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Dune: Part 2 Review | A Real Masterpiece!

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Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides & Zendaya as Chani (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Like an oasis in the desert, Dune: Part 2 brings life to cinema in a refreshing way. Experience Denis Villeneuve’s blockbuster on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen.

Plot

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Review

Just a word of caution, spoilers ahead.

Denis Villeneuve brought this masterpiece to life like no other. An amazing cast who really played their parts well!

The story picks up where Dune: Part 1 ended off. As you may recall from Dune: Part 1 House Atreides, led by Duke Leto Atreides, arrives on Arrakeen, with the assignment of taking charge of Arrakis, however, the assignment is short-lived as the Harkonnens along with the Sardaukar invade the Atreides family has to fight for their lives. Leto is captured, but manages to sacrifice himself to take down Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Lady Jessica and Paul Atreides, Leto’s son ends up in the desert and crosses paths with the Fremen, the inhabitants of Arrakis.

If you haven’t watched Dune: Part 1, I high recommend doing so.

Zendaya as Chani (Warner Bros. Pictures)

We see Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya reprise their roles as Paul Atreides and Chani, respectively. They bring the roles to life like water would in a desert setting and between the two halves of the movie you can see a clear transition with the role of Paul as he moves from not wanting power to eventually declaring a war.

Austin Butler as Feyd-Ratha Harkonnen (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Austin Butler portrayed the part of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. I found myself rooting so much for Feyd-Rautha just based on his story. I totally enjoyed Austin’s performance as I have watched him perform before in Elvis, and this made him a favorite already. The make-up team sure did amazing work with the Harkonnens. The fight scenes are to die for and Austin and Timothée delivers a spicy finale.

Javier Bardem as Stilgar (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Javier Bardem returns as Stilgar, leader of the Fremen. He delivers a great performance as Stilgar and is one of the strongest believers in Paul’s destiny. Josh Brolin is back as Gurney Halleck. He is one of the few who survived the invasion by the Harkonnen, and is reunited with Paul.

Dune: Part 2 combines politics with religion and warfare as the fight for control over Arrakis becomes heated when Paul accepts his destiny, declaring himself to be the prophesized Lisan al Gaib. Paul goes from fighter, riding a sandworm, to eventually leading an attack on the very emperor who encouraged the fall of House Atreides. Family dynamics play a big part as you discover that Paul is more than just a target of house Harkonnen, he is also family.

Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Hans Zimmer provides musical excellence, while the cinematic experience is totally out of this world. The soundtrack of Dune: Part 2 is available on Spotify. Denis makes Arrakis real for us in vivid scenery of the main areas on Arrakis and with a story so powerful, I will always want to go back to visit the sands of Dune.

Dune: Part Two (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Hans Zimmer

The trailer doesn’t spoil much of the movie. In fact there are a few surprise appearances that will leave you hungry for more. The story delivers a plot twist at the end. There is no post-credits scene so no need to wait till the end. Dune: Part 2 has a runtime of 165 minutes.

I rate this masterpiece a 5 out of 5. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Denis has planned for Dune in the future. You don’t need to see the future to know that this is an excellent movie. Go and watch it and if possible, watch it in IMAX, how it was meant to be seen.

Frank Herbert wrote a masterpiece, and Denis Villeneuve brought it to life!

Do it for the fighters! Do it for Arrakis! Watch Dune: Part 2 at a cinema near you!

Dune Official Trailer (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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‘SEIZE THEM!’ Review | A Rollicking British Comedy Adventure

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This review was made possible by watching an early preview thanks to Escapes supported by the BFI and the National Lottery for organising free nationwide screenings designed to encourage everyone to rediscover the joys of independent cinema

Seize Them!” is a riotous British comedy that marries the best traits of Monty Python, Horrible Histories, Blackadder, and Carry On into a rollicking adventure with a valuable message at its core about finding your song. Director Curtis Vowell delivers a clever, fast-paced film that doesn’t hold back on sword fights, crude humour, and unexpected friendships. The Dark Ages provides us with a British comedy classic. 

The film is a comedy road movie set in the Dark Ages that follows the story of the clueless Queen Dagan (Aimee Lou Wood), an egotistical ruler who is unexpectedly overthrown and toppled from her throne by the charismatic and ruthless Humble Joan (Nicola Coughlan). As Queen Dagan embarks on a quest to reclaim her kingdom, she is joined by unlikely companions, including Shulmay, a former servant with a lot of secrets (Lolly Adefope), and Bobik, a shit-shoveler who ultimately wants more out of life (Nick Frost). Both companions add depth, warmth, and hilarity to her journey as Dagan begins her quest for justice and ultimately faces every conceivable hardship and danger as she embarks on this voyage to win back her throne. She also has to face up to the very worst parts of herself and ultimately answer if she can ever become queen again, can she become a better person while she does it? And what if she has to choose?

