Spy (2015)

I have to admit straight off that this film is up there with the best Melissa McCarthy films. It shouldn’t be one to be underappreciated or forgotten. It’s funny, it’s got some action fighting scenes in the world of the CIA, it’s got Jude Law and Jason Statham, and it’s even got the brilliant British comedian Miranda Hart (whom I love) – what more do you need?

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Analysist Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) turns spy, when she volunteers heartbroken that her mentor, Bradley Fine (Jude Law – yes sorry, sadly Jude Law doesn’t last long, but he’s amazing when he is there, anyway…), has been killed during a mission. Seeming that she’s the only one to volunteer and that the enemy, Rayna (Rose Byrne – recognisable from ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Bad Neighbours 1 & 2’), has named all the active agents of the CIA; boss, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney), chooses to put basement-kept Susan in the field. But on strict rules of a “track and report” mission only. Only this doesn’t happen, because how boring would that be?! Instead, with the help of her best friend in her ear piece, Nancy (Miranda Hart), she goes rouge ending up becoming in contact with Rayna and having to lie her way through undercover. With an intense, angry spy popping up every now and again, Susan fights to keep her cover a secret as she tries to solve the mission and get revenge for the loss of the guy she was being the ear piece to. This serious spy, one told to stay out of the mission in safety of his life, is Rick Ford, played by Jason Statham. Statham plays this character brilliantly, as the hilarious bullshitter. Someone who is more presumed in serious action films, it does feel odd for him to be in a comedy action film, but he is welcomed with open arms. Underestimated, Susan repeatedly gets given hilarious undercover personas, nothing that lives up to the fantasized style of being a spy. The plot line is great, action comedy that is worth the story, thrill and laughter.

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This film repeatedly makes me laugh. Whether it’s the too-handsy Italian spy, Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), or Susan’s changing personas, or even Nancy’s classic Miranda one-liners, or maybe Crocker’s brutal harshness. The film has a lot to stem from in the comedy element. Understandably it is a film for the ages of 15 and above – there is numerous swearing, but other than that, that’s mostly it, oh and the occasionally gory bits. Another thing I do have to mention though, is that the music is so appropriate, it is greatly chosen and brilliant to complete scenes, just adds to the whole aesthetic of the film.

So yes I would recommend this film. There is so much to appreciate and laugh at, also so much to grip yourself into the actual plot of the film. Every actor/actress is brilliant and all played amazingly well, but I think that’s a given. If you’re a fan of any classic Melissa McCarthy, or even a great action comedy, this is one to choose, it’s a great, fun watch and makes you laugh all the way through.


Baywatch (2017)

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, beautiful. Ok first off, I can’t state how much this is based on the television show because to be honest the only knowledge of ‘Baywatch’ I have, comes from Joey and Chandler obsessing over it in ‘Friends’. Oh and I know David Hasselhoff has some key role. So I will base this review as a film as it stands and as a film as it is, rather than something influenced from tv. Although, from the television show, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson make an appearance – if that means a lot to you, then there it is.

As an action comedy film, it’s highly enjoyable. All the characters are played amazingly well, but I don’t think that needs much reasoning. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are obviously the stars of the film, however the other stars are also brilliant and add a lot to the film. Dwayne Johnson, a rising star in many great films more recently, plays the dedicated, devoted, ocean-obsessed Lieutenant lifeguard Mitch Buchannon. Zac Efron, one of the most beautiful men on earth (an opinion struck by many), plays the cocky, reckless, “Malibu Ken”, the new-bee on the beach, Matt Brody. The one thing that Brody doesn’t understand about Emerald Bay’s lifeguards is the seriousness, not only are they lifeguards, they solve crimes. The crime of this film is revolved around one Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra) and her dedication to business, ie. The drug business. Things start to get considerably worse after a dead body is found by the lifeguards, this is where the six begin to solve the case by themselves, ignoring the priorities of the police.

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As I said there are six lifeguards. There are three original lifeguards, then there are the three new trainees. The three leaders, obviously Mitch standing strong in that section, then there is Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera) and CJ (Kelly Rohrbach). Then there’s trainees, Brody, Ronnie (Jon Bass) and Summer (Alexandra Daddario). Ronnie is brilliant, he definitely carries some comedy. Ronnie is the dedicated, never quit, awkward, “why me” guy. At his third time of trying to successfully pass the qualifying course, he is triumphant at his never quitting spirit. His dedication of pursuing the ocean is revolved around a certain individual, in particular the slow moving, tight-costumed CJ. Then there’s Summer, the one that catches Brody’s eye. However she is so much more than that, a young woman strong in her mind, rejecting Brody time and time again, studious and determined in becoming the new lifeguard of the bay.

