“There’s evil in the wood”

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As it’s a dark rainy evening, I thought I’d watch a super scary horror film on my own. Tonight I’m reviewing The Witch, which came out in 2015 and soon to be released on DVD.

The Details:

  • Written and directed by Robert Eggers
  • Genre: mystical, period, horror
  • Running time: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R

The Plot:

In the 1630’s, New England was torn apart by fears of witchcraft. A family is exiled from their village and have to make a life for themselves in the wild. They struggle to grow enough food to support themselves which begins to split the family and things go further downhill when the youngest child Sammy goes missing. From there dark and spooky things occur.

The Acting

I didn’t know any of the actors which is quite refreshing as I wasn’t comparing the actors to previous roles.

Anya Taylor-Joy plays Thomasin, the eldest child in the family. I really enjoyed her performance; sometimes people go too hammy and OTT in horror, but Anya’s portrayal is just right. Her accent is excellent and she ranges from the subtlest hints of emotion to fully fledged outbursts. A really talented actress and I hope she goes far!

Ralph Ineson plays William the father of the family. Ineson portrays a very gruff and moody character who is desperately holding onto his faith whilst his world falls apart. He really makes the role believable and was my favourite actor within the film.

Kate Dickie plays Katherine, the mother of the family and brings the hysterical element to the film and left me with chills after some scenes. Also Harvey Scrimshaw who plays young Caleb is also a really memorable performance.

The Soundtrack

I loved the soundtrack to this film. It’s really haunting through the use of discordant choral singing and strings. It really heightened the sense of fear and the unknown. So many small sound effects are also used in the film and the simplicity of them creates so much tension – I love it!

The Production

I thought the production of this film was ace. It was really interestingly shot with such good use of lighting. The editing was spot on, the tension and fear is created by slow reveals and giveaways which was done expertly!

The Review

I did really enjoy this film. It’s vibe  is a bit like The Crucible, with the spread of hysteria and fear about witches. But in this film there is actual cause for fear which adds to their hysteria. It’s also like A Field in England too as it’s eerie and freaky. Quite a few times I jumped really badly and did genuinely feel on edge throughout. But, I felt that the narrative wasn’t quite explained fully, we saw glimpses of the antagonist but were never given an explanation about them. This could have been the filmmakers intention –  to keep things ambiguous, but I felt that it was slightly too ambiguous.

I’d rate the film a 6/10, a fairly good horror film that’s made really well but needs more elaboration on the plot!

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‘Say bye to Room, Ma.’

Wagwan. Today’s review is for a movie a lot of you may have seen but I’ve only just had the chance to watch it! (Omg). But Room is the subject of talk today and I’m ready to go!



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was released in 2015, was directed by Lenny Abrahamson and stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.

The Plot

Room is about Joy (Brie), a young woman who was kidnapped at the age of 17 and was forced to live in a shed which is called Room. Two years later she fell pregnant whilst being held hostage and had a son called Jack (Jacob). Joy couldn’t face the heartbreak of bringing up her son knowing he was trapped so she led him to believe that everything outside room wasn’t real. They’re frequently visited by their captor Old Nick who is often violent and rude. After hearing that he’d been laid off at work, Joy decided that it was time for her and Jack to get out. From there we see how Jack learns about the world outside Room and how they both adjust to living a normal life.

The Acting

Brie as Joy is just brilliant. The love and warmth she shows towards her son is the sweetest thing I think I’ve seen on film. Her whole life continues just so she can see her son wake up each morning. We also see Joy’s darker side as she battles with depression once they are free. Brie does this excellently; it’s a heartbreaking performance to watch. Brie defo deserves the Oscar that she won for this!

Jacob who plays Jack is THE most adorable kid ever and fits the role perfectly. After living in the situation that he has lived in, he is still so innocent and has such an inquisitive and happy outlook on life. I really think Jacob can go places after this!

