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London Boulevard (2010)

London Boulevard (2010)

Directed by William Monahan

Starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightly and Ray Winstone

 

Just out of prison Mitchel, played by Colin Farrell, is trying to get his life sorted and finds himself a new job protecting a film star, played by Keira Knightley. However past friends try to sort him out some other jobs which puts him in direct contact with a notorious London gangster, played by Ray Winstone. Can Mitchel keep away from the wrong side of the law?

This definitely has a feel of a Guy Ritchie film like Lock Stock and Layer Cake. The London settings, the stylish London streets and the cast is full of English film and TV actors. Even the music throughout the film is supplied by British bands like Kasabian. The film, being a British drama about gangsters, is full of some extreme swearing with the C word being used in every other sentence.

There is a story to follow through the film with Mitchel struggling to live the two lives that he is currently living.  As a whole there wasn’t much to the film apart from a couple of funny lines. The three leads seem to play the same characters in every film they are in none more so than Ray Winstone.

Would I recommend this film? Probably not. If you never get to see it you won’t be missing out on much.

 

Film Fact

The colourful pictures of Keira Knightley’s character that haunt Colin Farrell’s Mitchel throughout the film were designed and made by David Bailey.

 

 

SUPER (2010)

SUPER (2010)

Directed by James Gunn

Starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon

 

 

A normal everyday man turns himself into a superhero to “shut up crime” and to get his wife back.

Rainn Wilson plays The Crimson Bolt and waits around town for crime to happen, and when it does he shuts it up, perhaps not in a conventional superhero way. His trusty weapon, a wrench, provides the ammunition as he goes around hitting people in the face with it. Like Kick-Ass (2010), which came out a few months before this, it shows the journey of someone becoming a superhero with no powers and trying to learn the ropes to become successful on the right side of the law.

The cast in the film is quite impressive with Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon all having main roles as well as some supporting roles from Michael Rooker and Nathan Fillion. Ellen Page easily delivers the best performance in the film with her strange and crazy performance that gets darker throughout the film.

The film as a whole is a mash of dark humour and violence – most of the time combined together. There is a lot of blood and horrific injuries in this film that I wasn’t quite expecting and perhaps wasn’t needed. However that is what sets this film apart from other superhero films.

I would put Kickass ahead of this purely for the action but this was worth a watch. Fans of Superhero films and Ellen Page will enjoy this but do expect some gore.

 

 

Film Fact

 

Nathan Fillion’s character of The Holy Avenger has a devil nemesis in the film called Demonswill and is played by the director James Gunn.

 

 

True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010)

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld

 

 

True Grit is a remake of a 1969 John Wayne film with the same name. I don’t usually watch remakes before I have seen the original however not really being a fan of Westerns I gave this a go, mainly due to it being Coen brothers film. Most films they have directed and produced have bought something different yet at the same time have some of the same constants. The dark humour, the bold characters and the main focus on strong accents/ the way certain characters speak.

In True Grit there was an element of humour but not much. It was a more serious Coen brother’s film with the main focus being on the story. Jeff Bridges in the role of Rooster Cogburn had this strong and sometime unidentifiable accent which definitely goes with a typical Coen film. However the star of this film was Halee Steinfeld in the role of Mattie Ross. It was her story of wanting to avenge the murder of her father and hire someone to capture the killer so he can be put to justice, and that is exactly how it played out. She was the only character I cared about, the rest were just a bit weak.

I don’t think it helped that the film was very slow in places. Although it looked fantastic and had the typical Western setting there didn’t seem to be enough gun fights or bar fighting, the kind of things I would expect from a western. Maybe these types of films are just not for me but I wasn’t a fan. Any fans of westerns may like this but I’ll let you make that choice.

 

Film Fact

In order to get the most effective voice after biting his tongue, Matt Damon tied a hair tie around it to talk as if he had no tongue.

 

 

127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours (2010)

Directed by Danny Boyle

Starring James Franco

 

 

127 Hours shows the true life story of a man whose arm gets trapped by a boulder while exploring some canyons and is stuck and the only way out is to take some extreme measures. James Franco plays the real life Aron Ralston in the film and comes across quite well. I prefer him to be in some stupid comedy where he doesn’t need to try but in this he fairs well.

The thing with the film is that everyone is waiting for that scene when he gets free and when it arrives it is pretty gruesome. People who are not a fan of blood might want to stay away from this film.

There are a few things that really make this film for me though. The hallucinations that occur while Aron is stuck are fantastic. He starts going through all the main moments in his life that meant a lot to him from being with his girlfriend to remembering watching the sunset with his dad. The morning talk show routine that he does to his camera is brilliant and adds some light humour to a horrible situation. Also when he is running out of liquid and the thirst really kicks in the montage of all the soft drinks is a nice little sequence and makes you feel what he is feeling. The real Aron Ralston has said that he did record a video diary while trapped.

What also really makes this film is the stunning scenery, thanks to the camera work, of the Moab National Parks and the films soundtrack. The stunning colours and rock formations give you a differing sense of feelings. On the outside everything is fantastic looking with bright colours however on the inside it is a different story.

I really enjoyed this film and I would recommend anyone who is not worried about a bit of blood to see this. You really get brought into the situation due to the documentary feel behind it. Danny Boyle is one of those directors who make visually great looking films, like 28 Days Later and 127 Hours does not disappoint on that front. 

 

Film Fact

Aron Ralston filmed a daily video diary while he was stuck in the canyon; the footage has only been shown to close friends and family and is kept in a bank vault for safety. Before shooting began both James Franco and director Danny Boyle were allowed to view the footage in order to accurately portray the events in the movie.

 

Tangled (2010)

Tangled (2010)

Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

Starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy

 

A tale of a Princess, a thief, some animal companions and an evil old lady. Throw in some songs and you have a classic Disney film. It follows the same story as most Disney films but doesn’t feel like a rehash of something old. The animation is first class and the action and fun keeps you tangled up in the film.

This is Disney at its best and the main female lead of Mandy Moore was a great choice due to her singing all her songs. The two standout characters of the film were Maximus the horse and Pascal the chameleon who both add that silly humour to the film.

I would recommend this to everyone, young and old as a fun and enjoyable film. Disney very rarely let you down!

 

Film Fact

This is the most expensive Disney film in the animated canon at $260 million US dollars. And that makes the film the second most expensive film of all time.