The Red Turtle (2016) Movie Review

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Writer: Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran (Screenplay) Michael Dudok de Wit (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers, Barbara Beretta

Plot: A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Beautiful

Story: The Red Turtle starts when a man gets washed up on a desert island, alone he looks for the essentials, water and food, before trying to figure out how he can get off the island. First, he builds a raft, which only fails his escape plans.

Once the man learns that he is being followed by a mysterious red turtle his whole life on the island changes in a way her would never have imagined.

Thoughts on The Red Turtle

Characters – This is a film where the characters have no names, only roles, the man is the one that gets trapped on the island, looking for a way to find rescue, shelter and survival, something he can manages, before setting off on his own voyage of self-discovery on the island. The Red Turtle seems to be holding the man on the island before giving him a gift which will change his life.

StoryThe story here follows a man that becomes stranded on a desert island where he searches for a way off, looks to survive, only to clash with a mysterious creature that seems to be holding him to the island. This is a story that is all about the visuals we see, it could easily be reflected into the garden of Eden that the man has been given with different aspects of survival involved, be it from needing food, drink or shelter or one’s own mental ability of being alone. This is a story that could also be look at in different ways by different people, which only enhances this to new levels.

Adventure/FantasyThe adventure side of this film shows just how one man makes a life out of his time on the island, this does get mixed with the fantasy elements of the film too.

SettingsThe film is set on one desert island which does have a lot to survive with, only it has no escape from. It looks beautiful while feeling empty.

AnimationThe animation is amazing too, with the different lighting to show different times of day, weather conditions and environment changes.


Scene of the Movie – The Full Life.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts This is a beautiful animation that shows the importance of life, happiness and survival.

Overall: One of the most beautiful animations ever.

Endless (2020) Movie Review

Director: Scott Speer

Writer: Andre Case, Oneil Sharma (Screenplay) Andre Case (Story)

Starring: Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hamilton, DeRon Horton, Ian Tracey, Catherine Lough Haggquist

Plot: When madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death while Chris is stranded in limbo. Miraculously, the two find a way to connect.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Endless starts high school graduates Riley (Shipp) and Chris (Hamilton), they believe they are going to be together forever until Riley gets accepted into a college outside of town, with the pair needing to sort out their future, the drive home will take a tragic turn when they are involved in an accident, with Chris being killed and caught up in limbo, while Riley is left filled with the guilt of what happened.

While Riley is caught up feeling lost and alone after the death, Chris is learning to adapt to limbo with Jordan (Horton) guiding him around, Chris does start to watch over Riley, with a faint connection between the two, could it be more than just a connection.

Thoughts on Endless

Characters – Riley is an art student who is about to get into Georgetown, which will see her need to move into a long distance relationship with the love of her life Chris, only for him to die in a car crash, one where she was driving, left filled with the guilt about the accident, she doesn’t know what to do with her life, until she gets to have the message from Chris, giving him a connection she desperately wants. Chris finds himself stuck in limbo after his death, he wants to watch over Riley, being guided by another man stuck in limbo, he does start to connect with her once again, but it comes at a price, one he isn’t willing to pay. Jordan is guiding Chris around Limbo, he has been there for decades now, with his story about his death being kept away from the Chris until the time it is needed for motivation. We do have the friends of the couple that are trying to support Riley, while having her own problems with what happened, as well as the parents who have seen the shocking incident.

PerformancesAlexandra Shipp is wonderful in the leading role, showing us all the pain, she is going through after coming off filled with life before the accident. Nicholas Hamilton does work well with Alexandra in their scenes, but not always the best in the solo sequences. The rest of the cast do work well through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that get separated after a car accident, one left with guilt, with the other stuck in limbo, the pair look to reconnect, but this connection would come at price. This is a look at just how difficult losing a loved one would be, first on the survivor of an accident, filled with guilt, while the one stuck in limbo doesn’t know how to say goodbye, we get moments that do feel like ghost, but deep down we are trying to pull on the heartstrings more than anything else. The story will want to be emotional impact on the audience.

