Friday, 23 June 2017

The Mummy (2017) Review

The Mummy

Release Date: 8th June 2017 - Australia 

Production Companies
Universal Pictures 
Perfect World Pictures (in association with)
Secret Hideout
Conspiracy Factory
Sean Daniel Company

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure 
Rating: M

Runtime: 111 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $298,443,674 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary 
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Tom Cruise - Nick Morton
Sofia Boutella - Ahmanet
Annabelle Wallis - Jenny Halsey
Jake Johnson - Chris Vail
Courtney B. Vance - Col. Greenway
Russell Crowe - Henry Jekyll
Marwan Kenzari - Malik
Javier Botet - Set
Selva Rasalingam - King Menehptre

Screen Story/Producer/
Director - Alex Kurtzman
Screen Story - Jon Spaihts and Jenny Lumet
Screenplay - David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman
Executive Producers - Jeb Brody and Roberto Orci
Producers - Sarah Bradshaw, Sean Daniel and Chris Morgan
Production Designers - Jon Hutman and Dominic Watkins
Special Makeup Effects Designer - David White
Director of Photography - Ben Seresin
2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Wade Eastwood
Special Effects Supervisor - Dominic Tuhoy
Visual Effects Supervisors - Asregadoo Arundi,
Erik Nash, Darren Poe and Edson Williams
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Pablo Helman
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Greg Butler
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Glen McIntosh
Film Editors - Gina & Paul Hirsch and Andrew Mondshein
Music - Brian Tyler

During the 1920s to the late 1950s, Universal Studios produced most of the classic horror movies that were iconic and have nostalgic qualities for people who grew up with these movies. There were several iconic monsters in Hollywood to choose from like Hunchback, The Phantom, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Invisible Man just to name a few. Recently, Universal Studios has announced that they will be creating a line of monster movies in the form of the Dark Universe which will overlap in the sense that these characters will make appearances in the same way that happens in the universes of Marvel and DC. The Dark Universe was now created to resurrect the classic ghouls that once haunted the silver screen in their new reawakening. Unfortunately, the first of these remakes for the new franchise was 2017's THE MUMMY which has a dismal profit at the box office. 

Unlike the previous interpretations that includes the 1932 classic and the loose remake of the trilogy, it was a hollow, overblown and misguided attempt to thirdly re-embrace the titular character's origins and the supernatural themes. Audiences weren't interested in the new revitalisation of an iconic monster that was less mummified and swapped of its gender. The feature of its story is too wrapped with exposition and some of the plot points were unnecessarily added to the beginning of a newly rejuvenated universe of scary monsters by Universal.

The aging star Tom Cruise should be ashamed for starring in this unrelenting big-budgeted picture. He is not to blame for his large career setback and though he took the fall when it should have been
the writer/director Alex Kurtzman's. He still has a touch of charisma left from his middle-aged looks, but was unable to save a remake that is beyond worth saving. Russell Crowe was featured in the supporting cast as the mysterious Dr. Jekyll as the character was borrowed from an classic novel. Sofia Boutella delights in her acting playfulness with sheer fright and seduction as Ahnamet, the undead Princess of Egypt.

THE MUMMY has a few scares to terrify the moviegoers but not able to thrill them into the completely forgettable monster-mash. I advise viewers who have and haven't seen the campy fun of the 1999 remake see this film one time and not bother to rewatch it. Otherwise if you are looking for a good monster movie, rewatch THE MUMMY trilogy instead.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

In Memory of Adam West (1928-2017)

Adam West (1928-2017)

Hello everyone, it is with huge sadness to inform you that Adam West, the noted television and film actor known for portraying Batman in the 1960s titular campy show and movie adaptation has died in June 9th 2017 after a short battle with leukemia at the age of 88. West was appreciated by many comic book readers as the third known actor to take on the cowl of the caped crusader. Not everyone was very appreciative of his horseplay, and goofy tone of the show when the dark, gritty tone was introduced and became a integral part to the comic series in the 1980s. He definitely had a huge sensation with the Bat fandom which he will be remembered within our memories.

