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High Rise – Movie Review – Newport Beach Film Festival

Based on J. G. Ballard novel of the same name, High-Rise, observes life for the residents of a high tower run out of control.

Newport Beach Film Festival – 2016
Writer:
Amy Jump
Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss

High Rise, I think, is an allegory about class warfare. It’s a very strange movie, and I’ll describe it as best as I can. Dr. Robert Liang (Tom Hiddleston) is a upper-middle class doctor that moves into a futuristic high rise building. The building is an essentially a self-contained country. The rich and affluent live on the higher floors while the poor live on the lower floors. Living on the penthouse level is the architect of the building, Royal (Jeremy Irons), who designed the entire project.

The beginning of the movie, everyone starts moving into their individual apartments. The high rise has its own market, workout room and every amenity imaginable. But quickly things start to fall apart. Liang first attends a party by the lower middle-class residents. Not to be outdone, the rich decide to throw an even better party.

As the movie progresses, documenting a three-month period of time, the society within the high-rise begins to deteriorate. Food becomes scarce, the electricity and water fail and garbage begins to pile up. The upper-class bunker into their floor and the lower class wonder why nothing is improving. Or at least, that’s what I think is happening.

I am absolutely baffled by this movie. Clearly the film is some kind of statement about class warfare, but I can’t really tell you what that statement is. It is based on a popular novel that I have not read, but I’m sure many people have. I should have to read a book to understand a movie.

The main problem a film has when it’s hard to follow. It gets boring fast. I start looking at the clock. I keep hoping this act is the last act. But the end doesn’t come, and I am forced to endure more torture.

The movie is littered with strange and odd images. Visually, the high-rise appears as a sleek modern building of today, but over time, the building deteriorates. Halls are littered with trash and the ungodly. Even food becomes moldy, and water becomes cloudy.

The strange thing is I hear laughter, and I see people who are enjoying this movie. I begin to wonder, am I just too stupid to enjoy this film? Then paranoia sets in, and I wonder if the movie is making fun of me.

I love Tom Hiddleston, and I am a fan of Jeremy Irons. They are good actors and light up the screen. It was probably the only thing that helped me get to the finish line that is the ending of this movie.

I’ll just come out and say it. I didn’t get this movie, and if there was a point or commentary about life and class warfare, it was lost.

Thor: The Dark World – Movie Review

Before the beginning of time, the universe was a dark place ruled by the Dark Elf, whose leader is Malekith. Light entered the universe, when the Asgardians, defeated the elves only to have Malekith swear he will exact his revenge. Soon the nine realms are going to line up and Malekith seizes his opportunity to seek his revenge.

Released: November 8, 2013
Studio: Marvel Studios
Rated: PG-13

Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo

Strange temporal anomalies are showing up on earth, where portals are appearing moving you from one place on earth to another in the other of the nine realms. When Jane Foster begins to investigate these anomalies, she inadvertently becomes host to a power essences that Malekith will use to restore the universe to darkness.

All-in-all this is a story of Thor coming to the rescue to defeat Malekith and prevent universal destruction. Overall, this was a fun movie. There is so much lore and mythology surrounding Thor and Asgard that a movie like this can get bogged down trying to explain these unfamiliar details and stories. Marvel Studios does what they do best, which is get you directly into the heart of the story. They spend just the right amount of time giving you the back story of Malekith. They introduce mystical elements, such as the nine realms, rainbow bridge, and convergence, in a way that you either understand what is going on or you trust the director, Alan Taylor, that these are just facts you need to accept and then power through the story.

The main story is saving the universe, the secondary story is Thor’s family: Odin (Dad), Frigga (Mom), Thor and Loki (Adopted Brother). After the events in Avengers, Loki is banish to a prison cell for all eternity by Odin. Loki feels no respect or honor for his father, Odin or for his brother Thor. Loki mentions that he went to earth so that he could rule over them as a God, just like his father. We also see his relationship with his mother (Rene Russo). It’s clear that if there was any love for Loki, it’s his mother, even if she is not his real mother. Thor, on the other hand, has always love Loki, but that love is damaged because of Loki’s constant betrayal.

The story now attempts to redeem Loki, if that’s possible, by enlisting him to help defeat Malekith. Why would Loki help? See the movie.

Thor: The Dark World does everything it needs to do to be an amazing movie. Fantastic visual effects, making mythology believable to the audience, continue to explain why these people are “gods” and an onslaught of action scenes and humor. The movie primarily takes place off earth, but the earth scenes are funny thanks to Kat Dennings and Stellan Skaarsgard.

It’s a good fun movie, if you go in without high expectations. Do not see it in 3D. Stay for the very end. There is a mid-credits scene setting up Guardians of the Galaxy and a humorous scene at the very end.

Also, pay attention to the new “Marvel Studios” opener. Now that they are tied solely with Disney and have dropped its association with Paramount, Marvel Studios has rewarded themselves with a new opening sequences with the flashing comic pages, but also a nice soundtrack to back it up.