Christmas Holiday Weekend – The Holiday (2006)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Writer: Nancy Meyers (Screenplay)

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell

 

Plot: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Feel Good Christmas Film

 

Story: The Holiday starts as we see Iris (Winslet) a wedding columnist who is madly in love with a co-worker Jasper (Sewell) but discovers he is now engaged to a fellow co-worker destroying what she wanted in life. We move to LA where we meet Amanda (Diaz) who finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her.

Both women want to spend Christmas away from home and the stresses of their lives find themselves swapping homes for a couple of weeks. Both women find themselves like a fish out of water, with Amanda befriending Iris’ brother Graham (Law), while Iris meets composer Miles (Black) and her 90-year old neighbour Arthur (Wallach) who is just as lonely as she finds herself.

With the story unfolding the two women get to learn a new way of life they could never imagine and find themselves learning they could one day love again.

 

Thoughts on The Holiday

 

Characters/PerformanceAmanda is a movie trailer cutter who breaks up with her boyfriend and goes searching for a getaway from her life, she finds herself in England meeting Graham who shows her a new way of life. Iris is an English woman that has found herself trapped hoping that one day she will end up with one co-worker. She agrees to go on the house swap to LA where she meets a man whose getting older and feels forgotten by his work as well as a man in Miles who is going through the same problems is. Graham is a single father trying to balance any sort of relationship with a career and raising his children. Miles is a music composer for movies that offers friendship for Iris but connection on the levels,

Performance Wise, Diaz shows once again she is great for romantic comedies, with Winslet showing here that she can handle comedy, Law shows he is always good for this type of role and Jack Black steps up to go toe to toe with true A-listers.

StoryThe story is about love, how we these women go through a bad patch but will find a way to be stronger once they come through it. While it is all very much created to say there will always be a quick fix after a break up, we do get to experience the joy they go through. By the end of the film you will have said you enjoyed the journey we go through.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy isn’t too heavy but comes off when it needs to, with the romance side of the story tackling break ups, letting people go and most of all taking a chance on someone new.

SettingsThe settings are used well to show the different worlds both Amanda and Iris have come from and how they get used to the new lives they are living for two weeks.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great Christmas film that gives us all hope when it comes to love even when we think we might have lost it all when it comes to hope.

 

Overall: Enjoyable Christmas film for all to enjoy.

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2018 Anticipated Film #23 Death House

2018 Anticipated Film

2017 was one of my favourite years for movies in years, so through the month of December I am going to look at 31 movies that I am looking forward to in the year of 2018, they are not in any order just 31 I want to discuss.

Death House

Main CastKane Hodder, Tony Todd, Cortney Palm

Plot – During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.

Will I Enjoy It?This is a who’s who of horror icons, I literally have to watch this at any cost, I think this will be one of the most entertaining horror movies of the year.

Will it be successful? This will get a following from the horror community, as I am unsure whether it will get a box office release but it will be one the horror fans talk about the most in 2018.

Release Date (UK)N/A

Bright (2017)

Director: David Ayer

Writer: Max Landis (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Jay Hernandez, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz

 

Plot: Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Action Blast

 

Story: Bright starts as we enter a universe where humans live side by side with orcs, fairies and other fantasy creatures. Human cop Daryl Ward (Smith) is near his retirement after a new death moment recently, his partner is the only Orc on the force Nick Jakoby (Edgerton) in a world where people treat other species like different citizens.

With the tensions rising within the force to get rid of Jakoby, even Ward doesn’t want to work with him, but he doesn’t want to treat him as an equal unlike the rest of the force. When the Dark Lord is set to return with the help of Elf Liela (Rapace) a Bright and her dark magic, that is forbidden, Ward and Jakoby are going to need to put the tension and differences between them behind them and stop the end of the world.

 

Thoughts on Bright

 

Characters – Daryl Ward is a human cop, married with a daughter, he is returning to duty after being shot by an Orc, that his partner an Orc lost in pursuit. Ward is put to the test on this night, as the force turns against him after they get in possession of a wand that the police and criminals want. Nick Jakoby is an Orc cop, the first of his type to get the role, hated by both humans and orcs alike. He is an honest character and tonight we see how he will fight for any species of innocence. Liela is the Elf that wants her wand back, so she can bring the Dark Lord back to take over the world, she kills anyone who gets in her way with her two assassins by her side, she is the deadliest enemy that the cops will face, though she is a safe villain for this film.

PerformancesWill Smith is the best he has been for years now, he has part wise cracking, part all or nothing which he was always the best at in the late 90s. Joel Edgerton gives us a great performance too, he is the deadpan humour which connects for the film and his character. Noomi Rapace is good even if her villainous character is by the book, she does well with what she needs to do in her role. Lucy Fry does a great job and deserves praise because her role gets us a laugh with her reactions to what happens on the life or death battle.

StoryThe story does follow two cops battling for their lives to stop a wand getting into the wrong hands, the pair must do the right thing to save the world. This happens all over one night which keeps the story flowing smoothly, it does turn into a buddy cop feel to it without being a comedy, where two people from different backgrounds must put aside their difference to do the right thing.

Action/Crime/Fantasy There is plenty of action in this film, we have hand to hand combat, weapons, gun battles and even car chases, this is an action film you can enjoy. The crime world we take throws the fantasy characters into the generic gangs we would see the cops needing to face, this includes moments of talking about the histories of the species and the envy between the species.

SettingsThe film takes place in LA which shows the different environments that our characters have come from and dislike.

Special EffectsThe effects used to create the different species come off great as we see how each species fits into the world seamlessly through the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Pop-culture references don’t work and turning to a Mexicans being treated differently doesn’t seem to make sense in a world where it is species that discriminate over the human races.

Final Thoughts: This is a film that I had only heard bad things about, but I did find myself enjoying, the one night gives the film the edge of your seat feeling needed and this is easily the best I have seen Will Smith in years.

 

Overall: Great enjoyable ORIGINAL fantasy action movie.

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