Nowhere Boy – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 38 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 25 December 2009

Genre: Music, biography, drama,

Director: Sam Taylor-Wood

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne- Marie Duff,  Josh Bolt, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Sam Bell…

Description: A biographical film about John Lennon when he was 17-years-old and living in Liverpool. He had a complicated relationship with his Aunt Mimi and an even more complicated relationship with his mother, Julia. But he soon discovers he has a love and talent for music and decides to start a band – but first he’s got to find some members, that’s when he meets Paul – they don’t start off great but eventually become close friends and the band is formed.

My Thoughts: I don’t really like The Beatles (Don’t hate me!) but I watched this film anyway, just ’cause, why not? Also, I thought it would be an interesting thing to review as I know how successful they are/were and I find it interesting to learn about the past of people whether they’re actors, singers, writers etc. and whether I like them or not. I just have a general interest in people and how they live their lives (Although I don’t have any interest in actual history; wars, kings, queens etc.) and I found this film really insightful and no one can say John Lennon didn’t live a dramatic life and although it made me really sad to think that he had a life that depressing at such a young age it did make for a dramatic and gripping film. It also made me very grateful for the family I’ve got.

The cast for this film was really good, they were all really talented and gave really convincing performances. Even people with very minor parts you could see that they gave it everything they’ve got and it’s probably because they knew they were making a film about one of the most successful men ever, so you probably really felt the pressure. Anne-Marie Duff (Julia, John’s mum.) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Mimi, John’s Aunt) were both really good in their roles and they worked really well together when they were in scenes together and even better when they were apart because you could really see how different both their personalities were and how complicated and stressful it must have been for John having the two of them clash like that. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (John Lennon) did his part really well and he could give convincing performances in all kinds of emotional states. Thomas Brodie-Sangster, although he played Paul McCartney, had a slightly minor role (he only appeared about halfway through), but his part got slightly larger as the film got closer to the end. But as always Thomas was absolutely incredible in his role, he gave a really convincing performance – full of emotion when needed – and it was really entertaining to watch him on screen. And the chemistry between him and Aaron was really good and whether they actually got on in real life or not it didn’t matter because on screen they worked really well with each other and it was really great to see them perform together.

I found myself confused through some of the film and I understand that in some ways that was because John himself was confused, he wasn’t clear on how he’d ended up in the situation he was in and he felt betrayed by his mother and angry at his aunt and at the entire world around him and I feel like we were just kind of thrown into the 17-year-old life of John Lennon without explaining anything (luckily I’d wikipediaed John briefly before watching the film) and I feel like yes, some people watching the film are most likely massive Beatles fans but some people – like me – have no prior knowledge of the Beatles at all other than knowing their one of the most famous bands ever and probably knowing a few of their songs. So I feel like a bit of explanation might have been good at the start but it’s okay because close to the end of the film there was a really dramatic and depressing scene in which quite a lot of it was explained and then it all made sense.

I would suggest watching this film if you A) have an interest in The Beatles, B) you have an interest in any people in general (like me), C) You like any of the actors/actresses, D) you just want to watch the film.

4.5/5 stars.

Warnings: Alcohol, smoking, swearing, some sexual scenes, mention of masturbation, a few scenes of violence, some scenes may be disturbing or upsetting. For full details click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266029/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266029/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Information: The Beatles were formed in Liverpool in 1960 and broke up in 1970. The members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. John Lennon got shot and murdered in December  1980 and George Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001. Paul McCartney is now 73 and Ringo Starr is 75. The Beatles released 12 albums, 13 EP’s and 22 singles in their time as a band. They’ve won 3 Brit awards and 10 Grammy awards.

Actors from the film have gone on to appear in things such as Game Of Thrones, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Maze Runner, Before I Go To Sleep, Kick-ass, Suffragette (2015), Wolfhall (Adaptation of the book by Hilary Mantel) and Godzilla (2014).

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Film Review

Duration: 2hr 12min

Rating: 12

Release Date(UK): 10 September 2015

Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller, Young Adult,

Director: Wes Ball

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores…

Description: Thomas and the Gladers have escaped from the maze, they think that everything will get better now, that they will be safe – they’re wrong. Thomas and the others find themselves in more danger than they have ever been in before and it’s not too long before they find themselves missing the safety of the maze.

My Thoughts: I remember when Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials first came out in cinemas back in September and seeing posters for it on all the buses and being really excited and thinking I must read and watch the first one so I could go and see the second one in cinemas… obviously that never happened and I only saw the first Maze Runner film pretty recently but then I was excited for the DVD release and there’s a whole long story that goes with obtaining it, but I’ll save you the time and just get to the review (I promise it didn’t involve anything illegal!)

I’ve now seen it three times, once with a group of friends, secondly with my sister and thirdly on my own just ’cause, I’m kind of obsessed. Also, I always like watching films based on books twice because the first time I spend all my time comparing it to the book and the second time I can think of it more as a film and think of it like that rather than comparing it to the words of the book.

The first time I saw this film – to be honest – I didn’t think it was all that great, I thought it didn’t follow the storyline of the book at all and if I didn’t know what film I was watching and if it didn’t have the exact same cast I wouldn’t have been able to connect it to The Maze Runner at all. I also felt like it was a bit too crowded with pointless action scenes obviously only there for entertainment purposes and not really relevant to the plot, and it was complicated keeping up with what was going on. There were also a few scenes in which everything was happening so fast I didn’t really know what was happening to which characters or whether they were dead or alive. Although, to be honest there was so much talk going on when my friends were over it could have played a part in the complicatedness of the film.

Another thing that disappointed me was when I read the book I was so excited to see some of the stuff on the big screen, I remember reading the book and thinking “This is going to look incredible in the film”… and then it just never happened. But they’ve kind of merged the last two films together so hopefully those scenes will happen in the last film.

