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Halloween Movie Review (2018) | The Brutality Still Breathes

Halloween movie resuscitates what seemed like a dead franchise with some extraordinary direction. There are plenty of creepy chills and watch out moments strewn across the movie to keep the thrill going. The slasher horror film breathes on its brilliant direction at times picking you up and dropping you inside the big screen, amongst all the terror being perpetrated on the victims.

Halloween movie has gore written all over it but it isn’t still contemptuous which is one of its strength. It is remarkably subtle. The Shape still marvels you and the mask looks more terrifying so as to elicit more horror. You are forever biting at trepidation. At the same time, your anxiety meter is at the highest level. It doesn’t stop you from watching and you are constantly wondering what might happen next. The creation of this very powerful antagonist just forces you to think of ways you could be trying to overpower him if you were trapped with him in a room or a place.

The movie thrives on its direction, this time under the radar of David Gordon Green. It does ample justice to the monster who is out on loose yet again. Somebody kill him already! Like seriously, why does nobody learn?

Jamie Lee Curtis – Born for the Role

Even after so many years, Jamie Lee Curtis hasn’t lost it. She reprises her role of Laurie Strode once again like she was meant for it. Still playing it to perfection as if she were indeed lost in the story somewhere for so long. Waiting for Mike to be released or to escape so that she could kill him herself. A card well played!

Some people are born for a certain part. Seems like Jamie’s is that of Laurie. Her fame shot with it and still flies hand to hand with it. She comes back to it, and you can’t help but wonder how Michael is such an integral part of her in his very own monster verse that trying to separate these two would be like totally unjust and unfair to its fans. If one wishes to learn how to keep a franchise going, there’s so much Halloween has to offer.

Michael Myers The Shape

An evil like his never stops, it just grows older. Darker. More determined.

Gordon along with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, the writers of Halloween movie, together swing a granddaughter angle to keep that teen magic alive. The spirit of Halloween too is kept intact as Mike the monster unleashes himself on a bunch of nobodies to get to Laurie. So every Halloween you are constantly dreading the idea of The Shape showing up to slash you to death.

Theatrics Galore (Spoilers)

What Gordon does is leverage the theatrics to the maximum. Honoring the franchise truly, Mike’s real face is still kept behind the mask at all times. Hinting at his eyes and the age sometimes but his true face is never revealed.

It is so easy to paint a monstrous picture when you have never seen the face of the villain. More importantly, it keeps you speculating all the time thus driving that fear factor further in. If you were to show the face of him, he wouldn’t be dreaded as much. Kind of like Kane in WWE. Now that people know how he looks, he is no longer dangerous.

There’s a reason we are supposed to be afraid of this night.

The brutality continues as Michael Myers goes on his killing spree once again starting with an escape killing everybody in the vicinity. It is all brutal death from that point onwards as the movie tries to revive all its lost characters. Yes! Halloween movie primarily feels like picking Easter Eggs from a shopping mall as you keep bumping into its characters from the past. It helps you connect the dots from the past that are lost somewhere. It sticks to its origins nevertheless.

The very first scene where you see Michael standing in broad daylight as a reporter tries to obtain answers from him is written in sheer pizzazz. Such stunning cinematography. Takes your breath away! The entire scene is shot in subtle psychology. You could see every minuscule reaction of the people on the screen and create your own case study out of it.

You don’t believe in the Boogeyman?

Catering Two Generations

Made for a generation that hasn’t come across the monster yet, and a generation that grew up watching it, Halloween movie literally tries to cater to both kinds of audiences. It survives owing to its thrill and horror and does it so wonderfully well that you don’t hear anybody complaining about time.

The character of Allyson (Andi Matichak) is squeezed into the story as a quintessential teenager to a slasher movie to get the entertainment going. So they had plenty of friends for slashing.

Karen (Judy Greer) is the kid who grew up with a messed up childhood owing to Laurie’s obsession with the boogeyman. Karen constantly thinks that her mom is just crazy that she is having a hard time letting things go. But Allyson, the grandkid understands her grandmother Laurie. But The Shape does show, ergo, we have yet another angle of “told you” so. It all boils down to Laurie’s retribution in the end.

still of Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer in Halloween movie

Halloween movie does ample justice to both its protagonist and antagonist. Together they are the heart and soul of the movie who literally drive the story forward justifying it like a cat and mouse chase like they always have.

I would suspect the notion of being a predator or the fear of becoming prey keeps both of them alive.

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Obvious Issues

If you remove all that part that thrills you, there are certain obvious issues lingering that literally try to push the events to meet a certain end. It is something that is hard not to overlook. Like Laurie trying to be the inevitable tough girl and still failing to cash checks her mouth was writing all this time.

He has waited for this night. He has waited for me. I have waited for him.

There are instances where you could literally feel David Gordon Green dropping his guard when it came to direction. When that happens you would know and try to erase it overlooking the minor inconvenience. Since he is the most attentive during the beginning and ending part of the Halloween movie. Some moments are there in the movie that might compel you to shake your head.

The ending is converged deliberately so that everyone ends up together so that it becomes easier for The Shape to attack them. In doing so the creators end up overdoing some implausible things. I guess, it’s fine since you have a film to make, right?

Also, some parts remain cliched and you know what’s coming beforehand. Even towards the end, you are sure that since they are trying to revive The Shape he couldn’t be shown dying, leaving threads open eventually that he might have actually survived.

The Final Verdict of Halloween Movie

Whatever the case may be, the presentation of the movie remains top-notch which is one of those great things that constantly do wonders for it. Halloween movie is a perfect feast if you have an appetite for horror especially during that time of the year when you are secretly wishing to be terrorized.

