ABC Film Challenge – Romance – F – The First Time (2012)

Director: Jonathan Kasdan

Writer: Jonathan Kasdan (Screenplay)

Starring: Britt Robertson, Dylan O’Brien, Craig Roberts, Joshua Malina, James Trecheville, Christine Taylor, Victoria Justice

 

Plot: A shy senior and a down-to-earth junior fall in love over one weekend.


Tagline – Nervous is normal.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Cliched and Generic

 

Story: The First Time starts as we head to the most unrealistic high school party where senior Dave (O’Brien) is trying to put together a speech to try and get the girl he loves at his high school Jane Harmon (Justice), only he stumbles upon a junior Aubrey (Robertson) with the two bonding over the night, where the people are mostly just looking to hook up and get drunk.

As the two spend more time together over the weekend they learn that the ones they have crushes on are no the ones they want to be with.

 

Thoughts on The First Time

 

Characters – Dave is in his last year of high school, he is best friends with his high school crush without ever being able to telling her how he feels, he has his life planned out until he meets Aubrey. He wants to make a change in his future with her in it, tired of the just going around searching for parties. Aubrey is a junior, she has an older boyfriend and happens to be in the same party that Dave is at, the two click and soon become friends as they fall in love over the weekend, even if she doesn’t know her plan for her life. Jane is the popular girl all the guys want, she is the best friend to Dave and the one that Dave has a crush on, she makes the mistakes in her choice of guys. We get the traditional stereotypes for the characters that are friends of the two characters.

PerformancesBritt Robinson and Dylan O’Brien are both good in their roles, they make the most of the generic characters they are playing, they are good for the ages and show us they were two names that could have gone onto bigger projects. The rest of the cast get their laughs without needing to do too much.

StoryThe story here follows two high school students that fall in love over a weekend changing their perspective on life. Now to say this is a generically painful movie to watch because the lives these students are living is so unrealistic, while trying to touch on a serious matter because it tries to tell the story of how to virgins have sex for the first time. I don’t know what the target audience for this movie is either because it is way to slow for a teenage audience even if it is trying to tell us about more important things in life for teenagers before college.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from the supporting friend characters which work for the film, while the romance in the focuses on the ideas of two people meeting and falling in love when they least expect it.

SettingsThis film uses the neighbour settings for the couple of spend time around, we don’t have anywhere standout, but it is slightly confusing how these kids are always out all night at parties.

 

Final Thoughts – This is a generic teenager rom com that doesn’t give us enough to focus on because of how unrealistic they make the lives behaviour of the kids.

 

Overall: Rom Com simples.

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The Space Between Us (2017)

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writer: Allan Loeb (Screenplay) Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis, Allan Loeb (Story)

Starring: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, BD Wong

 

Plot: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Romance Film

 

Story: The Space Between Us starts with the first maned crew living on Mars, the Genesis operation lead by Nathaniel Shepherd (Oldman) is sending the 6 astronauts to Mars to live with mission commander Sarah Elliot (Montgomery) leading the mission. The mission goes wrong early on when Sarah turns out to be pregnant and dying in child birth on Mars. Back home Nathaniel must figure out a way to keep the story covered up raising the child on Mars even though his desire is to head to Mars himself to help raise the child Gardner.

16 years later Gardner (Butterfield) has grown up still a secret to the outside world on Mars, with the colony growing with Kendra Wyndham (Gugino) being the latest mother like figure in his life. Gardner has been sneaking around making friends with Tulsa (Robertson) back on Earth, but keeping his secret safe.

When the plan is to bring Gardner back to Earth his secret friendship is the desire he most wants to see but the business side of mission wants to us him as a PR device. Once back Gardner gets tired of the quarantine and escapes to learn about the world, find Tulsa and his father, but the longer Gardner spends on Earth the greater danger he is putting himself in.

