Movie Review: White Boy Rick (2018)

Don’t do crimes.

Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.

Ladies and gents… “White Boy Rick”.

Detroit, the 1980s. Teenager Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) comes from a broken home. But soon he finds himself on quite an interesting rise, as he starts getting involved both as an FBI informant and a drug trafficker. So now we have our crime-drama. The premise of it all I find highly intriguing, and there are some decent moments and ideas going on throughout the movie. But looking at the package as a whole, it feels quite underwhelming, with the script, while not bad, feels severely underwritten. The writer’s should’ve probably done another draft or two to truly flesh out a lot of the storytelling, because as it stands, it doesn’t quite reach the dramatic heights it sets out for. And this makes it often feel a lot more boring and uninteresting than one would want a fascinating premise like this to be.

Much like the story, the characters in this story suffer due to the undercooked script. I can see what the team were going for with all of them, but they never quite get far enough to make ’em that compelling. Richie Merritt plays Richard Wershe Jr, the young man at the center of the story. He’s the closest we get to a compelling character, as he gets the biggest arc of the bunch (probably due to his status as “protagonist”). And Merritt is okay in the role. Next we have Matthew McConaughey as Richard Wershe Senior, the father of our main character. He’s a bit of a hick, while also trying to be a decent dad. As said before about other things: Good idea, mediocre execution. At least McConaughey gives a really good performance. We also get supporting work from people like Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, and more, all doing pretty well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Max Richter, and it was really good. Richter’s a talented composer, and he managed to bring some really compelling synth/piano goodness to the soundscape of this movie. It manages to take scenes that are mediocre at best, and manages to make them alright. There’s also a few licensed songs used throughout, and they work fine I guess.

“White Boy Rick” was directed by Yann Demange, and I think he did an okay job with it. There are scenes in the movie that I think are really well directed, but then there are also scenes that I feel are a bit drab in execution. Again, it’s kind of a mixed bag in execution, which unfortunately really brings me out of the experience. There are scenes where Demange’s directing truly shines, and I applaud those moments. But there are times where it dips too, which is a shame.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 59% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 59/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,4/10.

“White Boy Rick” has some decent elements to it, but in the end is a disappointment. It has an undercooked story, less than compelling characters, good performances, really good music, and okay directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “White Boy Rick” is a 4,78/10. So despite some bright spots, I’d recommend skipping it.

My review of “White Boy Rick” is now completed.

Mustache McConaughey.

Movie Review: The Dark Tower (2017)

Right up front, I adore Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” books. They’re epic, unique, engaging, and just awesome. So I was worried about the series being adapted to film. Then the trailer came out and it looked like shit. But now we’re here, reviewing it. Comparisons to the novels are inevitable, but I will do my best to not rely on that stuff. Try to judge this on it’s own. So here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Dark Tower”.

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has been having dreams/visions of a strange land filled with strange stuff. And one day he finds an actual portal to that world. There he meets Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), AKA the gunslinger. And they meet up to try to find and stop the evil wizard known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) from destroying the one thing holding all the universes together… The Dark Tower. So now we have our adaptation. And it’s not a direct adaptation of any of the books, but rather mixes the stories of all of them into one thing. And it feels quite messy. Cramming a ton of stuff into a 90-minute runtime. So you get a rushed mess that has stuff from all the books, but only feels very surface-level. And even if you take the books aside for a second, it still feels rushed and messy. And not very interesting. At best the plot is meh. But for the most part it is not good.

The characters here show potential to be interesting, but never reach that full potential for me (at least I didn’t dislike them, I guess). Idris Elba plays Roland, a gunslinger. Quick lesson: A gunslinger is a sort of guardian who has sworn to protect Mid-World and the Dark Tower. And Roland is the last of the gunslingers because someone (the Man in Black) was a dick. But you can see some history with him and that there’s some pain behind those eyes. But they never go and fully develop him. But Elba is really good in the role. Tom Taylor play Jake Chambers, the young man who gets visions of Mid-World and Roland and all the shit going on with the Dark Tower. He gets some backstory, and you get a decently clear idea of who he is as a character. And I didn’t hate him, he was probably the most well developed character here (even if it’s not full-on development). And Taylor was really good in the role. Matthew McConaughey (alright, alright, alright) plays the Man in Black, the big threat to Mid-World, our world, and all worlds that are connected by the Dark Tower. He’s a wizard of sorts who can tell you something and you do it. He’s like a less interesting version of Kilgrave from “Jessica Jones”. And while McConaughey is clearly having a lot of fun in the role, his performance isn’t great. It’s average-ish. The rest of the actors in this movie range from fine to good. Serious waste of Jackie Earle Haley in this.

