The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) Movie Review

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The Banshees of Inisherin – Movie Review

Director: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Banshees of Inisherin starts when Padriac (Farrell) goes about his usual daily routine which includes seeing his best friend Colm (Gleeson). For some unknown reason, Colm decides he doesn’t like Padriac anymore, sending Padraic into a spiral of confusion.

As Padriac tries to rebuild the friendship, he is given an ultimatum. One that would have devastating consequences as the unusual rivalry spirals out of control.

Verdict on The Banshees of Inisherin

Characters

Padriac is a local farmer on a small island. He lives with his sister and spends most of his free time down the pub with his lifelong friend. One day his best friend is acting differently and ends up deciding he doesn’t like him anymore. Poor Padriac is sent down a spiral of uncertainty about what he did wrong, as he tries to find himself on this lonely island. Meanwhile, when he is home, he has a habit of letting the animals in the house, including his prize miniature donkey.

Colm was once Padriac’s best friend, he lives alone, playing his fiddle to keep him entertained. He has decided he no longer wants to be Padriac’s friend and wants to focus on trying to be remembered. Colm goes to extreme lengths to prove how serious he is about the calm.

Siobhan is Padraic’s sister, she is too smart to be on the island too, a fact that has often seen her looked down on by the gossiping locals. She has wanted to support Padraic the best she can, but it is getting too much for her now.

In the supporting characters, we get the locals that are finding it strange with the difference between the two. Some offer Padraic support, while others are waiting for things to get out of control.

Performances

When it comes to pure acting, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson give a masterclass here. Each scene, every interaction with any other actor or animal, has you glued to what might happen next between them. Kerry Condon is also fantastic in an equally important role in the movie. While Barry Keoghan brings his typical unusual figure to the film, one that you are unsure of what he will do.

Story

The story follows two lifelong friends that get caught up in a strange impasse when one decides he doesn’t like the other anymore. This sends one down a strange road of wondering what he ever did wrong, as the loneliness starts to sink in. Placed upon this is a strange decision that could have lasting effects.

This is a brilliant story, a sudden end in a friendship would drive anyone crazy. Not a fight, just a decision to no longer be friends. It brings up the bigger question of whether people will be remembered in life for being nice, or do they want to leave a lasting memory. While also tackling isolation and loneliness within a community away from the mainland.

The comedy in the film is very dark and works perfectly for the movie. Having the backdrop of the civil war across the water shows the peace they are living in despite a conflict. Elsewhere, the animals and location are brilliant and take us completely into this world.

Final ThoughtsThe Banshees of Inisherin is one of the films of the year.

Dear Zoe (2022) Movie Review

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Dear Zoe – Movie Review

Director: Gren Wells

Writer: Marc Lhormer, Melissa Martin (Screenplay)

Writer: Philip Beard (Novel)

Cast

  • Sadie Sink (Stranger Things)
  • Theo Rossi (Army of the Dead)
  • Jessica Capshaw (Valentine)
  • Justin Bartha (National Treasure)
  • Kweku Collins

Plot: When Tess and her family suffer an unimaginable loss, she finds support from a surprising source: her biological father – a lovable slacker from the wrong side of the tracks – and the charming but dangerous juvenile delinquent next door.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Dear Zoe starts in the aftermath of the tragic death in a family. A teenage member of the family Tess (Sink) sees her mother Elly (Capshaw) close up from the world and her little sister Emily (Blair) struggling to understand the change. Tess decides to move in with her father Nick (Rossi) who lives on the wrong side of the tracks.

As Tess starts to adapt to a new life, she meets a rebellious neighbour Jimmy (Collins). Nick not wanting the pair to hang out, only pushes Tess further away, as she deals with the guilt of what happened to her sister.

Verdict on Dear Zoe

Characters

Tess is a teenager who is struggling with guilt after her younger sister dies. She is trying to keep things strong around her family that is struggling with the loss. Tess gets tired of her mother’s behaviour and decides to move in with her father on the wrong side of town. The teenage era of Tess’s life has become more difficult with the change in her life, it is more about how she will cope with the changes.

Nick is Tess’s father, he is from the wrong side of the town seen as more of a slacker in the family. He hustles to get by as he balances his life by keeping away from the law. Nick takes Tess in as a chance to let her breathe after the tragedy.  He offers more freedom than her mother but has stricter rules about the neighbour.

Elly is Tess’s mother who has struggled with the loss, closing herself off from the world. Like many people that lose a child, it would be very hard for her to keep her feet on the ground.

Jimmy is Nick’s neighbour who befriends Tess, he is from a different world, one Tess has never seen. The two connect on a different level, where he becomes a love interest for Tess during her difficult times.

