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4 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
great film, but don't go in with high expectations, 5 October 2017
7/10

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Blade Runner 2049 is a well made but flawed film, however i think Denis Villeneuve has done the best he could've with Hampton Fancher's story. Firstly the biggest compliment i can pay this film is Roger Deakins' camera- work, this film is shot beautifully and is masterfully crafted, the colours and production value are all A+, visually, this film is perfect. Sylvia Hoeks as Luv is a standout performance in the movie, i'll just leave it at that, Gosling and Ford also provide great performances in their roles, with Gosling specifically doing a great job with his character, making me empathise with the situation the character has been thrusted into, and really care for his narrative. Ford also did a decent job however i felt his character was very shoehorned in, and i didn't really care that his character was in the film very much. With that being said, both actors still did a fine job in their roles. However i wasn't able to resonate very well with any other characters within the film, especially Jared Leto's villainous character, whose motivations i couldn't quite understand especially toward the end of the film. The story itself was tense and enthralling all the way through till the end of the film, i felt as if there was more to be told as i didn't quite feel there was any solid closure for the characters. Additionally, thematically, this film didn't perform as strongly as its predecessor, replicants being the lesser equivalent of humans are evidently present but this film felt like it had a more predominant focus on being a mystery/thriller/action film. Overall Blade Runner 2049 is a solid effort with outstanding visuals and brilliant performances from the lead actors, the ending was however underwhelming and i wasn't able to resonate very well with any characters other than Ford and Gosling's.

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SPOILER ALERT - a few points i didn't quite get in the film

- At the conclusion of the film, Niander Wallace is still alive and producing replicants, what is the payoff with this character? What was his purpose in the film? He wishes replicants to reproduce but what was his intentions with Deckard's daughter? With Wallace believing Deckard to now be dead, is this the end of his search? or will he continue to search for her as a set up for a potential sequel?

- This feels very nitpicky but what happened to Wallace's eyes? why was that a necessary characteristic for the character?

- How was Deckard able to avoid the authorities for such a long period of time?

- and finally is Deckard a bloody replicant or not?

72 out of 137 people found the following review useful:
freaking brilliant, doesn't slow down or miss a beat, 29 June 2017
10/10

Thanks to student edge i was given the chance to see the film early, having seen amazing reviews from its screening at SXSW, i went in with incredibly high expectations. Coming out, those expectations still managed to be exceeded.

Edgar Wright directed the sh1t out of this movie. Everything is filmed beautifully, especially the incredible action scenes and one- takes. The acting is superb, the film balanced out the drama and comedic elements extremely well, and the plot was immensely well developed and entertaining, the characters are rich and engrossing, with the chemistry between Ansel Elgort and Lily James being the stand out part of this film for me, lastly i was very skeptical at the beginning of the film regarding the dominating presence of the soundtrack throughout the movie, but the killer soundtrack was fun, lively and bloody joyful, and blended into the plot seamlessly , it became its own character in the film and definitely brought a smile to my face.

Go into this movie knowing as little as you can, this is an experience like no other.

1 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A Very Important Show For All Ages, 9 April 2017
10/10

I have never binged a TV show as quick as this one. This show hooks you in from episode 1 and refuses to let you go, grabbing onto your attention throughout each increasingly dark, tense and depressing plot point in this story.

The message of this show is simple but so powerful. People can get hurt really bad, to the point where they are driven over the edge. This show explores that extremely relevant idea, executing it to perfection, with all performances done surprisingly well, and the direction of the show done beautifully too. It is a must see for everyone, it is a subject matter that could affect us all personally and can also be very educational for younger audiences.

It does get pretty dark towards the end, but it is important to understand the harsh realities of the world. The impacts this show left on me afterwards have solidified this show as being one of the best i've ever seen.

Split (2016/IX)
17 out of 39 people found the following review useful:
A return to form for Shyamalan, 16 January 2017
7/10

It's been a rough few years, but M Night Shyamalan's latest film Split proved that this director still has it.

Firstly, James McAvoy's performance is the best part of this movie, his performance carried this film for me and kept me invested. McAvoy charms the audience with his brilliant (at times comedic) portray of the Hedwig personality, and does a good job making other personalities like Dennis, Ms Patricia and the beast frightening and creepy in their own ways. McAvoy does a good job separating the personalities from one another, making each seem like individual characters.

The other performances in this movie are also good, Anya Taylor-Joy played her character fairly well, especially during the more dramatic scenes, and i hope to see more dramatic work from her in the future. The other two girls did decent jobs but nothing really special about their performances. Betty Buckley's character was fairly well done as well.

Although this is a fairly well made film, i did have a few errors with pacing, the flashback scenes felt very shoehorned in and confusing at first. Shyamalan's camera-work and writing also seemed to be a bit messy at times, mainly during the first act of the movie, but was fine for the majority of the movie.

However, although this isn't a perfect film, it's definitely worth a watch, and it's a good sign for Mr Shyamalan's career. Fans of his earlier work will hopefully appreciate this film like i did, especially the obligatory plot twist. :)

La La Land (2016/I)
4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
"Here's to the ones who dream," Chazelle's masterpiece, 13 December 2016
10/10

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*very minor spoiler alert*

I was lucky enough to get to see this wonderful film at an early preview screening and man, I LOVED IT.

I haven't really personally been a big fan of musicals, mainly because it seems so out of place to suddenly burst into song, yet this movie managed to incorporate the singing and dancing into the story without making it seem too forced.

The film's exploration of the idea that life doesn't always go the way we want it to is something that seems to be explored so rarely (and done well) in movies today. Chazelle's exploration and execution of this idea was done so beautifully, that i left the theater feeling all sorts of emotions. Chazelle's execution of this message was really strong and impactful.

La La Land is a great film, even from the opening scene, the amazing cinematography and dance choreography made it clear that this would be a beautifully edited and directed film. Chazelle's brilliant direction, has helped produce a marvelous treat for our eyes to behold.

There are moments in this movie that made me laugh, and some that hit me pretty badly where it hurts. Justin Hurwitz' soundtrack was also amazing throughout and i hope he wins an academy award for his talent. All in all, La La Land is an amazing film which pays homage to classic cinema and LA, if you are a fan of movies, this will be a film very much worth your time.

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Bring on Season 3, 7 November 2016
10/10

After 3 years of hopelessly waiting and at times losing hope, we the fans can finally rest assured knowing young justice will be returning for season 3. This is quite simply put, one of the best animated series of all time. The animation is gorgeously done, and the writers do an amazing job with the wide range of DC superheroes and villains. Instead of focusing the attention of this show on the A list superheroes in the DC universe, the creators chooses to explore and delve into the life of the sidekicks, which is done masterfully. The character's story arcs are interesting, the story is gripping and immensely satisfying especially Aqualad's arc in season 2, accompanied by a talented cast of voice actors including Nolan North and Yuri Lowenthal. If you have not seen this show, i highly recommend you try it out. You will not regret watching it. 2017 needs to come faster. BRING ON SEASON 3!