The score was composed by Tom Holkenborg (AKA Junkie XL) and it was okay. Bit generic, often reminded me of “The Da Vinci Code”. It’s not bad, but nothing stuck out to me as great or memorable. Most of it is just fairly typical stuff. Takes cues from action, horror, emotional drama, and more in the various tracks. It’s overall… fine.

This movie was directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and I think he did an average job. It’s clear that this movie was rushed into production, so a lot of the less than stellar stuff in direction and such might not be his fault. There is almost no tension here, and the movie looks really generic. For one of the most unique and interesting fantasy franchises, the adaptation sure looks bland. Admittedly there are moments in this movie where I had fun with some of the action. Mainly in parts where action gunslinging was happening, I kind of enjoyed those bits. But there’s also some action here that leaves no impact and just comes off as… meh. Let’s also talk about the visual effects. Some of them look good, and some were kind of bad… distractingly so. It’s kind of like what I said about the plot… messy.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 16% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 34/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,7/10.

As an adaptation of Stephen King’s books, “The Dark Tower” isn’t good. As a movie on it’s own, it’s slightly better but still not that good. Good things include a couple of performances, the character of Jake Chambers, and a couple of action moments. But the plot, most other characters, the music, and directing/cinematography/action range from meh to bad. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Dark Tower” is a 4,65/10. I didn’t want to dislike it… but I kind of did. I’d recommend skipping it.

My review of “The Dark Tower” is now completed.

I didn’t wanna dislike it. I wanted it to be good. *sigh*. At least I can still read the books.

Movie Review: Reign of Fire (2002)

Dragons. The coolest of the mythological creatures (aside from the Unicorn which is the most badass motherfucking thing ever), a fire-breathing lizard living for destruction. They’ve been used in countless books, movies, shows, and video games. And they will continue to be used for years to come because… well, because dragons are awesome.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Reign of Fire”.

The world has gone to shit. Twenty years ago, dragons rose from a deep slumber underground. Now in 2020 dragons pretty much rule the world and the humans are close to extinction. And we follow Quinn (Christian Bale), the leader of a group of survivors in England, trying to simply survive. But their way of life takes a bit of a turn when a group of Americans led by a man named Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey) arrive. And we follow them as they try to not get killed by dragons. So now we have our post-apocalyptic plot. And is it any good? Yeah… far from flawless, but definitely better than I expected. For the most part it’s an enjoyable and interesting action plot, putting a cool spin on the post-apocalyptic genre. Where the flaws come in is with how the plot is reaching for something more than just a simple action plot. You can tell that they’re trying to reach for a more dramatic and emotionally layered plot, but not being able to grab on to it. So it is brought down by trying to reach for something that they can’t quite reach. But overall it is pretty good.

The characters in this aren’t the deepest, as a matter of fact I didn’t care about them too much, but they were interesting enough that I didn’t want them dead. Christian Bale plays Quinn, the leader of a group of survivors. He’s smart, kind, and tough, making him a somewhat compelling character. And Bale is really good in the role. Matthew McConaughey plays Van Zan, the leader of the Americans that Quinn teams up with. He’s a badass crazy person, and McConaughey chewed up a good amount of scenery here… in a good way. Izabella Scorupco plays Alex, an American helicopter pilot traveling with Van Zan. She’s tough but still has a more vulnerable side (making her somewhat interesting), and Scorupco is good in the role. Gerard Butler plays Creedy, the comic relief/exposition-y best friend of Quinn. And despite not being a great comic relief/exposition-man, Butler is still likable enough that I thought he worked decently in this movie. Really, the cast in this movie is good and they all did well here.

The score for the movie was composed by Edward Shearmur and it was quite good. It was big, badass, haunting, and kind of epic. The only (small) problem I have with it doesn’t come so much from the composition, but ut rather has to do with the implementation of it. While it helps elevate certain moments throughout the movie, it is a bit on the loud side, often drowning out things that should be louder than it… like tanks, and helicopters, and dragons. Again, it’s a small problem that doesn’t take away anything from it, but I thought it would be worth mentioning.

