Monday, March 31, 2014

Divergent Review

I will be the first to admit that i hadn't heard of the books until the trailer for the film came out and saw that Theo James was in it, if your British you might remember that he was in the Sky Living show Bedlam and also the Inbetweeners movies and of course Shailene Woodley was in the Secret Life of the American Teenager.

I couldn't stop reading the book and i think i read in about 6hrs non stop, i kept hearing people compare it to the Hunger Games and i can see the similarities but i didn't like the Hunger Games i found the story line barbaric and just didn't enjoy the whole concept, but with Divergent i really enjoyed it.

I don't want to give to much away about the film but if you have read the book you will know what happens. Obviously they have changed it a bit so it flows better on the big screen but the basics are still there. Beatrice Prior (Woodley) takes the test like the other teenagers to determine what faction she belongs in, does she belong in Abnegation with her family or does she belong in one of the other factions. The results of the test reveals that she is Divergent she doesn't fit in just one faction. At the choosing ceremony she chooses Dauntless, the warriors where they are trained to fight and defend the city. When Tris enters the Dauntless compound she meets one of the instructors Four (James) and begins the brutal training to become a member of Dauntless or end up factionless. Whilst she is training she must keep her Divergent status hidden other wise she will be killed by the people who want rid of the Divergent who are uncontrollable by people like Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) who wants power over everyone.

I loved the film and it didn't really change much from the book, it kept as close as i possibly could, we see the relationship between Tris and Four, we see the brutal training Tris under gos as well as the bullying by Peter (Miles Teller) who is determined to be top of the class as well as the friendship between Tris and Christina (Zoe Kravitz).

I still have the last book to read in the series and will be stating it soon, I can't wait to see how it all ends. I suggest that you read the book before the film, but you won't be disappointed it is a brilliant series.

The film is directed by Neil Burger and also stars Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn.

The film is out in the UK on the 4th April

Rating: 10/10

What did everyone else think of Divergent?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Veronica Mars The Movie Review

It's finally here the 14th March

I had the film downloading at just gone midnight and i have just finished watching it and i was't disappointed!!

It was fantastic without giving to many spoilers away Veronica (Kristen Bell) is happily living in New York with Piz (Chris Lowell) having interviews with high power law firms (enter first cameo Jamie Lee Curtis) when she hears on the news that Bonnie DeVille aka Carrie Bishop (was played by Leighton Meester in the series) and gets a call from Logan (Jason Dohring) for help after 9 years without speaking.

Surprise surprise when Veronica gets back to Neptune she can't resist her old ways to help solve the mystery of Bonnie's death and clear Logan's name (who by the way is now a fighter pilot). Whilst the film develops we see the connection between Logan and Veronica reignite and it's brilliant. Along the way there are twist and turns in the case leaving us wondering what really happened.

Some highlights for me where the high school reunion/after party you all probably know what scene i mean when Veronica punches Madison Sinclair, when Logan takes out Ruby Jetson on a date, the bit with Vinnie Van Lowe, James Franco's cameo and any scene with Dick (Ryan Hanson) he steels most scenes that he is and i love him he was one of my favourite characters from the series. Other people who make an appearance are; Wallace (Percy Deggs,) who is know a teacher at Neptune, Mac (Tina Majorino), Gia Goodman (Kristen Ritter), Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino), Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni), Leo (Max Greenfield) and Weevil (Francis Capra) as well as a few familiar faces from the series and some cameos include Dax Shepard and Justin Long

All in all i think Rob Thomas did a really good job was surprised by the conclusion to the case and some of the events and could have a sequel in it future (finger crossed). But it was definitely worth the donating to the kickstarter campaign as it was by far worth it. The film is amazing and i bet i am not the only marshmellow out there that was/is waiting for midnight.

The films will be ready to download from iTunes when ever midnight is in your time zone you won't be disappointed.

Rating 5/5

What did everyone else think??

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Oscars 2014

It is the biggest awards show on the planet and watched by millions and it was brilliant!!

I have to say i wasn't sure about Ellen DeGeneres as being the host but i thought she was brilliant. There were some great moments through out the night including the "Pizza Party", Meryl Streep dancing with Pharrell, Jennifer Lawrence falling over again!! and i can't forget about the best 'selfie ever' that broke twitter

Its a who's who of Hollywood in one picture!! Its almost like can you name the celebrities

So i made some Oscar predictions a little while ago for the big awards and got three right, was so happy that Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughy won the supporting actor and best actor awards for Dallas Buyers Club because they were amazing. Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave as well as it winning the Best Picture award. Kate Blanchett picked up the best actress award for Blue Jasmine and Alfonso Cuaron won best director for Gravity.

If you could win an award for best photobomb it would deffo be going to Benedict Cumberbatch

It was a brilliant night of celebration of this years excellent films and each and every winner was well earned in a very tough year with a lot of excellent films.

I still think that Emma Thompson should have had a nomination for Saving Mr Banks

What was your highlight of the night?