Revue of JUST MERCY

Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) who after graduating from Harvard heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3759″ img_size=”full” el_class=”mgn-bag-img”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”right-to-left”]Director : Otto Bathurst

Producer(s) : Jennifer Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio

Starring : Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin and Jamie Dornan

Genre : Action/Drama

Release Date : November 21, 2018 (Nigeria)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Revue of ROBIN HOOD” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]Robin Hood tells a story of Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) as they mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown fronted by the Sherriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn).

Robin Hood is a story that has been told so many times as movies and series that we have lost count and I sighed when I saw that ANOTHER one was being made as I can’t imagine what else there is to his time worn story. Consequently, I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the film had mixed reactions from critics and the audience and I also agree that this remake of Robin Hood isn’t that good. Let me tell you why;

The producers of this film thought that the best way to make this film was to reimagine it by putting a modern spin to it. This contemporaneousness reflected in the garb of the cast, their language, the city and even the weaponry. However, this twist is a good idea only on paper because on the big screen it made the film lack soul making the film tacky. The audience is unable to connect the old Robin Hood tale with what is playing out on the screen so it left us feeling lost and confused. Also, in an attempt to create an identity for the film, the producers infused a spin to the character of John (Jaime Foxx) and quite honestly, this didn’t work for us as he seemed out of place.

The real disservice to the Robin Hood tale in this film is the plot which was full of holes and very tawdry. The film attempts to relive the essence of the old Robin Hood tale about stealing from the rich and giving to the poor and included Robin challenging the church and monarchy as some sort of vigilante- but sadly, this angle failed due to poor acting. I dont blame the cast for the wretched show as it was caused by a poor script making Robin Hood a chore to watch. The standout character is Ben Mendelsohn as he was really villainous.

Another upside to Robin Hood was the CGI and fight sequences which were adrenaline-charged. The producers used a lot of Slow Mo in the action sequences to good effect, making it the best part of the film.

Spoiler Alert! Robin Hood will have a sequel…which is an idea they should shelve because this first installment is a bit of a bummer.

Anyways, if you think that there should be a sequel, please let me know in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook so we can talk about it.

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Producer(s) : Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Arnon Milchan

Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya and Liam Neeson

Genre : Thriller/Suspense

Release Date : November 16, 2018 (Nigeria)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Revue of WIDOWS ” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

Widows was one of my most anticipated films for this year because it stars one of my favorite actors (Viola Davis) and the trailer had whet my appetite to no end. But if like me the trailer had gotten your juices flowing in anticipation of an action-packed, shoot em up style film, well just like me, you will be disappointed. Wallahi, trailer totally hoodwinked me and I felt like a big jack ass. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying this film is bad, quite the contrary, it was quite good, it just wasn’t what I expected it to be.

Widows isn’t the action-packed film it was touted to be, but it was more about a bunch of scheming and contriving widows who were trying to create their own legacy. If you ask me, the idea that they were all brought together by their thieving husbands didn’t really add much to the film as the ladies held their own down. Talking about exceptional performances, Daniel Kaluuya gave a killer performance! He is my standout character in the film.

I liked the plot twist at the end of the film even though it was a bit obvious to the discerning mind but I think it helped wrap up the film. Have you seen Widows? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks so much for always dropping in on my blog, I really appreciate it.

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Producer : Damien Chazelle

Starring : Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas

Genre : Drama/Biography

Release Date : October 26, 2018 (Nigeria)

Music Director : Justin Hurwitz

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Revue of FIRST MAN” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]First Man is the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

When you see a film specifically made for the Oscars, you immediately recognize it. First Man was made for the Academies and let me tell you why I know this;

  1. First Man is boring! This film is a snooze fest to the average moviegoer because there isn’t any energy and the film seems to lack any real entertainment value. There weren’t any action sequences, fight scenes or even convoluted dialogue…the film appears boring AF.
  2. The detail to the Cinematography. The cinematography in First Man is amazing but the ordinary filmgoer does not care (or even know) what cinematography is. However, the technical film enthusiast will recognize that this is a great piece of work especially with the constant use of POV and tight camera shots to catch the emotions of the characters and giving the viewer a more intimate feel to the film.
  3. The music in First Man is eerie as it is magnificent. When I heard the Theremin and the loud Moog synthesizer, I thought this was Hans Zimmer’s handwork but I was surprised to find out it was Justin Hurwitz. The music passed to the audience this feeling of loneliness that Armstrong felt throughout the moon landing. The use of the Synthesizer and the Theremmin is very appropriate for the period so this is a plus for the film.
  4. Sound. Other than the music, the sound was amazing because similar to Deepwater Horizon you hear so many sounds like ratchets rattling, loose screws and loud explosions and even the constant breathing of the astronauts. These sounds going off all at once gave First Man one fantastic à la carte of sound.

