Cop Land, 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, Logan and now FORD v FERRARI James Mangold’s thrill ride, a 7,000 RPM adrenaline fueled, pulsating ENERGY packed racing movie that sees Matt Damon deliver a career best, Christian Bale in infectious form, Caitriona Balfe delivering one of the film’s best moments and the race scenes WOW their pure dynamite – for me 2019 is the best year of the decade for cinematic treasures and this film continues the trend in leaving me speechless and rather emotional as I left my seat at the big screen – obviously the Le Mans track has changed through the years since the 60s so how on earth did James Mangold and his team recreate the movies focal point? it’s just mind boggling, the camera work by the Greek cinematographer Phedon Papamichael is sublime, his work in creating that claustrophobic yet thrilling car racing scenes is pure brilliance but for me the main reason this movie succeeds is it’s cast who are simply magnetic – what a movie and a ride you don’t wana miss on the big screen ★★★★★
Two Mercenaries played by Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal get caught in the middle of an ancient war between Chinese Warrior’s guarding The Great Wall and an angry mob of Alien Monsters that appear to cause mayhem every 60yrs….
The Great Wall is the most expensive Chinese movie ever made, it stars Jing Tian, Andy Lau, Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal and is directed by the visual master Zhang Yimou known for his work on House of the Flying Daggers and Hero….
Before I get on with my thoughts on this movie I must address the fact that there is NO whitewashing in this movie AT ALL so any controversy regarding Matt Damon’s character that happens to be set in China is sadly an attempt for those with plenty of time on there hands to be negative towards a movie that they’ve probably not seen in the first place….
OK now on to the good stuff – If like me you enjoy the fix of a well paced, epic scale action movie that’s jam packed with dazzling effects & inventive, colorful battle scenes then Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall is just what your looking for – what the picture may lack in overall substance it certainly delivers in beauty & creativity – the film’s 3D adds a stunning depth and also gave me a sense of vertigo whist watching certain scenes, especially those where the Chinese Warriors would dive off the Great Wall attached to a rope (like a bungee) attempting to spear the attacking monsters, now that’s some crazy shit right there and was pulled off by Zhang in impressive style – when the hoards of these mean & nasty looking monsters start storming the Wall, snapping like crocodiles it reminded me so much of when the Orc Army attacked Minas Tirith in Peter Jackson’s epic Return of the King, the CGI in the movie is sensational & I felt submerged, part of the action whilst watching in IMAX – the screen is magnificent and it enhances everything in it’s path from the stunning effects, the beauty & tenacity of Jing Tian, Matt Damon’s archery & wild facial hair, the incredible battle scenes and it’s rousing atmospheric score….
From it’s lavish synchronized drummers, hair-raising action sequences and pulse-raising final quarter The Great Wall is a triumph in film entertainment – be honest with yourself if you pay to go and see this film then you must love your action right? and you know your not going to the cinema to watch Opera or Shakespeare right? HELL YEAH come on !! this is a Magnificent Monster Movie, one that’s loud, explosive and pretty awesome fun – so go on take a leap, immerse yourself & ENJOY…. ★★★★
Interstellar (2014) – Movie Review ★★★★½
“We will find a way, we always have“
Director: Christopher Nolan – Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain – Synopsis: Nolan crafts yet another sublime movie mind twister that’s all about following your heart and delivering on a promise made – Interstellar is a cinematic ride that delves deep into the heart of the darkness of space, it pulls on the toughest of heart strings and is a visual cocktail of mesmerizing imagery that’s beautiful to watch – the cast delivers tenfold with relative newcomer Mackenzie Foy and veteran Matthew McConaughey giving the movie it’s emotion & backbone igniting the screen with compelling performances that allow the viewer to feel engaged & invested in their journey – once again the magic of a Nolan picture is further enhanced by its score with Hans Zimmer bringing us a fresh & at times loud original sound that accompanies the movie beautifully – Overall: INTERSTELLAR is the most ambitious, audacious thought provoking science fiction movie for many years – it deserves to be seen on the big screen – so go on what are you waiting for !!
ELYSIUM stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley & William Fichtner – set in the future where two worlds exist, one called Elysium a man-made space station, thats self contained with it’s population living in luxury and the added bonus of a healthy lifestyle guaranteed – the other a broken Earth, over populated, disease ridden and full of mayhem and destruction – Max (Matt Damon) is an ex-parolee who lives in the latter, and is about to have a pretty bad few days, after a series of unfortunate events Max is left with no option but seek out his past & take on a mission, one that will have serious consequences for those living on both worlds…VERDICT a couple of reasons why I loved Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium – firstly Sharlto Copley’s villainous turn as Kruger a sleeper agent working for Elysium who is based on Earth does one hell of a job in frightening the holy crap out of anyone who gets in his way, sporting a full on beard, battle scarred and looking totally “don’t fuck with me” bad-ass, Kruger makes Anton from No Country For Old Men look like a pussy and don’t get me started on that wonderful, menacing South African accent – and secondly this is pure cinematic entertainment, a popcorn munching, thrill ride from one hell of a director and a cast that includes Damon, Foster and Fichtner all having fun with their respective roles – yes Elysium does have it’s flaws – the storyline is predictable and some of the characters seem thinly written but hell this is a summer blockbuster (this is not Schindler’s List) just sit back and enjoy the ride… it’s a good one! ★★★★