Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dracula Untold (2014)

Ever since I was a kid, Dracula was the definition of vampire. He also meant vampires are evil. That's why I was somehow interested in seeing Dracula Untold because instead of doing yet another Dracula film, Gary Shore was going on a different road, the origin story.

And that's what we got. It's the 13th Century and a young prince, Vlad (Luke Evans), is living peacefully with his family while ruling the Transylvania. One day though, a group of Turkish soldiers comes to his castle to collect the taxes with one awful news, their Sultan (Dominic Cooper) is demanding a thousand boys to create an army. Vlad refuses to do because his son (Art Parkinson) would be one of the boys; he instead goes meet a vampire (Charles Dance) on the mountains to obtain the power to protect his family and kingdom.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Big Sick (2017)

I go into movies completely blind most of the time. Sometimes it's the poster that makes me decide to watch a film. Other times it's because an actor/actress I like is in it. But most of the time I have no idea what the film is about and I like it that way - which is why I found Kumail telling Emily the plot of a film before they watched it quite annoying. My point is, if I knew The Big Sick was a romantic movie, I probably would have never watched it because they are not my thing. But you know what? That thing I mentioned above was the only thing that annoyed me about this incredibly well-crafted, beautiful and sweet film that succeeds in being a comedy, a drama and a romance.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Curse of Chucky (2013)

After Seed of Chucky, directed by Don Mancini, just like this one, I was expecting the worst but Mancini was able to surprise me again. He left comedy to go back to the original trilogy’s dark tones, and it worked. Although it’s far from being the best horror or slasher movie, Curse of Chucky sure is a pretty entertaining one – and it kinda made me excited about Cult of Chucky.

The story is about Nica, a young woman in a wheelchair (Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif’s real-life daughter) who is forced to deal with her sister (Danielle Bisutti), her brother-in-law (Brennan Elliott) and her niece (Summer H. Howell) after the mysterious death of her mother (Chantal Quesnel). The cause of death, however, isn’t a mystery to us since Nica and her mother received a package containing Chucky (Brad Dourif) not long before dying. What we don’t know is what score Chucky is trying to settle as he starts killing the members of the family.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Shrek (2001)

Genres

Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Directors

Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Country

USA

Voice Cast

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Conrad Vernon, Chris Miller, Cody Cameron, Simon J. Smith, Christopher Knights, Aron Warner, Jim Cummings

Storyline

When Lord Farquaad (Vincent Cassel) exiles all the magical creatures to the woods, the fairy-tale beings decide to camp outside the house of ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) who loses his peaceful life. So, in order to get his land back, agrees to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) for Lord Farquaad.

Opinion

Flying over the fact that I haven't seen it in over 3 years (yeah, shame on me), Shrek has been one of my favourite animated films since always and has a special place in my heart not because it's fun, but because it makes fun of fairy tales. 

The story would have been your typical fairy tale story with a princess that needs to be rescued if it wasn't for the fact that there is no Prince Charming here. The hero is a grumpy green ogre who only acts for self-interest; he's basically a mercenary hired to do a job. And the prince (actually he won't be a prince unless he marries a princess) is a coward and rather pathetic little man. This twist (and many others along the way) is what makes the story interesting and charming. It's got some plot holes and a weird romantic subplot, but it eventually delivers its don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover message. 

The soul of the film, however, isn't the story but the characters. They are a bit stereotyped (I mean, the ugly evil ogre isn't that evil after all, the noble is evil, and the friend is all over the place), but they are amazing, especially Shrek who is incredibly grumpy but equally likeable and Donkey, Shrek's animal sidekick. Donkey is actually my favourite thing about the Shrek franchise and he'll always be one of my favourite movie characters because of the wonderful work of Eddie Murphy. He was the perfect cast for the role, and gave such a funny and sweet performance. It's impossible not to love Donkey.

Another awesome thing about Shrek is that the humour works on different levels. When I was a kid I was able to enjoy all the fairy-tale related jokes and references; now I can also enjoy a lot of one-liners, especially those from Murphy and Myers who does a really good job as Shrek. 

The animation is also nice. There's a lot of attention to backgrounds, textures and details which make up for the goofy movements of some/most of the characters.