Blog: Grosse Point Geek – May Rapid Fire Reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – May Rapid Fire Reviews

Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek, casts his critical eye over another host of recent releases as he waits anxiously for Mad Max Fury Road… 

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Birdman

Director:Alejandro González Iñárritu
Actors: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Keaton plays a faded film star, attempting to put on a Broadway play in a last ditch attempt to save his flagging career, naturally nothing goes smoothly as he has to deal with everything from a spiraling budget, his estranged daughter, an ego maniacal supporting actor (Norton) and the fact that the most respected theatre critic in New York has got the knives out for him.

Great film this, well written, very funny, superbly directed with some great performances  -Norton and Watts are outstanding but most praise should be reserved for Keaton who reminds us just how good an actor he is.

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Out now on DVD.

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The Water Diviner

Director: Russell Crowe
Actors: Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney,Olga Kurylenko

Russell Crowe is Joshua Connor, the Water Diviner of the title, who travels to Turkey in search of the bodies of his three sons who were killed at the Battle Of Gallipoli in World War 1.  Beautifully photographed by Andrew Lesnie (Lord Of The Rings) well directed by Crowe, who is also excellent in the lead role, as is Kurylenko as the grieving widow he falls for. Ok its not the most original film ever made, but considering that its Crowe’s directorial debut id say its a damn good effort.

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At Cinemas now

 

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Woman In Gold

Director: Simon Curtis
Actors: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

Based on a true story, Mirren plays Maria Altman, an Austrian Jew who, along with her husband fled her home country after the Nazi’s invaded in the 1940’s. Now in the present day she attempts to recover a famous painting stolen by the German army from her family, and  enlists the help of Reynolds green as grass lawyer in a bold attempt to claim it from the Austrian government.

Nice feel good film this one, well handled direction from Curtis, with two great turns from Mirren and Reynolds (who seems to be on a career upswing at the moment). Couldn’t really find much wrong with it to be honest, not bad at all.

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At Cinemas now

 

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The Divergent Series:Insurgent

Director: Robert Shwentke
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet

Second in the Divergent franchise,  marginally better than the first film, Woodley is good in the central role, and Winslet makes for a great villain. James however is nothing more than window dressing and seems to just pout alot whilst having absolutely zero charisma. Some of the action is ok and the twist at the end is interesting enough to make me want to see how the story ends, but to be honest folks this is nothing more than a shameless Hunger Games cash in with none of that series excitement, panache and verve – plus Woodley is no Jennifer Lawrence – not by a long shot.

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At Cinemas now

 

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Big Game

Director: Jalmari Helander

Actors: Samuel L Jackson, Omni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine

When Air Force One is shot down over Finland, the only hope for the US President (Jackson) is a local 12 year old boy (Tommila) who must use all his knowledge of the forested wilderness to get them both to safety before they become cannon fodder for a gang of terrorists who are after them. What should have been a crackerjack Cliff-hanger meets Pathfinder bullet fest, turns out to be a right damp squib. The script is very poor, with shoddy acting, action scenes that fail on every level to provide even the smallest modicum of excitement and a running time that is so unforgivably short that the whole thing is over before you know it. Totally pants film – avoid.

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At Cinemas now

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Next review will be Mad Max: Fury Road which I am seeing on Thursday 14th April – please dear God almighty let it be as good as the trailers are making it out to be!!!!
 

Author: Will Strong 

 

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