Fred Claus Review

Fred Claus Review

Following on from my movies out at Christmas post I went all out this week and went to see two movies. Elizabeth: The Golden Age on Thursday and Fred Claus on Friday evening.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age, even though I saw it a little bit later than expected was a good movie, one that you could just sit and watch, and more than anything learn from. I did manage to crack a joke and laugh about it myself about England being able to see the making of the spanish armada if they had google maps but it was definitely one of those “you had to be there” jokes.

Another Santa Claus Movie?

Vince Vaughan plays Fred Claus, who has been in his brother’s shadow all of his life not being able to live up to his mother’s expectations and watch Nicholas Claus (Paul Giamatti) getting all the credit for being the best son.

Fred in the present day is a repo-man with no money, a strained relationship and no luck. When a money making scheme goes wrong, Fred rings his brother to get him out of trouble. The deal is done and Fred has to travel to the North Pole to work for Nicholas to get the money he needs by working in the toy factory.

Fred not being a fan of all things Christmas isn’t exactly the man for the job and does not have much of a work ethic and could possibly put Christmas out of action.

This Fred Claus Review is not good

I am sorry everyone but trying to write the review is proving very difficult. In my opinion David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) didn’t do a good job of making a funny movie. I thought Wedding Crashers was a good laugh, but at points of the Fred Claus movie I would have rather tried pulling all of my teeth out.

Even though I am a firm believer that there has only been ONE Christmas movie and that is “Santa Claus The Movie” with Dudley Moore, I did try to enter the cinema with a fresh mind that something could be different. But it wasn’t there was not one thing inspiring about the movie.

Rachel Wiesz played Vince Vaughan’s girlfrind who was an englishwoman living in the States. I am sorry to say but no not all people speak like that in England and it drives me mad that directors and producers keep protraying an englishperson like that!

A Christmas let down…

Yes this is a bit of a rant more than a review but I strongly believe in what I have written, so please god, let The Golden Compass be better.

Overall Rating: 2/5

Christmas Movies To Watch

Christmas MoviesChristmas Movies Number 1 – Cloverfield Movie | 1-18-08

One of the most intriguing Christmas Movies trailers I have ever seen, the cloverfield movie trailer has had my thinking cap on for the best of 3 months now.

Originally I was shown the first movie trailer when the movie was going without a name, only a date. Just what is it that starts tearing up the city? Godzilla? Apparently not!? King Kong? Apparently not!?

It is another one of those wait and see movies so I hope it lives up to the furore it has opened up.

Christmas Movies Number 2- I Am Legend

Will Smith staring in what is set to be another blockbuster movie after “Pursuit of Happyness”.

Will Smith plays a man called Robert Neville, a scientist who could not contain a virus that is incurable. Neville, finding himself immune to the virus is the last human survivor in New York City.

Finding that he is not alone and surrounded by the mutated victims of the deadly virus who can only survive in the darkness. The I Am Legend Trailer looks very good indeed and seems to leave a lot of the action out that is probably in the movie.

Personally I am looking forward to this coming out half way through December.

Christmas Movies Number 3 – Fred Claus Movie

I know I have mentioned the movie before however the Fred Claus Trailer 2 is out now. A good christmas comedy movie which I will be heading to see when it comes out in the UK

American Gangster Movie Review

American Gangster Review

In this American Gangster review I’ll talk about who Frank Lucas was. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) was the quiet driver, body guard and collector for Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, one of the most famous Harlem gangsters, but when ‘Bumpy’ dies suddenly Lucas takes his life in to his own hands. Lucas looks at the power structure of his area and uses his power to get to the top of it.

Lucas goes to the top of the tree, buying dope from the manufacturer rather than the supplier, he travels to Bangkok using his cousin in the military as a middle man to go to the jungle and buy his ‘product’. Obviously finding a way to get it back to the U.S without getting caught was going to be a bit of a mission. The mission was taken on by buying certain people from the military, M.P’s, pilot’s and some of the air force.

