Saturday, April 30, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Hello folks!  I went to watch Captain America:  Civil War yesterday.  It's the UK release day yesterday.  I've been following the Marvel movies for a few years now.  Considering all the movies are intertwine with each other, I pretty much have to follow them all.  So, I don't really have to think twice about if I should watch Civil War because I pretty much have to if I want to follow up until the next Avengers movie.  I confess, I don't read any of the comic books, I probably read them if I have the comic books, but I just don't have the motivation to get my hands on them.  My point is, I write my thoughts about this movie based on my experience from watching it in the cinema.  I don't know how different the film is from the comic book, I'm sure there are some differences because that's what happen to all films that are an adaptation of something, may it be novels, comic books, or even video games.  I think some of the reasons for film makers to make changes in adaptation films will be (a) they are limited to a certain amount of time for the film which makes it impossible to copy exactly like how the story was portrayed from its original source, and cutting some parts might not make sense to the plot, so they have to make changes from how it was written in the books or games.  (b) It's their interpretation of the plot, on how they feel can give more impact.  It might work, it might not.  Really depends on either you can accept it or not.  This is why a lot of people always say the book is always better than the film, and this is because when you read the book, it gives you the freedom to see the story through your own imagination and interpretation.  Where as when you watch a film, you are watching it through other people's imagination and interpretation, and you might like it, or you might not.  Also, (c) film industry is a business industry, they need to sell the movies, so they have to do something that can sell the movies.  This sometimes can jeopardise the quality of the movie, which do happen and it's a shame when that happens, but sometimes it's acceptable.  So, it's a matter of opinion.  

I must say, I am more blown away with my experience of watching Captain America:  Winter's Soldier than this one for some reason.  I think probably because I have higher expectation for this new one because of all the characters involved.  Don't get me wrong now, I enjoyed watching it, but at the same time I won't say it's as good as I hoped.  Then again, might be my fault for putting expectation.  I tend to set the bar a little too high sometimes.  Or, it could also be because there are too many superhero movies out there with similar plot that it is starting to feel repetitive so it is slowly losing its originality.  I guess now when I'm watching any superhero movie, may it be DC Comic or Marvel, I am looking for how can they be creative with the plot to avoid all the cliche of a superhero movie...like....destroying the whole city in order to save the city kind of cliche.  One thing I like about Civil War is that it is acknowledging this fact, on how their act of heroism may not be "heroic" to a lot of people who suffer from their "act of heroism" and this kind of sets off the plot of the movie.  

I will not spoil the movie for you, so I will not say anything further from that about the plot.  But in my opinion, there are some dull moments especially during the first half of the movie.  It felt like it took too long to get to where it needs to be.  Maybe that's why I feel like the movie is not as good as I hoped it will be.  I find myself day dreaming sometimes while watching the movie, which is not good, hence, the "dull moments" that I mentioned.  Although, I have to admit that I definitely enjoyed Antman and Spider-man being part of this movie.  I feel like they are a good comedic relief throughout the intense fighting scene, and I also must add that there are some humour throughout the film that cracked me up and that's always uplifting.  I also must mention about Black Panther, he is definitely a special one.  I do enjoy scenes with him in it, Black Panther is such a noble character in my opinion and he can definitely kick some ass too.  Last but not least, Martin Freeman, I don't remember the name of his character, but he is suppose to be the leader or head of something with the CIA, I don't really remember the exact words for it.  Anyway, I love Martin Freeman, he is one of my favourite actor, I think he is brilliant in what he does, BUT....I must say that I was a little disappointed with his attempt on doing an American accent.  I don't know if it's because I am too used to hearing him speaking in his British accent that my brain automatically filter his lines into a British accent, or, he just didn't convinced me enough with the American accent.  I mean, it sounded British and American at the same time.  Some words sounded American, and some others sounded British, so it was confusing and I ended up thinking what accent he was trying to do every time he speaks in the movie.  Which was frustrating because I was looking forward to see him in this movie.  I still love him though, just that I wish I could be convinced of him speaking in an American accent.  I'm not American and yet I don't feel convinced...so I don't know what that says to others.  Like I said before, it might be because I'm just too used to hearing him speak in his own British accent that my brain just filter it, or it might not.  But it's enough to make me feel like his performance was a slight let down :(

