The Hateful Eight (2016)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Every time a new Quentin Tarantino movie comes out, young adult males all over the world squeal a little bit inside. And they should, because especially in the past decade Tarantino has proven to be one of the grand directors of our time. With his blunt, gory and absurd style many of his films have now become true classics. Now that his 8th film has arrived, we get closer to the end of the Tarantino era, who has promised to make 10 films in total. Even though the success of Django Unchained is very hard to top, The Hateful Eight does a pretty good job being as badass as its predecessor.

thehatefuleight4With another wonderful ensemble of peculiar characters, The Hateful Eight can be best described as a whodunit with blood spill intensified by 800 percent. But hey, what did you expect from Tarantino? Long story short (literally, it’s almost 3 hours long), a group of people in 19th century Wyoming take shelter in a wooden cabin, when someone manages to poison the oh so important coffee. Their job: identify the killer and don’t drink the coffee, which seems pretty hard as tensions rise by the minute. What follows is a 2,5 hour long suspense with plot twists, murder and most importantly the famous Tarantino anecdotes.

Like many of the other movies, The Hateful Eight gets most of its strength from the various colourful characters. There’s a bounty hunter and his prisoner, the all for justice new sheriff, an old grumpy General, a slightly creepy hangman, a Mexican dude, a dodgy cowboy and Samuel L. Jackson. I don’t need to say what his character is like, you will know the type. They all contain a lot of sass in their bodies so there is a whole lot of funny bitching throughout the film, exactly what you would expect. A highlight is an anecdote of Sam Jackson about the son of the general. It is quite explicit and will definitely make you feel uncomfortable, but you can mentally picture Sam Jackson doing a few z-snaps while telling it. Another great character is the only women of the group: prisoner Daisy Domergue. She’s kind of gross, blunt but also a total bamf, who you pretty much find yourself rooting for despite her questionable knowledge about what is to come. Then there’s also a nice cameo of mister Magic Mike himself; Channing Tatum shows up as a notorious gang leader to fuck shit up even more. Tatum seems a bit of an odd choice for a Tarantino movie, but it works pretty well within the universe and besides, his 21 Jump Street buddy cop Jonah Hill also got cameo role in Django Unchained. Fair enough.

Another thing that Tarantino nails inthehatefuleight3 his movies is the cinematography and The Hateful Eight is no exception. Although he is a bit restricted within the walls of the cabin, he manages to make some wonderfully choreographed shots and especially the outside shots and scenes in the pure white snow are very beautiful. Even Sam Jackson’s anecdote is visually stunning, if it wasn’t for that other thing. Still, the best part of the movie is the intro. The intro of the Hateful Eight might be one of the best ones I have seen in years, and all because of one thing: the music score. Visually, it only consists of a Jesus Christ on the Cross statue in a snowy landscape, not something you’d normally sit through for 7 minutes. However, along with the musical score it makes it worth the while. The music is beautifully composed by Ennio Morricone and leaves the perfect disturbed impression of what you can expect in the following 3 hours. I have already put it is now in my favourites list and makes my everyday activities just a little bit more exciting than they have to be.

Fans of Tarantino will once again be happy with the result; a grand movie with the right amount of gore, violence and dark humour to fit their needs. To other people, it might be a bit of a struggle to keep focused for 3 long hours. Especially if you don’t exactly get the essence of Tarantino movies, you once again might be weirded out by his distinct style. Although essentially there is nothing wrong with The Hateful Eight, it is not going to be one of the more popular Tarantino films, like Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and my personal favourite Inglourious Basterds. It just misses something for that. Nonetheless, if you feel like losing your morals for an evening and enjoy a good old bloodbath, make sure to catch this one, for it has the perfect unethical nature you need.
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Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

A film that gets promoted in February as “the funniest movie of the year” is most definitely guaranteed not the funniest movie of the year. In many cases, the film isn’t even funny to begin with. I could have known it when I saw the trailer for Dirty Grandpa on television, in which the highlights were “Queen Latifah shitting in my mouth from a hot air balloon” and Zac Efron shouting “I just smoked crack!”. Sure, I don’t really like to judge a film before I’ve seen it myself, but everything from the poster to the cast to the trailer screamed “this is going to be a  shitty, cheap entertainment film”. And boy, does Dirty Grandpa do a great job at meeting that expectation.

