Rocketman (2019)

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Writer: Lee Hall (Screenplay)

Starring: Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Jamie Bell, Harriet Walter, Tate Donovan

 

Plot: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.


Tagline – The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy.

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Flamboyant Biopic

 

Story: Rocketman starts as we see how Elton John (Egerton) is checking himself into rehab after his years of abuse of alcohol, drugs and sex, in rehab Elton tells his story from when he was shy timid Reggie who was raised by his mother Sheila (Howard) and father who never encourage his talent to be able to pick up any musical sound he hears.

Reggie continues to follow his dreams, changing his name to Elton John where he is team with songwriter Bernie Taupin (Bell) which would see them rise to international fame, where Elton would turn to drink and drugs to cope with hiding his own sexuality from the world, which could see him lose his international fame.

 

Thoughts on Rocketman

 

Characters – Elton John is one of the most famous singers in the world, in this film we see how his timid upbringing would see him turn to music where his abilities have gone to show he can pick up any music and mimic it, as well as create his own sound. We see how he tries to make an impact, working with Bernie Taupin to turn his words into song that will define a generation. Elton has an ability to see how each song can be seen which shows how his drug filled fantasies made the performances easier for him to perform. Bernie Taupin is the best friend to Elton, he writes the songs which will see the stardom come to the pair, he performs to be away from the spotlight, which will see him being the only one that can find Elton a grounded base with his stardom. John Reid is one of the managers that was also a lover of Elton’s, he is controlling with how he makes Elton perform even when he isn’t in the mindset, John is the type of person that we see ruin careers of the best performers from around the war. Sheila is the mother of Elton, she doesn’t show the encouragement you would expect a mother to show towards their child with talents that Elton possess.

PerformancesTaron Egerton is fantastic in this leading role, you completely believe he is Elton John with each and every moment in the film, the serious sides to the performances. Jamie Bell is great too, bringing the calm side to the story which is important throughout. Richard Madden is truly wonderful because he brings this horrible person to life. Bryce Dallas Howard completes the great performance throughout the film which sees her show somebody that doesn’t support their child.

StoryThe story here follows the early years of Elton John to the time he finally is able to get over his addictions that could see his career being over before he has given us the legacy we know he has had. The story is told in the fantasy visions through each song, which is wonderful and the highlight of the story telling process, the career that Elton had was great to see unfold too. The biggest weakness in the story comes from the lack of timeline unless you know Elton’s song history, we do struggle to know just where things are set until you do the maths at the end of the film. the story to watch is pure fun to watch and enjoy.

Biopic/MusicThe biopic side of the film shows how Elton John did go from timid shy young boy to one of the most flamboyant performers in music history, we see his demons start to takeover showing his abilities are slowly heading in the wrong direction. The music side of film shows how the visions of the music come to life with each song having its own unique look.

SettingsThe film shows the different location that would see Elton go from small neighbourhood house, to the mansion he spends his time alone in, as well as the different levels of performances from bars to stadiums.


Scene of the Movie –
Your Song.

That Moment That Annoyed Me No timeline.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the mot flamboyant biopics you will ever see, it turns the songs of Elton into song and dance moments which will only entertain throughout.

 

Overall: Entertaining Biopic.

Rating

 

 

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Director: J.A. Bayona

Writer: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Characters)

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, DB Wong, Rafe Spall

 

Plot: When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.


Tagline – Life finds a way.

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gigantic Disappointment

 

Story: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom starts when the island the dinosaurs lived in Jurassic World is going to be wiped out by the volcano on it, the government are figuring out the morale side of whether to help the dinosaurs or let nature wipe them out once again with the help of Ian Malcolm (Goldblum).

Benjamin Lockwood (Cromwell) a former partner to Richard Hammond wants to rescue the dinosaurs and leave them on a safe island, he brings in Claire (Howard) and Owen (Pratt) to achieve these, with his associate Eli Miles (Spall) running the operation. Things don’t go to plan and it becomes clear that human desires have become the project and creating a new killer dinosaur is what is the most important part of the mission and now Owen and Claire must save the day.

