a whole lot but she really is great when she’s on screen. There’s a scene she shares with Affleck later in the movie, and both of them were absolutely excellent in it. Lucas Hedges is also great as the teenager that Lee may end up looking after, definitely looking forward to seeing more of this newer talent in future movies. Other supporting actors such as Kyle Chandler were also great in their roles.

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The direction wasn’t flashy and wasn’t the highlight of the movie but it was good. The cinematography is beautiful and the colour pallet fitted the tone of the movie. The soundtrack was also very effective.

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I think Manchester by the Sea is definitely worth checking out. It’s an incredibly emotional experience, powered by its compelling story and its pitch perfect acting. You just need to know what you’re getting into though. It is depressing to sit through. However I do think that despite that fact, you really should see it.

Jackie (2016) Review

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Time: 100 Minutes
Age Rating: 860940[1] Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb
Cast:
Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Peter Sarsgaard as Robert F. Kennedy
Greta Gerwig as Nancy Tuckerman
Billy Crudup as The Journalist
John Hurt as Father Richard McSorley
Director: Pablo Larrain

After her husband’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy’s (Natalie Portman) world is completely shattered. Traumatized and reeling with grief, over the course of the next week she must confront the unimaginable: consoling their two young children, vacating the home she painstakingly restored, and planning her husband’s funeral. Jackie quickly realizes that the next seven days will determine how history will define her husband’s legacy – and how she herself will be remembered.

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Jackie was a movie I was curious about. Along with Natalie Portman and the story about Jackie Kennedy, I heard a lot of great things about it. After seeing it, I can say that Jackie is overall a solid biopic with a decent plot, good direction and great performances, Natalie Portman’s of course being the standout. It might not be one of the all time best biopics but it is absolutely worth seeing.

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The story of Jackie is pretty good. The movie is a character study of Jackie Kennedy and it goes into the things and situations that Jackie Kennedy had to deal with and what she was going through emotionally and mentally after the assassination of her husband. It jumps between time, between the interview between Kennedy and the interviewer (played by Billy Crudup) and the past before and after the assassination (and even after that they jump times throughout the film as well). I felt like it was a unique way of telling the story and made things more interesting than just putting it in chronological order. As for accuracies to real life, I have no idea. It seems somewhat accurate from watching the movie but that’s all I can really say, I’m not a historian. The story didn’t exactly blow me away, it wasn’t one of the all time best biopics but the story overall is decent and worked very well for the movie.

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The highlight of this movie of course is Natalie Portman and I have to say, this is one of Natalie Portman’s all time best performances, she is absolutely incredible in this movie. Much of the movie is focussed on her and her reactions to all these situations. She expresses what Jackie Kennedy is feeling so well without even having to speak. She steals the show from everyone else. The supporting cast was also pretty good. Peter Sarsgaard is also really good as Robert Kennedy, Billy Crudup was also effective as the journalist interviewing Jackie Kennedy. John Hurt is also a nice addition as a priest, he was very effect. The scenes between him and Portman were some of the best in the film. Every actor worked for what they needed to in this movie.

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, and Billy Crudup in a scene from the film, "Jackie." (William Gray/Fox Searchlight via AP)

Directionwise this movie is good. The cinematography was fitting enough for the movie. Sometimes there are shots which are okay but not anything special. Other times the cinematography was truly great. The editing was a bit interesting, it jumps around in time in its scenes, which got a little bit jarring. I don’t know what it is meant to do but something about it really worked for me. The music by Mica Levi was a standout aspect of the film, it ranged from being dreamlike to being eerie, and it really helped enhanced the scenes.

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Jackie is a solid biopic about Jackie Kennedy which was pretty good overall, the highlight being the great performances, especially from Natalie Portman. You should watch the movie even just for Natalie’s performance honestly. The rest of the film is good in regards to its story, direction and acting from its supporting cast, but Natalie Portman really makes the movie. Definitely check out the movie as soon as you can.

