Detective Pikachu (2019)

Director: Rob Letterman

Writer: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) Satoshi Tajiri, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Nicole Perlman, Ken Sugimori, Junuchi Masuda, Atsuko Nishida, Tomokazu Ohara, Haruka Utsui (Original Content)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Suki Waterhouse, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Karan Soni, Rob Delaney, Kathryn Newton

 

Plot: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Cuteness Can Only Get You So Far

 

Story: Detective Pikachu starts when Tim Goodman (Smith) a young man living in a small town where he is content with his job not wanting to leave like most of his friends, until he gets news of his father’s death in the big city. Once in the big city Tim meets a talking Pikachu that was his father’s partner and the two go in search for answers to what happened to his father and why Pikachu can’t remember a thing.

 

Thoughts on Detective Pikachu

 

Characters – Tim Goodman is the young man that once dreamed of being a Pokémon trainer, he has settled with the idea of insurance for his job, his mother died when he was young and his father has become distant. When his father is killed in an accident, Tim travels to the big city in search for answers and closure only to find himself involved in the big mystery with a new Pikachu partner. Tim feels like a character that is trying to connect to the audience of the people that once loved Pokémon that got hit by life as they grew up. Pikachu is the partner of Tim’s father, only for an unknown reason he can talk to Tim, he is snappy his lines which sees him trying to remain confident as he wants to learn what he happened to his partner and his memory. Lucy is an intern that dreams of being a reporter, she gets the heads up on the story and starts diving into trying to solve the story with Tim. Howard Clifford has built the city where Pokémon and humans can work together and is involved in a power struggle with his son for his company.

PerformancesJustice Smith is the stronger performer in this film, he does show the held in grief his character is feeling, while showing his character is on the verge of coming out of his shell. Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to Pikachu which does work for the most part, he gets the jokes, while handling the serious moments too. Kathryn Newton is strong, though it would have been nice to see more from her character. Bill Nighy is one that brings the calming presence to everything being the typical brains for change into the world.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that teams up with a talking Pikachu, to figure out what happened to his father only to learn about a bigger conspiracy that is going on in the world. The story does easily take a back burner for large amounts of time because we want to focus on the cuteness of the Pokémon. We do get a standard investigation story, which is meant to have twists and turns along the way like all mystery films. We do cut over smaller stories around the supporting characters which disappoints in Lucy’s mostly. We do get a few moments that just don’t make sense though because they go against other rules created in the film.

Action/Comedy/Mystery/Sci-FiThe action sequences are fun to watch which are mostly Pokémon battles which look brilliant, the comedy is fun enough, though we did get most of the best moments in the trailer. The mystery is everything you would expect without being anything new or need to be. The sci-fi world created shows us just how the human and Pokémon can live together in one world.

SettingsThe film creates a wonderful location for the big city which looks nature throughout the scenes there, outside the big city we get to see how the Pokémon would live in our own world.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are truly amazing, to create the world which sees Pokémon living next to humans, everything looks nature when they appear on screen.


Scene of the Movie –
The Pokémon in life.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The story is pretty basic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun easy to watch film about Pokémon, it gets everything it needs to right without trying to test the audience with the lengths of the story.

 

Overall: Fun and Over Cute.

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Love, Rosie (2014)

loveDirector: Christian Ditter

Writer: Juliette Towhidi (Screenplay) Cecelia Ahern (Novel)

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton

 

Plot: Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Poor When Harry Met Sally Rehash

 

Story: Love, Rosie starts as we meet Rosie (Collins) on what should be the happiest day of her life, she looks back on her friendship with Alex (Claflin) who she has been friends with since they were 5. We start the flashbacks when they are 18 and the two have a drunken kiss on her birthday before both going their own direction when it comes to the dance.

Alex goes off to America to study at Harvard, while Rosie finds herself pregnant and keeping her baby, keeping that a secret from Alex. When the secret comes out the twos friendship stays strong with Alex living the life of luxury in America while Rosie raises her own daughter Katie back home.

As the years roll by the twos friendship has its up and downs like any relationship before we learn where the two find themselves having separate lives but being the go to friend when they need someone but this could be that they are cover up their own feelings for one another.

