Movie Review: The Ghost Writer (2010)

Politics. Not much to say about it. Part of me thinks it’s necessary and part of me thinks it’s fucking dumb (mainly because of certain moves by various politicians through the years). Basically politics is the biggest clusterfuck in our world.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Ghost Writer”.

We follow a man (Ewan McGregor) who’s been hired to go out to a remote island and help write the memoirs of former British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). However as he is writing it and gathering information he starts discovering some interesting secrets from the ministers past. And as he discovers these things, his life may be in danger. So what did I think of the plot? It was really good. The first half of the film is more of a drama that is about the specter author working on the book and such. Then we have the second half which is more like a suspenseful thriller. However, the pacing is still great thanks to an overall solid mystery feel throughout the entire thing.

The characters are all layered and interesting. Ewan McGregor gives a great performance as the poltergeist wordsmith. Pierce Brosnan is great as the slightly shady former prime minister. Olivia Williams plays the wife of the former PM in the movie and she was great in the role. The awesome Jon Bernthal also pops up a bit in the movie, playing McGregor’s friend, and he was really good. Timothy Hutton also shows up briefly and he was really good in it. I’d say that all actors did a really solid job in this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Alexandre Desplat and it was pretty great. It’s filled with energy while still being suspenseful and somewhat eerie. It has a very old school feel to it which worked very well for the movie while also being pretty fun to listen to.

This movie was directed by Roman Polanski and he did a terrific job. It’s fantastically shot and it always has an uneasy feel to it as if it’s saying “Trust no one”. And I like that, it kept me on the edge of my seat even when nothing was really happening, which just shows how talented Polanski is behind the camera (Disclaimer: I do not condone any of the criminal acts he committed and he should be held accountable, I’m just saying that he did a great job directing this movie).

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Ghost Writer” is a pretty damn good political drama/thriller. It has a great plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “The Ghost Writer” is a 9,80/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Ghost Writer” is now completed.

Ghost Rider is… “The Ghost Writer”.

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

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Guys, we are finally here… the final part in my series of reviews leading up to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. I have had so much fun with this series of reviews, especially since it gave me an excuse to rewatch all of the movie in this series I grew up with. And I thank anyone who has given each review a like and/or a comment, I really appreciate it. So… let’s get into it!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”!!! *sniffles*.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are at the final stretch. Only a few horcruxes left to defeat Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) who now possesses the almighty elder wand. And from that we get the final chapter in this huge saga. But it’s not just a big and epic war, there is still a good amount of substance to it. The plot presented to us is very fast-paced but still manages to give us some very solid drama. We even get to learn more on the backstory on a few of the characters and it really helps to give this world we all love even more depth and emotion. So it’s a very solid plot we have here.

The character are as great as they will ever become in this movie. Harry has now fully matured and become the hero and leader needed for the battle. And Radcliffe is as amazing as ever… not much else to say there. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, they were great in their roles again. Ralph Fiennes, he was great. Alan Rickman (rest in peace you awesome man) got some more space as Snape in this movie and he was absolutely fantastic. Warwick Davis got to play double roles in this movie and he was great in both. For those wondering, he played both Griphook and Professor Flitwick. Matthew Lewis got some good screen time and further got to evolve Neville. We also saw the return of the great John Hurt as Ollivander. Firstly, good to see you again sir. What’s it been? 8 movies? Jokes aside, he was really good. I’d say that every returning actor ranged from really good to great in this movie. So let’s talk about the few new additions to the cast that this movie got. Firstly we get Ciarán Hinds as Aberforth, someone with deep ties to a certain someone in the “HP” universe. Not gonna mention who because there are people who haven’t seen this yet (grrr), so I just want them to experience it. And I just wanna mention also that I didn’t recognize Hinds as this character. I seriously had to look up who played him. But I can safely say that his performance is good. The second one I want to mention is a character played by Kelly Macdonald that shows up pretty briefly. She’s important in the end and her performance was really good. All actors were really good… MOVING ON!

The music (like in the previous part) was composed by Alexandre Desplat and it’s fucking fantastic. Some of the pieces in the score really are something special. And all hte tracks in the movie perfectly fit the scenes and really helped add something to it all. And of course it was amazing hearing some of the classic themes throughout… fucking nostalgic, I tell ya.

