Happy Death Day (press-screening review)

Director; Christopher Landon
Thriller/Horror
1h 36 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 20th

Surprisingly good, director Christopher Landon, a writer and producer, known for several movies but he’s the brain behind one of my favorites, Disturbia. A fantastic thriller with the young talent, Shia Labeouf. Anyways, back to Happy Death Day.

Happy Death Day was better than I expected. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is what made it entertaining. Plus not having any sort of expectations might’ve helped as well.
It kicks off rather quickly and never becomes dull and has zero unnecessary scenes, that is what I mostly enjoyed.
You don’t feel like dozing off somewhere along the way because the script becomes boring or movie too long, the length of an hour and a half was just enough for this genre.

College student Tree (Jessica Rothe), ends up on a never-ending nightmare of a loop on her birthday, getting killed only to wake up the next day and for it to happen all over again. She must now face the same day she’s stuck on until she figures out the identity of her killer.

It even becomes funny, you’ll share a laugh or two throughout the film, it will even charm you. The chemistry between Tree and Carter is adorable though it started off rocky, they being together grows on you, and you end up cheering for these two.
The script will have you constantly thinking you have figured out who the killer is but it will manage to surprise you, that is the brilliance of it and what makes it worth watching. 6/10

The Snowman (press-screening review)

Director; Tomas Alfredson
Crime/Drama
1h 59 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 13th.

A snoozing fest, that is what this film was from beginning to end. It was dull with zero building up toward a grand finale and me yawning until the credits started rolling. I’ve never checked my phone so many times as I did during this movie, literally counting down the seconds so I could leave.

Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), dives into an investigation alongside Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) who’s trying to solve a mystery case involving a killer that only targets women and leaves the crime scene by building a snowman. Little does Harry know that the killer was inside his circle all along.

Since I haven’t read the book this film is based on I can’t do any comparing, however, judging the movie alone I must say that it was a disaster, not something I’d watch twice or even recommend.
There were too many dragged out scenes, almost two hours for a movie of this genre is too long, or maybe it was me who wasn’t in the greatest mood when watching it, I don’t know, but do yourself a favor and save your money and wait until you can stream it online.
3.7/10
The rating is just for the actors whose performance was great but sadly overshadowed by the boring script and mediocre vision.


Mother! (Press-screening review)

Director; Darren Aronofsky
2h 1 minute
Drama/Mystery/Horror
Swedish premiere; September 29th

Must’ve been the most frustrating movie of all times, I’ve never felt such intense raw rage crawling through my system, bursting every nerve of mine with pure anger during a movie. It’s a love it or hate it kind of script, and I still haven’t figured out what I’m feeling toward it.

Besides being frustrating, I felt as it tried too hard to come off as art, a masterpiece and failed miserably with its lack of heart, soul, and depth. It tried so hard to be intellectual, deep, and to leave you in awe but it became a complete mess instead – you leaving the theater with a migraine and all tense due to all the times you sat there praying you’d get sucked into the screen just so you could strangle to death every character and save her, (Jennifer Lawrence).

A married couple played by Lawrence and Bardem has their tranquil life turned upside down when some uninvited guest shows up at their doorstep one night…

It is quite biblical once you over-analyze every scene, line, moment, and character. It may take a while but once you realize it, everything falls into place. He becomes God; the creator, open his home to everyone, believes in forgiveness, and is imortal.
She becomes Mother Earth; the peaceful, sensual, and beautiful one.
The crystal becomes the forbidden apple, and the second couple that appears becomes Adam and Eve. Once you see that, it’s actually a quite interesting take on it, you suddenly change your first opinion about it, you see it in a whole new light, not hating it as much as you did right after the movie ended. You have to let it sink in. Though, I’d sure would not check it out twice, once was more than enough.

If you want to get frustrated and imagine 404 different ways you can kill someone or several ones, then sure, check it out, if you want to leave the theater with actual peace inside of you then I would recommend you watch something else, something perhaps more vanilla. 5/10

Come and find me (Bluray review)

Director; Zack Whedon
1h 52 minutes
Thriller
Out on bluray!

Writer and director Zack Whedon delivers a thriller that takes you on a journey of betrayal, lies, and realizing not everything is as it seems, completely twisting your head and every thought that has ever crossed your mind, almost leaving you insane with all the clues, hints, and not knowing who to trust anymore.

