Naomi Watts Weekend – The Book of Henry (2017)

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler

 

Plot: With instructions from her genius son’s carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather.


Tagline – Never leave things undone.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sweet Little Tale

 

Story: The Book of Henry starts as we meet 12-year-old Henry (Lieberher) who is the brains in the family with his little brother Peter (Tremblay) and single working mother Susan (Watts). Henry is a genius and knows how to support the family with his stock tips.

When Henry starts to suspect his neighbour Glenn Sickleman (Norris) of abusing his stepdaughter Christina (Ziegler) he wants to solve the problem, though none of the adults will listen to him. Henry writes a book on how to save Christina, which Susan finds and goes out to complete his work and save her.

 

Thoughts on The Book of Henry

 

Characters – Susan is the mother of the house, though she doesn’t have the full responsibility in the house as she lets her genius son Henry handle the finances in the home. She is a single working mother that does everything she can to help her kids, enjoys a drink with her best friend Sheila and videos to release the stress, she must go through a difficult process when Henry becomes sick and wants to follow his book to do the right thing. Henry is a genius 12-year-old boy, he keeps his family together while trying to leave his own legacy, he knows how to work the stock market which keeps the family a float and when he sees wrong in the world he wants to help change it, this brings him to write a book to stop the abuse of his neighbour by her stepfather. Peter is the younger brother to Henry, he always looks up to him and wants to help him with his innocent being the only thing that lets Henry have fun.  Sheila is the best friend and work colleague of Susan, she enjoys herself a drink and has great banter with Henry. Glenn is the neighbour and police chief living next door to the Carpenter family, he has a stepdaughter that he is abusing though he position of power makes it nearly impossible for him to get investigated. Dr Daniels is the man that must treat Henry, he must help the family through the difficult decision.

PerformancesNaomi Watts in the leading role is great through this film, we see how her character needs to develop after what happens to Henry. Jaeden continues to show us he is a fast-rising child star along with Jacob Tremblay who are both going to be talked about as a couple of the best of the current generations. Silverman, Morris and Pace give us good supporting performances throughout the film too.

StoryThe story here follows a genius son that helps run the family to help take the pressure of his single mother, he plans long term and wants to make the world a better place, though when sees abuse he wants to step in and help. He doesn’t expect the short term though, leaving his legacy to his mother to help solve the abuse he sees the neighbour going through. We do have moments that make the children feel like they are in ‘Pay it Forward’ which does have a better message about, doing something to make the world a better place, this story does get that message over and does make you want to help bring calm to the world. if I was being honest with the way the story is told, I feel it would have been nice to mix the planning Henry does with the actual plan rather than showing his plan before the incident.

CrimeThe film does have a crime base to everything going on, we get to see how Henry sees a crime being committed and the only way he can solve it is to have someone commit a crime for him.

SettingsThe film shows us the simple life the Carpenter family are currently living and how Henry is happy with this even though he can make them rich with a blink of an eye, he wants family over anything.


Scene of the Movie –
Take the shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kids are way to talent in the talent contest.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that has taken a beating by the critics and sure there are a couple of weaknesses in this film, but the core of the story is one of the most interesting ways to show a child genius doing the right thing in life, well-acted and one people should be giving a chance too.

 

Overall: Nice story about leaving a legacy.

Rating

 

 

Captain Marvel (2019)

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Writer: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Screenplay) Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, Meg LaFauve (Story)

Starring: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Ben Mendelsohn, Samuel L Jackson, Lee Pace, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Annette Bening

 

Plot: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.


Tagline – Discover what makes a (her)o

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Superhero Movie 101

 

Story: Captain Marvel starts as Vers (Larson) a Kree soldier is still figuring out how to control her powers, with her trainer Yon-Rogg (Law), her first mission sees her captured by the enemy alien race the Skrulls who help her learn about her past, on Earth as a pilot.

Vers must learns who her true self is once on Earth with Nick Fury (Jackson) helping down memory lane, before deciding which side of the war she should be fighting on.