 

Thoughts on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Characters – Claire is now working as a campaigner to save the dinosaurs from there next extinction, she has a small team and the connections to get her voice heard, she must connect with Owen again to complete the mission and do the right thing to make up for her mistakes from the previous film. we see her make difficult decisions, but otherwise she doesn’t have anything standing out about her character. Owen is back, mainly because he is the one that can track down Blue (the raptor), he knows how the survive dinosaurs, using their strengths to help him in difficult decisions, he is your standard hero there to save the day figure though. Ken Wheatley is the hunter sent to bring back the dinosaurs, he doesn’t seem very smart or like he has ever hunted before, he also collects the teeth, sadly this character is rubbish compared to the hunter in Jurassic Park The Lost World, who at least knew this would be a test of his skills. Ian Malcolm, gives a speech, don’t sell us on a movie if that is all her does. Benjamin Lockwood is the man trying to save the dinosaurs, he once worked with Hammond and wants the same for the remaining dinosaurs. Eli Miles runs operations for Lockwood, he has set up the mission to be what he wants it to be. The rest of the characters include the comic relief in Zia and Franklin, mostly misses, the Maisie the annoying kid and Dr Wu returning even though we knew in the last film what his game now is.

PerformancesWell the performances, this should be interesting, Pratt once again shows he needs good material to shine, he doesn’t give us a memorable moment in the film, Howard also struggles to make her character as strong as it should be follow the events of the first film. My score for Goldblum is low because he is only in one scene. Ted Levine looks the part of the clumsy hunter, Rafe Spall does a good enough job in his role, while the big name actors will be getting paid well to move onto their Oscar related movies.

StoryThe story will clearly have the similarities to The Lost World, we know the park has been destroyed the dinosaurs still live and what to do with them next is the question. The reluctant party return to do the right thing only to be betrayed, check and the second half of the film takes place on the main land, check. While I will stand up for the ideas in the story, because we know much like in ‘Alien’ that humans will want to weaponize and profit from anything that can be seen as more dangerous than what they have, it is tried, tested and works.

The idea that nature is destroying the island feels like it could have been a movie on its own, it is the best part of the story and ends with one of the best scenes in the Jurassic franchise. The problems start when you see the thrown in backstory characters, the paths going down man’s obsession with hunting and third act twists that make little impact in the movie.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action should be breath taking, we have an island being destroyed, which we saw in the trailer, the dinosaur moments should be amazing, they are forgettable, sadly the action just fails to feel the tension required. The adventure seems to have been sucked out of the film too, everything on the island felt like it was played out in fast forward skipping the true amazement of what was achieved. The sci-fi side of the story shows the use of dinosaurs and as we have ran out of ideas again, making a newer deadlier one.

SettingsThe have two main settings, the island for the first half of the film which I personally feel could have been the whole film, the second half is centred around the mansion which sucks all the life out of the ideas created.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are flawless with the dinosaurs coming to life in the magical way we know.


Scene of the Movie –
The final moment on the island, bought a tear to my eye, such a poetic and beautiful shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The bloody kid.

Final ThoughtsThis was a giant disappointment for me, the two stories feel like they could have been separate films, the characters feel dull and lifeless and by the end you will be asking if you actually want to see more.

 

Overall: Just a let down for me.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Random – G – Gold (2017)

goldDirector: Stephen Gaghan

Writer: Patrick Massett, John Zinman (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bill Camp

 

Plot: Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slightly Miss-Leading

 

Story: Gold starts in 1981 Nevada where Kenny Wells (McConaughey) who works in mining but when the industry hits hard times he becomes desperate and wants to get into the search for Gold, to do this he needs to work with successful copper miner Michael Acosta (Ramirez).

Finding the perfect location of untapped potential in Asia the two working together to search for a chance to make their fortune. With the first attempts going badly the two must find another way to make things work, before they finally find their gold mine.

As the success gets to Kenny’s head his personal life with Kay (Howard) starts to be strained and with their company hitting the stock market can this all be as much of a success as Kenny dreams it to be.

 

Thoughts on Gold

 

Characters/PerformanceKenny is the dreamer who believes he can make major money with a treasure hunter, he isn’t the smartest with money but his showmanship can get the sale for him. Acosta is the smarter businessman of the two who supports Kenny through all his decisions be it good or bad, he has a reputation that says he is the master geologist who can find metal in any surface.