Another actor to note is Joan Allen who plays Joy’s mum; her role is fairly minor but she creates such a wonderful grandmother to Jack and it’s really heartwarming.

Production

The film is shot beautifully, it really captivates the beauty of life that Jack sees. There are a lot of close-ups so we see every emotion on the actors’ faces and it is just faultless.

The music is subtle which is always the best and is accompanied by a lot of non-diegetic sound (sound effects for non-filmy folk!). The sound designers have layered them up so well to crescendo moments of tension.

Editing is also tip-top. It’s slick, its pace varies depending on what mood the scene is and the film doesn’t feel as long as the 1 hour 45 minutes it is.

The Review

What I loved most about this film is the way it felt real. I didn’t feel like I was watching some drama, I felt like I was participating in a real life event. The bond between Joy and Jack that Brie and Jacob have created under Lenny’s direction is sublime. There were so many points where I was in tears, be it sad or happy ones, because of that bond. Even though the basis of the film is ugly, it is truly beautiful and I know that sounds cringe-worthy. But trust me, beautiful it is. It’s made incredibly well which is a great bonus too. I have no hesitation in giving it a 10/10 and believe it deserves all of the high praise it has received!

Grimsby 

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The other day I saw the newest Sacha Baron Cohen film Grimsby. I had really high expectations for this film as I love his other work such as Borat etc. but was quite disappointed!

The Plot

The film is about Nobby, a Grimsby lad living off benefits and obsessed with football. All his life he’s been searching for his long-lost brother (Mark Strong). Mark is a secret agent who is currently trying to stop an assassination happening at a humanitarian event. A friend of Nobby finds out this info and Nobby goes on his way to re-connect with his brother. Ultimately, though, he ruins his brother’s career as they go on the run together.

The Acting

I do admire Sacha for how extreme his characters are and for how unafraid to push boundaries he is. I thought Nobby was a funny characterisation but his humour got a little samey after a while.

Mark Strong plays the same role as he always does, which I’m not complaining about as he does it well. It was cool to see him embracing some humour in this role too.

The star for me really was Rebel Wilson who had quite a small role in the film. The 5-10 minutes that she was on screen was utterly disgusting but was also where I laughed the most in the entire film. Her role was absolutely vile and she killed it and nearly had me crying with laughter.

Penelope Cruz features in the film, but I didn’t think much of her performance – it was rather gimmicky and cheesy, which ain’t my thang.

The Film

The film itself would actually work better as an action film rather than a comedy as the basic narrative was quite interesting. But, as a comedy, it only offered a few bits that were truly funny.

The Review

I don’t really have much to gush about in this review. The film was well made and sorta funny but I wouldn’t rush to watch it again. I normally like Sacha Barron Cohen’s silly and OTT comedy but just didn’t feel it in this film. This isn’t to say it’s utter crap, but it’s not up there with his other work.

So there we go! A rather short review for me but I just thought this was a pretty standard comedy and nothing special. I rate it a 6/10!

Here’s a trailer if you are interested!!

 

My Top 5 Fav Films!

Thought I’d do something different today and give you a list of my favourite films for ya’ll to watch! These are all films where I loved the narratives but also have awesome production values and are made to a really high standard. To me they stand out among all the millions of films out there.

5. The Imitation Game

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(2012, Morten Tyldum, Drama)

Based on the true story of Alan Turing who cracked the enigma code during the Second World War.

I had zero interest in this film when it first came out and reluctantly watched it months later on DVD. To my surprise the good rumours were true and it was bloomin amazing! The narrative is actually quite depressing when you think about it, but it’s such a genius film! It left me wanting to go invent some machine that changes the world and turned me into a ‘Cumberbitch’. It’s witty, tense, heartbreaking yet hilarious in parts. Defo worth a watch!

4. Sin City

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(2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, Crime thriller)

Based in Basin City, we follow the story of three people mixed up in violent corruption.