When David (Aaron Paul) wakes up only to find out that his girlfriend isn’t laying right beside him, he goes on a quest to find her, one that will lead him through a dark path uncovering unbelievable things about the person he once thought he knew.

Come and find me was rather dull at certain moments yet slightly entertaining at the same time, like you want to turn it off but also find yourself being somewhat interested in the outcome. It does manage to peak your curiosity, wondering where the girlfriend is, who she actually is, and will he make it until the end.

Aaron Paul shines, no matter role or script he still manages to deliver the best and you’ll be equally hooked on him as you’ve been on previous characters he’s played throughout his career.
Not something I’d watch several times, nor would probably never personally recommend due to so many other greater and better movies out there. However, are you a fan of Paul, it’s definitely something you should check out. 4.3/10

Bluray Extras;
The making of Come and find me.


Girls Trip (press-screening review)

Director; Malcolm D. Lee
2h 2minutes
Comedy
Swedish premiere; September 29th

One of the most lively, joyful, and heart-warming comedies I’ve seen in a long time, with one woman empowering message that will bring all the ladies all over the globe together, bonding over strength, self-love, and self-worth – recognizing their own value, beauty, and depth.

I went into the screening without any expectations, believing it would simply be another chick-flick and nothing more, nothing less.
Turned out to be exactly what we woman needed, it’s been ages since we got a brilliant feel-good film that will not only bring endless of laughter but also leave the theater with that wonderful warm-fuzzy feeling that we often strive after when watching a movie of this genre.

Four longtime friends from college who’s lost contact due to obligations such as work, family, etc, go on a trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival and once again bonds together over parties, drinks, and love.

It’s a laugh-out-loud movie, an amazing script that will make you smile from beginning to end, a beautiful balance of comedy and powerful message to all women out there. An amazing cast of gorgeous and talented actresses that I hope to see in a sequel. Strongly recommended.
7.5/10


Get Out (Bluray review)

Director; Jordan Peele
Mystery/Thriller
1h 44 minutes
From April 2017

Get Out left me gasping for air, the level of suspense and mystery was a perfectly blended cocktail of paranoia and dark thrill that will crawl underneath your skin and stay right there, taunting you with its dark and provocative script and premise long after the movies powerful ending.

Chris, played by the immensely talented actor Daniel Kaluuya is meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s family for the first time, but once upon his arrival, he starts having a strange knot created inside of him, alarming him about the mystery that goes on behind closed doors.
As he only sees black people on the estate as the family’s servants, he starts wondering what in the world he has stepped into…

It’s a fantastic cinematic experience with some Purge meets 12 years of slave vibes, I’m not in any way comparing them due to them being completely different genres and stories, but the same feeling I got when watching The Purge was making itself present during Get Out.

It’s dark, it’s scary, it’s smart! With its brilliant acting and directing, it’s a movie that will stay with you for a long time.
Loving that Peele delivered some rationally thinking characters with a great sense of mind. Sometimes that along in thrillers have bothered me, the way certain roles were played out, thinking that I’ve met bread with a higher IQ. Here, Chris (Kaluuya) acted out and did what you would want someone in his situation to do. 7/10

Bluray extras;
Alternate ending & deleted scenes with commentary by writer/director Jordan Peele.
Unveiling the horror of Get out.
Q&A discussion with Jordan Peele and the cast.
Feature Commentary.



Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Press-screening review)

Director; Matthew Vaughn
Action/Adventure
2h 20 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 22th

A messy spy-movie that tries to live up to the class and eloquence of the iconic Bond films. Why people have put these two in the same sentence is beyond me, because Kingsman lacked a solid plot, script, and thought they could compensate it by having A-list actors and actresses star in it.

In the sequel to the movie that came out in 2014, we hop on once again on a speed full ride alongside Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as he tries to the save the world, though this time he teams up with another agent played by Channing Tatum.
When Kingsman headquarters are being destroyed by the evil and insane villain that is Poppy (Julianne Moore), elite agents from Kingsman must now strap up for a mission to defeat her and her plans.

First of all, though the vision was rather beautiful, great effects, it became too much. Certain action sequences were dragged out, ending up in the entire movie being two hours and twenty minutes long, you get impatient toward the end, not sitting comfortably on your seat and you end up twisting and turning, praying for the movie to come to an end.

