Tag Archives: Chiwetel Ejiofor

DOCTOR STRANGE (2016): Good Movie…

Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Studios
Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Studios

‘Fun’ and ‘good’ are the words for Doctor Strange; Marvel’s story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who’s drawn into the mystic arts while seeking physical and spiritual healing.

Starring the well-voiced Benedict Cumberbatch, director Scott Derrickson’s film is definitely a superhero movie. And as someone who was in the midst of superhero movie fatigue at time of release, I’m happy to say that the film’s different class of weaponry / enemy really worked to make the experience that little bit different and certainly more interesting.

I don’t know how great a thing this is but the impressive visual effects in Doctor Strange kind of kept my beloved Inception (2010) at front-of-mind, at least half the time. In fact, I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more amazing I’d find Marvel’s move if I hadn’t seen much of the style of effects first in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Arresting visuals aside though, the execution of the growth of Strange’s character from beginning to end; that – particularly how satisfying it was to watch the growth because he needed it is my favourite thing about Derrickson’s movie.

I absolutely took some time aside to fantasise about personally having Strange’s abilities… without the suffering that came before, of course.

Watch it if you haven’y already. It’s worthy.

Happy Film Loving

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THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND (2019): New Trailer From Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell, Aïssa Maïga…

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (2019), Chiwetel Ejiofor

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell, Aïssa Maïga and Maxwell Simba, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a new drama directed by Ejiofor.

Based on the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, at the centre of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is 13-year-old William. William learns that he must leave school because his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the library, William starts a project in an effort to save his Malawian village from famine…

I’m interested in the story of an extraordinary young boy’s resourcefulness in the face of seemingly insurmmountable odds. Also, I can’t wait to expereince what looks like the rather promising results of Ejiofor’s new role as writer and director in addition to actor.

Lemogang Tsipa, Lily Banda, Beatus Ble Msamange and Kelvin Maxwell Ngoma also star.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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COME SUNDAY (2018): New Trailer Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lakeith Stanfield, Jason Segel, Martin Sheen…

Come Sunday (2018), Chiwetel Ejiofor
Come Sunday (2018), Chiwetel Ejiofor

Come Sunday is based on the true story of Evangelist Carlton Pearson who was ostracised by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.

Directed by Joshua Marston; the cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lakeith Stanfield, Jason Segel,  Martin Sheen…

I’m in for reasons including, Ejiofor makes good choices, I want to to see the arguments from both sides, I want to know the story of a person with enough courage to risk it all. Lastly, the subject matter is just so very interesting.

Come Sunday Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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MARY MAGDALENE (2018): New Trailer From Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor…

Mary Magdalene (2018), Rooney Mara
Mary Magdalene (2018), Rooney Mara

Set in the first century C.E, Mary Magdalene is a new drama about controversial biblical character, friend and follower of Jesus ChristMary Magdalene

Garth Davis directs while Rooney MaraJoaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor star…

I don’t know that Phoenix as Jesus Christ feels like a perfect casting instinctually. However I’m very open to be proven wrong, especially since Phoenix is quite the talent.

Also, not that this movie will be as brutal as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ (2004) –  but I kind of don’t want to sign up to witness all that violence again. It’s a tough one since I want to watch the story of Mary Magdalene, sadly there’s just no telling her story without Jesus particularly because she’s with him till the very unfortunate end. What to do, what to do…

Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Ariane Labed, Ryan Corr, Tahar Rahim and Lubna Azabal also star.

Mary Maggalene Release Dates: March 16th, 2018 (UK); March 30th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE MARTIAN (2015): For The Time Sensitive Problem Solving Fun

The Martian (2015) Matt Damon
The Martian (2015) Matt Damon

I myself would never want to typecast anybody against their will, but I did find myself  very glad to learn that in The Martian, Matt Damon gets to play the role of a hero once more. Having to ‘hate him’ in Interstellar (2014) proved more challenging than expected.