This is a dark, dark film and highly twisted. But awesome. It’s got several narratives that all kinda come together. The whole thing is shot like a comic book making it visually shamazing. I’m a huge Rodriguez fan and think this is one of his masterpieces, he stays true to Frank Miller’s grungy style and flare. Bruce Willis is among the stars in this film and is siiiiiick…when is he not?! Elijah Wood also features and after seeing his performance you won’t be able to look at Frodo Baggins the same again.

3. Inglourious Basterds

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(2009, Quentin Tarantino, Adventure war drama)

A plan to assassinate Nazi leaders in Nazi-occupied France during World War II is carried out but a group of Jewish U.S soldiers.

If you’ve never seen this, I’m sorry but we can’t be friends (joking, obvs). In my eyes one of Tarantino’s best films. It’s jam packed with a theatrics score, intense conversations and stomach curdling violence as you’d expect from Quent. Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz steal the show in this hilariously funny, violent and troublesome film. Each little segment of life that you see is arty and quirky or bloody and disgusting, the contrasts in this film are brilliant.

2. Silence of the lambs

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(1991, Jonathan Demme, Horror/Thriller)

a young F.B.I cadet seeks help from a manipulative serial killer in order to catch another serial killer whose murders make your skin crawl.

A classic but I love it. Was hooked to this film when I first saw it. It’s grim and haunting but a complete work of art. Anthony Hopkins will forever freak me out because of his performance in this. Nowadays thrillers are kind of lame but this is full of genius scares and twists.

…Drum roll please…

 

1. Looper

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(2012, Rian Johnson, Sci-fi)

the year 2074, mobsters send people they want rid of back in time to ‘loopers’ who kill and dispose of them. But Joe comes to learn things aren’t always easy when his future self is sent back to him to kill and escapes.

I’m not normally a sci-fi kinda gal, but this is one of many films that made me want to become a filmmaker. I always thought Joe Gordon Levitt was just a comedic actor but he blew me away in this film. He stars alongside Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis who also give outstanding performances.  The production is flawless and ingenious and creates such a cool vibe throughout. The story is full of action and power that leaves you exhausted at the end. It’s one of a kind among so many sic-fi’s that are all  practically the same. Also features the cutes but freakiest kid you’ll ever see. WATCH IT!

Of course I love many many more films but these are my top ones that I felt I should share!!! If you’ve watched any or do because of this post hit me up and let me know what you think of them!!

 

“I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I’d done it already”

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SUPER HOT REVIEW TODAY. Last night I saw The Revenant directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. This is the film I’m convinced Leonardo DiCaprio will win an Oscar for. There’s no beating around the bush here, this film is a solid 10/10.

The Plot

The Revenant is set in the 1820’s on a fur trading expedition where a group of men have to flee their camp after being attacked by an indigenous tribe. A frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leo) has to lead them back home through the wilderness. Along the way Hugh is brutally attacked by a bear which breaks his leg and rips his throat. His team attempt to carry him along their journey but it proves too difficult. In the end their Captain (Domhnall Gleeson) offers money to two men who will stay with Glass until he passes away and they are to give him a proper Christian burial. Glass’s son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) stays behind along with Bridger (Will Poulter) and John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Hawk and Bridger sincerely care for Hawk but Fitzgerald has other ideas and kills Hawk and leaves Glass for dead. Glass then travels 200 miles to seek revenge on the man who took his only son and left him for dead.

The Look

This film is so visually beautiful, Iñárritu shot the whole film using natural light, which only allowed him to film for an hour and a half a day. I’ve watched many interviews about this film and they spent their time filming in Canada and Argentina in horrific conditions. This really pays off because each frame is stunning. But this beauty is deceiving as there are so many dangers hidden within it as we see along Glass’s journey. I really liked the camera work in this film, it was very free and loose and slightly experimental but it really paid off.

