Great Expectations (2012)

Director: Mike Newell

Writer: David Nicholls (Screenplay) Charles Dickens (Novel)

Starring: Toby Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins, William Ellis, David Walliams, Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter

 

Plot: A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

 

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Verdict: Classic story

 

Story: Great Expectation starts as we meet the orphaned boy Pip, living with his sister and brother in law Joe (Flemyng) a blacksmith raising Pip to be his assistant. After Pip learns of a better life he dreams of becoming a gentleman in London after spending time with Miss Havisham (Carter) and her own orphan Estella.

Now a young man Pip (Irvine) gets to move back to the city after an unknow inheritance, so leaving his family and friends behind, Pip gets to start on the road to becoming a gentleman. Pip finds himself needing to learning the hierarchy of the wealthy as he also wants to know who gave him the chance to become one of the gentlemen of the city and even after his childhood sweetheart Estella (Grainger) returns to his life, love takes over his life.

 

Thoughts on Great Expectation

 

Characters/PerformancePip is a young man who dreamt of being a gentleman in London, but achieve this he must learn a new way, forget his past and even find himself wondering about who put him in a position of power while dealing with love. Magwitch is a prisoner that Pip helped at a young age and a man that comes back into the life to learn the truth about the past. Miss Havisham is a lonely woman left heartbroken after being conned and left at the alter, she has been teaching Estella about the ways of the man, teaching her to never love. Estella is the young woman that Pip falls in love with when they are children and no as adults doesn’t believe she has a heart even though Pip wants to love her.

Performance wise, we have a very impressive cast that all give us wonderful performances fitting into the period piece that this film is.  

StoryThis is one of Charles Dickens classics tales and one I was unfamiliar with, so I thought I would give it a go. This story shows the social hierarchy during the early 19 century, this is one that has forbidden love, revenge and a position of what would be the right thing in life. I do feel this is one story people should be enjoy even if this might not be the best version.

RomanceThe romance side of this comes from Pip falling for Estella and is left wondering if he could fall in love during a time when status would put people together.

SettingsEach setting makes us believe we are in the time the film is set whether it be the small marsh like area of the city of London.

Final ThoughtsClassic story and one that goes in a direction you could only find yourself wanting to know more about.

 

Overall: A must watch for classic literature fans.

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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

legoDirector: Chris McKay

Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington (Screenplay) Seth Grahame-Smith, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster (Story/Creators)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate

 

Plot: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

 

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Verdict: PG Suicide Squad?

 

Story: The LEGO Batman Movie starts when Joker brings together every villain Batman has face to try and take down Gotham City once again only for Batman to save the day with the Joker escaping. We follow Batman in his lonely life in his Bat Cave and Wayne Manor with Alfred his loyal butler.

When Gotham gets a new commissioner in Barbara Gordon she wants to work with Batman to actual catch Joker and the rest of the villains locking them away once and for all. Batman must learn to work in a team and learn that he needs the Joker in his life while he adopts Dick Grayson.

 

Thoughts on The LEGO Batman Movie

 

StoryThe story focuses on how Batman lives a lonely life hiding from commitments while still having to take on the villains in the city. This does end up being slightly too serious in places which doesn’t work for me because we must deal with elements most Batman movies never have. Through the film, we do get plenty of references from every Batman through the years which we do get to understand for all generations.

Action/Adventure/ComedyWe do have plenty of action going on through the film with the adventure that Batman must go on. The comedy is very much hit or miss for me with plenty of laughs coming from references previous outings that not everyone would understand.

CharactersBatman is always a popular choice for the leading character but this version does feel almost too serious when he is alone, he does have laughs but he is very hit or miss, The Joker works in places and has good chemistry with Batman while Robin, Barbara and Alfred all become the family Batman never had. I feel most of the cameo like characters get extras laughs which all come off well if you understand their references.chracers

SettingsThe settings are nearly all in Gotham city with the references to location the character would find themselves in.

AnimationWe always have flawless animation throughout the film which you would expect to see from the studios now.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is fun and can be enjoyed but I do feel if you miss the certain references you might not understand.

 

Overall: Fun, but too many misses in the jokes.

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

kuboDirector: Travis Knight

Writer: Marc Haimes, Chris Butler (Screenplay) Shannon Tindle, Marc Maimes (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rooneey Mara, Matthew McConaughey

 

Plot: A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

 

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Verdict: Beautiful Animation

 

Story: Kubo and the Two Strings starts as we see the show a young boy Kubo can put on for the local town where he shows a battle between his characters and the evil Moon King.

When Kudo breaks one of the rules he ends up outside at night where a world he has never experienced before has taken over. Kudo must find his father’s armour to stop his grandfather the Moon King from taking his other eye. Kudo has to go on his own adventure where his charm Monkey and Beetle must travel across the land to defeat his Grandfather.

Kudo and the Two Strings is a beautifully shot animated adventure tell that plays into the fantasy world of magic. We get to see how the adventure gives Kudo a chance to grow and defeat his enemies in the world with friends that take the roles of mother and father figures in his life. We do get plenty of traditional style behind the story which does make us believe the world we are entering.

