Review: The Raid 2

Gareth Evans knows his kungfu.  Gareth Evans was very meticulous with the use of whooshes in the film each time a fist or foot or head connected with another body part. Whoosh.  Whoosh.  That made the kungfu more kungfu-ey.  It looked like the actors and kungfu people were really in love with the way they moved, that it looked like a supremely choreographed dance, more than a dirty brawl.  That’s good.

I don’t have much to say of the plot, it’s very Takeshi Kitano in its gangster trappings.  That means to say it’s very Asian gangster-y, though am not sure why there had to be Japanese yakuza in Indonesia but I guess Gareth Evans knows more about that than I do anyway.  I like that there were colorful assassins for our main hero to beat up, including a chick in shades wielding two unwieldy hammers – and that final fight – that is worth the ticket admission alone.  By the way, there’s gratuitous violence.  I also like that Gareth Evans was also messing about with the framing and composition of his shots, some looked dope.  Pushing his capabilities is good.

The Raid 2 is a different beast from The Raid.  Didn’t get me overly giddy with excitement and thrill as the first one did, and the plodding story bits just made me want for it to get on to the next fight scene, and the next.  But it is still one of the best kungfu movies ever.  If I was hosting a cool hang out at my cool home one cool night with some cool friends, I might turn to them and say “Hey, wanna’ see a cool action movie?”  They’d be a bit bored of the story bits, but they’d ooh and ahh with the fighting.

Like I said, Gareth Evans knows his kungfu.

Review: Frozen

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Finally caught Frozen on the plane.  It’s aight.  Overrated to be frank.  Thought that Anna had all the character development while Elsa had none.  I managed to hold off from hearing Let It Go this whole time, and when it finally got played, I was like “meh”, there are better composed musical centerpieces out there.  Lots of people travelling up the mountain for not much to happen, and then for them all to come back down the mountain again.  Why couldn’t they have just had everything take place on the mountain when everyone made the trip up?

I get that this is a slight tweak on the Disney formula – yeah the handsome prince may not necessarily be all that good, but come on, Anna still had to end up with someone at the end did she?  Couldn’t the sisters just like fuck off and do their own thing since they discovered their true love was the strongest?  Anyway, the sister act wasn’t all that convincing.

Review: Skyfall

When I came out of the cinema after watching Skyfall, I predicted that this would be a polarizing film.  Not everyone’s going to like it, not everyone’s going to get it.  It is slow, it is literary, it hasn’t got the bombastic driving action of Casino Royale, and it doesn’t have a lot sex.  In short, the hype machine and trailers played up a movie that was a different animal to what we actually got.  Which is fine, because I really, really enjoyed what I ended up watching.  Skyfall is the return of Bond, but not as you expect.  So read on to find out what I think, but it is heavy on spoilers.  So if you haven’t watched the film yet, do that first, and then come back to this.  And then tell me what you agree or disagree with, from my analysis. Continue reading