West's acting in television began in the late 50s in a children's show where he had not yet taken the stage name of Adam West until in 1959 when he moved to Hollywood. West's film appearances prior to Batman include supporting roles on "The Young Philadelphians' opposite Paul Newman, 'Robinson Crusoe on Mars' and 'The Outlaws Is Coming' with The Three Stooges and numerous guest appearances and a supporting roles on various classic television programs. It is then when Producer William Dozier discovered the young actor after seeing him perform in a commercial for Nestle Quik that he cast him as Bruce Wayne and his eponymous alter-ego in the campy television series that aired on American television from 1966 to 1968. In addition to his appearances as the character in television and film, West is also featured in a public service announcement telling schoolchildren to heed Lyndon B. Johnson's call for them to buy stamps of U.S. savings to support the Vietnam War. Shortly after Batman, West and few of his co-stars like Yvonne Craig and Burt Ward had fallen on hard times when they were severely typecast because of their high-profile roles. Not even his first post-Batman film 'The Girl Who Knew Too Much' tried to avoid his status with Batman and despite all of his issues, West continued acting in more films. He even did more guest spots in television programs like 'Fantasy Island', 'Bewitched', 'Bonanza', Maverick', 'The Love Boat', 'Laverne and Shirley, etc. In later years during his pop-cultural status that he appeared as himself in shows like 'NewsRadio', 'The Adventure of Pete and Pete', 'Murphy Brown', The Ben Stiller Show', 'The Drew Carey Show' and 'The Big Bang Theory' and also in the feature 'Drop Dead Gorgeous'.

Outside from his live acting, West was a professional voice actor because of his distinctive voice and did voiceovers where he did a few films like 'Chicken Little' and 'Meet the Robinsons'. Even on television where he did guest voices in shows like 'Rugrats', 'The Simpsons', 'The Critic', 'Johnny Bravo', 'Kim Possible', 'Futurama', and 'SpongeBob SquarePants'. Before that he often reprises the Batman character in Saturday morning cartoons produced by Filmation and Hanna Barbera and recently in two direct-to-DVD movies (with one forthcoming) including 'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders' and 'Batman Vs. Two Face'. West also voiced in a episode of 'Batman: The Animated Series' as Gray Ghost in the episode 'Beware the Gray Ghost'. Rather to return as the dark-winged avenger (whose role has been taken by Kevin Conroy), he instead plays a character whomlike him is also a former actor named Simon Trent who has trouble finding work after portraying a superhero in the classic TV series of The Gray Ghost. He later had a recurring role in 'The Batman' animated series as Mayor Grange and guest-starred as Thomas Wayne in a episode of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold'. He was also known as the voice of the eccentric mayor of Quahog in Seth MacFarlane's animated sitcom 'Family Guy' and he voices a parody of himself as portraying a cat-like superhero Catman when having a obsession with felines in Nickelodeon's 'The Fairly OddParents'.

Anyone who is old enough to remember Adam West will definitely miss him as long as his memory lives on.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Wonder Woman

Release Date: June 1st 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Atlas Entertainment
DC Entertainment
Rat-Pac-Dune Entertainment (in association with)
Cruel & Unusual Films 
Tencent Pictures
Wanda Pictures

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 141 minutes

Budget: $149,000,000

Box Office Gross: $254,350,709 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross) 

Plot Summary
Diana, princess of the Amazons, has been trained to be an unconquerable warrior on her closely guarded Amazon homeland of Paradise Island. When an American plane crashes on the shores of the island and the pilot reveals there's a massive conflict taking place, Diana decides she has to step in to help.

She travels to the outside world to help stop the war to end all wars, in the process becoming the superheroine Wonder Woman.

