I think that for once (eh, twice), there aren’t any spoilers.
22 Jump Street (2014)
Main plot: After leaving high school (for the second time), Schmidt and Jenko get transferred to 22 Jump Street and are sent to college, where they have to go undercover again. Once more, they have to split up.
Main cast: Channing Tatum (Jenko); Jonah Hill (Schmidt); Ice Cube (Captain Dickson)
Review: As I mentioned in my review of 21 Jump Street, I actually didn’t intend to go see this movie, but I got persuaded. And I was not disappointed. When I saw that it actually gets a better rating, I still wasn’t convinced, but I was very positively surprised. The plot was pretty much the same, but for me, the major difference was, that it was not as predictable. When it turned out, who the dealer was, the film took quite a twist. In my opinion, they played out the ‘relationship’ thing a bit too much though. Tatum and Hill went very smoothly with each other, but I didn’t think the Schmidt /Maya relationship was as believable. (In this case I preferred Schmidt with Molly in part 1.)
It was quite funny, and in contrast to many other movies, I found myself laughing out loud once or twice.
Right, if there are any How I Met Your Mother- fans reading this, you might know the actress who plays Maya (Amber Stevens) as Janet McIntyre (although she just reminded me of Beyoncé until I checked.)
So all in all, a very enjoyable comedy for both people who’ve seen 21 Jump Street but also for those who haven’t.
What I love about this film: That it wasn’t as predictable as the prequel and it was probably as good as a sequel goes.
My rating: 8.5/10
Did you see/like 22 Jump Street?
I think that for once, there aren’t any spoilers.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Main plot: The relationship of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, is probably special in every way. For one, they’ve both got cancer, which cost Gus a leg and makes Hazel have to carry an oxygen tank with her all the time.
Main cast: Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster); Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters); Nat Wolff (Isaac)
Review: To be honest, I already cried when watching the trailer, and one of the reasons was, that I think Shailene’s voice is absolutely amazing. I had read the book (and reviewed it on my other blog), so I was a little bit anxious about the film not ruining it, but not living up to my expectations. I was not disappointed. The film was beautifully made and the cast was fantastic, as both Hazel and Gus aren’t perfect. of course they had to leave out one or the other scene and they changed the last words (yes, I’m very picky with this kind of stuff) which weren’t as good in my opinion. I once read something, that the amazing thing about John Green books is, that on one page, you can find a beautiful, deep quote and on the next one something like “I want this dragon carrot risotto to become a person so I can take it to Las Vegas and marry it”. My problem was, that, knowing what happens in the end, I found it rather hard to laugh.
I went to the cinema with a friend, and when the movie was over, we both cried so hard, but the rest of the cinema seemed completely untouched. I think someone even laughed 😦 .
What I love about this film: That it was held very closely to the book and I think Ansel Elgort was the perfect Augustus Waters.
My rating: 9/10
Did you see/like The Fault in Our Stars?
Sorry once more I haven’t been posting, but I guess you’re going to have to get used to me writing less, as I’ve got quite a bit to do. Please don’t unfollow, I’ll try as much as I can.
This review contains spoilers.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Main plot: When Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson finally catch “dark wizard” Lord Blackwood, they think they just solved another case. But then Lord Blackwood returns from his grave and resumes to his dark plans, Holmes and Watson have to deal with what seems a full new case.
Main cast: Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes); Jude Law (Dr. John Watson); Rachel McAdams (Irene Adler)
Review: I’ve watched one of the Benedict Cumberbatch/BBC – Sherlock’s, and must say, I did like that better. I think the BBC version has got a better “total package” and I like Benedict Cumberbatch more in the role of Sherlock. He’s got this eccentric thing about him, where Robert Downey Jr. is more of a just action guy. I also couldn’t see what accent he was trying to do, as it did not sound that british.
It was the third film I saw with Rachel McAdams (other two being Mean Girls and The Notebook), and I like her a lot. It annoyed me a little that of course it was the girl who had to be saved but then in the end she was more or less the hero so I was okay again 😉 .
Overall it was an enjoyable enough film.
Something I love about this film: I don’t know, thee are a lot of smaller things I like about, but not really one thing that stands out. If I had to choose, I’d say the way you can see Holmes visioning what he’s going to do and then doing exactly that.
My rating: 6.5/10
Did you see/like Sherlock Holmes?
This review contains spoilers.
Storyline: When teenager Juno finds out she is pregnant after an incident in a chair with her friend Bleeker, she decides to place the child with an adoptive couple she found in the PennySaver.