Costumes and make up are outstanding in The Revenant, Glass’s body is practically rotting and make up artist Sian Grigg’s work creating this is astonishing. She’s just been nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film. Looking at some of the wounds she created made my stomach knot because they looked so excruciatingly painful.

The Soundtrack

I really picked up on the sound in this film, instead of having a constant score, Iñárritu chose to use natural sounds; in particular he liked to layer up whispers of Glass’s late wife. This made things slightly eerie, fitting in well with the surrounding, empty wilderness. There was an orchestral score in some parts but this was kept quite minimalist and wasn’t used too much which I think was a really good creative choice. An example of the lack of orchestral score is the infamous bear attack scene, there is no score in the background of this. All you can hear are Glass’s screams and the grunts and scratches from the bear. It’s really powerful because it makes it realistic and you can’t get distracted from the brutal attack occurring in front of you and there is a powerful silence behind it.

The Acting

Let’s start with our main man Leo; I cannot begin to imagine the physical strength he had to have for this film. He has to play a severely wounded character who can barely walk for most of the film whilst freezing in the middle of nowhere. He creates the pain of Glass exceptionally along with Glass’s determination and inner strength. –   I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance in many years. For this role he had to do wild things such as eating raw bison liver and sleeping in an animal carcass. If that’s not dedication to your job, I don’t know what is.

Secondly Tom Hardy gives a very good performance as Fitzgerald; his character is very gobby and not afraid to speak his mind. He brings an element of grit and defiance to the film creating a contrast with Glass. His character is quick and sly which Hardy puts across so well. Hardy and Leo’s characters have a big chase/fight scene at the end of the film which is shot and acted perfectly.

An actor who I’ve always loved is Will Poulter and his crazy eyebrows. He creates such an innocent and caring character as Bridger in this film – far different from all of the other men on the expedition who are only looking out for themselves. He is forced into situations that he hates and we see how his guilt eats away at him throughout the film.

Review

I’d just like to kick off this part by saying that the uproar from Americans about the bear “molesting” Leo is complete rubbish. It is quite blatantly an attack to protect her young.

This is an exceptional film showing the brutality of life in the 1800’s. Each character acts violently and is only ever looking out for themselves. What I really liked is that the film didn’t stray from the simple plot of Glass seeking revenge for his son’s death. Along his journey he sees such terrible things but never stops to dwell on them and just carries on with his mission. It is an amazing story of survival and strength.

I can’t find much to criticise in this film because I think it is a great, experimental piece and it’s really inspiring as a budding filmmaker. What I liked most is the film had meaning which so many blockbusters lack nowadays. It is based on a true story and explores a large part of American history that is rarely talked about and I think it will inspire people to learn more about it.

The attention to detail is sublime and you can feel how much love and drive went into The Revenant. The crew and production team are in the thick of nature, embracing it to create something beautifully dark. For me, it will sit up there with my all time favourites. Simply amazing and I really hope it continues to do well at the awards.

GO SEE IT!

” We are the ones who dwell within.”

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Sorry this ain’t a Star Wars review, I haven’t seen it yet (cry). But last blog post before the new year and I hope you enjoy!

Today’s film is a horror from 2005 and it is called:

The Last Exorcism of Emily Rose

(Directed by Scott Derrickson)

I literally haven’t slept properly since watching this film, it’s that scary. I’ll admit, I’m scared of most things but this was in a league of its own.

I’ve been working on a horror film for uni and this was part of my research and damn did it teach me a lot about making horror.

The Narrative

Basicallllyyyyy the film starts in a bleak farm where a young girl called Emily Rose has just died after an exorcism. The priest, Father Richard Moore, who performed the exorcism is then arrested and charged with negligent homicide.

Enter Erin Bruner who is his (very confident and slightly sassy) lawyer, given to Moore by the archdiocese to negotiate a quiet guilty plea deal which is to be kept out of the public eye. Father Moore insists on pleading innocent and insists that he must tell his story, for Emily. The only heartwarming aspect of the film. 