Gal Gadot - Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Chris Pine - Steve Trevor
Robin Wright - Antiope
Connie Nielsen - Hippolyta 
David Thewlis - Sir Patrick
Danny Huston - Ludendorff 
Lucy Davis - Etta
Ewen Bremmer - Charlie
Eugene Brave Rock - The Chief
Elena Anaya - Dr. Maru
Lilly Aspell - Young Diana (8 Years Old)
Lisa Loven Kongsli - Menalippe
Ann Wolfe - Artemis
Ann Ogbomo - Phillippus
Emily Carey - Diana (12 Years Old)
James Cosmo - Field Marshall Haig
Martin Bishop - Kaiser Wilhelm II

Director - Patty Jenkins
Creator: Wonder Woman - William Moulton Marston
Story/Producer - Zack Snyder
Story/Screenplay - Allan Heinberg
Story - Jason Fuchs
Executive Producers - Jon Berg, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, Stephen Jones and Rebecca Steel Roven
Producers - Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - Tommy Gormley
Co-Producer - Curt Kanemoto
Production Designer - Aline Bonetto
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Director of Photography - Matthew Jensen
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro
Stunt Coordinators - Tim Rigby and Marcus Shakesheff
Special Effects Supervisor - Mark Holt
Visual Effects Supervisors - Viktor Muller, Bill Westenhofer and Loeng Wong-Savun
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Keith Miller
Animation Supervisor - Ben Wiggs
Film Editor - Martin Walsh
Music - Rupert Gregson-Williams
Composers: Additional Music - David Buckley, Tom Howe, Andrew Kawczynski and Paul Mounsey

When WONDER WOMAN came out recently in cinemas, I was relieved that all of the rumors about the movie not exceeding its huge expectations were put to rest. The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has finally attained its mojo when it all started with SUICIDE SQUAD (click here). This wasn't the first time that I've seen WONDER WOMAN in a standalone film as I saw the 2009 direct-to-video animated version on pay-TV. It is a wonderful privilege that this female character has her own cinematic spotlight; especially when the other female-led superhero movies that came before such as SUPERGIRL, CATWOMAN and ELEKTRA couldn't dominate the box office charts. Especially when competing against other films of the genre that were male-centered. Unlike the few previous entries from DCEU which were bad to average at best, this one does not by all means disappoint DC fanatics. 

However, the action sequencing was timed perfectly and it flowed well with the editing and detailed storyline. I have no problems about the movie whatsoever, Zack Snyder's involvement was limited as he helped to co-envision the plot and was also acting producer. WONDER WOMAN has rightfully earned its place as an uplifting, intense but pro-feminist focused film which portrays women as resourceful, skillful and strong. Where traditionally in superhero films you often see females as damsels in distress or supporting heroes (not lead actor status) and this can be a very anti-feminist perspective.
Continuing the mantle of Wonder Woman is Gal Gadot who continues her wondrous performance of the superheroine who is now transformed into a god-like figure similar to Superman. Co-starring with the lead actress is Chris Pine who magnificently portrays Steve Trevor, her soon-to-be ill-fated love interest. They both provide a sensational chemistry in professing their on-screen love and successfully convinced the audience of their unbreakable romance.

I truly can't think of anything bad to say about this movie, I think this certainly a worthy addition to be termed as one of the all-time greats to be added to the archive of DC movies. I would be very surprised if this film does not get followed up with a sequel and I can only hope that it leaves as big an impression as this wonderful movie did on me.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Release Date: 25th May 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: M

Runtime: 129 minutes

Budget: $230,000,000

Box Office Gross: $324,844,000 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary
Thrust into an all-new
adventure, a down-on-his-luck
Captain Jack Sparrow feels the
winds of ill-fortune blowing even
more strongly when ghost
sailors led by his old nemesis
the evil Captain Salazar, escape
from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's
only hope of survival lies in
seeking out the legendary
trident of Poseidon, but to find it
he must forge an uneasy
alliance with a brilliant and
beautiful astronomer and a
headstrong young man in the
British navy.