Will I recommend this movie?  Yes to those who has been following Marvel movies.  Because the combination of all these characters into one movie was really great for me to witness.  So, if you've been following the Marvel universe, then you might enjoy it.  If you have not been following any Marvel movies, it might be difficult for you to relate.  Like, how did Antman ended up in this movie, or why is Captain America trying to save Bucky, or pretty much the plot itself...how does the plot comes to that all relates to various Marvel movies, especially the Avengers.  So, if you want to watch this movie, but have not been following Marvel movies...I can't guarantee if your experience will be great.  It might be, you never know, worth the shot I guess.  If I am to rate this movie from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this movie 6.5/10.  That's it for today, until next time...toodles~

*photo taken from Google Image

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jungle Book

Hi everyone!  It's my birthday today!  April 15 baby ^_^  Shout out to Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Emma Thompson as well since we all share the same birthday.  Anyway, getting to the point of this post, I just came back from watching Jungle Book.  It's the release day today here in UK.  I admit, before I watched this movie, I had my expectations.  I mean, this is probably the first Disney Classic movie I watched in my life, so I had that expectation to be going through the nostalgic ride, and at the same time to be amazed with the new turn of the plot.  And you know what...it was everything I hoped it will be...and more.  I really love it.  I think it's a brilliant movie. 

Lets start with the nostalgic aspect of it first, we have the song Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You in the film, there's also Trust In Me but it's in the credits roll instead of the movie.  Which is great, two (excluding Trust In Me) of my favourite songs from the animation, I'm sure it's the same for most people which is why they decided to include those two songs in the live action film.  I admit, the placing for I Wanna Be Like You is a little odd and felt out of place, but it's a great turn to lighten up the mood, so it's something that I can accept.  The temple where the monkeys live in looks amazing, almost like in the animation, and all the familiar characters like Bagheera the black panther, Baloo the bear, Kaa the python, Shere Khan the tiger, to name a few.  But the three vultures from Disney Classic are not in the plot of this new one.  There are vultures, but they have no significant roles in the plot.  But I guess it won't be making any sense if they are included in the live action movie, there are enough humour that having the three vultures will just not make any sense.  I can't really get into too much of nostalgic moments because I don't want to give any spoilers, but there are a lot of moments when I was just on the train through childhood memories ^_^

Then, lets talk about the other aspects of this film.  Why do I like this movie so much?  Well, lets start with the animals in this movie.  Mowgli is pretty much the only character that's not CGI.  So, there's a risk there of this movie looking completely ridiculous.  But it's not.  It's so realistic.  The interaction between the animals, how they move, how their fur or muscle move, how they attack or running away, all looks so convincing.  Even the style of living (that's the best way for me to describe it, lol) among the creatures are well presented.  Also, the facial expressions of the animals are not too overly done.  You can still see the expressions of the animals but without losing the animal aspects.  If I want to be picky and point at something, I would say that the size of King Louie the orang-utan is probably a little exaggerated.  That's not a spoiler in case you're wondering, you can see it in the trailer.  I would say that's probably one of the very few unrealistic things about this film.  The others, you'll find out when you watch it.  However, it does works with this movie because it gives him the image of being the alpha male among other primates.  Putting aside the fact that the animals are beautifully crafted through CGI, even the background, the view of the jungle, are unbelievable.  It's like you're really there.  The last time I was this satisfied with graphic technology was during Avatar, so it's amazing to feel this mind-blown again.

Not to forget, the music.  Oh my goodness, the music, I need to find the music.  I love it, it fits the movie really nicely.   The orchestration, the choir, it's so good.  It just fits into the scenes like a glove.  I can feel how the plot intensify just with the help of the scoring.  So, that's an amazing thing to happen.  A big wonderful congratulations to John Debney for scoring this film.  You did an amazing job, and I think you and your team definitely make a big contribution to make this a great film.  

Will I recommend this movie?  Hell yeah!  Especially if you watched the Disney Classic Jungle Book when you're a kid!  I enjoyed this movie so much, I had a great experience watching it.  The overall experience that I get here is enough for me to look pass anything that might be a little off or ridiculous like I already mentioned previously.  If I am to rate this movie from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I give this movie 8/10.  You should definitely watch this.  Worth the money and time.  I hope I did this movie justice with what I described, and I hope it's convincing enough to spark your interest to go and watch it.  That's all from me for now, until next time.  Thanks for reading...toodles~

*image taken from Google Image