The performances are all good without being award standard with McConaughey having to carry the film even though Ramirez was impressive in the supporting role.star

StoryThe story here is all about one man getting rich and how it all went down, I do feel this was sold differently because I was sold on the idea of a big treasure hunt but this is all how the business side of the story happens. The story is very up and down for pacing without being as interesting in the those places.

Adventure/ThrillerAdventure side of this story comes from searching for the gold but you just never feel like you are joining in a treasure hunt, you are kept wondering where the story will go but this is a lot of the business side of the events unfolding.

SettingsThe settings through the film show the different stages of Kenny success, we have the low moments, the jungle in search of the gold and when he has the money and how he would be spending it. All the settings can show us just where he is through this story with just a glance at the scene.genre

Final ThoughtsI just couldn’t find this to be the most interesting for what I went into watching, the highlight of the trailer was the tiger moment which is completely out of contexts and has zero impact in the story.

 

Overall: This is easy to watch but also easy to forget what you saw.

Ratingrating

 

 

Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 1 Nosedive

nosrediveDirector: Joe Wright

Writer: Rashida Jones, Michael Schur (Screenplay) Charlie Brooker (Story)

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, James Norton, Alan Ritchson, Daisy Haggard

 

Plot: In a future entirely controlled by how people evaluate others on social media, a girl is trying to keep her “score” high while preparing for her oldest childhood friend’s wedding.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shows Social Media Perfect

 

Story: Nosedive starts by taking us into a world where every single interaction you have gets reviewed by the people you have it with as everyone strives for popularity. Lacie (Howard) is a 4.2 and is always trying to impress everyone to help her score rise so she can move to a luxury apartment complex.

Her chances come when her hyper popular best friend Naomie (Eve) invites her to her wedding as we see Lacie see the light in her popularity spike. Lacie’s story takes a drastic turn for the worse as her point system crashes and she finds herself isolation in the world as she learns the effects within the world where popularity is important.

Nosedive is a perfect look at how certain people look at social media as they drive to be popular and how things can swing in an instant. It shows how people can judge you on something so meaningless like whether you like something other people did or you smiled at them. I feel this is something everyone who takes social media slightly too seriously needs to look at and reflect on their own life.

 

Overall: Hoping this is the start of something truly brilliant this season.

Rating90

 

 

Jurassic World (2015)

logoDirector: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Characters)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer

Plot: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: The Sequel We Deserved

Story: Jurassic World starts with the family including Karen (Greer) and her boys Gray (Simpkins) & Zach (Robinson) getting ready to get a Christmas present of being sent to Jurassic World to see their Aunt Claire (Howard). The part is fully operational now having hundreds of thousands of guests going through the park. Claire runs the park now and is looking to create a new dinosaur to keep her sponsors happy and increase the parks popularity.

Claire has to keep the park running leaving her an assistant to show the boys around the park, as Claire shows her owner of the park Simon Masrani (Khan) the new dinosaur that will give everyone nightmares. Simon wants to bring his man Owen (Pratt) into double check the paddock of the new dinosaur. Owen has been training raptors for Hoskins (D’Onofrio) who wants to take the raptors and use them as a weapon.

Jurassic World really comes off as a glorified petting zoo with the children getting to interact with the dinosaurs and shows being held when the dinosaurs are being feed. When Claire brings Owen gets bought into check the paddock they find out that the Indominus Rex has found a way to escape from its paddock. As our two child Gray & Zach continue their adventure around the park, while Claire tries to contain the Indominus Rex with non lethal methods. Owen demands the evacuating the island before more lives are lost but Claire tries to keep everything contained by closing just part of the island.

When the Indominus Rex it isn’t getting taken back to its cage easily and start putting every single person on the island at risk, leaving Owen to be the only one who can stop this dinosaur using his raptors as Claire gives him whatever he wants to save her nephews who become stranded in the park.

Jurassic World is going to be a long look here from me, first I will look at how the characters are involved, the kids work very well because they take us to look at dealing with divorce at a time where they could also get separated which get reflected in the story. I think the owner of the park fits in for a great replacement for Richard Hammond. Claire works as the naive business woman running the park which goes very well against Owen who never claims to be a dinosaur expert but knows more than she does. I do think we need a try dinosaur expert involved though. I also liked the villainous role which almost turns ‘Aliens’ where the villain wants to use the dinosaurs in military resources.