RomanceThe romance in film shows how a couple who are separated by death will be left being drawn together again, despite being away from each other.

SettingsThe film uses a lake setting as one of the most important for the connection, while the home life shows how the lives have been changed.


Scene of the Movie – The first lake meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough about why Jordan is still in limbo after all these years.

Final Thoughts Endless shows us how love will last forever in the right minds and lovers will be drawn together even in the afterlife.

Endless will be available on Digital Download from 23rd November and can be a pre-ordered here



ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – H – The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Director: Rob Minkoff

Writer: David Berenbaum (Screenplay)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Wallace Shawn

 

Plot: A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.


Tagline – Check your pulse at the door… if you have one.

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Family Movie

 

Story: The Haunted Mansion starts when a hot shot realtor Jim Evers (Murphy) and his wife Sara (Thomason) get an opportunity to sale the mysterious mansion for Master Gracey (Parker), taking their children on their family vacation for an early valuation on the mansion.

When the truth comes out about the history of the mansion Jim must battles ghosts to save his family before the curse takes its next victims.

 

Thoughts on The Haunted Mansion

 

Characters – Jim Evers is a fast-talking hot shot realtor that often puts his career before his family despite loving them, he is always out to make more money to give his kids the chances he never had. It is his decision to take the latest job even though he isn’t the partner the client needed. Sara is the partner and wife of Jim, she has a different approach in places which sees her give her children more time. She is the one required to come to the mansion for the sale of the house, even though she finds herself wanted for something else. Master Gracey is the owner of the mansion, he has lived through a long legacy and has summoned for Sara to attend the mansion for his own reasons. Ramsley is the butler that has been planning everything out, he welcomes the guests, places them where he needs them.

PerformancesEddie Murphy was on the decline at the time of release, this performance is one of his better performances because he knows how to play to his audience. Marsha Thomason is strong in the role of wife, mother and realtor, she is the calm to Eddie’s pure energy. Terence Stamp is the well-spoken butler that we know he will always be, while Nathaniel Parker does work well against a charismatic Murphy.

StoryThe story follows a family of realtors that get drawn to a mansion for what they think is business only to find themselves in the middle of the haunting events that has kept the mansion away from the public’s eyes for years. This story is based on a Disney Ride, which follows in the footsteps of the Pirates of the Caribbean. The idea of what is going on within the house is an entertaining story which does have you guessing what the truth might be. The family dynamic works well because you do believe each character to have their problems which need to be addressed to bring the family closer, with this night at the mansion letting them prove themselves as a unit.

Comedy/FantasyThe comedy in the film comes from the actions of Eddie Murphy, he does get the laughs when required, with the supporting cast getting their moments. The fantasy elements mix into the idea of ghosts working on their own motivations to work with the living family.

SettingsMost of the film is set in the mansion, we get endless secret passages and secrets that could unlock the truth about the mansion’s past.

Special EffectsThe effects used in the film are strong, they are used to help add to the family friendly style the film is using.


Scene of the Movie –
Enter the crypt.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We see how Jim operates at work, it would have been nice to see how Sara works too.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun family film that will get the laughs required, it isn’t going to set the world a light, but can be enjoyed in the similar style as a Casper movie.

 

Overall: Simple and entertaining.

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The Mortuary Collection (2019) Shudder Movie Review

Director: Ryan Spindell

Writer: Ryan Spindell (Screenplay)

Starring: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Jennifer Irwin

Plot: On the cusp of retirement, an eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he’s encountered in his long career, but things take a turn for the phantasmagorical when he learns that the final story – is his own.


Tagline – Every corpse has a story…

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Mortuary Collection starts when mortician Montgomery Dark (Brown) has started looking for a replacement, with the only person to looking for the job being Sam (Custer), she wants to hear some of the stories he is meant to have saved up over the years.

Each story has an odd side effect, which is filled with the supernatural, that will feel like a tall tell, that Sam doesn’t always believe, but by the end of her interview, she will understand what makes this job so unique.

