The Hustle: Film Review

I’m not gonna lie, I thought The Hustle – a female version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – was going to be absolutely rubbish. My expectations were very low and it turned out to be better than I expected. That’s not saying much as it was still only OK.

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Now You See Me 2: Film Review

I was a big fan of Now You See Me so I was very happy when this sequel was announced. I love Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, and Morgan Freeman individually, so having them all together in a movie is the dream. So two helpings are even better – especially with the addition of more favourites Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe.

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Youth: Film Review

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Youth competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival this year and received major praise from critics, so I felt confident going to see it. The stellar cast of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano are impressive but this is very indie and odd and will not please everybody.

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Films for November

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Interstellar

I have been waiting for the release of this epic sci-fi movie for a long time and I am so ready to see this now. The plot is a closely guarded secret but we know that Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway embark on a space mission to save the human race from destructing Earth. I love everything Christopher Nolan does, I think he is a total genius, so I have very high hopes for this. Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain also star. Released: 7th November

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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.