Tenet: Film Review

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Cinemas needed a new blockbuster to draw audiences back in after the lockdown and Christopher Nolan offered up his new movie Tenet, which was originally scheduled to come out in July, to help them out – but is it worth the trip? Decide for yourself with my spoiler-free review.

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My Christopher Nolan top five

Christopher Nolan‘s latest effort Dunkirk comes out on Friday and while I’m in the minority of people who didn’t love it (read my review here), it certainly makes my top five.

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Dunkirk: Film Review

I am such a fan of Christopher Nolan films so I always hype them up so much. This was my downfall with Interstellar and now it is again with Dunkirk. I had raised my expectations so high that it would be impossible for the film to reach them so I felt a bit let down because the film was very, very good but not the spectacular triumph I wanted it to be.

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Top Films for July

Guys, can you believe it’s July already?! I don’t know how we have got here so quickly but at least it means we are getting closer to some awesome releases.

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My top ten: Films I’m excited for in 2017

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We are rapidly approaching 2017 so it seems like the right moment to look ahead at what movies we can be excited about this coming year.

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Dunkirk looks amazing!! Trailer reaction

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Today the first full trailer for Dunkirk was released and it looks EPIC. Director Christopher Nolan is a genius in my eyes but I wasn’t completely sold on this movie, simply because I’m not a massive fan of war films, but the trailer has changed that.

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Interstellar: Film Review

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

I desperately wanted to like this because I think Christopher Nolan is a genius and his previous films are incredible. My expectations were so high – because of his prior work, because I was excited for so long and because I saw headlines calling it an “epic masterpiece” – and I was disappointed. Nolan’s concept was too ambitious, too sentimental and the human touch gets lost in the science.

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Interstellar: U.K. Premiere

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Tonight I headed to the Interstellar European premiere. It was so unorganised and the mixture of bright lighting and artificial mist have made it really difficult for me to take decent photos. Anyway, I got to see Matthew McConaughey, Sir Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Christopher Nolan. Not bad, right?

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The Dark Knight Rises: Review

This film has been highly anticipated for a long time so expectations were ridiculously high. You would think it would be difficult to live up to those standards but The Dark Knight Rises did it. It is a brilliant film and I can’t really fault it in any major way. I’m a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s work and I know he would have to finish the trilogy with a bang- and he certainly did.

The film takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, in which Batman took responsibility for Harvey Dent’s actions. Batman has not been seen during that time and Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become something of a recluse. He decides to don the suit once more after a run-in with Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) which alerts him to a new enemy in town, Bane (Tom Hardy). Since Gotham City has become relatively crime-free, Batman hasn’t really been needed until now. He goes up against this beast of a man to save Gotham from a nuclear bomb, even though all the residents believe he is evil.

That is the main plot thread but there are many other strands to it. You see Wayne penniless and alone after Bane deliberately loses his millions and his butler, Alfred (Michael Caine) walks out. He seeks solace in Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), who is working on an energy project funded by Wayne Enterprises. Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins the all-star cast as a police officer who helps out Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and learns the connection between Wayne and Batman.

The cast makes this film, it truly does. It would still be a good film because the script is top quality but they are amazing. I liked that Anne Hathaway was never referred to as “Catwoman” because that would be cheesy and I think her character could have easily become a caricature if played wrong. The character was handled well and I liked the addition of new characters. At first, I thought there would be too many to keep up with but once you get into it, it is no problem.

My favourite new character was John Blake (Gordon- Levitt) because he was such a good guy who was determined to help Gordon and Batman although the rest of the police force weren’t bothered. I saw the reveal at the end coming quite early on, but I won’t say anymore. I just hope it will be left alone. Tom Hardy made a remarkable transformation to play Bane. He is unrecognisable! He has absolutely beefed up and the voice was clever. I reckon the voice must have been edited afterwards to make him sound crazier. It was difficult to understand what he was saying at times, especially as you can’t see his mouth, but that’s my only complaint. No actor did a bad job, but Hardy and Gordon-Levitt stood out for me. Also, check out the cameos from Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy, who are briefly reprising their roles from Batman Begins.

While it is an action movie, I definitely felt like there was a lot of talking. I didn’t mind because the dialogue is well-written but some people may be put off. I sometimes find it hard to keep up with what is said because it is either said too quick or too low or mumbled. The action scenes are amazing and you can tell that Nolan would rather do practical effects than CGI. It looks far more realistic. While it is a superhero movie, it definitely feels more human and real than others in the genre because the hero is a regular guy but with a lot of money and resources, he has regular problems and the villain is also a real person (just super buff!)

You won’t leave feeling disappointed. The trilogy ends in a good place and you can feel satisfied with what’s in store for our much-loved characters. Definitely go see! On an end note, I would recommend a re-watch of Batman Begins because it is heavily referenced in this film.

Dark Knight Rises Cast respond to Aurora shooting

The lead cast member and director of The Dark Knight Rises have expressed their condolences to those affected in the Aurora shooting in statements released today and yesterday.

Christian Bale, who plays Batman, said, “‘Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

At a midnight showing of the movie in Aurora, Colorado, 24-year-old James Holmes opened fire on the audience, killing twelve people and injuring 58 others. He was in costume and referred to himself as The Joker- the villain from the previous Batman movie.

Director Christopher Nolan wrote a much larger statement, saying; “I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie.

“I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.”

He concluded, “Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

Subsequently, the premieres for the movie in Paris, Tokyo and Mexico City have been cancelled. The distributor, Warner Brothers, have decided to cancelled two versions of the trailer which featured gun violence. An edited trailer will then be used for future advertisements. A trailer for upcoming movie, Gangster Squad, has been removed from The Dark Knight Rises screenings because it features a scene in which a gun fight breaks out in a cinema.

Warner Brothers have decided to withhold reporting their box office takings until Monday. Other distributors have followed suit so we will not know for certain what the movie has taken this weekend. It was expected to get close to or surpass the opening weekend figures for The Avengers, despite not being in 3D. So far, the unofficial estimates suggest around the $165 million mark which is still damn good.

Obviously, it is horrible what happened and it has shocked everybody but I just groan because I know the whole media-violence debate will kick off again. People will blame the violence in the film for what Holmes did and I think that isn’t fair. The Dark Knight Rises will always be associated with this tragedy which is a shame. It is a very good film and deserves to be seen.