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

The Captain (2017) Movie Review

Director: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Robert Schwentke (Screenplay)

Starring: Max Hubacher, Alexander Fehling, Sebastian Rudolph, Max Thommes, Rike Eckermann

Plot: In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain’s uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from.


Tagline – Follow the Leader

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Shocking War Story

Story: The Captain starts in the dying days of World War II, young soldier Willi Herold (Hubacher) has run from his unit, but when in hiding, he finds a Captain’s uniform, he disguises himself as a German Officer to travel around the last few days, staying out of combat, showing a more human side than many would expect from a Captain.

The more time Willi finds himself in this role, he sees just how easily he can have a sway on decisions, while witnessing the horrors firsthand, horrors he would be going through himself for deserting the unit.

Thoughts on The Captain

Characters – Willi Herold is a private in the German army who has deserted his unit, he wants out of the war, but when he finds a captain’s uniform, he decides to pretend to be a captain, which sees him crossing lines he never imagined taking advantage of the new position of power during the closing days of the war. We do meet plenty of different military officials, who are using their position of power for their own good too, while others that have been suffering through the motions in the war.

PerformancesMax Hubacher is wonderful in the leading role, he shows the true transformation the man goes through during his time as a captain, he is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, who don’t do anything wrong, just let him take centre stage.

StoryThe story here follows a private in the German army that while on the run finds a captain’s uniform and decides to use the remaining time to take control of every situation, he finds himself in. this is a very interesting look at how one solider looked to survive and thrive in the late stages of the war. It shows how a position of power can make people do things they would never imagine, going places they didn’t think were possible. It does show us the horrors of war through a different set of lights.

History/WarThe war side of this film shows us just how horrific war was, what people would do to survive and how much it will change people.

SettingsEach setting makes us see that the world will be set up to look as if we were with Willi during this war time.


Scene of the Movie – The trial.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The camp scenes are hard to watch.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting look at a war movie from the point of view of somebody who pretended to be an officer to escape getting put in a camp himself, slowly becoming corrupted by the power it gives him.

Overall: Surprising War Drama.

Signature Entertainment presents A Kid Like Jake on Amazon Prime September 4th

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Z – Zombillenium (2017) Movie Review

Director: Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord

Writer: Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord (Screenplay) Arthur de Pins (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Emmanuel Curtil, Alain Choquet, Kelly Marot, Alexis Tomassian, Mat Bastard, Emmanuel Jacomy

Plot: Zombillenium, the Halloween theme park, happens to be the one place on earth where real monsters can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the true identity of his employees, the Vampire Park Manager has no other choice but to hire him. To see his daughter, Hector must escape from his Zombies and Werewolves coworkers.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Animation

Story: Zombillenium starts when city inspector Hector looks to investigate the local theme part Zombillenium, only to learn the big secret about the park, the employees are real monsters, forced to work there, with Hector finding himself forced into the becoming the latest employee, with his daughter Lucie being forced into boarding school.

As Hector needs to learn to deal with the fact he is now dead and in fact one of the new monsters, he finds himself breaking more of the rules of the park, putting everyone else in danger, including his own daughter.

Thoughts on Zombillenium

Characters – Hector is a city inspector that hasn’t been the best father, putting his career ahead of his daughter, he does strike fear into the businesses in his city, with his latest inspection being on a horror theme park, where he ends up being turned into one of the employees, here he must help the park survive the changes in demand, which sees his ideas bring the love back to the park. Francis runs the park, needing to find a way to keep the business flying and the staff employed. Gretchen is the intern that is meant to be watching Hector around the park, teaching him about the rules, with her own desire to become one of the main attractions in the park, with her own powers. Steven is the star attraction in the park, the vampire who gets frustrated with the attention spiral out of control, looking to regain his fame.

StoryThe story here follows a city inspector that gets forced into working in the horror theme park as the latest attraction, with his ideas helping the park become stronger even if it does unsettle the system left in place with years of experience in the park. This is a nice spin to how the animated stories are created, with have a horror theme park filled with different creatures looking to remain employed, each monster has the trait that you would expect to see from the era, with plenty of messages about treating people equal in life.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in this film comes from the different monsters following or going against the known traits which have surrounding them for years, with the horror shows us how the monsters would look to make more of their abilities without being killers.

SettingsThe film creates a fully functional theme park for the main setting, it shows us how different monsters would run their own rides through the film.

Animation The animation brings us a style that feels fresh and unseen, with it following the style used by Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse.


Scene of the Movie – The concert.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The vampires are not interesting.

Final Thoughts This is an entertaining and enjoyable animation that brings to life a whole new selection of monsters in a modern point of view.

Overall: Enjoyable Animation.

All Nighter (2017) Movie Review

Director: Gavin Wiesen

Writer: Seth W Owen (Screenplay)

Starring: Analeigh Tipton, Emile Hirsch, J.K. Simmons, Meta Golding, Jon Daly, Taran Killam, Kristen Schaal

Plot: A workaholic father who attempts to visit his daughter during a layover in LA, only to discover that she’s disappeared, is forced to team up with her awkward ex-boyfriend to find her over the course of one transformative night.