Frank Lucas brought back his product and turned it into Blue Magic, the only 100% pure dope selling it at a cheaper price than hiscompetition and supposedly making over $300’000 profit on each Kilo.

Richie Roberts – The Honest Cop

Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) Well known and dis-liked for being the only cop who would do such a thing as find nearly a million dollars in the back of a vehicle and then hand it back in the city because it was the right thing to do. Roberts passes his BAR test and takes an un-relentless pursuit of the criminal who has been bringing ‘Blue Magic’ to the streets.

Over exaggerated story?


Some facts are greatly mis-leading compared to the truth straight from the horses mouth in the interview Frank Lucas did with the New York magazine in August, 2000 called the Return of Superfly.

The good thing about the movie is that it is a well written story and depicts Lucas and Roberts down to a ‘T’. Manerisms and all are included in the movie which does add a lot of interest.

Did it make a good movie?

It sure did! I am slightly biased with being a massive fan of gangster movies whether it be mafia or other wise, however putting aside the ex-ageration of the story the movie was very intriguing. Ridley Scott is excellent at putting together a movie, and seeing him work with Russell Crowe again was awesome.

It is a pretty long movie, and the cinema was packed out with only a few seats left. Usually I fidget like mad at long movies, Lord of the Rings being one of my most fidgeted but this was a good one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely advise everyone to go and see it.

What’s coming next?

Cuba Gooding Jr plays Nicky Barnes in the movie, another high-roller who likes the high life, way to much!

Nicky Barnes was one of Lucas’s competitors and they never saw eye-to-eye and now Nicky Barnes is being protrayed in a movie called Mr Untouchable. Lucas and Barnes were quite inter-linked and ran in the same circles so it will be interesting to see the difference in stories from two different sides.

Overall Rating: 4/5

30 Days of Night Movie Review

30 Days of NightA modern day vampire movie

Most of us have seen Underworld, Dawn of the Dead and the numerous TV series about Vampires. 30 Days of Night was the second “scary” movie of the Haloween time that i’ve seen, Saw 4 being the first. Saw 4 had a different type of scary which wasn’t so much scary but more gross. Throw in some nutters with way to many teeth and a lust for blood and you get to my type of jumpy scary.

The movie is set in a small isolated town called Barrow in Alaska, which for 30 days every winter is thrown into complete darkness. Most of the towns people go elsewhere and some stay. Un-beknown to them, a group of people arrive (the ones with lots of teeth – vampires) and wreak havoc on the towns people who have stayed around. Taking advantage of the 30 days of night to feed upon the people left around town and helped out by the occasional half-turned person it is left to the Sheriff (Josh Hartnett) and his wife Stella (Melissa George) to help save the people who are left. They try everything to stay alive until the daylight arrives after the 30 days of night.

Very jumpy and violent

I wasn’t sure what to expect of the movie to be honest, I had watched the trailer before seeing 30 days of night but it doesn’t give much away at all. Plenty of viewers were jumping and squirming throughout the movie, and it definitely caught me out on a few occasion’s, not helped by Jen who jumps at the drop of a hat.

30 days of night brings a modern twist to the vampire movie collection where it is actually jumpy because it is set now in a normal north-american town, not in the future or in the past with made up facts. The movie throws superstition out of the window, no silver bullets or wooden stakes just axes and light (where it can be found).

So how was 30 Days of Night?

Josh Hartnett’s wisdom to last out the 30 days in the town and avoiding the vampires was obviously going to make the film what it was, due to them not being able to stay in one place because the vampires were going from one home to the next ran-sacking them and killing anyone they found, from one moment he was saying they had to ration the food and the next it was popping up with 7th day you did wonder what happened the rest of the days…

The gore was good, the sound and music were also good and did have a great effect on the movie to make it a little more jumpy, I would say though that it was a newer town version of Dawn of the Day but made slightly better with better effects and acting. There were no wooden stakes or silver bullets to be seen anywhere and instead of the old fangs the vampires had a plentifull amount of teeth which they certainly put to good use.