R.I.P. John Hurt

22 January 1940 – 27 January 2017

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2016

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Now this is the worst of the year list. As I said in the previous list, 2016 was a year of divisive movies, fortunately most of them I liked. There were also some pretty bad movies that were released this year. Fortunately I didn’t see all of them, I did however see enough to make a top 10 list. I’m probably not going to make an updated worst of 2016 list after the updated best of 2016 because that would mean that I would have to force myself to watch even more bad movies, which I really don’t want to do. I know movies like Collateral Beauty, The Do-Over and The Forest exist but I’m not gonna watch them. Not for an updated worst of the year list anyways.

Without further ado, here they are, the worst of the worst.

Honourable Mention

Allegiant

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Originally Allegiant wasn’t going to be on this list, it was slightly above average when I first saw it. However over time, Allegiant got worse the more I thought about it. In retrospect it was such a mediocre movie. It was just so forgettable, I remembered much more from Divergent and Insurgent, which is saying a lot considering that those movies weren’t that great either.

The only particularly good thing I remember from the movie is Miles Teller. Everything else just felt so generic and boring. I don’t even remember what the movie is about, the story was so uninteresting and it didn’t feel like much had happened, not surprising, considering they tried to force the last book in the series to be split into 2 parts, which was completely forced. Jeff Daniels doesn’t even leave that much of an impression. It’s no surprise that this movie bombed at the box office and the planned 4th movie is being made into a TV movie. This movie wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t good at all really.

My review of Allegiant

10. Ghostbusters

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The Ghostbusters reboot was very divisive. Some people loved this movie, other people tore it to shreds, calling it one of the all time worst movies of the year. I’m neither of these people. Ghostbusters just ended up being a mediocre movie for me, while it’s not bad it definitely has a lot of problems.

This movie isn’t good, the humour for the most part didn’t work and unlike the original which was somewhat subtle, here it’s over the top and borderline annoying. The leads had no chemistry, the special effects were hit or miss and I found it hard to connect with the story or the characters. At the same time, the movie wasn’t really that bad either. It didn’t bore me, some of the jokes worked and Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth were the highlights. I have to say, Ghostbusters is really the most disappointing movie on this list, it had so much potential but all of it is wasted. Still, it’s not the worst movie I’ve seen this year.

My review for Ghostbusters 2016.

9. Independence Day: Resurgence

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Independence Day Resurgence was probably the worst movie I’ve actually watched in the cinemas. I sorta knew how I would feel about this movie beforehand but still it wasn’t easy sitting through this movie. The movie was 10 years too late, they shouldn’t have even bothered trying to make a sequel to the original.

I knew this movie would have some dumb moments and lines, with over the top action and overuse of CGI, that’s what we got. What I wasn’t expecting was how dull and boring this movie would be. The attempts at humour fall flat and are extremely forced. Not even the action was that great, the CG was mediocre looking, it didn’t help that a whole lot of CG was overused. The enjoyable bits about the movie were some of the cast, with Jeff Goldblum being the standout. That’s it. Otherwise it was completely boring, uninteresting and not even entertaining.

My review for Independence Day: Resurgence.

8. Grimsby

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Grimsby didn’t look great from the trailers but the actual movie was far worse. Aside from a few jokes that worked, this movie just wasn’t very funny. And when you have a comedy that’s not funny and has nothing else to offer, that’s really unfortunate.

Honestly it’s not just that Grimsby wasn’t that funny, it also quite often got annoying. This movie tries so hard to be funny that it’s actually painful. That elephant scene for instance, it was trying to hard to be gross and funny and while it certainly was gross, it wasn’t funny in the slightest. Aside from a few jokes, the only other good parts were Mark Strong and the action. Everything else was annoying and forced. Grimsby had some potential to be a good comedy but unfortunately it was a dud.

My review of Grimsby.

7. Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

I didn’t have any expectations for this film. I really don’t like the first Alice in Wonderland at all and from all the trailers, Alice Through the Looking Glass looked horrendous. Although the sequel wasn’t quite as awful as I thought it would be, it was still quite bad, and in retrospect probably worse than the original Alice movie, which is saying a lot.

