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Avengers: Age of Ultron review

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Last night I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron, which I have been excited for since the first outing of multiple super heroes in one film in Avengers. First off, let’s just look at the incredible line up of people that make an appearance in this film:

  • Chris Evans (Captain America)
  • Robert Downy Jr (Iron Man)
  • Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow)
  • Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk)
  • Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver)
  • Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch)
  • Paul Bettany (Jarvis/Vision)
  • James Spader (voice of Ultron)
  • Don Cheadle (War Machine)
  • Cobie Smoulders (Maria Hill)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
  • Hayley Atwell (Agent Peggy Carter)
  • Anthony Mackie (The Falcon)
  • Idriss Elba (Heimdall)
  • Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig)
  • Andy Serkiss (Ulsses Klaue)
  • Julie Delpy (Madame B)

Yes, that is almost 20 big named actors in the film, there may even be more, but those are the ones that I spotted. What an ensemble cast. Hats off to Joss Whedon, it can’t have been easy to manage all of those egos! Especially when the first six are the main stars of the film and the rest are fighting for screen time.

Now that is out of the way, let’s talk about the film. I don’t want to give anything away, as you really have to see this, but hopefully I can help paint a pretty picture for you.

The first film was great, it was funny, packed full of action, gave each of the cast a fair amount of screen time and gave us a brief background, where needed of the characters. Let’s face it, as one of the biggest box office movies ever, it is a tough one to live up to, but I think the team have done a great job with this sequel.

Age of Ultron is funnier than its predecessor, but without being slapstick, or turning it into a comedy action film. It has its dark moments too, and plenty of action, in fact the film opens right in on the action. I would say that is the only flaw in my eyes. We know that Thor, Iron Man and Captain America have all been busy with their own films since they team were last together, and they didn’t really pop up in each others movies (note there was a kind of Captain America appearance in Thor when Loki turns into him). So for me jumping straight into the action of them working together again, as if they have been doing it all along wasn’t the best platform to kick this off. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it starting with the action, but I thought there might be a bit of a getting in touch, maybe a Whatsapp group message started by Thor “Hey mortal Avengers, I need to get Loki’s sceptre back from your realm and I could use some back up, you guys free tomorrow?”

The team are tasked with their biggest challenge yet, they have thousands of people’s lives at risk and they have to figure out how to stop Ultron and save as many people as possible.

We also get to see Jarvis literally brought to life and Paul Bettany gets to play a super hero. There is something special as part of the making of him, keep an eye out for it, for those that have seen Guardians of the Galaxy will hopefully get the importance of it.

There of course is a teaser clip at the end, I won’t tell you any more other than it is someone we’ve seen a couple of times through these Marvel films.

There is so much more I could say about this film, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. So go and see it so we can discuss it!

I will of course be going to see the film again, and pre-ordering my blu-ray shortly.

Image source: denofgeek.us

Belle film review

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There has been so much sci-fi new recently, that it was about time I squeezed some drama in-between it all. So here is a review of the film Belle. (note contains spoilers)

It is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral in 18th Century England. She, like her cousin is a bastard child, she never really knew her mother, and her father acknowledged her as his daughter, rare of a man of wealth, but even rarer when the daughter is of mixed race in this era. Her cousin’s mother passed away and she was not acknowledged by her father. Both are sent to live with their uncle at Kenwood House, Belle, purely because her father is away at sea. When he sadly passes away however, she inherits his wealth. She must then learn to live as a rich woman, who would be attractive to men because of her money, but may not truly be accepted because of the colour of her skin.

She meets John Divinier, the son of a clergyman, who hopes for a career in the law. He is taken under the wing of Belle’s great-uncle, who has worked his way up to the Lord Chief Justice. He is working on a case where a company owner was claiming on their insurance for loss of slaves on their ship during a voyage, due to having to throw them overboard to die due to lack of water. But did they really die this way, or did the merchant simply overcrowd the ship, causing the slaves to suffer? Well John believes the latter, and seems to be the only person that cares for the slaves. This case went on to start the motion of the abolishment of slavery.

John’s passion for the suffering of the slaves to be ignored and his lack of judgement over her skin colour make him attractive to her. But she must marry a gentleman, and that he is not.

Belle is torn between marrying a gentleman, who really just wants her money and title, or the man that has the same values as her. In reality Belle lived at Kenwood for 30 years and her and John lived happily ever after. She inherited her great-uncle’s fortune and they had three children.

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One key focus of the film is a painting that Belle and her cousin Elizabeth sat for, which is said to have inspired the film.

I’m a sucker for period dramas, I don’t think there is any BBC adaptation from the 90s onwards that I haven’t seen, and with the likes of PoldarkCall the Midwife, Our Zoo and Mr Selfridge dominating weekend TV in the UK, I’ve had a constant flow of stuff to watch. In my mind, there just aren’t enough films though, especially good ones. And I have to say Belle is one of the good ones. It is quite a controversial subject matter, and I think it was handled gracefully. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is beautiful and portrays the vulnerability and strong character of Belle so well.

If you are a fan of period dramas, then I recommend you try this one out.

Image sources: eurweb.com / the painting of Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Belle once attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779. Photograph: Courtesy of the Earl of Mansfield/Scone Palace Courtesy of the Earl of Mansfield/Scone Palace/PR (via the Guardian online)

More sci-fi trailers? Well ok, here’s Jurassic World and Fantastic 4

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First there was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then there was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now we have Jurassic World and Fantastic 4. I just can’t cope! I sadly don’t have enough time to break down these trailers and analyse them as I have with the other two, so instead, I will simply share these two trailers with you. But please let me know what you think of them.

Fantastic 4

Jurassic World

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first teaser trailer released

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So this trailer was supposed to be live streamed on Monday, but after it was leaked online, it has officially been launched this weekend, probably also to piggyback on the Star Wars 7 trailer too.

Either way, I am just excited that within a matter of days we have had teaser trailers for two of the most exciting upcoming films. Not to mention we are days away from the Avengers: Age of Ulton release. Eek!!

So let’s take a look at the Batman v Superman first teaser trailer…

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It really gives us a big insight into the route of the film, and how Batman and Superman become enemies. Following on from Man of Steel, where director Zack Snyder said that the film had to be darker for this day and age, if an alien showed up on earth today, with the powers that Superman has, we probably wouldn’t have welcomed him with open arms.

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So we see in this trailer that some people aren’t that positive to having Superman around, he is seen as too powerful, and people are scared of his power.

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Which seems to link to Bruce Wayne looking at his suit deciding that he is the only one that can go after him, or perhaps is a little jealous of all the attention Superman is getting? Does this mean that Ben Affleck’s Batman is post Christian Bale and he is coming out of retirement? Would be far easier to do that then tell the origin story again. Also, it appears the rumours are true that he has more than one suit, the one above looks like it is modelled on Iron Man.

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Despite Batman and the world seemly against Superman, from this shot, some seem to respect him and bow down to him?

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It seems we are going to have some epic fight scenes in this film, between the two of them. But will they come together to team up against Lex Luthor? We know he is in the film, as is Wonder Woman, but the two are yet to make an appearance. Perhaps they are being saved for the second teaser trailer.

Watch this space. In the meantime, check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet.

Image sources: io9.com

Star Wars The Force Awakens new teaser trailer revealed

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So there was a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Star Wars Celebration convention today. But sadly not a full trailer, but another teaser, but boy did this give us a lot to ponder about.

The trailer opens with Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker narrating. talking about the force in his family, with a shot of a burnt Darth Vader mask – he also refers to his father in the present tense rather, it could be a teaser that Darth Vader is still alive or simply the fact that they are using the same speech Luke gave his sister Leia at the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi where he told her they were siblings and Darth Vader was their father

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Luke’s narration is talking directly to someone, saying they have the force too, relatively unknown British actress Daisy Ridley plays the character Rey, who is rumoured to be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, so it is likely that Luke is talking to her as her uncle.

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We see more of the villain Kylo Ren then before, his mask was revealed in this trailer, whereas the previous teaser trailer we just saw a glimpse of him and his crossguard lightabre.

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We get to see more of the Millennium Falcon in action and at the end of the trailer we get one last teaser with a brief glimpse of Harrison Ford as Han Solo with Chewbacca onboard the spaceship saying they are ‘home’.

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Check out the trailer below. Those in the UK can catch me talking about this tomorrow morning on Sky News.

Image sources io9.com

Is the Stars Wars 7 trailer coming?

Star Wars Celebration

We’ve been stuck for a while now with a teaser trailer and news of Harrison Ford’s on-set injury and plane crash, so it’s safe to say that news on the Star Wars front has been a little dry. Well the wait is almost over, as  a new trailer is rumoured to be revealed shortly.

Star Wars is hosting a Celebration live streaming event in Anaheim, California later today at 10am PST (6pm UK). This is going to be a truly epic event. It’s not just a live panel discussion, it is a four day live streaming event, which includes over 30 hours of content. There will be a kick-off panel with Star Wars: The Force Awakens  director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, followed by further panels, discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid and various other performers associated with the saga.

The streaming will come from a special Cantina set at the Anahiem Celebration convention. Star Wars is literally big enough for its own convention, who needs Comic Con?!

Those going to the event will also find out more about the new Battlefront video game and Star Wars Film Fan Awards. Those that want to watch the live streaming can head to the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London, or various cinemas across the US. It will also be streamed live at starwars.com, which is where I will be tuning in.

Stay tuned for more info…

I’ll have Minon Yellow please

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This has to be one of the best things ever. Pantone has teamed up with the new Minons film to launch a new colour to their many shades of everything – ‘Minon Yellow’.

I’m not sure it’s a colour I’ll be using, but just a fab idea none the less. If you could have a character colour what would it be?

The Flash speeds through time travel

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So I got a bit behind The Flash recently, but also as you may have seen with my blog posts. But last week I caught up with the latest episodes of the Arrow spin off series and am impressed with where this show is going. So much has been happening, it feels like the show is on its third season, yet hard to believe it is just over half way through its first. If you haven’t caught up yet, then look away now as this post contains spoilers.

There have been some great cliffhangers leaving me gagging for more, luckily I haven’t had to wait as I had them all banked up. But Dr. Wells isn’t really a friend of Barry’s, ok we knew there was something suspicious there, but first we think he is the Reverse Flash. then he isn’t even Dr Wells, but the Reverse Flash who took on his identity. What the hell?!

He killed Cisco, but then Barry managed to accidentally run so fast that he went back in time and managed to change the course of the day. Now he isn’t just the fastest man on the planet but he can now defy time?!

This show is really something, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m glad I never knew too much about the Flash from the comics, as I’m sure some of this isn’t new territory, but for me it’s exciting to experience it all for the first time.

Image source: hypable.com

Fifty Shades of Grey review

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There are many mixed reviews about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I decided not to read them and make my own mind up. Whilst everyone commented on ‘all the sex’ in the books, I was more interested in Christian Grey himself and his relationship with not just Ana, but those around him. Why was he into S&M, what happened to him as a young child, why was he adopted, what happened to him as a teenager, why did he get involved with an older woman at 15, how did she help him, why does he seem cold to his mother Mrs Grey and why does he dominate brunettes but have blondes work for him? Beyond the bad writing, and the many, many sex scenes, these questions (plus a million other) are what had me gripped with the books. Whilst the film focused on their relationship, it did touch on some of these questions, but I know the rest will come in the next two films. His confession of what happened to him as a child in the film is different to the books, and I think it shows the vulnerable side to Mr Grey that he does everything in his power to hide. It shows that he is someone that has a heart, that cares, but is scared of his past and of getting hurt.

It might not be a love story, because let’s face it he isn’t capable of love just yet, but it is a really interesting portrayal of a man that likes power and how his way of life is challenged when he meets Anastasia. Dakota Johnson is brilliant as Ana, she plays the shy, quiet virgin so well, but also brings some great humour to the role, in particular the bar scene when she is drunk. Her lip biting wasn’t that great, I didn’t like hearing about it on every other page in the book and think that once, maybe twice in the film would have been enough – and don’t put a pencil with a rubber on the end in your mouth, no one does that and it looked fake and uncomfortable.

Jamie was hot, hot, hot. He did not have an American accent, maybe every 10th word had an American twang, but other than that is was pretty much his Belfast accent. But, who cares, it’s Jamie in a film taking his shirt off. Considering this film’s main audience is women I’m surprised that there is more naked Ana than Christian in the film, something my friends were commenting on after the film.

Those that thought they were going to see the multiple sex scenes on the big screen will be disappointed, this film builds up to it, but there’s no climax, and I think that was a wise decision. I didn’t want to get distracted by that, I wanted to enjoy the story of the film, their relationship and seeing Christian Grey melt into a caring, romantic man.

I’m not going to say go and see this film, as you’ll probably disagree with my recommendations on why you should see it. This film is clearly a Marmite kind of film, either you will love it or you will like it, but if you go in with low expectations like I did then I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Fifty Shades sequels confirmed

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The week girls across the world have been waiting for has finally arrived. On Friday, Fifty Shades of Grey hits cinemas pretty much everywhere (note, not Malaysia) and the studio has already revealed that the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will be made. In fact, the second film could be released on Valentine’s Day next year – 369 days to be precise! It is expected to start filming in June, so I expect a influx in holidays to Seattle will take place this summer as everyone tries to get a spot of the action as it is being filmed.

In other Fifty Shades news, UK DIY store B&Q has apparently ‘leaked’ a staff memo telling employees to read the book and expect in influx of customers coming into the stores to purchase rope, cable ties and tape.

Fifty Shades of Grey lands in cinemas on this Friday.

Image source: gamesradar.com

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