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
Javier Bardem - Captain Salazar
Geoffrey Rush - Captain Hector Barbossa
Brenton Thwaites - Henry Turner
Kaya Scodelario - Carina Smyth
Kevin McNally - Joshamee Gibbs
Golshifteh Farahani - Shansa
David Wenham - Scarfield
Stephen Graham - Scrum
Angus Barnett - Mullroy 
Martin Klebba - Marty
Adam Brown - Cremble
Giles New - Murtogg
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner
Keira Knightely - Elizabeth Swann
Paul McCartney - Uncle Jack
Delroy Atkinson - Pike
Danny Kirrane - Bollard
Juan Carlos Vellido - Lt. Lesaro 
Rodney Afif - Officer Madga
Rupert Raineri - Officer Santos
Stephen Lopez - Officer Moss
Bruce Spence - Mayor Dix
Justin Smith - Mr. Krill
John Leary - Mr. Swift
Anthony De La Torre - Young Jack Sparrow
Finn Ireland - Young Pirate Jeff
James Mackay - Maddox
Bryan Probets - Bowen
Lewis McGowan - Henry Turner (10 Yrs Old)
Alexander Scheer - Young Teague
Richard Piper - Captain Toms
Michael Dorman - First Officer Wade 
Rohan Nicol - Officer Cole
Robert Morgan - Grimes

Directors - Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg 
Based on Characters/Story/
Executive Producer - Terry Rossio
Based on Characters - Ted Elliott, Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert
Story/Screenplay - Jeff Nathanson
Executive Producers - Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Chad Oman, Mike Stenson and Brigham Taylor
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Production Designer - Nigel Phelps
Costume Designer - Penny Rose
Director of Photography - Paul Cameron
Stunt Coordinator - Thomas Robinson Harper
Fight Coordinator/Stunt Double: Javier Bardem - Thomas DuPont 
Special Effects Supervisor - Dan Oliver
Visual Effects Supervisor - Gary Brozenich
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Patrick Ledda
Film Editors - Roger Barton and Leigh Folsom Boyd
Music - Geoff Zanelli
Composers: Additional Music - Phil Boucher,
Zak McNeil, Paul Mounsey and Anthony B. Willis

Shiver me timbers, it's time for DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES to set sail as Disney is trying to keep a waning franchise of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN afloat. It has been a wait of four years and some moviegoers have lost interest in the series because of the extremely divisive ON STRANGER TIDES (click here). The studio and its former partner Jerry Bruckheimer have decided that an another change of direction would best suit the next film and brought in two Norwegian directors. Unfortunately much of it was dogged by a string of production difficulties as its main actor Johnny Depp was injured on-set and facing career-threatening issues. Yet, this feature tries to convince us that there's still hope left in the series as Depp is struggling to regain much of his A-list status from the allegations. The two new lead characters of the film weren't as believable as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann from the original film's. This film wasn't quite as promising as its narrative, when most of us believe it would replicate the approval from THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (click here).

Now that Depp has become a shadow of his former self as the role that was once inspired from the exploits of the great matinee idol Errol Flynn is losing his edge. Javier Bardem was splendid in his portrayal of the undead pirate hunter Salazar, who was purely motivated by revenge on Jack Sparrow... I mean Captain Jack Sparrow. He is the film's only other redeeming feature and it was fortunate he had not signed on to a different picture than being in the ensemble cast. We can also thank Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightely for being in their special guest appearances as Will and Elizabeth after they were both absent in the previous movie.

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES was not the long-awaited film to rescue the series from its declining quality. It has some moments, but not nearly enough to contain all the balance that was forgotten from the sequels. So viewers be warned, watch at your own risk!