This movie was directed by Rob Bowman and I think he did a pretty good job. The movie has a very drab color scheme, but overall his shots do look pretty good. And let’s talk about the dragons… holy shit, they look fantastic, especially for 2002. The CG looks great and the dragons are very well implemented into the world, giving them a very real presence. Which leads me to the action scenes in this movie (which all involve dragons!). They’re the best part of this movie. They manage to make the action scenes with the dragons very tense, badass, exciting, and feel like they have weight to them. It’s not just a dragon shooting some fire and that’s it, oh no. They really show the destructive force of these overgrown Draco lizards (google it). And it makes the dragons feel a bit more real and a bit more terrifying, which is great.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 40% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 39/100. Roger Ebert gave it 1/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

While far from a great movie, “Reign of Fire” is a surprisingly enjoyable action flick. It has an okay plot, okay characters, really good performances, great music, and really good directing (and those dragons, man!). Time for my final score. *roar*. My final score for “Reign of Fire” is an 8,56/10. So while quite flawed, it’s worth buying.

My review of “Reign of Fire” is now completed.

BIG DWAGON.

We finally have a trailer for “The Dark Tower”

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. 

So we finally have a trailer for “The Dark Tower”, the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series of novels. So what’s it all about then? Well, it’s about Roland (Idris Elba), the last gunslinger, who has to find the titular tower and also stop the man in black (Matthew McConaughey). And Roland has to do this with the help of a boy named Jake (Tom Taylor). That’s the basic plot of the first novel titled “The Gunsliner”, which seems to be the book they’re using as main inspiration for this movie. So what do I think of this trailer? Yeah, I’m not a big fan. I fucking love the books and would love to see a great adaptation of them… but this doesn’t look like it would be it. I know that certain liberties have to be taken when adapting a book to a screen… but this doesn’t look right. This looks like typical Hollywood stuff. I know that the weirdness of the novels would be hard to market to the general public that hasn’t read them, but this just looks stereotypically Hollywood and I’m not okay with that… at least not for “The Dark Tower”. I was already skeptical of the movie, and this trailer doesn’t help it in the slightest. “The Dark Tower” is set to be released in August of this year.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited about “The Dark Tower”? And if you’ve read the books, what do you think about them? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer.

The Dark Tower trailer was released on the internet, and Markus complained about it.

Movie Review: Frailty (2002)

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As all of you probably know by now, we recently suffered a great loss. Actor Bill Paxton unfortunately passed away at the age of 61 due to complications following surgery. I can’t possibly know what his family is going through right now, and I give my most sincere condolences to them. Not only is this a great loss for his family, but also for the entire movie/TV industry. Paxton was never one of those actors that really sold thousands of movie tickets, but he always gave it his all. He is one of those actors that always brought a smile to my face. Even when he played a bit of a dick (See: “Nightcrawler” or “True Lies”), I liked him. And it’s not really until the news of his death reached me that I realized how much I loved him as an actor. Deaths of good actors/musicians/authors/entertainers always suck, but this is one that actually hurt. So in honor of this great man, I have chosen to review a movie of his that I hadn’t seen yet.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Frailty”.

One dark and stormy night (I shit you not), FBI agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) finds a man (Matthew McConaughey) in his office who wants to talk to him. The man tells the story of his father (Bill Paxton, R.I.P) who apparently got visions from god, compelling him to hunt down people who were “demons” and to then destroy them. And through most of the movie we see a flashback to the time when the man was young and experienced his dad doing these things. And I’m not gonna lie, I thought it was a really solid plot. Through most of the movie I sat there wondering if the guy actually got told by god to do these horrible things or if he was just a fucking loon. And I loved how it managed to keep it like that throughout. There was also a lot of good suspense to the plot too, which made it even better. Yeah, this movie has a creepy/disturbing plot that is pretty great.

The characters in this movie are all pretty interesting. Bill Paxton knocks it out of the park as the dad. His performance got layers to it. You can tell that his character isn’t just making up bullshit excuses so he can kill people, the man really believes that he’s doing the right things. Gives layers to the character. McConaughey is alright, alright, alright in this… admit it, that joke was funny. But seriously, he does a good job here. Matt O’Leary and Jeremy Sumpter plays Paxton’s two kids in this movie, and they are really good in the movie. And Powers Boothe is of course pretty great too. Yeah, the acting here is really good.

The score for the movie was composed by Brian Tyler and it was really good. Sure, it never does anything particularly original, his score does take cues from a lot of horro/thriller scores (not jumpscare cues, mind you!), but it overall sounds really good. It’s ominous, it’s creepy, and it fits the movie perfectly.