Overall Rating

I did enjoy the movie, like I said the effects were good and the movie itself was better than I thought it was going to be. It was nice to see the changes in the Vampires genre.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Saw 4 (IV) Review

Saw 4Saw 4 – Blood, Gore and More!

No it hasn’t finished, it is that time of year again where Saw has once again ‘graced’ our cinemas. Initially I thought Saw 4 was dragging it out a bit and it should have ended after the third. I even said that I wouldn’t go to see the fourth because I did not think I would enjoy it.

So why did I end up going to see it? Well I nearly didn’t. Jen certainly did not want to go and see it because Saw 3 was spent hiding behind me, but with nothing else on at the cinema at the moment worth watching or that I hadn’t seen I thought I should take myself along.

Can you randomly see Saw 4?

I would say no you can’t, the Saw movies are so intricately built around each other, and even with this one not being written by the same guy they are still following stories which are all blended together. Saw 4 might just be for the Saw fans, and from the quick searches I threw into google there are quite a few fan sites. I have now seen all of the Saw movies, would I call myself a fan? No, yes I like them but I am not into them in that way.

So how was the movie?

From the trailers I had seen before going I knew we were either up for another treat of a gore-fest OR in for a boring re-run of Saw 3. I was pleasantly surprised! From the outset the “oh my gods”, the shuffling in the seats from everyone trying to look away gripped the cinema. Two guys one with his eyes sewn up and one with his mouth sewn up connected by neck chains to a winch machine, there was only one way this was going to go down…

The main story is held together by the police again, but in Saw 4 it is different they become a lot more involved with what is going on and with some new characters involved the story does get more intriguing. I wouldn’t have bet on that happening but it did and I felt like I wanted to know what was going to happen well before it did again.

I will leave the story talking out because of the people going to see it, but all I will say is that it opens everything up again and there will be a Saw 5. There are some definite un-answered queries which I have but I can only guess that they will be answered in the next movie, ‘I hope’.

My overall view of the movie?

I did actually enjoy it, a lot more than Jen! The story had me hooked, the amount of gore was extreme and no doubt I will see Saw 5 just to answer the questions I have. I do even recommend it for the people who have seen Saw 1-3.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Movies landing on the big screen soon!

We’re looking at some big movies coming up over the next month or so, so here is my little run down of what we will be expecting at the movies soon.

Ratatouille – It’s Out!

Ratatouille arrived in our local cinema on Friday gone and I will be posting my review of it very shortly, probably within the next couple of days so I am not going to go into much detail about it just yet!

Saw IV – 26th October

Saw IV sees the fourth, yes the FOURTH installment of the halloween time horror which we have seen for the past few years coming out at the same time. Previous Saw movies have had people walking out of the cinema, screaming, shouting and hiding behind their seats.

Saw IV promises to be even gorier than the previous movies and if you have managed to catch the trailer you will find two men, one who can’t talk and one who can’t see shackled to some sort of killer machine that threatens to decapitate them both!

No doubt there will be more blood that the last 3 and I hope they have kept the good, stomach churning story lines where you are on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age – 2nd November

Back in 1998 Cate Blanchett shot to stardom in the period epic Elizabeth, nine years later and an Oscar in hand she is back playing Elizabeth. This time she is facing threats from the Spanish Armada, one of the largest naval fleets which has ever headed to the British Isles in anger, and a murder plot from her own Cousin. Nice eh!? I can see this being a great movie to be honest.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age Trailer

American Gangster – 16 November

Let’s talk about this one sensibly. Ridley Scott, Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr and Russell Crowe working together on the same movie. That combination has to open up anyone’s eyes. I am a massive fan of everyone who is involved in the movie so when they all come together to produce a movie about crime and gangsters I am hooked.

The American Gangster movie is about a man called Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) who exploits a death in a crime family to go at it himself and become one of the most powerful men in Harlem, dealing in drugs that have been brought back from Vietnam in the coffins of dead soldiers.

