Inception: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #7

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! Sorry that this is up late, I’ve had mock exams all week, but here is the review for this week.

Imagine going into someone’s dream to plant an idea or to steal secrets from their subconscious. That would be incredible! Now imagine that as a movie. Throw in a few cool settings, some big stars, one of the best directors and composers and a big twist and bam! You have Inception, the third highest grossing film from Christopher Nolan.

With Nolan as director, music from Hans Zimmer and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception looks at a brain heist team, who are trying to plant an idea into someone’s head via their dreams. It received a lot of press coverage at the time of its release and made $828 million at the Box Office, making it the fourth highest grossing film of 2010.

You can’t just watch Inception once and understand it and be able to give a review of it. It requires a bit more thought and depth to really respect the film. Nolan directs this movie with a clear image and goal of how it should turn out. One of the best things Nolan did in Inception was assembling the team. Nolan uses the classical set up for the heist and all the for the movie, but makes recruiting the team more serious, keeping in line with the tone of the movie but also keeping the audience hooked. Leonardo DiCaprio played Dom Cobb, the team’s leader and ‘Head Inceptioner’. DiCaprio played Cobb wonderfully, he had a great character arc, his drive was clear, and he played a man with a dark past trying to hide it well. His character was aware of his intelligence and lead the team strongly, and DiCaprio pulled it off. His passion for his children and his career is clearly tearing him apart, but he keeps it under control well and puts on a brave face. DiCaprio’s acting ability for this was spot on, and he was a likeable yet mysterious character. The way Cobb hid his feelings but have then bubble them up again was interesting to watch. Leo gave Cobb a cocky yet confident edge which made the audience both love the character but also stays quite wary of what his next move could be. The new recruit of Ariadne was played by Ellen Page. I think Ariadne as a character was quite interesting because she wanted to learn but she’s also confident. She is very inquisitive and enjoyable. She had a passion for is going on and was quite intrigued with inception itself. Ellen Page was well suited to Ariadne, because she had the kind of innocence and naivete that you would expect to see in a child that made it feel as if she was learning about inception at the same time that we are, and we are beginning to experience and view it as a first hand as she does as well, particularly in the coffee shop scene. I don’t really have much to say on Mal, Saito or Fischer, but here are my thoughts on them. Marion Cotillard as Mal was fantastic, she was perfect for the role of a half innocent half psychotic lover who had been hurt and also trapped in the past. I liked Ken Watanabe as Saito. He was an enjoyable character, but really only served as the guy the Inceptioners were working for and that’s it. He was great in that aspect, by all means, but that was really it. Cillian Murphy was great as Robert Fischer. He was fun to watch and executed the role neatly. I personally have two favourite characters, Arthur and Eames. Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Arthur, a skilled point man for the team. He was cool, awesome, and entertaining. Arthur also had some of the best action scenes in the film, which made him such an enjoyable character. Gordon-Levitt was perfect for the role and evidently had great fun playing him. Eames was played by Tom Hardy. Eames brought a little humour but also a British charm to the film. He was a fun character that acted as the brains and the voice of reason in a few instances. He too had some great scenes, but I’ll get onto that later. I also liked the relationship between Eames and Arthur. It was a perfect blend of bromance and dislike that was fun to watch.

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‘We mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling’

The wickedly talented Hans Zimmer scored Inception, and it was amazing! Zimmer usually scores for Nolan’s films, and the music is always enjoyable. As a matter of fact, I have no criticisms whatsoever on the music front, I loved it all! I listen to the soundtrack as I type this review and can picture every scene as it happens. ‘Mombasa’ made the chase more thrilling and engaging, and the music used in the 3rd layer (Eames’ dream, snowy shootout) and the 4th layer (Cobb’s dream, the dreamland) was fantastic too. But the best musical moments for me were the two final songs on the soundtrack. ‘Paradox’ was incredible for joining the 4 layers up together, and ‘Time’ was just the perfect score for the end of the film. Zimmer did a faultless job with the score. That’s actually one thing the Nolan’s are impeccable at. Christopher Nolan’s films are always accompanied by great music, and Westworld fans will know that the music in the show (directed by Jonathan Nolan) is awesome too.

