Alita: Battle Angel Review

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After watching the trailers I expected this film to be either a big hit or a big miss. Thankfully it’s a very big hit and actually surprised me at how good it was.

Personally I would have toned down the cybernetic elements and focused on the main characters rather than lots of sub characters as it got fairly confusing at times.

The characters were thrown away as soon as their screen time was done while some characters were underused which was disappointing.

The story was quite confusing in parts and very sloppy with leaving plot holes and not explaining elements but the chemistry between the main characters makes up for it. If you look past the plot holes and obvious mistakes there is a very emotional and intriguing story to be told which they did well.

The CGI was great, especially blending the real elements of Rosa Salazar’s character with the CGI features of her face.

Overall an okay ending sets up future films which I am very much looking forward to. 8.3/10.

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Bumblebee Film Review

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The film that revives the Transformers franchise from certain doom: Bumblebee. Everything that lacked in the originals are front and centre which makes this film so good. The characters have actual emotional beats intertwined with the overarching plot. The action pieces were great and given in perfect amounts rather than having action just for the sake of having it. Action driven by story is why it works in this film.

The director, Travis Knight, did an excellent job of bringing Bumblebee to life and having his interactions work so well with the other cast members, notably the main protagonist, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld).

While the character interactions were great, I felt in some places the dialogue scenes dragged on for too long. The film as a whole would have benefited from cutting 15-20 minutes out of the dialogue to keep the rhythm and pacing right.

While I’m not going to rush to see this film again it’s certainly an enjoyable film – 7/10.

Aquaman Review

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To begin with I’ll say that Jason Momoa was born to play Aquaman. His acting was incredible along with Patrick Wilson as the main antagonist. Multiple characters intertwined within the storyline makes for a really intriguing plot that plays out perfectly. Mixing emotional scenes with action driven by story is the perfect blend to fully portray the world of Atlantis & Arthur Curry.

Visually it`s stunning while blending the grittiness of the fisherman lands but also the superb underwater world of Atlantis. More so in the third act of the film in the conclusion sequence.

The pure scale of this film is up their with Infinity War as it’s closest competitor and firmly cements itself as one of the best films of the year. Enjoyable from the very beginning to the last minute and can’t wait to see what James Wan has in store for the next film. 9/10 – would definitely recommend!

The Girl in the Spider’s Web Review

The film as a whole starts promising, with Lisbeth Salander, played by Claire Foy, as the main protagonist. We see a brief insight of her backstory which begins to develop but is cut short in favour of the current story which left me disappointed. A story like this that’s full of twists and turns only really works well when you’re not expecting it and carries some form of emotional attachment that is created through the past events.  Unfortunately they were obvious from the start which was disappointing as the film had a really good plot that should have been explored further.

The motives of the antagonists were very stereotypical and follow the typical bad guy script. Although the scenes between the two protagonists offered a interesting dynamic which reminded me of a Jack Reacher type vibe.

Some of the camera work on the action pieces where a little over the top as you couldn’t really see what was going on, but the costume designs that accompanied the scene were unique which was refreshing to see.

Overall I’d give it a 7/10 but wouldn’t personally watch it again.