Franchise Weekend – The Talent Mr Ripley (1999)

talentedDirector: Anthony Minghella

Writer: Anthony Minghella (Screenplay) Patricia Highsmith (Novel)

Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport, James Rebhorn. Philip Baker Hall

 

Plot: In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

 

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Verdict: Brilliant Thriller

 

Story: The Talented Mr Ripley starts as we meet Tom Ripley (Damon) living in New York who has been teaching himself music while getting by without people noticing him. When he meets million Herbert Greenleaf (Rebhorn) he sees potential in Tom and sends him to Italy to bring his playboy son Dickie (Law) back home.

Arriving in Italy Tom introduces himself to locals as Dickie before putting himself into Dickie’s and Marge Sherwood’s (Paltrow) life as he befriends him explaining how he got asked to travel to Italy to bring Dickie home.

The three enjoy a holiday through Italy as Tom studies Dickie he strengths, weakness and tendencies. After falling out of favour with Dickie, Tom kills him and decides to cover it up with Marge while becoming Dickie to the rest of the world but how long can he keep this up?

 

Thoughts on The Talented Mr Ripley

 

StoryThe con-artist film focuses on how one man who has been using his skills to keep his appearance up. The film is slow moving with a well over 2 hour run time but this just helps with the development of the story. Everything plays out that the rich have too much money for their own good making sure they stay above anybody else while Tom goes out his way to become one of them. The story is told brilliantly as we come to understand Ripley’s decision making process through the film.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime going on is always being covered up by Ripley as we are being kept on edge waiting to see what will happen next throughout the film. We get kept on edge as the suspense works almost perfectly through the film.

Characters/PerformanceMatt Damon shines in this leading role as Mr Ripley becomes one of the most fascinating characters from the 90s. Paltrow and Law give brilliant performances in supporting roles while the ever-impressive cast of Blanchett, Hoffman, Rebhorn and Davenport all give excellent performance too.

SettingsItaly makes for a stunning backdrop for the film as we see the lifestyle Tom could only have dreamed of living but soon starts taking part in.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most fascinating films of the 90’s which is full of powerhouse performance from one of the most impressive cast in film.

 

Overall: Truly interesting film that grabs your attention from start to finish.

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Trainkwreck (2015)

trainwDirector: Judd Apatow

Writer: Amy Schumer (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Evan Brinkman, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James

 

Plot: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

 

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Verdict: Offense Comedy

 

Story: Trainwreck starts as we meet sexual adventurous Amy (Schumer) who sleeps around looking for the best sex of her life, she works for a magazine called Snap which is all about smut articles. She is going through helping her sister Kim (Larson) as they must move their father to assisted living.

Amy gets given an assignment to write an article about a doctor that could bring a new dimension to sports treatment. The doctor in question is Dr Aaron Conners (Hader) who just happens to be working with LeBron James. When the two hit things off Amy must decide if she wants to actually commit in a relationship for the first time in her life, we see how her past will test her relationship.

Trainwreck is a comedy that misses all the jokes because they all go through awkward sexual references. The romantic side of the story is almost non-existent because you don’t believe the chemistry between Schumer and Hader. I understand this is trying to give us the new look at relationships but nothing is believable in this film.

Amy Schumer shows that her stand-up routine is for the select few people because most of her jokes a pop-culture that will be out dated within a few years. She isn’t leading lady material and by taking the lead role the comedy ability of Hader is effected because he is almost wasted throughout the film. The best part of the film really is LeBron James as the friend of Hader’s character. This film is only going to be for the select few with nothing working for my own sense of humour.

 

Overall: This comedy explains what is so wrong about comedy now a days.

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Trolls (2016)

trollsDirector: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Writer: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Erica Rivinoja (Screenplay) Thomas Dam (Good Luck Trolls)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooe Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani

 

Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

 

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Verdict: Simple Animated Story

 

Story: Trolls starts with the Trolls living a happy life but the Bergens discover them and learn that eating a troll will make them happy. On the grand day of Prince Gristle is to be feed his first troll the Trolls escape to rebuild their society.