Star rating: (5/10) Average

Thursday, 25 May 2017

In Memory of Roger Moore (1927-2017)

Roger Moore (1927-2017)

Hello movie bloggers, I regret to inform you that British film and television actor Roger Moore, the man known for being Simon Templar in the television show 'The Saint' and his longest serving portrayal of secret agent James Bond in the film series of 1973 to 1985 has passed away after bravely losing battle with cancer on May 23rd 2017 at 89 years old. I have nothing against the late movie star except that he wasn't the best actor to play 007 but was more British, less brutal and memorable than any interpretation that were conceived by Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Moore's early years of his acting career began in 1945 where he was but an extra in the film 'Caesar and Cleopatra'. Moore had his first televised appearance in 1949 and found work on modelling for print advertisements. In 1954, he signed a seven-year contract with MGM and got third billing and a supporting role in 'Interrupted Memory', The King's Thief' and 'Diane'. The latter film flopped and Moore was released by the studio two years after. A few years later, Moore has starred in one-hour parts in episodes of TV programs and various little known movies. Moore's involvment with television grew as he featured in lead roles include 'Ivanhoe', 'The Alaskans' and 'Maverick'. Moore was cast in the main role of Simon Templar in the television spy-fi drama 'The Saint'  by producer Lew Grade. The show was broadcasted in 1962 in the U.K. where it was filmed and even America, that got its widespread attention. Because of its success, Moore had gotten international stardom in 1967. The series was originally produced in black-and-white before it went to colour in 1967 and ran for six seasons with 118 episodes. In addition to his main acting in the show, Roger Moore has also directed several episodes which he starred in. In 1971, Moore went on to star in another espionage thriller series opposite Tony Curtis in 'The Persuaders'. Unlike his previous fame in 'The Saint', the series was a success only in the U.K. and Australia but never in America where it was pre-sold to ABC and failed. 

In 1972, when producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli first contacted the actor after Sean Connery stepped down from the role of 007, Roger accepted their offer of portraying that titular character in 1973, starting with 'Live and Let Die'. After its release, he continued with his interpretation of the character in films like 'The Man with the Golden Gun', 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 'Moonraker', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'Octopussy' and 'A View to a Kill'. He was 45 years old in 'Live and Let Die' and was 58 in 1985 when he retired from that role and was considered the oldest actor to portray James Bond. During his tenure as Bond, Moore had other movies in mind such as 'Gold', 'The Wild Geese', 'Escape from Athena', 'North Sea Hijack', 'The Sea Wolves' and 'The Cannonball Run'. He also appeared in a cameo appearance as Inspector Clouseau on 'The Curse of the Pink Panther' under the pseudonym. After his retirement from being James Bond, Moore took a career hiatus for five years and would not continue to do more film appearances until 1990 in several movies. He was seen in other movies like 'The Quest' with Jean Claude Van Damme and 'Spice World' and was among the voice talents of 'Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore'. 

Despite his celebrity status, Moore was made Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF in 1991. Among other honours, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as "Sir Roger Moore" for his "services to charity" in 2003 and in 2008, he was appointed by the French Goverment as Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

To family and friends of Roger Moore, we deeply miss him and we are grateful to have seen his work including James Bond. May he ever be immortalised in film.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Release Date: 6th July 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: M
Runtime: 145 minutes

Budget: $225,000,00

Box Office Gross: $1,066,179,725 

Plot Summary
Once again we're plunged into a world of sword fights and "savvy" pirates. Captain Jack Sparrow is reminded he owes a debt to Davy Jones, who captains the Flying Dutchman, a ghostly ship with a crew from hell. Facing the "locker" Jack must find the heart of Davy Jones but to save himself he must get the help of quick-witted Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. If that's not complicated enough, Will and Elizabeth are sentenced to hang unless Will can get Jack's compass for Lord Cutler Beckett. Will is forced to join another crazy adventure with Jack.