Let’s start with the plot, or rather the lack ofdirtygrandpa4 it. Offensive old guy Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) lets his uptight, preppy grandson Jason (Zac Efron) drive him to Florida to get laid one final time and to help Jason get loose, since he’s about to get married to his annoying, controlling girlfriend Meredith. As you can guess, a plot that is written around the jokes with absolutely no imagination at all. There’s the cliché of Jason stumbling upon a girl he used to know (you know, because America is that small) who turns into the love of his life after they hung out like four times. There’s his talent for photographing and singing ‘that he never got to pursue because his career went first’. There’s even that awful ‘chase the girl who’s on her way abroad’ sequence, except now it’s in an ice cream truck and generally 38 times more embarrassing.

You’d then think with an atrocious plot like this, at least dialogue must be okay, right? Think again. If with joke you mean saying the word  ‘fuck’ in a sentence, then there’s a lot of jokes in it. Because, you know, swearing is the most hilarious thing you can do, especially when an old dude does it. Besides this, the other 50 percent of the jokes are just being plain offensive. But not the subtle, actually funny kind of offensive, really just being horribly offensive against everyone who is not male, able-bodied or white. Dirty Grandpa makes fun of pretty much every minority but hey, it’s okay, it’s just a silly old man saying these things! Don’t be offended! The many drugs and alcohol jokes that befoul the script are so exaggerated and stupid you start to understand why the laws in the US are so strict. All Dirty Grandpa does is dwell on extremely cheap laughs, which even with my unlimited cinema card was a price too high to pay.
dirtygrandpa3It truly baffles me how Robert De Niro ever agreed on doing a film like this. Once a top actor, he recently has turned his back to proper acting and starred in mainly awful comedies. What happened man? Same thing kind of goes for Zac Efron, although I should replace ‘once a top actor’ with ‘High School Musical’. The 300 excuses in the film for him to take off his shirt might please some ladies and gays, but once again it is such a cheap way to get praise that even they will be tired of it by the end of the film. Audrey Plaza, who plays bold and sex-crazed student Lenore, is the only slightly funny part of the film, which isn’t that high of a bar to reach, but even her character is awfully two dimensional and stereotypical.

Even for a low-expectations, brainless entertainment kind of film, Dirty Grandpa fails to entertain but succeeds to offend on literally every level. According to IMDB, its screenplay was featured on a list of most liked unmade scripts of the year in 2011, but frankly it should have just stayed unmade. All I needed during my screening in the cinema was the bell from Game of Thrones, which I could have rang while yelling ‘Shame’ every 30 seconds. So here’s for the people that are thinking of seeing it: just watch the trailer. The film is a two hour long continuation of that already awful mess, so it will save you some precious time. Share to save a life.
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The Revenant (2016)

Rating: ★★★★☆

When the Gods finally decided to reward humanity for their work and gave Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar this year, it was nearly impossible for me not to do a review on The Revenant. Everyone has heard the stories of Leo going through hell and nearly killing himself to make this film work, and we all wondered how far he’d go to get that mediocre looking naked golden man. But hey, Leo is alive and well and probably polishing his Oscar with tears in his eyes as we speak, which makes it a good moment to look at the intense but spectacular movie that is The Revenant.

therevenant2The Revenant is simultaneously a survival story and a revenge story set in the cold ass parts of early 1800 America. While hunting with his team, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) gets attacked by a bear and is left barely (or bearly, badum tss) alive. After his half Native American son Hawk gets killed by one of the team’s men, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), Glass is now completely alone and, still struggling with his injuries, he tries to escape the Native Americans that follow him and find Fitzgerald to kill him for revenge. This, of course, is done in the most ideal of circumstances: the snowy and frozen middle of nowhere.

