Movie Review: Ah Boys to Men 4

“Kena called back for reservist.”

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Title: Ah Boys to Men 4

Director: Jack Neo

Runtime: 135 minutes

Genre: Action, Comedy

Synopsis:

Singapore’s most successful movie franchise is back! After leaving the military, Lobang, Wayang King, Sergeant Ong, and Ken Chow are all busy with their respective career as civilians. That’s until they are called back to serve the nation again under the Singapore Armed Forces’ Armoured Formation. Now they must juggle between work and their reservist duties. What hilarious situations will happen as they train together and their military roles are reversed? There’ll be new enemy threats and their brotherhood will be put to the test.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review:

During the 2 hours and 15 minutes of the movie, I was genuinely entertained.

Thanks to my dad who had connections, this was the first movie premiere I went to in my life! I had followed this series from the first to the last movie. And being given a chance to watch it one day earlier was really a lucky experience. The movie will come out on the 9th November!

So before the movie, the a few members of the cast, and the director himself, Jack Neo introduced their roles in the movie and talked a bit about what they liked when filming the movie. The director talked about the difficulties of the movie, such ass working with tanks (big machinery) and how the weather affected the budget. (Which was really relatable to me as a film student and producer).

(Technical)

I know it was hard work, but I absolutely hated the 3D graphics of the opening credits. The shots were bright and there were a lot of use of cut scenes to quicken time.

They also executed a scene where they broke the 4th wall and it was pretty timely.

The music was great in building up the atmosphere.

(Story)

The story shows how they have moved on after army, working in their full time jobs and suddenly they are called back to reservist.

Although the movie was very entertaining, the story seemed really loose. It was more like a few stories were merged together at a convergence point.

(Thoughts)

There were a ton of product placements which annoyed the heck out of me, but I also understood that they needed to money for their budget. The comedy was great, better than the first few films.

There was a lot of relatable scenes and moments that all the audience could relate to. And there was quite a few reference to Korean TV show and Movie (e.g. Descendants of the Sun, Train to Busan)

I personally felt that Ryan Lian’s character (I’m sorry I forgot the character’s name) was a very strong ‘antagonist’ figure to Lobang King.

I also felt that the Mdm’s character wasn’t as strong as it was supposed to be portrayed. She was savage to a certain extent, but not savage enough.

I did love Sergeant Ong’s character arc development in this movie. The climax of the movie was great.

I personally, did feel that the romance was quite forced since it wasn’t developed well throughout the story.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Movie Review: The 5th Wave

“There’s nothing safe any more.”

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Movie: The 5th wave

Director: J Blakeson

Language: English

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance

Run time: 112minutes

Release year: 2016

Synopsis:

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Similar Movies: Bokeh, The Maze runner

Similar Books: The way we fall by Megan Crewe,The Arcana chronicles by Kresley cole, The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Similar TV Shows: The 100

(DISCLAIMER: May contain spoilers for the movie. Opinions here are solely my own.)

Thoughts + story:

  • I know it was a book adaptation, but decided to give the movie ago since I’ve never read the book
  • The starting of the movie scared the heck out of me
  • While taking supplies, I ended up laughing when she took the tampons
  • At the start, Cassie killed an innocent man
  • When everything started losing power and the airplane crashed, that sent chills down my spin

1st Wave – Electromagnetic pulse (Ridding humans off their resources)

2nd Wave – Earthquake, flood

3rd Wave – Avian flu (Biological warfare)

4th Wave – ‘The others’ descent 

5th Wave – Invasion

  • The scene when Cassie’s mother died was so sad
  • And so was when her dad gave her a gun
  • The part when Sam forgot his bear, Cassie went to get it and the bus leaves, OMG
  • I think Chloë’s acting was really good
  • So to kill ‘the others’ you have to kill their host, and they start taking the kids to become soldiers
  • So Evan saves Cassie after she gets shot and helps her to find her brother
  • I was shipping Evan and Cassie so hard (YAS, that kiss)
  • OMG, Ben (a.k.a. Zombie) tied Sam (a.k.a. Nugget) in the toilet as he didn’t want him to go on the mission
  • The plot twist blew my mind

  • This movie legitimately sent a ton of shivers down my spine
  • OMG, ANOTHER PLOT TWIST?  (See how the waves blew me away?)
  • The moment when she found Sam was touching
  • I LOVED this movie! It made me really absorbed into their world that was created

Technical:

  • Music selection for the movie was good
  • The shots are really beautiful
  • The editing wasn’t linear (They started in the middle of the movie then jumped to a extremely long flashback)
  • The graphics were fantastic

Everything, everything (Movie Review)

“I feel like an astronaut, stranded in space.”

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(DISCLAIMER: The opinions here are my own and may contain spoilers to the movie)

Rating: 5/10

So I just checked out the movie Everything, everything, which I knew it was an adaptation from a popular YA novel which I didn’t read. For my review I will divide it into 3 sections, story,technical aspects and my thoughts.

