Writer: Thomas Lawes (Screenplay)
Starring: Jo Woodcock, Cosmo Jarvis, James Cosmo, Patrice Naiambana, Lee Boardman, Steve Jackson, Liz May Brice
Plot: A disillusioned young woman becomes a serial killer who targets wealthy land-owners, and a brilliant detective must use his unusual neurological condition to track her down.
Tagline – Every killer is someone else’s prey
Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes
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Verdict: Twisty Thriller
Story: Monochrome starts when Emma (Woodcock) who goes on the run after her boyfriend gets captured for stealing millions, Emma finds herself in the countryside where artist Roger Daniels (Cosmo) takes her in forcing her to be his assistant or he will turn her over to the authorities.
Gabriel Lenard (Jarvis) is the detective tracking down Emma and after the first body turns up, he learns just how deadly she has become, as he does have a unique connection with his neurological connection with her, making her trackable.
Thoughts on Monochrome
Characters – Emma is the young lady that goes on the run after her boyfriend commits a nationwide crime, in hiding she soon finds herself needing to resort to murder as she leaves a series of bodies behind her. Gabriel Lenard is a detective that has a connection with the crime scenes, he can figure out what has happened, seeing thing others haven’t, it isn’t long before he is fast on tale of Emma, even with his own personal problems. The different victims are mixed for what Emma targets with each having their own reasons for giving her a chance to be in there home.
Performances – Jo Woodcock is the star of the show, she is the serial killer and makes us believe she is an everyday woman you would walk past on the street. When we look at the rest of the performances they are good with Cosmo Jarvis being the only other one that gets the real screen time.
Story – The story here follows the partner of a criminal that goes on the run only to become a serial killer in her own right, we have a social awkward detective tracking her down as the media start to support her killings of the rich and famous. This is the old cat-n-mouse style thriller which does offer twists along the way and does do its best to keep us guessing as the story unfolds. It does do its best to make something fresh along the way even if it is slightly too long.
Thriller – The film does the thriller genre very well, it does keep us guessing along the way.
Settings – The film takes us to different locations as Emma remains on the run becoming the serial killer that needed to be tracked down.
Final Thoughts – This is an interesting thriller that will keep us guessing which is refreshing and will keep you wondering just what the master plan Emma is going for.
Overall: Thriller that keeps us guessing.
Writer: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio (Screenplay)
Starring: (Voice Talents) Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gairer, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews
Plot: Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.
Tagline – Oh brother.
Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
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Verdict: Substandard Threequel
Story: Despicable Me 3 starts when Gru and Lucy get fired from the Anti-Villain League after letting 80s based supervillain Balthazar Bratt escape from his latest heist. This gives Gru more time and he learn that he has a twin brother Dru.
When Dru wants Gru to show him the ways of villain which leave Gru on a tipping point for a career as Balthazar is tacking over the mantel of best supervillain and Lucy is learning how to be a better mother.
Thoughts on Despicable Me 3
Characters – Gru now part of the Anti-Villain League trying to stop the villains he once competed against. Fired after failing he learns of a long lost twin brother that wants to tempt him back into the life of crime. Dru is the twin brother of Gru that doesn’t have the same abilities when it comes to being a supervillain even after being raised by their father, he invites Gru to help him. Lucy is Gru wife that is trying to become a better mother to the kids, which is a boring side story in this film. Balthazar Bratt was once an 80s television star that had his show cancelled which drove him to a life of crime with 80s style about him (it is really hard to take this character seriously as he is being voiced by Trey Parker of South Park and I can only see Randy in this character). The minions are not in the movie are much as previous film, but still annoying.
Story – The story follows the hapless Gru as he must face a new villain and his own family to follow his own destiny. We have lots of side stories going on here which only just take away from the main story’s flaws. The villain is interesting but never feels like a threat and the idea that Gru must face a moral dilemma about which side to fight for doesn’t get the true focus it deserves. The whole story just feels like it was designed to be a television episode if we are being honest.
Action/Comedy/Family – The action is not as big as the original two even if it does play into the comedy of the movie, the comedy is a complete mixed bag, moments hit well the others just annoy, with the kids being the only ones that will be truly entertained by this one.
Settings – The film takes us to new locations which will see Gru fight and new enemy and dealing with new family members.
Animation – The animation, just like the previous films is very good throughout, easily being the highlight of the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a weak entry into the franchise that could easily be better instead of just giving us too much of the same when it comes to dealing with the side stories.
Overall: Animation 101