David Yates of course directed this movie, he had no reason not to. I mean, if he did Part 1 he had to do Part 2. But enough of the jokey stuff. Was his directing good in this movie? You can bet your ass it was! It’s just as great as in the previous movie. His directing is tense and dramatic. And the cinematography by Eduardo Serra is beautiful. And the visual effects are absolutely stunning. All of these of course make for some absolutely fantastic action scenes. Let me also say that this movie made me cry. Two and a half times. Half as in one time wasn’t a full cry, only like a single tear. But yeah, this shit made me sad. *sniffles*.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% (100% if you go by “top critics” only) positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 87/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,1/10 and is ranked #223 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also nominated for 3 Oscars in the categories of Best makeup, best visual effects, and Best art direction.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is the perfect way to end this magnificent franchise. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, great directing, great cinematography, and amazing visual effects. Time for my final score. Shut up, I’m not crying. My final score for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is a 9,89/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is now completed.

This is it, the very end. And since it’s such a special occasion, I want to do something I never really do. I am asking you all a favor. Share this around social media. Friends, family, followers, pets… doesn’t matter. Just share it, let’s make a big fuckin’ deal out of this! Thank you.

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)

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Guys, we are now at the penultimate part in my series of reviews leading up to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. There’s not much else to say other than… let’s get into it!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”!

With Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his death eaters getting more and more control over the wizarding world, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) have to go out into the world (and by world I mean the UK) and find/destroy the Dark Lord’s horcruxes. And while doing this they come across the existence of three incredibly powerful items… the Deathly Hallows (Roll credits). What the studio and filmmakers did with the story, splitting it into two movies, that shit was risky. So how did it turn out with taking the first half(ish) of a book and making it into one movie? Pretty well actually. You can tell that there is some slight stretching being done to make it into a two hour and twenty minute movie, but it still has really good pacing. The plot is interesting and there are some really great moments throughout, both of the exciting and emotional varieties.

The characters in this movie have now really gone into maturity. Daniel Radcliffe, once again being absolutely fantastic as Harry who this time has to go through some of his toughest challenges yet. There are some scenes where he have to show a lot of emotion, and he just fucking nails it. Rupert Grint, knocking it out of the park as Ron. Emma Watson is also great in her role as Hermione. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix, great performance. Alan Rickman (rest in peace, you awesome man) was really good as Snape. Imelda Staunton returned for a bit to once again play Dolores Umbridge and she was great as that horrible person. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, fucking great. All returning actors were great… so let’s talk about any new additions. Domhnall Gleeson played Bill Weasley, Ron’s older brother that we’d never seen before and he was really good in the role. We also got Rhys Ifans as Xenophilius Lovegood, the father of the magnificently amazing Luna. And he gave a great performance. And we also got Andy Linden as the very shady and slimy Mundungus Fletcher, and he was really good in his role. Yeah, great characters, great acting.

The score for this movie was not composed by the one and only John Williams, nor Patrick Doyle, nor Nicholas Hooper. No, the score here was composed by Alexandre Desplat. And I think he did a terrific job with it. The score is well composed, fun, and exciting. It is really great.

David Yates once again took on the mantle of director and he did a terrific job. The movie is magnificently shot and the scenes are very well handled overall. And the action scenes in the movie, they are some of the best in the series. As an example: There is a very exciting and tense chase through a forest… yeah, it’s awesome. There are also some scenes that really touched me *sniffles* Shut up, I didn’t cry, you cried! Okay that was a lie… I cried. On a lighter note, the visual effects in this movie are fucking fantastic… just wanted to get that out there.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10. The movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best visual effects and Best art direction.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” is not perfect, but it’s still a damn good movie. It has a really good plot, great characters, great acting, great music, great directing, and great visual effects. Time for my final score. *ACCIO!* My final score for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” is a 9,83/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” is now completed.

One review left, guys… get fuckin’ hyped!

 

Movie Review: The King’s Speech (2010)

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No one is perfect. Not you, not me, not even royalty. Everyone got some flaw about them. I for one am a loud guy who laughs at his own terrible puns. And a lot of times thes imperfections can be very embarrassing. Today we are taking a look at a movie about a man with such an imperfection… only on a bigger scale.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The King’s Speech”.

This movie is about King George VI (Colin Firth). Well to be more precise the movie is for the most part set before he became George. He is supposed to be able to give these great speeches to the people, problem is he has a stammer. He tries everything to get better, but nothing works. Then one day his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) gets a tip about a rathe unconventional speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). So George starts going to Lionel to get better and try to get rid of his stammer. And so begins a long and different friendship. I have to admit, the story is a bit predictable. However, it is presented in such a way where you don’t mind it. The story is both well-written and interesting with a good dose of emotion in it. You want to see this guy succeed in giving a good speech because of how great the story is presented.

The characters are well-written, realsitic and superbly acted. Colin Firth gives the performance of a lifetime. There are so many little nuances in his body language when he plays this troubled man. And of course Geoffrey Rush is great too, I mean… he’s Geoffret frickin’ Rush. But I did enjoy all the people in the movie as they were all really well-written and really well acted.

