The Perfection (2019)

Director: Richard Shepard

Writer: Eric C Charmelo, Richard Shepard, Nicole Snyder (Screenplay)

Starring: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber, Glynis Davies, Christina Jastrzembska

 

Plot: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: More Average than Perfect

 

Story: The Perfection starts when former musical prodigy Charlotte (Williams) returns to her mentor Anton (Weber) after spending time away to care for her dying mother, Charlotte is joined by the new star pupil Lizzie (Browning) and gets to remember the world musical academics once again.

The two start a relationship which sees them travelling around China, only for the journey to take a nightmare turn when Lizzie starts becoming sick, leading to the truth to come out about everything.

 

Thoughts on The Perfection

 

Characters – Charlotte is a former music prodigy that had to walk away because of her sick mother, once her mother has passed away, Charlotte looks to re-enter the world, turning to her former mentor Anton for another chance. Charlotte does have her own reason for returning that she keeps hidden from everybody else. Lizzie is the new biggest name in cello performing, she used to idolise Charlotte with music being the only thing that is important in her life. She does become sick which becomes the catalyst to everything that happens in the film. Anton is the mentor that has been able to produce countless numbers of brilliant celloist only his methods have never been seen until Charlotte returns. Paloma is the partner of Anton, she accepts his methods and shows that the couple are powerful in music.

PerformancesAllison Williams comes off the back of Get Out here, where she gives us a performance that is complicated to describe because certain moments are entertaining, while others are just poor. Logan Browning is the best of the cast with her role which does go through the biggest amounts of change through the film. Steven Weber gets his moments to shine, but it is too late to make a true impact in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a woman returning to the world of celloist where a sinister plan unfolds. We can’t get into too much detail without diving into spoiler territory here, we do go in directions you would expect which does please, only for it have one too many attempts to pull the rug from under the audience’s feet. We do end up going into serious themes which should be addressed on a large scale, rather than just tagged into the motivation. We also get to see the levels people will go to make themselves the star of specialist field in music.

HorrorThe horror elements in this film come from the sickness Lizzie is feeling and the motivation behind everything that happens, this sees graphic injuries once we get to them.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the public life the celloist perform in, the private house and the empty space where the biggest event changes the story.

Special EffectsThe effects here are mixed, because we have the injury detail which looks nasty in places, then we get a moment of CGI which just looks bad.


Scene of the Movie –
The sickness evolves.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Rewind.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that does have plenty going on, it relies on trying to bend what the audience sees to surprise us, only to go to the well too many times to execute it strong enough.

 

Overall: Pushes the audience just too far.

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Jude Law Weekend – Dom Hemingway (2013)

Director: Richard Shepard

Writer: Richard Shepard (Screenplay)

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke

 

Plot: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Typical British Crime Comedy

 

Story: Dom Hemingway starts as Dom (Law) is released from jail after serving 12-years, he heads straight back to his criminal friends in Dickie Black (Grant) who is planning to take him to the boss he kept quiet for Mr Fontaine (Bichir). Getting his reward for keeping quiet a crazy night partying changes everything as Dom has his money stolen and people end up dead.

Returning home Dom tries to reconnect with his daughter Evelyn (Clarke) who has her family now as Dom wants to make up for lost time. This will be the hardest challenge of Dom’s life if he accepts it or will he dive back into the criminal life.

 

Thoughts on Dom Hemingway

 

Characters/PerformanceDom Hemmingway is a loud foul-mouthed criminal fresh out of prison, he is violent and doesn’t hold out on what he thinks, no matter who he offends. You want to support him but he easy to hate with his nature. Dickie is the loyal friend that tries to keep Dom on the right path even though he has been working on the criminal line, but he does stick by Dom. Evelyn is the daughter of Dom who wants nothing to do with him. She has made her own life without him and is happy.

Performance wise, Jude Law is fantastic in this leading role, even if I didn’t enjoy the character, he does fully commit to the role. Richard E Grant gets his good moments through the film and Emilia Clarke is only a smaller part but you would feel like she would have a bigger role now.