Russell Crowe plays Richie Roberts, the brave man who sets out to take down Lucas. With a great cast and fantastic director, fireworks will be flying this November I think.

Fred Claus – 30th November

Wahey, a Christmas comedy movie!

Vince Vaughan who plays Fred Claus is the brother of the real Santa Claus. Fred is a bit of a bad man and thief who is sent off to the Claus household to sort his life out. Things don’t go to plan and Fred ends up causing trouble and havoc to the North Pole!

It’s always good to have a Christmas comedy I think, and this looks to be it!

Fred Claus Trailer.

The Heartbreak Kid Movie Review

heartbreak kid movieHeartbreak Kid, Eddie (Ben Stiller) is an un-married 40 year old who has not been with a woman long enough to marry and finds himself being the only one out of the people he grew up with not being paired up with someone.

On the way back from his ex’s wedding he runs in to an apparent mugging. This is the first meeting with Lila (Malin Akerman). They embark on an incredibly fast romantic twist, whereby Lila doesn’t exactly tell the truth or reveal the full facts of her life.

Proposing shortly afterwards and rushing to their honeymoon Eddie soon realises that not everything is normal about Lila in the Heartbreak Kid.

My take on The Heartbreak Kid

A lot more ‘adult’ than I thought it was going to be, with the honeymoon romp involving a fully naked Malin Akerman going at it like a crazed mad woman wanting it hilariously hard! Soon after the first night, Eddie finds that Lila becomes more and more different, and the more different things about her that are revealed the funnier the film actually gets.

I did find that at some points Heartbreak Kid did try and become to funny for it’s own good and took away good parts of the movie. Other members of the cast which brought some comedy were Jerry Stiller who I thought was the main comedy genius ahead of Ben Stiller due to him not having a major part in the movie. His comical side was brought in at different times throughout the film which left me laughing.

My Conclusion

I will not be buying it on DVD, however it was not a waste of time either. It did make me laugh at quite a few points throughout the movie, and I did find it a lot more adult orientated than I had thought it was going to be. Depending on your own sense of humour you would either think it was hilarious and you loved it or it simply wasn’t your thing.

It was one of Stiller’s better movies in my opinion however the story could have been a little bit shorter.

Overall Score: 3/5

The Kingdom Movie

the kingdom movieMovie Outline

From the outset the story for The Kingdom was clear, bad guys went into an American civilian compound in “The Kingdom” shot up quite a few of the population, in the panic they start fleeing into the direction of a suicide bomber. A lot of people are either killed or injured and the rescue mission ensues. An hour after it starts another huge explosion takes out 80% of the emergency services and police force who are trying to help, meanwhile this is all being video’d by terrorists on the top floor of a local block of apartments.

The story leads on to the F.B.I group of four people going over to the The Kingdom to find the perpetrators and the trouble they have to go to to find those involved.

What was my take on The Kingdom

I do not want to say too much about the movie so I do not spoil it as it has only just came to the screen in the UK.

I thought it was a decent enough movie, there was a lot of political involvement and immediately when I started watching I thought “here we go again…”. I truly thought it was going to be another gung-ho American might movie. I am not a personal know-it-all on Saudi politics, so not sure if the film was entirely truthful, but was very interesting to go in there with an open mind. It seemed to me like there were 3 types of people on their side, the insurgents, the police who wanted to help and then the other group who didn’t really care what happened who were just happy living with anything. The latter being the individuals who were trying to stop the investigation getting any further than the F.B.I landing on the tarmac.

The generalisation of events that are going on in the world today made the film interesting and although obvious from an American perspective no matter how they tried to twist it had a very deep meaning end to it, it did make you think and most of the audience left very quietly obviously going over their own thoughts.

The Kingdom Trailer

The Cast

Ashraf Barhom, Jamie Foxx and Jason Bateman put in a good performance. Barhom was a constantly good character with a lot of humour going between Bateman and himself.

It was good to see Foxx in a decent role and The Kingdom was a good movie after Miami Vice which I didn’t enjoy.

Overall Rating: 4/5