Movie Madness #7

A Quiet Place

 

This film is the best monster horror film in recent history, taking the mastery of Cloverfield’s masterful monster mystery and injecting intense, heart wrenching drama. Everything from the monsters to the family relationships and traversing the post-apocalyptic world is so well thought out and has so much depth it brings horror into a higher tier of film, with dramatic scenes rivalling the top in the drama field. As you can tell, I really liked this movie, and whilst I believe it should win all the awards, it has the best sound design in any film since Dunkirk. So go and see this in the cinema, it is one of those films that needs to be seen on the big screen.

Go and watch this film, if you hate horror, there’s plenty of drama and emotion to pull you into the world of A Quiet Place. John Krasinski is really onto something here.

Isle of Dogs

 

Wes Anderson is fantastically bizarre and with an A-list cast of voice actors Isle of Dogs shows how brilliant his mind truly is. The stop-motion animation gives for a truly surreal experience as the story unfolds about how the Isle of Dogs came to be and the adventure Atari Kobayashi goes on to get back his dog, Spots. If you enjoy animated films, you will love this stop-motion masterpiece. If you like a good comedy-drama, you’ll love this film. If you love Bryan Cranston, you’ll love this film. Highly recommended and one not to be missed.

Annihilation

 

So, I refused to watch this film despite being excited for it for months until I finished the book. Having finally watched it, read the book and understood the reason for the major differences, it is a fantastic film. Now, for those who weren’t aware, Alex Garland wrote this film after getting the rights to the first book, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer BEFORE the rest of the trilogy was released. Having Jeff’s blessing, Alex Garland took the story in a different creative direction to produce his own adaption of the book. The book and the film are very different in places, and I really enjoyed this. The book is very good but would be a very difficult film to make and I feel like Alex Garland took the premise and created a brilliant science-fiction film adaption.

This film blends science-fiction thriller with monster horror and alien mystery, providing a surreal and exceptional experience. I highly recommend this film, if you have read the book or not, and with the likes of Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Issac, this is a story worth experiencing.

A Wrinkle In Time

 

This movie was brilliant in what it tried to be, full of amazing performances but just missed the mark. Being a difficult film to make, I feel like Ava Duvernay managed to create a masterpiece with the help of an incredibly talented cast, the visuals were amazing, the humour was there in the right places and the plot twists landed well. But the film felt too short, and the pace was off. I feel like this film needed to be longer, maybe even more than one film to truly experience the insane world of A Wrinkle In Time and bask in all the story’s glory.

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