I will give the movie that Mia Wasikowskaand Sacha Baron Cohen were good in their roles. That’s it though. The script had a lot of ideas that they tried to implement, however they don’t fit in together well. The acting for the most part is over the top and the characters are absolute cartoons (and even worse than in the previous movie), I only liked Alice and Time in the film. The effects also weren’t good, even worse than om the previous movie, everything looked so artificial and fake it’s honestly surprising. Alice Through the Looking Glass is about as bad as the original, it’s yet another sequel which really didn’t need to happen in the first place.

My review of Alice Through the Looking Glass

6. The 5th Wave

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The 5th Wave is yet another YA adaptation which absolutely fails. It’s a shame because the film did have some potential, especially with its premise. However after the first act which was okay, it turns into a typical YA film with the usual clichés and flaws.

For a movie with an interesting premise, the story was pretty boring. The characterisation is also was lacklustre, it’s hard to care about what’s going on. None of the actors get a chance to shine, not even Liev Schrieber. I guess in terms of good things, the direction wasn’t terrible I guess, but that’s really it. There’s not much in the movie to really enjoy. The 5th Wave made enough money to have a sequel (the 5th wave book series has 3 books) but I don’t know if anyone actually wants them. I know that I don’t want them.

My review of The 5th Wave.

5. Gods of Egypt

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Gods of Egypt looked like it was going to be horrible, just based off the trailer. It was indeed horrible but unexpectedly a movie that I love because of how hilariously bad it is. Everything from the poor special effects, to the odd story choices and to the over the top acting is so funny. It is undoubtable a bad movie but I loved watching it.

In terms of legitimately good aspects about this movie, Gerald Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were actually entertaining in their roles, and it was enjoyable to watch them on screen, especially Gerald Butler, who really hams up his role as the villain. Aside from that, everything else is bad. The rest of the acting is either over the top or generically bad, the story is random and the special effects…. so so bad, with obvious green screen. Oh and also, not one Egyptian actor, not really sure what’s up with that. Honestly, I recommend seeing this movie, just to see how bad it is, I think in time it will be up there with movies like The Room in terms of hilariously bad movies.

My review of Gods of Egypt.

4. Nine Lives

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I actually can’t believe that this film exists, or that I actually watched it. This is a movie where Kevin Spacey is stuck in the body of a cat. Nine Lives feels like a failed kids movie that should’ve come out in the 90s (or not at all). But somehow it ended up being released in 2016. With somehow both the childish and adult humour which didn’t really work and the random plot decisions, this movie was a really odd one to watch.

I have to say, watching this movie was a weird experience for me and after thinking about it, I don’t hate it. I almost enjoy this movie. It’s not boring, the actors seemed to know what sort of movie they are in, the CGI cat when used, while not good, wasn’t terrible (not Garfield level anyways). And a lot of weird and funny stuff happens. Oh and Christopher Walken, I love me some Christopher Walken. But yeah, the film is still terrible, I’m not sure what brought all these actors and the director (who also did the Men in Black movies) to make this movie.

My review of Nine Lives.

3. Cell

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Cell was way worse than I thought it would be. Not only is the story boring and the characterisation poor, the direction was completely incompetent. From what I can tell, this is the worst Stephen King adaptation ever, and after seeing this movie I won’t be surprised if that’s the case.

In terms of good things, this movie does have Samuel L. Jackson, and Isabelle Fuhrman, they were good in the movie. Also, this movie is hilariously bad as well. The direction is so incompetent it’s hilarious. The opening airport scene itself it an indicator of how badly this film is directed. I will also never forget the time the Trololo song played. Because of those aspects I don’t hate the movie, but it’s still so awful.

My review of Cell.

2. Max Steel

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There’s really nothing to enjoy about Max Steel. Everything in this movie, writing, acting, direction, all of it is so faulty and broken. I actually wonder why this movie exists. This movie is trying to be a superhero movie while based upon Max Steel, the action figure. This movie didn’t really need to exist at all.

