Reviews #01

In the past few weeks, I’ve managed to complete watching these:


This means I’m back! Here’s some quick reviews:

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
***
I’ve been a fan of Chris O’ Dowd since his ‘The IT Crowd’ days (‘A gay musical called ‘Gay’?’) and honestly, any film with him in it, I’ll instantly have a liking over it. The thing I like most about FAQATT is its very interesting take on bloke-comedy meets sci-fi adventure movie. It’s very Simon Pegg-ish, and quite thrilling.

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
****
I was watching this with my boyfriend and as the beginning credits rolled, and Vampire Weekend started to play, he remarked, ‘This is such a hipster movie.’ Quite true, but yet so much more. It delicately and intricately explores life issues that surround modern suburban life without its premise being too unbelievable. You can’t help rooting for the family to survive the turmoil they go through, and you know that deep down – in the end, they’re gonna be all right.

The Dictator (2012)
**1/2
Compared to Sacha Baron Cohen’s previous conquests with Ali G, Borat and Bruno, ‘The Dictator’s Aladeen falls flat almost instantly. The scripted piece loses the hilariously amazing improv elements his previous films had. Though the film does have certain comical moments, the racist and sexist stereotypes appear bland and just plain boring.

Prometheus (2012)
***1/2
Yes, the movie’s pretty great – it’s got a captivating plot and aesthetically spectacular visuals. But, it brings about numerous unanswered questions. It could perhaps be opening up for a sequel, but it just feels like a haphazard job. It’s unable to neatly tie loose ends and we’re just met up with a bunch of alien black goo.

Alien (1979)
****
Watching a 1979 sci-fi film in 2012 really tests the film’s durability, but ‘Alien’ still seems timeless. The gripping moments begin from the second half of the film onwards and we’re mainly fed with a slow-burn narrative (which I have a love/hate relationship with). I preferred this to ‘Blade Runner’, and I know many will disagree – ‘Alien’ is Hollywood sci-fi at its best.

Merlin (Season 4)
*1/2
Oh, Merlin. I’ve been a loyal fan for four years, why do you do this to me? The plot’s gone stale and repetitive, the show seems to rely entirely on the bromance between Merlin and Arthur. Previously interesting characters like Morgana and Gwiane have become so repulsively dull. It reeks of ‘Cancellation! Ahhh! Let’s just try everything possible’, and it just becomes terribly disappointing.

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