There’s something comforting about this comedic duo consisting of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. They just fit and I can almost feel their friendship oozing from their scenes, especially in 22 Jump Street but was it enough to make the sequel shine? For me, and that’s just my personal opinion!, I didn’t find the love for it, honestly, I actually struggled to like it.
With all the Oscar predictions appearing in movie blogs, me not being very skilled at predicting things, and the Oscars being right around the corner, I decided to create my own awards! The bottom line is that I’ll hand out my choices for BESTs of last year’s movies and performances, and though my choices are a bit limited due to the quite small number of 2013 releases I’ve seen but there’s enough to hand out some great Mettel Ray Awards this time of the year.
Everybody was raving as hard as Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) on drugs about The Wolf of Wall Street for months before I even got the chance to see it and you can just imagine how bumped up I was prior to the opening monologue. The excitement continued, it kept my spirit high for quite long and though I consider it one of the good ones, best of the best, I can’t say The Wolf of Wall Street was perfect.
This post features spoilers hence avoid this post if you haven’t seen the movie but by now, I assume you have so just keep reading – just keep reading.
I knew I wanted to see This Is the End in the cinema right after I saw its home video styled teaser trailer featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen hiding in the basement. Then the trailer came out and made me even more thrilled about this Summer’s big block buster comedy featuring the end of the world. So it’s fair to say that I was very hyped up about this movie but as per protocol, that exhilarating feeling I had before seeing This Is the End was eventually its biggest downfall.
This is definitely one of the Academy Award movies since it already has been nominated for four Golden Globes (Best Drama Movie, Best Actor, Best Supporting Role, Best Screenplay) and usually those big nominations end up getting some Oscars as well. I watched Moneyball before I heard about the nominations (though I had my share of suspicions that this Pitt’s movie is up for some awards) and although most of the baseball terms were a complete mystery to me I thought it was enjoyable.
This movie is based on a novel that tells a story about true events (book with the same name is written by Michael Lewis) and it went through big problems before the filming started. Considering that Brad Pitt was with the project since 2007 I found it interesting that the movie took so long. Apparently there were other drafts, other directors until The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin step into this project and Bennett Miller was set to direct. Here is another interesting fact, the cinematography is done by Wally Pfister who is behind Nolan’s movies (including The Dark Knight and Inception).
Now on to the movie – Billy Beane is the general manager of a baseball team that has not done very well, Oakland Athletics. He is described by wanting to make changes and not being afraid to be radical with his decisions – he hires Peter Brand (the only made-up character who is mostly based on Paul DePodesta), played by Jonah Hill, to bring in the new style of buying the players. They buy a players that are mathematically right for the job, like Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt) who ends up being the hero – I really liked his storyline and Pratt is likeable as an actor as well. So basically they hire men who aren’t as appealing to other teams cause they aren’t perfect. At least that was as much as I understood – focus while watching this movie has to be on its best, getting all the names, understanding the buying and following the action behind the game is very important. Surely, it has a brilliant screenplay in that sense – smart, quick, witty at times. Now to think of it, it reminds me of The Social Network when it comes down to the screenplay which leeds to shows that Sorkin has a certain style to his writing.
Movie looks visually interesting as well, there are scenes of the real games? or at least it seems like that (even if they aren’t – cause I am not 100% sure of this fact). Performances by the actors is of course brilliant: there is no doubt that Pitt knows how to act, Hill surprises due to his acting past and Hoffman is yet again at his high because he knows nothing else. There is not much else to tell about the movie because it is really a must-see from my behalf and even the ending itself is just thrilling. I love those sports stories based on real life that really show the strength of the underdogs.
- So 4,5 out of 5 for the underdogs and good luck to Pitt in his hunt for his first Oscar!