The story was great. The opening was brilliant, I loved how it left me quite confused and curious, instantly setting the tone of the movie. I found that the film was a little expositional in some places, for example, Cobb telling us how he’s the best at what he does. We are given quite a lot of proof of this later (especially with Mr Charles) so it would’ve been better if we learnt this for ourselves rather that we being spoonfed it. The first layer of the dream was quite interesting, I liked the defences of Fischer’s mind attacking the crew as it was unexpected to both us and the crew and was fun to watch. The second layer of the dream was awesome. Mr Charles was fun, and I liked how actions and events in the first layer had repercussions on the second layer. Smart move from Nolan there. For me, the third layer was not the most interesting, it highlighted more of Cobbs insecurities which screwed it up. However, the third layer snow shootout was fun to watch, and the music was perfectly suited. The fourth layer was amazing. It had great accompanying music and explained more about inception to us. We realise how twisted Cobb has been. I did find myself having to rewatch scenes because it was quite trippy and confusing, but all made sense in the end. Speaking of the end, Inceptions ending was INCREDIBLE! I loved the music, Hans Zimmer is a musical genius. And we are left on a cliff-hanging with the totem, is Cobb back in reality, or is he in a dream and what we just watched was a layer of inception? So beautiful and perfect end to a magnificent movie.

There are quite a few scenes and snippets from Inception that I loved, and it’s worth mentioning them, as some of them are some of my favourite scenes in cinema history. Some of the scenes may also be mentioned just because they were so visually stunning or smart or enjoyable. First off, the entire scene of the dummy information heist in Saito’s head was fantastic. It was full of twists and had the audience raising questions. I liked the twist of us thinking Cobb failed the heist but then through the dramatic orchestra it is revealed that he succeeded as this highlights how he really is the best. The kick was amazing, from the slo-mo to show the time change, that’s revealed to us later to showing how dreams and real life are related! This was one of my favourite scenes. I also think Ariadne had some superb scenes. One of my favourite scenes was the coffee shop scene with Ariadne and Cobb was spectacular! I loved it because it’s kind of how movies work. We start with a beginning sure, but we kind of just scene jump from one to another. By Ariadne realising it’s a dream, we too learn what’s happening and the connection to Arthur and the workshop. This is followed by the explosions of the newspapers and fruits and the coffee shop. An all round interesting and entertaining scene, both visually and for the story too. It’s also worth mentioning the scene where Ariadne flips Paris over, as is quite visually stunning to watch because it shows how inception of capable anything. Cobbs reaction to it in the background was amazing because it shows that he himself is still learning and that Ariadne will play a key role in the rest of the film. The ‘we mustn’t be afraid to dream a bigger darling’ scene from Eames was undeniably badass, I know it’s something small but Tom Hardy absolutely killed it in this role. For what I’ll call the tilted hotel fight between Arthur and Fischer’s subconscious, it was one of my favourite scenes. It was directed and executed perfectly, one of the reasons why I loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film. The stairway fight with Arthur was incredible. I loved how it linked to something we learnt earlier but made it quite unexpected and it was great fun to watch. Finally, the ending with the use of slo-mo was magnificent. It was perfectly timed and helped create tension, along with Zimmer’s hauntingly beautiful score for the 4 layers that combined into one neat, clean and yet dramatic scene.

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My favourite scene, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the tilted hotel fight.

I think the way Nolan tackled the entire concept of dreaming in this film was done handsomely. I like how we find out more about inception itself as a process as we go along. We learn that it’s a dream in a dream, and later on, that’s it’s not legal and so on. It educates us in stages, not all in one go. The way it looks at dreaming is really quite accurate. Because I’ve had instances where I wake up from a dream and believe that it’s real, as I’m certain everyone has done. It’s really showing the power and true ability of our minds that we can’t really access while awake. Our dreams work so that if we’re doing well in life, we fly, and we may be falling or drowning in a dream when we’re doing badly in life. The entire idea of being able to “hack” into the subconscious and create dreams and worlds in others minds is a fascinating idea that Nolan has tackled quite well. One of the best things about Inception is how every character had unique names I know it is something quite basic but having a name like James or John or something like that is a bit boring and unoriginal, Inception has rather unique names which makes it a little more interesting. One thing I didn’t like was how the film kept cutting from scene to scene. It was a little annoying for as soon as I’d get into a scene change it would change again!