 

Thoughts on The Space Between Us

 

Characters/PerformanceGardner is a Martian the lack of a better word, he was born and raised on Mars gaining all the intelligence from the astronauts he meets, but what he desires most is a human connection which is what he can get by going to Earth. He gets to see Earth in a new light for the first time which isn’t something original but always interesting to see unfold. Tulsa is a high school girl who is surrounded by students but completely alone because of being in the foster system. She speaks to Gardner being the only connection she has with the world, once they meet she shows her street smarts to help Gardner. Nathaniel is the lead scientist running the program, he wants to do the right thing but gets pushed out and left to regret his decision, but it is his choice to do everything to make Gardner safe on his return to Earth. Kendra also plays a similar role to Nathaniel only she is the closest person to a friend Gardner has on Mars.

Performance Wise, Asa shows again that he is a very capable young actor who I think we could see many more great performances from in the future, Robertson is continuing to play characters she is a lot older than but she does have the look for them. Oldman brings the heavyweight name to the film doing good throughout with Gugino also doing a good job through the film.

Adventure/Romance/Sci-FiThe adventure comes from Gardner seeing Earth for the first time with the sci-fi comes from the idea of life on Mars. The romance side of the film works because it is the driving force between Gardner and Tulsa.

StoryThe story shows us what it would be like is there was a baby born on a Mars colony, it also shows how two people worlds apart can become the closest of friends. The story is young adult material but at least this seems to be a one-off idea for the story, I think it fits the genre nicely and will have the whole audience enjoying how the story unfolds.

SettingsStarting on Mars we get to see what life up there could be, moving to Earth it is a standard road trip across America idea for settings not offering too many new ideas on where to go.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all good when they are needed without being jaw-dropping.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good young adult movie that can be enjoyable by the romantic fans.

 

Overall: This is good for the market intended.

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The Longest Ride (2015)

longestDirector: George Tillman Jr

Writer: Craig Bolotin (Screenplay) Nicholas Sparks (Novel)

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich

 

Plot: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: SO Unrealistic

 

Story: The Longest Ride starts by making me feel like this is going to be a shallow feel because the selling point for Sophia (Robertson) to go and watch bull riding is ‘hot guys’ when she clearly doesn’t want to go. To the surprise of us all Sophia meets handsome rodeo Luke (Eastwood) and enjoys herself, well boy this is going to be a hard watch.

When Sophia and Luke go on their first date they find Ira (Alda) who has had a car accident and the pair save his life and his box of memories. Sophia becomes friends with Ira (Alda) as she learns of the young love he once had.

As Sophia and Luke learn about Ira’s love story theirs blossoms even though they both know they will be going in their separate ways.

The Longest Ride gives us yet another one of these fictional love stories that would never happen but give people the unrealistic belief that it could. The only good part of this film is the flashback relationship that has the struggles going on throughout it. The leading love story is all about what you would give up for love and then boom easy happy ending no struggle to make things work between to pretty people, you know the type that annoys you.

 

Actor Review

 

Britt Robertson: Sophia is a college student about to start her dream job in New York when she meets a professional bull rider. Her life is thrown upside down when she falls in love and torn between her lifelong dream or the man who has never made her feel like this before. Britt is good in this role playing you typical dream filled romantic character.

Scott Eastwood: Luke is the professional bull fighter who has suffered a serious accident before he meets Sophia. He will not give up the ‘sport’ he loves even for the girl that changes his life. He is very traditional in how he goes about his relationship but also not willing to learn something else to get away from bull fighting. Scott is the highlight of this film where we see him make a name for himself in a leading role.

Alan Alda: Ira is an elder gentleman that the two rescue from a car accident and who Sophia turns to for all of her advice when she learns of the love story he went through. Alan is solid in this role where we get to see him in a narration style role.

Support Cast: The Longest Ride has a supporting cast with Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin playing the younger couple in the flashbacks who really shine above the rest.

Director Review: George Tillman JrGeorge gives us a good date movie but characters who are written to be too over the top and unrealistic doesn’t help the story.

 

Romance: The Longest Ride gives us an unrealistic love story that is about two people coming from different worlds and what they will would give up for love.

Chemistry: The Longest Ride doesn’t have the biggest spark between the lead couple which takes away part of the film.

Settings: The Longest Ride has an array of settings which all give us how the class between Sophia and Luke comes through.
Suggestion
: The Longest Ride is one for the date night really only. (Date Night)

 

Best Part: Ira and Ruth’s story.

Worst Part: Opening scenes are unrealistic.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $34 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 8 Minutes

 

Overall: Unrealistic story about love which will pull people in.

