Monday, December 29, 2014

The Movies Catch-Up

Haven't been watching a lot of movies lately and am still trying real hard to catch up with some that I've missed in the cinema. December till February will be exciting though, especially with two Johnny Depp's movies coming soon! Woot~~!!! Who's with me??? :p

Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson
Synopsis: Carl, a head chef in a restaurant, quit his job when his boss doesn't allow him to be creative with his dishes. After some soul-searching, he decided to open a Colombian Sandwich food truck, which eventually turned up to be a success.
The Thumb-Up(s): I really love how the movie surprises me when I thought this is going to be just another cliche oh-so-old storyline. The funny yet heart-warming scripts, the detailed yet not boring developments, and some of the twists make the movie very interesting.
Plus, some lovable roles and actors who play them make the movie all the more lovable. And the way they show them making those sandwiches with cheese oozing out will make you drool so much you just want a bite of that yummy-looking sandwiches just right there!
Also love how they make cooking and relationships so much related!
The Thumb-Down(s): I can't remember any.
The Verdict: It is just such a joy to watch the movie!

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Synopsis: A science fiction movie about a former NASA pilot being sent to space for a mission to find a new planet where human can sustain as the earth faces danger.
The Thumb-Up(s): If you think about it, the storyline is pretty possible to happen in the future, or perhaps, it is already happening. Though not entirely entertaining (sometimes very deep), some of the nail-biting moments were joy to watch.
Love the award-winning cast as well! I can't even choose who's my favourite, they were all pretty good in the movie! And [spoiler] such a great surprise to see Matt Damon half way through the movie!
The Thumb-Down(s): What happened in the end when Matthew McConaughey found out something where he can see his daughter in his room? I'm too dumb to understand those theories!
The Verdict: I am indeed not a space geek/science fiction fan and I can't say that I really love this movie. But at least, at least, I find it way better than watching Sandra Bullock dancing her way alone in space in Gravity!

The Hundered Foot Journey
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Synopsis: The Kadam family moved from Mumbai, to London, then to France where they finally decided to open an Indian restaurant right opposite (just a 100 foot) Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-star restaurant. Kadam's second son, Hassan ended up learning French culinary from Le Saule Pleureur's owner Madame Mallory and with his additional Indian spices knowledge, he managed to bring the restaurant to achieve a 2-Michelin star, while making himself a star chef.
The Thumb-Up(s): It is indeed, a heart-warming movie about an underdog climbing up to stardom with pretty-looking food showing up almost every minute of the movie. With a little bit of humour, plus the beautiful location the movie was shot at and the the outstanding performance by Helen Mirren (since when is she not good anyway), the movie is pretty not bad.
The Thumb-Down(s): The entire movie runs pretty unexpectedly, no surprises, no nothing. And I shall say this - we need more air time for the food and the making of the food, it really feels like you didn't get enough of scenes where the food are cooked that makes you wanna eat them. Chef did much better in this.
The Verdict: Perhaps I had too high an expectation for the movie it was a little let down when I finally finished the movie.

The Maze Runner
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter
Synopsis: A group of boys are sent to a place where they have to find a way out of a maze for survival.
The Thumb-Up(s): I like the twist in the end, although we kinda anticipated something around that storyline anyway.
The Thumb-Down(s): Since it's based on a teen novel, it is easy to understand how irritating it is for us adult to watch this movie without thinking of how childish these boys are and all. Action wise, it wasn't too impressive either. It's like we were expecting more of the actions in running through the maze than a massacre between the boys.
The Verdict: It's true that the movie is a stand-out among other teen movies like, I don't know maybe the Twilight series? But the trailer made it real action-packed and cool to watch but the real movie disappoints. Like kaw-kaw.


Hayley said...

I watched the first 2, Chef is really a good movie, very entertaining!

ShiRLeXia said...

Yup, agree! Made me wanna eat a Colombian sandwich right away!