Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weekly Review Roundup 30th March 2013


THIS WEEK'S PREVIEWS

Fun for all the family from the Madagascar creators, something for the Twihards to fill the 'Twilight' gap, that had the critics in only one mind (save us from Stephenie Meyer) and a film that I can't really work out (I think I liked it but maybe not).

(My movie Pick of the week)
The CROODS ★★

Opens in Australia: 28th March 2013
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
I didn't want to see this.  The trailers looked bland and my in-tray is stuffed with animated film preview invites.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  My Kidz Review Krew reviewer and all the kids that came along with me loved it.  It's funny, colourful and the voice talent is perfect.  From the creators of Madagascar and I like this one better.  Parents, cute as it looks, you will dig it and so will the littlies.

STUDIO BLURB
           The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn't already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy's help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive - each other.(c) Paramount

The Host (fans of this genre ★★★★ Non-Fans ★★) 

Opens in Australia: 28th March 2013
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
     The critics walked out of this screening shaking their heads.  I think I heard, 'Oh dear'.
 Actually I think that was me.  However, I've read the book and it was always going to be a very difficult book to adapt and please the serious film-goers (we don't tend to like voice-overs or weak scripts). It will please the fans as it stays very true to the book.  If it was a mini-series on the Sci-Fi Channel I think everyone would have been happy.  In fact, it probably wouldn't make a bad series. Remember 1988 Alien Nation? (I think it did quite well for awhile.)  I'm getting increasingly frustrated with Director and screenwriter Andrew Nichol.  Gattaca was such a wonderful noir sci-fi film but after 'The Host' and the woeful 'In Time' (which I disliked more than this), I am not looking forward to his next offering.  Fans of cross species romance will really enjoy this.  Let them go and enjoy this oh harsh film critics.  It is not for us to understand the love.

STUDIO BLURB
      What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? "The Host" is the next epic love story from the creator of the "Twilight Saga," worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about - Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Trance ½

Opens in Australia: 4th April 2013
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
         One of my favourite films is 'Shallow Grave' directed by this one's director, Danny Boyle.  Make the comedy as black as you can and I am in.  'Trance' is not a comedy; it's a thriller. And it does keep you guessing even after its over.  Whilst I enjoyed the twists and turns, I didn't really get the ending. Is it all a dream? No, no, that was 'Inception'.  Or is he dead?  No, no, that was 'Lost'.  Is the bad guy really the good guy? No, no, that was 'Bourne Identity'.  Does the guy have a split personality? No, no, that was 'Fight Club'.  Aww, heck I don't know what it was about.  You need to see for yourself.
         Best tweet hashtag on this courtesy of @LucyRGibson fabulous West Australian Film reviewer #OhDannyBoyle

STUDIO BLURB
         Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur. (c)Fox Searchlight


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