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
Bill Nighy - Davy Jones
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner
Keira Knightely - Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport - Norrington
Jonathan Pryce - Governor Weatherby Swann
Kevin McNally - Joshamee Gibbs 
Stellar Skarsgard - Bootstrap Bill
Lee Arenberg - Pintel
Mackenzie Crook - Ragetti

Tom Hollander - Cutler Beckett
Naomie Harris - Tia Dalma
David Bailie - Cotton
Martin Klebba - Marty
David Schofield - Mercer

Alex Norton - Captain Bellamy
Geoffrey Rush - Hector Barbossa
Dermot Keaney - Maccus
Andy Beckwith - Clanker
Clive Ashborn - Koleniko
Reggie Lee - Hadras
Christopher Adamson - Jimmy Legs
Jonathan Linsley - Ogilvely
John Boswall - Wyvern
Max Baker - Burser
Steve Speirs - Quartermaster
Lauren Maher - Scarlett
Vanessa Branch - Giselle 

Director - Gore Verbinski
Based on Characters/Writers - Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Based on Characters - Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert
Executive Producers - Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and Bruce Hendricks
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Eric McLeod
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Historical Advisor - Peter Twist
Production Designer - Rick Heinrichs
Costume Designer - Penny Rose
Makeup Effects Creator/
Department Head - Ve Neill
Director of Photography - Dariusz Wolski
Second Unit Director: Dominica/Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge 
Sword Master/Specialist (Uncredited)/Stunt Double: Jack Davenport - Thomas DuPont
Special Effects Supervisors - Allen Hall and Michael Lantieri
Visual Effects Supervisors - John Knoll, Huseyin Caner and Alex Frisch
Visual Effects Supervisor: 
Additional Visuals - Charles 
Additional Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM - Bill George and Roger Guyett
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Hal T. Hickel
Film Editors - Craig Wood and Stephen Rivkin
Music Supervisor - Bob Badami
Music - Hans Zimmer
Composer: Theme Music - Klaus Badelt


2007 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Allen Hall and Charles Gibson (Won)
Best Art Direction - Rick Heinrichs and Cheryl Carasik (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Christopher Boyes and George Watters II (Nominated)

While THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL received a standing ovation of being a worthy pirate film, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels were not as well-known as the original and are a mixed bag among viewers. I barely watched them (except for ON STRANGER TIDES), but now is the time to watch all entries in a canonical order before I go see DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES in theatres. DEAD MAN'S CHEST was the middle child of the series and is unable to surpass the standards of the previous film. The crucial display of balancing action and comedy is nowhere to be found as the plot becomes too convoluted with some exposition. Director Gore Verbinski and the screen writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio become caught up with the first film's success as Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer wanted DEAD MAN'S CHEST to be bigger and better than the last movie. This sequel was too slickly overproduced to be considered as an even better sequel despite all the great lengths that came with the lavish scenery, brilliant sword fighting and extravagant visuals. Sadly, these aspects were simply not enough to save the second instalment from a fair scale of rating.

Johnny Depp was almost as funny when continuing his role of Captain Jack Sparrow after he had astonished audiences in the character's big debut of the first film. He was very sincere that he was cheeky and unrestrained and to amuse himself of his improvised acting. Actor Bill Nighy was in a hideous disguise as the squid-like part crustacean pirate of Davy Jones when he was cast into that antagonist role. This has to do with the computer-generated imagery that camouflaged him to look very fishy in this transformation. The rousing adventurous score by Hans Zimmer was incredible it included strings, pipes and concussions to create a sound familiar to the original themes by Klaus Badelt.

DEAD MAN'S CHEST was a bit disjointed but nonetheless a decent addition to the PIRATES franchise. It's not the best of the sequels, but easy come easy go, it's a mildly entertaining film to say the least. Highly recommended to those who were fans of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release Date: 25th April 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Marvel Studios
Marvel Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 136 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $636,957,009 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada in search for vengeance. As the guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed.

