By Charlotte Beasley
Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, is full of plot holes but all the components of the film that are put together make it completely satisfying to watch.
It is a horror film that is never horrifying but instead makes you laugh with one or two jump scares. Get Out is a mystery and a good one, which keeps your brain working as you try to figure out what is going on and honestly, you will probably leave the cinema still wondering what was going on.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a photographer who goes with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to a remote area to meet her parents. Everything about their first encounter is weird and it only gets more strange but the film mainly revolves around the odd behaviours of Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson). They are two black characters who work for the family and when meeting them, you realise that not everything is what it seems.
The acting from the whole cast was incredible to the point that I felt like I was part of the film and that is precisely what cinema should do. From the opening scene, I was hooked and by the end, I just wanted more.
The film is full of symbolism from separating milk from a colourful bowl of cereal to fire and deer but I won’t give any spoilers. This is Peele’s first time directing a film and it is all about racial commentary. He uses the horror genre to discuss how black people feel around a white American family and it is executed perfectly. I suppose the real horror is the reality of it.
Get Out is fresh and exciting with a topical plot we have been waiting to hit cinemas and will keep you on the edge of the seat from start to finish.
By Charlotte Beasley
Tale as old as 1740, song as old as 1991 but Beauty and the Beast is still just as magical as ever.
I went into the cinema with low expectations with the original animation being one of my favourites but I was pleasantly surprised with this live action adaptation. The music really brings this film to life with some new refreshing songs joining the old classics that everyone loves. The Beast’s dramatic solo however was a bit too cheesy for tone of the film but it didn’t stop me from liking it.
Emma Watson gave a fantastic performance as Belle despite her vocals being slightly autotuned but not in a bad way. She took the already strong minded Belle and made her even stronger which works perfectly for this modern age view on the character.
Some of the casting could have been better as they noticeably took some big named actors to make the film more popular. Ewan McGregor, a very Scottish actor, trying to talk and sing whilst putting on a French accent as Lumiere didn’t work very well. It took away some of the excitement of the ‘Be our Guest’ number. They did make up for this with a visually stunning dinner sequence yet my mind couldn’t help but wish for the original Lumiere.
The star of the show was Luke Evans playing Gaston, the vain and selfish character who wants to marry Belle. Luke Evans gave a memorable performance, reflecting the original animated character that everyone loved and hated at the same time. The performance of ‘Gaston’ in the tavern was by far one of my favourite in this adaptation with Le fou also living up to expectations as Gaston’s sidekick.
The film stayed true to the original storyline, so much so that you could almost picture the animation over the top. The director, Bill Condon did add some little stories that increased the films running time by 45 minutes but these scenes answered some of the questions we have had since 1991.
Overall the film will never be the original but it was most certainly an enjoyable and entertaining recreation that I will be sure to watch again.
By Charlotte Beasley
*warning contains spoilers*
Set in the year 2029, 25 years after the last mutant was born, Wolverine is no longer the raging hero. Instead he is stripped down and his character is given the best treatment yet in what is the end of an era.
Logan, directed by James Mangold, leaves you emotional for all the right reasons as Hugh Jackman gives us his best performance as Wolverine and just in time for his farewell. The film begins with our protagonist as an alcoholic working as a limousine driver. We learn that all the characters we have grown to love, since the first X-men was released 17 years ago, have gone and we are left with just three mutants. Logan, Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) and Caliban, (Stephan Merchant) an Albino mutant. It is a Wolverine film that finally feels like it is part of the real world whilst still being an action film with heroes.
What once gave Logan more strength and power is now slowly killing him and now leaving his heroic days behind, all Logan wants to do is buy a boat and live out the rest of his life on the sea with the rambling, insane professor X. When a Mexican immigrant (Elizabeth Rodriguez) turns up with a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen), begging for Logan to take them to safety in Canada, his plans change. Laura is being hunted along with several other children as she is a mutant, born and bred in a lab run by a company called Transigen but we are also quick to learn that she is so much more.
The film in some scenes was quite predictable, reflecting similar events that have occurred in previous instalments of the X-men movies but such scenes were considerably more polished and better executed in Logan.
From car chases, that cinematically give an old western vibe to heart-breaking and almost horror style scenes, Logan is one movie in the Wolverine trilogy that will leave you wanting more.
Classed as a 15, Logan is more violent than previous x-men/wolverine films but the filmmakers at times take their upgraded certificate to seriously by adding in more swearing than what was needed. A little side note, some video gamers may understand and appreciate ‘The Last of Us’ vibe that was given whether it was intentional or not. The middle-aged, broken man who is trusted with the life of a young, powerful girl.
There were times where the film dragged and slowed down like Wolverine himself but by the end I was satisfied with the overall treatment of the film. 17 years ago we were introduced to the character Wolverine and it took a handful of producers and directors 17 years to portray this character effectively but it was worth the wait.