Blunt Reviews Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut (2014)

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This was interesting, because I liked the original theatrical cut of the film very much, so there wasn’t an awful lot I would change. That being said, I rather enjoyed this extended edition. It wasn’t groundbreaking, and it certainly didn’t change my experience of the film like many fans would have lead me to believe, but it did add several minutes of previously unseen footage that was intriguing. I wouldn’t say any of the new footage was essential, and I still prefer the original cut, but I’m glad I took the time to see what all the fuss was about.

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Blunt Reviews Presents: Get on Up (2014)

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It’s difficult for a biopic to stand out due to the high standard set by previous films of the genre, and yet Get on Up manages to do this through one element, and that is the central performance from Chadwick Boseman. The film itself is solid and it is clearly based on a passion for the music, but what really holds it together is Boseman’s performance, because he is utterly fantastic. It wasn’t just an impression of James Brown, it was complete immersion into the role and it showed audiences that he can drive a film.

Blunt Reviews Presents: A Long Way Down (2014)

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This film intrigued me for about thirty minutes, it was different and appeared to have the backbone to address heavy topics without flinching. However I soon found that it morphed into a typical cheesy story about love, friendship and second chances, becoming over sentimental and losing the nerve to finish walking the road it started on. With characters that become increasingly irritating it’s difficult to follow them on their journey and hope for a happy outcome because there’s only so much of their bullshit behaviour you can tolerate. Toni Collette is superb, but even she can’t salvage a sunken ship.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Ride Along (2014)

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If you’re looking for that increasingly popular comedy that isn’t actually funny, then this is the film for you! A dull and uninteresting film that will cause a normal person to possibly chuckle on a maximum of two occasions, and then pray that the film is cut short by an asteroid hitting the projection booth. I would rather take a bath with an electrical appliance than sit through this god awful film again. But of course mainstream audiences threw money at it, making them think it’s a good film and encouraging them to make a sequel. Congratu-fucking-lations geniuses.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Oculus (2014)

M126 Brenton Thwaites and Karen Gillian star in Relativity Media's OCULUS.  Photo Credit: John Estes ©2013 Lasser Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The general expectation for a horror film is that it’s going to be scary, correct? You can imagine my disappointment then, when the only reactions Oculus squeezed out of me were laughter during the main body of the film, and then a mixture of rolling my eyes and tutting on numerous occasions as plot details were revealed. It’s not only utter nonsense, but badly acted and unintelligent nonsense. If I’m honest I was actually rather angry upon finishing this film because it was a complete waste of time. Besides the ludicrous plot making me laugh, it has zero entertainment value.

Blunt Reviews Presents: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

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I am still among the folk who are massively bored of this franchise already. The first film was awful, the second was an improvement, and this third installment was just more of what we’ve already had. I’m bored of the ever expanding adventures of Katniss Neversmile and her multiple man friends. All I want is for the films to end already, whether it be with District 13 leading a successful revolution or with President Snow having everyone shot, I don’t care, just get it out of my local cinema. Oh look Lorde recorded a song for the film! Fuck off.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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The film feels very reminiscent of a number of other films, like Groundhog Day mixed with Aliens, but thankfully it does feel like a new and unique experience in its own right, without feeling like a rip off. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt work perfectly together as the leading roles, with a supporting cast that’s less annoying than the usual ensemble thrown together for an action film. Seldom unintelligent with the right balance of humour, I actually quite liked this film. It wasn’t perfect and there are elements that need tweaking, but overall it hangs together as a solid blockbuster.

Blunt Reviews Presents: The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

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When a television series runs out of steam it sends the characters abroad. So what does that tell us about The Inbetweeners, considering they’ve done this twice. We all enjoyed the series a couple of years ago, but this much unwanted sequel was unbearable. The writers are merely reworking things they’ve already done so the gags are more disgusting and less funny. There’s no advancements in plot, and overall the whole thing feels too rushed, hence the narrative is distorted in terms of pace. Boring and uninspired. In the 1930s this rabid dog would have been shot already.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Nymphomaniac Vol I & II (2014)

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This troublesome project is definitive evidence of just how dull Lars Von Trier can be as a screenplay writer. I have no problem with filmmakers exploring sexuality, it is a genuinely fascinating subject, but there is a fine line between art and absurdity. This is absurdity. Von Trier’s directing style is excessive, particularly in regards to the explicit and quite frankly ridiculous sex scenes. More annoyingly it lacks any form of depth and the tone never settles, so the narrative buzzes around like a bluebottle for four hours, before leading to an ending I predicted in the opening ten minutes.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Love, Rosie (2014)

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I feel sorry for anyone that has had to sit through this film, because I approached it with an open mind and found that it was surprisingly rubbish. It’s just unimportant, badly written drivel that owes me a refund of my time. I think I would hate it more if it actually mattered, but because the film is so insignificant I can’t even get angry enough to rant about it properly. All I know is that the relief I felt once the end credits started rolling was similar to the relief felt when an arsehole finally leaves the room.