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



Bumblebee (Press screening review)

Director; Travis Knight
Action/Sci-fi
1h 53 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

Travis Knight just wiped his brilliant behind with Michael Bay. Knight delivered a highly entertained, action-packed, fantastically cast – altogether great blockbuster! I then remembered why I so much loved the first Transformers movie and BumbleBee. Knight brought back that cute and charming robot back into our lives and this time, also created that amazing bond between the teen and the robot that we got to experience in the first one. There is a touch of heart and soul in that relationship that Bay lacked to continue to deliver in the rest of the franchise films.

BumbleBee is in a way a prequel to all Transformers movies, the background story to how BumbleBee lost his voice and how it all began. A great script to know more about the Autobots that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 11 years (Insane how it has been 11 years since the first one, I remember seeing it and having such crush on Shia LaBeouf haha)

1987, and Bumblebee must find refuge in a little town in Cali, and that is when he meets Charlie, a heartbroken 17-year-old trying to find herself again after the loss of her beloved father.

It’s a fantastic roller coaster of robot fights, supreme music, and young love with a splash of humor. It has everything and a little bit more, strongly recommended. 8/10


The Neighborhood (Review)

Creator; Jim Reynolds
30 minutes
Comedy
Season 1

The Neighborhood is a sit-com that is somewhat half-charming and semi-enjoyable but nothing else. It’s your typical comedy show with the laughters in the background and all-ages-friendly punchlines. However, you got great talent and potential and it’s all lost and wasted here. The plot is somewhat close to racist, a script about mocking white people and their stereotypes.

A friendly and social family moves into a tougher community in L.A and tries their outmost to fit in.

It’s lighthearted, stale, and lacks originality. It’s not even close to good nor entertaining.
Highly doubt it’ll last long or get renewed, could barely watch the entire episode.
You’ll get a smile in with luck but not a full on laugh out loud moment. I wouldn’t recommend this. 2/10



The First Purge (Bluray review)

Director; Gerard McMurray
Action/Crime
1h 38 minutes
Bluray/DVD release; November 12th
Copy provided by UIP/SONY Home

Hands down, the worst movie of 2018. I haven’t seen a film this fantastically awful in a long time, I enjoyed the previous ones but watching The First Purge was a waste of time from beginning to end.
The poor storyline, the dull plot that falls flat, and vision was just painful to witness. Pure embarrassment altogether.

As the title says, the film is pretty much about how it all came together, what made America start the actual purge that we got to follow through the previous movies. What led them to offer this outlet to inhabitants of the states and the answer was simple, anger.

I was quite excited for this film since the other ones had that delicate touch of the right amount of suspense, horror, and thrill. The story had you sitting on needles, you were gasping for air, wondering how it would turn out, and would the good ones make it through the horrid 24 hours…

Here, I was bored. I kept looking at the watch, praying to the movie lords for the film to come to an end. It doesn’t once, not even for a slight second grab you, capture, nor intrigue you. It doesn’t become interesting enough to grasp your attention. Nothing I’d ever recommend, stick with the ones you’ve seen and don’t even bother watching this. 1/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scene
A radical experiment
Bringing the chaos
The masks of the first purge



Crazy Rich Asians (Review)

Director; Jon M. Chu
Comedy/Romance
2h
Out; September 21st

Though categorized under ”comedy”, I must say that personally, I’d mark it with a huge stamp that says ”drama” instead because I did not laugh nor cracked a smile once during the 120 minutes. To call this film a romance would be too much of a stretch as well since it was mostly a story that involved one dilemma, and nothing else.

Nick Young comes from a wealthy Asian family and meets a Chinese/American girl in New York and decides to take her to Singapore to a wedding and introduce her to his family, though thinking it’ll be a smooth and harmless act, his family and friends tries their utter best to show that she doesn’t fit in.

Tale old as time, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t fresh, it was something that we’ve heard and seen over a million times before.
The mother who believes that no woman is good enough for her son, especially one that doesn’t come from wealth yet the mother was in the exact same position years ago, her husbands’ mother not approving of her. That annoys me, you’d think that out of EVERYONE she’d be the most understanding then but no.

It speeds up rather fast, it doesn’t go slow yet it falls flat and dull when there’s no building up to the actual plot, alongside flashy cars, fancy dresses, and huge mansions the movie lacks depth and soul. It’s just a script about a group of people flashing their millions thinking that money makes them better than anyone else. 3/10