20 years later Princess Poppy continues the stories of how they escaped and continue to be positive with single and dancing but on troll Branch doesn’t believe they will ever be safe from the Bergens.

When the Bergens find the trolls Princess Poppy must team up with Branch to save the taken trolls from the Bergen and save the day.

 

Thoughts on Trolls

 

StoryThe story feels like it could just be another episode of the Smurfs really because it is about a small group of creatures Trolls that get taken by bigger creatures Bergens that want to eat them. Everything that goes on through the is generic with the reluctant hero having to work with the overly cheerful character to beat a villain that is using the royal figure to get what they want. This all works for keeping things simple without being anything overly original.

Animation/Comedy/Family/MusicalThe animation is all good and works for the world of toy trolls but the comedy misses on most levels but would work for the young audience. I don’t feel this has enough for all ages but the musical songs used will bring back memories for the fans of the music of people’ youths.

Characters/PerformancePoppy is your typical heroine for this style of film plucky and over ambitious while Branch is your reluctant hero. The villains all come off like Gargamel from Smurfs while the others feel like mis-lead over the years. The choice of Kendrick and Timberlake in the lead singer characters does work because know they are great singers.

SettingsThe settings all would be what you would expect from the world of Trolls with nothing else coming off too exceptional.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film to stick on for the kids to enjoy but otherwise it will be hard to get through.

 

Overall: Easy to watch kids distraction film.

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Tango & Cash (1989)

tangoDirector: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli

Writer: Randy Feldman (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance, Brion James, James Hong, Marc Alaimo

 

Plot: Two cops are framed and must clear their names.

 

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Verdict: Puntastically Fun Action Comedy

 

Story: Tango & Cash starts as we see smartly dressed Beverly Hills cop Lt Raymond Tango (Stallone) take down another drugs bust, as well as laid back street smart cop Lt Gabriel Cash (Russell) having someone try to kill him. The two have been taking down the same drug lord Yves Perret (Palance) who has a plan to get rid of the pair.

When the unlikely pair get framed for a murder of an FBI agent they both get sent to a maximum-security prison to deal with most of the men they have put away. The two must work together using both their sets of skills to bring down the biggest drug ring to have hit the city and clear their names.

Tango & Cash is an action comedy that brings us a buddy cop movie together with two of the biggest stars of the time Stallone and Russell. While the story is very generic odd couple cops must work together to solve a crime no one else believes risking their lives against seemingly endless amounts of enemies it does everything it needs to for the story. The comedy comes from the endless amounts of puns going on through the film which at times poke fun at what are used in serious film but in this are designed for the laughs.

Stallone and Russell are great together getting to poke fun at the characters they have played before with Stallone poking fun and Rambo and Russell getting an Elvis reference in once again. As for the villain, we don’t get too much time with him while the henchmen are what you would expect in these films. Hatcher is written to be tough but only their really to add an extra dimension to the relationship between Tango & Cash. In the end this is purely a great fun film that is easy to watch as long as you don’t want anything too serious.

 

Overall: 80s Fun all in one movie what more could you ask for?

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Elijah Wood Weekend – The Trust (2016)

trustDirector: Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer

Writer: Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira, Eric Heister, Alexandria Lee, Ethan Suplee

 

Plot: A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.

 

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Verdict: Hard to Get Through

 

Story: The Trust starts as we meet Los Vegas cops Stone (Cage) and Waters (Wood) who just get on with their jobs while living very different lives. When Stone uncovers something big going on with a drug transferring style he brings Waters into his investigation to what is going on.

Learning the truth, the pair decide to take advantage of the poor police working going on to try and open a bank vault with all the preparation that goes with it.

The Trust is a slow-moving heist movie that relies on Nicholas Cage being slightly crazy and Elijah Wood being very innocent looking, the problem is we get introduced to them the other way around only for them the flip reverse after the plan comes together. There is nothing really original in this story and by the end you find yourself happy it has ended.

As for the performances Cage and Wood do solid job together but the rest of the cast don’t get enough time to shine leaving u with little amount of characters to support through the film.

 

Overall: Slow and painful to get through crime thriller.

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