Actors: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman
My review: I’ve seen this film two and a half times, and I love it. (Although I usually say “like” even more after watching, which kind of annoys me 😉 .) Teenage pregnancy is a pretty touchy topic and I think the film copes with it very well. I’m really happy that in the end Juno actually gives the child to Vanessa because I would have felt so bad for her if she didn’t. From the first appearance of Jason Bateman’s character, I didn’t really like him. I couldn’t see a proper personality, ugh, I just so hate him! One of the cutest things about the movie is probably the way her dad explains love to Juno (“Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.” Awww) but then thinks she means him anyway :D. When they first mentioned St. Cloud I was totally like (you see what I mean?!) “MARSHALL’S FROM ST.CLOUD!!” so I checked later and they did actually mean that St. Cloud (although they didn’t film anything there). Man, am I good or what? The one thing that drove me pretty much crazy, was that Juno’s little sister is called Liberty Bell. LIBERTY BELL! I don’t understand how people can do this to their kids! I’m giving this a fantastic 9.5/10, I just love it.
Something I love about this film: Leah – I thought she had the funniest lines and she’s just SO pretty!
My rating: 9.5/10
Did you see/like Juno?
This review contains spoilers.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Storyline: Uhm, well… There are zombies who eat people and Shaun tries to save himself, his flatmate, his ex-girlfriend, her two flatmates and his mother with a great plan.
Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield
My review: Two things: First of all, Simon Pegg looks SO much younger! Well, he is, but it was almost a shock for me after watching The World’s End and Paul… Yes, I had to make this completely useless remark. Anyway, secondly: The second I saw David (Dylan Moran) I knew I’d seen him some film and I found out he was the guy stealing a book in Notting Hill 😀 . I was happy Nick Frost and Simon Pegg did better here than in The World’s End and it’s such a classic anyway (I want to watch Hot Fuzz in nearer future to finish them off…). Some might not see the film’s ending as a bad one (as in not happy), but I think it’s almost depressing! Practically everyone dies and what Sean does with Ed is just plain cruel. But I read that Dianne actually survives after having to eat Dave’s legs (no. comment.) and stays in contact with Liz and Shaun over christmas cards (I mean, what can the internet NOT tell you?!) I got the feeling there was slightly more physical comedy, which I love (as long as it doesn’t go over the top too much). And I would have expected it (apart from a few gross scenes) to be scarier. Is it only me not being very attentive or do they really not explain how the zombies came to be? Anyway, I really liked it 🙂
Something I love about this film: That so many things that happen early in the film suddenly turn up later, like the hog lumps or the instructions on how to shoot.
My rating: 8.5/10
Did you see/like Shaun of the Dead?
21 Jump Street (2012)
Storyline: Two immature cops get sent to a local high school after there’s been a death caused by a synthetic drug unknown to the police. There they are supposed to “infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier”.
Actors: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco
My review: This movie was on TV, so I decided to watch it although I wasn’t really that interested in it. It was actually a positive surprise. I mean, the jokes aren’t that original, but the whole idea (more or less), as far as I know, is. The characters were not my favourite, though. There were a few quite funny twists around the end, and I didn’t totally didn’t suspect the guy who turned out to be the supplier in the end (probably because I didn’t think about who could be it…). What I liked a lot, was that the nerds weren’t totally weird, other than in so many other films. And that the cool guys were all real nature guys (except for the selling-drugs part, I guess 😉 ). It was a little, well… dumb at times, but I didn’t really expect it not to be. At first I totally didn’t get that one of the guys turned out to be Johnny Depp, but as soon as he spoke, I was really surprised! Oh, and there’s going to be a part two (22 Jump Street) in summer, but I don’t think I’m going to watch it. I know this is a little shorter than usual, but anyway: good film if you need something not uncomplicated, funny and easy-going.
Something I love about this film: The (NOT) exploding trucks and the nerds. I thought they were way funnier than the “cool” guys.
My rating: 7.5/10
Did you see/like 21 Jump Street?
Guys, I am SO sorry I haven’t written anything in ages and I don’t even have a proper excuse, but I’m back and hoping to review more films. I’m also thinking of making a list of films to review. Are there any you would recommend? Anyway, lets get on with reviewing!
The World’s End (2013)
Storyline: After not making it the first time, Gary King and his friends try to make it through 12 pubs in their home town, Newton Haven, in one night again. But they notice that something’s wrong in Newton Haven.
Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
My review: Before I watched the film I didn’t read any plot summary or so, I just sat down and watched the film, thinking it was going to be about five guys doing a pub crawl. So I was a little surprised as it got a sci-fi/horror twist with smashing non-robots with blue blood. After I had gotten over it being a little different than expected, I enjoyed it. Well, more or less. I wanted to like it, really, and I like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (okay, I’ve only seen Paul, but I liked that one!), but it just didn’t do it for me. It was a bit too weird for me sometimes and what I totally did not like was the ending. I’m sorry that I have to go around spoilering now, but that they let the whole world just become some place without technology or anything else and Gary some kind of blank… I just didn’t understand it (it made me go “double u tee ef ” 😉 ). So, it was funny, the end was crap, watch it if you get it for free, but I wouldn’t spend much money on it.
