Everything that happens at the start of John Wick may not feel as perfectly put together story-wise as one might prefer. However, it isn’t long after the beginning and / or end that one realises the story and sometimes the dialogue didn’t feel especially polished for a reason. The reason being, the main focus of John Wick is really the fight choreography, stylish shots and shoot-out fun. That isn’t to say that you can’t have both a very well put together story and fun shoot-out action in the same movie. You just won’t necessarily get that here.
Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, I liked seeing Keanu Reeves as a highly skilled and certainly well-dressed hitman. I had fun as the camera followed him as he moved around the city of New Yorkenacting revenge against the people who killed his precious dog.
It’s clear now why post John Wick viewing, ‘All that for a dog?‘ was a common question asked by a number of people. The story could have been executed in a way that meant such a question never even arose but the filmmakers had other plans. And anyway, for me, the killing spree wasn’t so much about the dog but rather, everything that the very precious dog represented.
All things considered, John Wick isn’t my favourite revenge movie. It also isn’t the worst. The moments that featured a noticeable light blue wash over the film’s imagery, denoting the coldness of the characters, their actions and mindset were one of the key highlights.
I’m quite certain that it’s not just me who kept picturing how a good a John Wick video game might look as the movie played. I definitely imagine that those who like shoot out games, don’t mind relatively graphic violence and enjoy stylishly executed cinema will have the best time.
I haven’t seen many African films but I’m quite certain that Nigerian Princeis the best I’ve watched yet. Featuring a down to earth realism minus all the extra melodramatics of my previous experiences of Nollywood filmmaking, I’m glad to say I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Nigerian Prince is a well told story that starts with a Nigerian-American teenager named Eze. Eze reluctantly arrives in Nigeria and soon learns that his beloved mother has cancelled his return ticket. As a result, a desperate Eze teams up with a local internet scammer to finance a flight back to the States.
Nigerian Prince isn’t a perfect movie but I enjoyed the tension-filled moments in director Faraday Okoro’s film; a fair amount of which came from Eze’s nativité. Particularly his cluelessness when it came to not fully grasping the risks he was actually taking by getting involved in criminal activity in Nigeria. Risk with consequences the audience is cleverly shown throughout. Therefore heightening our very deep concern for young Eze.
Chinaza Uche’s performance as the scammer is a personal highlight – and not just because it wasn’t extra dramatic. I found it interesting to learn about the life of a ‘Nigerian scammer’ and Uche sold it well. The cleverness in the way the story is told, especially towards the end is probably my favourite moment overall.
There are all kinds of tough situations people experience all over the world and the focus of Nigerian Prince really had me feeling grateful for my own set of problems and challenges – perceived or otherwise.
As for whether it’s worth it to watch this movie, it may just be me and me alone but the fact that by the end of Nigerian Prince, I actually found myself wanting a sequel must mean there’s something good here. If you’re curious, do it.
Directed by Stacie Passon, We Have Always Lived In The Castle is a new mystery / thriller starring Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan and Taissa Farmiga.
Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, this is the story of Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian. Living in isolation after a family tragedy six years earlier, they welcome cousin Charles into their home. Charles is actually there to steal the family fortune; and for good measure, threaten the dark secret they’ve been hiding…
I think I can see cousin Charles’s strategy for stealing the fortune based on what’s shown in this trailer. Now I just want to know the nature of the hidden dark secret.
Paula Malcomson, Peter O’Meara, Peter Coonan, Stephen Hogan, Bosco Hogan, Anna Nugent and Joanne Crawford also star.
Read my spoiler-free movie review ofThe Perfection (2019).
A sinister path with shocking consequences is what happens after a troubled musical prodigy seeks out the star pupil of her former school.
Directed by Richard Shepard; Allison Williams, Logan Browning Alaina Huffman and Steven Weber are the star of Netflix’s latest horror / thriller…
I think I’m ready for this dark tale of envy, yet the creepiness looks quite intense. In other words, I can already see myself sliding away into my t-shirt like a tortoise retreating into its shell. Especially when that poor musicians body starts getting messed with.
Evelyn Chew, Glynis Davies, Winnie Hung, Graeme Duffy, Christina Jastrzembska, Stephen Chang and Milah Thompson also star.