Performances

Sadie Sink is amazing in the leading role in this movie. She has had quite the year, and this completes her year for performances that show just how talented the young star is. In the supporting roles Kweku Collins and Theo Rossi both shine, while Jessica Capshaw brings an emotional level to her performance.

Story

The story follows a teenage girl that believes it is her fault her younger sister died. She has wrapped herself up in guilt, while the rest of her family has struggled to deal with the tragedy. To escape this, she moves in with her father and starts to see life through a different set of eyes, helping her deal with her guilt.

This story put a firm spotlight on guilt and loss. Showing how a family can be torn apart by a tragedy and people need to deal with it in their own ways. There is a focus on the coming-of-age factor, with Tess experiencing life in a different way than before. Everything in this story wants to pull so hard on the heartstrings. It is powerful and ends up leaving you feeling broken.

Final Thoughts Dear Zoe is a powerful, moving, heartbreaking story, one where Sadie Sink truly shines.

Expired (2022) Movie Review

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Expired – Movie Review

Director: Ivan Sen

Writer: Ivan Sen (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: In an uncharted future, two hardened souls meet and confront each other with the things they have done and what they have become.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Expired starts in an uncharted future, Jack (Kwanten) wanders through the big city, completing jobs. Spending nights meeting other people, with the latest being April (Nguyen) a private singer. As the two-start spending time together, they learn they are both just as lost in the city.

Meanwhile, Jack is trying to build a relationship with Doctor Bergman (Weaving), a man he has had a connection with in the past. Jack ends up finding himself at a crossroads in life, for the first time he can be happy, but will it cost him?

Verdict on Expired

Characters

Jack spends his days wandering the streets, killing people for money. He is an isolated figure with no connection to anyone in the city. Jack finds himself drawn to a private dancer, which ends up sending him down a path to learn more about his past, as he looks to change his future.

April is a private dancer that performs before befriending Jack. She has also lived an isolated life with the new connection to Jack, bringing her some happiness for once in the bleak city.

Doctor Bergman has a connection to Jack; he has been tracked down by him as things in his life start changing. He holds secrets about Jack’s childhood, holding the answers to why he is experiencing changes in his life.

Performances

The film requires the performances to feel bleak and empty, to reflect the world. Ryan Kwanten and Jillian Nguyen are both brilliant at creating this distant feeling humanity has. Hugo Weaving brings the much-needed explanation sequences to the film.

Story

The story follows two lonely souls in a bleak and empty city that meet and fall in love. Only they don’t understand what love is because of the distant feelings humans have placed upon themselves.

This story shows us such an empty city, where the residents are content with being alone and never attempting to make connections. It paints a disturbing view of the future and what would happen in humans understood what they could have, like before. On the negative side, we can see the story feeling empty, like the world. It makes everything harder to connect to, as there is no explanation as to how it ended up like this.

Themes

Expired is a sci-fi romance that takes us to a disturbingly crowded but empty feeling world. One that has created pure isolation from human contact. There are plenty of ideas for a future with no need to talk to each other while keeping everything looking like it could be tomorrow. This is the standout visual experience of this movie.

Final Thoughts Expired is a beautifully built bleak and empty world.

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – D – Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) Movie Review

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Director: John Pogue

Writer: Dirk Blackman (Screenplay)

Starring: Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, Emerson Brooks, Bren Foster, Reina Aoi, Alex Bhat, Siya Mayola

Plot: Studying the effects of climate change off the coast of Mozambique, a marine biologist and her team confront three genetically enhanced bull sharks. Now, a new bloodbath is waiting to happen in the name of science. Will humans never learn?


Tagline – Deadlier Than Ever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Deep Blue Sea 3 starts as we meet environmentalist marine biologist Emma (Raymonde) who has been studying a nursery of an abandoned Mozambique village that is being engulfed by the ocean. Her team is small with Eugene (Brooks), Miya (Aoi) and Spinnaker (Bhat) noticing changes in the area.

When Richard Lowell (Buzolic) an ex-boyfriend of Emma arrives searching for the bull sharks which escaped from the last movie, they two must put their differences aside to protect the area, if they are ever going to make it out alive.

Thoughts on Deep Blue Sea 3

Characters & Performances – Emma Collins is the marine biologist that is studying the effects of climate change on an ocean village above and below the water, she only wants the best for the wildlife in the ocean. When her ex-boyfriend arrives, she gets to realize why she is happening away from people, after seeing what they have done to get what they want with wildlife. Tania Raymonde does do a good job in leading role, with the confidence in her characters belief. Richard Lowell is the ex-boyfriend whose job it is to track down these sharks, he starts off friendly, but he never gives away the full nature behind what he is after with the visit. He does try to do the right thing for human life but doesn’t care about the damage done to the wildlife, which is more than can be said about the crew. Nathaniel Buzolic does make this character feel like someone torn between both options. Shaw is the loyal member of Emma’s team, he knows the ocean better than anyone and knows what it means to fight back against the dangers coming. Lucas is the psychotic member of the other team that will do anything to clean up the mess, he doesn’t care who he leaves in his path, animal or human. While these characters are all that we would expect the performances from the actors are an improvement from the last film, with better written characters.

