Creed (2 1/2 Stars)

Ever had Film deja vu? Well you’ll experience it with this one. Creed is a spin off of the Rocky series franchise, which began in 1976. Obviously this film is a little different because instead of Rocky being the lead Boxer in this film, Adonis Johnson takes the lead. Adnois is the son of one of Rocky’s greatest opponent and best friend, Apollo Creed. Rocky instead after reluctance becomes Johnson’s manager and trainer. Together the two overcome challenges in each other’s lives as they head to the biggest fight of Johnson’s career.

The film goes through the same Rocky formula, there are set backs, let downs, challenges and drama but you know that in the end no matter what has gone on in the film a victory will occur.

Whilst I found the film entertaining and there is just something about the steps and the music that gets you really motivated to enjoy this film, it isn’t anything new.

Joy (2 1/2 Stars)


Jennifer Lawrence gives a great performance as Joy, a divorced mother of two. Struggling to be the adult in a family where their are few of them. Her mother (Virginia Madsen) is obsessed with staying in her room and watching soap operas. Her father (Robert De Niro) is a bullying, unhappy man who takes every opportunity to belittle his daughter and ex-wife. Her ex-husband (Édgar Ramírez), still living in her basement even after a divorce two years ago is obsessed with a music career that isn’t bringing home the money, but is reluctant to face facts and work at job that will bring a stable income.

Whilst cleaning up a broken glass, Joy cuts her hands whilst ringing the mop head. Also having a creative brain Joy invents a mop that can be rung without having to touch the mop head. It also has a detachable head that can be thrown in a washing machine (It’s interesting that this element of the film, which is a key component is missing from the trailer. It made the trailer appeal more glamorous and if someone Joy was a more interesting or perhaps bordering on Mafia-style business woman). Joy knows she has an idea that sells but she doesn’t have the money to invest. Money it quickly seems is not Joy’s problem as she has to also overcome living in her father’s idea man’s world and accept that although her family, they are not shrewd or knowledgeable business people.

The film, I found to be rather boring, the storyline just wasn’t there to make this an interesting two hour film. I found it slow to start and then towards the end it seemed to speed up time and jam in a flash forward to create the perfect setting of a happy ending.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (2 1/2 Stars)

I think the problem with a lot of franchise films, such as Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games…is that inevitably there is an end period. What Hollywood seems to do in such occasions is try and extend that franchise to make two films out of one book, or even in the case of The Hobbit – three films.

The problem with this film, as with the case of the Hobbit, I don’t think there needs to be a cutting of the story. The Hobbit certainly didn’t need the invention of the storyline for the entire second movie. I can’t quite fully comment on Mockingjay, as I have not read the books and I do not know the storyline to follow. But this film was just unnecessarily long and not as good as the first two, for the reason you could just tell the were trying to produce another movie out of it. It annoys me that sometimes stories can in the way of making movie for Hollywood, and I think that is wrong.

The Program (2 1/2 Stars)

The film is about the disgraced Tour de Force cyclist Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) who throughout his sporting career abused banned substances in order to win the Tour de Force. The film itself is based on David Walsh’s (Chris O’Dawd) book, Seven Deadly Sins…which was about Walsh’s investigation into Armstrong’s alleged doping activities.

The film itself isn’t that great. I found the script boring and the beginning part of the film had background noise that was so loud it drowned out the dialogue. Ben Foster did an okay job as Lance Armstrong and by the end of the film his portrayal had successfully made me hate Lane Armstrong as a narcissistic, lying scumbag (which I think was 100 percent his intention). The supporting roles just weren’t there and the role film was a bit flat and lacklustre.

However that being said I felt it providing an interesting insight into the world of sporting and doping and helped to highlight the problem that is within sports. From the beginning of the film Lance Armstrong is told he can never win the Tour de Force because he is physically not designed to win the tour. The film then shows the drive and the lengths someone will go to to win. The film made me angry that in one person abusing and subsequently winning means that any athlete that wishes to race cleanly stands very little chance of winning, which I think is disgusting.

Macbeth (2 1/2 Stars)


The first surviving record of this play being performed was in 1611. So for yet another remake over four hundred years later speaks to the testament of a brilliant English writer, William Shakespeare.

Whenever I think of William Shakespeare, I can’t help but think of Blackadder meeting him in the Back and Forth episode and punching him in the face for the misery that was Hamlet…and the 400 years of children’s misery at having to study his plays.

I studied Macbeth at school, so it is a play I have seen countless times and read quite a bit too. This film is true to the form of the original play…however I wasn’t inspired by it. That could have been in part to the fact I have seen it so many times. It’s not a new story. But I don’t know. I think it was to the characters themselves. Their portrayal just didn’t seem believable enough in this play. Which is odd because I quite like Marion Cotillard who portrayed Lady Macbeth and think she was brilliant in Public Enemies. I can’t put my finger on Michael Fassbender too…he performance was admirable as Macbeth. I don’t know I just wasn’t entertained by the performance and at points felt like I was forcing myself to stay awake. One thing I did really like about this was that it kept true to the original language.