Jumping on the Snowpiercer Bandwagon

Film

Snowpiercer

Before this bandwagon leaves the station, I need to get on it, and just tell you how much I too enjoyed Snowpiercer.

But before I start, do yourself a favour. If you haven’t seen Snowpiercer and do intend to at some point in time, don’t read this. Please. I don’t spill any major spoilers, but even then. Just do yourself a favour and stay dark on this one.

100 movies: We Need to Talk About Kevin

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

We Need to Talk About KevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin (07/07/12)

Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

If there’s ever a film that could do more for teen pregnancy, then this is the one. I defy anyone not to sit through this film and then have second thoughts about having kids. It just gets under your skin!

This film is incredibly tense. From the beginning, every scene is tinged with a ridiculous amount of tension. I don’t think I’ve been this tense while watching a film since I saw Black Swan. From the start you’re made very aware that Kevin is not your average kid and in the future Kevin does something amazingly wrong and bad and just plain evil. Though all you can do is watch, scene by scene, as the past unfolds with the present rolling on, watching through the mother’s eyes.

Speaking of which, Tilda Swinton is fantastic as Eva. From the beginning, seeing her struggle with the infant Kevin, right through to his adulthood. I could feel her pain and frustration. Though, being a mother, she just takes it. Everything that Kevin throws at her.

Kevin himself… just despicable. Ezra Miller freaked me out completely. As Kevin, he just had a complete disregard for anything or anyone around him. Every moment I was wondering what his real motives were. Chilling.

I loved the colour scheme of the film. The red splashed across almost every scene. Reminding us, that all is never going to be right.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies: The Dawn Treader

100 movies of 2010

Think this will be my last cinema film of the year. Next it’ll be films watched from the cosy comfortable-ness of my sofa.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (09/12/10)
I think I’ve been kind with the rating of this film. Maybe too kind. But I’ve grown attached to the film franchise due to my own childhood attachment to the original Narnia books. I like the characters and half of what got transferred to screen I liked. What went wrong? The story just wasn’t there. It was a shadow of what went on in the book. The quest for the seven swords was weak. The heavy-handed way in which Aslan basically outed himself as Jesus was pretty daft. Dawn Treader just didn’t have nearly as much depth as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or Prince Caspian. Those two were brilliant adaptations.

So what did work? Well, Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes and Ben Barnes held the movie together pretty well. Though, where did Caspian’s Inigo Montoya-esque accent go? I was never a fan of Eustace in the book, but Will Poulter did a good job. There were some good action scenes. Even when things did go a little Pirates of the Caribbean towards the end. Eustace’s transformation was handled really well. Simon Pegg did a good enough job impersonating Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep. (Though I think I preferred Izzard!) The pace of the film was good. Despite it coming in at nearly 2 hours, it rattled through fairly quickly. It was a fun film to watch. At times.

The film did really suffer from its slash in budget. Which makes me sad. If this one doesn’t do well, even with the 3D offering I don’t think it’ll light up the box office, I doubt we’ll see another Narnia film on the big screen.
Rating: 3/5

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