Alita: Battle Angel (press screening review)

Director; Robert Rodriguez
Adventure/Action
2h
Swedish Premiere; February 13th

An IMAX experience at its finest, such a cinematic event that blew me away with its visual beauty, fine details, and immense finesse. A motion picture that takes you on a fantastic and thrilling ride from beginning to end with an entertaining story, well-written script, interesting build up until the actual plot.

ALITA shook me, it was everything I expected and more, and it will be an amazing choice for everyone who decides to visit the theater once it is released. You won’t be disappointed, because you have a little bit of everything that one craves from a movie.
The thrill and action were superb, the dialogue was just enough to keep you intrigued, the visual was brilliant, and such impeccable quality that I was left in awe – such as the eyebrows to the pores.
The fear and the drama to a touch of romance, it all blended into a great cocktail definitely worth your time.

DR. Ido played by the phenomenal Christoph Waltz finds a cyborg in a junkyard and takes her back to his place to rebuild her, he names her Alita and slowly as she wakes up, she must now carefully try to figure out who she was and what she was meant to do.

I loved it and a little tingle tells me we might be in for a second ride due to the opening they left at the end, so a sequel must already be in the talks and making. Go see it on IMAX. 8/10



Alpha (Bluray review)

Director; Albert Hughes
Adventure/Drama
1h 36 minutes
From 2018
Copy provided by SONY HOME

The trailer alone had me flying above clouds, waiting eagerly for this film to be released so I could fall in love, sadly, I didn’t even become smitten for the slightest of a second.
To be honest, I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this.
First of all, there barely was a dialogue throughout the entire movie, the silence quickly becomes dull, the poor dialogue falls flat, and it feels dragged out after just a few minutes in.

Keda gets lost from his tribe and finds companionship with a lost and injured wolf.

It felt like something that could be epic in scale when it came to the plot, script, and sound. But it terribly fails, and not even halfway in and you’re already praying for its end.
The visual however was beautiful, the landscapes truly were something taken out of a tale, and the star is not the kid but his new best friend, such a gorgeous creature to look at and dream about having one, besides that, not something I’d ever recommend. 3/10

Extras;
Director’s cut
Alternate opening & ending
Deleted scenes
Boy & wolf
Building the world
+ more



Bohemian Rhapsody (Review)

Director; Bryan Singer
Biography/Music/Drama
2h 14 minutes
From 2018

The director behind Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Superman Returns, and so many other motion pictures bring us Queen to the big screen, with the brilliantly talented Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.

What a fantastic cinematic experience from beginning to end, I didn’t want to hype myself up due to not end up being disappointed, but wow, I truly enjoyed every single minute and truly hope Malek wins an Oscar for his outstanding and awe-inspiring performance as one of the times greatest legends, Freddie Mercury.

The movie is the story of the creation of Queen, and the plot leading to their biggest concert at LIVE AID in 1985.

The script captures your soul and has you trapped until the credits starts to roll, the acting is beyond words can ever express, and Malek shines like a stunning diamond in the sky as Freddie.
They could have not picked a better actor to play this role, the man not only had the immense talent, but also such similarities regarding his looks that he almost looked like he was Mercury’s reincarnation, quite stunned on how alike they actually looked.

Just a wow-experience altogether, from the music to the visual. You’ll be entertained, you’ll be emotionally moved, you’ll simply love it. Strongly recommended! 9/10

A star is born (Review)

Director; Bradley Cooper
Drama/Music/Romance
2h 16 minutes
From 2018

Due to the hype all around this film, I had to sit down and see what it was all about, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was beautiful, it was filled with emotions, and there was an essence of soul and heartache combined with passion, talent, and abuse, all wrapped into a piece that will leave a mark on your heart.

Bradley Cooper doesn’t only shine as a singer, I am literally blown away by his singing talents (as if his good looks and phenomenal acting skill wasn’t enough), he also proves himself to be an amazing director, the camera moves, the vision was brilliant and it felt as you were right there which was a fantastic feeling, their emotions from anger, pain, love, everything just radiated through the screen.

Jack (Cooper) is a known singer who discovers Ally (Gaga) one night at a drag queen bar, he becomes completely enchanted by her entire being and from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same for her.

Worth a watch for sure. 7,5/10



The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Review)

Director/s; Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 39 minutes
From 2018

The princess and the bore realms is a more suitable name for what I just watched, I cannot for the life of me figure out how not a single soul that was part of this production didn’t stop this film from being released. It was 1 hour and 39 minutes of the purest and most utter boredom I have experienced in a movie in a long time. In other words, an insult to the original Nutcracker, both E. T. A. Hoffmann’s who wrote The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky who created the ballet version must be rolling in their graves.

First of all, it was about a princess and not a Nutcracker, and just that alone is quite the disrespect considering that the name is in the title itself.
The script was dull, lacked depth and soul, and falls flat immediately.
The acting wasn’t even remotely good even though huge names were seen on the screen, no emotions, simply plain.

