Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Stewart’

Film: Ted

Year: 2012

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Parick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Aedin Mincks, Bill Smitrovich, Patrick Stewart, Norah Jones, Sam J.Jones, Tom Skerritt, Bretton Manley

Plot: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Review: This film was hyped months before it hit the streets and I was, just like everyone else dying to see what Seth MacFarlane had come up with. Let’s face it I wasn’t disappointed it was just family guy with the characters being played by, well by different characters.

It’s rude full of drug use and violence and is funny as f*ck the opening monologue by Patrick Stewart had me in tears as did some of the jokes, Mark Wahlberg as a stumbling Peter Griffin just slimmer was excellent with the excellent Mila Kunis as his Lois.

But without a doubt Ted was the star of the show, surrounding himself with hookers then a dumb blond girlfriend, to thanking Nora Jones for 9/11 he was Brian down to a T.

There is just a bunch of stuff going on in this film that makes you want to watch it a bunch of times just to make sure you did see it and get it right first time that includes the appearance of flash Gordon! [Not flesh Gordon]

There really isn’t much to say about this film apart from, Watch it, but leave your political correctness and your kids at home you’ll spend too much time tutting or trying to explain what’s going on otherwise.

10/10 glad Mary Whitehouse isn’t still around!



Film: Animal Farm

Year: 1999

Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Drefus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Scofield, Patrick Stewart, Peter Ustinov, Alan Stanford, Caroline Gray, Gail Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Keogh, Noel O’Donovan, Gerard Walsh, Jer O’Leary

Plot: The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny among themselves.

Review: This tale of communist oppression from the pen of George Orwell has been banded around in one form or another since it was first published in 1946. The first version I saw was the 1954 cartoon version which was full of terror, menace and emotion. Conveyed by a more musical production this seemed to be lost in this 1999 version.

Also a lot of the animal puppets, done by Jim Henson and Co, although realistic did look and feel as though it was a child’s puppet show.

The narrative done by Julia Louis-Dreyfus the Voice of Mollie, was too sickly sweet and lacked authority, Snowball seemed to way too polite for the role he was given,

The late great Pete Postlethwaite plaed a great part as the Drunkard Farmer Jones, even the plethora of screen and stage stars couldn’t carry this film.

My Personal Opinion is: read the book and let your imagination do the rest.

1954 Cartoon Version 9/10 – Cold war fear and Hatred of communism is alive and well.

1999 Version 6/10 – watered down and fluffy. but worth watching.