Tagline – The fastest way to get over an ex? Stay up all night with her dad!

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable Unlikely Partnership

Story: All Nighter starts when Mr Gallo (Simmons) arrives on the doorstep of Martin (Hirsch) looking for his daughter Ginnie (Tipton) who had been dating Martin, only they have broken up. Martin reluctantly helps Mr Gallo around town in search for Ginnie.

Each locations leads to them needing to go through the last 6 months of Ginnie’s life, where the two start bonding, with Martin looking to start his life again.

Thoughts on All Nighter

Characters – Martin is a slacker who was always trying to become a musician, he career hadn’t taken off and after Ginnie left him, he is struggling to get his life back on track, he must give up his day to help his ex-girlfriend’s father find her, which sees him finally getting to face the reality of his own life. Mr Gallo is the mysterious businessman father of Ginnie’s he turns up in search of his daughter, forcing Martin into helping him around town, using his skills to get through the different situations they find themselves in. Ginnie is the ex-girlfriend and daughter that is being searched for, both men have stories about their time together, while we do meet plenty of different people from Ginnie’s life along the way.

PerformancesJ.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch both work very well together, they look complete opposites on the outside, which we see by how they work together for their solutions, when we dive into the supporting cast we get to see everything pushing for that extra comedy moment in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a father that turns to his daughter’s ex-boyfriend in hopes of finding her, which sees the unlikely pair travelling around LA in search for clues about where she might be. This story does bring us an unlikely partnership between the two as they go in search for something they both care about, they have different exteriors but inside they are both suffering with their own problems, that this day and night will help them learn more about what life really is about, no matter what the age different between the two. We do get the two creating a more entertaining story by showing their differences, only we don’t get into full blown laugh a minute kind of story.

ComedyThe film does use the comedy to get an odd laugh here and there, it is mostly to do with Simmon’s reaction to stuff, while also the whacky characters we meet along the way.

SettingsLA is the backdrop for this film, which is used to show the constantly busy lifestyles of everyone involved and how difficult it can be to get through.


Scene of the Movie – Bar fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The supporting characters can be a bit too much.

Final Thoughts This is an enjoyable buddy comedy which sees the two contrasting characters working together to learn about life, while search for a loved one.

Overall: Fun Comedy.

Signature Entertainment presents All Nighter on Digital HD from August 24th

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – N – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)

Director: Cal Brunker

Writer: Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker (Screenplay) Scott Bindley, Peter Lepeniotis (Characters)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl

 

Plot: Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.


Tagline – A nutty adventure for the whole family!

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Much Better Than it Should Be

 

Story: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature starts as we return to Liberty Park, Surly however has bought the animals to the now abandoned nut store, turning them lazy to surviving. Andie the love interest of Surly is still trying to make the animals use their instincts to survive in the park.

When the nut shop explodes the animals must return to the park, only the Mayor has decided to turn the park into an amusement park, the animals must fight for the park.

 

Thoughts on The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

 

Characters – Surly is the free-thinking squirrel that the animals in the park look up to, he does want to keep life easy, but when the park is in danger he must show how willing he is to fight for it using his ability to lead. Andie wants to keep the animals in the park using instinct to survive, be the opposite to Surly and the love interest for him. Precious is back after the first film the dog that joined the park, she gets plenty of laughs. We do get plenty of animals that are used in the fight against the humans, each gets plenty of laughs, the humans are made to be villainous with some of the being close to the line of psychotic.

StoryThe story is very simple and we have seen this style before, it shows the animals needing to fight for their home which the humans want to destroy. We get plenty of slapstick comedy to help with the fights, while the human characters are made to be truly villainous in their actions, giving us complete support for the animals. There are moments in the story which are going too far, the daughter of the mayor being abusive to the dogs is one of them, while we are glad that the humans get what they deserve by the end of the film, it can’t be helped but to think this can be misleading to the younger audience. The story does feel like it is easy to watch than the first one and for animation it will be a fun hour and half.

Action/Comedy/FamilyThe action plays into the comedy nicely, with most being slapstick which works for animation and the references to more famous fighting or action sequences will get a laugh from the older audience members which helps the whole family enjoy this one.

SettingsThe film keeps us in the same city, we have the beautiful park which is getting destroyed, with have the city which is dangerous for the animals, this isn’t anything ground breaking for settings, but it is everything we need.

AnimationThe animation standard is as always great to see, we can’t fault the techniques used with nothing looking out of place in the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Mr Feng’s backstory.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The daughter’s treatment of the dogs.

Final ThoughtsThis is a surprisingly entertaining sequel that I had zero expectations going in watching, it will get laughs and does keep the story nice and simple to follow.

 

Overall: Fun family film.

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