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Dark Places (Film)

Contains spoilers for the film/book.

The film was a good adaptation of the book and remained true to the storyline. There was only one thing omitted – Libby did not steal Diondra’s lipstick. In the film she is still found guilty of Michelle’s murder, but the lipstick is never used as a plot point. In the book the lipstick was used to prove, with DNA, that it was Diondra’s blood on Michelle’s sheets.

The pacing of the film was better than in Gone Girl. It felt like the story was constantly moving along, whereas in Gone Girl it felt like it was dawdling a little.  At times the film attempted to be dramatic but it just came off as being funny.

The casting was poorly done, although Christina Hendricks was a good cast for Patty Day. However, the older Ben (Corey Stoll) was a terrible casting decision which was obvious from the trailer. The book states “His hair had turned a dark rust. He wore it long, sweeping his shoulders, tucked girlishly behind his ears.” (p.117) In the film, Ben is now bald with a dark haired beard.

Like the book, I was more interested in the events that happened in the 80’s rather than the present. The colour casting between the two time periods was interesting – the present day orange/yellow warm tones, and the 80’s a lot darker and grimy. It was also visually interesting how they offset Libby escaping as a child to her escaping as an adult.

The film did not explain the characters very well. With Libby, there was no explanation of why she was so nasty or the full extent of her need to make money. There was little development of the characters, particularly the sisters. Very little mention to Michelle’s diaries were made. The film made it easier to guess what was going to happen, but that said I did of course already know from reading the book. The end of the film didn’t really feel like a solid ending or conclusion, however it was the same ending as in the book.

Wreck-It Ralph!

After waiting very patiently since I saw the trailer back in June 2012, Wreck-It Ralph FINALLY was released in the UK! I liked the idea of the film from the get go, but after actually seeing it I think it only worked because of all the references to existing games.

Probably my favourite part!

I also really liked the very end of the film with the reference to the Pac-man 256 kill screen, really nice touch! And of course Ralph giving his name as Lara Croft 😛 But my favourite part was absolutely the Metal Gear Solid “!” alert part!

The little things like that really made the film. All the references showed they went the extra mile and they made it appeal to more than just children. The original Disney characters alone didn’t really make the film worth seeing if you were older than their primary target audience. Most definitely the references were the best part of the film for me and without them, it would have just been another generic kids’ film I would have never given a second thought to.

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This was also actually the first film I have saw in 3D and I really don’t think my eyes are suited to it! I’m long sighted and it felt like everything was too close to my face. My eyes really hurt the whole night after seeing the film. I noticed the edges of the screen seemed to have overlapping images, similar to how the film looks like with no glasses on. Vanellope’s hair was also prone to overlapping for me, which was strange as it happened even when she was in the centre of the screen.

I felt like my eyes were constantly trying to fight the 3D and being distracted by the edges of the screen. I’ve read 3D isn’t any good for your eyes as it tries to trick you into focusing on many different distances at once. It made my eyes feel the same as using a 3DS, only far worse as it was a bigger screen and I was looking at it for a much longer period of time.

I probably won’t see any other films in 3D!

Tomb Raider Ascension – Fan-made film

Fan-made film, shot over 7 days with a budget of £15,000. Based on the Tomb Raider series of games.

Tomb Raider Ascension is an extremely well made piece of work (particularly for a fan-production), with some excellent shots and locations. Whilst watching the video, I felt myself asking how they had managed to gain access to some of the locations, particularly the manor and the caves.

Some scenes and explanations of feel like they drag on too long and could be significantly shortened, to keep it concise and simple for the audience to understand (particularly if they are not familiar with the Tomb Raider series).

Tomb Raider Ascension does occasionally borrow lines from the official movies (2001, 2003) which is a nice reference, but does suggest they could not come up with their own line. However, the scriptwriting in general is very good, with a couple of laugh-out-loud moments.

The casting was very good, with the exception of Lara’s father; to me he did not fit the role. The actors chosen of the butler, Lara’s uncle, and Lara herself were strong choices, and contributed to the high standard of the production.

Overall, a very enjoyable and absorbing film, which successfully manages to draw in the viewer. I did not know what to expect before I began watching and had low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this production.