 

Thoughts on Captain Marvel

 

Characters – Vers is how we meet her first, she has been trained to be a Kree warrior soldier, ready to get into the war against the Skrull. Vers does have powers she hasn’t fully learnt how to control yet and returning to Earth on the mission, will help fill in the blanks in her memory to show her a life she had before her training, as a fighter pilot named Carol Danvers. This is a character that is easier to write for, because it is the trademark design of a hero needing to learn about their powers for their first battle. Nick Fury is a younger agent in SHIELD, he witnesses first hand what Vers is fighting for and decides to help her even if it means going against the rulebook, he gets the bigger picture and in this film loves cats. Talos is the leader of the Skrull, he needs information from Vers to help his side in the war, he has become desperate and can shapeshift into any species he sees. Yon-Rogg is the leader of the Kree unit, he has been training Vers for combat and with his team, can be a threat for any opponent. Mar-Vell is a scientist that Carol worked with on Earth, her research is key to the war, she also appears as the Supreme Intelligence for Vers communication, which is meant to be somebody important in your life. Maria is the old pilot friend of Carol’s she believed her friend died and has spent her time raising her daughter away from the busy world.

PerformancesBrie Larson does a strong enough job in the leading role, she doesn’t quite have the comic timing for her jokes to come off, like many other actors in this universe, but does shine in the more serious moments. Samuel L Jackson gets to enjoy playing a younger version of himself, he gets to poke fun at the ideas people might have about him as a person too. Ben Mendelsohn is strong too, his accent can jump around in places, but for being under the makeup, we understand his characters emotions. Jude Law does well in his role too, he takes the mentor role, which is better than his outing in Fantastic Beasts. Annette Bening becomes the one you most want to see more from, in dual roles, she can make us want to see more of her characters.

StoryThe story follows Vers a Kree soldier that must learn about her past to understand her own powers, to make a decision on which side of a war she should be fighting for. This is an origin story for Captain Marvel, so we know the stakes are going to be less, because we don’t need true end of the world stuff going on here. The strangest way to describe most of this story would be like a Star Trek story, a person meets both sides of a war and must decide which side to fight on and once we get to the decision it plays out like how Kirk or Piccard would deal with the situation. This doesn’t mean it isn’t good or entertaining. The rediscovering the past is interesting to see and gets to play a lot of 90’s nostalgic moments too. One of the biggest negatives in the story does come from having the inclusion of characters we have seen die latest in the universe, because this does take peril away from them, both good and villainous figures. This does tick al the boxes for an origin story, it makes us care about this new character and ties in nicely to what will be happening next in this universe.

Action/Sci-FiThe action involved in the film is a mix of hand to hand combat, weaponry combat and flying combat, be it space or on Earth, everything is enjoyable enough to get what is required from this side of the film. the sci-fi side of this film uses the idea of an inter galactical war that Carol has become a part of, showing that the human heroes and enemies might not be the only threats to Earth.

SettingsThe film uses the settings well, we have the space location each has it own unique look to show us on different planets, while on Earth we go through the military bases and quiet of the radar places without needing to just blow everything up.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are strong throughout, we know and expect this by now in the Marvel machine.


Scene of the Movie –
It’s just a cat.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Captain Marvel seems too powerful.

Final ThoughtsThis is another entertaining fun addition to the MCU, it gives us a by the book origin story that we can understand the difficulties that Carol must be going through.

 

Overall: Fun, entertaining origin story.

Rating

 

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

logoDirector: Peter Jackson

Writer: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (Screenplay) J.R.R. Tolkien (Novel)

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Scott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry

 

Plot: Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Shortest of the Saga but Still Too Long

 

Story: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies starts with the effects of the previous film with Smaug entering into the town destroying everything in its way. Bilbo (Freeman) and the rest of the dwarfs watch on helplessly while Bard (Evans) tries to be hero the town saving his family along the way. Bard manages to put the beast down saving what is left of the town but away from the destruction we see how Gandalf (McKellen) is still captured.

