Rams (2020) Movie Review

Rams – Nice Life Comedy

Director: Jeremy Sims

Writer: Jules Duncan (Screenplay) Grimur Hakonarson (Original Film)

Starring: Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Asher Keddie, Michael Caton, Hayley McElhinney, Wayne Blair

Plot: A decades-long feud between two sheep farming brothers comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rams starts as we meet the two brothers and rival sheep farmers Colin (Neill) and Les (Caton) who live next door to each other, but haven’t spoken to each over in nearly 40 years, they both compete with the other farmers in the area, with the two always being the final two in any competitions.

After Les wins the latest competition, Colin discovers the flock could all be contaminated and both flocks will need to be destroyed and the pair will need to follow the government guidelines if they are either going to get back to their passion.

Thoughts on Rams

Characters & Performances – Colin is one of the two rivalling brothers, he will become more open to talking to the rest of the community, he is the one that discovers the disease in the area and makes the hard decision with his flock as he looks to work with the government to clean the area, he approaches the change in a different way to his brother. Sam Neill is great in tis role, he has the comedy skills to make this character seem straight-faced, while not being a parody of the situation. Les is the rival brother that usually wins the awards, he is a recluse that doesn’t want anything to do with anyone in the town, including his brother, he struggles a lot more with the changes the area must make, seeing him turn to alcohol for help. Michael Caton works very well opposite Neill in this role, showing the character that feels like they have nothing and hating the world. Kat is the local vet that must deal with the biggest problems in the area, while trying to learn what caused the problems between the brothers. Miranda Richardson does well with her role, she will bring the more serious side to the story with most of her scenes. When we look into the rest of the cast and characters, we get the most comical moments from the other resident, only we could easily have spent more time with them for more laughs.

StoryThe story here follows tow rivalling brothers who must deal with the loss of their flock of sheep and the effects that will cause, which might finally see them put aside their differences for the better. This is based on an Icelandic movie, with most of the Australian culture sprinkled into how everything unfolds, it does show how overly committed to being the best two farmers are, how losing everything could turn people into doing something desperate and needing to put aside differences could bring about a better life for everyone around you. The core story does unfold well, it is the side characters that seem to get small threads of story, which just seem to get forgotten too quickly through the film, which could have added even more light heartedness to the story.

ThemesRams is a comedy drama that does get the mix of the two down very well, it does use the gorgeous backdrops to show us the beauty of the area the film is set in, while giving us a reality check on how diseases would need to be eliminated quickly to save more around them.

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Rams is a nice comedy drama, which will see Sam Neill shines throughout.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2020 – X – Last Christmas (2019) Movie Review

This is under X because of Xmas, come on this is always the hardest letter of the alphabet.

Director: Paul Feig

Writer: Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, Bryong Kimmings (Screenplay)

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Mygind, Rob Delaney

Plot: Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Tagline – It’s a wonderful life

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Last Christmas starts as we meet young woman Kate (Clarke) who is bouncing around her friend’s home, working in a Christmas shop for Santa (Yeoh) avoiding her mother Petra’s (Thompson) phone calls, avoiding all responsibilities in her life.

Kate ends up meeting the mysterious stranger Tom (Golding) who offers her a new way of seeing life, one where she will start to face the reality of how difficult her life is and needing to solve things before losing everyone close to her.

Thoughts on Last Christmas

Characters – Kate is the young woman who constantly finds herself between a rock and hard place, struggling to find a place to live that will keep her, causing problems whether she is, she works in a Christmas gift shop, while trying to fix her problems, which has seen her relationship with her parents strained, while overcoming her own illness. Tom is the mysterious man that walks into Kate’s life, trying to fill her with positive attitude and spirit to get her through the difficult time. Santa is the boss at the Christmas shop for Kate, she will always give her a chance more than many others, but even she will be pushed too far at times, but her new mysterious admirer will give her added joy. Petra is Kate’s mother that has always wanted her to be safe after what happened the previous year.

