Film Reviews February & March 2017

Beauty and the Beast

film reviews February - beauty and the beast
I was expecting a lot from this live action adaption of one of my favourite Disney films and boy did they deliver. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end and I like the balance they created between the original animation and new additions. The new songs especially were great and I definitely have the soundtrack on my wishlist.

Though Emma Watson did sound slightly auto-tuned for the opening Belle song, I’m assuming it’s because she was nervous because the rest of the tracks sounded a lot more natural.

Otherwise, I loved it all. The casting, the music and especially how they “fixed” a lot of plot holes that the original left.

5 out of 5 stars

Free Fire

film reviews February - free fire
“Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival” – IMDB

This was an unlimited screening that I went to just for the hell of it. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as it did. I think it was the comedy that really lifted it – I don’t think I would have been as entertained if it were just a simple shoot out in a warehouse.

4 out of 5 stars

Ghost in the Shell

film reviews February - ghost in the shell
“In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.” – IMDB

I saw this yesterday as a complete outsider to the original anime. After hearing about how different it was from the original and how that seemed to disappoint a lot of the original fanbase, I’m glad I wasn’t a fan. Topher and I got to enjoy it as a stand alone film.

Topher liked it a lot. On the other hand, I’m not sure how I feel about it. It was good but I left the theatre feeling a bit meh. It was quite a short film too but it didn’t feel that way to me. Maybe it’s just not my kind of film.

2 and a half out of 5 stars

Hidden Figures

film reviews February - hidden figures
“The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.” – IMDB

I loved this film. There’s something about taking something amazing that happened in real life and telling the story to the next generation. It’s crazy to look back and think this happened within the last century.

And I love how they put up photos of the real women this film was based on in the end. Topher and I were on wikipedia when we got home and looked all of them up. One is still alive today!

5 out of 5 stars

Split

film reviews February - split
“Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.” – IMDB

This was a very clever film that Topher persuaded me to see and I’m glad I did. James McAvoy did an amazing job and I found the whole thing thrilling to watch. Definitely recommended for something a bit different.

4 out of 5 stars

Trainspotting 2

film reviews February - trainspotting 2
It’s been a fair few years since I watched Trainspotting so we had to sit down and watch it before going to see the long awaited sequel set 20 years later.

I found myself talking to a lot of people who thought there was too much nostalgia in this sequel but I think that’s what it was supposed to be. Overall, I really enjoyed it. And just a side note, Robert Carlyle is an awesome actor!

3 and a half out of 5 stars

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