So a court case begins, and Erin fights prosecutor Ethan Thomas (the arrogant A-hole)  who believes Father Moore is guilty. Thomas claims that Emily-Rose has epilepsy and psychosis and backs this up with testimonials form doctors. Meanwhile Erin frantically searches for witnesses to testify that Emily’s death was due to demonic possession.

Throughout the court case we see flashbacks to Emily’s possession and the lead up to her death. Now these are the bits that scare you senseless. She is attacked at night where her body convulses uncontrollably (nearly made me cry), the demons within her won’t let her eat so she becomes weak and peoples faces morph into pictures of evil.

After a failed, highly violent and terrifying exorcism, Emily weakens so much because of the demons within her that her body shuts down and she dies.

As the court case goes on, both Erin and Father Moore begin to feel a darkness creeping into their lives and they must fight it off whilst fighting for Moore’s freedom. Spooky. 

The Acting:

Laura Linney plays Erun Bruner. Her performance is decent but a little too Jodie Foster for my liking. But she plays the role of a confident lawyer well, just not shamazingly.

Then we have Father Moore played by Tom Willinson. His haunted and wounded portrayal is pretty good; a little melodramatic at times due to the writing, but a good performance overall.

The real star is Emily Rose herself played by Jennifer Carpenter (Deb from Dexter if you’ve watched it). I have never seen a more haunting character in my life. Without any special effects or prosthetics she had the hair up on the back of my neck when she’s being possessed. Honestly she’s awesome. She can go from a timid, extremely scared 19 year old to the devil in the click of a finger and boy does it shock you!

Production:

Music can make or break a film sometimes and it certainly makes it in this. Sometimes it’s so subtle that you barely notice it which is when it’s best. Then at times there’s a dramatic score which really adds to the visuals.

Most special effects in the film are on point, you have to forgive and look past it’s slightly dated look though.

Review

Was hooked on this film from start to end! Great narrative and is a true story! Makes it 10x scarier. It isn’t over dramatic or gorey like some horrors and just plays on messing with your mind. It has a major OMG factor. 

The only negatives that I would mention is there’s maybe too much of the court room and we want to see more of Emily. Some parts in the court are truly gripping, but some bits could have been cut easily. Also her family in it play a family in mourning so well but we don’t see enough of them!  

The film is a brilliant piece of horror, it chills you down to the spine. It’s full of suspense and scares. Defo watch it if you’ve got some spare time. A solid and very good 8/10.

 

Here’s the trailer to get you a little scared already:

 

 

“That’s M-U-R-D-E-R, which spells S-E-R-I-O-U-S.”

Right, this is take two of this review. Alas I accidentally deleted the first version (weeps into pillow). But life goes on and I’m ready to introduce you to another Top Film.

Drum roll please …

I present to you, Filth from the present past of 2013, directed by John S. Baird (based on the novel by Irvine Welsh). It stars the splendidly Scottish James McAvoy (Mavy), the not-so baby Billy Elliot: Jamie Bell, the wacky Jim Broadbent and quite a few more well-known faces.

The plot of the film is set in the beautifully historic city of Edinburgh where we follow the life of Bruce (Mavy). He is a police officer seeking a promotion whilst trying to win back his wife and child who have left him. We see how his world is full of troubling hallucinations which begin to interfere with his work and home life. The narrative leads to a big reveal at the end which I shan’t spoil for you.

I warn you now, Filth is not for the faint-hearted and not a family film, it’s rammed with crude, black humour, drugs and rather violent sex and violence. But don’t let this put you off, it has much more to offer than that!