StoryThe story follows one man needing to make up for his biggest mistake of his life, all because he believed he would get what he deserved once he was released from prison. The story is by the book and can be difficult to watch in places because of the constant swearing and you would have liked more focus on the daddy daughter relationship over the wild partying.

Comedy/CrimeThe crime world we find ourselves in is well designed because we are given an aging criminal, the comedy comes from the completely over the top character of Dom Hemmingway.

SettingsThe settings show us the two worlds Dom cold be part of and how he can’t make up for what he did in order to be the man he wants now.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good story of redemption for a criminal who lost years of his life with his actions, there is a lot of swearing which seems like it is there just for the sake of it which could turn people away from the film, but Jude Law is fantastic in this role.

 

Overall: Jude Law shines in this one.

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Terrence Howard Weekend – The Hunting Party (2007)

huntingDirector: Richard Shepard

Writer: Richard Shepard (Screenplay) Scott Anderson (Article)

Starring: Terrence Howard, Richard Gere, James Brolin, Jesse Eisenberg

 

Plot: A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Story

 

Story: The Hunting Party starts by introducing us to our extreme reporters Simon Hunt (Gere) and his cameraman Duck (Howard) who put themselves in the most extreme warzones risking their lives. In 1994 Bosnia Simon reaches his limits after seeing the slaughter of a small village. We watch how the two go very different directions Duck gets a promotion and Simon goes off the radar.

The war over in the year 2000 Duck returns with young intern Benjamin (Eisenberg) for a story when Duck gets a visit from Simon who is looking for the notorious war criminal known only as The Fox (Kerekes). The three go on the adventure to uncover the war criminal with their liaison Mirjana (Kruger) as they go for an interview which is also a plan to capture him and regain the fame and fortune Simon once had.team

The Hunting Party is a loose look at what happened with a reporter trying to get his own personal revenge on a war criminal, I think that is the fair way to look at this one. The idea that reporters locate a war criminal works to an extent but the humour comes with how none of the military force seem to care about what is happened. The three have good chemistry which all helps with all the reaction to events. The down side for this film is that we just don’t seem to get pulled in enough for what happens with the story never believing what actually happened.

 

Actor Review

 

Richard Gere: Simon Hunt is a world renowned reporter that goes to all the warzones around the world collecting stories and awards. After he has a breakdown he goes under the radar before coming back into Duck’s life to finally capture the war criminal The Fox. Richard is good using his charm throughout the film.

Terrence Howard: Duck is the cameraman for Simon who went on all the stories, after Simon’s breakdown he gets the promotion and is enjoying the safer life, while returning to Bosnia for a story he has to team up with Simon one more time for the most extreme of all their adventures. Terrence is good in this role working well with Richard.

Jesse Eisenberg: Benjamin is the young intern who gets a chance to work with Duck in and Simon which will help with his much needed experience when it comes to getting into the world journalism. Jesse showed he was going to be a big star with this role.

Diane Kruger: Mirjana is a source in Bosnia she thinks the crew are CIA and tries to help them locate the Fox. Diane seems to only be in a few scenes and we don’t seem to see enough to give her fair criticism.

Support Cast: The Hunting Party has a supporting cast that includes all the different people that the crew really met on their adventure.

Director Review: Richard ShepardRichard gives us a light hearted look at very real situation that was much darker.

 

Adventure: The Hunting Party puts our character on a dangerous explosive adventure.

Comedy: The Hunting Party is told in a comical tone throughout.

War: The Hunting Party leaves us looking at the aftermath of war and how people are still too scared to worry about what happened.

Settings: The Hunting Party takes us to the areas involved in the Bosnia civil war as we see the effects it has had on the country.
Special Effects
: The Hunting Party uses good effects when need without turning to them.

Suggestion: The Hunting Party is one to try it isn’t the most exciting but it does what it needs to for basic storytelling. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Richard and Terrence have good chemistry.

Worst Part: Slightly slow and difficult to follow.

Funniest Scene: Indian UN guy.

 

Believability: Based on the real adventure I guess it is up to us to decide what we believe to be real.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: How can they find the world’s most wanted war criminal when the C.I.A. can’t? [by actually looking]

 

Overall: Fun look at how the media think the military characters are looking into war criminals

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