September 2018~ Crazy Rich Asians

*SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*

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This is one of the funniest, feel-good movies I have seen in a long time (apart from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again…).

It tells the story of Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu), a Chinese-American economics professor from New York who travels with her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore only to find out that he is the heir to one of the richest families in Asia. Rachel finds herself struggling to fit her American ideals together with ancient Chinese traditions and way of life.

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Its a great film with an equally great cast, including Michelle Yeoh from Star Trek: Discovery as Eleanor Young, Nick’s mother. Awkwafina plays a hysterical Peik Lin, Rachel’s college buddy and Gemma Chan plays Nick’s sister Astrid.

An excellent soundtrack accompanies nearly every scene.

It’s well worth a watch, probably more than once. Take tissues as you’ll laugh and cry….sometimes at once!

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September 2018~ The Predator

It’s not often that I see a film only once but I have no intention of seeing this film again in the cinema.

The Predator is set on earth, 20-ish years after the events of Predator 2.

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Two Predators arrive on Earth, one hunting the other. The one being hunted intends to deliver a gift to the people of Earth and the other is out to stop him.

This should have been a good solid action/sci-fi film but sadly it falls flat. The story concept is a sound one but is poorly delivered. A weak script which relies too heavily on laughs, many of which seem forced, leave this film feeling flat and predictable.

A number of plot holes are blatantly obvious. Olivia Munn’s character starts off as a simple Biologist but ends up as some kind of Lara Croft. At one point in the film she appears with a space age tranquilizer gun that seemed to come out of nowhere. Later in the film she is watching a Predator ship fly away in the distance, and we are talking a good few miles, yet minutes later she appears next to it! This and other strange occurrences had me shaking my head throughout the film.

One of the characters is a Tourettes sufferer and his condition was used for laughs constantly throughout the film. This didn’t sit well with me at all.

The soundtrack wasn’t great and didn’t really fit well in certain scenes.

There was the odd callback to earlier films including “get to the chopper” which could easily have been missed.

Unfortunately this is a poor addition to the Predator universe, which is sad as the end of the film has left it open for a sequel.

Not worth the cost of the cinema ticket in my opinion.