Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Raw (2017)

Director: Julia Ducournau

Writer: Julia Ducournau (Screenplay)

Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurence Lucas, Joana Preiss, Bouli Lanners

 

Plot: When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fails the Shock Treatment

 

Story: Raw starts as we follow Justine (Marillier) a young woman who heads off to university to study to become a vet where her sister Alexia (Rumpf) studies too. Justine befriends her roommate Adrien (Oufella) and now the hazing ritual starts for the ‘Rookies’ but Justine a vegetarian must go against hers and her family’s belief and eat meat or be forced to be disgraced by the ‘Elders’ students.

After eating a rabbit kidney Justine starts to be ill and she isn’t designed to be able to cope with hazing situations of a dress code, room getting raided but most worrying for her, is that she starts to gain a blood lust.

 

Thoughts on Raw

 

Characters/PerformanceJustine is a quiet young woman, she keeps to herself and finds herself in a world where she has been raised a vegetarian but to fit in she must go against everything she has known to become blood thirsty monster around compass. Alexia is elder sister of Justine, she understands the transformation she is going through but is distant in her guiding her through it. Adrien is the roommate that works with Justine in class too, he comes off as the complete opposite, open, friendly and not afraid of the world.

Performance wise, Garanace Marillier is good through this film as she goes through the transformation. I do feel the rest are good performance but as the film focuses more on Justine we don’t see too much away from her character.

StoryThe first thing I want to bring up when looking at the story is wondering just how messed up this school really is, these forced rituals on everyone shouldn’t happen, it should only be optional. As for the core of the story which is Justine slowly transforms from quiet vegetarian into a blood thirsty meat eater, hunting the pray, becoming something she never imagined. This is interesting to watch but does take a while to get to the shock parts that have created the reputation around this film.

HorrorThis is a horror film that relies on Shock Value, it goes to push even the strongest of fans of horror to the limits and will have anybody who is turned away by gore needing to look away.

SettingsMost of the film is set in and around the school which does work for the hazing rituals going on through the film.

Special EffectsThe effects used are all great making you understand just how twisted the imagination of the creators are.

Final ThoughtsThis does feel like a film designed solely for shock value, it lives of the reputation is has had created and just doesn’t live up to the pure disturbing nature you would be made to believe it has.

 

Overall: Designed for Shocks, doesn’t deliver on all those promises.

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The Boss Baby (2017)

Director: Tom McGrath

Writer: Michael McCullers (Screenplay) Marla Frazee (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Mike Bakshi

 

Plot: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Family Film

 

Story: The Boss Baby starts as we meet seven-year old Tim, he has an overactive imagination living the perfect world growing up with his successful parents who work for Puppy Co. When they have another baby, The Boss Baby, Tim finds himself incredible jealous and questions everything about him.

After the two find themselves against each other, the two put their differences aside to go on the Boss’s mission to expose they puppies are stealing all love babies should be getting.

 

Thoughts on The Boss Baby

 

Characters Tim is the typical kid before technology era took over, he makes his own stories using his imagination. He becomes jealous of his little brother but overcomes that to become best friends. The Boss Baby is set to uncover the truth about a puppy company where puppies are become more popular than babies. He is super smart and has never had a normal childhood. Francis Francis owns Puppy Co and has an evil plan to get rid of all the babies in the world. Looking at the character’s you can see some greatly created truths that have been pushed to the next level when it comes to the brother’s bonding.

StoryThe story does play out like how a solo child must deal with a new baby, sure there is a farfetched idea that babies can work in undercover to solve issues. The difference between the two are clear and you can see how siblings can be effected by changes like this happening.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy works very well with Alec Baldwin seemingly having the best voice possible for this role which helps add to the comedy. The whole family could enjoy this film with jokes hitting for all to enjoy.

SettingsThe settings we find the characters in are all enjoyable and add to the comedy the characters find themselves in.

AnimationThe animation all looks fantastic like you would expect from a big budget animated movie.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that does impress more than I was thinking and I feel the comedy does hit on the levels required.

 

Overall: One of the highlights of the animated films this year.

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