We see the aftermath of the attack with the towns people ready to turn on each other before the dwarfs going onto their next chapter with Thorin (Armitage) starting to become obsessed with the newly discovered gold. Bard taking control of the town’s people must lead them to safety while Legolas (Bloom) but find out who is going to be interested in the newly discovered gold. The mountain has become the target for all of the powers in middle earth and they all come together for one long battle for the gold.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is based on five pages of a children’s book and turns out to be well over 2 hours long, let’s face it there isn’t much of a story here, nothing happens except a battle that goes on, and on and almost decides to go Fuck it lets put this animal in it see what happens. The opening of the film is confusing because if you forgot what happened last time it doesn’t make any sense and to make things worse the characters are so easily forgettable you don’t care what happens to them. This is simply put a terrible conclusion to a saga that over stayed its welcome. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ian McKellen: Gandalf is the wizard who seems to have a calming influence on every side but even he can’t stop the battle from going on. Ian is in it but I don’t really know what he does, swings his stick a little and chats to Bilbo, could have had anyone do this really. (3/10)

 

Martin Freeman: Bilbo Baggins is on his biggest adventure and always tries to do the right thing even if it makes enemies of friends. Martin becomes the supporting character in a film about his own adventure but he does a solid job. (5/10)

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Richard Armitage: Thorin is the dwarf king who is losing control because of his hold over the gold, this is making him isolated from his friends and leaving him making rash decision. Richard does a solid job but is he happy or sad oh wait I don’t know. (5/10)

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Orlando Bloom: Legolas is our returning hero who completes his appearances in all of the sagas with an investigation mission to who is preparing for battle for the mountain. Orlando clearly needed an extra pay day so he can go back to the shit movies he has been making here. (3/10)

 

Luke Evans: Bard is the warrior fighting for his city and saving it from the dragon Smaug before holding everything together trying to find a peaceful conclusion to the gold in the mountain. I personally thought Luke played the most interesting character of the whole film but that was because he got to kick ass at the start. (6/10)

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Support Cast: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has so many supporting characters I just didn’t remember the names of it is unbelievable really, none of the made an impact enough to make you care about them.

 

Director Review: Peter Jackson – Peter has finally slipped off the top of the mountain after the success of his first trilogy we get a very complete lacklustre one. (4/10)

 

Adventure: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t really have much adventure because no one seems to do any travelling in this one. (0/10)

Fantasy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies puts us in a fantasy world where they seem to just put any creature they like on screen. (6/10)

Settings: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies have a very CGI world to battle in with location that make for assistance in battle. (5/10)
Special Effects
: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has very poor special effects for the budget the film has. (3/10)

Suggestion: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is one for only the fans to see and even then I think they will feel disappointed with the final product. (Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Opening Dragon attack.

Worst Part: The Rest

Action Scene Of The Film: The Battle looks epic but I don’t know who is who.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 1 Oscar

Box Office: $955 Million

Budget: $250 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 24 Minutes

Tagline: Witness the defining chapter of the Middle-Earth saga

Trivia: In the book, the whole Battle Of The Five Armies takes place in just one chapter, and is described to the reader after the fact. While in the film, the battle takes up nearly half of the running time.

 

Overall: This has to go down as a bad, boring film that really doesn’t have any redeeming qualities.

Rating 30

2014 Awards – Worst Supporting Characters

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2014, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at worst supporting Characters, sometimes we get supporting characters that just make you shout get off the screen. These usually come off as characters that we don’t mind getting killed off even if they are best friends of our heroes.

Mentions that could have been number one;

Ronan (Lee Pace) – Guardians of the GalaxyronanI believe this to be a weird choice as I enjoyed the film and every other character in the film, but I found the main villain really unoriginal and just plain annoying whenever he was onscreen. My Review

Jeanine (Kate Winslet) – Divergentkate In what was meant to be the villainous role in the film we get left only seeing her talk about what she is going to do and her evil plan gets stop with ease by our new hero. My Review

Doyle (Wes Bentley) – InterstellardoyleWhilst I have nothing against Wes Bentley performance the character itself makes you just scream ‘Get on the ship’ seriously he is stood next to it and somehow doesn’t make it. My Review

My pick for worst

Clinch (Liam Neeson) – A Million Ways to Die in the WestneesonWhen this was advertised we were expecting to see him in every scene against the hero, in the end he was only in the film for about 10 minutes and we are left thinking what was this crap. My Review

