Lost in London (2017) Movie Review

Director: Woody Harrelson

Writer: Woody Harrelson (Screenplay)

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Owen Wilson, Naomi Battrick, Louisa Harland

Plot: Within the course of one night, Woody Harrelson finds himself in a misadventure in London that winds him up in jail.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lost in London starts as we see how Woody Harrelson is looking to create an ambitious project, a single take around London that would be screened direct to the cinema, only things don’t seem to be going as planned, we follow the film idea.

Woody finishes a play before needing to get his wife Laura (Matsuura) home quickly before she reads a headline, before he ends up having a wild party in London, all in a single take.

Thoughts on Lost in London

Final Thoughts This is an ambitious project by Woody Harrelson, showing us how the world of a celebrity can be filled with vices, people looking to make the headlines and how the party lifestyle can cause misadventure every time. This does show us how a new idea could work with the right co-ordination you could bring together something original. The story doesn’t end up being an engaging as it would like to though, which ends up seeing a few slow moments, with the highlight being when Woody and Owen have an argument about careers. The film does end up going on slightly too long for its own good, becoming a drag in the finally third, where the panicked nature doesn’t come off on the levels it needs too.

Signature Entertainment presents Lost in London on Amazon Prime 25th September

ABC Film Challenge – 80s – L – Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Director: Frank Oz

Writer: Howard Ashman (Screenplay) Roger Corman, Charles B Griffith (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, Tichina Arnold

 

Plot: A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.


Tagline – Put a rare houseplant on your television. It talks. It sings. It eats people

Runtime: 1 hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Twisted and Fun Musical

 

Story: Little Shop of Horrors starts when a small florist run by Mushnik (Gardenia) is facing closure, until the nerdy florist Seymour (Moranis) has discovered a new Venus Fly Trap, which he has named Audrey II after his co-worker Audrey (Greene). Audrey II starts drawing in a new audience to the shop as Seymour and Audrey learn they have feelings for each other despite her boyfriend, bad boy dentist Orin (Martin).

The problem with Audrey II comes to light with Seymour, as it turns out that he is a carnivorous plant that needs blood to continue to grow, leading Seymour down a path to find a way to feed the plant, one that includes murder.

 

Thoughts on Little Shop of Horrors

 

Characters – Seymour is a nerd florist that has always looked to find something new in the field, he has saved the business with his latest creation, only he needs to figure out how to keep him under control. He has a crush on Audrey his co-worker never knowing how to approach her to tell her how he really feels. Audrey is the co-worker in the florist, she has always been attracted to bad boys with her latest boyfriend being abusive towards her, she does want a life which will see her with an honest man, like Seymour. Mushnik is the owner of the florist who has seen his business start to go downhill until Audrey II appears to him, which draws in a new audience, he sees money and wants to take advantage of his chance. Audrey II is the carnivorous plant that has a taste for human flesh, he slowly starts to get out of control as his hunger continues to grow.

PerformancesRick Moranis really was one of the greatest comic actors in the 80’s this showed another skill he had with singing too. Ellen Greene is a delight to watch too, Vincent Gardenia makes for the typical strict boss figure the film, while the appearances from the comedy icons of the 80s.

StoryThe story here follows a nerdy florist that has discovered a new plant which turns out to be carnivorous that wants to be fed human flesh. This is a remake story which makes for one of the simple stories out there, the idea of having an expert that has discovered something new which the world isn’t prepared for, we have two people that are in love that aren’t together and the greed of a businessman. Everything mixed together with songs makes for a fun story that will keep you guessing to where things will go next.

Comedy/Horror/Musical/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from the talent which gets to use their skills to create different characters. the horror involved the man eating plant who is always looking for his next meal. The romance shows the two co-workers that would do anything for each other, but have never told each other how they feel. The musical side of the film does tie everything together in the film, with the catchy tunes that people still sing today.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the florist which sees how the business goes from about to lose everything to an overnight success story.

