Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and staring, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Harold Perrineau, Mark Strong. Continue reading
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was directed by Tomas Alfredson and was written by Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan and John Le Carre’ who wrote the original novel this film is based upon. It stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, Mark Strong.
The story follows a secret government agency hiding out in London called the Circus who deal with possible threats from other countries and investigate suspicious cases and people in order to protect the country from harm. It is set in the 1970s and follows Gary Oldman’s character Mr Smiley who is an expert in his field and was forced into retirement, now they need him back to hunt down a spy who has been leaking secrets to the soviets.
If ever some one walks up to you and says the British can not make a good film, simply say four words, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This film is just fabulous in so many ways. Firstly it’s clear that this year was made for adaptions to the big screen, we’ve seen the success of Ides Of March, War Horse, Moneyball, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, The Descendants, The Help and Extremely loud and incredibly close . I would go on to name more but the list is simply put, too impressively long. Many of those films mentioned above are getting huge attention at the Oscars.
If you’re looking around for a brilliant spy thriller then look no further, this is it. Tinker Tailor is a fantastic film for so many different reasons. Continue reading
I write this review with a very heavy heart, I have been excited about this film for a very long time. From when the idea was first mentioned, to when it was announced that Ryan Reynolds would be Hal Gordon and Martin Campbell would be leading this production. I even ignored all the bad reviews it recieved and was determined to see this film.
My dvd arrived the other day pre ordered and I sat down with excitement in my heart to begin this journey into Oa, however this was not a good journey to make.
Now I am a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds and have been for a very long time, so I was excited to see him in his own leading action movie, after all the proposal was a massive succes. This was not, though given his his due Reynolds was an excellent Hal Gordon I felt, he had the cocky arrogant warrior feel to him and yet and the underlining weakness which makes him Hal Gordon. He used his comic timing very well and held his own through out the film. It was like watching some one try to take off but there being held down by so much ineffective acting around them that they can’t get to that higher ground. It’s just a shame that so much went wrong, lets see what went wrong.
Blake Lively appears as Carol Ferris, this was very poor casting decision as she is just awful to watch. Clearly the casting director saw her and but didnt do much depth , she looks nice and has a nice figure and…. nope thats about to be honest. She can’t act anything other then some one being in a bad mood for the entire time and if she’s not pissed off then she staring into mr Reynolds eyes quite pathetically and not enduring or enticing at all. If some one like Olivia Wilde had played her character, granted Wilde and Reynolds would have just made the Change-up, but we know Olivia wilde can act very well which would have made a massive difference to the film.
Next on the list of problems we have the script, its just very basic and feels old and simple. You except a few lines to be a bit out of place but most of it just didn’t feel right, On Oa it was much better, between the different lanterns the script was refreshing and well done. Bit of humour bit of somthing new and enjoyable. Clearly Something got lost on the way back to earth as the script on earth was slow and just dragged on. Reynolds was given all the comedy and best script but he was just weighed down by everything else. I do hope this film does not reflect on Reynolds as its not his best work, not on his part but on nearly everyone else.
Mark Strong played a very good sinestro which I was pleased about, though I felt we should have had more action from Oa then was given as these were the best parts of the film. Mark Strong was very good though needed more screen time as It felt like it barely scratched the surface on his character.
Now I will admit that I am a huge marvel fan, both films, comics and everything Marvel. So when I was watching Green Lantern I was expecting to see be amazing and blown away by Oa as I was in Thor when you saw Asgard for the first time. Oa not so much, not a lot of it stayed in my mind and we didn’t see enough of it to be impressed.
A third good point of these film other then Mr Reynolds, Mr Strong was the CGI suit, now I know that a lot of people had there doubts about this suit as it was the first CGi suit made. I think it worked well and was a definite highlight of the film for me, it was cool and well done.
One part which did make me laugh was the scene in which Reynolds lands on Lively’s balcony and tries to put on a voice that can only be described as the batman voice in an attempt to hide his identity despite the fact that as Lively put it “you thought it would not recognise you with only you cheek bones covered” Point to mis lively there.
Indeed this film struggled to get airborne despite many attempts by Reynolds and Strong. I really hope this film does not reflect either of these actors abilities in anyway as they are very good actors and have great talent.
Finally I have to say that I was not expecting this from Martin Campbell as I held onto the belief that this was the man who brought us Casino Royale for gods sake, a classic film, Green lantern im afraid is not.
** as much as it pains me to mark a Ryan Reynolds film down its was not a good film, however the two stars are there for Mark Strong and Ryan Reynolds. had it not been for them ,I think I would have given it a star just for the suit and nothing else.