Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Director: John McPhail

Writer: Alan McDonald, Ryan McHenry (Screenplay)

Starring: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu

 

Plot: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.


Tagline – She’ll Slash. She’ll Stab. She’ll Sing.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Christmas Treat

 

Story: Anna and the Apocalypse starts on the verge of Christmas as we follow school students Anna (Hunt), John (Cumming), Steph (Swire), Chris (Leveaux), Nick (Wiggin) and Lisa (Siu) as they are preparing for the Christmas show, while planning for their next stage in life.

Anna wants to escape from the town and see the world, Steph wants to be accepted for her work, while John doesn’t want to see his crush Anna leave. Their lives are going to take a different direction when a mysterious sickness spreading around the country, is turning people into zombies and now they need to fight to survive the apocalypse.

 

Thoughts on Anna and the Apocalypse

 

Characters – Anna is the ambitious student that is tired of the routine of life, she has lost her mother at a younger age and doesn’t want to just go straight into university. This decision hasn’t impressed her father as she has bought herself the ticket to leave, when the zombie outbreak occurs she bands together with friends to figure out what to do next. John is the best friend of Anna’s who has been in love with her for years, he doesn’t want to see leave while preparing himself for art school, he sees the outbreak as the chance to tell Anna how he really feels. Steph runs the school blog and is always trying to push the boundaries of what she can report on. She is facing Christmas alone this year, which gets to take her in new direction with her friends. Chris is the film student that is currently directionless in art form, he uses the outbreak as a chance to film a real story. we have Nick the jock, Lisa the girlfriend and Savage the headmaster that is more focused about keeping the school together than keeping people alive.

PerformancesElla Hunt in the leading role fit the typical leading character in the teen drama, she is the one that wants out the town and you can see how difficult this decision will be for her, we she a kick ass side to her, when she takes on the zombies too. Malcolm Cumming gives us the strong supporting character that we all route for. Sarah Swire continues to show this cast is full of wonderful performances, which is a theme for the acting and most notably the singing too.

StoryThe story is simple enough, we get a group of school students that wake up to learn the zombie apocalypse has happened and they look to get to their loved ones. This does follow what we know from the zombie genre which is fine because it does work and each character does have their own motivation for every decision that they make. I will say that one part of the story does feel skipped over though which disappoints, though this does have a couple of twists along the way which fit the surprise of the film. if you do take the zombie elements out of the story we get to see how the teenagers are dealing with the big future decisions which will shape their lives, I feel this is handle the right way too.

Comedy/Horror/MusicalThe comedy in the film works because it does take the zombie moments and gives us the laughs we need, the horror side of the film focuses more on the idea of the outbreak, we are never scared, but we don’t need to be. The musical side of the film is what makes this unique because we get brilliant songs in ‘break away’ ‘Hollywood ending’ and ‘human voice’ that could stick in your head.

SettingsThe film is set in a small Scottish town, which shows the local hang outs the teenagers will be, the shortcuts only the locals would know with the school being the central location.

Special EffectsThe film turns to the effects when it comes to the zombie action which never look out of place or going over the top like others can.


Scene of the Movie –
I am picking the songs here.

That Moment That Annoyed Me One part of the film felt skipped over.

Final ThoughtsThis is an absolute delight of a movie, the core to the story is familiar, but the musical side makes this stand out on its own which will make it one of the must watch Christmas movies ever year.

 

Overall: Must watch unique movie.

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ABC Film Challenge – Favourite Films of 2018 – Q – A Quiet Place

ABC Film Challenge

Favourite Films of 2018

Q

A Quiet Place

Why I’ve Picked this choiceThis horror follows a family living in a world where sound will get you killed because of the creatures that lurk just for sound for their kills. This film isn’t afraid to show us just what we are going to be facing with the opening scene showing us, no one will be safe. We have a brilliant cast spearheaded by Emily Blunt you gives us the second best performance in horror this year. This was also the best cinema experience of the year as nobody in the audience wanted to cough through the film.

The Wedding Singer (1999)

Director: Frank Coraci

Writer: Tim Herlihy (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave, Ellen Albertini Dow

 

Plot: Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.


Tagline – Before the internet, Before cell phones, Before roller-blades, There was a time… 1985. Don’t pretend you don’t remember.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Rom Com

 

Story: The Wedding Singer starts when positive popular wedding singer Robbie Hart (Sandler) is left at the alter by his fiancée, Julia Sullivan (Barrymore) is working at a waitress at weddings who has been trying to get her fiancée to set a date.

When Robbie returns to his wedding singer, he isn’t the same, but Julia puts him back on the right path as he continues to help the outcasts get their moment. Robbie helps Julia with her wedding arrangements as her fiancée is too busy and she is new to town, as time goes by the two become friends.

 

Thoughts on The Wedding Singer

 

Characters – Robbie Hart is the best wedding singer in town, his life is in place with his wedding happening soon, his life crashes when he gets left at the alter, but a new friendship with Julia brings a new light to his life. Julia is the waitress working weddings, waiting for her fiancée to get a date set up, when it gets arranged not knowing many people, she befriends Robbie to help arrange the details. Holly is the sister of Julia that helped get her the job, the wilder of the two. Sammy is the best friend of Robbie, a limo driver that has been working with Robbie for years.

PerformancesAdam Sandler is an actor that has been getting slammed left, right and centre in the modern times, but many people remember in the 90’s he knew how to make quality rom coms where he can give us his style of comedy and make it funny without it being over the top, this is one of his best comedy performances. Drew Barrymore is great in this role too because she had the girl next door around her which comes through in her performance. The supporting characters are all good too, they give enough laughs without taking the scene away from the leads.

StoryThe story follows two people that believe they are in love and about to marry the person they love, only after they spend time together they learn they should be together, but both are the type of person not to take that chance. With an 80s setting we get to see how the love story between the two unfolds and just whether they will end up together or not.

Comedy/Romance/MusicThe comedy comes for small action in the film, most are funny, though we do get early signs of the weaker humour Sandler brings us now. The romance shows us just how you could meet anyone at the wrong time in life and they could be the person you were meant to be with. The music is filled with 80s classics that we all know the words too.

SettingsThe film give us the 80s setting throughout which does help with certain parts of the film not going down the modern usage of technology which would have helped along the way.


Scene of the Movie –
The singing side of the film.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We get glimpses of the bad side of Sandler.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best of Sandler when it comes to comedy, it has the right laughs for the most part and does keep the idea of falling in love simple.

 

Overall: Sandler when he was at his best.

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