That Glass’ journey is not going to be a cute, happy Dora adventure is made pretty clear from the start scene on. A brutal fight between Native Americans and the fur traders with people being shot and hacked to death left and right really sets the mood. This scene, from the quiet beginning to the quick, chaotic escape on the river, is all in one big beautiful shot, which leaves you quite breathless. The flow of the scene really highlights the fast pace of the battle, but also highlights some of the gruesome deaths that are shown pretty explicitly on screen. After the team narrowly escapes on the river, the film focuses more on the internal problems of the group than on their conflicts with the Native Americans. Glass’ famed scene with the bear will leave you equally breathless. With no background music and only the grunts of the bear (and alright, the screams of pain), there is a really unsettling tone to the scene. It gets even worse when badly injured Glass tries to shoot the animal, but it comes back a second time for some more mauling. To then see him lying there bleeding to death on a frozen ground in a cold forest, you won’t feel very comfortable yourself.

That uncomfortable feeling lasts throughout the rest of the film, as we see Glass trying ttherevenant3o
survive. There is hardly a colour pallet besides the amount of bright red blood, so the black/white/dark forest colours set the raw tone perfectly. The high mountains and snowy landscapes will make you feel almost as cold and Glass, although hopefully not cold enough for you to take shelter in a dead horse’s stomach. The pace of the movie is not very fast, which at times might seem a bit dragging, but overall it contributes to the identification with Glass and the slow, painful trip he’s on. Minus the actual pain, god bless.

Leo’s acting deserves a big shout out in The Revenant, but not in a way of ‘lmao when will he ever win the Oscar’ or ‘did he honestly get raped by a bear’ memes.  His acting really did deserve the Oscar. Glass hardly has any dialogue in the film, given the fact he is pretty much paralyzed AND alone throughout the story, but all his emotions are visible in his face. Even when he grunts you can tell exactly what he’s feeling. That’s an art by itself, but now add the extreme conditions in which the movie was filmed. That really is dedication. But not only Leo deserve a lot of praise for his acting, Tom Hardy did an equally amazing job. How he manages to be in pretty much every great movie lately in completely different roles and still nails every single one of them, I have no idea. As clean shaven and British he was in Legend not long ago, that’s how raw and American he is in The Revenant. He made me want to punch his character so badly, and it truly is a big deal if you’re getting me to punch Tom Hardy.

Many things about The Revenant are Oscar worthy, so it is no surprise it won a fair bunch of prizes that night. It is a 2,5 hour long thrill that will make you shiver from the rawness and also the cold. It is one of Leo’s finest work, despite his more classy, sophisticated roles in the past. It’s a movie that would look great on everyone’s watchlist. Well then, even writing this review has made me really cold. Time for me to bundle up in a blanket as if it’s a horse stomach.
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Zootropolis (2016)

Rating: ★★★★☆

From the moment I saw the poster for Zootropolis (or Zootopia, depending where you’re from) and spotted tiny business hamsters with tiny suitcases, I knew instantly I was going to love this film. I am a massive fan of animation films and I will defend forever that they are not just films for children. Just because everything is a bit more colourful and some unrealistic characters are introduced, it does not disregard the thousands of hours that go into the animating process or the sheer genius and creative story and outlook of an animation film. Especially Zootropolis is a film that not just children should watch, given the fact it contains a very important message that especially adults can learn from.