 

Thoughts on Love, Rosie

 

Characters/PerformanceThe Rosie character represents people who believed they had the perfect life planned out, only for something to change it in a completely different direction, one they are happy with but not the one they dreamed off. Alex is the best friend who can never announce his love but I do feel we needed to learn more about the life Alex lives other than just the women his dates. Ruby is a scene stealer in the best friend role and every time you see her you know there will be a laugh.

Performance wise I did feel that Lily Collins struggled to start with but she did grow into the role nicely, Sam Claflin is good in these romantic comedies, where he might not be the best at the comedy but knows how to get a laugh. Jaime Winstone does make us laugh the most through the film while the girlfriends Alex have seemed too beautiful to be part of this story.stars

StoryLove is a story we all like to watch unfold and this story filled with almost moments for these two comes along nicely as we have been there with the person we think could be perfect for us when they are not available missing our chance of that love. I did find myself enjoying this movie more than I thought I would.

Comedy/RomanceWe don’t have silly over the top comedy instead we get nice gently nods to comedy which I did like in comedy. The romance is mostly about who you could be with and knowing how you do love someone you can’t be with.

SettingsHere is where I have the biggest negative for this film, I couldn’t put my finger on where the film is set, I got told it is set in Ireland but everyone gets called English, and I also didn’t understand why Alex was always in night when talking to Rosie when it should be the other way around, I think.genre

Final ThoughtsI did like how this looks at miss loved between two people that are clearly meant to be.

 

Overall: I did enjoy this movie but I can see why the fans of the book don’t enjoy it.

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The Bad Batch (2017)

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour (Screenplay)

Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, Giovanni Ribisi

 

Plot: A love story set in a community of cannibals in a future dystopia. In a desert wasteland in Texas, a muscled cannibal breaks one important rule: don’t play with your food.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Stylish Sci-Fi Horror

 

Story: The Bad Batch starts as Arlen (Waterhouse) leaves her facility heading into the dystopian wasteland to fend for herself, but it doesn’t go well because she gets captured by cannibals who take an arm and a leg off her for food. Arlen isn’t going out without a fight though because she fights her way out before getting rescued by the Hermit (Carrey), who takes her to a friendly community.

5 months past and with a fake league passed onto her Arlen continues to explore the wasteland when she can until she finds a person from the area to which she kills her but takes in the child with them Honey (Fink) back to Dream’s (Reeves) compound, which drives Miami Man (Momoa) into his own journey in search for his daughter. When Miami Man and Arlen team up in the wasteland we learn that both sides of the battle are not as similar as we might think.

 

Thoughts on The Bad Batch

 

Characters – Arlen gets removed from the facility she was raised in to fend for herself in the wasteland. She doesn’t do to well to start with but she does show the fight required to survive in after having her arm and leg taken by cannibals. We follow her through the wasteland and the communities that are at war with each other. Miami Man is one of the cannibals, his daughter gets taken which forces him to need to work with Arlen to get her back even though he is at war with the community she is part off. The Dream runs his community, he keeps his people happy even if it involves them having to take drugs and he becomes somewhat of a cult like leader. This wasteland is filed with colourful characters for us to watch Arlen meet.

PerformancesSukie Waterhouse is great in this leading role through the film, she shows the strength even when her character has an image of looking damaged. Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey both show they are enjoying smaller roles in films where they can still shine even just for a moment. Jason Momoa is great too showing us once again that he will be around for plenty of years.

StoryThe story puts us into a dystopian world where our leading lady must learn quick about the sides she can or can’t trust. It shows us how not every first impression is the right one and that we can have a wild adventure with colourful characters in a wasteland. The story does have a feel of how Turbo Kid without all the nostalgia behind it too.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror side comes from the inclusion of cannibals in this sci-fi world which dysphonia world we enter.

SettingsThe world we are using look fantastic with the dystopian future that we don’t need to learn why it is in the state it is in.

Special EffectsThe effects are all practical and are used excellently to show Arlen after what happens to her in the opening sequences.


