How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

Director: Dean DeBlois

Writer: Dean DeBlois (Screenplay) Cressida Cowell (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerald Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill

 

Plot: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.


Tagline – Their Final Quest.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful Third Installment

 

Story: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World starts where Valka teaching her son Hiccup along with Toothless to free more dragons from the captors that keep collecting them, the whole team works almost together, with the population of dragons in his home becoming difficult to contain.

When the dragon hunters are getting tired of losing their dragons, they call in Grimmel, a man that has been known to capture the most dangerous dragons, the night furies, only Toothless is still alive, making it seem like unfinished business, he uses an female night fury, one that Toothless falls in love with, can Hiccup finally become the leader he was always meant to be?

 

Thoughts on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

 

Characters – Hiccup is now the chief of the island, he is learning from his mother about rescuing more dragons, only to see more dragons meaning less space and a bigger target on his people for the dragon hunters. Once again Hiccup must learn about leadership, showing he will have to lead his own way instead of just following in his father’s footsteps. Toothless is the loyal dragon to Hiccup, he is meant to be the last of his species, only here he learns about a female night fury that offers him a love interest that will make him want his freedom from protecting the village, he is caught between his nature and his loyalty. Astrid is the partner of Hiccup, she is the one that can get through to him, as they are destined to rule together one day. Grimmel is most feared dragon hunter, he claims to have been the one that killed all the night furies and he won’t stop till he gets this right, he is used to the hunt and knows more tricks than Hiccup could ever imagine. When it comes to the villainous side to his character, he isn’t that much different to what we have seen before and does get overshadowed by moments revolving around Hiccup and Toothless relationship. Valka is Hiccup’s mother, she is watching her son learn to be a leader, seeing his errors, pushing people in the right direction to help him become the strongest possible leader. The Light Fury is a female version of the Toothless, one that is still wild and scared of humans, she offers Toothless a life away from the humans, one that brings love.

StoryThe story continues to the adventures of Hiccup and his people that live with dragons, they have continued to grow to help the dragons, but the new threat could bring an end to this world. in this story we get to focus on Hiccup needing to learn how to be a leader, accepting the next step for his people, while understanding the dragons can’t be kept as pets, they should become free with Toothless caught in the middle of staying loyal to the person that rescued him or his own love. Where the story does fall slightly short comes from the villain, who is meant to be smarter than before, only he just becomes like what we saw last time out. The story does give us a conclusion which will give us chance to be happy with the direction the characters go.

Action/Adventure/Comedy/FantasyWhen we look at the action, we get massive dragon and human battles which is filled with carnage with the pure scale of the numbers involved, the adventure takes our village to a new home, where they need to find safety, taking the village on their biggest adventure to date. We do get plenty of comedy from the supporting cast through the film in this beautiful fantasy world.

SettingsThe film continues to bring us to new set of stunning locations that are just breath-taking that can grab your attention with the beauty.

AnimationThe animation in this film continues to be on the top levels, be it each different design for the dragons, the worlds created or the battle sequences that all look beautiful.


Scene of the Movie –
The Hidden World.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The villain is nothing new.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the best animated film trilogies out there, one that doesn’t always get the praise of others, but it does continue real heart that will completely make the film like it matters to the audience.

 

Overall: The heart of a franchise, the beauty of the animation.

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Vintage Franchise – Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998)

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Writer: Rick Berman, Michael Piller (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, F Murray Abraham, Donna Murphy

 

Plot: When the crew of the Enterprise learn of a Federation conspiracy against the inhabitants of a unique planet, Captain Picard begins an open rebellion.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Best of the New Generation Films

 

Story: Star Trek: Insurrection starts as Data (Spiner) goes rogue against the Federation who are monitoring a seemingly primitive group of humans on an unknown planet, Picard (Stewart) must take the Enterprise to this planet to solve Data’s problem only to learn the planet knows and has travelled the universe.

When Picard investigates Data’s malfunction more he learns that Admiral Dougherty (Zerbe) and Ru’Afo (Abraham) have plans for the planet and the people living on it, leaving Picard to rebel against the Federation.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek: Insurrection

 

Characters – Picard continues to be strong leader who challenges his authority while defending his crew and the rights of the people on the planet from Federation law. Data uses his programming to make himself a threat to the Federation showing his loyalty to Picard. Ru’afo is the leader that wants control of the planet because of what the planet possesses and he will do what he wants to make it possible to work with the Federation.

PerformanceThe performances across the board are the best from the main cast of the crew in the franchise to date with the addition performances all coming off good through the film.

StoryThis is the first of the new generation Star Trek films that follows the characters on an adventure which feels original and not part of the television series, this helps us enjoy this movie because it shows our trusted crew doing the right thing, defend the peace in the galaxy from a new threat. The story also feels like what the point of Star Trek would be, to go in peace to new worlds to defend the people on the planet.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure part of this story brings our crew to a new world, one that is off the grid in a battle against the people they are meant to be working with, which brings us to the mystery which circles around just what is going on with the two sides interested in the planet.

SettingsThe settings show us just what the Federation will fight for, they have the technology in their ships but the peaceful planet is what the people want.

