So the two big cinema releases for this week were the critically acclaimed 1917 and the long awaited third instalment of the Bad Boys franchise Bad Boys for life. Without further ado lets get on into the reviews.

1917

Now I’m not normally someone who is interested in war films, the most major contradiction to that statement so far being Dunkirk, but when the first trailer we saw for this in the cinema was a featurette about how it was filmed to look like one continuous shot, I must say my interest was peaked. Based during WWI this movie is a suspense driven story of two soldiers tasked with crossing No Man’s land to deliver a message to front line troops to call off an attack which could potentially become a massacre. It’s very intimate for a war film with very few major action scenes and the way the movie is shot only adds to that.

The continuous shot journey makes you feel like you are the third soldier on this trip and it being shown through your eyes as you travel with the protagonists through trenches and abandoned towns as you attempt to sneak past and avoid the enemy. Viewing this movie in IMAX only helped to heighten the experience making you feel like you are actually being shot at by the opposing soldiers and causing you to physically jump in your seat and get your adrenaline pumping.

All the actors really make this film from the leads and numerous cameos you encounter along the journey. I would happily watch this movie again along with a whole documentary about how it was made as it visually is a stunning film. There is no doubt in my mind who will be winning the Best Cinematography Award at the years Oscars.

4.5/5

Bad Boys For Life

The second movie we watched this week was Bad Boys For Life, the hotly anticipated third movie from the franchise after the second movie was released in 2003. This light hearted action comedy sees Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their rolls as Miami Police Detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. We went to this opening night and our theatre was packed with many people wanting to find out what was install for the now veteran detectives. I can’t go too much into this film without giving a way quite a few spoilers but I can say this is a film packed with action, plot twists, emotional moments and a lot of laughs.

Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alexander Ludwig (Hunger Games/Vikings) and Charles Melton (Riverdale) work well to entice the next generation into the cinema as well as providing a few laughs as the newer rookie members to the team. Their characters also really help to flesh out the already established protagonists too allowing us to see a whole new side to Smith’s Lowrey.

If you are a fan of the franchise this is a film you don’t want to miss.

3.5/5

So that’s it for another week. As always let me know in the comments below if you’d seen either of these films and what you thought of them. Join me next week when its the girls turn in the spotlight.

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