Fright Night Review

Fright Night was probably the biggest surprise of the year so far. I was not expecting much at all from this film, I honestly went and saw it because of pure boredom and no idea of what else to do. Maybe the reason I had liked the film as much as I did because it was such a surprise, but that can never be proven and where it stands right now, I had one hell of a time at the movies when I saw Fright Night.

Let me preface the rest of this review by saying that no I have not seen the original Fright Night. I’ve heard mixed reviews based around the idea that this new one is actually better or ten times worse so I guess I’ll just have to see for myself one day. This film is about a high school student with a good mom, an attractive girlfriend and rising popularity. This new found happiness and his life are put in danger when a vampire moves next door.

Corny right? I know. Who cares? That’s what I say. Fright Night was a blast from start to finish. Fright Night is not some brilliant modern horror film, it wasn’t even that great of a movie. I will however gladly own this movie when it comes out and watch it over and over again. It’s nice to just sit back, relax and have fun once in a while. In Fright Night, you get a great blend of comedy, horror and action making it a whole lot of fun.

Where this movie about a vampire who lives next door has its fair share of camp, it actually does have its fair share of surprisingly intense scenes. Anton Yelchin played his part, David Tennant was extremely enjoyable every moment he was on screen, but the biggest positive here was Colin Farrell as the awesome vampire, Jerry. I’ve really grown to like him since In Bruges and he’s fantastic in this. You can really tell he’s just having a blast.

It really could nitpick all day, but I won’t because I had a great time. The biggest negative here would probably be in the part that Christopher Mintz-Plasse played. I just wasn’t entertained by his character, the way it was played and the scenes he was in. Hey, who cares? At the end of the day, Fright was a great time at the theater.

Grade: B+

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Attack the Block Review

There are so many movies that come out just on a yearly basis and there’s always at least a handful that for the most part gets everything right for different reasons. A film could make you laugh out loud, it could bring a shiver down the spine because you fear for the lives of these characters, it could truly make you feel for its characters whether its happiness in the good times or sadness in the bad times, it could establish a clear and enveloping theme, and it could even have an original story that keeps you guessing as to what’s going to happen next. With a show of pure brilliance, Attack the Block manages to do all these things and much more.

Attack the Block is the perfect example of why you can’t judge a movie by a synopsis. It’s essentially a tale about tough inner city kids who battle aliens in their apartment complex with the help of the woman they just robbed and yes where that may sound like a fun film to some or even most, it clearly does not establish the fact that this is a truly amazing movie.

As the film begins, we’re almost immediately introduced to our protagonists, Moses and his friends, as they rob their soon to be friend, Sam. Each of these characters are in no way caricatures (which could have easily happened in the story being told), instead you get very distinct characters with real flaws and real emotions. When they’re down, you feel down and when their happy, you’re pumped and ready to watch some aliens die.

In this film, not only do you find a very well written exciting story and well written characters, but you’ll find that this excellent plot is being executed seamlessly making for the most fun I’ve had at the theater in a long time. With a great score and even greater editing you’ll get an action sequence that beats anything Michael Bay’s ever done or you’ll pause for a moment to laugh at a joke that was just cracked, then you’ll move into a very serious moment of drama that’s not at all forced and it all works perfectly.

Behind everything in this film, behind all the insanity, behind the coolest aliens I’ve ever seen, behind all of the laughs, behind the powerful deaths, behind the crazy alien violence, behind the weed, behind everything you’ll find a very touching and compelling tale about integrity and honor among friends and most of all, the people you love and how that’s worth more than anything in this universe. For this reason, the reasons I named above, among many others, I can truly bring myself to say that Attack the Block is simply awesome.

Grade: A