Devoted and motivated bunny Judy Hopps is the protagonist of this colourful motion picture. Although no one takes her seriously just for being an adorable, fluffy bunny, she lands a job as a cop in the heart of Zootropolis, what you can call the New York of the anthropomorphic world. Against the wishes of her superior, she follows up on a case of several missing animals. With the help of the laidback but petty thief fox Nick Wilde, Hopps tries to solve the case and proof she is much more than just a cute bunny.

zootropolis1Zootropolis is a very colourful movie and is filled with a lot of interesting and creative settings. On Hopps train journey to Zootropolis she passes through the different districts of the city, each with their own climate and specific animals that are part of that climate. Throughout the film we only really see about three of them in depth, which is a terrible shame, because they seem like places that could be explored a whole lot more. When Hopps arrives in town we get another glimpse of everyday life in Zootropolis, including tiny hamsters with cellphones travelling through plastic tubes. There is almost too much too look at, so you’re going to have to see it multiple times to catch every clever reference and idea the writers put in (which, after you’ve seen it the first time, is probably going to happen anyway). The overview shots are very beautiful, which only proves that animation isn’t just a silly little genre for kids but a true form of art.

Hopps is a really inspiring character, for she works extremely hard to get what she wants and follows her own instinct. The best thing about her is that the writers did not make her the perfect hero. She messes up sometimes and makes several wrong judgements which lead to very bad consequences. Consequences she fixes, of course, but they still show it is possible to do your best and still have bad things happen. Hopps chemistry with foxy Nick Wilde is great; two super sassy forest animals totally get my approval. As you’d expect Wilde has quite a sad background story, but it serves the plot well and it is truly heartbreaking. I, for one, never want to see a crying fox toddler again. I don’t think I could handle it. All the supporting characters in Zootropolis are very lovable. Adults will definitely have a laugh with the amazing sloths in government jobs (relatable, anyone?) and I’m giving a special shout out to Mister Big, the influential and powerful Maffia Godfather, who also happens to be a tiny shrew. The tiny wedding of his equally tiny daughter shrew, with a matching Jersy accent, will make you squeal of cuteness. Small things! So tiny! So fluffy!zootropolis4

The big message of the movie is of course to not judge a book by its cover and to get rid of stereotypes, something animation movies have discussed before. It is just that Zootropolis absolutely nails the metaphors towards racial minorities. The danger in the film is the supposed ‘DNA’ of the predator animals, in which going rogue and hunting prey is ‘their core nature’, so that the predators get discriminated very quickly and being kept away from their normal lives.  In this subtle way, the filmmakers throw reality right in our faces. But hey, since you’re rooting for the politically correct, non-discriminating, good doer heroes anyway, you yourself might rethink your stance on
racial differences and inequality.

If Zootropolis is going to be a true classic like many of the other Disney movies, I don’t know. It does not really seem like one of those movies that literally everyone knows and everyone has seen. That definitely does not mean it is not a good movie. In fact, it might be one of the best movies I have seen in a while, which is really saying something since I’m including Oscar nominated films. It is guaranteed a beautifully animated movie with a lot of very funny moments (+1 for you if you can spot the Breaking Bad reference) and a gripping story that actually makes you think about your own situation. And of course, the most important part: TINY BABY ANIMALS!! WITH GIGANTIC EYES!! DOING CUTE STUFF!! VERY FLUFFY!!
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Deadpool (2016)

Rating: ★★★★★

Never underestimate the power of  a subtle four wall break joke in a movie. A small reference to Hollywood film making, a quick wink into the camera and congratulations, you just let the audience know you try really hard to show that you’re ‘just a normal person like everyone else who knows how to have fun every once in a while’. How refreshing is it then to watch a movie in which the fourth wall doesn’t just break, it gets fucking annihilated by the equivalent of 30+ wrecking balls. The most self- aware movie out there right now is Deadpool, a piece of art for the most sarcastic, most pop culture loving and biggest assholes out in this world.

Deadpool has become more famous for its balls than it has for being an actual MARVEL superhero movie, but it is not forgotten that it is in fact part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the X-Men part, that is). The very chaotic, ridiculous and risky party that is. When sarcastic asshat and underground hitman Wade Wilson gets diagnosed with several life threatening cancers in his body, he secretly undergoes a dodgy basement treating to stay alive for his big love Vanessa. However, the organisation doesn’t mean to cure his cancer, they try to turn him into a mutant, which in Wilson’s case turns into the gift/curse to be cured instantly of every wound and illness. His power comes with a slight side effect: he is super fugly, perfectly being described as “a testicle with teeth”. Cue revenge story of Wilson looking for the doctor baddie that made him like this and ask nicely for a refund.

