Author: Jake Kelly

Gifted review: A sweet spoonful of sentiment

    Directed by Marc Webb of 500 Days of Summer and Amazing Spiderman fame, and starring Chris Evans and young newcomer McKenna Grace, Gifted is a movie about an uncle trying to raise his math prodigy niece and give her a normal life when his strict mother comes looking for custody. This movie is basically the type of small budget mid range movie that the big Hollywood blockbusters have almost made extinct. A movie that poses the question, could the next Einstein be afforded a normal life. Safe to say this movie was pretty much everything I was expecting it to be, but also better than I thought it would be. The direction from Webb is pretty standard, nothing riveting but he manages to tell a good,heartfelt story. Far from the mega budget, CGI heavy blockbusters he got caught up in over at Sony, perhaps Webb is more suited to this smaller scale of storytelling more akin to his debut film 500 Days of Summer. The film is emotionally manipulative at times and almost tumbles into cloying territory, but is held up by likable characters and some top notch performances. Two of which come from Chris Evans and McKenna Grace. Evans has owned the role of Captain America and you can see shades of that in here as Evans has completely as an actor from one of the...

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The Mummy review: A Monster Miss

It baffles me how Universal was so confident in this movie, the first in their planned “Dark Universe” of the old Universal monsters, that they slap the Dark Universe logo onto the start of the movie. They plugged the expanded universe before showing a single scene, character or actual monster, this sets the precedent for what was to come. A reboot for the 90’s Brendan Fraiser led Mummy series (not too sure if many people were asking for one), Tom Cruise plays an army soldier Indiana Jones type who gets on the wrong side of a Mummy played by Sofia Boutella unearthed in the Middle East. If that sounds like a fairly loose plot that’s because this movie struggles to have any inkling of a coherent story. This film has a screenplay that was written by no less than five different people and that shows throughout the film because the screenplay is awful. It feels like each writer threw something into the mix and didn’t bother to make sure it fit with anything else going on. It is next to impossible to connect with any of the flimsily written characters that cant go anywhere beyond some of the most boring cliches. Tom Cruise tries at times but even his movie star charm is lost in this terribly executed mess. Annabel Wallis plays one of the worst written female characters...

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Wonder Woman review: How DC got its mojo back

Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman marks the first time a woman has directed a superhero film and the first female led superhero movie of any kind in twelve years. Coming off the heels of an introduction in Batman vs Superman that almost stole the entire movie away from its two titular heroes, Wonder Woman succeeds in becoming not only the best female superhero movie ever (which in all honesty is not too difficult considering how low the bar was prior to this film) but also the best DC movie since The Dark Knight. This movie is not only a lot of fun but also uplifting and in terms of moving the genre forward its an incredibly important film. Telling ¬†origin of Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot), from her childhood on the Amazonian paradise of Themyscira to her arrival into the world of men during the first world war. She fights alongside handsome American spy Steve Trevor played by Chris Pine as she attempts to defeat the god of war Aries who she believes is behind the war, unaware that it may reveal a truth about her that she doesn’t even know. This movies biggest strength is how well it develops its main character, Wonder Woman is a complete badass in this movie. When you have a character like Wonder Woman it can be easy to just make her this...

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