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Holmes & Watson (2018)
A funny comedy - if not very misunderstood by those who have seen it
This comedy seems to have gone over very poorly with its audience. But reading a lot of the reviews on this site it just seems like people have misunderstood the comedy or gone into the film expecting something else.
It pokes fun at both the Arthur Doyle books as well as very heavily the Sherlock movies with Robert Downey Jr.
It does so in a very effortless manner and nothing feels forced, the comedy interactions all seem to come very natural and the jokes come and go very smoothly and nothing feels like it is shoved in your face.
It is hard to say why so many people did not like the film but with comedy this is normal I guess as comedy is perhaps the one film genre that has no universal taste. When it comes to drama or action movies it is far easier to make a film that everyone will love.
With comedy you will never find a movie that literally everyone loves, some people prefer old Pink Panther movies, some prefer new ones. Some people love the movie "Airplane!" others hate it.
My style of comedy is Airplane as well as the new Pink Panther movies with Steve Martin. I also love Monty Python films.
If you go into this film with an open mind you can come out enjoying it and will have probably had some good laughs. At least if the style of comedy is what you like.
This is not the best comedy film I've seen either but that is why I have given it a 7 as it is worth watching once - having some good laughs and then probably never watching it again.
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
50 minutes of nothing - real movie starts at 51st minute into the film
I am a hardcore fan of the Underworld series but missed this film when it came out in the cinema and only caught up on it now due to life related matters.
That worked out for the best though as this movie is quite disappointing. Having watched it at home I was quite shocked to see I made it 50 minutes into the film and not much happened; no action, no plot development, no character development and hardly any character introduction. Which is silly because this movie introduces a whole range of new characters - if they were really going to waste the first 50 minutes of the movie they could have at least used it to introduce the new characters.
The issue with this film overall is just that it is made in poor quality - what I mean by this is that every element of the film is just poor. The special effects, choreography (there was literally a scene in the film where two characters stood absolutely still swimming their swords forward non stop for a solid 3 minutes...), the acting, the music and the cinematography, the dialogue and the screenplay. Literally every element of what makes a film good was horrendous in this film.
This film also messes with a lot of what previous films have established - the older the vampire the more powerful yet in this film some very elder vampires were killed like nothing by some very young ones. It just makes no sense in terms of what previous films already established.
To summarise; bad plot, poor acting, boring action sequences and even though this is a fantasy film with vampires and werewolves it abandons the logic of the franchise and goes completely into the realm of nonsense.
Then again this is definitely a franchise that seems to get worse as they make more sequels. I just hope they make one final sequel and give it the quality it deserves and let the franchise end on a positive note.
Great potential ruined by horrendous acting
I am a massive fan of Luc Besson which is the only reason why I even watched this movie despite the bad ratings it has received from individuals and critics alike.
With exception of the opening dialogue with the two main characters the script is really fantastic and the visuals are absolutely stunning and the overall story is really good.
But whoever did the casting for this movie should never do casting again. With exception of Cara Delevingne who I love as an actress the rest of the actors are just bland or out of place.
Dane DeHaan is almost doing a Keanu Reeves impression the entire movie long and it is very annoying.Clive Owen is just well, typical Clive Owen as soon as he appears on a scene with his usual self the entire immersion is ruined. I have seen him do some stellar performances but it has to be the right type of role and sci-fi is not his genre. At times his performances seem to show that he just doesn't know why he even took this role in the first place.
Some of the lesser roles were performed really well and shockingly, Rihanna was extremely well suited for the role she played in the film. After her performance in Battleship it is interesting to see that she can actually act if she has the right role and right director.
But with exception of Rihanna and Cara Delevigne all the other main characters were just so poorly acted. Luc Besson was too focused on the visuals that he seems to have forgotten to oversee the casting on this movie. They might have been better off keeping Rihanna and Cara Delevigne but casting unknown actors for ALL the other roles. They listen better to director input and would have given it their all if they hired the right novices. Just look at Game of Thrones or the original Star Wars.
Alternatively, they could have gone the Fifth Element route and hired quality actors. After all that is another film by Luc Besson and one that shows what happens when his vision is executed by quality actors.
