Movie Mania: Dracula Untold

Hey guys!
It’s time for another review. Today we’ll look into Dracula Untold, the 2014 take on the story of the Transylvanian prince. Let’s see how it turned out!

 

The Plot:
In short: Dracula Untold focuses not on the bloodsucking vampire but on the man Dracula was before. We find out how he finally became one of the most iconic creatures of horror literature and film…

 

The Rating:
I had pretty high hopes for this one as the trailer seemed very promising.
But, boy, this turned out to be so crappy. First of all, I don’t even know what it is supposed to be. It’s not really dark enough to be a horror film. Then it’s also too sentimental to work as action flick. And for a historical epic it’s too glamorized. Within the first couple of minutes you can already tell that the movie makers tried hard to create a hybrid of some sort but definitely failed the attempt. Continue reading

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Movie Mania: The Last Witch Hunter

Hello folks!
Today is movie review time. This time I want to ramble a bit of the Vin Diesel flick The Last Witch Hunter. So let’s get started!

 

The Plot:
This dark fantasy action film chronicles the endeavors of an immortal with hunter, Kaulder, who has to stop a plague from wiping out New York City…

 

The Rating:
Oh boy, where do I begin. There are so many things wrong with this movie…
First of all, the cast choices. I don’t know who decided that Vin Diesel would be perfect for this role, but it was just about the worst decision ever. For this lead role you might want to choose somebody with a bit of charm and fun. Diesel’s somber look and complete lack of emotions certainly don’t improve this film. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Hey guys!
It’s movie review time. Today I want to ramble a bit about Kingsman: The Secret Service a 2014 spy comedy!

 

The Plot:
The Kingsman is a secret service. Independent from government they protect the world.
Once upon a time Eggsy’s father was a member of this organisation and died during a mission. In times of need he calls on the help of one of his father’s former colleagues and is about to become a Kingsman himself…

 

The Rating:
I’ll make it short. Not everything in this movies makes sense. However, the whole thing is so perfectly stylish, you won’t even care. It’s fun and fast-paced, making it the right choice for a film night with friends.
There’s a good balance between comedy and serious scenes. The fight sequences are choreographed wonderfully and this is where the comic origin of this flick comes through.  Continue reading

Movie Mania: I am Number Four

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Today I’m doing a review on a movie I didn’t exactly like. I am Number Four is based on a book by Pittacus Lore (which I haven’t read yet) and hit cinemas in 2011. Let’s see where it went wrong!

 

The Plot:
John Smith, the main character, is an alien. He was born on Lorien but sent to earth together with a bunch of other kids when the Mogadorians invaded his home planet. John and his guardian have been on the run since then. Well, the aliens are busy little fellows and figured out where the last Loriens are hiding. However, they have to kill them in a particular order from one to nine, and John is number 4…

 

The Rating:
Up front: the only reason I finished this film is because I was stuck in a bus for six hours and there was nothing else to watch. I don’t even know where to begin with what I disliked about it (as it’s pretty much everything).
Well, first of all the cast. Most of the young actors and actresses look like they came directly from a fashion shooting or a runway – and seem to have exactly that much experience with acting. They all have no depth whatsoever, nor any expression to speak of. I couldn’t help but conjure a special place in hell for the person responsible for the casting. Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Social Network

Hello my lovely readers!
Today it’s time for a movie review. Despite being a couple years old, the film I chose is kind of up-to-date again: The Social Network. Let’s see what Zuckerberg was up to when creating Facebook!

 

The Plot:
The Social Network basically tells the story of how Facebook, came to life. Mark Zuckerberg, back in the day when he was a college student, came up with a website so rate his female colleagues which later turned into THE social network…

 

The Rating:
Back in the day this film was hyped quite a bit, so I’ve had it on my list for some time. I’ll say it upfront: if you haven’t seen The Social Network yet, save yourself the time and skip it.
This movie was so awful, I don’t even know where to begin. The not a single character in this film, that you would even remotely like. Least of all Zuckerberg. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Dark Shadows

Hello my lovely readers!
Today it is time for another movie review. Johnny Depp used to be one of my favourite actors, however, his more recent works haven’t blown me away. I still decided to give Dark Shadows a chance, let’s see what the film is about!

 

The Plot:
Barnabas Collins, buried alive by a turned Angelique whom he scorned, is accidentally released by a group of construction workers 196 years after he was cursed. The world around him has changed and a new family moved into his home. While trying to deal with this new circumstances, he runs into a re-incarnation of the women he once loved (by the way also killed by Angie). And -surprise- Angie is also still around…

 

The Rating:
The trailer had looked rather promising, so I was keen to check out the film.
As I understood, it is based on a 1960s soap opera and picks up the setting as well as many of the characters.
Even if you don’t know the history the movie has, you’ll soon notice that something is a bit off. It is terribly hard to condense the plot of an entire show that ran for several years into just one movie and that’s exactly what this adaptation fails at. The story doesn’t feel consistent and the way it is told is very choppy. The pieces don’t always match and the pace is off as well. Furthermore, nobody seemed to be able to decide what this film should be, so it keeps alternating between comedy, horror and drama – also not in a successful way. The humor and the drama don’t match, so many of the joke feel very flat and unfitting.  Continue reading