All I have listed above are absolute crap to the average moviegoer so if you aren’t into technicalities in movies, you have no business seeing First Man. If on the other hand yo are into technical stuff, please see First Man…preferably in IMAX. I am touting First Man to be in contention for Sound, Cinematography and even best picture at the Oscars. Have you seen First Man? Tell me how bored you were in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook

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Producer(s) : Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr.

Starring : Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie

Genre : Drama/Thriller

Release Date : October 19, 2018

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Revue of THE HATE U GIVE ” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]The Hate U Give is adapted from the book by Angie Thomas with same title about Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) who is constantly switching between two worlds – the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.

Usually, people go to see movies for entertainment value only but The Hate U Give is so much more than entertainment- It is a powerful and thought provoking take on social injustice that is prevalent in the United States and in other forms around the world. The film explores the reality of being a person of color in the United States where POCs are subjected to oppression, racism and racial profiling. It is a sensitive subject that people would rather tip toe around, but The Hate U Give has brought it to the fore and it can no longer be ignored.

The message in The Hate U Give was conveyed by some powerful acting by the cast especially Amandla Stenberg who did an astonishing job shouldering the weight of the whole film and carrying it effortlessly despite her young age. It was refreshing to see Regina Hall in a role that wasn’t comical but my standout character has to be that of Russell Hornsby who played the gangster father role with such finesse and passion. However, I was unconvinced with Anthony Mackie who seemed poorly suited for his role, or maybe I am just used to seeing him as an Avenger LOL.

The Hate U Give will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions- one minute you are laughing and going awwwww, the next you are entertaining trepidation and then some scenes will leave you deep in thought. But after its all done, you will be left with some serious matters to ponder especially about your position on racism and the attendant social injustice met on POCs. The viewer will be made to understand that you may chose to ignore or deny the existence of racism and racial profiling (or any social injustice for that matter) but you will be affected by it in one way or the other – so what are you going to do about it? Fight or keep quiet? You choose.

The Hate U Give is a thought provoking and timely film especially with recent spate of fatal shootings around the world (even in Nigeria) by law enforcement agents. It comes to Nigeria cinemas from the 19th of October and is recommended especially for people who are conscious of the goings on in the world today.

When you do get to see The Hate U Give, please let me know what you think about it in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.

Take care of yourself…and each other.

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Producer(s) : Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor

Starring : Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott

Genre : Romance/Musical

Release Date : October 5, 2018 (Nigeria)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Revue of A STAR IS BORN ” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]A Star Is Born is a remake of the 1976 classic of the same name, that starred Barbra Streisand. In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper is a seasoned musician (Jackson Maine) who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

It’s amazing how talented Bradley Cooper is! I was blown away by his directorial debut and even his singing abilities. It’s no mean feat that he has been Oscar nominated four times but I think this is the film that will finally clinch the Academy award for him. Let me breakdown the highlights of A Star Is born:

The Music: Lady Gaga gave one of her most powerful music performance and Bradly matched her tone for tone. My favorite song off the album must be The Shallows which was such a ridiculously emotional song. Even I’ll never love again almost made hard man like me start crying in the cinema but I stayed strong…

The Acting: Gaga and Bradley were so perfect together that you get so immersed in their performance that they no longer seem like actors but real characters. Yes, the chemistry was that good.

Directing: It’s hard to believe that this is Bradley Coopers directorial debut because this movie was so perfectly executed. He chose eerie silence rather than score the whole film and this silence kept the audience on edge like an ominous cloud of darkness that was about to befall the ill-fated lovers. I also liked the simplicity in the shots and direction which weren’t convoluted but just so easy to follow.

A Star Is Born is a tear jerker where Gaga gives a performance of a lifetime and Bradley Cooper shines in front and behind the camera. This is definitely an Academy (Oscar) contender and I cannot recommend this film enough- but I must warn that if you aren’t into slow-burners, then this may not be the film for you. If you do get to see A Star Is Born, please let me know what you think in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.

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