Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice (2016)

Let’s be real, when seeing the title the first thought is “You can’t be serious”, but when you see the movie it makes sense, so please don’t discard it just because of the title. I went to the cinema, not really knowing what to expect with all the mixed reviews, but I was actually positively surprised. Even though it felt like the trailer revealed everything that would happen throughout the movie (a lot of tossing each other through walls), it still had some pretty surprising moments that will keep the entertainment value up.
As always, Zack Snyder is able to keep a cool dark tone throughout the movie, which is one of my favorite features in these superhero movies and it really suits Batman v Superman.

Summary

After the fight between Superman and General Zod, Metropolis is left in ruins and people are questioning wether Superman is the hero they need. Meanwhile Batman is afraid that Superman is too big a threat for the world, so he takes on the Man of Steel himself, while greater threats lurk in the dark.

Overall opinion

First I would like to say: Ben Affleck totally nailed it as Batman. I would not have thought he could do such a good job, and he received a lot of hate for taking up the role.
I must say that I might have been a little critical about it too, as I thought Christian Bale was the only man who could play Batman. But he was really convincing both as Bruce Wayne and the Bat, and the fight scenes including Batman were mindblowingly good. If you want to see some action, you should go just for these fight scenes.

Henry Cavill also delivers a convincing performance as Superman, but I just think the character is too predictable which makes it kind of uninteresting to me. I know they have to stay true to the original character, which they really do, I just think he would be more likeable if more humor was involved. As for Wonder Woman, she did not have the biggest role here, not that that was to be expected, but she needs a little more explanation when it comes to who she is and why she is there. Gal Gadot is a pretty badass Wonder Woman, so I’m looking forward to her onward evolvement in this.

Next up is Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg. I had heard A LOT of bad things about Jesse Eisenberg’s performance, and I understand why some people would be upset as the character Lex Luthor in the movie is quite different from the original and you don’t get quite the character build-up as you would like. With that said I still think Eisenberg did a good job as a villain, as I think they tried to go for a more crazy Joker vibe, so that is what you should expect when watching it.

I you are a fan of superhero movies, this will not be a disappointment with its cool fight scenes and dark tones. Oh, and Hans Zimmer made the music so you will have a pretty amazing soundtrack to listen to.

Rating: 7/10

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Open Season (2006)

Sometimes you just feel like watching a kids movie without any expectations whatsoever. When that movie includes fun adult innuendos, you come to enjoy it quite a bit. This is not your most talked about kids movie, but it does have some good qualities with its quirky characters such as Scottish squirrels ready to fight anyone, and Shaw, a crazy hunter convinced about the animal’s taking-over-the-world plan. While this is kid friendly, it is rated PG and therefore might be a little too fierce for the smaller children.

Summary

A pet bear named Boog, Elliot the deer without a herd and Shaw the hunter, trying to kill the both of them. An unlikely friendship must be formed to get rid of the hunters this season.

Overall opinion

To be honest, this movie was not anything else than okay. It does not handle that much of a big picture theme, but just the average “friends are there for each other” agenda. Not that anything else was to be expected, although it would have been nice with some more meaningful content. The voices go well with the characters with Martin Lawrence as Boog and Ashton Kutcher as Elliot. If you find it impressie, don’t worry, they made two more.

This is for the ones who want to watch something kid friendly but combined with adult humor.

Rating: 6/10

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Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

Ever wondered how much the most popular movies actually make in the box office? Here are the 10 highest grossing box office movies of all time.

Number 10: Iron Man 3 – $1.215 billion

Following the success of the two first Iron Man movies, Iron Man 3 delivered on the expectations fans had, with the same fun screenplay and loveable character, Tony Stark, always delivers. With a budget of $200 million this movie surely paid for itself and fans are waiting to see what is to await from the 4th installment.

Number 9: Frozen – $1.276 billion

The highest grossing animated movie ever, of course had to be the 53rd Disney animated feature, Frozen. If the hype for this movie wasn’t big enough before the release, it surely became huge after Let It Go was played a gazillion times on the radio. Don’t tell me you don’t know at least half of the words from this song.

Number 8: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II – $1.341 billion

It does not come as a surprise that one of the highest grossing movies ever would be from the Harry Potter franchise. The final installment of the series is 18 places ahead of the second highest grossing HP movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, grossing $974 million in the box office.

Number 7: Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.405 billion

The first Avengers movie was a huge box office success, so to follow up on the superhero filled film, came the second installment, Age of Ultron. Even though it did not live up to fans’ expectations it still landed itself a nice spot on the list and ended up way above its budget of $250 million.

