Alita: Battle Angel – Film Review

I wasn’t super excited about Alita: Battle Angel but I decided to check it out and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I have a feeling it’s going to be a box office flop which is a shame because it’s actually quite good.

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Downsizing: Film Review

Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing was one of the films I was so excited to see at LFF, which is why it was one of the most disappointing. It had such an intriguing and original concept, but it just didn’t know what to do with it.

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Downsizing: LFF Film Review

Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing was one of the films I was so excited to see at LFF, which makes it one of the most disappointing. It had such an intriguing and original concept, but it just didn’t know what to do with it.

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The Legend of Tarzan: Film Review

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I was never particularly convinced about The Legend of Tarzan and that’s mostly because I love the Disney animation and didn’t think it was necessary. While this shows us a different version of the story, it is pretty slow and dull, distinctly average, and lacks substance.

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Margot Robbie & Alexander Skarsgard stun at The Legend of Tarzan premiere

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Tonight the stars of The Legend of Tarzan – Alexander Skarsgaard, Margot Robbie, and Christoph Waltz – came to London’s Leicester Square for the European premiere of the movie – and here are all my pics:

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Spectre Premiere: Picture Gallery

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Tonight I went to the premiere for the latest James Bond movie Spectre – which was probably the biggest and most extravagant premiere I have ever been to. Oh my God, the red carpet was so long I couldn’t see the start, it was held at the fancy Royal Albert Hall rather than the regular Leicester Square and I have never seen so much talent for one film!

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Spectre: Film Review

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Spectre always had a struggle on its hands trying to top Skyfall, which was the franchise’s most successful film yet. The hype around Spectre was insane and it failed to deliver on the high level of expectation. That doesn’t mean Spectre is a bad movie, it was simply disappointing because I had hopes for so much more.

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Top Films for October

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It’s that time of the year again – a new month, a new round of films to check out and October has some AMAZING movies that I cannot wait for. Here’s a round-down of my must-see movies for this month…

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15 Films to Watch in 2015

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There are so many amazing films coming up in 2015 and I could have written an extremely long list but since its going to be 2015, I decided to pick my top 15 movies that I cannot wait to see in the new year. Here we go:

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Big Eyes: Film Review

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I love all of Amy Adams performances whether they are from children’s movies like Enchanted or from weightier roles like The Fighter. So of course I had to see this. Her acting is, as always, top notch and she definitely deserves for a Golden Globe nomination but the film itself is very strange and tonally all over the place.

Adams portrays real-life artist Margaret, who moves to San Francisco with her daughter after her marriage falls apart and ends up in a relationship with fellow painter Walter (Christoph Waltz). After they get married, Walter starts selling Margaret’s paintings as his own and their spent the remainder of their marriage embroiled in this massive fraudulent lie.

The subject matter was really interesting because I had never heard of this artist or her story and it is incredible how long they both continued to lie about who actually made her ‘big eyed children’ paintings. I absorbed the story completely and I found it really intriguing.

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It is rather odd tonally because it should be serious but there are times when it feels more surreal and theatrical. Waltz is larger-than-life as this enigmatic conman whereas Adam is grounded in reality as she lives with the burden of keeping her talents a secret. For example, this is described as a drama, yet they were both nominated in the Musical or Comedy Golden Globe category, when it isn’t either of those things. It is hard to describe.

It was hard to get involved in the story to begin with because it wasn’t realistic. The film makes it seem like Margaret and Walter get married after about a week of dating but I found, in my research afterwards, that it was more like two years. I know they wanted to rush forward to the art drama, but I couldn’t believe their romance at all, especially as she had already been divorced and had a daughter from a previous marriage.

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It gets very serious when Margaret discovers how much of a conman he truly is and you get quite scared for her livelihood as Walter has becomes this monster, who demands her to paint a set number of “wide-eyed waifs” per day. But then, the true showdown in the courtroom is comedic and and theatrical, but apparently the sequence was toned down compared to what happened in real life. Walter is so over-the-top about everything and it’s hard to take him seriously. But in an interview with the real-life Margaret about Walter (who is dead), she described as even more eccentric and over-enthusiastic than Waltz’s portrayal.

So while I found the story super interesting and Adams incredible, the whole film felt uneven like it wasn’t sure whether it wanted to be funny or dramatic. It does both in equal measure but the balance never seems quite right. The use of crisp and bold colour also gives it an unrealistic/stylised feel. I liked it but I think that’s more down to Adams and this fascinating story than anything else.

 

Released Boxing Day (26th December) 

Other Christmas releases:

Night at the Museum 

Annie

Exodus: Gods and Kings