Diana lives the normal life among mortals in the 80s : she maintains her low profile by curating ancient artifacts, and only performing heroic acts incognito : but after the magical Dreamstone goes missing Diana will have to come out from the shadows to save the world we know from the greed and cunning of Max Lord and the evil Cheetah : WW84 sees it’s director Patty Jenkins reunite with stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine for yet another round of insanely seductive superhero fun that may lack the 80s vibe I was hoping for but delivers everything else from it’s Lasso twirling energy, the enthralling Themyscira games that open up proceedings, the robbery at the mall is a hoot, Diana & Steve’s off the chart chemistry and the emotion it carries, Hans Zimmer’s thunderous score, THAT Golden Armor, Pedro Pascal’s crazy villain reminding me of Donner’s Lex Luthor and a spicey turn by Kristen Wigg as Barbara Minerva, bringing shy and ditzy to her character with screen owning brilliance : WW84 may not be quite as good as it’s trailblazing and much loved original but for me Patty Jenkins has delivered another bold spectacle that’s bright, infectious and hugely exciting to watch ★★★★
OK first up I never wanted to see this movie made and not because of this nonsense “all female” thing either, I just love the original films, like many they’re part of my upbringing since the original was released back in the mid 80s I must have seen the film 100 times or more Aykroyd, Ramis and Murray are three of my film heroes so discovering that they were doing another film remake and this time it was my beloved Ghostbusters I was at first mad as hell, I wanted to scream the social media house down, I guess I never wanted a movie more than this one to fail miserably but luckily for me like most things I calmed down and accepted that even without my blessing this reboot was going to happen one way or the other – Paul Feig happens to be one of my favourite modern comedy directors, films such as Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy have all made me cry with laughter so taking the mantle for this remake was a big thing for him and I just prayed, kept my fingers crossed that he was up to the task…..
OK so now I have seen Ghostbusters the 2016 version and I want to share my views with you film fans out there – firstly it has to be said Feig goes above and beyond in respecting the original 1984 classic, he uses the old theme tune, gives cameo’s to the old cast and even dedicates the movie to Harold Ramis at the end credits (a nice touch I thought) – his young cast comprising of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth are all fabulous, McKinnon and Jones for me steal the show but in general Feig has managed to cast well all actors adding something to this reboot, Hemsworth is at times hilarious playing the dopey good looking secretary for the team, he actually wears glasses without the glass and keeps tripping over himself & that dancing at the end credits is worth staying around for – I love also the fact that the legend that is Andy Garcia plays the New York Mayor such a great actor and fabulous to see him back on the big screen – the films opening at the haunted mansion was a riot, Kristen Wigg’s character getting slimed is worth the ticket value in itself and them scenes involving Jone’s character in the subway and also the possessed dummy are so much fun, McCarthy being possessed and getting slapped by Jones was hilarious and then of course you have McKinnon just oozing style playing the oddball engineer who creates the teams Ghost busting weapons & looks equally at ease firing them bad boys – Overall: put aside (if you have any) your disagreement for this movie and go and have some fun – Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is an amusing, entertaining picture, the cast rock & I promise you this movie will bring a smile to your face, my only small criticism is that the last 15minutes could have been handled better, a little OTT but that’s me being picky – Ghostbusters is a real blast !! ★★★½
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★½
Cast – Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott and Sean Penn – Walter Mitty (Stiller) is an employee at Life magazine the head of the negative assets department and has been for the last 16 years, he often daydreams of fantastic adventures and one day at work he receives some negatives from Photojournalist Sean O’Connell for what will be the last print of Life magazine – upon checking the package he discovers that negative 25 is missing and since Mitty has never lost a photo in all his time at the company he decides to go on a real adventure in search of Sean O’Connell and negative 25 VERDICT from them opening shots of Walter in front of his computer deliberating whether or not to send a work colleague he’s grown fond of a “wink” on the eHarmony site, to the beautiful scenery of Iceland & the Himalaya’s this is a picture directed by a more mature Ben Stiller who takes us an unforgettable, heartwarming & humorous film ride, whilst reminding us all that instead of dreaming about the possibilities we can all make things happen to get the most out of life – some of my favorite scenes in the movie include the ridiculously badass fight scene between Stiller’s Mitty and Scott’s Ted on the streets of New York and the really funny Benjamin Button scene that almost felt out of place but was hilarious nevertheless – the soundtrack to the movie also deserves a big mention, with Kristen Wigg’s acoustic rendition of Bowie’s Space Oddity still playing over in my mind and the classic Hall Oates track Maneater setting their respective scenes perfectly – overall The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is such a rare cinematic experience these days – it’s cinematography is beautiful, it’s context is touching and it’s message is inspiring – this is an incredibly bold and ambitious picture that I just simply adored….