Saturday, 29 September 2012

Film Review: She's All That

  • Name: She's All That
  • Released: UK - 21st May 1999
  • Genres: Comedy & Romance
  • Duration: 95 mins
  • Director: Robert Iscove
  • Writer: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
  • Stars: Freddi Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lilliard
My Review:
Being a teenager myself, I found this film very appealing. Having mentioned before how I'm not totally keen on typical 'American Highschool Rom-Coms'; I have to admit that I did enjoy this one.
Having said that, there was nothing overly special about the story line or about the way it was written - it has all been done before so I can't credit my like for this film on that. However, the cast for this film is, in my opinion fantastic. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays a very convincing 'high school hunk' and Matthew Lilliard is hilariously funny but Rachael Leigh Cook has to be my favourite character; the contrast between her and other females which play a similar role in other films is vast in that others seem quite fake where as she makes it seem very natural - almost real. 
Overall, despite being made over a decade ago, it's a very funny film that would appeal to most teenagers. Nothing majorly different from other films of a similar genre but well worth a watch for a relaxing Saturday night film.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Film Review: 127 Hours

  • Name: 127 Hours
  • Released: UK - 7th January 2011
  • Genres: Adventure, Biography & Drama
  • Duration: 94 mins
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Writer: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy & Aron Ralston (Book: 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place')
  • Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn & Kate Mara

My Review:

This film was based on a true story and supposedly comes under the 'Adventure' genre...I think other wise. This film had about as much adventure as a cheese sandwich; there was nothing adventurous whatsoever. I was looking forward to seeing it as it was directed by Danny Boyle (I normally enjoy his films) and it was nominated for 6 Oscars - I don't know how it was. I was thoroughly disappointed when it had finished. Okay, so the fact that it's a true story is an amazing fact but made into a film? No thank you. As I have said with other films, it didn't GO anywhere! Plus, I didn't like the start of it at all. One of the musts when making a film is to make the start good to make sure that people carry on watching else they might just switch off.

The acting wasn't too bad though I didn't think that the characters had any depth to them and they weren't made interesting enough for a film.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this film one bit and I feel that the only reason that people would watch it is to get ideas of what NOT to do in theirs!

Overall Rating: 2.9/5

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Film Review: It's A Boy Girl Thing

  • Name: It's A Boy Girl Thing
  • Released: UK - 26 December 2006
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Duration: 95 mins
  • Director: Nick Hurran
  • Writer: Geoff Deane
  • Stars: Samaire Armstrong, Kevin Zegers & Sherry Miller
 My Review:
Although this film was the sort of typical American, high school film, I think that it was very cleverly put together and thought through. Let me explain myself:
 On the SURFACE, to people that are watching this film and purely focusing on what's going on the SURFACE, it is pretty similar to many American films like Hot Chick. However, Nick Hurran and his team have obviously thought the symbolism of many things included within the shooting of the film and the impact that is has on the overall performance of the piece. For instance, their houses; when they first meet, they are both in their bedrooms with a clump of trees separating them showing the distance between them. During the film, they use the tree to visit each other using it almost as a bridge into each others lives, if you like. By the end of the film, I wont tell you what happens because that would spoil it, but they are both standing by a tree in the middle of their houses showing their new found friendship, closeness and the journey they have come on since the start of the film. I thought that this was very clever and shows the amount of time and effort that was put into planning out every bit of this film.
Although I thought this was good, I think that this film follows the stereotypical casting of a film of this genre. A geeky, workaholic girl, a hunky, hot, quaterback and the school plastic; typically a blonde, thick, bimbo. Even though it works because it's this genre, I would have liked it to have stepped out of the usual stencil; I think Deane and Hurran played it a bit safe.
The casting was average; nothing amazing about it but I think Zegers and Armstrong could have had more chemistry. It seemed to me that however hunky Kevin Zegers is, he struggled a bit to play the tough, American guy. The first scene he aced but I feel that it went downhill from there on. Also, I think that although Armstrong pulled off a very convincing male I think that she was very lead female when the two when they were together which I think should have been reigned in a bit.
One thing that I MUST mention which I don't usually take into account with films ( I know I should!) is the choice of music. I thought in this film, the choices made were excellent. I loved the use of James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful in the last scene. Really added to and highlighted the general feeling at the end.
Overall, I think that this was a very successful film as well as a very funny and easy watch.
Overall Rating: 3.8/5
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