Movie Reviews

Burnt (2015)

Burnt (2015)

Director:

John Wells

Starring:

Bradley Cooper

Sienna Miller

Daniel Brühl

Plot:

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

Review:

I love watching movies with food porn. They’re fun, though, they do have the negative side effect of making me hungry, but who cares!

Bradley Cooper played a brilliant chef that fucked up his life and is trying to get it back on track. By the end of the movie he was still brilliant, still hot tempered, still not the best decision maker, but he’d made progress.

The only negative I’ve got is I wish there hadn’t been a love interest, I didn’t see why the movie needed it and it would have worked better, I think, as just tension not him actually acting on it.

Oh well, liked the movie, probably won’t watch it again, but it was fun.

3/5

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Director:

Rupert Sanders

Starring:

Scarlett Johansson

Pilou Asbaek

Takeshi Kitano

Plot:

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Review:

I’m unfamiliar with the source material for this movie, but just watching the trailers made it seem interesting. It’s Sci-fi starring a female lead, so definitely something I’m interested in. Sadly, I was really disappointed.

I had no emotional attachment to the characters so when anything happened to them I didn’t care, I could barely focus through the movie and I had nothing distracting me so I have nothing but the movie to blame it on.

I’ve never been a huge Scarlett Johansson fan, I think the gross obsession some people have with her on the internet has affected my view of her, and I thought that she came off as incredibly detached and even more robotic than she should have been. I get it, she’s got the body of a machine and the brain of a human, but she seemed more machine than human and I didn’t really see any kind of journey toward her humanity. I also couldn’t understand why her team loved her so much, I saw no reason for the emotional attachment considering how aloof she was toward everyone.

Enough of the source material shown through that I would be interested in picking it up, but I was not a fan of this movie.

2/5

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Director:

Gurinder Chadha

Starring:

Parminder Nagra

Keira Knightly

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Plot:

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.

Review:

I loved this movie growing up and I had no interest at all in soccer/football. It was all about Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his accent. Seriously, he’s the only reason I watched the movie as a teenager. Now a days I’m not so into lanky men, but the accent is still pretty awesome.

As an adult I found the cultural side of things much more interesting. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still enjoy listening to him talk though.

3/5 

The Queen(2006)

The Queen(2006)

Director:

Stephen Frears

Starring:

Helen Mirren

Michael Sheen

James Cromwell

Plot:

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Review:

I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this as well if I hadn’t watched The Crown. The Queen seemed really aloof and unemotional but I understood why because of the TV show, not so much because of the movie. Still, it was interesting to watch.

I remember when Princess Diana died, I remember where I was, and that I ran to tell my mom. It didn’t really affect me, I was too young, but I knew that she loved the Princess and would care. I honestly don’t remember how she reacted, but I do remember watching the news coverage and the funeral.

I liked getting to see Tony Blair’s attitude change toward the queen, though, I have no idea if that’s true. More than anything this movie made me hope that The Crown gets to do all the seasons it’s planning.

3.5/5

Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)

Director:

James Mangold

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Patrick Stewart

Dafne Keen

Plot:

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Review:

A violent, indie Wolverine movie. I enjoyed the violence and language, but if they were going to be indie I wish they’d embraced it more. Wasn’t a fan of the ending, and not just because of the deaths, I wish they’d gone Children of Men and just ended it.

It was nice to see this Logan, and I liked the world expansion, but is it ever going to be expounded on? Or are we left with just that?

Too many questions and not enough answers.

3/5