Special EffectsThe effects are practical which shows just what you can achieve with the right team who bring Audrey II to life.


Scene of the Movie –
Audrey II songs.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Couple of pop culture references have dated.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most enjoyable musical comedies you will see, it has catchy songs, wonderful performances and a creature in Audrey II that will never be forgotten.

 

Overall: Fun Musical.

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The Last Laugh (2020) Movie Review

Director: Jeremy Berg

Writer: Jeremy Berg (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Vanderzee, Eric Stone, Lowell Deo, Angela DiMarco, Meranda Long, Marcus Leppard

Plot: A stand-up comedian on the verge of breakout success must make a terrible choice when he discovers a murderer on the loose in the theater where he’s about to perform his biggest show.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Last Laugh starts as stand-up comedian Myles (Vanderzee) is about to get his first big show, opening for the bigger comedian Reggie Ray (Deo), the pressure is on for Myles, but his medication is starting to wear off and when he finds a dead body in his dressing room, he is left with a big decision.

Preparing for the show however Myles meets the different employees of the theatre, but after a second death, he starts to think there is a killer in the theatre and is left wanting to know what is more important to him, the show or human life.

Thoughts on The Last Laugh

Characters – Myles is a stand-up comedian, he has been grinding the small shows for years now, with tonight being his big break, opening for a popular comedian. Myles does have a troubled past which sees him struggling with the loss of his partner, though it isn’t clear whether she left him or passed away, which sees him needing medication to keep his head in the game, he is left with a big question, whether to complete the show or report the dead bodies he finds. Nelson is the manager of Myles, he got him this gig and looks to keep him focused for this show, which he knows could make him a lot of money too. Reggie Ray is the main act of the show tonight, a famous comedian that has been coming down on the success trail, but demands to be respected, despite not being as funny as he once was. Donna is the theatre owner that has her own dreams of making it big in the industry, that also knows the pressure of the world they are in. we do get to meet the whole crew, with the killer lurking in the shadows looking for their latest victims.

PerformancesSteve Vanderzee in the leading role does show us the dark mind of a comedian, one that is filled with tragedy that uses comedy to escape. When we look at the rest of the cast everyone makes us feel like they are natural within the theatre industry.

StoryThe story here follows a comedian on the verge of a big break only for him to discovery a dead body in his dressing room and it isn’t long before other people start getting killed of behind the scenes, leaving him wondering if this is a good idea to go through with or not. This is a horror slasher that does bring a different direction to everything, with only one person knowing about the kills, while the rest of the characters continuing on their day, it works to that level because we are left wondering as to who the killer is, with the suspect list seemingly getting longer as night goes on, mixed in with Myles own mental state. The story also highlights the fine line between success and the right thing, as people might risk more than they should for success.

HorrorThe horror side of this film comes from seeing how the killer is killing people, the kills do feel like they have been taken from a slasher on the style of them.

SettingsThe film keeps everything inside a theatre, which shows us more of the behind the scenes behaviour of the staff and performers, while a killer lurks around.


Scene of the Movie – The stars.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It doesn’t capture the tension of a killer.

Final Thoughts This is a fun slasher horror that does everything to bring something new to the table by only have one character know about the killer, while balance mental illness with a potential serial killer.



ABC Film Challenge – Animation – U – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Movie Review

We are under the U because of the Unikitty character.

Director: Mike Mitchell

Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller (Screenplay) Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Matthew Fogel (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day

Plot: It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.


Tagline – You’re Awesome

Runtime: 1 hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Lazy Sequel

Story: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part starts in the aftermath of the Duplo invasion, where Emmet and Wyldstyle are living in an apocalyptic version of the Lego world. After General Mayhem arrives, she takes Wyldstyle, Batman, Benny, MetalBeard and Unkitty for her leader Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi who wants them for a ceremony.