DEADPOOLDeadpool has already appeared in an earlier MCU movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but his character got, sophisticatedly said, fucked by the writers so they decided to do it all over again. But good. With Ryan Reynolds, mister Pool himself, as a producer, the outcome could not have been better. Reynolds was pretty much born to be Deadpool and it is very obvious playing the foulmouthed assassin is one of his favourite things to do; his enthusiasm really makes the movie. His self-awareness also helps: from jokes about his (horrible) Green Lantern film to mentioning his own name in character, it takes some balls to open yourself like that but Reynolds does not give two shits. Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, the actual producers of this movie… no one is safe for Deadpool. The enormous amount of insults and references are truly the indestructible backbone of the film.

Apart from the masterpiece main character, Deadpool has plenty of other wonderful(ly douchebag) characters that deserve some love. Vanessa, Wilson’s girlfriend, is a cool chick that matches Wilson very well and remains a stable factor throughout the story. Wilson’s stoner friend Weasel talks at such a pace and tone that nothing that comes out of his mouth can be taken seriously and Blind Al sends us an inspiring message that even with a disability you can still give someone a verbal kick in the nuts. Let’s also not forget the truly magnificent Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a moody teen mutant who keeps the exact same bitchface throughout the entire movie but who turns into a gigantic fireball to fuck the baddies’ shit up when she has to. +1 for her.

deadpool2Action-wise, Deadpool is at times pretty gory. It is not just the continuous dick jokes and number of ‘fucks’ in the movie that made it an Rated R/16+ movie. I love myself a good on-screen decapitation, so I had no problems with it at all and frankly, a movie like this should not cut down on its gore anyway. The splashing and crushing sounds of a body slamming violently against a traffic sign go quite well with the overall tone. Even though they’re still dominated by innuendos and sassy remarks, the action scenes are pretty spectacular with a lot of well-constructed choreography and pretty ingenious moves. The villain, Francis (truly a frightening name), is despite his powers not made to be the big ultimate villain that threatens to kill all life on earth. He is just a small baddie with a personal grudge against him. He is just enough of a dick to make you want to punch him in the face throughout the length of the film,  which makes him the perfect villain for this kind of film.

Because of its mass destruction of the fourth wall, Deadpool is a movie unlike any movie you have seen before. It is a Valhalla for lovers of pop culture references, especially regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so true Marvel fans will be able to catch a lot of inside jokes. I’ve heard of people finding it a tasteless and ridiculous movie, but what can you really expect from a Rated R motion picture. So, if you happen to be a sarcastic douchebag, much like mister Deadpool and yours truly, you will like this movie as much as Deadpool likes unicorns. Which according to the amount of tissues and hand soap he took to his room, is a lot.
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How To Be Single (2016)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

As if we needed any more advice from Hollywood on how to ‘succeed’ at life, producers have now come out with a new romantic comedy that is guaranteed to make you change not one aspect of your lifestyle and live your life exactly like you did before. Generally I am a bit indifferent towards romantic comedies. When done well, they destroy my emotions easily, but the problem is that 85% of romantic comedies are not done well. Time has taught me that How To Be Single was not really going to be any different and, surprise surprise, I was right. Something about four women ‘just trying to get by regarding love’ just seems to be a failing concept every time.

