“You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.”

Exciting review today folks, Spectre has just landed, I watched it last night and am ready to review.

So, as we already know, Daniel Craig stars as Bond, Ralph Fiennes plays M after Judy Dench’s character’s tragic death in Skyfall (hallelujah!). Our villain is the awesome Christolph Waltz and our Bond girl this time is the lovely Lea Seydoux. Along with Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, it makes for an awfully good-looking cast I must say. Sam Mendes returns to direct Spectre after Skyfall and does a darn good job of it.

Without saying too much and spoiling it for ya’ll, the Double O service is in trouble with a higher government organisation trying to shut them down and, at the same time, Bond comes across an evil organisation which must be stopped. I shan’t say any more.

The Beginning:

There’s so much to look at with a Bond film, so I’ll start with the beginning; the opening fight sequence. This takes place in Mexico on the Day of the Dead. Awesome costumes and music appear as we go through the festival with long, smooth takes. Bond is cool and casual as he seeks out his victim and from there, violence and action escalate. I enjoyed the opening scene, some people say it’s the best yet; I wouldn’t say so but it’s definitely up there with the best. What I didn’t like about it was the naff CGI background when Bond is fighting with the baddie in a helicopter, we’d have long shots showing the helicopter in mayhem but when it cut to inside the helicopter it just looked a tad fake.

The Score:

Next, onto the opening titles which are always a big deal. When Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” was released a few weeks back, I hated it. I thought there was no way that it lived up to the standard of other bond theme songs. But, with the added sleek visuals, it really worked. But I’d never listen to the song on its own, it needs the visuals (soz Sam).

The Production:

The film is shot and edited beautifully as you’d expect with a Bond film. Gorgeous locations which very much make me want to go on holiday. Pretty cars which I know nothing about except that they’re Aston Martins and that they look and sound cool. One unfortunately ends up in the bottom of a river, but life goes on. The music still has that classic Bond trumpet twang about it but it felt darker this time, giving the film more of an edge.

The film’s full of high power, tense car chases and fight scenes which we all love. Some of the fighting’s a little cliché but all Bond films are a little like that I suppose.

Performance:

Acting was top-notch as per usual. Dan delivered the stubborn, arrogant but kick-ass Bond that we all love. Lea was a pretty cool Bond girl I must say; she made the character really feisty and headstrong which I liked. Mr Fiennes offered some comical moments as a stern M. I love Ben Whishaw’s portrayal of Q, he’s young and funny and brings a fun light to the Bond films.

I am such a big fan of Christolph Waltz, but wasn’t overpowered by his character. Yes he’s dark and evil, but compared to our last villain in Skyfall (Javier Bardem as Silva), he’s a little dull. Evil, but I just felt like there could have been a bit more depth to him.

Go see it:

The film is awesome don’t get me wrong but I just wasn’t ecstatic when I came out of the cinema. I’d rate it 8/10 … It just needed a bit more of a thrill in the narrative to bump it up to a 10. But a very good film overall.

Check out the trailer:

If you’ve seen Spectre, let me know what you think!

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‘Sit down man, acclimatize’

I managed to get to the cinema at the weekend, hallelujah. “What film did I see?” I hear you ask … Everest is your answer.

Going to start this review off rather boldly, this film is a 10/10, no question. It’s sublime.

Let’s get down to the deets of this review. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, it stars Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin to name a few. All filming takes place on mountains in different locations around the world.

The narrative is based on the real life events of 1996 where a climbing expedition attempting to reach the top of Everest gets caught in a horrific storm. If you see it, I’d recommend reading up on the actual events afterwards; the story is captivating and harrowing.

Acting is top-notch in this film, Keira does a highly convincing Auzzie accent and had me in tears more than once. She plays Joan, the wife of expedition leader Rob and is preggers so can’t join the expedition. She shot all of her scenes in 6 days and did a damn good job of it.

Jason Clarke is our main man, who plays Rob, the expedition leader. His character is strong-willed throughout the film. Jason’s performance is faultless. Jake Gyllenhaal … awesome, as always. He plays a hippy/adrenaline junky mountain climber called Scott. He’s not in every scene but he adds so much to the ones he is in.

Josh Brolin’s performance really stood out for me, his character is Beck, the confident, slightly big-headed guy who is really a softy deep down. Brolin shows the torturing journey Beck goes through and the strength and Will of Beck is honourable.

What I liked about this film was that it wasn’t a good guys vs. bad guys up a mountain blockbuster. It relates a series of unimaginable, true events; you root for all of them because they all are in need of saving. I was so tense during the whole film and this was heightened knowing that it’s all true.

The film is so naturally made, by that I mean everything looks real, it’s not fake. For example Josh Brolin’s character Beck is hanging over a crevasse on a ladder at one point. The shot is real, not green screened or highly edited like a lot of films would do. It’s shot like a documentary which it is at heart but has the emotion and drama to make you connect and feel for each character.

THIS FILM IS AWESOME, I can’t explain enough how good it is. It drained me of everything and left me so weak that I had to refuel and have several plates at an all you can eat Chinese afterwards. Seriously, go and see it.

‘It’s just crazy that we were talking about slasher movies in Language Arts’


Hello lovelies, I have something a little different for you today….

I bring you my first Saucy Series review. Exciting times we live in. I am one of those people who will sit in bed for hours/days binge watching a series on Netflix. I’m not ashamed because I’ve seen some awesome stuff. In particular Scream, the series I watched this week.

This is a Netflix Original series so if you don’t have Netflix I apologise, you can’t watch it, but you never know it may be in some dark corner of the Internet for you. It’s based on the Scream movies but has been modernised and I have to say it turned out pretty well in my view.

What it is:

A YouTube video goes viral in the small town of Lakewood which acts as a catalyst to a stream of teenage murders based on a horror story from the town’s past. It revolves around our main G, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), who is highly caught up in the twisted plot and must save herself and her friends before they are killed. Dramatic stuff.

The series is currently only one season long, I’m hoping for more. It’s hella’ gory so if you’re not into that I don’t recommend this just to let you know know.

What I liked about this series was that it’s ultra modern but still has all the aspects of a classic horror movie. For example a lot of the drama and chaos is caused through technology which is creepy because it could feasibly happen.

All the characters are awesome in their own way; sometimes they can be a tad melodramatic but we can look past that. My particular favourite was Maggie Duval, Emma’s mother (played by Tracy Middendorf); she gives a great performance as a mother but also as someone wounded and haunted by her past.

It wasn’t easy to guess who the murderer was throughout the series, my guess changed a few times which is good because you’re kept in the dark so it’s just as big a reveal to you as it is to the characters at the end. It’s full of jump scares and tense/eerie music and slick editing to make us terrified like the characters. I, on more than one occasion, had to have it on mute to lighten the fear I was feeling.

There’s a lot of blood in this series and it all looks natural on the whole. It’s shot well in a really nice setting too.

Some reviews that I’ve read say it’s better than the original films, I’ll let you decide that for yourself. I loved the series so much that I watched it in about 4 days. It’s seriously worth a watch, an awesome horror series.  I give it an 8/10 rating.

Here is the trailer to get your taste buds tingling:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qqzgSjZQlLo