Emmet needing to fix his mistake again, goes in search for his friends, meeting Rex Dangervest as he looks to save the day once again.

Thoughts on The Lego Movie 2: The Second part

Characters – Emmet is still the overly positive character who has always tried to stay happy even after what has happened, he is still naïve about life, which sees him cause more problems, leading him to go out on his own to try and save the day, even though Wiyldstyle will do most of the work. Wyldstyle is still the tough nonsense figure and love interest to Emmet, who will always look to fight to keep the friends safe, including trying to toughen Emmet up. Batman does continue to be the one that always sthinks he saves the day even if he doesn’t actually do anything useful. Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi is the ruler of the new world that has taken the friends to perform a ceremony.

StoryThe story shows the next chapter in the adventures of the Lego figures, which does take them to a new level to new worlds and still need to protect each other from the danger. Where the story here falls shorter, is by trying to build on the real world situations instead of trying to give us a more natural Lego story. We fail to get a new annoyingly catchy song through and everything that happens just feels like more of an advertisement for the Lego products over telling a real story.

Action/ComedyThe action does try to be bigger, only it ends up feeling a lot small, because we only focus on big destruction moments over anything else, with the comedy missing more than it needs to.

SettingsThe film uses other Lego worlds to create new settings, which is fine I guess, only it just doesn’t add to much.

AnimationThe animation side of the film looks like it is what we would expect form a company like the ones behind it.


Scene of the Movie – Couldn’t Find one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The overuse of the real-world.

Final Thoughts This is a poor sequel to a fun original movie, that doesn’t have a feel-good factor like first time and ends up wanting to rip off Toy Story more than anything.

Overall: Poor Sequel.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – L – Luis & The Aliens (2018) Movie Review

Director: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack

Writer: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ian Coppinger, Paul Tylak, Lucy Carolan, Eoin Daly

Plot: An 11-year-old boy befriends three aliens after they crash their spaceship into his house.


Tagline – Extra terrestrial. Extra trouble.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Cute & Serious

Story: Luis & The Aliens starts as we meet Luis a young boy that is struggling to fit in and his father Armin is a UFO nut that everybody in the town sees as crazy, this has led to the principal starting to worry about his safety. Luis is getting tired of his father’s action until one day three aliens Wabo, Mog and Nag visit Earth during their own space cruise.

When the four meet they both work together to help the aliens got off Earth and Luis find a new reason for life, hopefully bringing him closer to his father before being taken away from him.

Thoughts on Luis & the Aliens

Characters – Luis is a typical school child on the outside, but he does struggle to fit in, he has been dealing with the loss of his mother, which has seen him become distant from his father. He is sinking into a depression that will see him being taken away from his father. He befriends the aliens for an adventure he never imagined that could turn his life around. Wabo, Mog and Nag are the aliens who carelessly visit Earth who just want to get home with a television channel shop. They get themselves into all sorts of troubles during their adventure on Earth.

StoryThe story here follows a young boy that has become distant from his own father after the death of his mother, that gets a visit from aliens who could finally bring him closer to his father once again. This story does have a surprisingly serious side to everything going on, it shows us how people need to make time for the loved ones and kids need to learn how to treat each other, sure we do get the silly fun with the aliens activities, but the rest has a bigger message which could be important to many people to see. The story is also easy to follow which would make it a joy for the younger audience too.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of this film shows us where the aliens have come from in a world that haven’t been to before, while Luis’ life finally gets some excitement. The comedy in the film comes from the aliens, who will get the most laughs through the film.

SettingsThe film takes us to a small town location which shows how the local kid would know how to avoid troubles when it comes to getting away from the people after them.

AnimationThe animation is lower quality than the bigger studios, but still works for the story it is trying to tell.


Scene of the Movie – The chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The comedy can get a little too silly.

Final Thoughts This is a cute film that the younger audience will enjoy, it does have a family message which is always important to have.

Overall: Fun and cute.