The four women in question are Alice, Robin, Meg and Lucy; young, pretty, living in New York, you know the deal. All of them ‘struggle’ with being single. Alice (Dakota Johnson) is taking a break from her boyfriend to try out being single, which already is a stupid idea to being with and things get messy. Her older sister Meg (Leslie Mann) does not want a man, but does want to have a baby, and when she eventually falls in love with a younger dude, things get messy. Lucy (Alison Brie), a dating app developer, tries out thousands of ways to meet ‘the one’ while the carefree bartender of her favourite bar falls in love with her, which makes things messy. The only one of the four whose life isn’t messy is Robin (Rebel Wilson), and that’s because she IS messy. You know, she’s the edgy one that goes out every night, gets drunk constantly and is only there for an occasional ‘funny’ oneliner. Put all of these together and what do you get? Kind of a piss poor attempt of being refreshing.

howtobesingle1Dakota Johnson, who is most famous for Fifty Shades of Grey (which I haven’t seen and which I gladly keep this way) and looks like that movie drained most of her life force, was not the best choice for the cute, quirky protagonist. She looks pretty constipated most of the time and although Alice is supposed to be kind of an awkward person, Johnson made her the cringy kind of awkward nobody really wants to look at for nearly two hours. You really start to wonder why she is the one that gets all the guys and frankly, none of the relationships she has throughout the movie are very interesting. Leslie Mann and Alison Brie are not necessarily bad in the movie, their character’s plots are just pretty weird and very exaggerated. Thinking you could actually get away with not telling your boyfriend you’re pregnant and then getting legitimately angry he’s calling you out for it. That’s not funny. Just dumb. The supposed big comic relief in How To Be Single is, once again, Rebel Wilson. Unfortunately, she has been playing this same role ever since she had her big break. She’s not unfunny but I’m getting a bit tired of the same, forced stuff and her ‘hilarious bluntness’ all over again. Wilson seems to be the perfect example of typecasting. Always the token weird friend who is even funnier just because she’s fat, making it hilarious when she’s the one getting a hot guy. Again, not funny. Just dumb and pretty offensive. I’m looking out for the day where she finally gets a proper role, maybe even leading role, so that she is not always stuck in the same old thing.

I don’t even know what the big moral of the story was in the end. Two of the four howtobesingle3
characters end up with the love of their lives, so there’s that much for being single.  Robin remains the eternal bachelor, but her character is too comical to actually be relatable. And then Alice ends with some dream she just randomly got from somewhere with some hidden, deeper meaning in it. There was some confusing shit about standing still every once in a while and forgetting the world but I cannot imagine that a movie with the title ‘How To Be Single’ really meant to send out only that message. The only person in the film to whom the title could actually apply is one of Alice’s flings, David, who still struggles with the death of his wife. His tiny story arc does have the most emotional scene of the film in which I could not stop two tears from running down, but that involved a young child and her deceased mother’s favourite song, so that was just kind of playing the sad card.

How To Be Single is more of a reminder of how beautiful, Hollywood model looking girls get themselves in very unrealistic situations than what it is actually like to be single. It’s difficult to see how the writers could have looked at the product and think ‘yes, this is definitely how it’s done.” Besides: Maybe it’s my rebellious nature, but when the title already prescribes me how to do something, I tend to be very critical. How To Be Single is hardly a memorable movie with characters you eventually do not really care for anyway, so just screw the Hollywood advice and do whatever you like with your life. THAT is how to be single.

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

If I could choose ONE film to sum up my personal aesthetic, it would most definitely be Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Think of the ballgowns, the gentlemen, the beautiful and quaint English fields, the brain thirsty zombies having their heads chopped off. That’s everything I love right there. As a novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jane Austen, of course), P&P&Z has been one of my favourite books ever since I accidentally stumbled upon it in the sale section of a bookshop several years ago. I have been excited about the story ever since and even though nothing can ever beat a book version, the film version did not disappoint.

A short summary of the probably confusing title: In the England of the 19th Century, the outspoken and wonderfully feminist Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters busy themselves with keeping up their family reputation, finding the right man to marry and battling off the hundreds of zombies that terrorize the countryside because of an upcoming apocalypse. When the famed but mysterious zombie killer Mister Darcy arrives in town, Elizabeth must not only battle the undead whose faces are practically peeling off, she must also battle off the prejudice and judgement from the higher classes. So quite literally as the title assumes: your average Pride & Prejudice adaption with a dash of blood and murder.

