Christmas Holiday Weekend – The Night Before (2015)

Director: Jonathan Levine

Writer: Jonathan Levine, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Jillian bell, Lizzy Caplan, Helene Yorke, Michael Shannon

 

Plot: On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Christmas Movie

 

Story: The Night Before starts as we learn why Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) lost his parents over Christmas in 2001, his two best friends Isaac (Rogen) and Chris (Mackie) spend every Christmas Eve together and getting drunk, but as time went by his friends started to move on with Chris becoming a sports star and Isaac starting his own family. With Ethan, still almost stuck in his slump with his life working as a Christmas Elf.

This year has been mutually agreed to be the last one they spend together and Ethan has finally got the ticket to the biggest Christmas Party in town, the one they have always been looking to attended but before that, the traditions need to be celebrated for the last time. How will this night turn out for the friends on what is meant to be their final adventure?

 

Thoughts on The Night Before

 

Characters/PerformanceEthan is a man that lost his family at Christmas, he asks only one thing and that is to spend it with his two best friends, he hasn’t been able to find his path in life while his friends have found success but he knows this is his last Christmas Eve with friends. Isaac is about to become a father which leaves him knowing that he won’t be able to party as often as he can so he gets the chance to party on the last time but can’t handle the trip. Chris is suddenly becoming the big sports star he dreamed off but he finds himself in the middle of making new friends or keeping the ones he loves like brothers.

Performance wise, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a great job in the leading role playing a role he has made his own in comedy movies, Rogen is what you expect from him but his character is slightly questionable in places. Mackie shows that he can handle comedy on a regular level after Pain & Gain, he proves he can handle the supporting role.

StoryDeep down this story has a story of friendship and just how important it is over Christmas. We get to focus on moving forward in life remember never to forget the people who spent it with you, accepting responsibility for mistakes you have made and finding a way to be ready for parenthood. I think this does have plenty of Christmas message but sadly does get bogged down with the almost pointless drug based side story going on.

ComedyThe comedy does come thick and fast through the film even if certain parts of the film are based the drug usage going on through the characters.

SettingsThe film is set in New York city which shows the hustle and bustle of the town during the Christmas Eve events. It all works for everything going on through the story.

Final ThoughtsI did enjoy the deeper meaning behind this film as the part of the story Ethan goes through but I got slightly tired on the Rogen drug filled character.

 

Overall: This is a great Christmas film that is well worth a watch if you want something non-family based.

Rating

 

 

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2018 Anticipated Film #24 First Man

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.

First Man

Main CastRyan Gosling, Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy

Plot – A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Will I Enjoy It?This is the type of movie I would like to see most people seeing, it will show the life of the great astronaut and of course it will be directed by Damien Chazelle.

Will it be successful? This could easily be an early Oscar buzz movie, but I am unsure how it will work in the Box Office.

Release Date (UK)2nd November 2018

Website Feature Update

Website Feature Update

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Going into 2018 I am chopping and changing a few things around.

  • First the Watched List is going to go to Youtube and while I have seen a lot more than the last post, I won’t be completing this list either, I have made it well into the 700s.
  • Opinion Battles is going down to once a month instead of fortnightly
  • The ABC challenge is going to be going ahead with either reviews or just a selection for each letter of the alphabet on different subjects, starting with my favourites from 2017.

These changes will hopefully give us more content in the future that will give everyone more interaction.

2017 Watched List – Part 47

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 461 – 470

1.    Summer Shark Attack

2.    Una

3.    Churchill

4.    Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

5.    Girl, Interrupted

6.    Wishmaster

7.    Dark Feed

8.    Calvary

9.    Anti Matter

10.Big

Favourite Film
Anti Matter

This is one of the films which made me think and I liked that because the questions being asked make sense too.

Worst Film
Dark Feed

I just hated this movie, nothing seemed to click, didn’t know who to follow and most becomes messy.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.

2017 Watched List – Part 46

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 451 – 460

1.    Girls Trip

2.    The Omega Man

3.    Moonwalkers

4.    Evidence

5.    Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

6.    I Am Not a Serial Killer

7.    The Sand

8.    Moon Dogs

9.    Clowntergeist

10.Soldier

Favourite Film
Moon Dogs

This is a low budget indie comedy that is filled with charm, laughs and tears, it is one of the gems of 2017 and a must watch.

Worst Film
The Sand

I like good ideas for horrors but I hate terribly written characters and this film is both of those and quickly has you rolling your eyes at what is going on.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.