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At the heart of this adventure is Queen Dagan, a master of all she surveys, with an ego to match, played outstandingly with delightful arrogance by Aimee Lou Wood. who finds herself headfirst with the revolution-led Humble Joan, portrayed by the charming Nicola Coughlan. The Queen, however, becomes a fugitive in her kingdom, alongside a hefty bounty that’s been put on her head. The dynamic between these two leading ladies is electric, setting the stage for a quest filled with laughter, heart, and a surprising dose of self-discovery.

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The ensemble cast, including the hilarious Lolly Adefope and the ever-charismatic Nick Frost, adds depth and nuance to the story, creating a compelling tapestry of characters that you can’t help but root for. The chemistry between the actors is infectious, making their journey from foes to friends a joy. We also get appearances from some of the U.K. and Ireland’s best comic talent, such as Jessica Hynes as Leofwine, Paul Kaye and John MacMillan as Kings Ivarr and Guthrum, Jason Barnett as Thane Tostig, alongside James Acaster as Felix the Ironmonger. 

Visually, “Seize Them!” shines with its detailed production design and cinematography, which immersed me and the audience at my screening into the mediaeval world of the film. The practical effects and action sequences are seamlessly integrated, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already engaging plot. 

But what truly sets this film apart is its sharp, witty dialogue that harkens back to the comedic genius of its predecessors. Written by Andy Riley, the clever banter and quick wit keep the pace brisk and the laughs coming, making “Seize Them!” a thoroughly entertaining ride from start to finish. 

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Overall, “Seize Them!” is a delightful blend of humour, heart, and adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Whether you’re a fan of British comedy or simply looking for a feel-good movie with a meaningful message, this film is sure to delight you. So, seize the opportunity to watch this comedic gem and prepare to be swept away on a whimsical and hilarious journey across the Dark Ages. I applaud and give this film a high fünf! just make sure to be in a circle of safety when Big Liam arrives.

Seize them! will be in UK Cinemas from April 5th.

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Bad Boys: Ride or Die | Official Trailer – Sony Pictures Entertainment

Miami’s finest end up on the run.

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Cast:

Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens

Plot Summary:

Miami’s finest end up on the run

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Arthur the King is an Epic Masterpiece

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Arthur the King movie poster (Lionsgate Films)

Here follows the review of Arthur the King, a story of deep connection between people and dogs. Not all heroes wear capes, some have wagging tails and would cross a river (and jungle) for you.

Plot

Desperate for one last chance to win, Michael Light convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team gets pushed to the outer limits of endurance, a dog named Arthur comes along for the ride, redefining what victory, loyalty and friendship truly means.

Arthur Foundation

Mikael Lindnord raced through a jungle in Ecuador and after feeding a few meatballs to a stray dog made a friend for life. The dog followed Mikael and his team through the rough terrain. Mikael named the dog Arthur and took him back home with him.

Arthur and Mikael Lindnord (Photo taken by Krister Goransson)

The Arthur Foundation collaborates with various organizations in different countries that work towards animal welfare.

Click on the following links to reach out to Mikael Lindnord.

Movie Review (no spoilers)

The movie is based on the memoir, Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home by Mikael Lindnord, who was the athlete who participated in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador. It is important to note in the movie they refer to him as Michael Light. Even though the original race took place in Ecuador, the movie changed the location to the Dominican Republic. The original race took place in 2014, while in the movie the race takes place in 2018.

Mark Wahlberg portrays the part of the Mikael and delivers an excellent performance alongside Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel and Ali Suliman. Ukai, a stray dog, was a real champion portraying the role of Arthur. The film takes us through picturesque locations in the Dominican Republic. The suspense was felt at every turn and corner and you are kept glued to the screen with a gripping storyline. The story balances the journey of Mikael and Arthur and eventually joins their path like a jigsaw puzzle.

Mark Wahlberg as Mikael Light (Lionsgate Films)

A fictional backstory is provided of Mikael’s competitive journey as well as the journey that Arthur took to get to Mikael. The movie successfully tells a deep story of connection between dogs and people. If you want to know more about the real story, you can check your local bookstore or Amazon for a copy of Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

This movie is a 5 out of 5 for me. The connection between Mikael and Arthur is brought to life in this epic masterpiece. Arthur found a home in the heart of Mikael and thanks to Mark Wahlberg and Ukai, this film adaptation of ‘Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home’ became a memorable movie.

The trailer doesn’t spoil any of the important scenes of the movie. Arthur the King has a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no post-credits scene so no need to wait till the end.

Arthur the King Official Trailer (Lionsgate Films)

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