Chris Pratt - Peter Quill/
Zoe Saldana - Gamora
Bradley Cooper - Rocket (Voice)
Dave Bautista - Drax the
Vin Diesel - Baby Groot (Voice)
Kurt Russell - Ego
Pom Klementieff - Mantis
Elizabeth Debicki - Ayesha
Michael Rooker - Yondu
Karen Gillan - Nebula
Chris Sullivan - Taserface
Sean Gunn - Kraglin/On Set Rocket
Krystian Godlewski - On Set Groot
Sylvester Stallone - Stakar Ogord
Laura Haddock - Meredith Quill
Wyatt Oleff - Young Peter Quill
Gregg Henry - Grandpa Henry
Evan Jones - Wrench
Jimmy Urine - Half-Nut
Stephen Blackehart - Brahl
Steve Agee - Gef
Mike Escamilla - Scrote
Joe Fria - Oblo
Terence Rosemore - Narblik
Tommy Flanagan - Tullk
Michael Rosenbaum - Martinex T'Naga
Ving Rhames - Charlie-27
Michelle Yeoh - Aleta Ogora
Miley Cyrus - Mainframe (Voice) (Uncredited)
Seth Green - Howard the Duck (Voice) (Cameo)
Jeff Goldblum - Grandmaster (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Writer/Director - James Gunn
Based on Comic Book
"Guardians of the Galaxy" -
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Starlord Creators - Steve Englehart and Steve Gan
Gamora and Drax Creator - Jim Starlin
Groot Creator/Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Groot Creators - Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
Rocket Raccoon Creators - Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen
Executive Producers - Victoria Alonso, Louis D'Esposito and Jonathan Schwartz
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Nikolas Korda
Producer - Kevin Feige
Co-Producers - David J. Grant and Lars P. Winther
Production Designer - Scott Chambliss
Costume Designer - Judianna Makosvky
Cinematography - Henry Braham
Special Effects Supervisor - Daniel Sudick
Visual Effects Supervisor: Framestore - Patric Roos
Visual Effects Supervisors - Matthew Crnich,
Doug Spiltaro and Christopher Townsend
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Edwin Rivera
Visual Effects Producer - Susan Pickett
Film Editors - Fred Raskin and Craig Wood
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Tyler Bates

My moviegoing experience of the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie (click herewouldn't be the same if I had not seen the new chapter in theatres. The thrilling cosmic action, humour and 70s music were reinstated in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and it was a surprising continuation that everyone agrees it has the same impact of the original movie. Writer/Director James Gunn has masterminded the call for a sequel of continuing the wild space adventures of Marvel's very own sci-fi heroes. The film was thickened with a thoughtful storyline and complex characterisations but it boasts an immense visual display. It loses none of these aspects that were continued to be used in the feature that is neither as significant as what other viewers say about it. It would seem that the plot has some similarities to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (click here) and it has more of a bittersweet closing than a downer ending.

The original actors like Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, etc. are back as the famed eponymous group of heroes that were ready to save the galaxy again from evil forces. Even undisputed macho man Vin Diesel is now voicing the cutesy and diminutive version of Groot. For the newer cast members, Kurt Russell was a legendary and truly remarkable actor when portraying Star-Lord's estranged father who was mysterious and godlike and his true intentions are yet to be discovered. Elizabeth Debecki was capable of using sheer brutal menace when acting as the vengeful Ayesha and that she may return to the character in the final instalment in the near-future. French actress Pom Klementieff was cast as the lovable but naive Mantis who is newly welcomed as a member of the team. Veteran actor Sylvester Stallone is in a large cameo role as Stakar Ogord, even though I've never been a big fan of Stallone and his movies. Whatever the reason, he did pull a fascinating job.

Viewers will be jettisoned and embrace the world of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as they previously have done it in its predecessor. It may not have been as fresh as the last movie, but it's bigger and a more colourful and action-packed sequel. I hope to see it again when it is put to the sales on Blu-ray, DVD, iTunes and Netflix.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie