Sunday, 17 November 2013

In Fear - (spoiler free) Film Review

'Adventurous young couple Tom and Lucy (Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert) are en route to a music festival when they attempt to stop at a countryside hotel, and find themselves pursued by a malevolent stranger as all signs only seem to lead them further down the darkened, unfamiliar roads.' - Jason Buchanan

So far this year we have not had many 'good' horror films and hardly and psychological thrillers. Most have been gory supernatural films which can be good but are beginning to feel a little over done.

Before watching this film I had only watched the trailer and had not looked at any reviews or spoilers, so I really went into this film blind. I knew that this film had the potential to be really amazing but if it was done really badly, could just become like every other psychological horror. However, as the main character was Alice Englert so I knew this film couldn't be that bad.

As for the storyline, I was gripped from the first line, which might sound really cliche, but you are really drawn into the story buy the remoteness of the pub and the characters relationship. You already have the feeling that it isn't going to end well.

As they begin to realise something was going on the night is always drawing in and they are slowly running out of petrol. This really made you feel trapped in the film and I began to feel really claustrophobic.
As the acting was so good I really believed this was a true story and was actually happening, which is really unusual for me to do. At times you would really quickly see things that the characters wouldn't and I actually wanted to scream at the characters at times which I really loved as it showed how much I was enjoying the film.

I really enjoyed the sound effects and the really unusual camera angles,which added a lot to the whole experience. The shaky camera which developed more and more as the film went on was subtle but really effective.

When people compare this film to 'The Wicker Man' (which I have seen) and then say it is nothing in comparison. It is like comparing 'titanic' to 'The hunger games' Both are good films but they are completely different and do not have any real comparisons. I understand that both 'In Fear' and 'The Wicker Man' are both in remote locations and the people are weird, but that is literally the only thing that you can compare them buy. These people really missed the whole point of the film. - End of rant.

I would say this is the best horror film of 2013. It was a refreshing film with a unique spin on a classic idea. This film made me feel completely submersed and invested in the characters. By the end of the film I was shaking. Definitely worth a watch. I gave this film .

Monday, 16 September 2013

Ginger & Rosa - Film Review

When I saw a film with both Elle Fanning and Alice Englert as main characters I obviously had to watch it, as they are both great actors. I also really liked the sound of this film.
"A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa - growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship."

I thought the storyline of this film, though not that complicated, was incredibly effective. I didn't feel as though there was anything missing and it flowed really well. The cinematography of this film really gave it a 60's feel and made it seem more authentic and 'real'.

The character development of the main characters was really well done. By the end of the film I felt as though I had really gotten to know them. Ginger and Rosas characters really seemed mature and change as the film progressed, it was really interesting to see how they changed and buy the end of the film they seemed almost alien to each other. A complete contrast the beginning of the film, where we see them go out and have fun they become a lot more serious.

I don't really need to go into the acting as there was a lot of really amazing actors. I don't think they could have picked better people to play Ginger and Rosa, I feel they really understood and suited the roles.

I felt so many emotions whilst watching this film and I really enjoyed it. I gave it the overall rating of 4/5 stars. I would highly recommend this film as it is a really great film.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Film Review

 This film has been on my Netflix to watch list for a while now and I decided I would have a look what it was about. Going into it I had no idea about reviews or ratings. All I knew was the information netflix gave me. (If you don't have netflix then you can buy this DVD for just over £1 on amazon.)
This film is a indie film starring "[...]Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as two lonesome teens who make a love connection as they prowl the streets of New York looking for their favorite band's secret show, as well as for their drunk friend Caroline. Norah is sick of being the doormat for her catty friend Tris, so rather than look like she's arrived at yet another concert without her unreliable ex-boyfriend-with-benefits Tal, she grabs a stranger and pretends he's her date. Unfortunately, that stranger is Nick -- whom Tris just dumped. Oddly enough, though, Nick and Norah seem to have a real connection. But is Nick still too hung up on the princess? The only way to find out is to spend all night combing Manhattan in a yellow Yugo." ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi 
As for the acting I thought they were believable. I didn't start to think they were just acting and I found myself becoming really absorbed into the story. The story was really sweet and really makes you just want to smile. As it wasn't a very long film I didn't get bored, however; I did have a small break in the middle. I think this film is unique and a real feel good film that will make you feel fuzzy inside.  
The music in this film was really amazing I felt it fitted really well with the film. I really liked how it had a large role in the fim and the chemistry between the two characters. I would recommend this to anyone who liked 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' as they are a similar style and have the same feel. 
As soon as I finished watching this film I went to amazon and bought it on DVD as I really loved it. I gave this film 4 and a half stars. If you have watched this film then please comment below and share what you thought about it.