Number 6: Furious 7 – $1.516 billion

Fast and Furios 6 had a box office income of $788 million and is on the 55th place on the highest grossing movies of all time. The reason the 7th installment is the most popular, most likely has something to do with the death of starring actor, Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash in 2013 together with Roger Rodas, the driver of the car. This left fans wondering how the studio would finish the movie without Walker, and fans wanted to see last part of his memorable contribution to the franchise. Therefore people rushed to see the final result, and they were not dissappointed.

Number 5: Marvel’s the Avengers – $1.519 billion

What would have die hard superhero fans go crazy? A movie featuring all the favorite superheroes of course. When the Avengers came out in 2012, people did not wait to go see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain America and Black Widow team up in what was to become one of the greatest action movies of that year. The combination of humor and badassness is what made this a huge success and landing in at number 5 on the list.

Number 4: Jurassic World – $1.670 billion

One of the most highly anticipated movies of 2015 came 14 years after the last installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. With an all new cast starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard the series was revitalized and the audience was promised new bigger and badder dinosaurs, such as the Indominus Rex. It had an estimated budget of $150 million, and thereby ended up paying for itself 11 times.

Number 3: Star Wars: the Force Awakens – $2.606 billion

When Disney bought Lucasfilms in October 2012, they announced the sequel trilogy for the incredibly well known Star Wars franchise, and fans around the world went wild. Many looked forward to the new episode while others were afraid this production of new movies would ruin the franchise. When it was announced that many of the loveable characters would return, it became clear how popular this film was going to be, as fans could not wait to see Han Solo and Chewbacca, Princess Leiah  and Luke Skywalker once again, making it the most popular movie of the 2010’s.

Number 2: Titanic – $2.186 billion

One of the most tragic incidents of all time, was turned into a romantic drama between Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) in 1997, where people around the world were captivated by the love story of the poor artist and the upper-class aristocrat. Directed by James Cameron this classic left the audience in tears and won itself 11 Oscars in 1998, being one of the three most winning movies at the Oscars.

Number 1: Avatar – $2.788 billion

The three time Oscar winning director, James Cameron, takes both 2nd and 1st place on the list with the release of Avatar 12 years later. With its beautiful graphics and astonishing 3D effects this was a must-see in the cinemas and if you hadn’t heard of it before the release, your friends would tell you to go see it until you did. Hopefully the next 3 sequels will impress us just as much.

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In Bruges (2008)

You’ve probably never seen or heard of this movie, but if you have, you’re awesome, if you haven’t you’re still awesome and I promise I won’t give anything away, so this will be a short review. With amazing actors like Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralp Fiennes, this movie was bound to be something else and it sure was. Ever known the feeling that you just want a movie to surprise you? In Bruges does exactly that and especially because you have no idea what you are about to watch. One moment it makes you laugh, the next you sit and watch in horror.

Summary

The two hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to the Belgian town Bruges by their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), after a job gone wrong, where they are on sightseeing while awaiting orders for their next job. Ken explores the city with great appreciation while Ray is guilt stricken over his first job.

Overall opinion

This was definitely a surprise movie for me. I had never heard of it before and that surprised me, because this film delivers on several plans. It has good humor, it has incredible acting and also features some scenes that just blow your mind. You couldn’t have picked better actors for this movie, the chemistry between Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell is something else, which just makes the movie all the better. It’s nearly 2 hours of completely amazing scenes and the ending will leave you stunned, but most importantly, there is not one dull moment in this movie. In Bruges is definitely one of the most underrated movies of all time, so don’t miss out on this one.

Want to see a movie where comedy and violence play out perfectly? You found it.

Rating: 8/10

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Van Helsing (2004)

For me this is one of the best movies ever, and no, it has nothing to do with it being an Oscar winning movie, because it’s not. It’s your typical action, fantasy movie starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, but I’ve watched this several times with my dad, so for me it’s something special. Now, on to being critical and putting the nostalgia away. This will not give you the “wow, that was amazing 10/10” feeling, but even though it was released in 2004, I still think it has its moments and the effects are actually not that bad, so I would like to think that this would still be enjoyable to watch if it was my first time watching it.

Summary

In Stephen Sommers’ 2004 adaptation of the classic tale, Hugh Jackman plays Van Helsing, a notorious monster hunter who is sent to Transylvania to help stop Count Dracula from using Dr. Frankenstein’s research and eradicate the local town. Here he meets Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) and together they battle the evil creatures that lurk in the night.