A little about me, I have a Diploma in Digital Film and Television and enjoy watching films and movies for fun. I hope you like this review!

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  • So Maddy has lived her entire life inside the house where it is safe for her
  • It kind of feels like how Mother Gothel treats Rapunzel in Tangled
  • The development of the storyline was good, clear act 1 all the way to act 3 and hitting the important points in between like the inciting incident and climax of the story

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  • The lighting in the film was really good, the natural lighting made the film look really dream like and beautiful
  • The shots in the movie are really light and nice
  • The music was really on point (For example, the song “stay” by Alessia Cara & Zedd was nicely edited to with the footage of their car travelling)

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  • By being creative, they decided to make the text conversations into live scenes which was really cool
  • The budding romance was really cute
  • OMG, the scene where Olly pastes a ton of pictures of the ocean against Maddy’s glass window was so beautiful and had a note that made my heart melt
  • I felt that her mum was really over-protective ever since her husband and son passed away because she didn’t want to lose Maddy either (I guessed it and found out that was the case)
  • The scene where Maddy and Olly dived into the water showed how they overcame the fear of the unknown
  • Maddy also overcame her fear of stepping out of her house, symbolising it as she takes a gigantic leap of faith into the waters below
  • At the climax of the entire story, she finds out that she doesn’t have SCID, and never had it at all. But because she was kept at home so long, her immune system couldn’t build up properly
  • This movie was heart-breaking yet enriching.

 

Have you watched this movie? What did you think and feel about this movie? Let me know in the comments below!

The Emoji Movie (2017) Review

Rating: 3.5/5

(DISCLAIMER: The opinion in this post is my own and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This post may contain spoilers for this movie)
Well, I know I’ve never mentioned that I would review movies, but maybe this could be a start.

A little more about me, I have a diploma in Digital Film and Television and do enjoy watching movies for fun.

What was the decision that made me want to post this? Was that I felt that this movie was bashed way too much in a way that was extremely unfair.

Firstly, there was a lot of negative reviews for this movie, claiming it was ripping off wreck-it-ralph and that it was a pointless movie. Even on IMDb and rotten tomatoes, The Emoji Movie was not spared the harsh criticism from the critics.

As a 21 year old, I did feel that the movie resonated as it also addressed the issues such as phone/ social media addiction of the current society, the issues of shyness of a crush, things that we all face or have experienced in this day and age. Yet, this movie was bashed harshly for its lack of imagination, predictable storyline and horrible romance.

Well, if you wanted a good romance, then you should have watched a romantic comedy movie. At this day and age, every possible story has already been done to death and regardless of whether it is a great story or not, the probability of it being predictable stands really high.

Since everyone else has been eager to point out how horrible the movie was, let me point out what was REALLY good about this movie.

1) The world building of this movie was pretty good.
They had a decent protagonist (someone who is different from the social norm) and that sets up the story really well at the start for the development of the movie. Each emoji works and must maintain the same expression throughout their entire lifetime. (Thinking more deeply into this, doesn’t this show how we are afraid to break out of our ‘same expression’ in fear that we would be ostracised by the world for breaking the status quo?

2) It addresses strong themes that the world is just sweeping off its shoulders.
Of course we have all heard a million times that our current society is addicted to our phones and social media, but this movie also teaches us that physical and human connections are important as well. Alex’s main dilemma was that he liked this girl and wanted to get to know her better, the use of emojis was to aid him and it did teach him that just being himself is good enough. The strong theme of ‘just being yourself, because everyone else is taken’ is used so literally here, but all of us have to admit its true. There’s no point in trying to fit in, in a world where fitting in is the norm. None of us were created to just, fit it. We are here to make a difference.

3) The protagonist emoji is relatable.
Meh was supposed to maintain a ‘meh’ face his entire life, but he can’t, he laughs at the elephant fart, he’s greedy for the money when the scam, scams him. But isn’t that all of us? We can’t expect ourselves to maintain the same expression everywhere we go, that makes Meh as a character, really relatable yet diverse at the same time. Meh could be any one of us, or none at all.

4) Adorable
Come on, you have to admit, a lot of these emojis and workers of their respective apps are adorable.

5) Creative
Critics may slam this movie and call it predictable, but I saw a lot of creativity in this movie. The scene where Meh’s mother walked into Instagram and into the photo, and then walked into the picture and the next scene is where the photo was taken but everything else around her was paused, that shot in itself was the highlight of the creativity for this film. The clever use of familiar apps (I don’t know whether they were sponsored or not) such as Candy crush, Just Dance are what we are addicted to and what we used to play. They even included to PPAP video in Youtube, you have to give them credit for at least trying. But it brought about fond memories of these apps yet they were incorporated into the movie very easily.

I know these points may not be really strong enough, but I strongly believed that this movie wash harshly criticised and felt the need to defend/review it because nothing is as bad as it seems. At the end of the day, ratings are just numbers, but stories will live on in time to come.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think about it? Would you like to see me do more movie reviews, do let me know in the comments below!