Directed by the rightfully celebrated Ridley Scott and based on Andy Weir’s best selling book of the same name, The Martian is a predominantly mars based adventure with a sprinkle of funny moments.

Like you might imagine, similar to Interstellar (2014), there’s a fair amount of ‘science speak’ in the film. Most of it I personally will probably never understand, but you don’t need to in order to have a good time. The movie works, thanks to the story and the likability of its star.

A few awards bodies placed The Martian in the comedy category. About that… there are a few funny quips here and there – and by ‘a few’ I don’t mean ‘a good few’ in the way that some people use the phrase to mean ‘a lot’. I do actually mean ‘a few,’ meaning no more than 5 laughs / giggles at most – which, in my mind doesn’t equal to a comedy.

The thing I enjoyed most about The Martian is all the scientific problem solving that Damon’s character, astronaut Mark Watney and the wider NASA team do in the effort to bring him home in one piece. I like the movie for this reason and as a story of teamwork and survival. I’ll also confess to getting quite a kick from seeing the female commander, played by Jessica Chastain take charge.

Science fans will likely enjoy this movie most, but everyone else will be pleased also, for the topic of surviving on mars is a relevant and interesting one at this time. With that said, watch it because it’s good. Another reason would be to find out for yourself whether categorising The Martian as a comedy is at all justified. I remain unconvinced.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis and Benedict Wong also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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SECRET IN THEIR EYES (2015): The Things I Liked…

Secret In Their Eyes (2015), Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Secret In Their Eyes (2015), Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by Billy Ray; Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Alfred Molina are the stars of Secret In Their Eyes. A story about a group of FBI Investigators; a close-knit team for whom everything changes when they learn the identity of the victim of their new murder case.

Ray’s movie follows the events and decisions that end up leading to a surprising, yet understandable conclusion, the revelation of which is a key highlight.

Seeing evidence of the depth of the friendships between the main protagonists – before, during and after the central crime, that is the thing I enjoyed most about Secret In Their Eyes . One more great moment would have been when the audience learns of  the victim’s identity. But…! that little nugget was unfortunately given away for free in the film’s trailer. What is one to do…?

Secret In Their Eyes could have been a better movie . The cast performed well but I think they were let down by post production, namely what felt like an awkward overuse of flashback and the trailer edit.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

Z FOR ZACHARIAH (2015): Interesting Drama On The Ultimate Love Triangle

Z For Zachariah (2015), Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie
Z For Zachariah (2015), Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie

Directed by Craig Zobel, and based on a novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z For Zachariah is a mysterious drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine.

Set in the aftermath of a disaster that has eradicated most of civilisation, at the centre of the film is a love triangle between the people likely to be the last three left.

I tuned in mainly because of the talented cast – and considering the unique circumstances the characters find themselves in, I just had to know how things would turn out for all involved.

Naturally, everyone does not win, but it sure is interesting to see how the characters navigate their unique predicaments, making for engaging character studies. I was left thinking about how things can turn out when people let their insecurities get the best of them.

Watch it for the subject matter.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TRIPLE 9 (2016): Explosive New Trailer Starring Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul…

Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet
Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet

Just when I feared things were slowing down trailer-wise because Christmas is coming…Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul have a brand new trailer and this Red Band version is gritty, riotous and explosive. Perhaps a ‘Valentines day romantic movie’ antidote; especially so considering the US release date is February 2016…

Triple 9 is from John Hillcoat, a name you may recognise because he’s the director behind the rather good Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce movie, Lawless (2012).

I want to take a moment to say well done to the trailer maker because it’s great that very little of the plot has been revealed but yet I’m hooked. It’s probably best that I savour this moment because by the time trailer 2, 3 and maybe even 4 come around, I’ll know far more than I could ever want prior to the movie.

So looking forward to this and very excited to see what looks like a seriously badass turn from Kate Winslet.

Release Date (s): February 19th 2016 (US)…

Happy Triple 9 🙂

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