Nowhere near as magical as its 2013 original but the introduction of the energetic Lula May played by the bubbly & hilarious Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe’s turn as Walter Maybry allows film-maker Jon Chu enough intrigue & thrill to pull this sequel out of the bag – and although in my opinion the film contains way too much CGI, not enough practical magic and maybe Daniel Radcliffe’s creepy demeanour was a little underused I still found enough in this sequel to enjoy, have lots of fun with and look forward to a possible third outing for The Four Horseman ★★★½
47 Ronin (2013/4) – Movie Review ★★★★
Director: Carl Rinsch – Cast: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi and Jin Akanishi – Synopsis: A fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of Ronin in 18th-century Japan who sets about to avenge the death of their master who was set to death after a demon used magic tricking him into an act of aggression that resulted in him betraying his kind and execution – after his death the band of Ronin led by Oishi must seek the help of Kai – a half-breed previously shunned by the Ronin to help them defeat an evil Warlord and his magical army – Verdict: Forget all the haters ! rent it or buy it 47 Ronin is worth the watch – the movie has everything from some decent CGI, a whole bunch of fun & colorful characters and action delivered on a grand scale with some fantastic sword fights and hand to hand combat – now okay I’m a big fan of Keanu Reeves and adore his films from the 1990s that includes Point Break, Speed and The Matrix but 47 Ronin has more to offer than just Neo – Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai & Helix) gives an intense performance as the proud Samurai turned Ronin leader and Pacific Rim’s Rinko Kikuchi looks deliciously evil and totally bad ass as the Warlord’s magic squeeze – some of the locations used in shooting the film were impressive & atmospheric including the backdrop of The Isle of Sky doubling for 18th Century Japan – overall: Carl Rinsch’s film debut is all sorts of bonkers fun and whilst the story has been slightly bastardized for entertainment value 47 Ronin is without question an enjoyable movie romp that’s dark in it’s story telling and respectful in it’s execution….
Here’s some new character posters for Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT : The Desolation of Smaug – the movie open’s mid December….
Harry Potter – London Warner Bros Studio Tour
on a trip to London we decided to take in the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, having read the books and watched the 8 movies (more than once) we wanted the chance to take a look inside of J.K Rowling’s magical world of castles, dragons, wizards and muggles….
as we entered the Warner Bros Lot and collected our tickets, the atmosphere was electric, we started to notice the fans arriving in Harry Potter attire, gowns from their favorite houses and costumes of some of their favorite characters this was going to be a fun night – after a small video presented by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint featuring a behind the scenes look the Harry Potter universe the tour group were invited to start the tour and step foot inside the majestic Great Hall of Hogwarts – the scale and layout was exactly as you remembered it from the first movie and at the far end of the Hall stood all the teachers (mannequins of course) dressed accordingly…
the tour took us just over 3hrs in which time we visited so many of the famous haunts that feature in the movies including Hagrid’s Hut. Dumbeldore’s Office, the backlot that featured Privet Drive, the Knightbus, the Ford Anglia and a chance to sample a glass or two of Butterbeer (yum) then onto my favorite part of the tour the impressive Diagon Alley with it’s many shops including Gringotts, Ollivanders Wand Shop & Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour (now if only I could buy me an Owl & get me a magical wand?) – next up was the tours finale the incredible hand sculpted 1:24 scale construction of Hogwarts Castle that took over 80 artists to create and jee wiz it’s a site to behold….
even if Harry Potter is not your thing but you love your movies, then I would highly recommend this magnificent studio tour it’s worth every dollar! not only do you get to see movie sets, props & animatronic creatures but you will get a taster of what goes into the filmmaking process and trust me it’s a truly fascinating world…