The score for the movie was done by the amazing Alexandre Desplat. What I like about the score in this movie is that it doesn’t need to be overly dramatic and bombastic but rather is pretty quiet with mainly strings and piano being used to create this beautiful score. Sure, there are a few other instruments throughout, but the score mainly consists of strings and piano. And I love it!

Director Tom Hooper did an excellent job directing this movie with a lot of professional work behind the camera. The movie looks really good even though some people might complain that it is rather dark in visuals (Sidenote: I’m not such a person, but I acknowledge that some people will). What I also really liked anout this movie was one scene… it was fantastic. While I am not gonna spoil here what it is I can mention that it is from one of George’s and Lionel’s sessions. Those of you who have seen the movie might know what the hell I am talking about!

This movie was incredibly well-received by audiences and critics alike. On Rotten Tomatoes it got a 94% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 88/100. Roger Ebert really seemed to like the movie as he gave it 4/4 stars. And of course finally on imdb.com it has a score of 8,1/10 and is ranked #220 on the “Top 250” list. The movie also won 4 Oscars in the categories of Best picture, Best Actor (Firth), Best Director and Best original screenplay. The movie as also nominated for an additional 4 Oscars in the categories of Best supporting Actor (Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Carter), Best cinematography and Best Film Editing. 

“The King’s Speech”, while predictable has a terrific and emotional story with great peformances, a great score, great camera work/cinematography. Time for my final score. My final score for “The King’s Speech” is a 9,81/10 and of course gets the one and only “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “The King’s Speech” is now done.

Question of the day, do you know or have known anyone with a stammer?

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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I will be completely honest with you guys, I am not a Wes Anderson fan. Mainly because I have barely seen anything from the guy. Before this I had only seen “The Royal Tenenbaums” and I wasn’t a big fan. But I still decided to give this a go because I had heard some great stuff about it and it looked like a pretty good movie. I also thought I maybe should check out more movies by Wes Anderson before one of you cut my throat. So here we go!

Ladies and gents… “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.

So what is this movie about? It’s about Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) telling a young writer (Jude Law) about how he became the owner of the hotel and his adventures with the former owner Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes). The main plot around that is how Gustave is accused of stealing a painting and murdering a rich woman whom he was a good friends of. So now he has to find a way to clear his name. And from that point on the level of quirk increases to ridiculous levels and we get one of the most original and clever plots in recent years. The twists and turns this movie has really work and fit perfectly. The situations we see our heroes in are also relly fun and, again, quirky. I really enjoyed the plot of the movie.

The characters in this movie are all unique, fleshed out and highly entertaining. Which is a tiny bit surprising considering there are so many of them in this movie. But let’s start with the main ones and some favorites of mine. First off we have Gustave H. He is strict, he is weird and he is very profane and Ralph Fiennes portrayes him perfectly. He is also a very kind man. Next up is the character of Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) a.k.a. the young version of F. Muray Abraham. He was one of those guys you just liked because… he was a likeable guy I guess. And I do think Revolori portrayed him excellently even though it was only his first movie. Next up we have the character of Jopling (Willem Dafoe). Even though he had a very prominent role in the movie he is here mainly as a favorite of mine. He was a psychotic killer who was hired by Dmitri (Adrien Brody) who is a relative of the dead woman to check things out and maybe “Take care of things”. That’s really it. All the characters in the movie are great and really quirky.

The score by Alexandre Desplat (Godzilla, Harry Potter) is really good and once again, quirky. It really fit the often non-serious tone of the movie and also the serious bits as well because yes those exist. I don’t really know what to say, it was mostly orchestrations and they were all enjoyable… I have nothing else.

I really liked how this movie was directed. When we had the scenes with F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law we had these wide and beautiful shots. But when we had the flashbacks that focused on Ralph Fiennes and friends it was done in a smaller aspect ratio to sort of fit in the time that those parts are set in. He also used paintings as backgrounds in the flashback parts like in old movies. The only part of the direction that kinda bothered me was a part where there was a ski-chase that was really computer generated and not practical, it was really distracting for me.

This is a very well-received movie. A lot of people liked it, not just the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the movie has a 92% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 88/100. And on imdb.com it has an 8,1/10 and is ranked #186 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also (at the time of this review) nominated for 9 Oscars (Holy crap). Categories: Best motion picture, Best director, Best writing directly for the screen, Best Cinematography, Best editing, Best production design, Best costume design, Best makeup/haristyling and Best original score. That is a lot of nominations!

Overall “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a fun, quirky, entertaining movie with a good story, really good performances, a great score and great direction but is slightly brought down by that distracting computer generated skiing bit. now for my final score. LOBBY BOY! Thank you! My final score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a 9,01/10. It’s a fun movie that is worth buying.
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Review of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is done.

I got nothing to say.