Beats (2019) Movie Review

Director: Brian Welsh

Writer: Brian Welsh (Screenplay) Kieran Hurley (Play)

Starring: Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser, Brian Ferguson, Ross Mann, Amy Manson

Plot: Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Beats starts as we meet two school friends Johnno (Ortega) and Spanner (Macdonald) who have come from different backgrounds, as Johnno’s family are looking to keep the pair away. The pair love rave music and know the connections to find parties, with the pair about to be separated by Johnno’s family moving away.

The pair look to find one of the most exclusive illegal raves in the town, giving them a chance to have some entertainment in their lives for the first time in years before going their own ways.

Thoughts on Beats

ThoughtsBeats is a coming-of-age story between two teenagers who know that their lives are going to be changing forever after this week, with the final big escape rave being their chance to let loose before they need to take things more seriously. It uses the ideas of how the government have always seen loud music as a sign of rebellious behaviour despite it being about having fun and not causing problems. This gets reflected in how the authority side of the world gets pleasure from stopping it happening, asking the question about what is important between the two sides. The performances in the film give us a nature look into this world and the people involved, which will make everything have an extra authentic feel to it.

Final Thoughts Beats is the ravers coming-of-age tell, that will see the fans of the music enjoy the adventure, showing the importance of friendship.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – # – Around the World in 80 Days (2004) Movie Review

Around the World in 80 Days – Enjoyable Adventure Movie

Director: Frank Coraci

Writer: David n Titcher, David Benullo, David Andrew Goldstein (Screenplay) Jules Verne (Novel)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile de France, Robert Fyfe, Jim Broadbent, Ian McNeice

Plot: To win a bet, an eccentric British inventor, beside his Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist, embarks on a trip full of adventures and dangers around the world in exactly eighty days.

Tagline – Let your imagination soar.

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Around the World in 80 Days starts when eccentric inventor Phileas Fogg (Coogan) finds his latest valet leaving him, just when robber Lau Xing (Chan) lands in his home, Fogg wants to present his latest invention, but is considered the laughing stock of the British Science world with the minister Lord Kelvin (Broadbent) baiting him into a wager.

The wager is to travel around the world in 80 days where he is joined by Lau Xing who is looking to get home to China to return a stolen artifact from his village, a journey that will see the pair meet inspiring artist Monique La Roche (France) and face enemies in every country trying to stop Fogg winning the bet.

Thoughts on Around the World in 80 Days

Characters & Performances – Phileas Fogg is an eccentric inventor that has been coming up with ideas for years, most challenge the normal science, while others are more for convenience, he wants to be part of the British science committee, a place where his ideas aren’t accepted. He ends up getting caught up in a bet to go around the world in 80 days to take the role of minister of science or never be allowed to invent again, the journey will take him to new countries, giving him a chance to experience new cultures, ones he never would have experienced in England. Steve Coogan is great in this role, he brings us the stuck up version of Fogg to life, while slowly showing the changes he goes through during his adventure. Lau Xing has stolen back a statue from the bank of London, which will see him being hunted around the city, he joins Phileas on his adventure to return home, fighting off the enemies along the way, telling the stories others would never believe. Jackie Chan does steal the show, needing to carry the action comedy side of the film throughout the film. Monique La Roche is a French artist that joins the adventure to escape her boring life in Paris, taking her to see new places to get new experiences in what she can draw. She is the plucky member of the team, always pushing Fogg to come out of his shell. Cecile de France is great to watch through this film too as the three leads are wonderful together. The supporting characters including the upper-class British science committee that look down on everyone, the many different people they meet along the way, some help, some get in the way, as well as the warlord trying to stop Lau Xing from getting back home for her own gain. Each role is played well, and it does become a spot the big name at times.

StoryThe story here follows an eccentric inventor as he looks to win a bet to travel around the world in 80 days to become the minister of science or never be allowed to invent again, an adventure which will see him learn more about life. We know the Jules Verne classic novel, here we get a spin that will put a bigger focus on Passepartout, being Lau Xing, needing to return home for honour, giving them more enemies along the way, it does become a more action packed story, but has the message of trying to find enjoyment out of life, by taking a chance.

ThemesAround the World in 80 Days does give us plenty of action from Jackie Chan and his fighting styles, each using the different environment for added ideas and comedy at times. Steve Coogan does bring the straight-faced humour at times, with plenty of poking fun at the British from yester year.

Final Thoughts Around the World in 80 Days is a fun, enjoyable adventure movie that will get laughs and have plenty of action along the way.