Kudo is a brilliant look at how a young child can escape into the world of fantasy going into an adventure with pure innocence to become the hero he wants to be to his parents. Monkey is fun as the mother like character which is over protective of Kudo while Beetle is fun in his clueless way of just being the protective warrior figure a father would be. This is easily one of the most beautiful animation of the year that I think can be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

Overall: One of the most beautiful animations ever made that has a story with a real heart about it.

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Schindler’s List (1993)

schnidersDirector: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Steven Zaillian (Screenplay) Thomas Keneally (Book)

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz

 

Plot: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

 

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Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: Schindler’s List starts as we see the early stages of World War II in Poland where German Oskar Schindler (Neeson) uses this to his advantage by moving to Poland to start his own business with a Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern (Kingsley) where he gives the Jewish people jobs during their exile by the Germans.

Oscar’s business is challenge when the German concentration camps start taking his workers with Amon Goeth (Fiennes) merciless leading the execution of the Jews in Krakow. Oscar has to conduct himself like a business man through this horrific time as he tries all he can to keep as many Jews alive against near impossible odds.

Schindler’s List is always going to go down as one of the hardest films to watch because of the subject matter, but it is also one of the most important films to watch. The film shows the brutality of holocaust during World War II. The fact that this is a true story shows us just how incredible the risk Oscar took to save as many as he could. The direction is flawless the acting is flawless it is hard to say a single bad thing about this movie.

 

Overall: One of history’s most incredible stories shown in full emotional impact.

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Jeff Goldblum Weekend – The Prince of Egypt (1998)

princesDirector: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells

Writer: Philip LaZebnik (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talent) Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Martin Short

 

Plot: An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

 

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Verdict: Wonderful Story

 

Story: The Prince of Egypt starts in the traditional story as we see Moses as a baby floated down the river by his poor mother who wants him to have a future. Moses finds himself in the hands of the pharaoh Seti where he becomes the brother of Rameses. Growing up together the two have brotherly rivalry while both disappointing their father.

When Moses learns his true identity from his real brother Aaron and sister Miriam he starts to learn how Seti captured and force his people into slavery. Moses starting a new life as a shepherd gets a message from the burning bush to return to Egypt to bring down his former brother Rameses and let his people go and the rest well you know is history.

The Prince of Egypt tells the story of Moses leading the slaves of Egypt to freedom from the tyrant like leader. This is one of the most famous stories from within the Bible and I do believe that it could easily be in the top 3 most memorable and with this we get the amazing story of how one man challenged a pharaoh without turning to violence but instead turns to faith to win his battle for what is right. This is my favourite story from the Bible and this show each element of that story very well.

 

Character Review

 

Moses: Moses was raised within the royal family of Egypt taught to believe in Raa but when he learns his true identity he leads the revolution to free his people from slavery from his brother. Moses brings the 12 plagues of Egypt with him and is easily on of the most iconic character from within the Bible. Moses is always a character that comes off interesting because his story is one of the most famous from the Bible and this show his characters change when he learns the truth.

Rameses: Rameses is raised as the older brother of Moses and always destine to take of the leadership of Egypt as the future Pharaoh. He always wants to supporting Moses even with his new belief but when he challenges his position as ruler the brotherhood is thrown into turmoil. Rameses is always considered the villain of this story and it is true he is but he is also very misunderstood as he is following what he has been taught from his father.

Tzipporah: Tzipporah becomes the wife of Moses when he escapes his life and she stands next to him during his revolution within Egypt. Tzipporah comes off like a strong character early on but soon get forgotten when it becomes Moses versus Rameses.

Miriam: Miriam is the sister of Moses who has witnessed his freedom granted but is waiting for him to lead their people to their freedom. Miriam feels like she is going to be an important character but in the end just becomes a supporting character in this story.

Support Characters: The Prince of Egypt has a supporting cast that doesn’t turn into a heavy amount of comic relief which other animated films have done but instead the characters whose lives have been affected by the slavery.

Director Review: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon WellsThe directing team puts together a fresh look at the iconic story from within the Bible.

 

Animation: The Prince of Egypt has great animation which shines when it comes to all the plagues going on as well as the ma landscapes scenes.

Family: The Prince of Egypt is a story I would imagine school kids would hear and is one that the whole family can enjoy.

Fantasy: The Prince of Egypt is a story that does have elements of fantasy which all come through the story.

Musical: The Prince of Egypt has songs that show the tone of each scene they are being used in near perfectly.

Settings: The Prince of Egypt throws us into an Egypt we could only imagine for the ancient time.
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: The Prince of Egypt is one I do think everyone should watch because of the story it tells. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The first child plague is haunting.

Worst Part: If you don’t believe in religion you might not enjoy.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 1 Oscar for Best Original Song

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline:  The Story Is Forever

 

Overall: Beautiful telling of the iconic story.

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