Such a shame as the story that the writers and Luc Besson built and the world is really one I would have liked to see more of, some very creative sequences and generally well thought out story.
The Orville (2017)
Has that unique "real" Star Trek
I don't enjoy everything that Seth MacFarlane has worked on but he has really outdone himself on this one. The cheesy comedy fits right in and he doesn't overdo it. At the same time of the cheesy comedy the foundation of the show is written and directed like a proper Star Trek series.
The feeling of mystery, the feeling of danger and feeling of joy is all in The Orville and in fact, while I enjoy Star Trek Discovery it somehow doesn't have that Star Trek feeling it is lacking something in the writing. But Orville has captured that feeling fully and feels no different from watching the original series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, etc...
In fact if I were to draw similarities I'd say it reminds me most of Deep Space Nine as some of the humour and jokes are similar and the way it is written the good guys are not blatantly good and instead everything becomes more shades of grey in some episodes.
I am sad that the "professional" critics have slammed this show - but then again professional critics seem to have something against Seth MacFarlane they always slam things that he has worked on - maybe he has done something to personally insult them all once, I don't know. But there definitely is a grudge there.
I just hope this show can continue as I really enjoy it and it brings back such fond memories of the days when we had Star Trek TV shows. As sadly while Discovery is enjoyable to watch it just doesn't feel like a Star Trek show.
Futurama: Jurassic Bark (2002)
The second time I ever cried in Futurama
I bought a box set with all Futurama and have been watching them in order as had not had opportunity to do so in the past.
The first time I cried in Futurama was Season 3 episode 10 with the lucky clover. That was just beautifully done and it really hit hard on the emotions.
And this is the second episode I have cried on in all of Futurama. It is worth noting that for Jurassic Bark, the story is inspired by Hachiko but it still is beautifully done and obviously a unique take on it. Some very great writing and a good balance of the usual Futurama comedy but then the rare glimpse of deeper emotions that Futurama sometimes portrays on their show.
First two episodes were horrendous, this is a lot better!
It seems the show is finally finding its rhythm and it is starting to pull me in. I gave the previous two episodes a bad review and a poor rating as they just were not good episodes due to multiple issues.
The show is definitely starting to get better and has a lot of intrigue to it finally. I am definitely curious where this show will go though and how they will manage to carry it along.
A lot better than the first episode but still not right
I touched on my review of episode 1 that the different races just do not feel right and this episode only continues that feeling.
One of the biggest issues I can see this show will have is the over acting and overly dramatising scenes in order to make the story work.
It is as if they wrote a general plot line and then could not figure out how to get it to work cohesively so instead decided to fill it with silly and unnecessary drama.
Also, yes, we the viewers are well aware these characters have bonded for over 7 years as mentioned only a few DOZEN times. But perhaps instead of having written this in a few dozen times they should have thought of ways to show it better in the script and interaction between the crew members. The emotional connection is just not there.
Hopefully they improve this on the future episodes.
Off to a bad start
It just doesn't feel like Star Trek. Already from the first scene it just does not tie in well with anything we know (and love) about Star Trek
I don't mind that they completely changed all the styles of all the races but just the synergy of the character designs the ship designs, none of it feels right or feels at all like Star Trek.
If you thought the Star Trek reboot by JJ Abrams changed too much in its restyle then you are really going to struggle with ST: Discovery.
While it does at least partially follow some of the Star Trek designs that we know and are familiar with they have done away with too much especially when it comes to the different species. Vulcans don't look or act like Vulcans, Klingons are unrecognisable in behaviour, language and mannerisms as well as their look.
At least the feel of Klingons in Star Trek Into Darkness was spot on they felt like the Klingons we know. In Discovery they simply do not.
Acting is another major issue the production quality is just not there. I do hope this show improves but I think it will die quickly even if it improves as it just does not get it right and gets more things wrong than it gets right.
Disappointing for Star Trek fans after having to wait so long for Star Trek to return as a TV show.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
The best and only good film that Next Generation timeline created
This is the 8th Star Trek movie and 2nd one featuring the Next Generation crew, after this one there are 2 more (Insurrection & Nemesis) featuring the same crew before Star Trek takes a bit of a cinematic break and we finally get our epic reboot in 2009.
