Joy Movie Review

Joy is a 2015 movie that has recently hit Netflix in the UK.  Joy is a biographical comedy that was directed by David O. Russell with Jennifer Lawrence starring in the lead role as Joy.  Didn’t know what to expect from this movie and although well acted from multiple members of the cast the movie’s pace just didn’t seem right.

Joy after doing some research was loosely based on self-made millionaire and  Joy Mangano and although the movie does have an air of being based on a true story the lack of setting the scene and details in some respects, were missing mainly the years that things happened.  That being said it was well structured for a fictional story because it was set out from Joy’s childhood and well explained, but that inability to understand what era this all took place in for a biographical picture just wasn’t great.

While being a very slow paced the desperation wasn’t quite there.  It felt as if she was going to win all the way through because all the hurdles she faced, there was no hardship for.  There was obviously huge hurdles in the story but as soon as Joy faced them, there was a near enough instant solution and with the pace of the movie, there could have been more of a build-up giving time to understand how dire the situation is for Joy.

Overall Joy is a movie that can be recommended if you like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper because they owned their roles but expect quite a slow and erratic at times plot line.  Joy, however, will also appeal to anyone that believes in The Big American Dream.

Joy at best gets 5/10 for me because although great performances and based on a true story, just feel it could have been better paced and a bit more detail put into the story.  Giving the audience time to really appreciate the struggles the character was going through especially once she had gone into business.

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The Shallows Review

Wanting to get back into reviews after a particularly hard day at the office shall we say I picked up my phone and decided to randomly stop on a movie that was on the many on demand services that I use. Recently added to NOW TV is The Shallows.

While probably not the best genre at the time for both my physical and mental state. Anyone that knows me knows I jump at everything and this was a movie that was guaranteed to make me jump. I put it on anyway NOW TV had it at 3 stars so I wasn’t expecting much from it.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, the way in which they used the threat of shark and the performance of Blake Lively was brilliant. The synopsis of the movie is a medical student has gone soul-searching after the death of her mother, and has found it in surfing but she gets attacked by a Shark and on a remote beach and has to fight for survival.

Now most movies like this, concentrate on the Shark and show off all its teeth, but this one was different. Yes you do see the teeth and it is an imposing figure of fear when you do see the animal leave the water but I felt that they didn’t over use it, they relied on the threat more than its physical presence. The major thing that came from this, was half way through it left me wondering whether this was a true story or not?

After the movie however I did a quick Google and found that it wasn’t based on any true story, and a long list of reasons’ why people weren’t happy about the movie from a Science perspective. As some of the movie and the way shark was acting has not scientific evidence. However that said if they movie has you wondering whether it’s based on a true story or not then it must be doing something right?

In conclusion if your stuck for something to watch over this festive period and have a NOW TV/Sky Cinema in the UK I would recommend checking this movie out. It’s a suspense jump scare type horror, but has the right balance and left me question whether it was a true story or not?

Until Dawn Review

Until Dawn is a QT based game, which is highly story driven. If you guys haven’t guessed by some of the other reviews I’ve done, I really enjoy this style of game. Telltale is one of my favourite publishers and I am quite surprised I haven’t picked up this game before.

Until Dawn focuses around a group of teenagers that go to a Lodge on a Ski range where something strange is going on. It is a horror based story with quite a few jump scares but the story is really well told with some good twists and turns. Other scenes can be telegraphed and you can see coming but that just adds to the suspense.

Gameplay wise it has some interesting controls, which add to the emission. There is an option to have the controller in motion mode although through the run through I went to classic. There were still places in the game you had to hold the controller dead still not to move. While adding to emission sometimes it was hard to hold it still enough not to move your character and I do want to do another playthrough to see whether I can improve on that. The other part of the gameplay that is encouraging for a replay, is that all the really important decisions you make it pops up with Butterfly Effect Updated. Such a simple addition and Telltale do say at the beginning of their games, that your decisions affect the story but after that, there doesn’t remind you.

Overall I really enjoyed this game and can highly recommend it if you’re into horror and a high story is driven games. The flaws in this game can be its graphics even though amazing in some scenes others can be blocky. It has replay value after doing some research as well because you can save everyone in the game and that butterfly effect.

MR ROBOT Season 1 Review

MR ROBOT was a random pick up when looking for a DVD pick up on Amazon.  While reading the plot I was sat there wondering why I had not picked this show up already and the answer was because it was only available on Amazon Prime in the UK which is about the only service I don’t have. What I was expecting for MR ROBOT wasn’t what I got and I am so glad it wasn’t.

I was expecting more of Hackers starring Angelina Jolie in 1995 but this was completely different.  MR ROBOT is focused around a seemingly social awkward security specialists that show autistic tendencies and seems to be one of the best people on the team at his job.  Elliot shows us how someone that is very intelligent but struggles in social interactions and interacting with the rest of the world, only finding it easy to interact with certain people in his life.

As the season develops, there are some real twists and turns that are unexpected but the speed of the show leaves the viewer enough time to think about what has just happened.  This is a change with most TV shows not giving people time to think about what is happening but this is also the only downfall because sometimes it feels a little disjointed, because a few things happened and then they jumped away from it.

The acting and characters I think are well balanced and well performed by the actors.  Everyone seemed to be in the right role and all the characters seemed to bring something to the overall plot.

Overall I would recommend picking up MR ROBOT even if you are not a technology-minded because it is a mix of conspiracy theories technology and so much more.  The only way to describe this show is a mix been The Matrix, Fight Club and Robin Hood with how the plot develops.

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