The acting is passable at best (Maria Bello), horrible at worst (Ben Winchell), the direction was terrible, and the story had nothing to it. It’s like it’s trying to imitate other ‘dark’ superhero movies except it’s not good in the slightest. I couldn’t care about what was going on. Throw in a bad romance story and you get a horrible movie. So this movie wasn’t interesting and it wasn’t even entertaining, not even unintentionally (save for one or two moments). So yeah, Max Steel kinda sucks.

My review of Max Steel.

1. Norm of the North

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Norm of the North is not only the worst animated film I’ve ever seen, it’s also one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in my life. I heard the stories about how horrible this movie was. But I never knew it was going to be this horrid.

Where to start with this movie? First of all, the story wasn’t interesting or entertaining, I can’t even see young kids enjoying this. It tries to have a message about protecting the environment but even the film gets distracted and forgets about that message so often. The comedy was horrendous with no joke being funny and most of them obnoxious and forced. They don’t seem to realize that a twerking bear or lemmings pissing into a fish tank aren’t funny. The animation was also so lazy and terrible, and the character designs had no effort put into it. How this film managed to somehow end up in cinemas is beyond me. This film astounded me in how horrible it was. Congrats Norm of the North, you are the worst movie of 2016.

My review of Norm of the North.

So what were the worst films you saw this year? Comment below and let me know.

Grimsby (2016) Review

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Time: 83 Minutes
Age Rating: 860949[1] Violence, offensive language, drug use, sexual material & content that may offend.
Cast:
Sacha Baron Cohen as Norman “Nobby” Butcher
Mark Strong as Coddy/Commander Sebastian Graves
Isla Fisher as Jodie Figgs
Rebel Wilson as Dawn Grobham
Penélope Cruz as Rhonda George
Gabourey Sidibe as Banu
Annabelle Wallis as Lina Smit
Ian McShane as Commander Ledford
David Harewood as Black Gareth
John Thomson as Bob Tolliver
Ricky Tomlinson as Paedo Pete
Johnny Vegas as Milky Pimms
Scott Adkins as Lukashenko
Sam Hazeldine as Chilcott
Barkhad Abdi as Tabansi Nyagura
Director: Louis Leterrier

Dimwitted Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) lives in an English fishing town with his loving girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and nine children. For the last 28 years, he’s been searching for his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong). When the two finally reunite, Nobby finds out that his sibling is a top MI6 agent who’s just uncovered a sinister plot. Wrongfully accused and on the run, Sebastian now realizes that he needs Nobby’s help to save the world and prove his innocence.

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I was cautiously optimistic about Grimsby. It had the talent of Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong and the director has made some decent movies. However Sacha Baron Cohen can be very inconsistent with his comedy. Still, I was willing to give it a chance. This movie unfortunately didn’t really do it for me. There were occasionally a couple of okay and mildly amusing moments, and the action and Mark Strong were actually good. But for the most part it was just annoying and unfunny.

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I knew going into this movie that it would just be a dumb silly comedy with out there gross and offensive jokes, however even knowing all that, I didn’t like this movie. The movie really wasn’t that funny but what’s worse is that this film tries way too far at times to be funny. I found myself fast forwarding a lot of the scenes, mostly through the scenes where they kept going with a joke which was never funny in the first place. The ‘highlight scene’ of the movie involves elephants, and it constantly felt like they were trying too hard. Was it disgusting? Yes. Was it funny? No. Some of you probably heard that this movie had a Donald Trump AIDS joke and yes its there. But like most of the other jokes, its forced and they made a badly CG (like utter crap CG) Donald Trump, so its not even worth going to the movie to see that. Now there were some jokes that did work but for every 1 funny joke, there were at least 10 unfunny jokes. I couldn’t care about any of the characters as well or what was going on (though I feel like that wasn’t what they were going for). I will say this, the movie wasn’t boring. Instead it was annoying and occasionally obnoxious.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is talented but here he was annoying. It didn’t help that his character was so clueless, like borderline Chris Hemsworth in Ghostbusters 2016. That kind of role needed to be handled right to make it work well and it’s not handled well here. Mark Strong is by far the best part of the movie, though I wonder if that’s because I liked him in other movies. Everyone else really doesn’t anything much, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Barkhad Abdi have done much better in the past, it makes me wonder why they are here. I mean I know Rebel Wilson stars in dud comedy films but what is Ian McShane doing here?