I found the plot to be lame, almost idiotic as it tries so hard to come off as ”badass” but ends up being ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, if you legit have nothing else to watch and enjoyed the first one, then sure, you might find this one entertaining but it’s not something I would personally recommend.
It’s mostly for kids, who will go home after seeing it and pretend they’re agents themselves as they run around their homes, jumping around, and imagining the floor is lava as they attempt to avoid it and save the world from whatever disaster they’ve made up. 4.9/10


Elle (Bluray review)

Director; Paul Verhoeven
Drama/thriller
2h 10 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I from time to time can enjoy a French film, The Intouchables, Blue is the warmest color, La belle et la Bete (French version of Beauty and the Beast), I couldn’t find myself to be the slightly intrigued by this one, Elle. It didn’t grab me at all, I wasn’t hooked nor remotely interested to find out more and get into the depth of the story. Must say, it was a huge disappointment considering all the rave it got, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Elle, a businesswoman tries to track down the man that assaulted and raped her in her own home.

First of all, for this type of genre, over two hours is too much, especially when it’s filled with unnecessary dull scenes and moments that could’ve been cut from the final production. Second, I found the character to be too nonchalant about what she had gone through when telling her friends – like she didn’t acknowledge the weight of her horrific experience.

To be frank, it was boring. I yawned several times throughout as it oh so slowly tries to develop but nothing barely happens, it takes a while, and that just made me quickly lose interest. 3/10

Bluray extras;
Celebrating an Icon.
A tale of empowerment: Making Elle.


It (press screening review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Horror/Drama
2h 15 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 13th

Andy Muschietti has truly outdone himself in this remarkable remake, the horror classic from the 90’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels, It. A film for this, and future generations to enjoy and be a part of.

The movie is an extraordinary tribute to not only the original, but also to the writer behind the story as well. The eye for every detail in every moment does not go unnoticed, from the vision, sound, to script – from beginning to end, it’s simply flawless.
You’ll have the creeps crawling through every nerve of yours just by seeing the credits, the melodic yet unpleasant soundtrack of children softly singing, the gray and rainy day, to the performance of every single actor involved.

I wouldn’t call it a hardcore-hands-down horror film, but the thrill and suspense is there, and it wasn’t so much ”jump-in-your-face” type of scenes, but tension, shadows, and sound building up and the atmosphere that delivered that great scary touch to it, along side with the amazing work from the makeup and costume department when it came to Pennywise (the clown), and the other ”monster” like characters.

The actors, who were mostly children, were brilliant, truly phenomenal in every aspect of their act.
One that is already such a talent, is Finn Wolfhard. You might recognize him from the amazing hit tv-show Stranger Things that is streaming on Netflix. Oh Lord, what a joy it is to observe and listen to him, I don’t care how young he is, I literally want to be friends with him, he’s definitely the coolest kid on the block!

Another one that blew me away, (well they all did), but especially, was Jack Dylan Grazer. I don’t know if it was his role, the outfit, but he literally reminded me of Steve Carell in a mini version. He was fantastic. They were all amazing, probably more talented than most grown up actors to be honest.
Superb job from the entire cast and crew. It was a perfect cocktail of drama, horror elements with a dash of comedy thanks to the epic comebacks the kids had for each other. 9/10 And applause to our Swedish actor for giving such classic character justice with his supreme act.


Sleight (press screening review)

Director; J.D. Dillard
Drama/Sci-fi
1h 30 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 8th.

I am at loss for words, wondering what went wrong and how to even write this review. It wasn’t as bad as some claims, but it wasn’t great. From the beginning, they managed to build up this incredible story only for its climax to be a massive disappointment once you got there. Besides being quite predictable and you can somewhat put the pieces together and create the ending before even getting there, it has some entertainment along the way.

Bo (Jacob Latimore), who has lost both his parents at a young age, turns to the streets to make a living so he’s able to take care of himself and his younger sibling, Tina. What might have looked like the perfect gig, turns slowly into a nightmare he desperately tries to get away from.

It had such potential to be a thrilling film about the life on the streets, the struggles to provide, wrong crowds, etc, but it just got messy and frustrating once he tried to get out. He suddenly came off as a dumb character who didn’t put much thought into his plan.

The acting however from the entire cast was great, Latimore was a natural, his gestures and expression were sensual, almost angelic in the way he performed. Grabbing your full attention and interest with his softness. The movie is not something I would personally recommend, nor would check out twice, but for a dull night to kill some time, it’ll do. 5/10