This movie was the directorial debut of Bill Paxton, and I got to say that I’m really impressed. His directing here is slow and very tense, which makes for some pretty great scenes. The movie also looks really good. I wouldn’t say that it’s one of those “Wow, this is gorgeous” movies, but it does look good.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“Frailty” is a surprisingly great horror/thriller. It has a really good plot, good characters, great performances, really good music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Frailty” is a 9,80/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Frailty” is now completed.

Rest in peace Bill Paxton… you will be sorely missed.

 

“The Dark Tower” has found it’s stars

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It seems like movie castings has become a thing on my blog considering I talked about some recent Marvel castings this weekend and now I am talking about this. But you see, I talk about things that interest me in some way… and this is a major one.

“The Dark Tower”, Stephen King’s magnum opus has been rumored to be getting a movie adaptation for some time now and for a few months it has been confirmed with Danish director Nikolaj Arcel helming it. Hell, at one point it was even in the hands of Ron Howard, but he obviously dropped out as director. But now it seems we are one step closer to seeing this grand adventure show itself on the screen because we now know who will play the hero and the villain of the movie. It looks like British actor Idris Elba, known for roles like DCI John Luther in “Luther” and Heimdall in the MCU, has bee ncast as Roland Deschain, the main character of the series. And for the villain, known as the man in black, they got Matthew “Alright, alright, alright” McConaughey. Now this casting is kind of interesting since the character of Roland has always been shown as a white guy in most pieces of art related to the franchise, so you’d almost assume that role would go to McConaughspace. But nope, it went to Heimdall and I am actually okay with that because he’s a great fucking actor. Now I have read all seven of the books in the series (not counting the spin-off set between books 4 and 5) and there are some parts that comes to mind when thinking about how they are gonna handle it. I will not spoil anything because I highly recommend that you go and read the books, but I will say that there are pieces of recurring dialogue that relate sort of to race, so I am curious how they will handle that. I am also curious who they will cast in the other important roles. I am honestly really hoping that they cast Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean because that would just be perfect.

So what are your thoughts on this matter? Are you looking forward to the “Dark Tower” movie? Leave your answers in the comments below.
Have a good one.

 

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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HIV is a scary disease. People get it, it evolves into AIDS and then they die… well that is how it used to be. Now you can get treatment, maybe not to cure it (because that shit is impossible) but at least make sure you get a whole lot of years that you wouldn’t have gotten without the treatment. But the fact that the disease still exists and at large is still scary as all hell. But as long as you stay away from used needles, having unprotected sex with people who have the disease and make sure the doctors get GOOD blood for you if needed then you should be fine!

Buyers… “Dallas Buyers Club”.

Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a womanizing, drug loving, homophobic cowboy-esque man. But one day he finds out he has full-blown HIV/AIDS and only has 30 days to live. So of course he tries to do everything to stay alive with different kinds of medication… some not approved by the FDA. What also happens is that he together with his new friend Rayon (Jared Leto) he starts a “Buyers Club” where people pay for a membership for all the AIDS medication they need. And with that we got ourselves an interesting and somewhat heartbreaking story. Seeing this dickhead (Yes, that is what I am calling him) start helping people he’d never associate himself normally was really interesting. It was also really interesting seeing him fight the system and get this unauthorized medication to people who need it. I really enjoyed the story.

The characters all feel like real people in this movie. Yes, I know they are based on real people, but that is not the point. What I mean is that they are shown in such a way that even if they never existed from the start, they still would have felt very real in this movie. Let’s get the obvious out of the way, Matthew McConaughey was fantastic in this movie. I barely recognized him in the movie… except his very recognizable voice. And Jared Leto… holy shit! He was fantastic in this movie. Now of course I already knew he had some acting chops with movies like “Fight Club” and “Requiem for a Dream”, but none of those performances reach up to the level of this one. It was fantastic! Overall, every single character and performance in this movie was great.

The strange thing about the music for the movie is that there were no original tracks by any composer. It had a lot of tracks by some different bands/musicians, including Jared Leto’s band 30 Second to Mars. Not to complain, the tracks were all great and were used to great effect in their respective scenes. I just kind of miss having any composer to credit. But I still enjoyed the soundtrack.

While the direction and shot composition of the movie was good I feel like it could have been a bit more steady and les hand-held. I know I just threw that at you, but that is something I had to get out. The movie would have been slightly improved if it had a more steady camera. That is all I wanted to say here… NEXT!

This movie was very well-received when it came out in late 2013. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 93% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic the movie has a score of 84/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10. “Dallas Buyers Club” also won 3 Oscars in the categories of Best Actor (McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Leto) and Best makeup and hairstyling. It was also nominated for an additional 3 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best editing and Best Original Screenplay. 

