Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)

“Let’s kick some bottom.”

Johnny English Strikes Again is an action comedy movie, sequel to Johnny English Reborn (2011). It stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko and Emma Thompason. The film follows titular MI7 agent who is called into action when all other undercover operatives of MI7 has been compromised in a cyber attack.

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Johnny English Strikes Again: Rowan Atkinson with Olga Kurylenko

The film follows Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), a supremely proud and confident yet incompetent spy. His actions are clueless and thoughtless but somehow, all the pieces fall in place for him to save the day. He was called upon by the Prime Minister who’s MI7 agents around the world have all been compromised. English comes out of retirement as a teacher in a boarding school in England. The Prime Minister (Emma Thompson) is desperate to discover who the culprit is with the cyber attacks had no choice but to rely on English old school ways. English picks up his sidekick Bough (Ben Miller) who had been forgotten at the desk. They both venture through France on a vintage Aston Martin, going undercover as waiters with french accents and of course, causing havoc in the restaurant along the way.

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Johnny English Strikes Again: Rowan Atkinson

This movie provided a few cheap laughs along the way. With Atkinson’s superfluous acting and the on going premise of him being an incompetent spy yet things working out for him works well, but this has dragged out for a bit too long. Let’s hope this is the last of Johnny English.

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Johnny English Strikes Again: Rowan Atkinson

 

Recommendation

Cheap laughs and wanting to see Rowan Atkinson in action. This is for you. One and a half hours for slapstick humour which has been done or performed better in previous Johnny English films.

Score: 5.5/10

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Chernobyl (2019)

“The truth doesn’t care about our needs and wants. It doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time. And this, at last, is the gift of Chernobyl”

Chernobyl (2019) is a  mini TV series which encapsulates the April, 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic. It becomes one of the world’s worst man made catastrophes. It is a historical drama and features a cast led by Jared Harris (Valery Legasov), Stellan Skarsgard (Boris Shscherbina) and Emily Watson (Ulana Khomyuk). Chernobyl dramatises the story and it follows the stories of responders on the scene, volunteers, miners and Pripyat locals. 

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From left to right: Jared Harris (Valery Legasov), Emily Watson (Ulana Khomyuk), Lyudmilla (Jessie Buckley) and Stellan Skarsgard (Boris Shscherbina)

The show is designed to echo the concerns of contemporary issues of poisoning the environment, truth and post fact government. The mini series focuses on two scientist-bureaucrats played by Jared Harris and Emily Watson as they execute the grim work of clean up, figuring out the actual events of the disaster, prevention of future incidents and the threat of KGB retaliation. In collaboration with the government minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgard), where we see him being dismissive of Harris’s expertise to how he becomes the biggest supporter of Harris in the end, they band together to resolve the disaster. 

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Courtesy of HBO: Chernobyl (2019)

This hyper realistic take on Chernobyl shows firefighters dying in agony from the radiation they were exposed to and the eradication of puppies throughout the town. The suffering and agony of being displaced, children and former resident of Pripyat dying from cancer are all reduced to a single character of a pregnant firefighter’s widow Lyudmilla (Jessie Buckley). The careful addition of balance of flashbacks and important time stamps allowed the audience to follow the historical event even if they do not know about it. 

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Courtesy of HBO: Chernobyl (2019)

Recommendation

This TV series is very hard hitting with graphic images. It draws you in and takes you to the disaster itself. This is currently the highest rated show and there’s a reason why. Enough said. Watch it.

Score: 10/10

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Movie Review

“I see this spark in you. It’s amazing. What ever you choose to do with it, you’ll be great.”

Into the Spider-Verse is a computer animated superhero movie based on Marvel Comics Spiderman. This is the first animated feature film in the Spider-man franchise and I really hope there will be more. It is set in a shared multiverse which has alternate universes. The movie follows a teenage boy, Miles Morales, who becomes Spiderman of his reality and crosses paths with five other spidermans from alternate dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Movie Review

It all starts where he was accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider and Miles starts to experience changes. Retracing his steps to the underground where he was bitten, he discovers Spider Man attempting to stop the crime boss Kingpin. He encounters an older version of Spiderman and asks for his mentorship as they band together and discover four other “Spider people”. They all understand they must work together as a team to defeat Kingpin and return to their own respective universe. Miles struggles with a steep learning curve to be Spiderman, but the characters are so distinct and bounce of each other’s banter and draw from their strengths which makes this movie so intriguing and encapsulating.

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This movie brings new life and a refreshing feel to the superhero movie industry. It is a great family movie, appealing to all ages and filled with teachable and life lessons. The plot is fast-paced with an old school vibe where the voice actors are equally awesome in their respective roles. The CGI are on point and your eyes will be glued to the screen the entire time.The soundtrack music for the movie, especially Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee really hit it home for me. The caliber and usage of the music was on point in every way. Enough said with the praises.

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Recommendations

Great family movie. You should definitely watch this movie. One of the most refreshing and engaging movies I’ve watched in a while. Two hours well spent. Watch it.

