Movie Review – Dracula Untold

by Gary Shore

by Gary Shore

‘Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.’ (imdb) (by Gary Shore, 92 min.)

This movie was ok. It was an exciting and thrilling story with lots of action and visual effects. It was also the only thing that kept me interested.

The story was well-built, but wasn’t very interesting for me. It was just another take on a story that we saw a lot of times before. It had an interesting concept, but there wasn’t a lot made out of it. We saw how the prince of Transylvania turned into Dracula and the reasons behind his decisions. It’s an interesting take on Dracula’s story, but felt a bit slow to me.

The sort was action-packed and it never felt really boring because there was always something happening on the screen. But sometimes, I had the feeling that some of the shots in the action scenes were so quick and blurry. I never got a good look at how the fights were going on and how he transformed in Dracula and in a vampire. And why make a story about a strong vampire if we can’t see how he fights. I get he’s quick and that you don’t see him coming until he’s upon you, but there are still ways to show that and show how he fights to us, the public.

3 out of 5 stars, still an interesting concept

Movie review – If I Stay

by R.J. Cutler

by R.J. Cutler

‘Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.’ (imdb) (by R.J. Cutler, 107 min.)

I’m always a bit wary when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations and especially with my favorite books. If I Stay is definitely one of them. That story grabbed me from the get go and I read it multiple times when it came out. So when the movie rights were bought, I was scared they would ruin this story, like they did with The Vampire Academy or The Mortal Instruments series.

But they did ok with it, more than ok actually. There were still some things that bothered me, but I liked the movie and I’ll definitely re-watch it if I have the chance and time. It was a good adaptation and it was loyal to the book, but changed some things for the film-medium without being negative or aggressive to the book.

I first had my doubts about Chloe Grace Moretz. I liked her in Kick-Ass, but I was disappointed with her in Carrie. So when I know she would play Mia, one of my favorite characters, I was a bit scared I wouldn’t find the character in the movie that I liked so much in the book. I would give her a chance, especially because Jamie Blackley who plays Adam, is perfect for that part. He’s the perfect choice and brings so much to that part.

Their connection seemed so real and brought so much to the film. It was also one of the biggest reasons why this film works and why I felt in love with Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia. Her connection with the cello was also very real. I had the feeling she put a lot of work in playing the cello and just trying to  put the emotion I, and I think a lot of other people, had when reading about her love for classic music and her cello.

It was just a perfect blend between sadness and hapiness. I felt the same way about the movie I did with the book and I cried at the same moments. I was prepared, I knew what would happen. I know the story inside out, but still I wasn’t prepared for the movie and I just let it all out. I had no shame crying in the theatre. This movie was worth it and I need to see it again, soon.

out of 5 stars!

Moie review – Lucy

by Luc Besson

by Luc Besson

‘A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.’ (imdb) (by Luc Besson, 89 min.)

This movie was a non-stop thrilling ride. It was a mix of psychological thriller with lots of action-packed scenes. Lucy had me entertained from the moment the film started and I never had the feeling that it was too long or the story dragged on.

I was raised in a scientific family, so having a movie that is in our world with a science-fiction approach about the capacity of our brains, was a breath of fresh air. It sometimes went a bit far with their theories, but it was an interesting approach to the studies that are currently made about our brains.

Scarlet Johansson was amazing as Lucy. Her character changed a lot during the movie and she made it seem real. Her eyes were important in this and the director thankfully chooses to pull us close on the moments when it was needed and give us space when it helped. It was just a perfect blend of image and sound.

Some choices the director made were a bit far-fetched, for example light coming out of her mouth, and it did pull me out a bit of the story. But it didn’t bother me a lot. Once I got over it, the story pulled me back in and I could enjoy the crazy theory of the director. A film definitely worth seeing!

4 out of 5 stars