Good performances by Jack O’Connell and Charlie Hunnam are what I was looking for when I decided to watch new Max Winkler directed dramaJungleland. A story in which Hunnam and O’Connell play two brothers fighting against their circumstances, as they travel across the country for a no holds barred boxing match. The kind that lands them both in a fight for their lives.
Good performances by Hunnam and O’Connell is exactly what I got, along with brotherly and on-screen chemistry so believable that I’d be delighted to learn of another O’Connell/Hunnam project.
In addition to the two lead performances, other highlights include the music and the personally pleasing surprise, that for a movie with boxing as a key element, there isn’t much boxing going on. There is definitely some boxing which looks good. However, tough luck for those who were looking for more than five or so minutes of actual boxing footage.
As for what Jungleland didn’t quite deliver for me, quite simply, that would be a less cliched story. Nevertheless, I say watch Jungleland for the aforementioned highlights and particularly if you don’t mind a story that doesn’t offer much story-wise that you haven’t seen before.
Lastly but not least, should you happen to know of any upcoming projects starring Hunnam and O’Connell, please feel very welcome to make my day by letting me know.
New drama Jungleland has Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell as brothers trying to escape their circumstances. They travel across the country for a no holds barred boxing match that turns into a fight for their lives.
Directed by Max Winkler; additional key cast includes Jonathan Majors, Jessica Barden, Fran Kranz and John Cullum.
Firstly, I like the music in this trailer and second, I’m in for a great O’Connell performance, an actor I’ve been excited about after seeing him in what is probably my favourite prison-based movie of all time, Starred Up (2013).
Nick Mullen, Meredith Holzman, Owen Burke, Johnno Wilson, Ken Cheeseman, Michael Tow, Jere Shea, Patrick M. Walsh and Frank Ridley also star.
‘I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie that was so incredibly sexy, without hardly any sex taking place’.
The above is my immediate response to the question: ‘So, how was The Gentlemen?‘
There’s no denying that near enough all the men in The Gentlemenare handsome and well dressed, which helps. But it’s ultimately the great performances and clever dialogue/wordplay combined with Guy Ritchie’s filmmaking style, that for me, made The Gentlemen so special.
Ritchie’s film is a smart crime/comedy/action movie. One that stars Mathew McConaughey as Michael Pearson, an American ex-pat who’s trying to sell off his highly profitable marijuana business. Except, things don’t quite go according to plan.
At the start of the movie, you may sense a little bit of a slow burn, but worry not, because it only gets better and better. The Gentleman is the kind of film most, if not all film fans will enjoy; especially big fans of Ritchies first two movies, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). And for anyone who may have been worried about how convincing Hugh Grant’s cockney accent was going to be, you can rest assured that he does a good job.
Watch The Gentlemen for all the reasons mentioned above. I had so much fun taking it all in that I can only imagine how much more fun the actors must have had bringing Ritchie’s characters to life.
Set during 1870s Australia, The History Of The Kelly Gang is a new crime / biography about Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities
Based on the novel by Peter Carey, director Justin Kurzel’s key cast includes George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam…
It’s not so much the story of all the killing that interests me, or even the Ned Kelly legend. I mostly want to to find out how well the finished product comes together with the mix of Hoult, Hunnam and Crowe.
Essie Davis, Orlando Schwerdt, Thomasin McKenzie, Earl Cave, Marlon Williams, Sean Keenan and Louis Hewison also star.
Triple Frontier, the action / adventure about five former Special Forces operatives who’s planned heist in South America becomes an epic battle for survival is a movie I found to be just okay.
Starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund, the performances were generally good. In terms of the themes featured, I like what director J.C. Chandor’s film had to say about the high price of greed. I’m also happy that Triple Frontier shed some light on the plight of US veterans. Particularly the general discontent in reference to how they really could be better taken care of.
As for the reasons why I didn’t find the finished product quite as thrilling as hoped, it firstly has something to do with how easily I was able to predict an outcome or two early on. Secondly, considering how each character’s backstory was presented so very briefly, it didn’t allow for me to properly connect with a fair amount of them, if any in a meaningful way. This too relates to the villain who barely had any screen time. I needed to see more evidence of why he was really deserving of the attack. Intellectually it’s clear, yet more visual evidence would certainly have been great.
Lastly, I know that Affleck’s character is in essence quite depressed and therefore not fully himself. However, I somehow still find it hard to completely believe that he behaved the way he did during the actual heist. Or that no one else stood up and stopped his ‘madness.’ To put it another way, I really thought that they’d have planned better generally and in regards to how to deal with anyone who tried to go beyond the agreed plan of action.
I certainly don’t regret giving just over two hours for this movie but I do wish it had me half as hooked and was as well written as Sicario (2015). Now that’s a tension filled thriller and a half.
Directed by J.C. Chandor; Triple Frontier stars Charlie Hunnam, Ben Affleck, Pedro Pascal, Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac.
This one is an action / adventure where five former Special Forces operatives plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. A major heist that turns into an epic battle for survival…
Seeing the hurt in Isaac’s character’s eyes, I wonder how much sympathy these guys are going to get out of me. Either way, I’m hoping for a thrilling adventure and with a cast like this, the chances should be good.
Adria Arjona, Sheila Vand and Reynaldo Gallegos also star.
Papillon is a remake of a 1973 movie about a man who’s framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, he teams up with a fellow inmate to plan his escape.
Directed by Michael Noer; Charlie Hannum, Rami Malek, Eve Hewson and Tommy Flanagan star…
I don’t know how good this is going to be but seeing this trailer reminded me of being at university and asking a friend about the name of his favourite book. Reason being, at the time I was in the midst of a long reading rut. A rut that thankfully came to an end after said friend uttered the words ‘Papillon by Henri Charière’, the very book and true story on which this movie is based and a book that is now one of my most highly recommended.
I’m quite sure that I’ll watch the original movie (starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman) about Charière’s story before I see this one. Nevertheless, I just had to check out this trailer for old times sake and to see how much I remembered.