Overall opinion

Unless you are just like me and practically grew up watching this movie, this will just be the average fantasy movie for you to watch. There are a lot of interesting characters though, which makes the movie fun and worth watching. Hugh Jackman does a good job as Van Helsing, but the Transylvanian accents the other actors take on are not impressive. If you like movies with the typical monsters, this movie delivers both Frankenstein, vampires and werewolfes and they are all created with cool effects or makeup, so don’t discard this movie before even giving it a chance. You might be surprised and come to enjoy it as much as me.

Even though I love this movie, I will give you a realistic rating as to what I think I would rate it if I had just seen it for the first time.

Rating: 7/10

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The Revenant (2015)

Captivating. That is the exact thing I thought when I saw the trailer for The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy back in July, and although it didn’t show much of the story it still made me want to see more, so when it finally hit theaters I watched it as soon as possible. Now, this movie is 156 minutes long (2 hours 36 minutes, you’re welcome) and even though Leonardo DiCaprio did an amazing job at playing Hugh Glass and making his pain and grief believable, there were just too many long scenes, indeed they were beautiful, but just unnecessarily long, which made my bladder very impatient after the medium coke I consumed through the first half hour of the movie.

Summary

The year is 1823 and the frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) hunt for pelts together with other trappers, when they are attacked by Native Americans and are forced to flee on a boat. Glass suggests continuing on foot back to the outpost, but some are bothered by the decision, especially John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), who has always been repelled by Glass and his half-native son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck). Glass is viciously attacked by a bear and with small hopes of surviving, the others head back to the outpost, leaving only Fitzgerald and his son to care for him. Fitzgerald tries to kill him, but his son interrupts and dies instead. Glass now has to fight his way back from the grave to get revenge.

Overall opinion

The movie is simply breathtaking in the way it is filmed. You feel as if you are actually in the film and with the convincing acting that is Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy’s, it is hard not to be impressed. Tom Hardy’s depiction of Fitzgerald is truly amazing. You instantly want to hate him as soon as he opens his mouth, which is exactly what you’re supposed to. Since DiCaprio won an Oscar, you would think that he has a lot of lines and is overall the one with most to say, but no. This fine actor is reduced to a lot of heavy breathing and grunts, which he, of course, manages to act out perfectly, so perfectly you actually start to think he might have been attacked by a bear. And what a bear. Someone did a hell of a good job at making the bear realistic, and that might have something to do with it being an actual man (Glenn Ennis) who wrestled around with DiCaprio, which makes it seem even more brutal and real. It is also to be said that Alejandro G. Iñárritu did a great job at directing this movie in a new and exciting way, even though some scenes would have been better if they were cut just a little shorter. After all, it is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, so if you can’t fill it with great scenes all the time, just cut it a little bit.

Are you looking for a must-see Oscar winning movie with two fabulous actors and a killer bear? This is it.

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Zootopia (2016)

I recently went to the movies to watch Zootopia. I had read that it was one of the best Disney movies made in the last decade, and I figured it could be worth watching at the cinema. And it was actually great. Now although this is a movie for families, there are some scenes that might be a little intimidating for the younger audience, which means that if your child is easily scared, don’t make them watch it, unless you want to comfort your child in the middle of a theater. But this is also what makes this movie watchable for the older audience, as there are scenes that can make you jump in your seat or hold your breath.

Summary

Judy Hopps, a rookie police officer, travels to Zootopia after completing her training, to seek out adventure and dangerous missions. This is where she meets the con artist Nick Wilde, and together they try to solve the dissapearence of different animals in the city.

Why it also appeals to adults

Even though this would be a movie parents watch because their kids want to see it, it is still enjoyable for the young-adult audience. Throughout the movie there are certain references to other classic films, which would make the frequent movie-watcher pleased. At the same time Zootopia is able to tackle some subjects with deeper meaning, such as handling the constant stereotyping, breaking through the social heritage and just doing what matters to you. It’s also quite enjoyable to see how the animals tackle the daily tasks and struggles, and how we can relate to that as people.

Overall opinion

While I don’t think it is THE BEST Disney movie ever made (The Lion King still takes the “crown”) it surely is up there, with its quirky characters, such as the sloths, and did I mention how much detail was put into this film? On a single giraffe the amount of individual hairs created is nine million, meaning someone actually sat and planted nine million hair strands on a giraffe. I hope that guy’s getting a raise, because you can actually see how it all paid out in the end.

If you want to watch a family friendly movie with beautiful effects and a great storyline, Zootopia is the one for you.

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