Overall, Inception gets an 8.8/10 from me. It was absolutely fantastic, and one of my favourite Nolan films. From all the awesome scenes and amazing characters, Inception had complexity and is one of the confusing yet most visually stunning films of this decade. Nolan solidifies himself as one of the best directors with this film and keeps wowing audiences everywhere ever since, with films like Interstellar and Dunkirk.

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Goodfellas: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #6

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! As a heads up, this review will not spoil anything in the film but will refer to scenes. You can go ahead and read this and nothing would be spoilt when you watch Goodfellas, but it’d be better if you watched the film first then read my review.

Those who saw BBC’s latest TV hit, McMafia, know that it’s incredibly easy to get sucked into that life. I couldn’t help but think of a few films that I’d seen that reminded me of the series. Goodfellas instantaneously sprang to mind and I rewatched it. The Martin Scorsese film was as fantastic as it was the first time, but people that I’ve spoken to haven’t really heard about it. I’d like to shed some light on this brilliant blockbuster.

With Martin Scorsese as director and a cast including Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Goodfellas is actually based on a true story. There was a Henry Hill who was part of the mafia. This was documented in Nicholas Pileggi’s book, ‘Wiseguys’. It was from this book at Scorsese followed the sequence to produce this film.

Martin Scorsese directed this true story crime drama and did it perfectly. One little fact that I love is that Scorsese brought Pileggi (author of ‘Wiseguys’) to do the screenplay with him. That was such a brilliant idea, as it allowed the film to be brought to life in the best way possible. The casting choices for Goodfellas were spot on, even down to the actors playing young Henry and Tommy, there’s nothing I’d change there either. It’s rare that I say this about a movie, but all three main characters (Henry, Jimmy and Tommy) were all perfectly portrayed and I could find no fault with them. Ray Liotta played our protagonist, Henry Hill. No one could have done a better job than Liotta. He was well-suited to a gangster who had been with the mob all his life. Liotta brought a sense of innocence yet awesomeness to Henry Hill’s character which was great for the film. Robert De Niro played Jimmy Conway, a long time member of the mafia. I loved De Niro as Jimmy as he presented Jimmy as a force to be reckoned with and having a strong presence. No one else could have done this the way De Niro did, and it made the film more enjoyable to watch. Finally, Tommy was played by Joe Pesci. Though Tommy in real life was actually 6’2, Pesci’s portrayal seems more comedic and somewhat Napoleonic. The infamous ‘you think I’m funny?’ scene highlights how the world of the mafia is full of uncertainty and Pesci did this scene, and many others, so superbly. Paul Sorvino played Paul ‘Paulie’ Cicero, the head of the mob. He was like Jimmy where he was a force to be reckoned with and a man of high power and status. Sorvino was the right choice as he gave Cicero a sense of massiveness. Henry’s wife, Karen Hill, was played by Lorraine Bracco. Bracco had the perfect accent for Karen and the on-screen chemistry between Karen and Henry was fantastic. Liotta and Bracco executed the ups and downs of the relationship wonderfully. On that note actually, the relationship between Henry and each of the aforementioned mob characters was amazing, so well done to Ray Liotta on that front.

I can’t really remember much of the songs in the film, but I can recall scenes of when it was used. The music was good, especially as whenever something big and bad was happening, the music accompanying the scene would usually be quite calm and jolly. The music playing during the ‘Sunday 11th May’ act was perfectly suited and the scene itself was gripping. The best example of music in Goodfellas for me was the bodies being discovered montage with ‘Layla’ playing in the back. For me, this was one of the most memorable scenes.

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‘You know, we always called each other Goodfellas. Like you’d say to somebody: You’re gonna like this guy, he’s all right. He’s a goodfella. He’s one of us.’

