El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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While this post is a spoiler free review, there will be spoilers for the tv series.

Breaking Bad was primarily about Walter White (Bryan Cranston), there’s no denying that. His cancer diagnosis is the catalyst for everything that takes place in the show so it makes sense that it would begin and end with him. The closure of Breaking Bad, while leaving some things open, ended very closed up and final for Walter and his story. Everything was essentially tied up in a nice, neat little bow but over its 5 season run, there was one other character who became just as important and garnered a lot of attention. That, of course, was Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

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Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) | Movie Review

[Header Image: Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw, Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw and Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs | Universal Pictures]

“I’m trying to save the world, which, for the record, will be my fourth time. ‘Cause I’m really good at it.”

I saw Hobbs & Shaw yesterday and even after sleeping on it, I don’t think I’ve fully wrapped my head around how I feel about it. I did like it and I certainly had an enjoyable time which isn’t a total surprise. The Fast & Furious is one of – perhaps even my absolute – favourite franchise of all time. So, going into this particular movie, I knew I was going to like it to some extent.

That being said, despite the similarities it shares with the rest of the franchise, it is very different and I would say it might be my least favourite overall although I do recommend checking it out at some point. Something that helps, is to separate this movie from the franchise just a little. It makes it much more fun because while there are similarities between Hobbs & Shaw and the rest of the Fast & Furious franchise, it also has a lot of qualities about it that are independent. It’s also almost an entirely new cast and while one of the writers – Chris Morgan – has written for previous Fast & Furious instalments, it’s arguably still better to separate this particular movie to some extent.

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Tomb Raider (2018) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

Ever since this movie was announced I was curious to see it. The original movies with Angelina Jolie are two of my favourites and one of the first games I ever remember playing was a Tomb Raider one. So I knew, at the very least, that I would have a good time watching this. However, I missed my chance when it was in theatres until I recently found that it had been put onto Netflix UK.

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Ocean’s Eight (2018) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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I remember when I first heard that Ocean’s Eight was going to be a thing and how happy I was about it, especially when I found out that it was a spinoff. The original Ocean’s trilogy are three of my all time favourite movies and it felt much more satisfying, as a woman, to know that we were getting an all-female spinoff rather than a remake. This way it felt somewhat original while also being an extension to a really fantastic franchise. I mean, let’s be honest, one of the biggest flaws of the original trilogy was that it was very much lacking women and oh boy, does Ocean’s Eight rectify that.

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Fast & Furious 8 (2017) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

fate_of_the_furious_ver3Directed by: F. Gary Gray.

Written by: Chris Morgan.

Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes.

Rating: 12A.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Fast & Furious 8, also known as The Fate of the Furious, is a 2017 action movie and the newest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. It follows Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) who, while in Cuba with his wife Letty (played by Michelle Rodriguez), is coerced by Cipher (played by Charlize Theron) into working for her and turning against his team.

This installment feels like a Fast and Furious movie from the moment it starts, like with each new one it gets bigger and bigger. Right at the start, we’re thrown into well-lit, brightly coloured scenes set in Cuba. We’re treated to a street race which I won’t tell you too much about, but there are some awesome moments involving motorbikes and it’s, for the most part, different to any other race we’ve seen.

It’s there in Cuba that we meet Cipher for the first time. She is actually a really great villain. I would say she’s just a big as previous villains, but she’s definitely the most resilient they’ve come up against. She has a lot of skill that is primarily focused on her hacking abilities, but it’s all revealed at a good pace and in a way in which we can all understand it.

Pretty much from the start, we’re thrown into the action. There’s a lot of explosions in this movie and, of course, a lot of cars. In this particular installment, there’s also a lot of technology involved.

Sure, some of the action sequences/stunts are a little unbelievable like previous installments and you have to suspend your disbelief just a little on ocassion. However, the sequences are paced so well and move in such a way that they’re captivating and incredibly easy to watch, it really doesn’t matter if all of them are believable or not. The action never lasts too long either so there’s never fear of getting bored or wishing they would just get on with it. One good thing about a big cast is that they’re able to swap between characters during certain action scenes to keep it interesting. Other sequences change up because various new factors are introduced. There’s always something.

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Nerve (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

Nerve is a 2016 thriller, crime, and adventure film based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. It revolves around an online game in which people can sign up to be “players” or “watchers”, the former are given dares to do by the latter and as the movie goes on the dares become more intense.

The movie is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, produced by Allison Shearmur, and the screenplay is by Jessica Sharzer. It stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, and others. More information can be found here.

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This movie was a huge surprise! I remember seeing the trailer and being interested and wanting to see it, but I never expected it to be as good as it actually is. I would honestly re-watch it again, and I would definitely say it’s one of my favourite movies of the year, maybe even of all time.

The main character Vee (played by Emma Roberts) is very likeable. I’ve seen a lot of people complain that all Emma Roberts seems to play is the “bitchy” character, but that isn’t the case here. She does have her moments, but overall she’s nothing like that. She’s played very well and I found myself genuinely caring about what happens to her. The other characters are also incredibly interesting. Dave Franco’s character Ian seems to have more knowledge on the Nerve game, and his personality is slightly different to Vee’s, so when they’re paired up it creates this interesting dynamic that’s portrayed very well.

You have Juliette Lewis playing Vee’s mum, which I was surprised about, I had no idea she was in it! So it was a pleasant surprise to see her. There’s also Vee’s two main/best friends, Sydney (played by Emily Meade) and Tommy (played by Miles Heizer). The former seems to take on the role of “bitchy” character, but you still end up being as invested in her and caring about what happens to her. Tommy helps to bring in the more techy side of the Nerve game, giving a more legitimate background as opposed to just shoehorning in it.

There are plenty of other characters throughout and there are bound to be a ton of stars that you’ll recognise. Each character is different and just as interesting as each other.

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