Month: March 2015

Into the woods

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracy Ulman,  Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Chris Pine Released: 24/12/2014   The acclaimed stage production about wish fulfilment in fairytales gets the big screen treatment by Rob Marshall. Marshall, no stranger to musicals having directed several including Annie (1999) and Chicago (2002), brings together well-known musical actors Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp, with lesser known (but still surprisingly good) talents James Corden, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine. Into the Woods is an interesting fairytale adventure, weaving the stories of Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk into the main storyline of a lowly baker and his wife, who are on a quest to remove a curse. Fascinating themes of parenthood, responsibility, and the moral consequences of getting what you wish for are nicely touched on throughout the film. The musical genre is filled with “themed” films: Hairspray touched on the sixties; Mama Mia involved Abba songs, and Chicago was set in the roaring 20’s. Into the Woods remains true to its Broadway roots with a lot of the dialogue and monologues being delivered in song, for example the opening number ‘Prologue: Into the woods’. While most of the songs don’t have very individual sounds there are a few standouts. In...

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Cinderella (2015)

Critic Chat: CinderellaIn this case the glass slipper fit perfectly. I will admit I went into the movie expecting very little. I left wondering what happened and why did I enjoy it so much. I knew going into it the cast was pretty solid. With Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother, Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother that’s a pretty good start. Each were excellent in their roles. I was familiar with Cinderella herself, Lily James from Downton Abbey and the Prince, Richard Madden from Game of Thrones. Both were very charming and had great chemistry together. Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger were also great together as the stepsisters. The cinematography was beautiful and I loved the little throwbacks to the Disney cartoon. Surprisingly, it was funny and the story moved along at a great pace. I highly recommend it and I would watch this over the animated...

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Chappie (2015)

 Artificial intelligence is something which is still up for debate in the real world. Yet, in the world of fiction, like the movies, this concept can be obtainable. This is proven to a bigger potential than with the recent movie “Chappie”. Director Neil Blomkamp proves once more that society has failed to overlook a simple idea, despite the dangers it might present us with. The movie is a good effort in providing action with robots, yet there are some problems that are fluctuated in the feature. “Chappie” offers something more towards artificial intelligence, and that is giving a robot a personality. The story involves a future where the police force of Johannesburg, South Africa have enlisted the help of advanced robotics to take down the toughest criminals in the area. One day, one of these robots gets seriously injured, and is scheduled to be demolished, a scientist named Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) comes with the idea to use an artificial intelligence program to give it a personality. Unfortunately, Deon is captured by thugs who want to use the robot for criminal purposes. The program is a success, and the robot gets a name: Chappie (voiced by Sharlto Copley). Now, Chappie must discover the difference between right and wrong, as well as trying to avoid another scientist named Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) who wants to destroy him for personal gain....

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