Following from that, there are a few amazing scenes from Goodfellas that make it so fantastic. These may relate to spoilers, so you have been warned! Firstly, the opening was incredible. It was powerful and immediately set the tone of the movie. The scene with the letter from school and the postman was interesting to watch, popped out of nowhere and showed how mafia sucked Henry in. I liked the wedding scene with the Petey’s, Paulie’s and Marie’s as it gave a bit of humour as a break from the film. As mentioned earlier, the ‘you think I’m funny?’ moment from Tommy shows how your life in the mafia can be over in a matter of seconds (that’s not a spoiler, don’t worry). The clip from prison shows how the mafia are so notorious and have power no matter where they are or who they’re dealing with, and it was somewhat enjoyable to watch. One of the best scenes to watch for me was the Christmas scene at the bar with everyone spending, it was good fun to watch. To say the least, the Morrie story was quite dark and a little twisted in my opinion. However, this was not as twisted as what I’ll call the ‘Layla montage’. It was an amazing montage that was quite gory and twisted but yet so thrilling and enjoyable to watch. There are quite a few superb scenes in Goodfellas, but do yourself a favour and go watch it, for it is truly spectacular!

The story was great. I love any film that is based on a true story because it’s so intriguing to see how a director and actors will present it to the audience. Scorsese did an excellent job with Goodfellas, but I did personally find it a little slow moving in a couple places. This was because I found that it would make a point, give an example of it, but make too much of an example out of it. That being said, Goodfellas doesn’t lack in any other areas. It’s one of the best mafia movies I’ve seen and, as a fan of goriness and violence in movies, it was highly entertaining.

Goodfellas receives 8.8/10 from me. From all the goriness to the incredible characters, and the fact that it is based on a true story, I urge you to watch this film and I believe it’s Scorsese’s best film. Not only is it full of twists every now and again, but it gives a real insight into the life of the mafia family and how easy it is to get sucked in and how hard it is to get out. It’s available on Amazon Prime movies, and definitely worth the watch!

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Black Panther: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #5

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! In this special edition, I’ll be reviewing Black Panther, the latest instalment in the MCU. I’m going to try to avoid Spoilers-ville as much as possible, but a few minor spoilers or scenes may be either mentioned or referred to.

Prior to watching Black Panther, I had a list of my favourite Marvel movies. The list included X-Men movies too and had Deadpool and Logan in joint first, Thor: Ragnarok in third and Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy in joint fourth. When I found about Black Panther getting his own solo movie, I was pretty hyped. I loved Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan Warrior in Civil War, and I had high hopes for this film. Reviews for it were promising and I was excited to watch it. I saw Black Panther on the day it came out in the UK (13th February) with friends and we all had our expectations fulfilled and thoroughly enjoyed the film.

With an all-star, predominantly black cast, Black Panther is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Ryan Coogler directs the story of T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) returning to Wakanda after his father’s death. As the precious Vibranium resource that is exclusive to Wakanda is under attack, it’s up to T’Challa to rise as the Black Panther and protect Wakanda from its threats.

Ryan Coogler did a phenomenal job as director. The ‘Creed’ director was the perfect man to lead Black Panthers direction. One thing that I loved in Creed that Coogler used in Black Panther was the ‘One Shot Fight’. This is used for the water fight between T’Challa and Killmonger and perfectly suited the scene. It was smooth, fun to watch and awesome. Chadwick Boseman takes on the titular character, and I can think of no one better for the role than him. He presented T’Challa as a respectable, fair and noble leader wonderfully. I liked Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, T’Challa’s ex-girlfriend and warrior. Though her character introduction was a little hazy for me, she was great for the role. Danai Gurira played the Head of the Wakandan Women’s Warriors called Okoye. She was awesome and great fun to watch on the screen. W’Kabi, a friend of T’Challa’s, was played by Daniel Kaluuya. I can’t say too much about his character without a little spoiler, but his character arc was smart and beautiful to watch it develop. It’s also worth mentioning Winston Duke as M’Baku, the leader of a Wakandan tribe. Though he’s not a large part of the film, he is key to the final act and serves up some of the best comedy in the film, especially with his vegetarian line. It was a pleasant surprise to see Martin Freeman reprises his role of Everett Ross, a CIA agent we first met during Civil War. He was great fun and, like W’Kabi, had an interesting character arc. I struggled to pick just one character that I loved overall in Black Panther and eventually ended up with three, so I’ll review them in no particular preference order. Andy Serkis played Ulysses Klaue, one of the villains trying to trade Vibranium for diamonds. His character was hilarious and gave the film a less serious tone. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright also brought a comedic element to the movie. The scene of Shuri showing her older brother the new tech at the start of the film was fantastic and really showcased her talent. Finally, Michael B Jordan shines for me as the villain of Erik Killmonger. Though he’s not as evil as Loki, Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger was without a doubt one of the best things about Black Panther. I must hand it to Boseman and Jordan for their acting in this film. Boseman’s character chemistry with Shuri was superb, as Boseman and Wright captured a siblings relationship perfectly. I also liked the relationship between Boseman and Nyong’o’s characters. It was well done and developed neatly and smoothly throughout the film. I must give some extra credit to Michael B Jordan. He fully immersed himself in the role of Killmonger and no one else could have played him that way, and especially not to the standard that Jordan did.