Special EffectsThe practical effects used through the film are good but the CGI ones end up looking cheaper than they were.

Scene of the Movie – Magic trick.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We lack the use of the supporting crew enough in this film.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily the best of the next generations film, it has an original story that feels like a movie over an extended television moment which the previous films have felt like so far.

 

Overall: Entertaining addition to the franchise.

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Amadeus (1984)

amadeusDirector: Milos Forman

Writer: Peter Shaffer (Screenplay) Peter Shaffer (Stage Play)

Starring: F Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones

 

Plot: The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Biographical Story

 

Story: Amadeus starts as an elderly Antonio Salieri (Abraham) admitting that he killed Mozart, leading to him getting taken to the insane asylum. Salieri recounts his story of his small town beginnings dreaming of being a composer and after a moment of fate he ends up in a position where he can learn music leading to him job as head conductor to the king of Austria. Mozart (Hulce) is the world renowned composer that has taken the notice of all around him with Salieri dreaming of one day being as good as Mozart.

We see how Mozart constantly ends up out shinning Salieri with his music leading to the rivalry between the two, with Salieri serious look on life and Mozart’s flamboyant style of just getting through each moment. Salieri moves into the position of being the connection to the Emperor to get his unique work out there but he is really just building him up for failure trying to break him down with criticize of his work.

Amadeus gives us a brilliant look at one of the greatest musical minds in the history of man. We know the basic idea of what happened to him but now we get to see it through the eyes of one of his closest friends even if he is filled with envy for him. What starts as envy is filled with respect and seeing how a talented person can get used by all the people close to him which will drive him into his bad ways. Overall this really is a brilliant drama that is told in a way we can just enjoy.

 

Actor Review

 

F Murray Abraham: Antonio Salieri admits that he killed Mozart, but now he is confessing to how he believes he was responsible for the death from inside an insane asylum. We watch how he got his dreams of working with music and constantly found himself lacking the complete flair and natural ability of Mozart leading to jealous and planning to bring him down slowly. F Murray gives us a brilliant and well deserved Oscar winning performance in this role.seleir

Tom Hulce: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the flamboyant and brilliant composer who lives life on the edge spending every penny he ever received for his work, he pushes the boundaries to what is accepted even if his work is loved. He gains inspiration from his personal stories which will gain him enemies from his own confident in the government. Tom gives a performance that could easily have won him an Oscar too.morzart

Elizabeth Berridge: Constanze Mozart is the wife of Wolfgang, she supports him in all the work he does but just wants him to actually get paid for the work so they can look after the family, even after she lives him she feels guilty. Elizabeth does a good job in this role.

Roy Dotrice: Leopold Mozart is the overbearing father who pushed Amadeus into this career path making him the puppet when he was younger as he was leading him to become the biggest name in music of his time. After his death we learn about the control he had over Amadeus. Roy is good in this supporting role.

Support Cast: Amadeus has a well performed supporting cast that each hold their own in the characters they are playing.

Director Review: Milos FormanMilos gives us one of the best biographical films of all time.

 

Biographical: Amadeus shows the troubles of the great man and how it was his eventual downfall.

Music: Amadeus uses all the music of the great man and how it would have look on stage for the fans witnessing it all.

Settings: Amadeus recreates all the settings that would have been used during the time the film is set.

Suggestion: Amadeus is one that could have been watched by anyone to learn about a part of history. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The performances are brilliant.

Worst Part: If you are not a fan of classical music you will struggle.

 

Believability: Yes

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Director and Writing also nominated for a further 3.

Box Office: $51 Million

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

Tagline: Everything you’ve heard is true.

Trivia: When the movie won Best Picture at The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985), Sir Laurence Olivier was presenting the award. He went up to the podium, opened the envelope and said “Amadeus.” The problem was he forgot to read the nominees first.

 

Overall: Brilliant drama about one of the greatest musicians of all time

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Mimic (1997)

logoDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Writer: Matthew Robbins, Guillermo del Toro (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin,, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S Dutton, Josh Brolin, Alix Koromzay, F Murray Abraham

 

Plot: Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Creature Feature Class Act

 

Story: Mimic starts by showing a devastating disease running through New York Doctor Susan Tyler (Sorvino) gets bought into solve the problem by Doctor Peter Mann (Northam). Susan finds a cure by introducing the Judas breed of cockroach to eliminate the threat and succeeding by taking out the carrier.

Three years have pasted and not a single case has been recorded. Next we see a priest running for his life from a mysterious creature before falling to his death. We see Chuy (Goodwin) an autistic witnessing the attack. When Josh (Brolin) gets called to a new case we at the very same location it appears a new disease could be hitting New York, bring in Dr Mann to investigate. Dr Tyler gets a visit the same day by a couple of kids looking for some cash when they bring her bugs and one of these bugs they have found is one of her Judas breeds. That very same night the creature visits Susan and takes the Judas breed.

