Movies reviews

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Watched on

    6

    The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

    Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Review

    I’m not a massive fan of sword and sandals epic biblical movies, but this incredible cast (Mendelsohn, Turturro, Kingsley, Bale, Edgerton, Weaver) and director (Ridley Scott) piqued my interest.

    The movie sets the scene by showing the opulent decadence that the Pharaohs lavish themselves with and an epic battle that features the two protagonists. The heir and his trusted childhood advisor fight side-by-side in a massive yet quick battle.

    A prophecy creates paranoia and Moses (Christian Bale) is banished by this old friend and now King (Joel Edgerton). Moses learns about his history, speaks to god and starts a mission to free the slaves.

    There are recreations of the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea tales from the Bible. There are intense and violent action scenes and there are plenty of quotable truths. It's all wrapped around a breathtakingly epic spectacle.

    However, the cast, except Bale and Edgerton, is underused – especially Sigourney Weaver who barely says a word. Ben Mendelsohn and John Turturro both play their role with a camp fun-ness. Between the first battle and the plagues, the story stumbles and loses its momentum.

    Overall, it was better than I expected, with common Egyptian themes presented in an accessible way. The epic scenes are gorgeously framed and the cinematography is beautiful throughout.

  • All the Money in the World

    Watched on

    7

    The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

    All the Money in the World

    Review

    This is another Ridley Scott movie, set in Italy during the 1970s, revolves around money and is based on a true story. Unlike House of Gucci, this has a story which holds your attention and is treated to a more conventional straight-talking serious screenplay.

    There are a few problems with pacing and some issues with melodrama that take liberties with the true story. However, the story builds well, with increasing turmoil yet with a very benevolent undercurrent. There are decent performances from everyone, but Michelle Williams is the standout.

    The primary antagonist, played by Christopher Plummer, makes you hate him with his performance conveying a despicable human being. The rest of the characters are very much the antithesis of him, trying to find a reasonable solution against all the odds.

    The movie exudes craft, with beautifully captured moments of cold torment surrounded by warmth. The single use of graphic violence is shocking because the movie builds the stakes so convincingly.

  • House of Gucci

    Watched on

    5

    When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately...murder.

    House of Gucci

    Review

    Overly long and absurd, this movie is based on a true story. It follows the family behind fashion brand Gucci, their eccentricities, back-stabbing, poor decisions and eventual downfall. It's well produced, with everyone dressed to the nines throughout, but the end product is lacking any sparkle. It falls into a middle ground between satirical comedy and serious drama, but even with Ridley Scott's talent, it doesn't work.

    Adam Driver's presence is felt in every scene, with his quiet demeanour. Jared Leto is unrecognisable and the movie is filled with recognisable cast names including Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Lady Gaga and Salma Hayek.

  • Mayhem

    Watched on

    6

    A virus spreads through an office complex causing white-collar workers to act out their worst impulses.

    Mayhem

    Review

    This movie is The Purge set in an office high-rise full of cutthroat lawyers, who are infected with the 28 Days Later style “rage” virus and are quarantined for eight hours.

    Both Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) have a fun time and there are plenty of cool scenes, but it’s all let down by the low-budget feel.

  • Nine Days

    Watched on

    8

    A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.

    Nine Days

    Review

    An interesting story with intriguing ideas. After one of his previous interviewees dies, a man interviews for a human soul to be born. He wrestles whether he made the correct decision while deciding on a new soul. It dares you to take note of small moments, like feeling waves on your feet or cycling. Each performance adds uniqueness and ponders provocative questions about humanity.