Love, Simon (2018)

Director: Greg Berlanti

Writer: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker (Screenplay) Becky Albertalli (Novel)

Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Keiynan Lonsdale

 

Plot: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.


Tagline – Everyone deserves a great love story.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Must Watch Film of the Year

 

Story: Love, Simon starts as we meet Simon (Robinson) a normal high school kid, he isn’t the most popular, but has a close knit of friends in Leah (Langford), Abby (Shipp) and Nick (Lendeborg Jr), he acts like most high schoolers, only he has a secret, one he can’t tell anyone.

When he learns about another schoolmate has come out anonymously, he sees a friend he can talk to about his homosexuality, without the school learning his secret. As Simon tries to figure out who the mysterious Blue is even after getting blackmailed by a fellow student.

 

Thoughts on Love, Simon

 

Characters – Simon is the average high school student, he is holding in his own secret, he is gay, he doesn’t know how to come out because if the ridicule that could come his way. He connects with a fellow closest student and spends the year trying to figure out who the student is, until his secret becomes known he must try to keep it from coming out. Emily and Jack are the parents of Simon that have their own way to react to events with one being scientific and the other always trying to turn things into a joke. Leah, Abby and Nick are the three best friends that slowly become victims of the secret however hard Simon tries to keep things undercover, they would always support him.

PerformancesNick Robinson is fantastic in this role, this is a true breakout performance for the young actor, as we truly understand his characters mindset throughout. The rest of the cast know exactly how to bounce off Nick’s performance to make his and theirs better.

StoryThe story follows the graduation years for Simon as he battles to understand how to come out as gay to his friends, family and the school. Seeing how difficult this moment is for the young man is such an interesting story, watching how he wants to figure out who his romantic anonymous interest is from little moments of their conversations is fascinating to see unfold. The story shows us just how difficult this moment could be for anyone going through the same situation and wanting to see people act like nothing changed.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy blends perfectly with drama of high school life and the romance just makes you feel like you want to see the happy ending.

SettingsThe gives us the high school environment for the settings which shows us how the students act towards each part of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Ferris wheel.

That Moment That Annoyed Me How do these high school kids have time for coffee before school?

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most important movies of the year, because it shows that whichever sexuality you choose to be, be it, don’t be worried what people will think. The story is told in such a charming way that will only leave you with a smile on your face.

 

Overall: Beautiful and important film.

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The 5th Wave (2016)

5thDirector: J Blakeson

Writer: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner (Screenplay) Ricky Yancey (Novel)

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Zackary Arthur, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello

 

Plot: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Another Young Adult Franchise

 

Story: The 5th Wave starts as Cassie (Moretz) shows just how deadly she has become before flashing back before everything has changed when alien ships turned up above towns. The first wave of the attack was taking out all the electricity in the world. The second wave was flooding the Earth. The third wave was a deadlier version of the bird flu crippling the surviving number. The 4th wave is the ‘Others’ becoming humans taking out any other survivors and this is where Cassie gets separated from everyone.

With Cassie along we see how Sergeant Reznik (Bello) building a new defence against the Others which is most child soldiers from the remaining survivors. This brings us to the 5th Wave and that is saved for a twist in the film but it this the beginning of the next franchise of young adult stories.

The 5th Wave is the latest in what feels like an endless run of them which luckily is dying out now. This one stands out slightly more because it jumps straight into the battle between the humans and alien invaders instead of wasting too much time building up to this in a later film. I do think this would be a good addition to the genre if we hadn’t had too much rubbish before it.

Chloe is good in the leading role but the character isn’t written as strong as she could have been, while the known adult actors are clearly having the story arc to make them the villainous roles. the rest of the teens are or children are very basic never really getting time to make the impact with the Robinson struggling to make the true impact in his role. This would be an interesting addition to the world of teen young adult films but came too late into the flood of them.

 

Overall: I do feel this would have been a good addition to the young adult genre but I feel we won’t see the whole story now.

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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