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What I thought of…. Passengers #movie #review

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So I finally got to see Passengers.

I originally wanted to see this movie at the cinema because, from the trailer at least, it looked like my kind of flick combining two of my favourite subjects in fiction; science & technology, and romantic relationships.

But then the reviews started rolling in and every one I dared to glance at suggested that the film, whilst good, was also a disappointment – specifically ‘the ending’. And the last thing you want to feel as you walk out of the cinema is ‘disappointed’.

So I bumped Passengers to my ‘when it comes out on DVD’ list, and yesterday, finally, it made it to the the top. And can I just say… what film were those reviewers watching!??

Firstly, it’s not quite the lovey-dovey, explodey-wodey, romance-in-space slash adventure-popcorn-fest that I thought it would be. It’s quite a lot smarter than that. It starts funny, moves to heartwarming, but half way through the film I found myself nervously biting my nails and genuinely wondering if the so-called unsatisfactory ending was going to be a lot darker and more sinister than I would have liked. It’s a movie that doesn’t want to fit comfortably in one genre.

I won’t spoil it for you, but here’s the back-of-the-box blurb (or at least, how I would have written it) because the trailer, whilst good, is REALLY misleading: Jim Preston (played by Chris Pratt) is one of 5000 passengers on a 120 year one-way trip to Earth’s newest, and most distant, colony. But when the ship (on auto pilot) encounters unexpected problems, a computer malfunction results in Jim – and just Jim – being brought out of hyper sleep 90 years too early. After a year of going steadily out of his mind trying everything he can to either wake the crew, or figure out how to get back in his pod, he comes to the conclusion that there are only two remaining options: Jettison himself out of the airlock without a spacesuit, or wake someone to be his companion, thereby condemning someone else to a similar fate.

It’s brilliant: Cracking performances throughout, fabulous special effects, completely believable and most importantly of all… a fantastic plot. INCLUDING the ending, which in my mind was just perfect. Honestly, I don’t see how it could have been better.

But maybe you disagree. Post your thoughts in the comments below – including perhaps the ending you would have liked to have seen.


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What I thought of… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them #movie #review

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It’s been a while since I did a ‘what I thought of’ blog post, so yesterday – as part of a Boxing Day – I toddled off to the cinema to see JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Now, I probably ought to mention at this point that I’m not a huge fan of the Harry Potter films (though I read the first three books before they started making the movies). The films are okay. I mean, I’d happily watch two and three again anytime, the others… well they were a bit of a yawn fest. Especially the last one. IMHO. Sorry about that.

*This* on the other hand was an absolutely delight, and if it had been twice as long I’d have sat there as happy as a pig in muck.

Interestingly, as I left the cinema, I came to the conclusion that although it doesn’t seem like it at the beginning, the whole film is a little light on plot. Sure, there’s a big swirly thing tearing up New York, there are magical monsters running amok, there’s a small group of stern looking people who’ve just about had it up to here with the Witch/Wizarding community, and there’s a non–magical person caught up in the middle of it all… but… well… it’s not quite as involved as it may appear. There’s the odd *twist* but you can see them coming a mile off (and I speak as someone who was genuinely surprised by the ending of Sixth Sense when everybody else I know seemed to think that was obvious from the beginning). But it doesn’t really matter; the characters are lovely, the dialogue is tight, the effects are amazing, and the magical creatures are fabulous – it’s all good. I look forward to the next one.

But what did you think? Have your say in the comments below.

What I thought of….. Single Woman Seeks Revenge #book #review

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“She was a Jenga stack on the brink of collapse, just waiting for someone to take out the wrong block.”

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you might have wondered why I post fairly regular reviews about films I’ve seen, but not much about books that I’ve read. Why is that? Do I not read books?

Well of course I read books! But – well – I’m quite a critical person when it comes to literature (and movies, and food, and well, ok, everything), and I find it hard to reign in my thoughts if something is, in my less-than-humble opinion, slightly less than perfect.

This isn’t a problem when it comes to films. I’m unlikely to bump into Tom Cruise any time soon, or anyone else in the movie biz – but when it comes to books… well these are my peers. And us writerly types are a sensitive bunch. And it’s hard enough to make money at this game without me throwing my ten penneth into the mix and potentially messing it all up for someone who’s worked really hard to get this far.

So it’s with some trepidation that I’m going to review Single Woman Seeks Revenge by Tracy Bloom.

