Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Fallout

missionimpossiblefalloutThe second movie that I’m going to review is Mission Impossible: Fallout. Yes, Tom Cruise is at it again as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt. I have seen most of the Mission Impossible films, and I must say that this one is one of the best. This post contains spoilers so just be warned if you have not seen this film yet.

I know that I have not mentioned it before, I’m a huge spy film fan. James Bond, Mission Impossible, and I know that there are few others that I can not think of off the top of my head. 

Getting back to the film, we basically pick up from where the last film left off and that is where the IMF is in full swing, Ethan Hunt and his team are no longer disavowed from the agency, let alone the CIA. They are thrown into regaining into their possession plutonium cores that could be used to create a nuclear weapon. As Ethan works to regain the plutonium, Luther is taken hostage by a clone agency of the Syndicate known as the Apostles. In his typical fashion he tries to save his friends over the mission.

Luther is saved and the plutonium is stolen, and this leaves Luther to have a large amount of guilt about the plutonium getting out in the open. But he stays true to task just like Ethan as they work to take down the Apostles and to get the plutonium back. While we are thrown into this action-pack film, we also see new insights into the character of Ethan, such as he would never kill a police offer, even while trying to escape out of France while he is on the run.

We are shown again that Ethan has such great depth to his emotions and this film such a story for it is not all about the action taking over the film. The chases are great to watch as you fear that Ethan could get caught or killed before the film is not even ended. While I watched this film, there were a couple of times when I placed my hands over my mouth as I said, “Oh no!!” But in the end, we got Ethan and his team saving the world and completing their mission.

This film was a great summer film, for it shows we get the big block busters in the summer, while we wait for the films that will be nominated for the awards and before we have the next season of television series to blow us away and to keep us entertained for months on end.

If you enjoy spy films, this movie is for you. Granted, you don’t have to be a Tom Cruise fan to enjoy his acting. This film also serves to show that the franchise still has a fan base and it is one of the best of the franchise so far. I hope that they make another.

I’m giving this film five cars out of five.

 Movie Review: Christopher Robin

christopherrobinThe first movie that I want to discuss is Disney’s Christopher Robin. There are several things about this movie that I want to share with all of you. While we all know the character of Christoper Robin from the Winnie the Pooh series of films, books and shorts. If you haven’t seen this film yet, then this post will contain spoilers. 

The film picks up where the original Winnie the Pooh adventures ends, when Christopher has to leave the Hundred Acre woods and he is talking to Pooh about doing nothing. It’s a sweet moment in the film, in that this is the start of film. The film then goes from flashing to Christopher dealing with being school while missing about Pooh. Then we are flashed to the Hundred Acre wood, where Pooh is much like a lost child trying to understand why Christopher Robin is not there. Then we are shown this through several moments in Christopher’s life, such as when his father dies, when he meets his wife and then World War II. Then lastly when he starts his career.

This is when we really see that Christopher is all about all work and no play. This in effect makes him as a parent pass on the same thing. No more playing and enjoying times in the Hundred Acre Woods with Pooh. That is until Pooh shows up and insists that Christopher Robin has not changed, even though the language that he uses has changed but it has not phased Pooh at all for he knows deep down that the same boy that he used to play with is deep inside.

Then Christopher Robin is thrust back into the Hundred Acre Woods when he has to take Pooh back there for he does not belong in London. Along the way, Christopher is questioned by Pooh on how what is important to Christopher and if his daughter is happy. Christopher answers with only guesses for he does not know what his daughter really wants in life. This realization is shown a couple of times, such as when his daughter finds his boyhood things and writes him a letter along with a sample of his drawings with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the others from the Hundred Acre Woods. The letter simply says, “I never knew that you could draw so well.”

This also switches when Christopher’s daughter is talking to Pooh and Pooh throws out some clever things, and when she asks, “who said that?” Pooh would reply, “Christopher Robin.” The daughter goes back to the usual response, “That couldn’t be for that is not the Christopher Robin that I know.”

The film ends with Christopher finding his way to find the balance that he needed in his life between work and play.

This will was very well done, but while it is marketed as a children’s film, I would say that this is more of an adult film. Themes in the movie and some of the dialog go often times over a child’s head. Granted, the animation for Pooh and the other characters get the children’s attentions very quickly but for everything else this film is more adult than child.

I enjoyed this film for it was nice change of pace from other films that have been put out lately this summer. Now granted while I was watching this film, my mind was quickly thrown to Charles Dickens’s book Hard Times. Yes, the book was boring but if it was paired with this movie it wouldn’t be such a snooze fest. If you have yet to read it, I would suggest that you read it for it very much paints the world as there are those that been given the chance to use their imagination and those that have not. I would say that this book should be read as a follow-up to watching the film.

I’m giving this movie five honey pots out of five. This film will be a classic for years to come.

Movie Review: The Age of Innocence (1993)

I thought that I would finish the discussion of Age of Innocence by talking about the film adaptation of the novel. The film adaptation I found to be enjoyable and an enchanting take on the book. Granted nowadays when we talk about film adaptations, they do not normally follow the book or there are things either added to the film or things that were in the book that were not shown the film. However, with this adaptation, I found that it is a direct and true version to the book.

The casting of the film is about as perfect as it is going to get to the book; however, I feel that the character of Granny could have been played by Diana Rigg (Lady Olena, Game of Thrones) instead of the casted actress of Miriam Margolyes. The reason why I am calling this casting call out is that when you read the novel, the tempo of Granny’s voice sounds like the same deliverance as Diana Rigg when she played Lady Olena. As for the rest of the cast, I take no issue with for Winona Ryder has a tendency to either play really plain characters like May, or to play really strong characters like Jo March in Little Women, and therefore, I feel that she is the only one that could have given May the justice that she deserves.

The other lovely part of this film adaptation is the soundtrack, for it gave a strong representation of the times and showing the true feelings that Archer was going through. and that truly played out when Archer and the Countess were together.

I would recommend this film to anyone that enjoyed the novel or to anyone that would like a true adaptation of a book going to film.