Alrighty, let’s get down to why I love this film … Número Uno: James MacAvoy. He creates a sublime characterisation of Bruce, showing him as a gritty, slimy yet wounded soul. He is captivating. A lot of his dialogue is either directly to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, or through voice-over so you’re almost in his mind, which is cool. Along with this, you get to see inside his hallucinations which can be rather trippy in parts but awesome in a messed up way. Mavy has the ability to go from one extreme to another in this film, for example he’ll be totally calm but then face the camera with a crazed, stirred up expression that slightly weirds you out. To further the fact that he’s awesome, he vomits on que in this film, or so I’ve read. Of all the things I’ve heard actors can do, chundering on demand isn’t one of them! Mavy plays a deeply troubled person very convincingly but manages to add some humour to it so it’s not at all depressing. My favourite part of the film is the final minutes where Bruce gives his final message to the audience. It leaves you frozen with your jaw hanging. I won’t say what it is as it’ll ruin the film for you, but trust me, it’s sick.

Secondly, most of you will know this woman as Moaning Myrtle from Hazza Potter, but Shirley Henderson is in this film and is shamazing. She plays Bunty, a housewife who is pestered by a mystery caller (Bruce). In the scenes between her and Bruce, Henderson reveals a feisty and foxy character who is highly animated. She’s brilliant and tackles the role head on.

I could ramble on about all the actors in this film, they’re quite faultless. But the final one I shall mention is Eddie Marsan who plays the husband of Bunty, Bladesey. His portrayal of an overly timid and naive man who can’t handle much in life is spot on. He creates several truly memorable moments in the film.

Filming and editing is slick in Filth, it keeps a good pace and creates a jumbled yet compelling narrative. There are some special effects used very well in Bruce’s hallucinations which add immensely to the portrayal of his messed up mind.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know what a bad potty mouth I have for a young woman of 18. So naturally, I’m loving the unmannerly language in filth. I get tired of films where there’s just non-stop action, fighting and explosions, I like something that challenges me to concentrate and listen as well as watch. Filth offers this on a gold-plated platter of expletives. (F*** yes!) F-bombs are dropped all over the shop. But at the same time, full and important conversations are held throughout.

There’s so much that I haven’t talked about but I don’t want to give too much away. Seeing the film with little information will leave you better amazed as you won’t expect what’s coming.

The whole film has a grimy vibe, hence the title, I like it because of this. It doesn’t try to be clean or happy, it’s messed up but you love it. The writing is sheer genius and shot to match. Out of 10 I’d give it a fully deserving 9.

Take a look at the trailer below and check it out! Let me know what you think if you do give it a go!

http://youtu.be/tymWDB7gtK4

“This time travel crap, just fries your brain like a egg”

 

Hello! Apologies for not posting in a while, I’ve been living up my summer…A.K.A. Binge watching Dexter on Netflix … Whoops! But anyway, I am back and ready to review!

Today is another of my top films, it is an action/sci-fi hybrid starring the gorgeous Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. It was made in 2012 and directed by Rian Johnson.

I present to you …

Looper. 

Now the narrative’s a little tricky to explain but I’ll try my best. The film is set in the future and time travel is yet to be invented and when it is, is only available on the black market. Joe’s character who I believe is actually called Joe works for the mob and is a looper. A looper is basically a hit-man and when the mob wants rid of a looper they ‘close their loop’ by sending their future self back in time to be killed by their younger self. Then the looper is given a grand payday and 30 years to live. Joe is doing well and making lots of money and one day his ‘loop is closed’ when his older self (Brucey) is sent back to him. But Brucey is clever and gets away to carry out a mission of his own. Then from here it all kicks off and goes down. I shan’t reveal any more so I don’t give anything away!

So – my take on it – it’s awesome. When I’ve spoken to people about it though, hardly any people have heard of it which saddens me as it’s so, so good! It needs more recognition.

Joe plays a young Brucey and does it excellently; his interpretation of a younger Bruce is on top form. To achieve this Bruce recorded all of Joe’s lines and Joe learnt to mimic them all (perfectly I may add). Bruce’s character is dark and moody which makes things exciting as we see him battling with Joe for what each of them think is right. Emily Blunt plays a strong, independent woman (go girl!) who can handle herself and take on anyone who threatens her. The actor who plays her son is adorable and is a great actor for such a young kid.