“Dallas Buyers Club” is a movie with a great story, terrific performances, great writing, good direction and good music. However it could use a slightly steadier direction/camera. Now it’s time for my final score. JEFF! ENVELOPE! What? The FDA does not approve? Get it here anyway! Thank you, asshole! My final score for “Dallas Buyers Club” is a 9,59/10. It does get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Dallas Buyers Club” is now reviewed.

Maybe I should start my own buyers club, but instead of medication it would be… I don’t fucking know!

Movie Review: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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As much as I love thrillers, I have never been the biggest fan of courtroom thrillers. I don’t know, maybe I have never seen that many great ones. I’m not saying I hate every courtroom thing, I mean, I really liked “Primal Fear” and I do really like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, but I haven’t seen that many things that has kept my interest. But today we are taking a look at a courtroom thriller that people apparently liked. So let’s find out what my opinion is!

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Lincoln Lawyer”.

This movie follows defense attorney Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) as he is tasked to represent young rich man Louis Roulet (Ryan Philippe) in a case where Roulet has been accused of raping and beating a young woman up. But as Mick digs deeper into the case things stop looking so straight forward. Sound like a pretty straight forward legal drama, right? Well with that assumption you are correct, but at the same time you’re wrong. The plot has a few pretty decent twists to it that makes it even deeper and better than what it looked like. Of course none of the twists to it are as great as the ones in “Primal Fear”, but they are still really good. It was entertaining seeing Haller go through the case and figure stuff out together with his friend/investigator Frank (William H. Macy). I can also mention that there were a few moments throughout the plot that actually kept me a bit on edge, good job movie!

The characters were all well-written and well-acted. The character of Mick Haller was slick, witty, clever, really smart and just slimy enough to stay entertaining. And Matthew McConaughey played him perfectly. To be completely honest, this is probably the best I have seen from Ryan Philippe. To be fair, I have only seen him in pretty mediocre and even terrible things, so it was nice seeing him take on a more serious and well-written role. And I do think every actor gave good performances in this movie.

The score by Cliff Martinez is a score that I thought was great. It helped build suspense in a lot of scenes by being very sort of sneaky and not blast out at you and be stupid. There were also a lot of licensed tracks used in the soundtrack to help fit the style of the movie but also help set the mood for the Los Angeles environment the movie was set in. It also helps that the music used in the movie was for thee most part in my tastes and therefore helped keep my attention throughout with music that I could enjoy.

This movie is based on the first book in a series of books by author Michael Connelly. To be honest, I have never read the original “Lincoln Lawyer” book… I have actually never read anything by Connelly… maybe I should. But I can however say that this movie looks really good. It uses a lot of swift direction and camera work. I also enjoyed the direction of the movie with how stylized it is. I would even say that it is about as sylized as “Drive”. Now I am not comparing the two (Sidenote: I do however think “Drive” is the better movie of the two), it was just fun. It got even more fun when I found a few more things that connected the two and that is what I am gonna do now (Sidenote: My review, I can do whatever I want). Both movies are set in Los Angeles, both came out in 2011, both are stylized as fuck, both the character of Mick Haller and the character of the Driver have some kind of connection to car(s), both movies feature Bryan Cranston in some way and both movies have the song “Nightcall” by Kavinsky in the soundtrack. Enough of that, let’s move on.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 63/100. Roger Ebert seemes to really like the movie as he gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a 7,3/10.

“The Lincoln Lawyer” is a courtroom thriller with a good and suspenseful plot, great performances, a great soundtrack, stylish and swift direction and some good twists. Time for my final score. And here we go. My final score for “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a 9,74/10. So of course it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “The Lincoln Lawyer” is now completed.

For the ladies out there… Yes, Matthew McConaughey does take off his shirt in this movie.

 

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

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You may not be aware of this, but I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan. I think he is a fantastic director with a keen eye for good direction and how to make movie I wll like. Hell, his movie “Inception” is honestly in my Top 5. So when I heard he was making anotehr movie I was of course stoked. And now it has arrived…but what did I think of it? Is it worth seeing or did Nolan finally make a piece of shit? Let’s find out!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Interstellar”.

This is the story about farmer simply called Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who lives a semi-quiet life with his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy), his son Tom (Timothée Chalament) and his father in law Donald (John Lithgow). But one day that changes when he has to go into space to find a new habitable planet since the resources on earth are dying. But he doesn’t go alone, oh no. He got the help of an elite team made up of the people Amelia (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi). And out there they will use a wormhole to find a new planet to save humanity…ish. Sounds like pretty standard sci-fi stuff right? Well there is more to it since you know, it is a Christopher Nolan film. Yes the premise is simple enough but the final product is a lot more complex… and I really really liked it. I thought Nolan managed to direct the story with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting while at the same time keeping pretty straight forward…ish. To some people the story will probably get too complex and therefore they will not enjoy it as much as I did. However it is not perfect since there are a few moments (Not gonna spoil ’em) that made me call out a little convenience bullshit on them. But overall the story was good.

The characters are mostly good but not all get full backgrounds and motivations. But they are at least all consistent with one thing… they are all very well-acted! The actors in this movie all do a tremendous job in their roles and that hightens the movie quite a bit. The most interesting character in this movie is of course Matthew McConaughey. Not only does he give and Oscar worthy performance but he is also well-written and got a good motivation to why he does this job… to help his family. The character I found the least interesting (which is weird) was Anne Hathaway. Don’t worry, her performance was good but her character was simply not that interesting to me. But overall here when it comes to characters and acting in this movie I was pleased.

I don’t have to tell you that the music is great because you already knew that since it’s done by Hans Zimmer. But I guess I have to motivate a little why I liked it. The music not only felt big and epic in lack of better words but it was also very dark and eerie and really gave a sense of isolation and detachment. The music was fantastic and I loved it. I will probably try to buy the soundtrack when it comes out.

Another thing I probably don’t have to tell you about is the fact that the visual effects in this movie are fucking spectacular. I really got the feeling like I was part of the movie in those scenes (Even though I didn’t see the movie in 3D). And this is something I have to admit everytime it happens… I cried about two times during this movie. No not from the beautiful effects, no not from the surprising comedic moments in the movie but from things that made me simply cry. Ya know, things that were kinda sad. Of course I will not spoil them here but I still felt like telling you. Also, don’t look up anything about it since you might get a few spoilers about plot and certain characters.

I know this movie just came out but I can still tell you how it’s reception is (At the time of this review). On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 72% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. And finally on imdb.com it has a 9,2/10 and is ranked #22 on the “Top 250” list.

This movie got a good story (With a few conveniences), good characters with great acting, a fantastic score by Hans Zimmer, fantastic visual effects, surprisingly good humor and a good sense of how to keep me interested… keep it complex and dramatic. And yes, making me cry is an achievment of it’s own. So now I am ready to hand out my final score. Sooooo, my final score for “Interstellar” is a 9,78/10. This movie is terrific and therefore deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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My most anticipated movie of the year, “Interstellar” is now reviewed.

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Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Movie based on something that actually happened are often a hit or miss. A lot of ones I have seen have been hits (Walk The Line, Argo, Schindler’s List etc.). So when I heard about this supposed “over the top but real” movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio it raised my curiosity quite a bit. Especially since this was yet another collaboration between DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. So I took a look at it, and here is my review of it.

People, the biography of a man containing such great actors as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau and many more talented people…The Wolf of Wall Street.

This movie is set in the 1980’s or something. It tells the story of young to-be stock broker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is on the rise on the infamous Wall Street. He becomes one of the biggest and greatest stock brokers ever and starts doing all kinds of drugs, sleep with hookers and just be a rich fucking ass-hat. The story is delivered with such energy and awesomeness that it feels really well done and dare I say it…good. But that is to be expected in a Scorsese movie…well, for the most part.

I’m gonna be completely honest and say that the characters are fucking awesome. They are so well acted (Yes, even Jonah Hill) that they feel alive and really, really good. Sure, they can be over-the-god-damn-top sometimes, but that is why they are so entertaining to see in this movie.

The soundtrack for this movie is like I said about the previous entries on this review…great. It is a great mix of good songs. It is mainly songs that are fairly easy to dance to, or at least follow the rhythm and have fun. So yeah…it is great.

The reception for this movie was pretty much off the fucking charts. A lot, and I mean A LOT of people liked this movie. Unfortunately Roger Ebert had passed away before the release of this movie. IT would have been interesting to see what he would have said about it.

After saying all this good shit about the movie, then you probably expect me to give it a good score. And you would be correct on that note. My final score for “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a 9,3/10. This movie is THAT GOOD and deserves to be seen and even bought (when the DVD/Blu-Ray is out).

The Wolf of Wall Street has now been reviewed by me.

I’ll see you soon enough!