Sam Riley;Douglas BoothBook to film adaptions are hard to pull off, so an important part is to have a great cast to work with. Lily James, who previously played more fairytale-like, Old English drama roles in Downton Abbey and Cinderella, has the perfect amount of sass to play Lizzie Bennet. Sam Riley, who plays mister Darcy, might not fit exactly right on the list of previous Darcy’s in looks, but he makes up for it with his mystery and brooding looks. Their chemistry was not the best I have seen in a Jane Austen movie (no one can beat Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley for me) but the Lizzie/Darcy “I’m super angry with you but also very sexually attracted to you” fight is an absolute delight and might even be my favourite part of the whole film. Besides, their chemistry grows gradually throughout the movie so it’s really only a matter of time.

Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance and Lena Headey have wonderful supporting roles as Lizzie’s father and Lady Catherine, although they could have done with a bit more screen time. After all, seeing Lena Headley kick ass as an 19th century ladyship zombie assassin is very high up my list. It was also very fun to watch professional ladykiller Douglas Booth as the socially awkward and clumsy mister Bingley, which could probably make all the girls who didn’t quite like him before lose their knickers now as well. Matt Smith deserves a special shout out for being an actually funny, though sometimes frustrating, Mister Collins and for not falling back in to typecasting as so many others (literally what else has he been in since Doctor Who?).

The film also has the right balance between the two genres of the story. When the romantic plotlines threaten to get too deep or too cheesy, they are well alternated with zombie slashing scenes or references. The scenes where the Bennet girls talk about their feelings are pimped up with them sharpening their samurai swords or practicing their ppz3Japanese fighting skills in the meantime, so that they don’t get too classic or boring. Shots of the gorgeous English countryside and architecture are paired with beautiful dark skies and an occasional dead body lying around. It all keeps the film exciting enough for the action lovers but still more classy and sophisticated than your average Die Hard action movie.

Still, the movie wouldn’t be really suitable for the average cinema audience, which is  probably more excited about the zombie bits than the English drama. Pretty much only when you are familiar with the Jane Austen novels or when you are affiliated with English history, you will get the essence and atmosphere of the film. The general ‘dude I freaking love zombies and action’ fans will be quite put off by the big role of romance and sophistication, as I have seen on first hand when I went to go see it. For the fans, this adaption is another great British film that probably deserves more fame than it currently has.  You either get the film and love it, or don’t get it and think ‘what is this zombie romance shit.’ It is your choice. I have made mine. Because man, I freaking love zombie romance shit.

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The start of something new

Well, hello there!

My god, how exciting is this. My very first post! I’m getting all flustered now, don’t mind me. Alright, there we go.

Welcome to this brand new blog! My name is Suzanne, but people close to me (meaning everyone who knows me longer than 2 weeks) call me Suus. I’m a 21 year old Bachelor of Arts graduate from the Netherlands and I goddamn love film. I have a cinema unli5mited card that nearly breaks of being overused and I am clingier to Netflix than Edward Cullen to Bella. Since I am currently in a gap year with not a lot going on, I decided to combine my love for film, writing and complaining and start a movie review blog. I mean, why annoy just my surrounding people with my movie chatter when I can annoy the whole world with it?

You must (not at all) wonder: hey, I wonder what that girl does with the rest of her time. Well, I’m part of a youth production company called Uniek where I generally help out organizing stuff, making social media posts and writing/making short movies. Besides that, I occasionally volunteer at a local theater and the local music venue. If you want someone to hang up your coat perfectly, I’m your gal. In the meantime, I’m mostly trying to make decisions about the plans I have (or don’t have) about my future. So yes, what better way to procrastinate being an adult than by starting a blog, right?

Starting very soon, I will post a movie review about 3/4 times a week. Most of the movies will be new ones, but if you have a suggestion for a movie that could enrich my life, feel free to send me a message!

Time for me to be off and figure this damn website out. Stay tuned!

~Suus