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Reboot vs original film: is Hollywood starved for ideas?

KOJO ESSAH

It is no secret that popular movies get sequels as a way of extending that particular series. This is done to please fans, as well as to gain revenue. Reboots are the re-imagining of once-popular franchises for a current generation, and are also a profitable and popular category for films. Fans and screenwriters, however, are starting to notice that Hollywood is churning out reboots and sequels on a regular basis, but hardly any new ideas are surfacing.

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Movie review: Paper Towns, Jake Schreier

KOJO ESSAH

Paper Towns is a romantic-drama directed by Jake Schreier. The film is based on the novel of the same name by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. It follows the story of Quentin Jacobsen, who, together with his friends, goes on a journey to find his love Margo Roth Spiegelman, who disappeared after her and Quentin exact revenge on Margo’s friends for wronging her. Throughout this journey, Quentin bonds with his friends as this is the last time they would do anything together before heading to different universities. Although the movie delivers meaningful messages and has relatable situations, it is not as thought-provoking as it believes itself to be.


The majority of the film takes place in a high school setting, utilizing certain high school tropes that are familiar to movie-goers. This setting makes the film relatable to some extent, but it does not do anything new to distance itself from other high school-related movies. The script incorporates elements of comedy into the movie, making these comedic scenes some of the most memorable in the film. The main point of the movie is the mystery surrounding Margo’s disappearance, but this aspect is not handled well and ends up being very underwhelming. The movie’s target audience is teenagers and young adults, and as a result of this, several events and dialogue in the film are fairly easy to predict.
The two main characters in this film, Quentin and Margo, are played by Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne respectively. Wolff plays his role convincingly, but Delevingne can at times be indifferent in her acting. Quentin’s two best friends, Radar and Ben, are played by Justice Smith and Austin Abrams respectively. Their performances, notably Abrams’ performance, are incredibly believable and are a welcome aspect of the film.

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Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller

KOJO ESSAH

Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film in, and a reboot of, the Mad Max movie series directed by George Miller. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by vast deserts, where water is a scarce and extremely valuable resource. Max Rockatansky, a survivor, is caught up in a conflict between Immortan Joe, the ruthless leader of a gang called the War Boys, and Imperator Furiosa, a tough woman seeking redemption for her actions. Miller has created an intriguing film that is visually stunning, full of action and well-acted characters.

The film uses its expansive setting and lore to create a simple and easy-to-follow plot that sees the unlikeliest of characters working together to achieve their own goals. The script might be  seen by some as bare and minimalistic, but the main focal point of this movie is its action, which it has in spades. The entire film is a nearly two-hour action sequence, with spectacular action set pieces involving vehicular and hand-to-hand combat, with the focus being the vehicles the inhabitants of this wasteland have managed to create with what resources they could find.

Another main aspect of the film is its characters. The world of Fury Road is filled with characters ranging from normal to downright bizarre, and it is the phenomenal acting that brings these characters to life. Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa bring a sense of desperation and ferocity to the film by doing whatever they deem necessary to survive. Other characters, notably Nicholas Hoult as Nux, add a little humanity to the story to balance out the cast. One drawback is that there is no character development, which leads to some one-dimensional characters. However, this is overshadowed by the brilliant performances of the main and supporting cast, as well as the fairly large roster of characters. Fury Road’s soundtrack, created by Junkie XL, is a wonderful score that brings every facet of the movie to life, from the action sequences to the more emotional scenes.

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Movie review: Ant-man, Peyton Reed

Movie review: Ant-man - Peyton Reed

SHAUN SPROULE

The latest cinematic instalment from Marvel Studios has been released, with one of the lesser-known Marvel superheroes, Ant-Man, as its main character. The movie follows former burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he is recruited by mastermind and former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). The technology behind his suit’s ability to shrink in size is under threat of falling into the wrong hands, and Pym, the inventor of the technology, needs to ensure it stays safe. Pym needs to recruit a new protégé before his former apprentice invents and sells the technology to Hydra, a terrorist organisation. Before this happens, Lang must prove himself as an able superhero in order to save the day.

Some were reluctant to accept the casting decision when it was announced that Paul Rudd would be cast as Ant-Man. Rudd has starred in films such as This is 40 and Role Models, and his is not the first name that comes to mind when thinking about a superhero. Rudd pulled the role off convincingly, however, with his comedic skill adding to the film as a whole.

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: Brett Morgen

ELMARIE KRUGER

The opening scene of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck looks and sounds like the exact situation this documentary’s title would suggest. It features what appears to be random shots from 60s American television intermingled with footage of Cobain’s early life and recordings so experimental that they wouldn’t seem out of place on a John Lennon and Yoko Ono collaboration album.

This mosaic of sights and sounds plunges the viewer deep into the psyche of the cryptic Kurt Cobain: Nirvana frontman, rock icon, and tortured genius. Instead of being a chronological start-to-finish retelling of Cobain’s life story, Montage of Heck manages to do what few other Cobain-centred books and films could: it humanises him.

So often fans and documenters focus on the despondent rock star that they neglect to consider Cobain as a son, brother, husband and father. Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen has approached Cobain’s story with great sensitivity, tact, and, most importantly, with the support of the Cobain family.

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