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There is definitely action in this movie, with lifeguards fighting crime there is a lot of action to be thrown in the deep end – sorry. There’s fight scenes, tense scenes of burning boats etc. Most importantly there is comedy. There were times I was laughing out loud in this movie, it was brilliantly funny. Comments of a “far-fetched TV show”, or Dwayne Johnson calling Zac Efron “High School Musical” amongst the multitude of nicknames given to him. Little things like that were brilliant. The film is modern and relates to modern technology, relatable to today’s audience. I have to admit this is a film of extreme OTT effects. From the beginning, in the first minute of the film, there is slow motion effects left, right and centre. There is dramatic, tense music. A man in danger at sea. Everything is very dramatic, but in a way this over dramatic notions to the whole essence of the film adds to the comedy of the film. And you know the obsession with slow motion effects in all 2016/2017 films now-a-days, right?

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If this seems a film you would enjoy I would definitely recommend it! It doesn’t require much concentration but it’s a fun, hilarious easy-watch. With lots of swearing and many other inappropriate moments, this film is for older ages. This isn’t supposed to be a serious film, the comedy is overdramatic, it’s just an easy-watch comedy. And that is how it stands. Regardless, they are always contactable via “shell phone”.

Rough Night (2017)

Love that this film is so different from the stereotypical comedies nowadays. It has some dark humour in it, especially because of the plot, but it is brilliantly different and enjoyable. Things escalate and escalate, get crazier and crazier, somethings I expected, many shocking moments I didn’t expect to happen at all – all throws in with the comedy and drama of the rough night. I have to admit, the escalation of the film, made it more feel like a drama than a comedy, but there were moments I did laugh, even if it’s rather morbid. The way they react to everything makes the comedy. Nevertheless, it isn’t a film alike to many others, it’s contrasts in characteristics are brilliant, to get to know characters that aren’t always used in films.

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I wouldn’t say this is a film to watch for the cast however. Obviously Scarlett Johansson stands out as the star of the film and she is definitely the best in it. And obviously a recognisable actress is Demi Moore, although her character was definitely of a certain humour, if it was comical? Then there’s Zoë Kravitz, who I recognise but can’t really place where from. Then I also recognised minor characters, such as Colton Haynes from ‘Teen Wolf’, or the Vulture in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, Dean Winters. I wouldn’t say this is a film of big stars, but regardless, they all are great, whether they are known or not! I probably should mention that ‘Rough Night’ is definitely for older ages. There’s drugs, sex references, lots of swearing. So yeah, a film for older ages.

If you haven’t seen this film advertised then you probably don’t even know what it is about. So here’s a little run-through. Jess (Scarlett Johansson), a politician in mid-campaign, is getting married. Her very protective freshman roommate Alice (Jillian Bell), plans a weekend for her best friend’s bachelorette party in Miami. Accompanying them are previous girlfriends, Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer). The four of them concludes best friends from college. Finally is Jess’ friend from Australia, Pippa (Kate McKinnon); an unexpected guest that, to say the least, Alice doesn’t appreciate. Things start to go horrendously wrong when they accidentally kill a male stripper… Like I said, things massively escalate. Meanwhile, husband-to-be Peter (Paul W. Downs) panics when a phone call from his fiancé has some major miscommunication issues.

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‘Rough Night’ is a film of an extreme bachelorette party that has gone majorly wrong. The actresses are great and it’s good to see such a different film of where women behave badly. It is a film for older ages and is extremely inappropriate at many times. What do you think they do when they accidentally kill a male stripper in a house mostly made of glass on a bachelorette vacation while drunk and high?

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

I’ve heard of this film before, but to be honest, I didn’t actually have any idea what it was about, or what to expect. But when I saw it was on the plane and a nine hour plane journey was waiting, I thought why not. And I’m glad I did, it is such a heart-warming great film. There are emotional, heart-breaking moments, but also it is full of comedy and you can’t help but smile throughout.

Directed by Chris Columbus, who we can trust directs great films and this one slots right into that category, amongst films like ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Pixels’ and ‘Home Alone’. ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ highlights the changes in technology – that’s nothing to do with the film, but you definitely recognise the old computers there were from 1993… Anyway, that’s besides the point.