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T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) takes on Killmonger (Michael B Jordan)

Assumably, most people saw the soundtrack of Black Panther prior to actually watching the film. I liked the use of ‘Pray for Me’ by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for the casino scene, and I felt putting in a kind of pump in the back was well suited to the setting. I had ‘All the Stars’ by Kendrick Lamar and SZA stuck in my head throughout the film but felt it could have been used elsewhere during the movie. The best musical moment for me was the escape from Korea with Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok’s ‘Opps’ blasting. It was highly entertaining to watch.

Black Panther’s story was smart and sleek. The way Coogler and Boseman had T’Challa torn between being a good king yet still somewhat unstable was awesome. I liked the opening animation to the film, as it gave us an entertaining yet prompt introduction and backstory to the film. It was also done using Coogler’s classic ‘one-shot’ technique. As mentioned earlier, this was used for T’Challa’s and Erik’s water fight, which left me in awe. I found the story to be a little slow moving in a few places, but I enjoyed it overall. I also enjoyed the action and violence in the film was amazing. I’m a fan of goriness in cinema and Black Panther did it wonderfully. I did feel that for the age rating of 12A it was a bit much, but nonetheless still was fantastic.

Out of everything in Black Panther, there are a few things I must praise and highlight as my favourite parts. First off, the casino scene and escape were just amazing. It showcased the real power Vibranium had and was entertaining to watch. I also loved the scene of Shuri showing off Wakanda’s new tech to T’Challa. Not only did this scene demonstrate a close sibling bond, but gave the audience another insight into what Vibranium is capable of, as well as giving the film a comedic side to it too. I loved the water fight between T’Challa and Killmonger. I know I’ve mentioned it in this post before, but it was magnificent and could not be beaten.

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Wakandan Warriors

Black Panther gets itself an 8.3/10 from me. From fantastic fight scenes to stunning CGI visuals, Black Panther has got it all. It was well worth the wait and hype, and I think it’s Coogler’s greatest film to date, so much so that Doctor Strange has been booted off the favourites list and now Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther are tied in 3rd place. I wait excitedly for Creed 2. I urge you to go and watch Black Panther. Not only is it the next story in the MCU, but it is incredible. All my expectations for it were filled, and it is truly a masterpiece. Hats off to you Ryan Coogler, you’ve done a brilliant job here!

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The Big Sick: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #4

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I could relate to Kumail Nanjiani’s latest hit, ‘The Big Sick’. I’ve seen a few examples in real life where an Indian or Pakistani person I knew was unable to go out with someone of their choice due to family and traditional reasons. This film publicised the issue, but with a somewhat comedic element.

Starring Kumail Nanjiani (as himself), Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, The Big Sick looks at Kumail, a Pakistani-American comedian living in Chicago. He meets Emily Gardener and they get together, but his family life interferes and they break up. Emily then comes down with an illness which leaves her in a coma. Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her parents while she’s in the coma. She wakes up and her feelings for him are the same, where she thinks he’s an ‘asshole’. I can’t say much more or we’d be entering spoilers-ville.

Kumail Nanjiani was awesome, and I guess acting out something that you have personally experienced was good. The jokes he delivered were amusing, but I’ll get to what I thought of the comedy later. I liked Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Beth and Terry Gardener (Emily’s parents). They portrayed the concerned parents who were going through a couple issues quite well. However, I personally thought that their acting could have been a bit more varied. Particularly for Romano, but both characters seemed very monotone and stuck in one mood. Zoe Kazan was perfectly suited to the character of Emily. She had range and though she was hospitalised for some of her role, the parts where she acted were superb. I particularly liked the way that she ended the film, by relating it back to the beginning, but with a bit more humour. That combined with the twist ending (again, I won’t reveal it, but that may give it away. Oops!) was fantastic!