PerformancesEmilia Clark is a delight to watch as always, bringing all the joy to the role she is playing. Henry Golding is entertaining to watch through the film too, being positive in every scene. Emma Thompson gives us a very strange performance though, with a character does seem out of place at times. Michelle Yeoh does bring us a fun support role through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman who is struggling to find her place in life, being reckless with her behaviour until she meets a new man that offers her a new lease of life, but has a big mystery about himself. This story does mix in some of George Michael’s songs around the Last Christmas theme, which is all enjoyable to watch, while having a big meaning to everything going on, going in a direction you wouldn’t have expect to see the story go in. certain parts might well seem out of place, but deep down the bigger message being told in the film is great to see.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film is a mixed bag, with most of the Kate parts being funny to watch, but certain types of comedy from Petra feel out of place, with the romance being all about meeting someone new that could bring a new level of happiness in life.

SettingsThe film is set in London, which will show us just how connected the world is for everyone involved.

Scene of the Movie – First Date.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The random Eastern European parents.

Final Thoughts Last Christmas is a feel good movie that will bring out the very best parts of Christmas.

Welcome to Happiness (2015) Movie Review

Director: Oliver Thompson

Writer: Oliver Thompson (Screenplay)

Starring: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key, Brendan Sexton III, Josh Brener, Molly C Quinn

Plot: There’s a magical door in Woody’s closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. When he finds out where it goes, his life will be changed forever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Strange and Quirky

Story: Welcome to Happiness starts as young man Woody (Gallner) a children’s author who welcomes strangers into his apartment to help them go through his erase their mistakes, this makes his life complicated when he starts becoming friendly with a fellow tenant Trudy (Thirlby). Meanwhile Nyles (Sexton III) a man that is cleaning up after his father’s death, learns that he has valuable baseball cards, which sees him getting drawn into a big adventure around the people who want in on the business.

When Woody sees the full effect of the visits, he starts to question why he can’t change moments from his past, which soon starts to put a strain on his relationship with Trudy, while his landlord Moses (Offerman) is encouraged with his work.

Thoughts on Welcome to Happiness

Characters – Woody is a children’s author that has just moved into an apartment which sees strangers visit, answer a string of questions before putting them in a closet where they vanish. He doesn’t know what happens next until he meets one of the visitors, which leaves him wondering why he can’t change his past, which only makes him out to be going crazy to his girlfriend. Trudy is the new neighbour to Woody who strikes up a relationship with him, she does question him about the visit and doesn’t believe him when he tells the story. Moses is the landlord that knows about the closet, he knows how it helps people and who should be the one that guides people through it. Nyles is a depressed man that learns about the treasure in his father’s attic, he ends up follow a string of instructions, which will sees him visiting the closet.

PerformancesKyle Gallner does well in the leading role, it shows us just how difficult being an author with pain in his life can be difficult to get through. This does have a big cast, with each actor doing their thing to make us understand figures they are playing.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that finds himself in the unusual position of having to deal with strangers looking to answer questions, which would see them disappear in his closet, over time he wants to know more, which will soon start to push him to his limits. This is an interesting little story, it does show us how difficult living in despair could be on the people in life, they will need to learn to move on, because once you break down everything, you never know what could have been in the world. We do have to meet a lot of characters, which do seem to have moments of randomness, though it does all make sense by the end of the film.

Comedy/FantasyThe comedy in the film comes from just how far out there certain ideas are, mixed in with certain characters too, the fantasy shows us how the closet works and just how life can be seen differently if people come into it.

SettingsThe settings for the film does try to put everything into a position of everyday, leading down the same plan as people you see in life will have stories you might not always get to know.

Scene of the Movie – Behind the door.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Certain characters don’t seem needed at times.

Final Thoughts This is a very strange movie, it does have an important message, that does need to help us reflect our own lives, even if it does lean away from it at times.

