Many people probably love Jon Favreau because of what he’s done with Iron Man. But my appreciation of the actor/ writer/ director/ producer, etc. first began when he played Monica’s billionaire Ultimate Fighting Champion boyfriend in Friends. Then I saw him as an a**hole husband in one of my favourite comedies, I Love You, Man (2009). As great as his work was in both those roles, I didn’treally ‘fall deeply in love’ with Favreau’s talents until a ‘little’ foodie movie that he wrote, produced, directed and starred in called Chef (2014).
As you may be aware,I’ve reached a reasonable level of fatigue where superhero movies are concerned. Therefore I haven’t really been keeping up with Favreau’s work in the genre, though I did watch the first Ironman movie and maybe the second. Nevertheless, Favreau was a big part of the reason I was excited to watch the live-action version of The Jungle Book (2016). If you’ve seen it, you know how well the movie turned out. There’s just so much to love. For example, Idris Elba’s excellent voice work in his role as Shere Khan, how generally well thought out the movie is, the beautiful special effects and the fact that before this movie, I hadn’t ever thought about how animals perceive fire.
Whether you’re familiar with The Jungle Book story, a fan of Favreau’s other work or not, watch this movie because it’s good. It’s good, I tell you!
My favourite types of Disney animated movies are the ones that do a great job of highlighting the importance of self belief and following your heart; especially in the face of great opposition. Ratatouille (2007) is my favourite of this genre; then came Brave (2012) and now Zootopia.
Starring the voices of Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jenny Slate and Jason Bateman, there is plenty to adore besides the well delivered positive messages. For one, that brilliant DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) scene. To say more about the scene would be to spoil, so refrain I must.
I love the story, the very well imagined city of Zootopia and everything in it – including the design and all the little touches of humour that have nothing to do with dialogue. There’s also the classic Disney animated cuteness and a great main song for the soundtrack – Shakira’s ‘Try Everything‘
You probably have already but watch Zootopia again. I’ve seen it twice and will again to remind myself to keep my inner Judy Hopps atthe ready, always.
Finding Dory is a movie you watch because you loved the characters in Finding Nemo and want to spend more time with them.You will indeed have a good time. Nevertheless, the original will almost certainly remain number one in your heart. Reason being, if you’ve seen Finding Nemo (2003) then little about Finding Dory is going to feel fresh and new.
One of the things about Finding Dory that does feel quite new comes in the shape of Frank the octopus, a smart and fun red / orange creature. I also particularly enjoyed the ‘where’s Frank’ game at the very end. Another highlight involves a truck and the sea. It’s a beautiful, moving scene and feels reminiscent of a memorable moment in Inception (2010).
Watch Finding Dory for the nostalgia and because it’s not a bad sequel as sequels go.
100 Streets is the new drama starring Idris Elba, Gemma Aterton, Tom Cullen and Franz Drameh. Directed by Jim O’Hanlon, it’s based in contemporay London, England and focused on the different lives of three people who live within 100 streets of each other…
Considering that none of the characters in this trailer seem to be having a particularly good time, I’m hoping for brighter days for at least one of them.
‘Without our passion, it’s very hard to find our place in the world’ – Already my favourite line in the movie, I’m sure of it!
Based on the best selling book by Uzodinma Iweala and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is a film responsible for one of my favourite trailers of 2015.
Starring Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, the movie tells the story of a young boy called Agu, his experiences from being a smart, imaginative and relatively happy child in an unnamed African country, to a child soldier fighting in a brutal civil war.
Both of the main actors deliver impressive performances in Fukunaga’s movie. As a first time actor, newcomer Attah does a great job of portraying a child’s emotional journey from a life of relative ease to all that he was forced to become in order to survive. It’s no surprise that young Attah has been nominated for and already won a number of notable awards.
It goes without saying that Beasts Of No Nation won’t be the easiest movie to sit through. But it’s worth it for the story and movie making artistry. There’ll be no finding yourself ‘wanting for memorable scenes’ because you’ll find beautifully scored, choreographed and captured moments. The ‘take the bridge’ sequence being just one.
The fact that plenty of us will probably only ever have to experience most of the unfortunate things that happen in Agu’s story from the other side of a screen will leave you grateful. Perhaps even more grateful for those who happen to be closer to the story than most.
I’m now going to watch the Beasts Of No Nation trailer again – just one more time (for today). I just love it that much. After a while it’ll be time for another viewing of the movie because you know, I probably missed something subtle yet important the first time round.
It’s time for another re-imagining of a popular story from your childhood…
I recall the story somewhat vaguely and I do like the cast. Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken make the cast of this Jon Favreau directed version.
Having just seen the above trailer I’m curious to find out whether I’ll warm to Scarlett Johanson’s Kaa voice. Not quite sure at this point. I’m most ready for Bill Murray’s Baloo voice.
Idris Elba is terrifying in the tension filled trailer for his well titled new movie, Beasts of No Nation.
With Cary Fukunaga, a brilliant Director best known for television series True Detective directing, the combination of that withIdrisElba’s intensity and young Actor, Abraham Attah’s fresh talent makes for another promising film scheduled for 2015.