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Lovebirds ❤️

I am personally not a massive fan of love movies, but there was a lot of press surrounding this film so I thought I’d check it out. From what I saw of its TV adverts and YouTube trailers, The Big Sick was advertised as more of a comedy. I didn’t really find it as funny as I expected. The scene of Beth yelling in the comedy club while Kumail tried to calm it all down was pretty funny, as was the 9/11 conversation in the hospital. I can see that there were moments that attempted to make the audience laugh, but failed to make me do so. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Emily and Kumail develop, and there were points where I felt like I was part of the emotional rollercoaster. I did feel that the chemistry and bonding between Nanjiani and Emily’s parents were quite awkward. You must hand it to Kumail, as his determination both in the film and in real life, did pay off. The chemistry between Kumail and Emily is convincing and good fun to watch.

One of my favourite scenes was Beth’s freak out at the comedy club, as that was a hilarious part of the film that lived up to the comedic expectation I had for it. I also loved the ending. It was sweet and a little twist that I was not expecting. I honestly don’t know what much else to say about The Big Sick. It was an interesting and fun film but I expected more from it. I thought I’d laugh a little more and sympathise with the characters more too. That being said, it was still enjoyable.

I’m going to give The Big Sick 7.1/10. It was entertaining to watch but I personally found it lacking in a few places. One of the things that I didn’t like, and I completely understand that this may have been unavoidable and that life can be a little cliché and it was based on a true story, but I found it a little too cliché in some places. If you’re looking to watch The Big Sick, it’s currently available on Amazon Prime Movies.

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The Hangover: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #3

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It’s pretty common to find a movie that makes you laugh. It’s a little tougher to watch one that has some hilarious moments that will always stick with you. But then there’s the incredibly rare gem every now and again of a film that will have you belly-laughing throughout. And 2009’s ‘The Hangover’ is no exception from this comedic, rare gem utopia.

With an all-star cast of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis and following the direction of comedic genius Todd Phillips (Borat, War Dogs), The Hangover is a laugh-out-loud comedy that looks at a groom and his three best men having a wild bachelor party in Vegas, only to wake up and discover that they’re hungover and have lost the groom. And it’s one day to go before the wedding. These all combine to make a hysterical movie, that is a must watch.

The direction from Phillips was great, and the way the whole story and film flowed was awesome. I have no idea who, but whoever did the entire storyline and sequencing of events for this film deserves praise. I imagine a group of writers, where one of them said ‘and then they’ll wake up with a-a tiger in the bathroom!’ and someone replied ‘and that’s Mike Tyson’s tiger that they stole!’ and the whole room dying of laughter. I certainly was, especially with all the little plot points and ridiculous little twists. The audience is left trying to piece together the puzzle of where Doug (the groom, played by Justin Bartha) is. I had an amazing time watching this, and still do enjoy rewatching it over again. I believe that the acting from all characters was top notch. Ed Helms took on the role of Stu, a dentist in a bad relationship where he’s about to pop the question to his girlfriend. Helms was perfect for the role of Stu, I can’t think of anyone better to have played this character. Helms was well-suited to the role and played Stu’s freaked out, over-reactive character wonderfully. And his Mike Tyson tiger song was pure gold! The cool guy of Phil was played by Bradley Cooper who was also well suited the role. His character delivered a few laughs, but mainly served as a voice of reasoning and the leader of the Wolf Pack. Though he’s not seen for much of the film, Justin Bartha’s Doug was an interesting character. He’s worth mentioning as he was the groom of it all, and his character is very likeable. I understand that when the premise of the film is lose the groom in Vegas, the character of the groom won’t be seen much, but it would have been brilliant to see more of him somewhere. Heather Graham played Jade, a stripper and escort the Wolfpack meet during their drunk adventures through Sin City. I can’t say too much otherwise we’d be entering spoiler-ville, but Jade is an interesting character who’s good fun. I personally have two favourite characters from the film, Alan and Leslie Chow. Zach Galifianakis plays Alan, the brother of the bride who is somewhat responsible for losing Doug. Galifianakis was one of the best parts of the film. He had me dying of laughter! From what’s illegal on an airplane to persuading Mr Chow to not whack him with a crowbar, Alan is easily one of the funniest parts of the film. I also couldn’t review The Hangover without mentioning Ken Jeong’s highly entertaining character, Mr Leslie Chow. With a combination of humour and madness, he was one of the best parts of the film. We first meet Jeong’s character when he springs out of a car’s boot, naked and thwacking some of our protagonists with a crowbar. Alan tells Chow ‘I hate Godzilla! I hate him too! He destroys cities! Look this isn’t your fault, I’ll get you some pants!’,which is one of my favourite scenes. Another great thing about this film is the relationship between Chow and Alan. Chow is a crafty individual who views Alan as his best friend. Alan is a somewhat abnormal character who seeks friendship. The pair suits each other beautifully, and the friendship between them is so fun to watch.

