Spotlight | Movie Review

Spotlight

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For anyone who didn’t notice, the Academy Awards were presented last night and, as almost every single year, I hadn’t seen any of the Best Picture contenders (except for The Martian this year). I recently thought I’d change that by watching another one, Spotlight. I guess I made the right decision as it now has won the Oscar for Best Picture and Original Screenplay. I enjoyed watching this movie, though I’m not sure if I’ll ever see it again. It’s just not that kind of movie for me personally.

Spotlight had a decent story. It’s based on true events and tells the story of a group of journalists who discover the cover-up of dozens of child abuse cases by the catholic church. It’s an important story and it’s something that according to the credits has happened in a lot of other cities and countries as well. Though I don’t if it has enough substance for a two-hour long movie. I think that if the movie had a shorter runtime and a slightly faster pace it would’ve been a somewhat different experience for me personally.

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Star Wars: the Force Awakens | Movie Review

Star Wars Episode VII

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I know I’m a little late to the The Force Awakens-hype. I’m a little late to the entire Star Wars hype actually. I hadn’t watched any of these movies until a week ago. I thought it was about time to see why everyone was going crazy for this one. So as anyone should do, I did a marathon of all seven movies with my sister and I’m glad I did. I won’t bore you with my thoughts on the original and prequel trilogies, but I do want to share my views on the latest one.

The Force Awakens is a great new entry in the Star Wars-franchise. Abrams did an brilliant job at continuing the look and feel of the older movies. Within the first minute of the movie, you immediately get the sense that it’s a Star Wars movie. I’m also glad that they’ve kept the tradition of the opening crawl at the beginning of these movies, since they give you a bit of needed background information.
I can see how some people feel it resembles the first Star Wars movie a lot, but I feel like that didn’t bother me as much. It has a lot of elements that the original had, but it differentiated enough to be distinguished as a different story.

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The Martian | Movie Review

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Having read the book, I knew what I was getting into when seeing this movie. A story heavily based on scientific facts, but still understandable through the way everything is explained. Andy Weir, the author of the book, and Drew Goddard, who wrote the screenplay, did a great job at clarifying how everything works and why everything does what it does.

Besides the science, this movie also relies heavily on the wit and humor of the lead character. Since he is left on his own on another planet, the writers really had to step up their game to make a character, who is constantly talking to himself, remain interesting to watch. They have a great balance between cutting back and forth between Mars and Earth, where other characters are able to break the monologue. When watching the trailer, this looks like a pretty serious movie with a lot of action and drama. Except it could surprise you with the amount of humour in this movie. Though I did think they did a better job in the book with that (Just look at the first sentence in the book, come on).

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