The next day Tyler and Mann investigate where the kids find the bugs before getting kicked out by Officer Leonard (Dutton). We know that the creature is lurking and hunting, we it make quick kills of anything that threatens its safety. Returning to the subway system with the permit Peter, Josh and Leonard start looking into what could be in the sewers now. We see Susan’ co-worker Remi (Koromzay) locates remains of a dead Judas breed that is bigger than anyone thought possible. We also watch Manny (Giannini) search for his son Chuy after he goes in search for funny shoes as he calls it.

Peter, Susan, Leonard and Manny find themselves trapped inside the home of the Judas breed and have to find a way out before it is too late and the creatures escape to the surface.team

Mimic tells the story of playing God can have side effects especially if you were to rush the results. We get the whole evolution sped up idea which works nicely because we can end up with a creature that could look like anything. I do think everything comes together nicely on here because the film isn’t afraid to make children the victims which adds to the deadliness of the creatures. I also think managing three stories to meet at the end helps the story not get bogged down following just one hero instead it gives us 4 separate ones. When it comes to this genre this is one of the better films and follows everything that needs to happen. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Mira Sorvino: Dr Susan Tyler a bug expert who cures a disease problem only for three years to pass where the creatures she created have evolved into human size killing machines. Mira does a solid job in the lead role but doesn’t shine as much as the film requires her too. (6/10)

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Jeremy Northam: Dr Peter Man CDC member who bought in Susan to solve the problem and over the time the two get married, but he gets the call to try solve the latest disease outbreak. Peter investigates only to find the Judas cockroach has continued to evolve in the subway system and has to find a way to stop it. Jeremy proves to be a good choice in the role as we get the character who is clearly out his depths here. (7/10)

 

Giancarlo Giannini: Manny subway shoe waxier whose autistic son investigates the creature going missing in the process, leading to him getting lost in the subway searching for his son and fighting for his life. Giancarlo does a solid job in the supporting role, playing the everyday hard worker who gets caught up protecting his son. (6/10)

 

Charles S Dutton: Leonard security guard at the subway who ends up being the guide to the underground but he reaction against the idea of the human size cockroaches provides the best of all of the people in the film. Charles becomes the most normal character in a situation where there are giant cockroaches shouting and shooting first. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Mimic has a supporting cast that gives out information as well as a few becoming the victims of the creatures. Each member helps drive our main characters motives.

 

Director Review: Guillermo del Toro – Guillermo is known for disowning this film and while it isn’t on the same level as his numerous classics it still ends up coming off solid for the genre. (6/10)

 

Horror: Mimic ticks all the boxes for a creature feature horror film. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic shows what happens when you play with genetics without studying the true results. (9/10)

Settings: Mimic uses the subways and sewers are the main settings for anything involving the creature showing just how much could be going on underneath a city. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic has special effects that have started to date now because we can tell the CGI is there with the creatures. (4/10)

Suggestion: Mimic is one for all the creature feature fans to watch as well as most horror fans will enjoy this one. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The fact no one is safe, too many films overprotect to hide horror.

Worst Part: CGI looks bad now.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 2 sequels.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $25.5 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: A Bold Experiment. A Deadly Mistake!

 

Overall: Mimic is a film that really isn’t afraid to pack a punch when it comes to victims but ends up becoming a foreshadowing to Godzilla (1998).

Rating 70

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

logoDirector: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson (Screenplay) Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (Story)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori

 

Plot: The adventure of Gustave (Fiennes) a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

 

Verdict: Quirky Comedy

 

Story: You always know you are going into something slightly different when you see the name Wes Anderson directing. He brings his unique storytelling to this crime caper which will have you laughing quietly throughout. The story is told as a memory of a story of a story of a story and yes it is that deep but we only flashback to the last first telling of the story while the main one continues. I would say this needs the right taste on comedy to enjoy but the fans will enjoy this style of storytelling. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Ralph Fiennes: Gustave the flamboyant hotel owner who looks after his guest with an extra personal touch, he travels to see the will hearing of one of his favourite guests and ends up taking what is his and being hunted down by the police and family members. Ralph doing comedy who would have thought that and he does pull it off very well. (9/10)

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Adrien Brody: Dmitri the son of the deceased lady who wants the fortune for himself, he sets out to get what he thinks is his. Good supporting performance offering a villainous role but sadly gets overshadowed. (7/10)

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Willem Dafoe: Jopling ruthless hit man trying to hunt down Gustave and the painting along with all loose ends in the case. Dafoe steals nearly every scene he is in, be it the moment he throws someone’s cat out the window or the epic ski related chase. (9/10)

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Tony Revolori: Zero the young lobby boy who becomes the most trust man of Gustave who ends up going on all these adventures with him. Seemingly coming from nowhere in this absolute all-star cast and fits in perfectly.(8/10)

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Director Review: Wes Anderson – Wes brings his unique style to what could have been a very plain crime caper. (8/10)

 

Comedy: You will need the right sense of humour for this but I think there will be enough small laughs throughout. (8/10)

Settings: All the settings are used well as well as some being cleverly created animated sequences. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try but if you don’t get the humour you will be very bored. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Ski chase.

Worst Part: The comedy is very particular.

Funniest Scene: The police show up to arrest Gustave.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Maybe but unlikely.

Box Office: $157, 724,997

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

Overall: Quirky Crime Caper Comedy

Rating 81