Skyfall Movie Review

I’m pretty sure that I have seen every James Bond movie and that includes the lastest Bond movie Skyfall that I saw yesterday.

There has been a lot of hype about this movie and it has had a good reception from critics. Overall, I thought that it was a great movie but it has its flaws.

The opening scene finds 007 in Istanbul trying to find a missing computer hard drive, with the names of all British agents on it. After a car and motorbike chase through Istanbul and over roof tops Bond finds himself on top of a train fighting the villain. This sequence is fantastic and the way it is filmed takes your breath away.

The lost hard drive then seems to take a back seat in the films plot as the main villain appears and he only has one thing in mind and that is to kill “M”. Gone are the days when the bad guy in a Bond movie wants to take over the world. Also gone are the Bond gadgets like exploding pens. This Bond movie is tough guy Bond taking on a fanatical computer hacker.

Daniel Craig is a great Bond but he is now showing a few wrinkles and droopy eyelids but he is in my opinion the toughest Bond there has ever been.

After a bit of a lull in the action the final sequence sees Bond and M in a shoot out in a remote Scottish house. Why Bond decided he would take on the bad guy, his gun weilding thugs as well as an attack helicopter with only a small handgun is beyond me.

The other bit of action that I thought was over the top was a tube train that crashes through a hole in a tunnel !

All said, this is a movie that will keep you gripped from start to finish and is one of those movies that you will say to yourself “I will see again”.

Battleship Movie Review

Just back from seeing the film Battleship. Despite mixed reviews I have been wanting to see it since I saw the trailer. The film stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, the lovely Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna.

I emerged from the cinema after the film with a smile on my face. Forget the storyline. This is an action movie with amazing special affects. Basically, we have been sending signals to a planet that we think may have life on it and some time later the inhabitants of this planet decide to pay us a visit and they are not friendly !

It just so happens that the US navy is conducting war games in the Pacific and they come across several alien space craft that have landed in the sea. After several US ships are sunk and they started  the movie looking like their technology was far superior, and they were just about invincible, the US navy decides to start firing missiles. Why they didn’t fire those to start with is a mystery! The alien ships suddenly start to look vulnerable!

Meanwhile, the aliens, having lost their communications system they try to use Earths satellite system to communicate with their home planet, presumably to ask for reinforcements. In a race against time they bring the US Missouri battleship out of retirement and the only crew that are available are a group of retired sailors. So, the final part of the film is a group of old men up against a far superior alien force in their retired battleship.

There can, of course, be only one ending but the film is a masterpiece of CGI special affects and it is virtually non stop action. Forget the storyline, because this is good old fashioned action film and as long as you don’t take it too seriously you might actually enjoy it. I really enjoyed the movie. It’s almost a Top Gun movie on water and I can highly recommend that you go and see it.

It’s fun and it should put a smile on your face!

Review of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie

I went to see a really good movie this week. It was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel as well as several other well known actors. With a strong cast and an excellent Indian setting it’s about a group of ageing people who find themselves on a trip to India to stay at a rundown hotel run by Dev Patel, of Slum Dog Millionaire fame.

The film is very simple and makes easy watching as the guests settle in at the hotel and each guests story of their past and what they get up to outside and inside the hotel is told. The film is fairly fast paced as all the guests think that they are past it, but events tell a different story!

About 15 minutes from the end of the movie the fire alarm sounded in the cinema so we ended up missing the final few minutes. I had to ask someone who had already seen the movie what happened in at the end. Needless to say I can’t say what the ending is !

Avatar Movie Review

I went to see Avatar last night in 3D and I can tell you that you must go and see it !

Avatar is an amazing film but this is mainly because it is filmed in 3D and this brings to life the whole film. I think I sat through the whole film with my mouth open and totally immersed in another world. This film is all about escapism to another world at its very best. There are many times in the movie that you feel that you are there amongst the actors in the same room.

Whilst the story line is excellent and probably tells a moral story as well the main winner is the 3D technology which surely will herald the start of 3D in most films. Avatar is the perfect movie for 3D as it is filmed in CGI on a fictitious planet called Pandora. The main character is given a new body, an avatar, in which to live his life in the midst of the planets population. These creatures are amazing and they live in a huge jungle full of amazing creatures and floating mountains.

You must go and see this movie !

A Movie About Nazis Needs German Accents

I recently saw a trailer for the the new Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie. You have probably seen either the trailer or maybe even the movie itself. There seems to be a bit of controversy about whether Tom Cruise, who plays the Nazi conspiring to assassinate Hitler during the Second World War, should play the part using a German accent or not. In the actual movie Tom Cruise does not talk in a German accent, he speaks with his normal American accent. Well, sorry, but to me that is wrong and because of that I will not go and see the movie. In my opinion  a German Nazi should be played by an actor who speaks with a German accent at least and probably should be played by a German speaking person and, therefore, with English subtitles.

Imagine if the war film Pearl Harbour had English speaking Japanese fighter pilots. It would not seem right would it ? Well, the same principal applies with all similar films. I would rather not have an A list actor like Tom Cruise playing such parts. I would rather have an unknown actor who could speak German.

I recently watched a great movie called Apocolypto, directed by Mel Gibson.  Apocolypto is the mythic story of a tribe of Indians who have been conquered by another tribe and taken to an ancient Mayan kingdom to be sacrificed by the kingdom’s rulers to appease the gods who are currently “punishing” the Mayan people through sickness, pestilence, drought and a myriad of other issues in what is to become the waning days of their mighty empire. The point is though is that this film uses local actors who do not speak English. The film is sub-titled and in my opinion this makes the movie far more authentic and actually pretty scary in parts as well.

I am a big fan of war movies and all the best ones have had German speaking actors if they have been about World War 2. Can you imagine John Wayne playing a German. He was far too macho for that !

Movies Worth Watching

Christmas used to be the time when you could watch a good blockbuster movie. Those days are now gone unless you have subscription movie channels. So this year I decided to buy some movies on DVD to watch, and they turned out to be really good movies that I can recommend that you watch too.

1. Batman – The Dark Knight – This is a brilliant film but the story line could have been better in my opinion. I rate the film as brilliant because of the performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. Great special effects. The Dark Knight and Batman Begins mark the time when the Batman movie franchise moved from being kids films into the adult world.

2. Mama Mia – This is the film version of the hit Westend show and it is fantastic. Great music and a great cast of actors including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters and Colin Firth along with many others. Mama Mia was filmed on the Greek islands of Skopolos and Skiathos and the scenery is truly breathtaking. Great music makes this film one of the films of 2008 and is what we all need to cheer us all up in times of gloom. I think I will watch this film every day – it’s that good !

3. No Country For Old Men – this film was a 4 times academy award winner and for good reason. It stars Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem plays the excellent “bad guy”. Josh Brolin stumbles across $2M in drugs money and is then persued by Bardem who plays a ruthless killer. It is tense stuff, but I was a bit confused by the ending, which let the film down a little. Highly recommended though.