Here’s the gist: Local newspaper columnist & agony aunt Suzie has just been ditched by Alex – the smooth talking, devilishly handsome, sales executive who works for the same paper. Suzie, it seems, has a somewhat disastrous track record when it comes to romance, and her work desk has become a shrine to various multi-coloured ‘Troll’ dolls, each of which represents a failed relationship. Come on! Don’t tell me you don’t have a troll collection of your own – real or imaginary. We’ve all been there.

Actually, someone who doesn’t appear to have been ‘there’ is friend and long-suffering, sensible work colleague Drew. And whilst he clearly likes Suzie (but how much, we’re forced to ask ourselves) he’s ‘happily’ engaged to the lovely Emily. Well, I say lovely, she’s more ruthless than lovely. But ruthless in a cuddly divorce-lawyer kind of a way. ie. Not cuddly. You can see where this is going can’t you.

Meanwhile, our Suz has decided to take revenge on every man who’s ever broken her heart, ever – and pretty soon she’s dishing out advice to her love lorn readers about how they can do the same. Until… well, I’ll just leave it there for you to find out for yourself.

Did I enjoy it?

Of course I bloomin’ did. It’s quirky, comical, and pacy. What’s not to like? And if you’re looking for light hearted read this summer, and you’re a fan of rom-coms, well this might be right up your street. Find it on amazon here.

Phew! That wasn’t too difficult was it. Nobody died, nobody got offended. But maybe I’ll take a lie down in a darkened room for a while…

 


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What I thought of… Mercury Rising #movie #review

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This week I finally got around to watching Mercury Rising. I have to say, this restored my faith in Bruce Willis somewhat after it was all but annihilated by Die Hard 4 (in the DVD extras Mr Willis actually says he’s not sure there’s anything more he can bring to the ‘action movie’ genre – a very telling remark).

ANYWAY, this film is brilliant. Based on a novel (the good films always are it seems), this is an old fashioned thriller with a hero you’re rooting for and a story you can believe in. It’s set in the 1980s and the whole film feels as though it was made twenty years ago and someone just found it – but don’t let that put you off, it’s a delight. The hideously misleading trailer is below or here if you fancy having a look.

What I thought of… X-Men: Days of Future Past #movie #review

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Another film I’ve seen this week is X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Here’s a picture of Wolverine watching the same film. How do I know? Because he’s wearing an expression that clearly says “are we ever going to find out how Professor Xavier came back from the dead?”

The answer Wolverine, me ol’ mate, is no. You’ll sit there for two hours, like I did, wondering why the writers seem to have ignored the inconvenient fact that they killed off one of the characters in a previous movie, rather than coming up with some sort of story line to explain it. Grrrr.

I’m really going off these superhero movies.

Incase I haven’t put you off and you want a superhero fix the trailer it is below or here.

What I thought of… Lucy #Movie #Review

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Finally got around to watching Lucy last night. I really like director Luc Besson so I had very high hopes. Were they met? I’m not sure.

It was a very good film, but I was kinda left thinking that Mr Besson had come up with an idea, written a screenplay, secured two of the biggest names in Hollywood, and then started filming, when a few days thinking between having the idea and writing the screenplay might have resulted in something absolutely amazing. Something on a par with The Matrix when that first came out and we all went “Woah!”

I remember Neil Gaiman saying something along the lines that a really good story is the combination of TWO good ideas, and that’s what this film needed; ANOTHER good idea, to combine with the one it has.

The concept is similar to Limitless (it could almost be a prequel) which in my mind is the better movie, trailer here

Let me know what you think of Lucy. The trailer is below or here.

What I thought of… The Grand Budapest Hotel #Movie #Review

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Saw The Grand Budapest Hotel last night.

A far-fetched tall-tale of a comedy with exaggerated larger than life characters. I enjoyed it. Very much so. Would watch it again in a heartbeat. Might watch it tonight.

BUT… who is the girl in the cemetery at the start and the end of the film??? I feel like I’m supposed to know, but I don’t.
And the fact that the film kind of just ‘ends’, leaving you thinking, “oh, was that it? Did I miss something?” underlines that feeling.
That said, 30 minutes of googling hasn’t answered my question, so I maybe I didn’t miss anything after all. Watch it. See what you think.

If you haven’t seen the trailer and are intrigued then here it is, or just click the screen below.