Cheers

‘To a night the four of us will never forget’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I quite enjoyed the music in The Hangover. ‘Stu’s Song’ by Ed Helms is both catchy and hilarious, as is Alan’s ‘Three Best Friends’ song. I think the choice of ‘Fever’ for when the guys wake up hungover is perfect for the scene, as was Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ for the end of the film when the photos piece together chronologically the night it all went down. There were a couple best musical moments for me. The first is when the band at the wedding played ‘Fame’ after Stu and Melissa’s argument, it was a hilarious mismatch for the scene that was awesome. But even more awesome than that was the other best musical moment for me. This was Mike Tyson air-drumming and rocking out to ‘In The Air Tonight’ with Stu, Alan and Phil before knocking Alan out. It was such an unexpected and hysterical few seconds that the song plays throughout, making it such a memorable moment.

The story was awesome. Hands down fantastic. The best thing about the story is how it was pieced together. Like a jigsaw, you have all the pieces but you can put them together in any way you want. Instead of joining up the story from the rooftop to the moment that they lost Doug, Phillips decides to go time hopping from 5am to 12am, then to 2am and so on. I love this as it shows how crazy the night was but also makes for some hilarious scenes and makes the audience begin to picture how the whole night went down. I also like the tiny twists that provide us with laughs, like waking up and finding a random baby (which Alan names Carlos because why not?!) in a closet, or finding your friend’s missing tooth in your pocket when you wake up. These tiny details that are funny at the time play a key role in joining the dots of the entire story.

From everything in The Hangover, the best parts were small little scenes that made me laugh. Now some of them may make me sound like I’ve got a dark humour, but it’s what personally made me chuckle. The first was when Alan goes to open the door to the cop car but bumps Carlos on the head. I also love the scene where Mike Tyson knocks Alan out. But I love the credits. I praise the team behind that. The credits show pictures in a chronological order of how the night went down with ‘Right Round’ playing in the back. This is one of the best parts of the film for me because it shows just how wild and out of hand the night got and pieces together how one thing lead to another.

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Someone’s missing…

The Hangover gets itself an 8.2/10 from me. It avoids the common ‘bachelor party’ clichés and brings something fresh and original to the table. It was full of comedic gold and packed full of hilarious moments and I loved it! I would have liked to have seen more from Doug. I get that the film was losing the groom in Vegas and not being able to find him, but I’m sure there must have been a way to wedge more Doug in!

I must say that The Hangover is the best out of the trilogy, and I personally think it’s Todd Phillips’ best film. Some may argue that ‘Old School’ or ‘Road Trip’ is better, but I’m a sucker for movies that will make me burst out into fits of uncontrollable laughter. For that reason, I think that films like The Hangover and the Borat movie are Phillips’ best. I highly recommend his films and urge you to watch them. For those with Amazon Prime Movies, the entire Hangover trilogy is on there, and it makes for the perfect night in. Grab some ice-cream or popcorn, press play and prepare yourself to laugh like you never have before.

Thanks for reading week three of Ryan’s Movie Reviews! It’s been one crazy week, with my Baby Driver review gaining me a few WordPress followers, quite a few WordPress views and some more Instagram followers. I even had Eiza González (Darling from Baby Driver) like the post on Instagram. Be sure to follow my WordPress to be the first to read my blog posts, and follow me on Instagram, @ryans.movie.reviews, to see my posts there too. Share this page with others and recommend movies I should watch and review.

Next week, I’ll be releasing two reviews. Seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, next Tuesdays review will be a love story. I’ll also post a review later in the week of a Marvel movie. Hopefully you can guess what it is. See you then!