Something I love about this film: I actually don’t know. There were many things I liked and it was quite funny, but there’s nothing where I’d go “Oh, yeah, I loved that one!”
My rating: 6.5/10
Did you see/like The World’s End?
I decided to change my rating system a little and there’s only my total rating.
Now You See Me (2013)
Storyline: FBI agent Dylan Rhodes and Interpol detective Alma Dray follow a group of illusionist who rob banks and give the money to the audience through America.
Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson
My review: All in all, it reminded me of Inception a little… Except that it got LOADS of hate. Honestly, I don’t know why. Okay, it wasn’t perfect, there were a confusing holes in the plot and the ending was not that good. But other than that I thought it was pretty awesome! Of course, the actors were pretty cool. Of course, the cast was pretty amazing. I admit I don’t know many actors but here I knew quite a few. But just love Morgan Freeman, I haven’t seen him in many films, but I like his… presence. Anyway, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, I was wrong. I really liked that.
I saw the film twice and the second time I liked the ending even less. (Spoiler) It wasn’t clear to me why Rhodes was so angry with Bradly and I actually didn’t get thing with The Eye at all. Confusing. I had to go visit Wikipedia after finishing 😉
The characters were all more or less likeable, of the four horsemen I liked Henley best but thought what was his name? the mental guy was the funniest.
So, to sum it up, I liked the film a lot but it wasn’t perfect (-> ending).
Something I love about this film: simply all the magic tricks. I’m a person who thinks it’s kind of scary but cool nonetheless. Although the mental things are just plain creepy…
My rating: 8.5/10
Did you see/like Now You See Me?
Yes, finally a proper review again 😀 It was my birthday a short time ago and I got some new DVDs ready to watch again 😉
Storyline: When the two english sci-fi fans Clive and Graeme travel through America after visiting a comic-con, they find more than just sights on their way: Alien Paul needs their help to find his way back to his UFO after sixty years. (Sorry for the crap summary but I didn’t know what to write)
Actors: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Kristen Wiig
My review: This movie is definitely NOT for people who are easily offended if someone says something bad about Christians. On IMDb, everything’s full of Christians complaining that this film was very offensive to them. I am not very religious. So, to all you guys who felt insulted (I’m not trying to start a fight or something, just bringing up the facts here…): There were a total of two extreme Christians and they were in the same family. You can NOT deny, that there aren’t any people like that. And as it was a freaking COMEDY, the characters were supposed to be over the top!!! Were science-fiction lovers insulted because they were portrayed as nerds? Were policemen/agents/whatever insulted because they were shown to be pretty brainless? No! Thank you.
After I had gotten used to the rather frequent swearing, I enjoyed it a lot. There were a lot of references to other sci-fi movies I didn’t get because I haven’t watched many, but that wasn’t a problem in the slightest, I just mentally skipped the things I didn’t understand 😉 The characters actually weren’t that likeable, but they were okay and they were funny enough, so you simply didn’t HAVE to like them.
So, very enjoyable comedy, not to be taken too seriously and probably not something for the whole family…
Something I love about this film: The drawing of Paul. Can Simon Pegg actually draw that well?!
In All: 8.5/10
Maaaaan I should really stop using block letters that much… (And …)
Back to the Future (1985)
Storyline: When fleeing from Lybian terrorists, Marty McFly goes back into the year 1955. There he meets his mother and dangers his own existence by interfering with how she meets Marty’s dad.
Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
My review: It seems like I love films from the 80’s. The Goonies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, E. T., The Princess Bride, … And Back to the Future perfectly fits into this list of films. I mean, the story and the idea are great and something different and it’s funny. Of course, being in a time where the special effects look like they’re “really happening” it’s difficult to say that they effects are that good, but for the time I guess they were.What I also liked was that you didn’t notice too strongly that it’s made in 1985 because most of the film is set in 1955 anyway.
The characters are loveable (although I didn’t like the Doc that much) or hateable, depending on who it is. I must say, I would have freaked out a little bit more than Marty when I a) go back in time and b) in my case my father fancies me. But okay.
I love the soundtrack to the movie, I’ve actually got the whole album on my iPod. And Huey Lewis (the singer) is in the film (uncredited) telling Marty at an Audition he’s “just too darn loud”. But Marty is actually playing one of his songs haha 😉
All in all, a great film, a classic everybody should watch. I’ve watched Part II and Part III but I would recommend just to leave those. They’re not that bad but I just think that ending of the first is perfect. Although it is quite funny to see what they imagined the future to be like when you watch in “the future”.
Something I love about this film: When Marty plays “Johnny B. Goode” and Marvin Berry calls his cousin Chuck. Although it is quite embarrassing 😉
In All: 9/10