Hanna: Review & Alternative poster

Hello once again – I’m back with a review and poster for Hanna – this is my first review in a while so I may be a bit rusty… Anyway, onwards…

Joe Wrights last movie, ‘The Soloist’ was meagre Oscar bait that was limp and dull, despite starring some fine actors. Atonement proved he was a serious director, and there were some shots in that movie which blew me away, Wright has an amazing eye for composition. I’m glad to say that Hanna is Wrights best film so far.

Telling the story of a father and daughter living in a forest, Hanna is no ordinary girl – she has been conditioned to be a sort of ‘super-soldier’, and she is wanted by the CIA. At this point it sounds a bit hackneyed and cliched but Wright makes the whole universe wholly believable and engaging. As with Atonement, Hanna is a stunning looking film, immaculately framed in the right places. When the action/chase scenes begin, it gets very Bourne like, with some heave handheld work – it works great.

The score was written and performed by the Chemical Brothers, and it suits the film to a tee. At times feeling like a music video, the score gives the movie a great energy. After the likes of Daft Punks Tron Soundtrack and this, big name bands doing soundtracks is something I hope is done more often – with care of course.

Performances are all fantastic too, Saoirse Ronan gets better every time I see her in a film. Cate Blanchett is great as per usual.

Everyone should see Hanna, a great action thriller and one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.

Oh and hope y’all enjoy the poster. Been learning to use some Scriptographer tools and tried to make a nice abstract poster. The Deer imagery plays as a bookend in the movie.

Everyone should see Hanna, it is the best


Black Swan Review & Alternative Posters

Hello once again. Forgive the break in posts, I have been busy but am back once again! This weekend saw the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Highly anticipated, the film see’s a dedicated ballerina, Nina, played by Natalie Portman, trying to land a role in Swan Lake. But this is just the beginning, as Nina spirals out of control as she sacrifices everything, and I mean EVERYTHING for her art.

The movie plays as a psychological thriller/horror and bears resemblance to films like Rosemary’s Baby and Jacob’s ladder in terms of atmosphere. In terms of style and theme, the movie is very similar to Aronofsky’s previous film, The Wrestler – both movies feature characters giving everything to their physically demanding roles. Aronofsky also chooses to shoot the movie in a similar vein as The Wrestler, in a cinema verité style. It is a style which really gives the movie a more visceral feel.

Portman gives the performance of her career as the fragile dancer who spirals out of control. Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell also give great supporting performances.

Anyone who likes Aronofsky’s movies (Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Fountain) should love this movie also.

All in all, I completely recommend Black Swan. Beautiful and tragic. Go see it.

Also, I’ve done a couple of posters for the film. I recently got a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet so the drawing of Portman is a bit rough but was my first drawing. The first poster is more in keeping with the abstract style of the amazing illustrated posters released for the movie, the second one is a portrait of Nina.

Hope you enjoy, don’t forget to comment and share 🙂


Review Roundup

A Nightmare on Elm StreetSamuel Bayer

Michael Bay’s new horror studio Platinum Dunes has been churning out the horror remakes in the past couple of years with the likes of Friday the 13th etc. ‘Nightmare’ continues the trend of turning a classic franchise into a glossy  new movie filled with beautiful people and emo kids instead of the dorky kids usually found in the Freddy franchise. Don’t think yours truly has become a complete cynic – the movie isn’t that bad. It has some really nice visual flourishes courtesy of music video director Samuel Bayer. Freddy is on screen far too much to be really frightening but Jackie Earle Hayley still does a great job as the iconic villain. Overall, there is a ridiculous overuse of jump scares in an otherwise un-scary movie. Go see Nightmare on Elm Street out of curiosity if you’re a fan of the franchise. Otherwise steer clear.

Rating: 5/10

I Am LoveLuca Guadagnino

Tilda Swinton has become known to western audiences as a somewhat domineering presence from her roles in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Constantine. In I Am Love, she plays the wife of an Italian heir. Bored and disillusioned with her place in the wealthy Italian establishment, she enters into a passionate affair with her son’s friend. Predictably it doesn’t end well for her, as her character spirals out of control. Personally, I found the film to fall short of the ‘Masterpiece’, as it has been hailed by many critics – although it is beautifully made, with many cinematic trademarks of the Italian masters such as Antonioni on show here. Aesthetically the film is beautiful, with credit given to cinematographer supreme Yorick Le Saux. Maybe this reviewer isn’t a sucker for melodrama but I felt a lot of the emotional scenes lacked any punch. It was all a bit false. Otherwise, it was a splendidly crafted film – and worth seeing for just that. See it for its technical swagger, not its otherwise cold story.

Rating: 7/10