Score: 9/10

Netflix’s: Alien Warfare (2019) Movie Review

Alien Warfare was released out on Netflix from April 5th, 2019.  It is a sci-fi action movie with a low budget production and can even be considered a spoof. The movie revolves around a team of Navy seals investigate a mysterious science outpost only to have come into combat with formidable alien soldiers.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix

There seems to be an 80’s vibe to the movie. It consisted of one female character Isabella (Larissa Andrade) with a cliche and stereotypical back story and look to its character. Furthermore, when the formidable aliens appeared, I was quite disappointed. The visual felt like they were wearing cardboard boxes which was painted in black. If were you go for a cosplaying look, it would’ve worked quite well.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix

The action scenes were quite unrealistic and atrocious. They were badly staged and acted. Their weapons look laughable. Enough said. I honestly did not enjoy the movie at all. I didn’t even know why I watched it.

 

Recommendations

I honestly did not enjoy the movie at all. I didn’t even know why I watched it. It was so bad, yet so good in its own sense. Don’t waste your time on this movie.

Score: 2/10

Cube (1997) Movie Review

“Big Brother isn’t watching you!”

Cube is a drama, mystery and sci-fi movie, directed by Vincezo Natali and stars Nicole De Bore, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett etc. The movie revolves around 6 complete strangers with varying personalities and characteristic who are put into a cube, much like a Rubik’s cube. Not having any recollections of their recent memories, they band together in an attempt to escape a seemingly endless maze containing deadly traps.

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Screenshot courtesy from Netflix: Maurice Dean Wint (Quentin) and Nicole De Boer (Leaven)

This low budget film was actually well made considering all the factors. There was elements of suspense and problem solving which encapsulates the audience’s attention. Initially, it was a bit confusing and slow to follow the plot but it picks up as more character developments happens. The contrast between cooperation and conflict emerges as venture their way towards the perhaps exit, each respective characters learn about their strengths and their failings.

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Screenshot courtesy from Netflix

There isn’t much more to say. If you love drama, gore and problem solving. Take a peek into this movie.

 

Recommendations

For a low budget film, it was surprisingly gripping to watch. If you fancy some gore, some problem solving and betrayal. This is 1.5 hour long movie is for you.

Score 6.5/10

Avengers: Endgame (2019) Movie Review

*This review contains spoilers*

“You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me…”

 

Avengers: Endgame is an epic conclusion of the Marvel Cinematics Universe (MCU) spanning over 11 years. The story is a sequel the Avengers: Infinity Wars following the devastating events which left the universe in ruins and half the population wiped out. The Avengers assemble once again to undo and restore order to the universe which Thanos caused.

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The movie focuses on the remaining Avengers post traumatic lives, each with their own burden on moving on with life and seemingly overwhelming failures. This grief is shown differently through different characters and how they cope and recuperate from the incidents from Infinity War. Even with the differences oh Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, they band together to fight side by side for the greater good of the world. There’s so much to unpack in the three-hour long movie. All in all, the movie brings a thrilling conclusion, yet wholesome one for the Marvel fans out there.

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Left to Right: Black Widow “Natasha Romenoff”, Iron Man “Tony Stark”, Ant-Man “Scott Lang” and Captain America “Steve Rogers”

With Iron Man “Tony Stark”, Captain America “Steve Rogers” and Black Widow “Natasha Romenoff” dying, it has left the audience feeling hungry for more as 3 out of the 6 original Avengers gone. In retrospect, the addition of Captain Marvel felt underwhelming. It felt like she could’ve done more with the powers she possessed but her powers felt like it didn’t bother Thanos at all. Overall, this three-hour movie was a pleasure to watch and brought everything to a wonderful close.

 

Recommendations:

For all the Marvel Movie lovers, this is an excellent and well put together movie. To Stan Lee who was an amazing genius at this art and for building up this franchise, he has really made people’s childhood a memorable one.

Score: 9/10

 

Captain Marvel (2019) Movie Review

“This isn’t about fighting wars. It’s about ending them”

Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics and is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The story revolves around an extra-terrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself in an intergalactic battle between her kind and the Skrulls. The protagonist, Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, who keeps having recurring memories of another life on Earth as a US Air Force pilot. With Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) help, Carol Danvers discovers the secrets of her past while harnessing her superpowers to end the war between Kree and Skrulls and becoming one of the most powerful superhero ever.

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Courtesy of IMDB: Captain Marvel (2019): Brie Larson (Carol Danvers) and Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury)

This movie is a great family movie, where it is the first Marvel movie with a female lead. This movie offers positive messages about perseverance, integrity and much more. The protagonist is not objectified, women support women and the characters are diverse and romance is not always at the centre of all things.

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Courtesy of IMDB: Captain Marvel (2019): Brie Larson (Carol Danvers)

We see the start of the relationship between Fury and Coulson, the development of their relationship, the origins of Nick Fury’s eye-patch and the origins of the Avenger’s initiative. With some laughter and light heartedness to this movie, it became a movie on its own but also sets up for the most anticipated Avenger’s movie, Avengers: End Game.

Recommendations

I would not watch this Marvel movie as a stand alone. You should have a backstory of what is going on before watching this. If not, you would not get the full picture of what is going on. Nevertheless, it’s a well made movie.

Score: 7.5/10

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Courtesy of IMDB: Captain Marvel (2019): Brie Larson (Carol Danvers)