StoryThe story here follows a small ocean fishing village that has already started to be lost to the ocean, when it becomes the target of a group escape enhanced sharks, with mercenaries looking to clean up the problems. This story is at least different from the first two, while also being a sequel, showing the effects of the research if the sharks escaped, putting together the balance of finding a solution that doesn’t cause more damage and just getting it cleaned up quickly. While the question is put out there, the way everything unfolds does end up leaving you wonder which would have been right, with the body count involved. This story is easy to watch, you can see what will happen through the film, and certain moments do get good pay offs.

ThemesDeep Blue Sea 3 is a shark attack action horror that follows the same formula for attacks, which in this one has comically head biting off, with sci-fi elements as the humans can control what the sharks do. The location is a nice change, with it being a more contained floating village in the ocean, which could be attacked a lot easier, leaving more of the action on the surface level.

 

Deep Blue Sea 3 is an improvement on the last outing without reaching the heights of the original.

Lusala (2019) Movie Review

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Lusala – Movie Review

Director: Mugambi Nthiga

Writer: Wanjeri Gakuru, Silas Miami, Oprah Oyugi (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Brian Ogola
  • Stycia Waweru
  • Alan Oyugi
  • Alyce Wangair
  • Mkamzaa Chao Mwatela

Plot: Lusala, adopted by an affluent Nairobi family a decade ago is imposed on to leave home and start on his own. Eager and willing at first, he makes the most of his life, until the demons from his past return, and he faces them on his own.

Runtime: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lusala starts as a young Lusala escapes his abusive home, he gets adopted by a family in Nairobi. Here, Lusala (Ogola) grows up to have a normal life until he must take his first steps alone in life. The family look to support him with this process, only for his past to start catching up with him.

This sends Lusala down a dangerous path as he finds himself getting into trouble and pushing his adopted family further away after everything, they did for him. Only for him to need to challenge himself to make it through this difficult time in his life.

Verdict on Lusala

Lusala is a drama that comes an abused child that gets a second chance at life. He gets raised in an honest family that treats him well and prepares him for adulthood. Only his past comes back to haunt him, showing he is scared to repeat his past to people in the future.

This is a powerful drama that shows how easily someone can fall into an abusive childhood. By not doing anything wrong and still being haunted by it. It shows how other countries don’t have the same laws to protect children and even with the right family, the trauma will still haunt them,

The performance from Brian Ogola is the standout in the movie. He brings to life the lead character, showing the positive side of his life, as well as the nightmare side still causing him problems.

Where to Watch: Lusala is available to watch on Netflix.

Final Thoughts Lusala is a powerful drama about the consequences of an abusive upbringing.

Diary of a Film Fan Episode 4

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Diary of a Film Fan Episode 4 The Diary of a Film Fan

In todays episode I talk about Elephant Refugees, Patch Adams, The Glorias and Faith Based. as well as looking forward to Spiried and Troll.
  1. Diary of a Film Fan Episode 4
  2. Diary of a Film Fan Episode 3
  3. Diary of a Film Fan Episode 2
  4. Diary of a Film Fan – Episode One
  5. Letterbox Breakdown – Episode 10 – Ed Harris

Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman (2022) Movie Review

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Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman – Movie Review

Director: Biyi Bandele

Writer: Biyi Bandele (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Odunlade Adekola
  • Shaffy Bello
  • Deyemi Okanlawon
  • Jenny Stead

Plot: After his king dies, a horseman must sacrifice himself to serve his ruler in the afterlife but sudden distractions lead to unexpected tragedy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman starts in the aftermath of the King’s death. Elesin (Adekola) must sacrifice himself to serve his rule. As the community comes together for this event, the local English resident isn’t aware of the meaning behind it all and arrests Elesin.

With the night’s events unfolding, Elesin Oba finds himself questioning the decision. Leading him to learn the new Western world beliefs taking over the culture.

Verdict on Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman

Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman is a drama that explores the cultural clash between English and Nigerians when it comes to respecting a ritual. This does bring a bigger question to the table, one about understanding other cultures. But rightfully questioning certain parts of it.

This has been a bigger question for years about whether the ritual sacrifice is acceptable. It is right to question whether it is right or wrong, even if it is something completely unexpected to other cultures. However, this can cause problems, that are shown here. It will leave you asking the question of which side of the argument you would stand on.

Where to Watch: Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman is available on Netflix now.

Final ThoughtsElesin Oba: The King’s Horseman is an interesting discussion piece about getting involved in other cultures.