If there was ever a time when defining the plot of a movie was difficult, it would be now. Written, co-produced AND directed by the amazingly talented Christopher Nolan ( who also brought us The Dark Knight and Memento ), Inception is a film that literally causes you to sit there glued to your seat, eyes riveted to the screen, heart pumping with excitement and your mind thinking non-stop.
The idea behind Inception may seem simple, but the storyline is far more complex and beyond incredible. It's the idea that people are able to tap into others' dreams and either steal an idea from them or plant one. This whole concept evolves into a mind-blowing film. First of all, the visuals in this film are absolutely gorgeous. Everything from the fighting scenes to the dialogue is perfect. Add that with the incredible soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and you are in for a roller-coaster of a movie, with twists that will leave you breathless.
Great cast, great story, great film.
When speculations that a movie about Facebook first spread, people had mixed reactions as to how the film would play out. But on the contrary, Facebook is nothing more than a platform for the true, deeper meaning that lies inside 'The Social Network'.
Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher, 'The Social Network' tells the tale of 19 year old Mark Zuckerberg and how he ended up founding Facebook. But this isn't a history lesson on the beginnings of a popular social networking site. No, it's far more. The story is complex and diverse in every way. The story revolves around several main characters, such as Mark, Eduardo Saverin ( who is Mark's best friend in the film ), and 3 other significant people, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as well as their business partner, Divya Narendra. They come up with an idea for a social networking site, and claim that Mark Zuckerberg stole that idea and intend to sue him. This just spirals into what turns out to be an epic, courtroom drama outside of a courtroom. It becomes a tale of friendship, betrayal, feuds, anger and so much more. All this and the fact that it's basically a "possession-war" with students as the soldiers.
'The Social Network' is a work of pure genius. Everything from the visuals to the dialogue all the way to the score of the movie, all fit together so well. It really isn't a movie about Facebook because it has so much more flavour and intensity that calling it 'The Facebook Movie' would just be an insult to what is truly a once-in-a-lifetime film.
The cast in this film is also fantastic. Jessie Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, pulls of the character so well you would think that he was Mark's younger brother. Andrew Garfield, who plays Eduardo Saverin, is also amazing in his acting. He will also be playing the new Peter Parker in the next Spider-man movie, so fans of his fine work have something to look forward to. Also, special guest Justin Timberlake is also featured in this film, playing Sean Parker, who in the film is the founder of Napster. Surprisingly, Mr. Nsync does a commendable job.
Overall, the movie is genius. It's simple but captivating and full of moments that will capture your attention. There might be an audience that would dislike this film, but that is only a minority.
After the release of X-Men: The Last Stand, it was pretty clear that Hollywood wasnâ€™t going to go any â€œforwardâ€ with the X-Men trilogy, but instead go back in time. With X-Men Origins: Wolverine being a disappointment to X-Men fans all over the world, does X-Men: First Class manage to revive the hopes of beloved Marvel Comics fans everywhere?
First Class takes us back to the beginning of time, or at least the time when Professor X was still Charles and when Magneto was still Erik. The storyline has a bittersweet feel to it. For those who fell in love with the first X-Men film then the plot in First Class would definitely not disappoint. It follows closely to the story in the first X-Men movie, with examples such as Magnetoâ€™s past being very similar, if not a carbon copy of what we see in the first X-Men. There are also many moments in First Class that really reward true followers of the X-Men movies. Those moments flow smoothly into one another as they continue to build up the rest of the story. Itâ€™s great fun to watch, because you get explanations of certain things in the first X-Men movie, along with the rest of the trilogy, that you never did before. The writers made sure to be detailed in ensuring that they patched up any gaps in the storyline.
Unfortunately, although the writers did a fantastic job, the whole idea of adapting a long-living, history-filled comic book series by Stan Lee and mutating it into a 2 hour film just doesnâ€™t seem possible. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a clear example of that, with Hollywood taking out some of the more notable characters such as Gambit, adding some special effects, action and mildly amusing humour. But such isnâ€™t the case with X-Men: First Class. Sure, the storyline doesnâ€™t follow the comic book series 100%. In fact, there are multiple loopholes that true fans of the comic-book series would be able to spot easily. In fact, there are those little loopholes that even pure X-Men Movie Followers would be able to spot out, as long as they had common sense. Still, X-Men: First Class boasts a plot of its own. One has to applaud this audacious move the writers made by diving backwards and rebuilding an entire story that leads to the X-Men Trilogy. Some loopholes were actually forgivable, such as having Charles and Erik scout for mutants that the writers thought would be good to use in this film. It was pretty obvious that this was unavoidable, considering it was a Hollywood remake. But be prepared, thereâ€™s a surprise cameo in this â€œmutant scoutingâ€ scene that will leave you laughing out loudâ€¦
Taking into consideration every X-Men film ever made, X-Men First Class is indeed a first class X-Men film. The only problem I personally had with the show was that there wasnâ€™t enough â€œX-Men-ishâ€ moments in it. There were scenes that just dragged and were frankly, quite boring. I felt that if they took away those moments, or just made it simpler, the movie would have been better, although one cannot complain because it was these such moments that allowed the story to flow better. Still, it wouldnâ€™t have hurt to include more mutants showing off their powers, and maybe even including more mutants themselves, or at least more notable onesâ€¦
Overall, the film is great. The cast, made up of mostly young adults, was a nice change from seeing the same faces over and over again. Filled with action, superpowers and energy, this film wonâ€™t disappoint any X-Men movie fan, and it still has something to please even the most hardcore X-Men Comic Book Fansâ€¦