Cemetery Junction – Film Review

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A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading.

This is my favourite type of film; a witty romantic tale. However, when it goes wrong, it can be the worst type of film. I think Cemetery Junction falls in-between those categories.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have written this film surprisingly well, its very warm and not covered in nostalgia. Its seen more of a dramatic turnout for the pair, but as expected, the writing is at its best when it is being funny. It really is hilarious at times and thank god for the Office legends for not forgetting how brilliant they are at comedy. Their direction is also first class, being incredibly diverse for a simple movie like this. There is this wonderful scene in a nightclub late on in the film that is just pure brilliance.

What lets this film down, is its backbone narrative. It doesn’t really challenge its formula of its genre, and moves along in a very samey way. It fails to really take off, and just has its moments now and again. Not really being a satire, it tries to make a morale look at things, and it just falls miserably short. Its at its best when it is being fully in its genre, such as the romantic aspects or its comedic ones. However, plenty of silly stuff and blankness ruin it. Thankfully, its like-able and pleasant enough for you to keep your eyes and ears open for some Gervais-Merchant magic.

Christian Cooke as Freddie Taylor is the standout for me in the leading roles; hes far more real and sympathetic than the rest of the cast. He’s is far more superior to Tom Hughes, who plays this cool as ice Bruce Pearson, and just ends up stuck in the conflicts of his character. Ralph Fiennes is of course really good and terrifying, though bitterly underused and cliched. Felicity Jones is really trapped for most of the film, but when allowed to actually do something is good in her role. Everyone else apart from maybe Ricky Gervais, who is hysterical, falls behind their dodgy cliched character fiasco masks.

You’ll be smiling at the end of this movie, and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised by how wonderfully directed it is. Just don’t expect anything especially new.

Cemetery Junction is terribly un-original and frustratingly dull at times, but is saved by a masterclass from Gervais and Merchant. – 3.5/5

iMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196204/

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Iron Man 3 – Movie Review

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When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Iron Man was an excellent superhero movie, Iron Man 2 ruined any love I had for it. I was hoping Iron Man 3 would regain my faith.

The plot for this film is sketchy to say the least. It takes a while to really get anywhere and I think the overall narrative is pretty rubbish. Though, as the plot thickens, it gets quite interesting at times, and it has its moments. It just doesn’t work as a cohesive plot. This isn’t helped by the huge twist, which I actually really liked; but it didn’t help the story.

Thank god we have a great character in Tony Stark, played brilliantly by Robert Downey Jr. He is so charismatic and laid-back and just perfect in any of his Tony Stark roles. He is the centre of everything here, and that’s where Iron Man 3 succeeds. It realizes that it doesn’t need a gripping story or an interesting villian, because it has a really good character; who is played by a really good actor.

As far as the other cast goes, I think Guy Pearce is dealt a bad hand, because he’s a great actor, but he just plays a dull and unoriginal character. He’s not bad, there’s just nothing to him. Gwyneth Paltrow is fine and Don Cheadle is as witty as he always is; being a highlight for me in the film.

The shame is, it sort of forgets what it is. The best part of Iron Man was the first half an hour in the cave, and they use parts like that in this film! But then they go and ruin it all by falling down a dodgy plot-line about regenerating faces or whatever. This is fine, as long as it’s fun; which I’m afraid it isn’t for a lot of the time.

Plagued by a lackluster story, Iron Man 3 is filled with good moments, lead wonderfully by its lead character. – 3.5/5

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Don Jon – Movie Review

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A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Who doesn’t like Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Like seriously, he’s awesome…

And also awesome in this movie, which is very much JGL. It’s mostly egotistical nonsense, but fun egotistical nonsense. It’s very obvious that JGL is the master of this film, through his direction, writing and acting.

It’s a fine directorial debut, and this film has a unique style. It’s very fast and sharply edited, and some scenes will just leave you in awe of him. The writing is also a solid effort, and there’s some great dialogue between JGL’s character and his characters father. Also, JGL’s acting is very charismatic and fresh; which matches the rest of the film.

His supporting cast is also very good. Scarlett Johansson is unbelievably sexy here, and gives a vivacious performance; and I think she nailed the accent. Julianne Moore is fine, but probably has the most dull and unoriginal character in the film. Somebody that I loved was Tony Danza as the father who was absolutely hilarious.

For the most part, this movie mostly falls short to what it’s trying to put across. You can see it, it’s just really far away. In the end, it just boils down to a well made romantic comedy. And that would be fine, if the final ‘love interest’ wan’t so painfully irritating (Julianne Moore). It’s also hard to buy whats going on, because in these ‘moments’, it just feels really outdated and poorly put across.

Either way, this is a very funny film and a brilliantly made one. It has a rhythm that is just being beat out by a strong showing on all areas from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. <— See what I did there? Probably not.

Top notch directing and acting, but it just loses itself. – 3.5/5

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2229499/

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