That aside, sadly this is the only great movie that ever came of Next Generation. Also sad is that none of the other series ever received a film.
All that aside, this film is great as it is a very well rounded experience with some good acting performances and a well rounded plot that is both emotional and features some intense action sequences. Nothing feels forced and the set pieces do not come from a mile away.
It is also worth noting that the sound track in this film is really great and especially the background music when the borg are on screen really hits the mark of perfection.
It is just a shame they were not able to achieve this level of quality in terms of writing and directing on the following 2 next Generation films.
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Not the best, but also not the worst
In short Star Trek Generations is simply a big missed opportunity. Considering that just 3 years earlier Undiscovered Country came out and was hands down among the best Star Trek movies. This is a very weak follow-up of that film.
The opening of the film is quite OK but from there it just goes downhill. There is a lot of boring screen time filler scenes that simply do not serve a purpose and while the movie is redeemed by some really great scenes and some elements that make Star Trek so great. Sadly this is just a film with so much missed opportunity.
Considering they managed to bring together Kirk and Picard into one film you would expect so, so much more. Even if it was a film with just Picard it would have been quite mediocre.
It just lacks focus and direction in the script writing and in general it just feels like they really had to pull out all movie clichés just to get the story to work.
It is watchable and it can be entertaining at times so I would still say to give it a watch especially if you are doing a Star Trek Bluray marathon (like I am doing) but just be prepared to experience a mediocre Star Trek film.
A fulfilling end to the original series and an outstanding film
In short, this film gets everything right. Music, acting, effects and pacing/editing.
It is well written and has the usual cheesy moments we would hope for from the originals series but also serious moments and even exciting action moments.
The ending sequence literally had me at the edge of my chair which is quite impressive for a 1991 film being watched in 2017. It is hard for me to pick the best original series film but this will definitely be among the list. Along with Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock. But each are great in their own way.
It kind of brought tears to my eyes in the end because you can tell the staff were very emotional about this being their last time to be in Star Trek and that emotion definitely came through on screen.
Also I have to mention, a big shout out to Christopher Plummer for his stellar performance in this film. It just would not have been the same without him!
Easily the worst Star Trek movie in the series
I recently bought the Bluray box set with all Star Trek movies and am watching them in sequence. While I have seen them before they have been very spread out so it is fun to watch in sequence.
Getting to ST5: Final Frontier. What an utter waste of time and disappointment!
Considering that Star Trek 2, 3, 4 were all decent to very good films to follow in the footsteps of those greats and then have this? I would not have minded that this was a mediocre film but this was just downright awful.
As for what makes it so awful, the overarching issue of this film is that it just lacks any and all direction. It is more like you are just watching a random sequence of scenes that have been poorly glued together on the story board by a child with a glue stick.
90% of the scenes in this movie (and I am not at all kidding!) are utterly useless and pointless for the plot of the movie. In fact if you took out all the useless scenes that did nothing at all for character building, story building and was not related in any shape, way, or form to the main plot you would have a 30 minute movie!
This movie is in fact 1 hours and 50 minutes long and because of the utter usefulness of majority of the scenes it felt more like a 3 hour long movie. After 40 minutes I had felt like I had been watching this for an eternity. It was that slow and that boring.
The acting is bad, the story is beyond simplistic, editing is horrendous and the synergy between the actors is horrendous and at times cringe worthy.
Having a look at William Shatner's IMDb page I see that luckily this is the only Star Trek movie he wrote and directed and thus luckily the next movies should be better as I would rather kill myself before sitting through another movie this bad.
I mention Shatner because you really can tell that at the time he directed and wrote this movie he clearly was suffering from self delusion and ego. There are too many scenes where he overacts (no director to tell him he is doing it bad) and many scenes feel written just to prop him in front and center of the scene.
The movie as a whole is cheesy and full of plot holes deep enough to sink an oil tanker in and then still have space left over.
Just a disaster and I feel bad for all the other actors for having to go through this experience and utter waste of time. This is the kind of movie that usually ruins careers as well and it all would have been Shatner's fault.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Enjoyable but fails to capture the magic of the game
Overall an enjoyable movie to watch at least one time, but it simply fails to capture the elements that make the game series what it is.