Overall: Interesting throughout.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2020 – P – Playing with Fire (2019) Movie Review

Director: Andy Fickman

Writer: Dan Ewen, Matt Lieberman (Screenplay)

Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Tyler Mane, Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery

Plot: A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids.

Tagline – 0% contained

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Playing with Fire starts as we meet a group of smokejumpers Jake (Cena), Mark (Key), Rodrigo (Leguizamo) and Axe (Mane) that believe they are the elite in fighting fires with Jake following in his father’s footsteps demanding a perfectly run department.

When the four rescue three children Brynn (Hildebrand), Will (Convery) and Zoey (Slater) the four are left to look after the kids until a storm finishes, now they men will see them dealing with the most difficult challenge of their lives, children.

Thoughts on Playing with Fire

Characters – Jake is the commander of the station, he plays everything by the rulebook not stepping outside his comfort zone, he will do anything to make sure his unit is the best in the area, wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, he is emotional closed and this is made him live the remote life not letting people in. Mark is the second in command that will do anything to help Jake keep the department running smoothly. Rodrigo is the chef that always misquotes famous people that is about to get the promotion that he isn’t ready for. Axe is the silent one of the group, always carrying around an axe, he will make us wait for his big moment to speak. Brynn, Will and Zoey are the three children the unit save, they are difficult to handle with them having their own quirks, they will help turn the opinions of Jake on life in a way he never knew.

PerformancesJohn Cena continues to shine in the comedic roles, while embracing the physical side of his appearance. Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo bring the comedy to the film more often than not, with Key sometimes going to much with it, while Leguizamo gets stronger laughs. Tyler Mane often steals the scenes here too, with the silent comedy performance, the younger stars do some off like the handfuls they are meant to be playing through the film too.

StoryThe story here follows four smokejumpers that must care for three children after a rescue, which will see them needing to handle the challenge none of them are used to, children, which will bring them together more than before. This is a story that will come off on the simple side, with lots of over the top behaviour going on, the younger children’s behaviour is completely unrealistic, which will play into the comedy, but the story does have the heart to show us just how important doing the right thing will be for people.

ComedyThe comedy in the film is a right mix, with the created situations of wildly over the top behaviour not getting as much of a laugh as the calmer situations, which are a well played out creation, this does however play into the family friendly creation the film is going for.

SettingsMost of the film is set in the fire station, which will give the children different equipment to get into trouble playing with, while also giving the idea that they are safer then they could have been.

Scene of the Movie – The birthday.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The kids Will and Zoey do come off more difficult than they should.

Final Thoughts Playing With Fire is an entertaining comedy, burning with laughter from start to finish.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2020 – J – Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Movie Review

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams

Plot: Jay and Silent Bob return to Hollywood to stop a reboot of the ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ movie from getting made.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Meta 101

Story: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot starts as Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) lose their identity in a rights battle with an upcoming movie being made by Kevin Smith called Bluntman, a reboot of their own movie where they starred on.

To get their identities back the two must travel to Hollywood in a desperate attempt to stop the movie being made, running into a string of old friends along the way.

Thoughts on Jay and silent Bob Reboot

Final Thoughts This is an attempt to bring two of the favourite Kevin Smith creations to Jay and Silent Bob as the navigate the world of remakes, reboots and sequels, with the story bringing characters from previous movies into one universe, with a convention about the characters being included. We get an adventure across country, just like how the first Jay and Silent Bob story unfolds. The story does have plenty of messages in, a lot of the story gets to feel like a confession from Kevin Smith because of the mistakes he might have made in the past, with casting, writing, while understanding, the older you get the smarter, wiser you can become. We do also get plenty of wink, wink at the camera, that you would need to understand references to get the movie points, though the deeper we get the more frustrating it becomes. Leaving the deepest part of the story being about the importance of making the most of life.

Overall: Jay & Silent Bob Fans Will Enjoy.