YOU DON’T KNOW JACK

jtgsJACK THE GIANT SLAYER (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

Nicholas Hoult movies back-to-back in Singapore! Woots!

First I’ve got to admit that I lost count of the number of times I referred to this movie as “Jack and the Beanstalk”. This is an updated version of the fairy tale and it’s slightly more bloody and gruesome because they depict giants eating humans and their love for humans as pastry fillings.

What I liked about the movie was the mythology of how the human ancestors managed to control the giants and lived in peace until some power hungry fellow stole the beans and aims to be the ruler of the giants’ kingdom. Stanley Tucci is delightful as the villain and Ewan McGregor is just plain charming as the royal guard in his accent. Although the story is kind of predictable, you’ll still want to watch how Jack saves the day.

DON’T BE CREEPY

warmbodiesWARM BODIES (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

R: God, we move slow. This could take a while.

OMG!!! This is one of my most anticipated movies of the year!!!

Based on the book by Isaac Marion, R is a zombie unlike the others. Sure, he has an appetite for human brains but he also has an eclectic taste in music and a longing for a more cultured afterlife. He meets Julie on a raid and keeps her safe in his lair. What happens is an unconventional love story between a zombie and a human being.

Well, this is another movie that’s being marketed as the next Twilight but please, it is so different! There’s little variation from the book except the part of the zombie wife but that wasn’t really relevant anyway. Some parts were funny, like R’s inner monologue and how his awkwardness with girls makes him want to die all over again. R’s relationship with Julie sparks a revolution among the zombies and they are on the run from humans who wants to kill zombies and the Boneys (zombies who have lost all trace of humanity) because they sparked a revolution among the other zombies.

M: They say… “Fuck, yeah!”

While R has the most lines among the zombies, his friend, M (Rob Corddry) does steal the scenes when he speaks. It is quite strange to see solidarity among zombies but it goes to show not all qualities die along with civilization. The final scene is slightly different from the book but fan wouldn’t be disappointed. I won’t spoil too much of the story but it is a really nice story and everyone should go watch it. The zombies aren’t as scary as those on The Walking Dead (which I am currently crazy about) and there isn’t as much gore so people who are afraid of blasting brains should watch in ease.

MUTANT AND PROUD

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Set in 1962, it tells us the origin of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of the Mutants, led by Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr otherwise known as Professor X and Magneto. The introduction of mutants in the ’60s threatens to bring another war as the US faces another with the Cuban missile crisis.

OMG I LOVE X-MEN: FIRST CLASS!

I mean, I liked the previous X-Men movies but I think MICHAEL FASSBENDER totally charmed my socks off! As if they were still there after watching Jane Eyre… Anyway, James McAvoy is really charming too!

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are the new faces of the latest bromance. I ship it! Woohoo!

There’s the lighter side of Prof. X – he walks, flirts and scores with women because he can totally read their minds. There’s the vulnerable side of Magneto, because his power was manifested through the darkest moments of his past and his mission was powered mainly by revenge. Can I just add that Michael Fassbender did a really good job playing Erik/Magneto? I mean, I don’t even blame the guy for doing what he did even though I didn’t quite agree with his character in the previous X-Men movies. I liked Jennifer Lawrence too! Her character gives you a lot to think about in terms of mutants versus humans and mutants who have to hide versus mutants who don’t – and that caused her to make a life-changing decision. And of course, how allies Charles and Erik became enemies due to their diverging views on mutants and humans.

Other mutants/characters include Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast/Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), White Frost/Emma Frost (January Jones), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Havok/Alex Summers (Lucas Till), Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Angel, Azazel, Riptide and Darwin.

Look out for the special cameos during the movie itself. The first one is PRICELESS!

INVISIBLE

A SINGLE MAN (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Set in 1962, A Single Man tells the story of George Falconer, an English professor who is trying to find the meaning of life after his partner of 16 years, Jim, died in a car accident eight months earlier. Waking up is painful and everything just follows a bland routine which holds no meaning to him anymore. He decides to commit suicide and sets about to get his affairs in order. In a meticulous fashion, he arranges his clothes and shoes for the funeral, letters to his housekeeper and best friend Charley, insurance and stock papers right down to the last detail (a note detailing his preference for the Windsor knot for his tie). On his last day at school, a student Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) takes an interest in him and tries to get to know him better.

The movie has a very strong sense of grief all over it. You feel George’s sadness as he reminisces about his past with Jim and how mundane his life feels at the present. It’s quite amusing to see him trying to commit suicide because it can be quite difficult to find a perfect position to shoot himself. Kenny Potter, on the other hard, is a mystery. I cannot really tell which way he swings but I don’t think it matters because you can tell they kinda connect as individuals and in life, it is very difficult to find someone whom you can connect with. 4 out of 5 stars.

George Falconer: A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.

Anyway, look out for Nicholas Hoult’s piercing blue eyes!

Nicholas Hoult as Kenny Potter