TL;DR – This is a film that revels in the tonal whiplash, but aside from an interesting performance from Mads it never quite comes together.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
One of the things I have been really enjoying the last couple of years is how
action films are taking leaps and bounds with their cinematography and storytelling.
This has led to some interesting films being made that explore weird and
wonderful scenarios. Today we are looking at a film that first came into being
as a graphic novel and you can see that DNA all throughout this film. Though
while Polar has made the jump from
the page to the big screen, or at least
as big a screen as you want with Netflix,
I am not sure it was a completely successful transition.
So to set the scene, we open in the wilds of Chile where Michael Green (Johnny
Knoxville) is very much enjoying the last few days before his retirement, with
drugs, booze, and of course women. Just one problem, one of those things is
about to kill him, and sure enough, he is
not long for this world. Back in America, Duncan (Mads Mikkelsen) is a
fortnight away from his own mandatory retirement when he finds out that many of
the agents form the hitman company he works for has been killed in recent days.
Vivian (Katheryn Winnick) his contact and his handler for Mr Blut (Matt Lucas)
lets him know that they have found the person killing all their agents and
Duncan is tasked with going to Belarus to send a message. Just one problem, all is not what it seems.
TL;DR – A bit of a mess at times, but any complaints I have are overridden by the strongest ending in the franchise’s history.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
So here we are with Star War’s first attempt at a standalone film (a film set in the Star Wars universe, but not one of the main numbered entries) and a prequel no less, by any measure this was a risky gambit for the Mouse House, because the last thing you want to do to your $4 Billion investment is damaging the brand with a bad movie. Now this coupled with extensive reshoots in a year where extensive reshoots have led to mediocre films like Suicide Squad and outright failures like Fantastic Four had a lot of people concerned, is the prequel curse going to continue? Well, I am happy to say those reshoots must have only improved the movie because Rogue One is a blast. Now is it a perfect film, oh no, it has some real problems, but any issue I could have with it is blasted away by some quality filmmaking. Now we will be discussing the story later in the review, so I’ll put a Spoiler Warning out before that, but I feel with a property like this, it is important to say, I will be discussing aspects of the film and the characters and you may find that to be spoilery, so you have been warned to continue with caution.
TL;DR – This is visually one of the best Marvel films ever produced, strong cast, overall a great film, though I do have to say these Marvel films are starting to feel a bit safe.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
P.S. There is a mid and end credit sequence
Well, this Marvel machine keeps on churning, earlier this year we had the fantastic Captain America: Civil War [See Review] which at the time of writing is still on track to be my film of the year, but now Marvel takes a different tack and jumps into the world of the ‘mystical’. In many respects, Doctor Strange is an interesting film because at times it is almost at arms distance from the rest of the cinematic universe, yet also it is almost the most ‘Marvel’ film Marvel has put out.