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The director of this film is Louis Leterrier, who has done some action movies with Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk, The Transporter and Clash of the Titans. Because of this, the action scenes are actually pretty good and are entertaining. There are a couple of segments where its done in first person and its done well. However I will say that this movie does have a lot of lazy CG at times.

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The one thing I will say about Grimsby is that it will definitely get a reaction out of people, positive or negative. This film has a couple mildly amusing jokes, enjoyable action scenes and Mark Strong. Aside from that however, this film was just annoying to sit through. If you really want to see this movie, at least go in knowing what you’re in for. I didn’t like it even though I knew what sort of movie it was. But hopefully plenty of other people can enjoy it.

Norm of the North (2016) Review

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Time: 90 Minutes
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Cast:
Rob Schneider as Norm
Heather Graham as Vera Brightly
Maya Kay as Olympia Brightly
Ken Jeong as Mr. Greene
Colm Meaney as Grandfather
Loretta Devine as Tamecia
Gabriel Iglesias as Pablo and Stan
Michael McElhatton as Laurence
Bill Nighy as Socrates
Director: Trevor Wall

A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.

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I heard plenty of horrible things about Norm of the North, I however had some morbid curiosity and wanted to check it out. After viewing it I can say that Norm of the North is not only one of the worst movies of the year, it is also one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It was painful within the first 5 minutes, and this movie is 90 minutes long. It’s honestly hard to imagine how this film ended up being shown in theaters, with the poor writing and atrocious animation.

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I know that this film is a kids movie but I don’t even think kids would be able to enjoy this. This movie is not interesting at all. It tries to express a forced message about protecting the environment but the film is so distracted by attempting to be funny and it’s very hard to care about what’s going on. Plenty of things don’t make sense in the movie. For example, the corporation wants to build houses in the arctic, which no one in their right mind would actually do. Also, when Norm is in the city, most people think that he’s just a human in a Polar Bear costume, it’s actually astounding. There are countless moments with unbelievably horrendous decisions. Also the humour in this movie is so terrible. Childish humour, including piss jokes and even in one instance a gay joke. And the film thinks it’s funny, for example there’s a moment where the Lemming characters take a leak in a fishtank and it lasts at least 30 seconds, it’s like the filmmakers assumed that what they did was hilarious. None of the jokes were funny at all, it was just loud noise. There’s so many things wrong with this movie. A combination of script faults and the cringe comedy made this film absolutely painful to sit through.

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There’s not much to like about Norm as a character. He’s got little to no characterisation and is so basic. Oh, and he’s also voiced by Rob Schneider, just to make matters worse. A lot of the characters were entirely pointless, not adding to the film that much. The villain was an over the top business guy that have been seen in countless other films. Also, this film has little Lemmings as the comic relief, they were like the minions in Despicable Me except they were somehow worse, they got annoying really quick.

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Even though the writing is horrendous, the thing that gets me the most is that the animation was horrible, it makes me wonder how a movie this badly animated made it into the cinemas. The character designs were so lazy and simple, they are just so uninspired and uninteresting, both for animals and humans. Also, the movements are so unnatural and weird, especially from the villain, who often looks like he’s going to turn into Mr Fantastic.

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Norm of the North is hands down the worst animated film I’ve ever seen. Everything from the animation, to the story, the characters, the writing, everything was done so incredibly poorly. There is nothing to enjoy with this movie, not even in a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of way. It was somehow worse than I thought it would be.