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If you’ve never heard of the film, then here’s a quick rundown. A loving father, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), is faced with a divorce from his wife, Miranda (Sally Field), when they are separated he does everything he can possibly do to see his children more than once a week. This happens to be pretending to be an old lady named Mrs Doubtfire and becoming a babysitter of their three children. This is a film of a desperate, hurt father, doing all he can for his children, Lydia (Lisa Jakub), Chris (Matthew Lawrence) and Natalie (Mara Wilson – little Matilda). This film covers the difficulties of divorce, something quite unique within film, and a moral to children who maybe going through the same thing. In this way, it is a beautiful film.

Robin Williams makes this film amazing. A key skill of voices in the film and out. Without him, this film wouldn’t be great at all, and because of him it’s an amazing, heart-warming, beautiful film. Robin Williams is hilarious both as the broken father Daniel Hillard and the strict, loving babysitter Mrs Doubtfire. He is brilliant in everything he does; the keeping of the secret of his new life is so cleverly made humorous. For example, when Mrs Doubtfire becomes snappy towards new boyfriend of his ex-wife, Stu (Pierce Brosnan), the audience understands why and laughs at his harsh comments and reasoning to why Miranda must wear the long frock she once wore at a funeral twenty years before, rather than the little black dress. His jumping from voice to voice is outstanding, something as an actor he is famous for anyway. His character is the best in the film, well it’s named after him, you would hope so!

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I would recommend this film, I could watch ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ over and over again. A heart-warming, heart-breaking, beautiful, hilarious film that I won’t lie brought me to tears. A great film for the whole family to watch and appreciate. So watch the struggles of a desperate father and the comedy of a housekeeper keeping a secret of her identity.

We’re The Millers (2013)

Ok so this is a film about a bunch of people pretending to be a family, when actually they are international drug smugglers, oh but it’s so much more that than, it’s hilarious. With a great recognisable family – well I don’t recognise Kenny (Will Poulter), but he made it great in this and definitely will be recognised from now on. There’s Jason Sudeikis as the small town drug dealer, David Clark, the stripper Jennifer Aniston (if you don’t know who she is, then be ashamed, and get watching ‘Friends’). Finally, the runaway Emma Roberts as Casey (‘Wild Child’, ‘Nerve’). They all are great as they struggle to be this false family.

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This is such a great comedy, it is really one to make you laugh – although not for younger ages, bit inappropriate otherwise. But there are so many parts in the film that are hilarious. The favourite and most memorable scene of the whole film has to be singing Waterfalls – the greatest of Will Poulter right there, proving that he made it great in this film. This scene will never fail to make me laugh. This drug dealer, stripper, runaway and Kenny go on a trip to Mexico with that they think to pick up a “smidge” of drugs, however, it’s not as easy as that. Things escalate and escalate to hilarious. Unlucky things happening to Kenny that you wouldn’t wish upon any. It is quite a different comedy to many others I have seen at least, yet it is still one that is truly funny. And never forget the brilliant bloopers at the end!

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On their adventurous travels, they meet another family, a family who keeps popping up wherever they go. So lies get deeper and the film becomes more comedic as they come up with stupid excuses and crazy solutions. For example, don’t worry it’s just a herb baby that’s been thrown in the middle of the road and hit numerously by lorries… This new family is also great, the Fitzgerald family, Don (Nick Offerman), Edie (Kathryn Hahn) and their daughter Melissa (Molly C. Quinn). This family is great in itself, they definitely add to the humour of the film.

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‘We’re the Millers’ is full of comedy, and even has a bit of action, when they accidentally steal the “smidge” of drugs from an international drug dealer, not like he takes it very well. So I recommend you go meet the Miller family! “No ragrets” right?

Sister Act (1992)

This is one of those films you have to say you’ve seen at least once, a film that’s well-known that everyone has heard of. But the question is: do people actually know what it’s about? Yes, I’ve heard of it, and yes I watched it recently for the first time knowing I should have watched it way before this. But I was so wrong at what the actual plot was. So if you’re not aware: when our main protagonist, Deloris (played by the brilliant Whoopi Goldberg), witnesses a murder committed by her boyfriend, the police have to put her in the one place he would never find her. And that is St Catherine’s convent. Deloris now Sister Mary Clarence, to say the least, finds it extremely difficult to fit in in this completely different place from her old loved life.

