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BRIGHT (2017): The Things I Liked…

Bright (2017), Edgar Ramirez
Bright (2017), Edgar Ramirez

Directed by David Ayer (End Of Watch (2012) and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez, Bright is a buddy / cop movie set in a world where humans live alongside fantasy creatures. It’s also a film that isn’t quite all I wished it to be.

The issues I have with Bright start with the story. Perhaps the fact of fantasy and sci-fi not being my go-to genres has something to do with it but I just didn’t fully buy into the world the story occupies. I’m not even sure that the truth of how Orcs, elves, fairies and humans came to co-exist in LA let alone planet Earth was properly explained. Then there’s the fact that due to pacing and one or two other unfortunate factors, the movie did’t really get particularly interesting for me until ‘the cop shooting’ that happens approximately forty minutes in. Even then, I still found myself thinking about how much more I enjoyed End Of Watch, especially the story and co-star chemistry.

I’m certainly not saying that I think Bright is all bad – because if it were, I’d have stopped watching long before the end, the way I recently did with A Bad Mom’s Christmas (2017). The things I did enjoy about Ayer’s movie start with the vibrant graffiti in the opening sequence, followed by the impressive Orc prosthetics. Then there’s Noomi Rapace’s villain character, particularly the way she fought and dressed. Last but in no way least, I rather liked how well Edgar Ramirez wore his elf / vampire look. It was very much a greater highlight than expected.

A thought that entered my mind soon after I hit ‘play’ on Bright was, I bet Will Smith is super happy about not having to wear any Orc prosthetics or makeup. I know I would be. Who said that acting isn’t hard work?’

Give Bright a chance if you’re curious enough. Or you can always watch / re-watch End Of Watch, if not some other good buddy / cop movie.

Happy Film Loving

G

BRIGHT (2017): New Trailer From Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace…

bright-2017-will-smith

Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton’s new movie, Bright is directed by David Ayer and set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. Smith plays a human cop who’s forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for…

I’m going to think positively about this movie for three reasons. The first  two being that the story is intriguing  and this trailer looks promising, even though it shows very little. Lastly,  Ayer’s last movie (Suicide Squad (2016) was far from great, but he did make several before that are still celebrated today; Fury (2014), Training Day (2001) and End Of Watch (2012) to name just three.

There I was thinking that orcs only existed in Warcraft (2016)

Edgar Ramírez, Lucy Fry, Ike Barinholtz and Kenneth Choi also star.

Bright Release Dates: December 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

UNLOCKED (2017): New Trailer From Orlando Bloom, Noomi Rapace, Toni Collette …

 

Unlocked (2017), Orlando Bloom
Unlocked (2017), Orlando Bloom

Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom and Toni Collette are just two of the stars of new Michael Apted directed action / thriller Unlocked. Set in London, England, Rapace plays a CIA interrogator lured into a ruse that could lead to a London based biological attack…

I find myself quite happy to see Orlando Bloom in this movie because it looks as though he’ll be playing a different character compared to the roles we’ve come to expect. Also Rapace as an action star… Promising is how the above video thumbnail looks. Fingers crossed the end result is good. It must be right? I mean, John Malkovich and  Michael Douglas are involved.

Unlocked Release Dates: May 5th 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

CHILD 44 (2015): Tom Hardy Shines, As Expected

Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy

Child 44 is a Stalin-era Soviet Union crime thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling book of the same name; Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Joel Kinnaman are the stars.

My main motivation for watching the movie isn’t reading the book because  I haven’t, but the intriguing story, particularly Hardy’s role as a determined investigator of a series of gruesome child murders. Murders that are taking place during a time when the powers that be refuse to admit that murder is even a real thing.

I wanted Child 44 to be as thrilling as the trailer hinted, however, I did find myself wishing for a quicker pace, a shorter film, less distracting accents and an overall better / more thrilling execution.

All the lacking elements aside, Hardy’s performance is good and one of my favourite things about the film. The other is the ending and the tension filled scene on the moving train.

Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy

You may be compelled to watch Child 44 because you’ve read the book and/ or you’re a Tom Hardy fan who wants to see how he was able to deliver a notable physical and emotional performance, in spite of the questionable Russian accents. To that I say, follow your curiosity. I did and I have no regrets, I just simply wish that the general result had been better.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE DROP (2014): It’s Good People. It’s Good

The Drop (2014), Tom Hardy
The Drop (2014), Tom Hardy

Starring two spectacular screen talents in the shape of the late James Gandolfini and British Actor Tom Hardy, The Drop is an expertly executed film.

The Drop (2014), James Gandolfini
The Drop (2014), James Gandolfini

In the dark and grim criminal underworld of Brooklyn New York – where Director Michaël R. Roskam’s movie is set, there’s a brilliant stillness. A certain calm, both within particular characters and what is conveyed atmospherically. Not to say that there isn’t plenty going on here – because there is.

The musical score does a great job of perfectly conveying the many tense and gripping predicaments in which the characters find themselves.

I found myself more than thrilled to be watching Hardy and Gandolfini sharing screen time – perhaps even as thrilled as I imagine both Actors might have been to be working together.

Watch it because true masters are at work and it’s great story. You might even find yourself wondering if it has ever been easier to like the ‘bad guy.’

Happy The Drop 🙂

G

CHILD 44 (2015): Tom Hardy Is All The Reason You Need

Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy

Here is the reason I was yelping with uncontrollable joy today.

There’s been some talk about the authenticity of the Russian accents…

It’s all business of course, the need to get the film to as wide an audience as possible. I’m just happy to watch the very talented cast including Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, etc. and fully understanding what they’re saying without difficulty.

Such an interesting story. I can’t wait to see it unfold.

Happy Child 44 🙂

G