No.6: Short Film Ratings

Some Short Film Ratings

This posting of some more short film ratings includes; Maze Runner, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Midnight in Paris and Into The Woods.

Maze Runner 3.75 / 5

A very entertaining young adult sci-fi film.

There are hints of Lord of the Flies about this, with Thomas dividing the boys that have been thrust into this place called the Glade. Gally wants the boys to remain as they are and live as they are, with no interaction with the “grievers” that live in the maze. But Thomas is intent on escaping through the maze, but he is portrayed as at fault due to some of his actions having a negative impact on the Glade and the boys.

THE MAZE RUNNER Minho (Ki Hong Lee, left) and Thomas (Dylan O'Brien, right) devise an escape plan. Ph: Ben Rothstein TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.  Not for sale or duplication.

The maze is brilliantly constructed, and the visual effects are of a very high quality which is imperative as the maze is the main star of the film. The special effects were good especially in scenes where there were tense action sequences, mainly concerning grievers that were a kind of mechanical and spider hybrid that roamed different sections of the maze.

The film is tantalisingly set up for the sequel, Scorch Trials, which is to be released in September. I may read the series as they sound pretty good and are of a similar ilk to that of The Hunger Games trilogy.

Maze Runner Maze

Midnight in Paris 3 / 5

It was brilliant in showcasing the city of Paris.

The film seemed too predictable and a bit one-paced. He went back in time to the 1920’s at midnight and that was basically the whole plot. He returns every night, hangs out with famous writers of that time and comes back to his normal life. Midnight in Paris

Rachel McAdams plays this fiancée, and everyone is wondering how on earth they are engaged. At no point in the film do they even look like a couple, this seems to be too easy for their eventual split and Owen Wilson’s character gets his dream of meeting his dream girl, live in Paris and write his novel.

But I did like the idea they put forward that people wish that they had been born in a different time. I see a lot of people on Twitter that have either watched a film or seen an image of a place in a different time and they tweet something along the lines of “I wish I was born in that time” accompanied by an emoji with love hearts for eyes, nowadays it’s any time between the 1920’s to the 1990’s, anytime that isn’t the present. Older people wish for older times too, as there are better films, tv shows, comedians, music, sports, social life and safety back in their day.

I enjoyed the tour of Paris and the message but in summary, it was a film that never threatened to become a film that is going to be watched and watched again. Once was enough.

Midnight in Paris gif

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind 3 / 5

This was on my list of apparently must-watch and popular films that I need to see. However, even though I really wanted to like this film, especially as I love Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, I found the film was very flat. The memories of their relationship was quite nice, but it was too frequently interspersed with scenes that detracted from the things we wanted to see.

Eternal Sunshine

Two things that irritated me in the film: If all of his memories were erased by Howard, how could they both still remember to meet at Montauk when that memory was erased? Also, the fact that the receptionist had a failed romance with the owner of the company and then sends out all the records just seems a cop out and too easy.

The idea behind the film, again is good one, similar to Midnight in Paris. As I’m sure this could be applicable to thousands of people that wish to forget a particular painful memory, for example; rape, witnessing a murder, etc. However, with most things, there will be someone who can weaponise it somehow and use it for evil means, there is probably a film that has already done that.

Into The Woods 3.5 / 5

A stellar cast of Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp star in this wonderful fantasy musical drama involving a plethora of fairy tales; Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, which surround the central narrative of a childless couple who are trying to lift a curse on them by a witch.

A very good film with every song infused seamlessly into the film, the lyrics and delivery were both on point. The music, singing and tone were all perfectly balanced and the whole cast were impressive in their respective roles.

The surprise for me was Chris Pine. Agony brought a huge smile to my face and I was unexpectedly very good, and as for Anna Kendrick. Her songs in the film were beautifully sung, especially her duet with James Corden. No one is alone was particularly good.

Anna Kendrick

A good adaptation, the whole film was brilliantly organised and presented, the acting, scenery, music and lyrics were all on point and very crisp, especially Your Fault. Very much recommended for musical lovers. The cinematography was exceptional, reflecting the changing mood for whichever moment of the film arose.

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4 thoughts on “No.6: Short Film Ratings

  1. I read The Maze Runner and quite enjoyed it except that I felt cheated when I turned the last page only to find there would be a sequel and these kids hadn’t really escaped from anything. (Hope that’s not a spoiler for some.) I didn’t go to see the movie as I thought, from seeing the previews, that it would be much scarier than the book was — which was not hardly at all until the end.

    • I might have to read the Maze Runner trilogy, but I have so many books on my list atm!

      I wouldn’t say it was scary, but there was a definite shift to a darker environment and presence in the last 30 minutes.

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