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

logoDirector: James Gunn

Writer: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (Screenplay) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (Comic Book)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillian, Djimon Hounsou, John c Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro

 

Plot: As a child Peter Quill is abducted by Yondu (Rooker), in the next 26 years he has grown into a thief. After Peter (Pratt) steals an orb he sets of a chain of events with plenty of different people after him. Ronan (Pace) wants the orb to destroy a planet. Gamora (Saldana) to betray Ronan and sell to a safe place. While Rocket and Groot want the bounty on Peter’s head. When Peter, Gamora, Groot and Rocket get captured and sent to a space prison, they make an unlikely union along with Drax (Bautista) who is out for revenge against Ronan. The new team known as ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ have to stop Ronan from ruining the peace between two worlds before it is too late.

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Verdict: Comic Book Fun

 

Story: Comic book films are getting made to a level which has taken the action world by storm, but most are well known characters people will have heard of at some point of their childhood. This takes a risk unlike ‘The Avengers’ introducing us to a new completely unknown string of characters. The villain’s motive is very familiar but like most of these Marvel films this is building to something much bigger in the future. The story is fun, over the top and wildly entertaining it really is just one to sit back, relax and enjoy. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Chris Pratt: Peter Quill who wants to be known as Star-Lord, after being abducted becomes a cocky thief in a faraway galaxy. He always finds himself in getting into trouble but when fate calls him to step up against a villain hell bent on destroying part of the universe he becomes a leader of an unlikely group of heroes. Great performance from Chris here turning himself into a hero, which can stand next to any of the other heroes in the Marvel world. (9/10)

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Zoe Saldana: Gamora one of Ronan’s trusted assassins who betrays him once she learns of his plans, she is stubborn and wants to achieve her goal of stealing the orb on her own. She is deadly in hand to hand combat and reluctant to join the Guardians. Good performance getting to use all her skills. (8/10)

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Dave Bautista: Drax out to kill anyone close to Ronan after he killed his family. This brute will destroy anyone in hand to hand combat with her pure strength. Good performance from Dave who fits in the role perfectly. (8/10)

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Bradley Cooper: Rocket (Voice) the racoon with an attitude problem, along with his muscle Groot collect bounties for a living, they see a chance to collect on Peter’s before joining forces to stop the end of the universe. Rocket gets all the best lines and is voiced brilliantly by Cooper. (9/10)

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Lee Pace: Ronan who is going against a peace agreement between two alien worlds by trying to get his hands on an orb that could destroy a planet in a matter of moments. Good villain performance but when don’t villains want to destroy planets. (7/10)

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Michael Rooker: Yondu the creature that took Peter but when Peter starts going out completing jobs on his own, he starts chasing him down to collect any money he might have lost. Good performance from Rooker who can always play a solid support character. (8/10)

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Karen Gillan: Nebula the most trusted assassin of Ronan who is a match for Gamora in combat. Has a couple of good fights against Gamora and always seems to be planning the next step ahead. Good performance from Karen who has proven this year she is ready to break out big time. (8/10)

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Director Review: James Gunn – Brilliant directing from Gunn, I honestly having seen a space adventure film this good since I first watch Star Wars. (10/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action to keep everything flowing, be it hand to hand, fire fights or all out space battles. (10/10)

Adventure: With the unlikely group travelling from end to end of the universe we get a great sense of adventure throughout. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Arguable the best sci-fi film since the original Star Wars. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting is used perfectly to create the story with each environment being used in some way during the fight scenes. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Stunning effects used to create an actual real feel throughout. (10/10)

Suggestion: I would say everyone should watch this, it is just pure fun, with extremely likeable characters. Even if you don’t like sci-fi you will enjoy this. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Rocket and Groot being like Han Solo and Chewy.

Worst Part: Ronan is very generic villain.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Battle

Funniest Scene: The escape from prison.

Favourite Quote: ‘I am Groot’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one planned, along with being part of a big Marvel picture.

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: It could get some special effects or visual effects nominations.

Box Office: $172 Million After Opening Weekend.

Budget: $170 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: When things get bad, they’ll do their worst.

 

Overall: Sci-Fi Seriously Good

Rating 94