DC Comics have decided to go down a different route again and compared to anything done before, Joker was surprisingly grounded.
The film is set in the 1980s era, there is the slight sunniness of Gotham city, which slowly darkens and the subway scenes give the grimness a different colour. During the course of the film you do see the city changing from some level of peace to utter dystopia.
We follow Arthur Fleck (Joker) played by Joaquin Phoenix who already seemed mad, descend in on himself in a psychotic way. He wants to be a stand-up comedian and gets his chance. His actions not only make a fool of him but puts his life in danger. We fellow Arthur back at his home were his mother is not in the best of health. Home live revolves around the TV where the pair watch a popular talk show hosted by Murray Franklin (played by De Niro) who is some what of a hero to Arthur and later gets a chance to meet him.
The slow but well-paced structure of the film works well with the background music. However I never quite felt the intensity grow too out of control. There are aspects that are thrown out there, what I would call Easter-eggs and homage to Tim Burton’s original 1989 Batman movie.
I did enjoy the film, if I said anymore I would be giving it away. I am not sure if action junkies will like this. But I am going to give a score of 4 out of 5.
When I was in Los Angeles in March I was with my brother at a café in Abbot Kinney Blvd, as soon as we had finished we came out and started speaking to two people who just turned up there in a taxi.
One was a girl who was a video blogger from New Zealand, the other was a film director also from New Zealand. This director went by the name of Shae Sterling and said in a few months that his film Alien Addiction would be showing at the London film festival at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.
Well, sometime later! When I was back home in London I got myself a ticket online to go see the film.
It was an interesting film, it started off very B movie with the introduction of the main character and his friends mouthing rather crass humour. The intro also supplied overhead drone video capture of a quite scenic peaceful part of the world.
For me the film didn’t really start until the introduction of the aliens as they crash land to Earth. Enter two aliens rather reminiscent of the film Coneheads with Dan Aykroyd. They came with some device that could convert objects to a smokable substance. It got even weirder when the aliens started to convert shit, smoking it and getting high. I couldn’t quite get my mind around this trip, but it did make me laugh.
The next part of the film was an investigative reporter obsessed with alien hunting. He and his companion find and try to capture the aliens, but his already failing reputation takes a hit. No need to say anymore, you will have to watch the movie if you want to know the ending which has a bit of a twist.
After the movie finished there was a Q&A then I went over to say hello Shae Sterling remembered me and gave me a big bear hug.
Having not gone to the cinema in a while I decided to choose Equalizer II. I wasn’t disappointed, it was a good movie, I wouldn’t call it a great movie know. Again we are back with Mr McCall, brooding, angry, but with a smile. The same gags seem to have continued from the first film, however I felt the ebb and flow of the first film made that a really good film. I like the way the characters developed in the first film, there was also a mystery about the main character.
We start off on a train to Istanbul, a little interchange about a story of kidnap, then straight into the action. Then it’s straight back to America with half the audience none the wiser of what just happened!
At times there are good interchanges between Denzel Washington characters approach to situations and people. At bad times, the film seems to ponder too much at points which leave you a feeling of boredom.
And the main story? Well, I didn’t quite understand why his past army buddies were killing off old friends. There seemed to be this massive plot hole which leaves you thinking.. “What the fuck just happened to get here?”
The lack of back story in this movie doesn’t help at all, the first film in the series didn’t matter so much as that left you with a void of wanting to know more. Now we are at a situation where Antonie Fuqua who did such a good job with the first film has let the audience down with a lack of explanation to what just happened.
There was nothing wrong with the action and the final part of the movie was excellently filmed in the sweeping stormy weather. It’s worth a watch if you have seen the first film, however I am only going to give this a score of 2.5 out of 5 due to the massive plot holes!
I finally got round to watch the film Gravity with Sandra Bullock because I thought it was suppose to be good as it had loads of awards. I personally thought it was terrible! It was like the Blair Witch Project in space, it didn’t port well on TV for me. And nothing really happened than bad luck for the main character! The mix of music didn’t help, if they had chosen better, it could of been more impacting. Nobody to greet her when she finally arrived on Earth.
I was so bored by it, don’t know how many people really like this or not! I’ve done this before, the critics liked the film Black Swan and I thought that was horrible too. I am trusting the critics less and less now.
Next to the first Iron Man film I would have to say this is one of the best Marvel films I have watched. Seeing a perfectionist fall from grace and rise up again is nothing new to film entertainment. But the style and grace in which Scott Derrickson brought this comic book character to the big screen felt right. Benedict Cumberbatch was an excellent choice for the role, his on-screen chemistry, short sharp canny jokes, the way he holds himself, tall with regal strength. These are the qualities which the Doctor Strange character is known for.
There is obviously a greater picture about Marvel’s version of Earth than we know of, this film represents a multiverse theorem, changing the dynamic yet again.
Stephen Strange a brilliant doctor, although helping people he seems to have an arrogance about himself. Set in his ways up until a car crash that destroys his hands that made him such a brilliant physician. This then sets him on a journey to search for a cure to repair his hands, this in turn leads him to the Ancient One and a new way of life.
I am not to sure about the makeup of Ancient One, Tilda Swinton who played her didn’t quite look right. I also considered her to be the weakest actor, she didn’t project that well on screen.
After what seems like a quick study session, Strange is tested when the Ancient One dumps him on Everest and told him he has to make his own way back. It wasn’t long afterwards till the bad guys come back and rain havoc.
If I told you anymore I would be giving the whole film away. This film is visually stunning, however it does seem to borrow elements from Inception and The Matrix which does take a little bit of the originality away. The music score by Michael Giacchino was another element that brought the film to life, I could easily add the soundtrack to my CD collection as I thought it was that good.
You are also treated to the best after the credits Easter-egg ever in my opinion when what you thought was a good guy turning bad. I am looking forward to the second film now.
I highly recommend seeing this in the cinema on the big screen.
4.5 out of 5.
If you haven’t seen it, this is a video released on YouTube in 2013 which is a 10 minute short. I was very impressed with the feel of the film the way you have an external view of a super hero. There is a cold unknown, leaving you with questions. A very old-school approach to movie making. And now we have Sony who are going to develope this into a full length feature in 2017. Enjoy.
Very often trailers give away too much information and this is another case. In fact I would have to say that the trailer for Suicide Squad gave away some of the best jokes in the film. It overcooked a film before I even saw the dam thing. So this is why I probably feel a little let down.
After Superman vs Batman you expect darker elements, the gothic, the twisted and the dam right crazy. But by today standards this feels tame in many regards.
After the introduction of each character and hearing a bit about their backstory the film throws you in head first into an urban battle with what looks like more undead! The camera does like Margot Robbie aka Harley Quinn. Is it me or do they keep focusing on her ass. And a very nice one at that.
As for the all the other characters they just seem to fade in and out, leaving only Will Smith playing Deadshot who holds the film and the crew together. The only time you get down to a human level is when they are all in a bar for a break. Was it needed? They didn’t seem to work that hard for it!
So the bad guys are the good guys, the good guys are the evil guys and the really evil guys, well… They seem to have about 10 to 15 minutes of screen time and then they are killed off. I enjoyed parts but felt that they could of done a lot better job with the material they had. The script writers should be put in the facility where the crooks came out of.
Visually the film was impressive, I enjoyed each music track they implemented and they were well placed. I have to give credit to the makeup and costume department these people know what they are doing. Just a shame the direction of the film couldn’t have been better. Jared Leto was a good fit for the Joker, I might of preferred a film base around him. However for what we have I will give the film 2.5 out of 5