The film has a balance of the future and our world today which makes it believable and more realistic in my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of films where the ‘future’ is full of flying cars and everything’s made of sterile, shiny metal. Rian’s impression of the future is realistic, which I like.

Special effects are always tricky and can make a film go from a 10 to a 2. But they are flawless in Looper. The scene I’ve posted at the end of the review demonstrates how good they are and is part of what makes the futuristic approach believable.

The soundtrack is also awesome. It’s all recordings of machines or objects made of metal and combined to make music. It gives the film vast amounts of tension and again fits in with it’s time setting.

Check out this clip:

Looper deserves a 10, no doubt about it. Please please watch it. It’ll give you the shivers, make your hair stand up on end and mess with your emotions. Watch it watch it watch it!

Izzy

“This is from … Mathilda”

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Top film number one: Léon: The Professional 

The basics: 

Directed by the legendary Luc Besson and made in 1994. Léon scores an 8.6/10 rating on IMDB (Bit stingy in my opinion! I personally would give it a solid 10.) It made $45.28 million in the US Box Office and £27 million in the U.K off of a $16 million budget. If you’re an action loving movie watcher this is the film for you.

Time for the lowdown:

I friggin’ love this film. Luc is a director who inspires me a great deal and this, to me, is one of his finest pieces of work. It tells the story of Mathilda, (a very young and adorbs Natalie Portman) whose drug dealing father is killed along with the rest of the family by his evil employer, Stansfield (Gary Oldman) who also happens to be a DEA agent. Mathilda manages to escape the massacre of her family and finds refuge with French hit-man, Léon (Jean Reno) and persuades him to take her on as his protégée so that she can seek revenge against Stansfield.

I first of all love this film because of the actors cast in it.  Natalie was just 14 when this film was made and she plays her role exceptionally. I must admit though it’s a tad weird as her character falls in love with the middle aged Léon in the film, (even more so in the special edition Director’s Cut) but we’ll overlook that, as it adds to the intrigue, narrative and originality for sure. Natalie is really believable as an actress and plays this young, frivolous yet wounded girl exceptionally well – it was her big break.

Then there’s Gary whose acting remains faultless in this film; his accent: on point, his crazy cop characterisation: on point. What I’m trying to say is he’s plain awesome in this film. Then we come to our protagonist himself, Jean Reno, playing Léon. He creates a highly reserved, gentle and protective character who brings some moments of great comedy to the film as we see Mathilda bring him out of himself as Léon.

I secondly love a good shoot-out, and was more than satisfied with the ones in Léon and if you dream of being a mobster in a parallel universe, this’ll make you dream it even more. Fight scenes in this are slick and explosive, without being overly ‘Hollywood’. 

This film is put in the crime thriller genre, but this hybrid brings so much more: you’ve got comedy, tragedy, and a little spark of f****d up romance…A little something for everyone. The film gains so much tension as it progresses that by the end of it you will literally be screaming at the screen or tearing your hair out which is another reason why I love it.

Some Visuals:

My favourite part of the film is this tiny snippet of Gary’s character losing his shit:

I feel genuinely on edge every time I see this scene and it gives me the shivers because he’s so damn evil.

Now here is the trailer for the film to get your tastebuds tingling for it. Do ignore the slightly hammy voice-over though.

I hope my ramblings have done this film justice and I hope that you watch it! It’s pure genius. If you happen to spot the DVD or a showing of it, trust me – go for it!

Izzy

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Sources:

first photo: http://www.vvallpaper.net/2011/07/leon-professional-jean-reno.html

Gary Oldman clip: from Vlkoslak B‘s youtube page

Trailer: from LoveExposure‘s youtube page

second photo: http://www.vvallpaper.net/2011/07/leon-professional-jean-reno.html