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RocknRolla Review

RocknRolla
My Cazal Mod. 856′s. You WILL like’em!

Snap: A Guy Ritchie gangster film. Somehow, those five words will always go hand in hand. If you’re familiar with Ritchie’s earlier work like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch, then RocknRolla shouldn’t be too foreign to you. All of the director’s signature styles are brought to stellar effect in this rough n’tumble gangster movie about double dealings, corruption, loyalty, heists, iconic characters and ultimately, pure class. [4/5]

Love: There are many things to love about this movie. Number one would be the characters as they’re all so well portrayed. They’re like comic book cut-outs, but the machine gun banter and confidence in which they blitz through their scenes just sucks you into this fantastical underworld of property magnets, Russians, two-bit whack jobs and junkie scum, you really don’t know who you want to root for. You might develop a crush on Thandie Newton, (like me) who delivers a smoking performance, or just about any number of the cast who each have their own loose ends that they need to tie up, or risk sleeping with the crayfish. I love the editing and cinematography of the film, as they’re not afraid to take scenes out of context, or play with the audience’s perception. Action is not dictated by the choreography or pyrotechnics, but a good use of pace, jump cuts or frames sped up or slowed down add to the Guy Ritchie experience. The dialogue’s a real blast, and so is the name calling and riposte between several witty characters also add to the incredibly stylish world that director has created.

Hate: The accent’s a bit thick, and sometimes hard to grasp what’s going on. Also, Guy Ritchie loves telling his narrative through a series of montages, and sometimes in a non-linear effect. Multiple plot lines also add to this confusion. But really, it’s a small price to pay for a really intelligent movie. Hell, you could always watch it again!

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Iron Man 2 Review

Iron Man 2
“BFFs”

Snap: Big budget sequel to the first movie adaptation of Marvel Studio’s Iron Man that promises to be bigger, better and babe-ier (if that’s even a word.) Unfortunately, as wonderful as the characters are, and the action wasn’t exactly shit, it just seems like a convoluted excuse to set up the much rumoured “Avengers” story where S.H.I.E.L.D brings a group of superheroes to battle the forces of evil. Apart from seeing some Avengers related paraphernalia, the story doesn’t seem to mind speeding along, leaving little room for character development. Which to me, is essential for the audience to identify with the struggles presented in a film. Ultimately, the tin man had no heart. [2.5/5]

Love: A quote by Whiplash (Micky Rourke): “Trust me. Drones better.” I think this is the best quote in the movie, delivered in a gutteral Russian accent. You can be sure this will be my reply to whenever someone expresses doubt over any of my abilities. Anyway, Iron Man armour is cool. There is a reason why we’re drawn to a live action version, and that’s because as Howard Stark said, “Anything is possible with technology.” and the Iron Man armour personifies that, hence.. it is supercool. Oh, War Machine makes an appearance too.

Hate: It was a decent story of Tony Starke exorcising some demons and getting over some Daddy issues, but it’s nothing to rave about. There were no real plot twists, or even a mature one to begin with. The introduction of S.H.I.E.L.D was a tad unnecessary although it added a Deus Ex Machina to the already shambling plot. But hey, Iron Man gets his level up and gets to play with the triforce! Oh, War Machine makes an appearance too.

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Ip Man 2 Review

Ip Man 2
“Flashdance 3, Starring Donnie Yen and a wooden block.”

Snap: A nationalistic kung fu brawler that follows the life of Ip Man after he escapes the Japanese Occupation in China and escapes to Hong Kong. Ip Man is best known for spreading the popularity of the Chinese martial art, Wing Chun to the modern world and being Bruce Lee’s teacher. The movie while mindblowingly manly is ridiculous at times, and seems to mirror Rocky 4, Asian stylez yo! (Apollo dying, beating the arrogant foreigner.. etc.) [3.5/5]

Love: I think Donnie Yen makes a great Ip Man! Even though I have no reference, he is cool in the Chinese sort of way. Calm, collected, smokes, honourable. The fight choreography was also excellent, pacing between closeups and wide shots to poetic effect. There are many memorable moments, especially at the end where Ip Man tackles his final opponent, juxtaposed against a scene earlier in the movie. Such tried and tested editing methods propel the story forward.

Hate: Some characters serve little purpose to the story, that stopped this from reaching the realm of 4 points, that I award for great movies that are all encompassing. Also, the ending, is absolutely stupid. Minus more points!

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