Tag: Emily Blunt

***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Sicario (2015)

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“You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.”

If you had told me three years ago that one of the biggest badass action stars in Hollywood would be Emily Blunt, I would have had to look up who Emily blunt was. Then, I would have assumed she was some prim, proper and pretty English girl with no badass action roles in her future. But now, she’s the woman who turned a damsel in distress into a pretty tough character in Looper. She’s the woman who totally kicked all sorts of ass in Edge of Tomorrow. She’s now the woman whose involvement was enough to make excited about the next, grittier step in her badass, action career, Sicario.


Working as an FBI agent in Arizona, Kate Macer (Blunt) is part of a raid that discovers a house with walls stuffed with dead bodies, and a bomb that kills two of her colleagues. The raid also gets her noticed by the CIA, represented by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), who enlists Kate to join his black ops team as they attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel. Meeting Matt’s partner, the shady Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), Kate realises that getting actual results means sometimes playing outside the law. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Sicario (2015)

Sicario 1

“You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.”

If you had told me three years ago that one of the biggest badass action stars in Hollywood would be Emily Blunt, I would have had to look up who Emily blunt was. Then, I would have assumed she was some prim, proper and pretty English girl with no badass action roles in her future. But now, she’s the woman who turned a damsel in distress into a pretty tough character in Looper. She’s the woman who totally kicked all sorts of ass in Edge of Tomorrow. She’s now the woman whose involvement was enough to make excited about the next, grittier step in her badass, action career, Sicario.


Working as an FBI agent in Arizona, Kate Macer (Blunt) is part of a raid that discovers a house with walls stuffed with dead bodies, and a bomb that kills two of her colleagues. The raid also gets her noticed by the CIA, represented by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), who enlists Kate to join his black ops team as they attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel. Meeting Matt’s partner, the shady Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), Kate realises that getting actual results means sometimes playing outside the law. (more…)

***2014 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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First, we had Groundhog Day, a sweet, fantasy comedy that was the perfect link between the screwball hilarious Bull Murray of the 80s, and the more serious, prestige Bill Murray of the last couple of decades. Then the whole “live the same day over and over, and learn in an important lesson about yourself” trope was given the sci-fi treatment a few years ago with the not often enough talked about Source Code.  Now, it’s given a mega budget, mega movie star overhaul, with Edge of Tomorrow.


It’s sometime in the future and the planet Earth is at war with some aliens.  Tom Cruise is Cage, a slick military spin doctor whose job it is to convince the human race that they’re winning this war.  But here’s the thing, the humans aren’t winning, they’re having their asses kicked.  Brendan Gleeson’s General Brigham is planning  a massive and risky offensive, and decides that the best way to get the public on board is to get Cage on the front lines as well.  Basically kidnapped, Cage hits the beach on D Day and dies almost immediately. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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First, we had Groundhog Day, a sweet, fantasy comedy that was the perfect link between the screwball hilarious Bull Murray of the 80s, and the more serious, prestige Bill Murray of the last couple of decades. Then the whole “live the same day over and over, and learn in an important lesson about yourself” trope was given the sci-fi treatment a few years ago with the not often enough talked about Source Code.  Now, it’s given a mega budget, mega movie star overhaul, with Edge of Tomorrow.


It’s sometime in the future and the planet Earth is at war with some aliens.  Tom Cruise is Cage, a slick military spin doctor whose job it is to convince the human race that they’re winning this war.  But here’s the thing, the humans aren’t winning, they’re having their asses kicked.  Brendan Gleeson’s General Brigham is planning  a massive and risky offensive, and decides that the best way to get the public on board is to get Cage on the front lines as well.  Basically kidnapped, Cage hits the beach on D Day and dies almost immediately. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

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Jason Segel is the “other guy” from the Apatow stable.  He doesn’t pop up in three or four movies year like Seth Rogen and James Franco, has hasn’t taken any writer for hire gigs like Rogen did in Green Hornet and he’s probably more well known for his TV day job on How I Met Your Mother than he is for movies.  But he did write and star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which is more than enough goodwill to get me to watch The Five-Year Engagement.


This is a standard rom-com in a lot of ways, but it subverts enough of the expected sameness to stand out a little from the crowd at the same time.  Firstly, Tom and Violet, played by Segel and Emily Blunt are already together when the movies starts.  So even though we’re not saved from a sickeningly sweet meet-cute (we get that through a flashback), it does mean there’s no torturous “getting to know you” portion to sit through.

In case the title doesn’t give the conceit away, the opening minutes do as Segel’s meticulously planned romantic proposal planes by the San Francisco Bay are disrupted every step of the way.  But the major upset comes later, when Blunt accepts a job in snow covered Michigan.  Segel is happy to delay wedding plans, and his career as a chef to follow Blunt and her dream.

Here’s where the one major problem I have with this movie kicks in.  Blunt’s dream job is working in the psychology department at a university, conducting seemingly pointless tests.  That’s harsh, there is a point.  The point is to make us, the audience, laugh at the half-assed, ever-so-rediculos experiments Blunt and her colleagues come up with.  Aren’t psycho-babble funny and wacky experiments funny?  Yeah, they are.  And The Five-Year Engagement wrings some of its best laughs out of these scenes, but I found it hard to suspend enough disbelief to accept that Segel’s character would give up his flourishing career to indulge in Blunt’s pointless flight of fancy.

But, he does, and they move to Michigan.  Once there, Segel’s Tom gets the typical “fish out of water” story arc.  He hates it, he meets some interesting new friends, he grudgingly accepts it, he accepts things a little too much and goes a little too deep into his new lifestyle.  And because this parallels the standard rom-com arc, it all has to lead to a break up at the end of the second act.  Amongst all of this are Chris Pratt as Segel’s dumb best friend and Alison Brie as Blunt’s uptight sister.  Even with all this by the numbers, box ticking standard stuff, Segels’ script still found enough ways to surprise me along the way.

Segel and director Nicholas Stoller scored a big hit with Forgetting Sarah Marshall…  Emily Blunt is crazy hot and a great actor…  At more than two hours, it’s little long for a comedy, but there are more than enough laughs to get you through.   Yet, from what I can tell, The Five-Year Engagement was really overlooked and kind of just came and went.  That’s a shame, because it really is different and interesting in its approach to being a romantic comedy.

The Five-Year Engagement
Directed By – Nicholas Stoller
Written By – Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller