And yes, it is true… It is time for another film review spree. I never expected to publish two of these posts in such a short time, but since I finished my thesis on time and had a couple of weeks free before the start of my internship, it was the perfect time to catch up with my watch list of films, which is nonetheless still gigantic. Either way, as I’ve realised during this academic year, there’s nothing better than a quiet evening inside watching a film to relax. And besides, if we organise and schedule well our time, there’s always plenty of opportunities to watch films every week. I am really happy that I am having time to watch films, and actually going to the cinema to watch them, which is something I barely did in previous years. But moving on, these are the last 20 films I’ve watched. And embrace yourselves because July is gonna be a month full of cinematographic suggestions.
Ted – even though we can say that this film’s plot is somehow predictable, it is actually really funny and entertaining. And I must say that bear is absolutely adorable – the bear as a stuffed animal, not the bear as in his personality. Despite all of this, I still think that there’s something missing in this film; something that would make it even more interesting.
Jurassic Park – I haven’t watched one of these films in ages, which is super weird because I use to be obsessed with this trilogy. But now that there will be a fourth film, there wasn’t a better time to start re-watching the previous ones. For a film that is 22 years old it had some serious visual effects. That’s basically the major highlight of the film. It has some scientific mistakes here and there but apart from that is a great film. This trilogy has basically the same sort of plot in each film but they are all very interesting and well-developed.
Kingsman: the Secret Service: this film is so so much better than I ever thought it would be. It’s the same genre as those of 007 but entirely different actually. The plot is amazing. It revolves around the same principles as any of these films, but it really does look like a modern version of most of those spy films. It has a brilliant cast too. Taron Egerton did an absolutely great job with his character, as Colin Firth and Mark Strong did. However, there is a tiny detail about this film that is not so great – its visual effects. Honestly this department should have been a lot better. They didn’t do a horrible job but considering its 2015, it should have been more flawless. Finally, I must say that this film has an amazing set of British accents, some of the best available so to speak.
The Duff – this film is one of these classic cheesy romantic comedies for teenagers, and while it is something that I’d usually not find that interesting, I absolutely loved this film. It is super cheesy indeed but it is adorable, cute and relatable at the same time, which is what I think makes this such a good film. And besides there’s plenty of comic scenes to make you laugh. I think the cast was well-selected, especially Mae Whitman for the main role.
Love, Rosie – this is actually another cute and lovely romantic comedy, though a tiny bit more dramatic than the precious one. However it actually has some funny parts in it. It is a quite predictable film, which is unfortunate, but its ending is still not that. One thing is for sure, this film has an amazing soundtrack.
Martha Marcy May Marlene – it is not the most conventional story but it is nonetheless very interesting. I found the alteration between present events and flashbacks very well-done; it is definitely one of the best features of this film. However it is a bit slow at the beginning. Regarding the actors performances, Elizabeth Olsen was simply perfect for the main role. One last detail, I hated that the ending was such a huge cliffhanger.
White Bird in a Blizzard – this is a good film even though it is quite slow to build its plot. I feel that the ending is way more interesting that the beginning. I was certainly expecting more from this film. Despite all of this, it is actually a good film. One thing is for sure, it has a hell of an ending scene. It was completely not expected, at least for me. It was a really good plot twist.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park – even though I’d say this film is as entertaining as the first one, I don’t think it is as good as the first. I’m not sure exactly why but it just didn’t have the same impact on me. Maybe it was the plot, maybe it was the character or the actors. All I know is that something was missing. Something that both films have in common is their wonderful visual effects department. I mean there are current films and tv shows with a lot worse visual effects and we’re around 20 years ahead of the time when these two films were made.
Jurassic Park III – this film is better than the previous one. This and the first film are good but I can’t say the same about the second one, even though it is not awful. I really liked the plot in this film and I think I can still say the same about the visual effect as I’ve been saying for the other two films.
Jurassic World – this film is absolutely amazing. Go see it if you haven’t yet. IT’S BLOODY AWESOME! I believe that the first one will always be special but I think this is my new favourite. Being 2015 its visual effects are obviously amazing and perfect, which to be honest makes the film even better than it already is. For once the characters didn’t annoy me and were very interesting, especially in the way they interacted with each other – this time the writers added a but of humour, which must have been one of their best decisions. I loved Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard; they were perfect for their characters. Awwww and Jake Johnson too. And finally, the plot was more than amazing. It obviously has the same spine as the other ones but I think it definitely stands out from the other three. I definitely recommend it. Also, I must say that the 3D version is not worth. It’s good only in like two or three scenes, not worth the money actually.
The Wolf of Wall Street – this film is really really good, there’s no doubt of that, but I still think it is missing its wow factor. It has an amazing plot and cast, especially in the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, whose great talent has been greatly disregarded. It has a really good soundtrack, I must add. Honestly, you can never go wrong with a Martin Scorcese film. The only downside of this film was mostly its duration, which was nonetheless necessary for such an elaborate/long plot.
Two Night Stand – this is your super cliché romantic comedy. It really is but it is actually cute and adorable at the same time. This film is nothing special and extraordinary but it is without a doubt entertaining and quite funny.
A Dangerous Method – this is a really really good film, with a really good plot as well and amazing performances from Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. I would say her performance in the first scenes of this film is absolutely brilliant. I totally recommend this film for those of you who haven’t watched it. However, this film is a bit slow; the development of the plot I mean.
X-Men: the First Class – this is such a good film. I loved every minute of it. I wonder why haven’t I started watching the X-Men films sooner. To be honest, I am becoming a huge fan of comics, or at least they adaptations to the big screen.
X-Men: Days of the Future Past – I absolutely loved the beginning of this film. And this film has a really amazing plot. The more I watch of these films, the more I fall in love with this genre. Seriously this film is absolutely fantastic. Go watch it if you haven’t. Now all I have to do is watch the first films of this series.
Jane Eyre – this is another very interesting and well done film. It has a really good plot and soundtrack too. All the actors did amazing performances and the quality of the film is mainly due to that aspect. However, it takes a bit, probably too long if I my add, for the action to be built.
Shame – it’s not the most conventional subject but it is definitely an interesting film. The musical scene at the beginning was absolutely beautiful, such an amazing performance from Carey Mulligan. We gotta admit that this film is really visual – some parts do look like they’re coming straight from a pornographic film – but it actually has a good and interesting plot. I didn’t have exactly high expectations about this film but it met them nonetheless.
Inception – I believe this is at least the third time I am watching this film and no matter how many times I’ve watches it, I’m still going to be amazed by it all. The plot, the characters, the visual effects, the cinematography, the soundtrack and the actors’ performances, everything was on point in this film. I think the more I watch this film, the more I feel in love with it. It’s without a doubt one of my favourite films from this decade. It is absolutely brilliant and that ending still puzzles me every time I watch this film. And after these five years, I am still wondering how the hell this film wasn’t more praised at the Academy Awards and how on earth didn’t Leonardo DiCaprio win an oscar.
Cinderella – I don’t know how many versions of this Disney story has been made so far, but the more they do, the more these films get cheesier. I think this is the cheesiest of them all. It is a lovely film indeed.
The Maze Runner – I don’t know if it’s the fact that I saw the film right after I finished reading the book, but this gotta be one of the worst movie adaptations that I’ve ever seen. There’s really not even a single detail about this film that actually resembles the actual events on the book. This is literally the most messed up adaptation ever – it is absolutely nothing like the book. I know that no adaptation is ever 100% faithful to the original work, but they aren’t either the exact opposite. It had everything to be a great film but they completely ruined their chances here. I was really looking forward to watch this film but now that I did, I’m not sure if it was worth it at all. This was soooooo disappointing. Not only did each scene have absolutely no connection with the previous and subsequent ones, but those scenes never actually happened like that in the book. And let’s talk about the messed up relationships between each character – they were so so bad portrayed in the film. I’m not saying this in respect to the actor’s perfomances – even though they were nothing out of the ordinary, but in respect to the whole script. It was really bad. Not even Dylan O’Brien could salvage this film.
Have you seen any of these films? What did you think about it?