However, the second time I had almost a completely different perspective on it. I still thought that they didn’t really follow the storyline of the book in any way, shape or form except like two scenes but they still weren’t completely to the book and I know that they have to make a few changes due to films being complicated to make and it never being too complicated to write words down on a page but I still feel like they could have done more stuff from the book than they did, I didn’t think it seemed too complicated.

Another thing I didn’t like was how they included some of the stuff from the third book in the second film because now I’m worried they’re going to run out of content for the third film. Another thing is, I’m slightly concerned how they’re going to make some of the really major things that happen in the book (and they will presumably include in the film) happen in the film due to the changes they’ve already made, as it won’t make sense if the things that happen, happen the same way they did in the book.

Although I have grown to love the characters over the course of the books and the first movie (and the actors too!), I didn’t feel like this film really developed they’re characters in any way. I feel like relationship wise they’re characters didn’t grow closer together and we didn’t learn anything more about them (I know they’re supposed to have lost their memories but I still feel like a development in the personalities would have been nice.). I watched the deleted scenes after watching the film and one of the scenes which was deleted was a scene between Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and Newt (Thomas Brodie Sangster) sitting around a fire and I feel like the conversation they have is really meaningful and the fact that they have that conversation at all really showed you how close they are as friends and some of the stuff Newt says really makes you understand how he works psychologically I think and I was really sad when I watched the deleted scenes because I feel like adding that scene into the film would have made a huge difference in the overall quality of the film, but oh well… it’s too late now.

There was this really stupid scene which really annoyed me in which we saw Thomas washing his face at a sink in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep and then it cut to a completely different scene and we didn’t even see him walk away from the sink and it especially annoyed me once I’d seen the deleted scenes because in the time it took to show us that pointless scene we could have seen the scene around the fire between Thomas and Newt.

I feel like there wasn’t enough emotion in some of the scenes and I don’t think it was the actors’ fault because all of the actors are really, really talented! It has such an amazing cast! But I think the scenes just weren’t set up in a way that made it emotional enough and I think a film like this needs a bit of emotion, because you need to be able to connect to a film like this because it’s so surreal and unlike anything people can properly imagine there needs to be emotion so the audience can connect properly.

Before ending this review I would just like to say that the cast and crew of both The Maze Runner and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are absolutely amazing and they’re work is just incredible! If someone came and told me that I had the ability to re-choose the cast of The Maze Runner and I could literally choose any actors anywhere, nothing was an issue I would honestly truly pick the same cast, because they all work so well together and they make the film what it is and without that cast and Wes as Director I don’t know what would happen, but I have honest belief that it wouldn’t be the same if any single one of the cast member had been someone else.

I think overall it was a really decent film and I will watch it time and time again presumably because I love the trilogy and I love the actors and the chemistry between them all in the films but I don’t feel it was an accurate representation of the book and so unfortunately I’m going to have to give it 4.5/5 stars. Although I really want to give it five.

Warnings: Alcohol, kissing, swearing and violence all feature. Some scenes may scare or upset. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: Scorch Trials Parental Guide

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the cast and film click the link: The Scorch Trials Trailer And Info (IMDb)

Other Information: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the sequel to The Maze Runner it is a 20th Century Fox Production and is based of the trilogy by James Dashner.

Exams And A Broken Computer

Hi Followers!

I hope you are all well and settling nicely into the new year! I would love to know what exciting things you have achieved already and what things you hope to achieve in the coming months!? One of the things I hope to achieve is a better study schedule as I am SO far behind right now! Also, would be to write more reviews, but unfortunately lots of study time and lots of reviewing writing time don’t really fit together well, as not only do I have to write the reviews I have to watch, read or attend the event to be able to write a review – which can be very time consuming sometimes. However, I do have quite a few reviews stored in my brain that I just need to get written done on here but that still might take some time, but don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about my blog and all you fantastic people that follow me!

Another thing other than exams (yes, I’m still at that age where exams are a thing that dominate my entire life!) is that my main laptop which is brand new has been sent off for repair due to a broken headphone socket and that should be back this week (hopefully!) but that means that I’ve had to use my really old Apple iBook G4, which works fine for what I need it to and it’s a really great computer I’m just much more comfortable and familiar with my usual HP and it works faster. Also, as we all know it’s the new year and in the first few months everyone is kind of getting themselves together and trying to achieve some positive changes in their lives and there are things to do and you’re much more motivated to do things that you don’t normally do, and it’s really weird because I don’t really understand why it’s a thing to be more motivated at the start of a new year because time doesn’t really exist – calenders and clocks are just things that humans have made up to make life more manageable but sometimes I wish they didn’t because imagine how stress free a life with no calender and no clock would be? No time limit to do something ever, but I understand how in our current society calenders and clocks are completely necessary.

I understand if you have got bored with my blog by now and want to click the unfollow button, if I were you I probably would have done that ages ago but I promise there are more reviews coming! I really love writing reviews for you guys and it makes me really sad when I don’t have the time!

As an attempt to keep you interested here’s a list of all the things I have yet to review or the things that I am going to be watching/attending in the coming few weeks and then reviewing:

  • Phantom Halo (Film Review)
  • Albatross (Film Review)
  • Love Actually (Film Review)
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Film Review)
  • Nowhere Boy (Film Review)
  • The Vamps UK Arena Tour 2016 (Concert Review – coming April)

So, there’s the list! I can’t tell you when you’ll actually get the reviews of these as I need to write them up and maybe even re-watch a few of the things I mentioned but I will be reviewing them and hopefully very soon! Oh and by the way, if you think you recognize a theme with the list of films you’re probably imagining it… there is no connection between any of them whatsoever… 😉