Now lets look at how everything unfolded, I did really enjoy the stunning looking new park and seeing how it is all fully operational. I also liked how the people running the park actually look at how people are tired of dinosaurs and the improvements made to the park improve crowds after lowering figures. The idea to mix dinosaurs works too because the original did mix the DNA of animals with dinosaurs which shows how far the ideas could leave the scientists. The film does forget the previous sequels and manages re-capture most of the magic the first one had, with the breathe taking sights when you see each part of the park. The negatives are that the final fight between the dinosaurs seems very much just there for action when we had plenty of well built up scenes before this time. I think a couple of dinosaur experts will be disappointed with certain elements involving the raptors because they seem to change a few factors about how they act. Overall I think this is the sequel we would have all liked to see but like the film states could hold it back because dinosaurs aren’t as popular now. (7/10)

Actor Review

Chris Pratt: Owen is the most respected ranger in the park who has been working with the raptors training them to work as a unit. He doesn’t see eye to eye with Claire as he sees the dinosaurs as animals rather than assets, but he has to work with Claire to save her nephews which gives him a chance to use his new connection with the raptors as he hunts down the rogue dinosaur. Chris brings his star power from Guardians of the Galaxy to this lead role but doesn’t reach the same level. (7/10)owen

Bryce Dallas Howard: Claire is the park manager whose nephews have come to the island to spend time with her, she leaves them with her assistant while dealing with matters inside the park, but when her new attraction gets lose she has to drop everything to save her nephews working with Owen the one man she doesn’t get on with on the island because he treats the dinosaurs with respect. Bryce does give us a good performance in a role we haven’t seen before. (7/10)claire

Vincent D’Onofrio: Hoskins is trying to get his research idea of using the dinosaur to hunt down any problems in the park, he has a plan to take over for his own personal gain. Vincent does always make a good villain but even though he characters is good he doesn’t get enough screen time. (7/10)hoskins

Ty Simpkins: Gray is the younger of the two nephews, he loves his dinosaurs but is smart enough to know the reality of what is happening in his family life. He has to work with his brother to survive when they both become trapped in the park. Ty does a good job and continue his young career in big Hollywood films. (7/10)

Irrfan Khan: Simon is the owner of the park and believes in the same principles that Richard Hammond did, money isn’t an issue the entertainment of the guest is what is important. I did like this character because for the first time the owner takes responsibility for his mistakes and tries to correct them. Irrfan gives this film a good performance which works for the film. (7/10)

Nick Robinson: Zach is the old brother of Gray who has to look after his brother in the park while on the trip. He doesn’t want to be on the trip because his interest are elsewhere but now he gets one last bonding trips with his brother before he goes onto college. Nick does a good job in the role. (7/10)

Gray & Zach

Gray & Zach

Support Cast: Jurassic World has a generic supporting cast but I have to say Jake Johnson really shines in the control centre making the points very well.

Director Review: Colin TrevorrowColin brings us the fan demanded sequel that really works well, it pays a lot of respect towards the very original, he shows the story telling ability and even holds back the action because it doesn’t need to be all out. (8/10)

Action: Jurassic World holds back on the full action sequences until the end where it lets everything go. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Jurassic World adds to the ideas used with future technology put into the dinosaur idea that all work very well for the story to unfold. (8/10)

Thriller: Jurassic World does keep us wanting to see what happens to our characters from the moment the dinosaur escapes. (8/10)

Settings: Jurassic World brings us back to the original island and everything look absolutely stunning. (9/10)
Special Effects: Jurassic World uses brilliant effects throughout to bring all the dinosaurs back to life. (10/10)

Suggestion: Jurassic World is one for the fans of the original who might not have liked the sequels, this brings us back to where we should have been going after the first one. (Watch)

Best Part: Visual look of the whole park

Worst Part: The end fight seems familiar.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight does look great though.

Funniest Scene: Jake Johnson scenes.

Kill Of The Film: Zara

Favourite Quote: Owen You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It will have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Could have technical awards

Box Office: $500 Million opening weekend.

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: The park is open.

Trivia: According to director Colin Trevorrow, the film is a direct sequel to the original film, with the sequels being “placed to the side”.

Overall: A Great sequel that could easily be worse but comes off very nice

Rating 75