Scene of the Movie –
The shock value of the opening capture.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The film does feel slightly too long for the story it is telling us.

Final ThoughtsThis is a stylish sci-fi horror that fits the world we are thrown into perfectly even if the film can feel longer than it needs to be.

 

Overall: If you want a sci-fi horror that is filled with style this one stands out this year.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

prideDirector: Burr Steers

Writer: Burr Steers (Screenplay) Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Novel)

Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Lena Heady, Matt Smith

 

Plot: Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with pressures to marry wealthy gentlemen, as well as protecting themselves from a growing population of savage zombies.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pure Fun

 

Story: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starts as we see Captain Darcy (Riley) who is a hunter all off those who could have become infected with y zombies, he has his ways to detect them before they hurt anyone else. Role the opening credits which explain how we have entered into a world where zombies have been living between them and the worlds have been separated.

Of course what would a Pride and Prejudice story be without the Bennet family, so time to introduce them Mr Bennet (Dance), Mrs Bennet (Phillips) and children Elizabeth (James), Jane (Heathcote), Lydia (Bamber), Mary (Brady) and Kitty (Waterhouse) who have all been trained in combat but also looking to find themselves a worthy husband.

When Elizabeth meets Mr Darcy the two clash on whole they will battle zombies with Jane potentially have been bitten with the Bennet household become overrun with zombies? Enter in the rest of the potential husbands Mr Bingley (Booth), George Wickham (Huston) and Parson Collins (Smith) who all come over as combat opposites to the Bennet girls.

We continue to follow Elizabeth as she is dealing with the idea of finding the right husband while learning the horrifying truth about who is behind the zombie infection, never knowing who to trust.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a spin on the classic novel that I have never read or seen the original material so my judgement has no bearing on what might have come before. I did love the how this span what could be considered a romantic based story with the added zombie factor. I did like how they made the woman the strong characters involved in the film. This isn’t overly serious but I guess you don’t want to see that this time around. We get to see plenty of gore throughout which is all fun without forgetting to handle the social standing the characters have to go through.

 

Actor Review

 

Lily James: Elizabeth Bennet is one of the famously known Bennet daughters, she thinks different to her sisters as she wants to find the man she loves to marry rather than be married off by her parents, she is an expert in combat in a world overrun with zombies. She rejects all the men that come her way even though she has found a way to attract the attention of Mr Darcy as the two clash before she learns who he really is. Lily is good as the kick ass socially on top lady trying to find her husband which is Lily shows can handling both sides of the story.lizzy

Sam Riley: Mr Darcy is the mysterious man who hunts zombies, he will take no mercy on anyone who has been infected, he comes off social awkward as he is made out to be the bad guy before we learn his true story and he tries to win Elizabeth’s heart. Sam is good in this role showing he works for the time period and can handle the action.darcy

Bella Heathcote: Jane Bennet is another one of the sisters who has grabbed the attention of Mr Bingley, she will back her sister in any combat to make sure they are both safe. Bella is good in the supporting performance.jane

Jack Huston: George Wickham is a fellow soldier who has history with Darcy in the past, he is well-spoken when it comes to his story and is the reason why Darcy is considered a bad man but he has alternative motives. Jack is good in this role where he shows the signs of the villain while coming off as the hero.

Support Cast: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has a large supporting cast that all do well in this film with Matt Smith stealing most of his scenes.

Director Review: Burr SteersBurr gives us a great fun romantic horror movie that takes us into the world of 19th century England and zombie filled world.

 

Action: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has plenty of zombie killing action through the whole film.

Horror: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies throws zombies into this classic tale which works to add horror to the mix.

Romance: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps the romantic story as our female characters are looking for a husband but Lizzy will only follow her heart.

Settings: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might get us confused where each scene takes place keeps the time period looking like the part needed.
Special Effects
: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has great effects to create the zombies and zombie kills through the film.

Suggestion: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is one to try because I feel the fans of the original material might struggle to enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: War Battle where Lizzy finds Darcy.

Worst Part: The settings are difficult to keep on top of.

Funniest Scene: Matt Smith is hilarious

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: Early on in credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

 

Overall: Fun twist on the classic tale

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