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Bridge of Spies

Movie just finished .. Really quite good .. Makes you think .. And grateful for the times we live in today.

The Bridge of Spies, looks on the surface like a homage to many other spy movies, that we’ve grown to know and love, but the combination of Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg and a relatively unknown story and a great script create something that is quite mesmerising.

The story told from the other side would make an interesting compliment.

However the movie is made from a Western perspective, however without some of the filters we often face.

There are true characters and moments that make you feel.

And as you probably know by know what we love are those moments when light and sound on a screen truly move you.

We left thoughtful and grateful, Bridge of Spies is a thoughtful movie, a good movie, a great movie.

Several days later we’re still loving it, and happy to recommend it, and especially for those of us that remember when the wall came down in Berlin – and perhaps when it went up – makes you think.

How close we came..

Thank you Standing Man 🙂

Film Summary: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

Storyline: 8/10 – great story and based in a real world that we still remember

Graphics: 8/10 – great moments and mood as you’d expect from a master

Casting: 7/10 – there’s only a few castings that grated, or perhaps weaker acting.. but generally spot on. the leads are truly on form.

Overall.. 8/10 – definitely one to watch

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

For all Iron Man and Robert Downey, Jr.fans Iron Man 3 was being eagerly awaited and I think it’s fair to say exceeded expectations.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Yes, there’s been a change of staff for one of the key roles, and a change in tone.

In short summary, great action, great plot (refined slightly from the comic cartoon story lines), and a great humour tone.

Where Iron Man 2 left some areas for concern / doubt (still amazing film for real fans), this movie has the potential to be a real turning point movie for the franchise.

It also provides a great link together between Iron Man 1/2/3 and The Avengers franchise group.

Tony Stark is revealed as more human, more intelligent and more fragile.

Pepper Potts is evolved from the PA to his saviour.

Yes, some areas that change for the timing of the movie.

Yes, some things we’d love to share (but not till you’ve seen the movie)

Look and Feel

The Iron Man iconic imagery is there in full effect, including Tony Stark’s seaview mansion, the classic red and gold Iron Man armour, the red/white and blue of War Machine / Iron Patriot and previous Marvel adaptions.

The movie seems to have matured with a strong environment to complete the storyline.

This is a grown up Iron Man movie, not a simplified vision of what could be done.

The Mandarin is played very differently to some of the stories you may know and love – we give the director , writer and producers kudos for this strong move, which when you watch the movie through to the end will make sense.

Plot / Story

Iron Man 3 contains many plot lines and story elements – as requested we won’t reveal too many insights .. yet..

However, it does focus on Tony/Pepper’s relationship and how it moves from the simple place of their flirtation to a real world relationship where they are vulnerable and in a real world love. Where suffering, risk and passion are played full on. Any woman would have a hard time keeping up with Iron Man, and at the same time without his Pepper Potts there can be no Iron Man.

She saves him more than once and he her.

There is another theme about how we create our own demons, and this is a great lesson.

Sometimes those moments that we hardly notice go on to produce our greatest challenges.

Personally, I can acknowledge that and in some way part of why I really loved this movie.

There will be elements when you will cheer and elements that will delight.

The Catches

The Extremis elements are not as thought through and storied out as they could be, and for those who know and love the Marvel universe, they will have some questions and grumbles.

Can we excuse – yes.. but really.. this area of the script could have been handled more elegantly, completely and succinctly.

What’s next

We hope.. Iron Man 4.. we really do.. and keep it real, gritty and focussed.. we can but hope..

We are Iron Man..

 

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World War Z

World War Z

World War Z

The opening scene sets temple well and this is sure for an interesting ride.

The film has a look that we know and love from other titles and the trailer points at story lines we can guess at.

What will be critical in World War Z is how it all hangs together and what will set this movie as a seminal work.

The genre is one which is still building a huge fan base, and I don’t think many people saw this coming with Brad Pitt as the star.