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SING (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Sing (2016), Singing & Dancing Pigs
Sing (2016), Singing & Dancing Pigs

Besides the fun clips in the trailer, I found Sing to be quite forgettable. The story is based on the numerous characters involved in a singing competition, which if successful will help the organiser save his failing theatre.

The reason I didn’t completely enjoy Sing, even though I was moved and amused in parts is because I just didn’t find the story and most of the characters that entertaining or interesting; something to do with how stereotypical most of them are, I’m sure. The fact that I’m also that person who doesn’t enjoy watching televised singing competitions surely has something to do with it. Additionally, there’s a part of me that didn’t buy into Matthew McConaughey’s voice and / or performance as the Koala.

Sing (2016), Matthew McConaughey
Sing (2016), Matthew McConaughey

The main highlight about Sing, for me  has nothing to do with the music. I loved the mommy piggy (Reese Witherspoon) and her ingenuity when no one else was available to take care of her piglets. I also adore her performance partner, another cute piggy; you know, the one in the red sequinned leotard and gold sequinned sweatsuit that you fell in love with in the trailers.

You’ll very likely have a better time watching sing if you enjoy singing competitions. If you’re not that person, I hope you like it anyway, should you decide to tune in.

Happy Film Loving

G

LEGEND (2015): For The Humour & Double Tom Hardy Experience

Legend (2016), Tom Hardy as Ronnie Kray
Legend (2016), Tom Hardy as Ronnie Kray

In telling the story of two of Britain’s most notorious criminals, the Kray twins, the combination of all the characters, dialogue music and cinematography of 1960s London did an adequate job of keeping me engaged.

Besides Tom Hardy who is, shocker, not shocker, just brilliant in his task of portraying both Reginald (Reggie) and Ronald (Ronnie) Kray, another big draw for me was the delightful britishness of the humour in Legend.

Prior to this movie, my main experience of London’s east end gangster / criminal world is Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). The pace and rhythm of that movie is one of the best things about it. In comparison to Legend, granted the period in time is quite different, but I did find myself wanting for things to move along a tad quicker.

Each time the two brothers were on screen at the same time, those were the most engaging moments and not just because I was curious to see how well they handled the reality of Tom Hardy essentially ‘talking to himself.’

Ronnie and Reggie’s sibling bond and the dynamics of their relationship is  the most interesting aspect of this story. We get to experience and witness this bond in director Brian Helgeland’s movie, but I’d have loved for more of the film to be dedicated to the story of the brothers, perhaps as young boys/ men. I found myself wanting a clearer picture of more of what it took to create the reality that became their lives. Without the look back, the story felt incomplete to me.

In my fantasy of this movie, I’d say, either split the story of the Kray twins into two films, or forget about the relationship between Reggie and Francis, It’s boring – and instead focus on the most important love affair instead, the one between the two brothers. After all, it is the thing that ultimately decided their fate.

I don’t think that Legend is a bad film. It just simply left me wanting more than I would have liked. Watch it for the Tom Hardy Excellence.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

SING (2016): New Trailer Starring Scarlett Johansson & Taron Egerton

 

Sing (2016), Singing and Dancing Pig
Sing (2016), Singing and Dancing Pig

Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey have a new movie. From the team that brought us the Minions (2015), it’s called Sing and the characters are cute singing / dancing animals…

Sneak Peak

Teaser Trailer

Trailer 2

I’m not big on musicals but I’ll show up for the comedy and cuteness. Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Reese Witherspoon, Leslie Jones, Nick Offerman and Jennifer Saunders also star.

Sing (2016), Singing Sheep
Sing (2016), Singing Sheep

Sing Release Date(s): December 21st, 2016 (US); January 27th, 2017 (UK)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

EDDIE THE EAGLE (2016): New Trailer Starring Hugh Jackman & Taron Egerton

Eddie The Eagle (2016), Taron Egerton
Eddie The Eagle (2016), Taron Egerton

Everybody loves a story where the underdog triumphs in the face of great doubt – and so comes the film of Eddie (‘The Eagle’) Edwards, Great Britain’s first Olympic Ski Jumper…

Starring Christopher Walken, Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Jim Broadbent, I’m looking forward to this movie because the message is one we can all use from time to time. I’m also excited about the comedy – and I’m not just referring to Taron Egerton’s facial hair.

Eddie The Eagle is directed by Dexter Fletcher. If you didn’t already know, he played the rather memorable ‘Soap’ (the Chef) in one of my favourite British films, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Release Date (s): February 26th, 2016 (US), April 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

LEGEND (2015): Thank You, Super Trailer Maker!

Legend (2015), Tom Hardy
Legend (2015), Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy’s Legend has a great new trailer.

This third version is so well put together that you’re not going to be happy when it’s over. Sounds like an odd thing to say… until you realise that it’s only July and the release date is in two to three months time.

Impatiently goes the wait to witness the extraordinary transformation of Mr Hardy, great British humour and that good, good music.

Happy Legend 🙂

G

KINGSMAN – THE SECRET SERVICE (2014): Everything I Wanted To See

Kingsman - The Secret Service (2014), Taron Egerton, Colin Firth
Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014), Taron Egerton, Colin Firth

What a very pleasant surprise! Of course I should have had way more faith – if only because the film is directed by Matthew Vaughn, part of the great team that brought us Snatch (2000) and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Starring Colin Firth, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton, Kingsman – The Secret Service or Kingsman for short is a great movie.

Kingsman - The Secret Service (2014), Sofia Boutella
Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014), Sofia Boutella

A story of adventure, fun characters, action, well choreographed fight sequences and some good old British gentlemanly charm. Kingsman is certainly very stylish and I definitely don’t just mean the suits.

There are one or two things that you’ll see coming, but even more so, the spectacle will surprise you and exceed your expectations.

All that remains is patiently waiting for the next instalment.

Happy Kingsman, The Secret Service 🙂

G

LEGEND (2015): Trailer Of The Week

Legend (2015), Tom Hardy
Legend (2015), Tom Hardy

For all serious Tom Hardy fans, a promising cinematic feast is coming.

Legend, the Brian Helgeland directed film has Hardy playing two characters. Namely Ronald and Reginald Kray, a.k.a.The Kray Twins – identical twin gangsters known for terrorising London in the 1950s and 1960s.

In a few months the feast is coming. But first, an appetiser…

Teaser Trailer…

Trailer 1…

Running Scared by Roy Orbison is t the track playing throughout the teaser trailer.

Happy Legend 🙂

G

KINGSMAN – THE SECRET SERVICE (2014): Now I’ll Definitely See It

Kingsman, The Secret Service (2014), Colin Firth, Taron Egerton
Kingsman, The Secret Service (2014), Colin Firth, Taron Egerton

The great new Super Bowl trailer for Director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingman The Secret Service has convinced me to watch the film. I was only mildly intrigued before.

I does help that Kingsman is written by Jane Goldman – whose other writing credits include Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men First Class (2011).

There is one thing that doesn’t sit quite so easily with me about this trailer – and that would be the claim by Alex Zane of the UK’s Sun newspaper, that Kingman – The Secret Service  is ‘More Badass Than Bond.’ Please! PLEASE, I say! It’s incredibly hard to believe that there’s any other British spy movie more badass than Daniel Craig’s Bond. Incredibly hard to believe!

But we’ll see…

Happy Kingsman, The Secret Service 🙂

G