Clara, a young girl enters a magical world of life-sized toys and an army of mice, a place where once her mother was queen.

The only credit I can give this movie, is the visual. A stunning and magical motion picture, such vivid colors and a dreamy fantasy land for one to escape whenever reality becomes to clear. Besides that, don’t bother with it. 2/10


Wreck it Ralph 2 (Ralph breaks the internet) press screening review

Director/s; Phil Johnston & Rich Moore
Animation
1h 52 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 1st.

Yesterday I attended one of the screenings during the Stockholm Movie Days (Film Festival), unfortunately, I had a lot of work so sadly I could only attend one the movies, Ralph Breaks The Internet AKA Wreck It Ralph 2.
Though to my huge disappointment, it was the Swedish version, why would one even consider showing that I don’t know, but I was already there so I figured I’d just embrace it and see the dubbed version of this animated comedy.

The duo Ralph and Vanellope are back, this time they discover WiFi and enter the world of internet to save Vanellopes game or she might end up without one, meaning no home nor knowing who she actually is if she doesn’t has her game to go to. It all goes well until V finds a new game and starts questioning her fate, does she want to go back to her old predictable game, or stay in this new one? Something that completely shatters Ralphs heart.

What seems to be an innocent friendship turns out to be rather creepy, at least from where I was sitting. Ralph is close to obsessed with V and her friendship, his own insecurity broke down the entire internet world, it just came to this point where it became creepy, even the lines V gave him to calm him down, ”I’ll go with you and I’ll be your only friend, it’ll just be you and I. Just how you want it.” I don’t know if that should be a message one would like to send out to mini adults, the ones this movie is mostly aimed for. It got weird and uncomfortable, besides that it’s a cute and charming film. 5.5/10


Dog days (Review)

Director; Ken Marino
Comedy/Drama
1h 53 minutes
From 2018

One of the greatest feel-good movies I’ve seen in a long time, I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a film so much, and related to it beyond words. It was sweet, charming, and even delivered a few laugh out loud moments, something that truly surprised me. Definitely something I’d be able to watch twice, if not more.

Dog Days revolves around different characters and little stories that by the end comes together as one. You got love, pain, jobs, family, everything that a person has deal with from a day to day basis, only here they join forces with the most loyal of them all, dogs.
Dog days is a heartwarming and soul-hugging tribute to our fury friends, if you like myself is a proud owner of a beautiful creature of four legs, you of all will relate the most to it.
Besides, you get to follow these phenomenal beings as the try to make it through this fantastic thing we call life.

Dog Days is something I personally would recommend everyone to take the time to watch and enjoy. It’s a cute script that delivers so much heart and depth that you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy by the end. 8/10



Skyscaper (Bluray review)

Director; Rawson Marshall Thurber
Action/Crime
1h 42 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY HOME

Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock will always remain being THE Rock, however, no matter how great he is and always will be, this movie is below mediocre and falls flat that not even he an save it.
Another action film, another hero that saves the day. Nothing more and nothing less will you get out of Skyscraper, a movie that you’d thought would deliver suspense, thrill, and action but turns out to be a another flick to kill time with and nothing else.

Will Sawyer (Johnson) gets invited to work on the security at The Pearl. A new skyscraper, the highest in the world with 220 floors above ground and falls into a swirl of betrayal and ache when finding out his family is trapped inside by criminals and the building is on fire.

I have hard time figuring out the right words to describe this mess of a film. A script that becomes dull after 30 minutes, a visual that doesn’t take your breath away, and beside Johnson and Campbell, an average cast. Nothing I’d personally recommend. 4/10

Bonus extra;
Deleted and extended scenes
Inspiration
Kids in action
Opposing forces
+ more.


Mamma Mia: Here we go again (Bluray review)

Director; Ol Parker
Musical/Comedy
1h 54 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy provided by SONY HOME

Like the title itself, the wonderfully joyful and sparkling story of Mamma Mia is finally back with a much longing sequel that will most likely spin your entire being into a swirl of dance and fantastic music.
An emotional and beautiful vision of summer flings, breezy, blue vibes, and strong voices. A film that just like the first one will stay with you for a while, and you will love every bit and second of it.

Mamma Mia 2 delivers the best songs and a phenomenal performance and acting by the whole fantastic ensemble that they have managed to put together, a cast that grabs ahold of your heart in the most amazing way ever, having you leaving the theater with a smile from ear to ear, daydreaming about bursting out in a ABBA song whenever the mood strikes.

A wonderful film for the whole family to enjoy, a blast from beginning to end, strongly recommended. The feel-good movie of this year! 7/10

Bonus extra;
Deleted and extended songs and scenes.
The Story.
Mamma Mia Reunited!.
Playing Donna
+ so much more.