The story of each Assassin's Creed game takes place 95% inside the animus and thus in the historical setting of the Assassin's Creed universe.
The remaining 5% takes place in the modern setting and kind of glues it all together and gives further meaning to all the actions you are doing in the historical setting.
Where this movie fails is that it focuses almost entirely on the modern day setting and only uses the historic setting as a reason for action scenes. We learn very little about both main characters of the movie played by Michael Fassbender. In historic setting that is Aguilar and in modern day setting that is Cal Lynch.
In terms of Aguilar we actually learn little to nothing about the character and in terms of Cal Lynch we only see tidbits of his life. Due to this complete and utter lack of character building in both modern and historic settings of the movie storyline, we simply have little reason to become attached and immersed into the story and movie as a whole.
For those who have played the games, just saying the name Ezio Auditore da Firenze is enough to invoke feelings of attachment and fandom. Due to the vast depth of knowledge we have about Ezio, his youth, his adulthood and even his old-age.
This movie should have avoided the modern day setting as much as possible and instead focused more on telling the story of Aguilar. Perhaps only at the end showing us even Cal Lynch. This would have delivered a much better movie experience and would also leave it open for a great sequel.
The music is another issue of the movie, the trailer had horrendous music and the movie was not much better. Why they did not even consider to hire Jesper Kyd is beyond me.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
A hard movie to reboot, yet done successfully!
Let's face it, this is not an easy franchise to reboot. It is always hard to reboot a movie franchise when the first one or two titles were so great and had a strong cast, great music and a good story + director/crew.
We saw the results of one failed sequel where they just tried to simulate the things they thought made T1 and T2 such big hits, but they were way off with T3, which just was horrible.
Then came Terminator Salvations, which was an attempt at a reboot, but they made some bad directional choices for the story and casting and the movie flopped as a result.
Then finally, came Terminator Genisys, which finally rebooted the franchise successfully in my eyes. Sure it is not as good as T1 and T2 but darn it does it come close. I think the main issue is just that the movie overuses CGI and the overall quality is quite a bit lower than that of T1 and T2. By quality I mean writing, cinematography, directing and editing.
The quality issues aside, the reboot does a pretty good job at achieving many of the things that made T1 and T2 such great classics. They also managed to stay true to the story line and find ways to bend it and reboot it (similar to the approach of the Star Trek reboot and soon to be released Star Wars reboot).
They also found a great way to keep Arnold in the movie (because let's face it, you just cannot have a Terminator movie without Arnold, after all he is the Terminator and without Arnold I highly doubt T1 and T2 could have been a success). Better yet, they managed to do it in a way that would not require CGI. Like the failed attempt they did in Terminator Salvation.
If this was a standalone title and the first Terminator movie, I would rate it a 6/10 or a 7/10. Why? It is enjoyable and overall a fun movie to watch but nothing great or epic. I gave it an 8/10 because I recognise that this is a hard franchise to reboot and an even harder one to get funding for due to the failures of T3 and T:Salvation.
Star Trek for example was also a hard franchise to reboot but one that at least there was financial faith in due to the many successful movies and series it has had, same goes for Star Wars. Heck, even the prequels of Star Wars were bad and yet still achieved massive financial success.
Shichinin no samurai (1954)
Info about movie
I'm not surprised that there are the few sum of people who don't like the movie or even hate it and I'm very pleased to see that there are many people who loved the movie and could understand the quality of the Directing and Acting and Sword movement. I myself study Japanese sword movement "Shinkendo" and found the sword movement superb and flawless and would love to be able to achieve such movement one day myself
;spoiler possibility; as for the plot of the bandits raiding the farming village and not giving up even after losing quite a few of their men in their first attack against the village (now protected by samurai), that is traditional culture for Japanese > more recent example would be pearl harbor > Japanese won't give up till they have reached their achievement or have died ,,, i also read that a few viewers have found it a boring movie that would be then that they prefer action without story over a well balanced action/story movie and also i notice many people miss the essence of the story in the movie >>> so if you love to see really classical movies with lot of story in it and plenty of action, and like to watch movies that show many aspects of a foreign culture then watch this movie but if you prefer movies that are straight forward action, no-brain movies then this would not be a movie for you