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Tomorrowland (2015)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof (Screenplay) Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof, Jeff Jensen (Story)

Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key

Plot: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Ambitious Idea

Story: Tomorrowland starts with Frank (Clooney) trying to prepare us to the world we are going into where we learn of his love of science from the moment he entered the world invention competition at a tender young age where he meets Nix (Laurie) who is impressed with his work along with Athena (Cassidy) but as the invention doesn’t fully work he gets dismissed. Athena likes the idea and gives Frank instructions to a world where the future has already taken over, but the older version still has the warning with an impending clock counting down.

Casey (Robertson) brings a fresh prospective to the story because she is an optimist as we follow her choice to make a platform from being destroyed and saving her father Eddie’s (McGraw) job. When she get caught upon her release she is left with a mysterious pin that upon touching takes her to a mysterious world, Tomorrowland.

Still not sure what is happening Casey looks for answer which Athena tries to bring her as Athena searches for people who can save Tomorrowland from a future threat. Which means getting to the stage where Casey meets Frank and make up for a creation which witnesses the end of the world, but Tomorrowland is nothing like any of them imagined.

Tomorrowland can not be fault for actually trying to think outside the box and being original, in a year where we had a large amount of successful sequels it had been a rare thing to see something like this, this year. I did like the idea of working between the two dimensions and that we are looking into the idea of the world ending. What I didn’t like was the way too long of an introduction to each character and not enough time in the Tomorrowland. I can’t help but love the ideas used this film and think it needs to be watch.

Actor Review

George Clooney: Frank Walker is the man who was exiled from Tomorrowland and lives in isolation, he knows the world is going to end and has just accepted it. When he meets Casey he learns that he could in fact change the future once and for all leading him to go back into Tomorrowland to change the future and save the world. George gives a good performance that really works in a grumpy old man performance.frank

Hugh Laurie: Nix is the leader of Tomorrowland where he rules knowing that the world will end, he is happy for the world to end because him and his people are safe in a new world. Hugh is criminally underutilized in this film we should have seen him in a much more villainous role like the one created than this.nix

Britt Robertson: Casey Newton is the rebellious teenager who gets selected by Athena as the potential savour of the world, she gets attracted by Tomorrowland and ends up having to fight for the world, but ends up asking too many questions through the film. Britt steps out of no where to end up becoming one of the potential break out stars of the year.casey

Raffey Cassidy: Athena is the little girl who recruits the dreamers of the world to come to Tomorrowland but after she is banished she searches for the people who can help save Tomorrowland from its potential destruction. She is a robot and has been trained to defeat all enemies in combat. Raffey really is the star performer in this film nailing all the scenes where the image of her character never seems to fit in the performance.athena

Support Cast: Tomorrowland has the basic supporting cast with the family of Casey that all work to show her almost being held back from her potential along with the robots hunting them down that all look very much out of place.

Director Review: Brad BirdBrad gives us such an ambitious project that does need to get more respect than the box office scores show it having.

Action: Tomorrowland has good action but really is just standard fight scenes throughout.

Adventure: Tomorrowland puts Casey on a brilliant adventure that takes her to a new world puts her life in peril which all works well for an adventure film.

Family: Tomorrowland could be one for all the family to enjoy with something everyone will enjoy.

Mystery: Tomorrowland does leave you wondering what is actually happening with the characters and Tomorrowland.

Sci-Fi: Tomorrowland brings us into a future world where dreamers are encouraged rather than pushed down which all works to show the difference between the two worlds.

Settings: Tomorrowland creates a beautiful world for Tomorrowland while the Earth settings are very generic.world
Special Effects: Tomorrowland has flawless settings with what is going on in the Tomorrowland because it needs to look amazing for the idea in the film.

Suggestion: Tomorrowland is one to try I think most people will enjoy it more than they would think. (Try It)

Best Part: Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy both are great.

Worst Part: Not enough with Nix.

Favourite Quote: Nix Every day is the opportunity for a better tomorrow.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $208 Million

Budget: $190 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Tagline: Imagine a place where nothing is impossible.

Overall: Brilliantly ambitious that could be one of the best original ideas this year

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