Thoughts on The Mortuary Collection

Thoughts The Mortuary Collection is a series of short stories, told by Montgomery Dark a deliciously creepy mortician that Clancy Brown does an excellent job portraying his mannerisms. Caitlin Custer is not believing the stories being told, because of the number of fantasy horror elements in them, while trying to be a tough cookie when it comes to potentially getting the job. We do get four main stories with the first one inside a bathroom being the biggest fantasy filled one which gets points for the visual look to the creature involved. The second story sees a frat boy getting what he deserves for his action on a college campus, which is different to many things we have seen before. The third story shows us how much of a difficult situation someone can find themselves in when they are living with an ill wife, where the right thing might well lead to mistakes. While the third one will bring to life a twist on the escaped mental patient, one which will have plenty to work on. The four stories along with the overall one connecting on the outside give us different elements of horror, which will make it a wonderful companion piece with Trick R Treat.



ABC Film Challenge – Horror – N – Needful Things (1993) Movie Review

Director: Fraser C Heston

Writer: W.D. Richter (Screenplay) Stephen King (Book)

Starring: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer, J.T. Walsh, Ray McKinnon, Duncan Fraser, Valri Bromfield, Shane Meier

Plot: A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: One of King’s Most Interesting Stories

Story: Needful Things starts when Leland Gaunt (von Sydow) opens up an antique shop in the small town of Castle Rock, the shop known as Needful Things, see the locals visit, with them getting an unusually attachment to certain items in the shop, items that are clearly meant for each individual person, one that strikes a memory.

As the town starts flocking to the shop, it becomes clear that Leland has alternate plans for the town, with Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Harris) needing to investigate a new increase amount of small crimes, which slowly start to build in seriousness before the town turns to chaos.

Thoughts on Needful Things

Characters – Leland Gaunt is the mysterious shopkeeper that arrives to Castle Rock, his shop has everything the people of the town want and he knows everything about everyone in the town. He trades their desires for favours, which mostly involve going against people in the town, he knows how to remain calm through the conversations, knowing just what they want to hear. Sheriff Alan Pangborn left the big city for a quiet life, he is enjoying his life in the town, with his new fiancée, until the crime levels start to rise, which sees him going from dealing with cats in trees, to murders, can he stop the power Leland has over the town before it is too late. Polly is Alan’s fiancée, she runs the local diner opposite the new shop, she doesn’t run in like some of the other residents, which sees her witnessing the changes from the locals. Nettie is a shy former abuse victim that becomes one of the first customers of the shop, showing how easily people can like what he is willing to offer. We do get a string of people that start to get caught in his ideas.

PerformancesMax von Sydow is wonderful to watch in this film, he gives the character the mystery and charisma he needs to seem like a friendly person. Ed Harris is always good to watch, here he does the small town cop routine with ease, playing a good man who must help his people. Bennie Bedelia is strong without getting enough important early scenes to make us understand how disturbed her character’s life is.

StoryThe story here follows a small town that gets a new visitor in a shopkeeper that soon starts giving the locals everything they ever wanted, for a price, which sees the town turn to chaos and the sheriff needing to solve the problem before it is too late. This is one of the most interesting of the Stephen King stories, it looks at human desires taking control over our own sanity, how one town can be turned upside down by the ideas of what could be ours, rather than giving us what we need. The story is shown to unfold at a delightful pace because it shows how the deals are put in place with each deal, slowly starting to growing from disruptive behaviour right up to murder. The story does rely on the idea of town working together to prove themselves.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy side of the film shows just how Leland can bring about whatever the person in the town wants, he can make the impossible, possible, which only plays into the horrors of just what he can do to this world, when people get everything they ever wanted.

SettingsThe film is set in the small town of Castle Rock, this is one location where everybody knows each other, which is one of the trademarks for any Stephen King novel.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are very simple, they do play into the idea of fantasy elements, when we see just what will happen with the power given to the people.


Scene of the Movie – He is a monster.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does feel like it could have gone a lot darker.

Final Thoughts This is easily one of the more underrated of Stephen King’s adaptions, it gives us a perfect moral dilemma and keeps everything feel a lot more grounded for a horror one.

Overall: Entertaining throughout.