Tag Archives: Samuel L Jackson

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

I had a good time with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the Patrick Hughes directed action / comedy in which Ryan Reynolds stars as the bodyguard to Samuel L. Jackson’s Hitman who needs to be safely delivered to testify in court.

A lot of the fun in this movie is thanks to the dialogue and action sequences. It ended up not really mattering how ridiculous and unbelievable some of the action seemed, let alone the forced romance that resulted in awkward dialogue and questionable chemistry between Reynolds and his love interest (Elodie Yung). The reason why The Hitman’s Bodyguard remains watchable is because the most important chemistry, that between Jackson and Reynolds is near enough faultless.

The number of times the word m********* flew out of Jackson’s mouth didn’t bother me at all. After all, no one really delivers that word quite the way he does. There’s also the beautiful visuals of London, England and Amsterdam in the summertime to enjoy.

The truth is, you’re not going to be able to completely suspend your disbelief as you watch this movie, But fun, you shall have. Especially if you’re already a fan of Jackson and Reynolds individually. I haven’t even mentioned how fun Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman’s characters were to watch.

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KONG – SKULL ISLAND (2017): The Things I Liked…

Kong - Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston.
Kong – Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston

Telling the origin story of King Kong – the giant movie monster that looks like an ape, Kong -Skull Island follows a group of scientists who enter an uncharted island in the Pacific looking for monsters. They do not arrive with peaceful intentions and therefore end up having to fight to escape with their lives.

If you’ve seen at least one previous King Kong movie, then you know that at some point, Kong ends up in New York city against his will. None of that happens in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s fun adventure, at least not in this first instalment. What we do get to see resembles something an aggressor might expect to face when they force their way into a person’s home uninvited; a bloody good fight for survival.

I admit that a tear or two escaped my eyes a I watched the movie. Reason being, I’m a sensitive soul and Kong was peacefully minding his business before ‘the bad men came’. In the name of full disclosure, I may have also shed a few tears because of the knowledge that a certain handsome and well-voiced Mr. Tom Hiddleston may probably never, ever, personally escort me to safety through a treacherous jungle… let alone across a busy street.

Besides the good performances by Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly – to name just a few, the well choreographed human vs monster and monster vs monster showdowns, the story, special effects, musical score and cinematography all did a great job of keeping me engaged throughout.

Watch Kong – Skull Island because it’s good.

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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (2017): New Trailer From Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson…

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

In The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ryan Reynolds is the latter and Samuel L. Jackson, the former. The bodyguard and hitman are not quite getting along. Still they must learn to work together because one of them has to testify at the International Court of Justice…

I don’t know if Reynolds and Jackson have been in a movie together before, but I’m certainly a fan of their chemistry. I’m also getting something of a The Other Guys (2010) vibe – and I’m sure that’s a good thing.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Release Dates: August 18th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016) Movie Review: Good Story, Fun Special Effects…

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is enjoyable and well acted. Eva Green’s talents and a bunch of children with abilities different to what I’ve already seen in plenty of superhero movies were what appealed the most. I enjoyed the well imagined peculiarities of the films characters. I also loved watching Chris O’Dowd in a ‘struggling father’ role – a highlight because he did a good job.

The story is well constructed and with Tim Burton plus his rich imagination in the director’s chair, it’s unsurprising that the visual manifestations of writer Ransom Riggs’s characters is another highlight.

Contrary to my initial thoughts after watching the trailer, Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children are not quite superheroes in the traditional sense. Reason being, their main concern is saving their own particular kind rather than humanity as a whole (not a criticism, just something I realised).

There is a moment in the movie where I thought, ‘really? you went with that take?’ It was during Asa Butterfields’s character’s anguish at his grandfather’s demise. It’s not so much that there were no tears in sight since I know that not everyone cries in such predicaments. It’s just that his supposed anguish didn’t ring particularly true for me. Something about the rhythm, maybe.

Though not exactly perfect, I say watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for the story, fun adventure, special effects and refreshing difference when compared to the ‘peculiarities’ of todays well known superhero movie characters.

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KONG – SKULL ISLAND (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Thomas Mann, Brie Larson…

Kong - Skull Island (2017), Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston
Kong – Skull Island (2017), Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston

The full trailer for the Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed origin story of King Kong is here. Starring Brie Larson Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John C Reilly and Thomas Mann, the action / fantasy / adventure that is Kong – Skull Island looks good…

I like this trailer. Along with cinematography and special effects first seen in the Kong – Skull Island Comic-Con trailer, I’m now also looking forward to the humour, courtesy of John C. Reilly’s character.

Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell and Jason Mitchell also star.

Kong – Skull Island Release Dates: March 10th, 2017 (US & UK); March 9th, 2017 (GER)…

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016), Alexander Skarsgård
The Legend Of Tarzan (2016), Alexander Skarsgård

Within the first twenty minutes of The Legend Of Tarzan, my thought’s could be summarised with phrase ‘chop, chop.’ That’s British for ‘hurry up’, ‘move along’, ‘come on!’ etc. The pace was slow and I was eager for the fun jungle action to begin.

The good news is, things did kind of start to happen, though certainly not soon enough. The  scene when Tarzan faces off with the massive gorilla is my favourite, thanks to the action, camera work and Alexander Skarsgård’s convincing physicality. Overall though, the movie proved quite dull and with very little that delighted. The general structure of the story felt odd and I found myself wanting to see more of the young Tarzan’s experiences – because surely it was more interesting than what I was watching.

Some might say that maybe I should have opted for The Jungle Book (2015) if the story of a boy growing up in the Jungle sans parents is what I was really after – and to that I say, touché. Still, that doesn’t mean that what we have with director David Yate’s The Legend Of Tarzan is close to all that it could have been.

The films star’s Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz didn’t deliver terrible performances; it’s the execution of the story and final product that just wasn’t great.

For those who may be undecided about whether to bother with The Legend Of Tarzan, I say, watch it to appreciate Skarsgård’s physical achievements (maybe), for some nice footage of Africa (perhaps) or for human / gorilla fight action (the best part). However, you probably have to go elsewhere for a truly satisfying retelling of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic story. Especially since the experience of this movie left me and many others wanting.

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KONG – SKULL ISLAND (2017): New Trailer From Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman…

Kong - Skull Island (2017) Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston
Kong – Skull Island (2017) Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston

Kong – Skull Island is the latest from Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, it’s an  action adventure story focused on the origins of King Kong…

Was I ready and in need of another King Kong movie. No. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be just what I need by the time it’s released. Also, I’m definitely not at peace with the idea that humans are going to Skull Island, Kong’s home to capture and hurt him. Though, at least in this instance one can say, it’s just a movie.

The cinematography and dynamic between Hiddleston / Larson, plus Jackson / Goodman are very interesting. The movie also stars Corey Hawkins, John C. Reilly, Jason Mitchell and Toby Kebbell.

Kong – Skull Island Release Dates: March 10th, 2017 (US & UK); March 9th, 2017 (GER)…

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CELL (2016): New Trailer From Samuel L. Jackson & John Cusack

Cell (2016), John Cusack
Cell (2016), John Cusack

Based on the novel by Stephen King, Cell is the new Tod Williams directed sci-fi / horror / thriller from Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack…

The last apocalyptic movie I watched (The 5th Wave (2016) was quite the let down. May this one not be that. The story actually reminds me a little of another Samuel L. Jackson movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).

Cell Release Dates: July 8th, 2016 (US); September 1st, 2016 (UK)…

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