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So of course Whoopi Goldberg carries this film, she is the star of the show, carrying the narration and the comedy. And you don’t need me to say she plays the part well, because of course she does, it’s Whoopi Goldberg! The comedy of this film isn’t as much as laugh out loud, holding your belly, but there are some great moments that do make you chuckle. Mostly the film is a nice heart-warming film. The development of a strong-willed singer to a woman hiding as a nun in a convent, a change not that easy. Amongst her hiding and the comedy of her trying to fit in, is the crime of the film. Now, it is not scary crime at all! They make it more comical, especially at the end and the difficulties the two sidekicks of Vince (Harvey Keitel) have with Deloris dressed as a nun and their command to “waste her”. So as IMDb suggests this is a good family film, not scary in the slightest, and a rather enjoyable comical film.

Additionally, you can never forget that the brilliant Dame Maggie Smith is in this film! She is obviously amazing in her role as Mother Superior, struggling to accept someone so controversial to what she believes in. Maggie Smith always plays her characters to the greatest extent and this film is no different. You have to love Maggie Smith anyway! Professor McGonagall in ‘Harry Potter’, in ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ and so much more!

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‘Sister Act’ does have an element of music to enjoy in this film as well. It’s not a musical, but with Deloris loving her singing, her talents move towards the church’s choir. There are many songs that are enjoyable, starting the film with the classic ‘My Guy’. There are many performances to enjoy within the film, this just adds another element of the film to appreciate.

Overall, yeah I would recommend this film! It’s a nice easy-watch film, with funny moments and enjoyable songs. Whoopi Goldbery and Maggie Smith, I say again. You should at least watch it once, watch Deloris struggle to hide herself when she’s a star witness.

Addams Family Values (1993)

This is definitely one of those comedies that is very different from others, and one which requires a certain taste, it’s definitely not a film for everyone to appreciate or find funny. Everything is very overdramatic, very over the top. This is a gothic comedy of a family very different to the rest of society, a family of a husband and wife with their three children, the Uncle and the Granny (Carol Kane), also with two others in the family, a hand named thing and Lurch (Carel Struycken).

Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez (Raul Julia) have a new baby in which Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) get insanely jealous. The beginning of the film, their plan being to kill new baby Pubert. However, the new nanny manages to convince the parents, the two eldest want to go to Summer Camp. A place a bit too happy and controversial for the Addams family, but off they go. Alongside this, the new nanny, Debbie (Joan Cusack), has her own plan. Her other name being the ‘Black Widow’, given to her by the news, a gold-digger to the extremes of murder. But Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) has fallen in love. So as you can probably guess, there are different plot lines going on at once, but I think that makes it even better, the film jumps to different places, home with the new born baby, with Uncle Fester and his new love, and finally at the Summer Camp where fun has to be had.

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In a film such as this one, the actors and actresses have to be great and they definitely are. All those part of the Addams family are well suited and play the part extremely well. Although I have to mention, Morticia, the mother, seems to always have a light across her eyes, not sure why they do it, but perhaps it is all for the effects, just something I noticed… Anyway, the relationship between Morticia and Gomez brings in an element of the romantics. They are played and chosen well. But personally, my favourite of the film has to be Wednesday, she is a brilliant aspect to this comedy of the film. Her bluntness and no emotion is definitely a contribution to the gothic Addams family. The only actress I’m not the biggest fan of is Joan Cusack, personally she’s just not my favourite actress in any film. Regardless, she plays the villain well, she is a good actress coming down to it, but a film with her in isn’t really one I want to watch, although she doesn’t make this film bad, far from it, she’s the villain so she’s not supposed to be loved.

Something that needs to be kept in mind is that this was a film made in 1993, so the graphics are not like the films we watch today. Although, I don’t think they’re terrible, they could be considerably worse, although, the baby isn’t the best in parts. Overall, the other parts are not awful, but rather well done and almost add to the aesthetic of the film. Almost add to the gothic aspect that runs all the way through. Some may consider that this film has an essence of horror, I more see this through that it is more gothic than anything, it is not a scary film as they turn this into a different sort of humour. Not a humour you laugh continuously throughout, the film has random aspects or everything is so overdramatic you just have to chuckle, but I like it.

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In conclusion, you can probably tell that is a rather different film from many others and of an acquired taste. However, I enjoy it and if you think this is a film you would appreciate I would definitely recommend it. It’s brilliantly clever and humorous in the barbaric actions and bluntness and overdramatic hatred of normal human emotions. Despite everything, the film has a very catchy theme tune, everyone must know it. *click click*