High Rise

I have absolutely no idea how to even start writing a review about this film….it was, by far, the weirdest film I’ve ever seen. I have no clue what the story even was. It was just a load of madness happening in one place with the same people!

As a film student I feel like I should be saying “What a beautiful piece of post-modern brutality, the imagery was stunning and the film making techniques were on point” but really all I want to say is “What a load of political bullshit” haha!

I understand that it was a novel first and it has a huge cult following blah blah blah but really it’s just weird!

I would normally start off by running through the story line briefly but as I said before I can’t really do that because I don’t really know what happened.
It opened with Tom Hiddleston (who’s character is Dr. Laing) moving into a posh apartment in a large high rise block and I think we’re lead to believe he is living quite high up, being on the 25th floor, because he is a doctor. It’s kind of organised by wealth, if you have a lot of money or a good job or just generally a posh twat you got to live at the top of the building. But, if you are working class and have loads of kids and not a lot of money then you live a bit lower down.
Luke Evans character was probably my favourite in the film, he was really interesting. He is the father of 4 children and along with his wife they live in the lower numbers. He was infatuated by Sienna Millers character but I’m not really sure why and that all got a bit messy when he found out that her child was actually the child of the Architect which then brings us to introduce Jeremy Irons character. He plays the Architect (I think his characters name is Mr. Royal…really…) he was the creator and therefor owner of the building and he seems very stressed and agitated throughout the film.

I really have no idea where I’m going with this because it’s so confusing in my head.

Basically if you like cult classics, this is going to be one. And if you want to see some incredible acting, go and see it because Hiddleston and Evans were completely flawless. And if you like very graphic sex scenes, go and see this. But if you want a nice cosy film with an easy story and a bit of love and humour, don’t go and see it.

It really is weird.
It’s a very good example of what an intense class system can do to humanity. And it ends with Sienna Millers child sitting on a very high ladder listening to Margaret Thatcher.

Oh do you know what, I don’t get it. It’s weird.

You decide.

High Rise

Zootopia/Zootropolis

I loved it. Absolutely loved it. Disney have done it again!

The film takes place in a large metropolis city which is divided into 4 sections and is inhabited by animals. Walking, talking, working, well dressed animals.
The story centers around a rabbit named Judy Hopps, a new police recruit from a large farming family in the country. She is welcomed into the ZPD in an unfriendly manner as they have never had a rabbit on the force before and think she’s going to be useless (oh how wrong they are!) She expects to be put onto the big important cases but ends up as a traffic warden. Whilst doing this boring job she runs into Nick Wilde, a sly fox who has spent his life dealing on the black market. The story continues to follow Judy and Nick as they end up being left to uncover an enormous crime in only 48 hours.
It’s funny, fast paced and exactly what you want to see from a talking animal animation. The animation itself is absolutely breathtaking, every single animal has different fur or skin and the detail is incredible.
My only problem? Far too many predictable Frozen references, for example the criminal weasel named Duke Weasleton. -_-
However, the wonderful Flash makes up for that.

Other than that, this is an absolute must see.
Released this Easter in cinemas across the country!! Don’t miss it!!

Zootopia/Zootropolis

London Has Fallen

I can’t really decide what I thought of this film. It kind of speaks for itself and I’m glad it was only 99 minutes long.
The film takes place in London (hard to believe, I know) on the day of the British Prime Ministers funeral, he apparently died questionably in his sleep. That’s pretty much all we know about him. That and his name wasn’t David Cameron, however one of the main villains name is Cameron. Controversial?
What we do know is all the most important political leaders from all over the world are coming to London for the funeral so of course they’re all going to die except for the President of the US.
They all have very cheesy entrances to the city, the French Prime Minister is sat on a plush boat on the Thames acting like a bit of a dick, the German Congresswoman is stood admiring Buckingham Palace and the old German Prime Minister is swooning over his young girlfriend on the roof of Westminster Abbey, weird.
The film follows Gerard Butler, who’s characters name I have completely forgotten, around London trying to protect and later save the Presidents life. Aaron Eckhart has had a lot of practice when it comes to playing an important American politician and is actually getting quite good at it.

We all know what to expect from this film and really you get exactly that. Lots of explosions, lots of terrible one liners, lots of guns, lots of patriotism, lots of the F word and lots of a terrible American accent from Mr. Butler (and a happy ending for America, it didn’t get one scratch!)
There are lots of big bangs and London pretty much gets smashed to bits (which felt very strange having seen the film in a cinema on Piccadilly Circus) but all in all, for a film that was going to pretty much suck from the off, it was watchable if you’re into those kind of big budget, America rules, sexy old Gerard Butler films.

London Has Fallen