A definite must watch for the fans and for those who wish to know what it used to be all about.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Review (2017) | Epic Conclusion to Caesar’s Tale

War for the Planet of the Apes is as alluring as its prequels. The third installment in the franchise doesn’t disappoint either. It has all the goodness inbred that came scuttling down over from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie that we saw in 2014. So it would be safe to say Visual Effects were as stunning as ever. The story treads the aftermath of the collision we saw in the prequel and is taken forward by Woody Harrelson‘s insane character The Colonel. He ignites the events of the tale that ends up swallowing the entire ape community.

Direction and Story of War for the Planet of the Apes (Spoilers Ahead)

Matt Reeves walked in with a premeditated setup that he co-wrote alongside Mark Bomback. The result is an epic story that tries to seethe in Caesar an absent verve of vengeance. Caesar becomes adamant on revenge and becomes so smitten with it that he ends up overlooking his leadership. There is death in his eyes and he wishes to deliver the same to a man who snatched away everything from him.

The direction is paced slow for us to feel the right emotional vibes, connect with the protagonist, to understand why he does what he does. He chooses revenge, letting his guard down, losing his cool, which doesn’t end well for him. Locked in a cage with his entire community he ends up becoming vulnerable. Watching their leader stranded in a similar fate, many of the apes feel disappointed and lost.

Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes

But he stands for them being the leader he was and ignites that spark of hope in them all over again. He has friends on the outside that help him concoct an escape plan that he then later executes but he can’t let go of that sense of vengeance. So he ventures in to smite at the Colonel’s gate as the rest of the apes try to escape.

The Colonel’s Fate

In a discussion with Caesar, The Colonel spews out how he chose to wipe out humans who were affected by the Simian flu that included his own child too. It was his answer to devolution as the Simian virus was ending up reversing nature’s plan by turning the human mindset into that of apes. Owing to Colonel’s revolting plans there was a whole army knocking at his door to win their internal war.

Whilst some might have been rooting for an epic showdown, the Colonel ends up being a victim to the Simian flu himself. It was like poetic justice delivered on him by nature itself. He becomes what he wanted the world to dread. He ends up taking his own life pulling the trigger on himself.

The Bad Ape Angle

We have a fun character in the form of Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) who is an ape Caesar finds in a hideout. He brings in some humour to the otherwise grim tale using his clumsy acts and broken English. He is an absolute fun charmer and he helps in breaking that sadistic monotony that runs for the major part of the flick.

bad ape in war for the planet of the apes

If I might stretch that moniker further, the flick also has Koban elements written all over it. There is a hint of Koba in his follower apes who have chosen to help the humans and are killing their own kind without batting an eye. We see that in the form of betrayal twice and you can’t help but feel bad for Caesar. It is like even though the evil is broken, there would always be its shards left out in some who would still end up coming after you.

Koba is also referenced when Maurice points out to Caesar in his attempt to deliver justice he has become Koba himself. When the lights in Caesar’s head begins to flicker, we get to see Koba twice as he grins to the reality that faces Caesar. He had indeed become Koba in his madness to avenge his wife and child. He had put his entire ape community in danger by leaving them without a leader. That broken shard had got him too.

Humanity a Curse

There is another important point worth noticing in the flick. It is that of mercy that Caesar shows to the people who came to kill him and his fellow apes. Whilst it is hard for people to get it, and it probably might have furrowed some angry brows in the audience too, it is a thing that sounds so not like humans.

We are not savages.

Caesar wants to make a point by letting some of The Colonel’s men live. And the same night we see The Colonel barging on their doors to kill him. It makes you want to hate mankind instantly for that. Why would one do that? Why can’t they choose peace? What is it with the ego?

The worst feeling is when the guy who had returned to safety owing to Caesar, ends up wanting to shoot Caesar as if he was obliged to. It is insanely inhumane of him to do that. That’s also where you want to rip his heart out for being a complete ungrateful douche.

The Good Left in Humanity

Whilst the writers of War for the Planet of the Apes paint a picture of a dystopian world where everything human makes you want to retch, we have also been presented a character of a mute girl Nova (Amiah Miller) who speaks a thousand words without saying anything. She is a subtle wink on how human innocence is the only thing worth cherishing. And that innocence can only be found in a child. Children only register things that are “immediate” without having an understanding of the background.

Nova doesn’t realize she is sick of the Simian, that finding her would mean people hunting her. Her ballsy act can be witnessed in the part where she walks in to save Caesar by offering him food and water. She is unperturbed by who might see her around helping out the apes and yet she does the right thing. Nova saves Caesar by helping him stand on his feet.

Nova in war for the planet of the apes

She is probably the only thing good about humans that Caesar too comes to terms with.

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In a world of cinematic universes where people choose to retire, (and it’s been aptly done so far with the likes of Creed and Logan doing us the honors) apes had to do it too. They had to part with their extraordinary leader Caesar and his run had to be the most revered of all times. Caesar gets a franchise he deserves, as Matt Reeves allows him to call it quits.

Andy Serkis served us good, and even though we wanted to see more of him, it was time his character was put to rest too. He is like a God to all apes and without the direction he had shown his fellow apes it would have been hard for any of them to even stand a chance. That being said the future will now be written on the grave of Caesar as apes would remember his colossal sacrifice.

The Final Verdict

War for the Planet of the Apes deserves every accolade there is. It is a conclusive part that celebrates the character of Caesar the most as we see him dwindle and then rise again like the warrior he is. It teaches us so many values in the form of mercy, that nature has its own way of punishing, that nothing good ever comes of revenge and that there is still some good left in the world.

Epic conclusion to the Caesar saga!

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