Movie Review: We Can Be Heroes! (2002)

Time for the Summer of the Swedes to keep going. So what’s on the menu today? A children’s film? Oh fuck.

Ladies and gentlemen… “We Can Be Heroes!” (Original title: Bäst i Sverige!).

Marcello (Ariel Petsonk) doesn’t have it easy. He’s bullied by some boys in schools, and his parents (Michael Nyqvist, Anna Pettersson) try to dictate where his life is supposed to go. But when he befriends the new girl in his class (Zamand Hägg), his life starts changing in a few ways. If some of these elements sound familiar, that’s because you’ve seen other movies. But just because this film borrows cliches from other ones doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, I’d argue the story here is pretty good, with writing that takes the cliches and uses them in charming and enjoyable ways. There’s a lot of times when our main character has really vivid dreams, both in the middle of the day and during the night, which serve to not only develop him as a character, but also further the plot and also entertain. And it helps make the storytelling here feel fresh and fun. There are one or two moments in the story that maybe don’t fit too much, since they push the suspension of disbelief a bit too much, but overall I really liked the story here.

The characters in this are colorful, fun, and at times surprisingly nuanced. Sure, they all might seem like walking cliches at first. But as the story moves on, we see most of them get some decent development that makes them endearing and likable. And the cast, which features people like Ariel Petsonk, Zamand Hägg, Michael Nyqvist, Anna Pettersson, Ralph Carlsson, Pontus Stenshäll, and more, all do pretty well in their respective roles.

The music in this movie is based heavily in a lot of pop tunes, which I guess is used to help add to the overall fun tone of the movie. I’m not saying all of them 100% fit all of the time, but I also don’t think any of the tracks ruin the mood at all. The songs work fine.

“We Can Be Heroes!” was directed and edited by Ulf Malmros, and I think he did a damn good job. The way he shoots a scene is energetic and fast-paced, while still allowing for some of the more quiet scenes to nicely simmer. And man, the editing is really good too. Malmros knows when to make perfect cuts and how to nicely transition between reality and Marcello’s dreams. The craft here is really good. And since this is a comedy (despite imdb not acknowledging it), how is the humor? Fucking funny. It’s charming, it’s silly, it’s cute, it’s even a little brash at times… and most of it made me laugh.

On Rotten Tomatoes it exists with no rating. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,8/10.

“We Can Be Heroes!” had a bit of an uphill battle with me, being both from my own home country and a children’s film. But god damn, it managed to win me over. It’s a charming little comedy about finding yourself. It has a good plot, really good characters, really good performances, pretty good music, great directing/editing, and funny comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “We Can Be Heroes!” is an 8,89/10. So I’d definitely say it’s worth buying.

My review of “We Can be Heroes!” is now completed.

Things are starting to look up.

New “Death Stranding” trailer

Hello guys, it’s me again (duh). As you may know, this blog isn’t exclusively a movie blog, but I do talk about otehr thigns as well, such as TV and video games. Well, now it’s time to talk about the latter of those two once again.

So the 2016 game awards has given us a new trailer for “Death Stranding”, the mysterious new game by legendary video game director Hideo Kojima.  During E3 earlier this year we got the first trailer for the game, and that shit was some of the weirdest and most cryptic stuff ever. And now that we have a new trailer that might shed some more light on it all… not really. We open up beind a man who seems to be running through a war zone of some kind. We then soon find out that this man is… Geuillermo Del Toro? Okay, what the fuck? Anyway, moving on. Del Toro seems to be carrying some weird thing which we soon find out is a baby in a weird pod… okay? He then enters a tunnel where he faces some soldiers. Then one of the soldiers takes off his helmet and it turns out to be… Mads Mikkelsen? And then logo. All of this while we get to see some surreal shit. Yeah, I don’t know what the fuck to say. This is weird, but also really intriguing. Kojima is known for some odd stories, most of them turning out pretty great. So I am of course excited to see what all this is. And I’m also really excited because the game will star Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen. Yeah, this shit is bananas and I am interested to see what else can come out of this. While no official date has been set, the game will most likely be released at some point in 2018.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited for “Death Stranding”? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy(?) the trailer.

Movie Review: Metallica Through the Never (2013)

Metallica Through the Never

Bands play at concerts, and sometimes said concerts can end up on DVD/blu-ray. That’s really all I can put here as intro. MASTER!!! MASTER!!!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Metallica Through the Never”.

Trip (Dane DeHaan) is a young man who also happens to be a roadie for Metallica. And during one of the band’s concerts he gets sent out on a very urgent mission. What would at first seem like a cakewalk soon turns into a surreal and dangerous adventure. And as we go through the movie we jump back and forth between Trip’s mission and the concert. And let me put it like this… the concert is badass and engaging. However, Trip’s little adventure usn’t really as great. I know it’s not the biggest focus of the movie, but you can tell that the filmmakers really pushed for it to be a thing, so I will therefore judge it. I’d like a bit more of an explanation to the things happening. Sure, surrealism rarely ever explains itself, but I feel like something could be done to explain all the weird things happening to Trip. I was never truly invested those parts, and I think they could have been handled much better.

Dane Dehaan, despite saying like three or four words in the entire movie, is really good in´his role. Yeah, he’s the only one you could really judge from a performance standpoint. Unless we’re including the stage performances by the band, because in that case we got some incredible stage performances from the band who still got it despite having been at this for 30+ years. Really, they are as engaging as ever in this. Yeah, that’s what I could say here… moving on.

The music in this movie can be a divider for people. If you don’t like Metallica, then you’re gonna hate the music in this movie (but you knew that from the title of this movie). But if you’re a fan of the band (like I am!) then yeah, the music is fucking awesome. I did love the music here, but maybe that is because I have a slight bias since Metallica is my second favorite band of all time. But to be honest, when we followed Trip and his adventures while the band was playing… the music fit very well with the chaotic and odd things we got to see.

The movie was directed by Nimród Antal and he did a terrific job. From the concert footage to Trip’s adventures, the movie looks fucking gorgeous. The shots are very well done and the editing is very well handled. The movie is really a visual treat. I also want to mention that there is some CGI in the movie and it looks pretty good.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

If you’re a big fan of Metallica, then “Metallica Through the Never” is kind of a must watch. As for my opinion on the entire thign, it is definitely interesting. It has an interesting if slightly clumsy plot, a really solid performance from Dane DeHaan, some fantastic music, and some great directing. Time for my final score. MASTER!!! My final score for “Metallica Through the Never” is a 9,12/10. So I’d say it’s worth buying… at least if you’re a Metallica fan.
Worth buying

My review of “Metallica Through the Never” is now completed.

You know what’s funny? The movie is called “Metallica Through the Never”, but at no point do they play the song “Through the Never”… MASTER!!! MASTER!!!