FILMCLUB Reviews: The Lone Ranger, From Up On Poppy Hill!

Summer’s always a great time for new movies so we’re seeing what our friends at FILMCLUB think of 2 big films that are coming out in the cinema.

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger gallops into cinemas on the 9th August – and some lucky FILMCLUB members got to go to a preview screening – check out what some of the Goffs School film club members thought of it!

Lucy, age 14 said: “Me and my film club sat down in a venue and watched a film. But it wasn’t just any film and it certainly wasn’t just any venue. We were watching the pre-screening of The Lone Ranger. Here is my review for all those film critics and film lovers out there. The Lone Ranger — a film without limits. This mind-boggling plot has everything a young person looks for in a film: action, murder, gore and romance. Johnny Depp stars amazingly well as Tonto, an Indian with a past of his own, and his ‘wrong brother’, real name John Reid (played by Armie Hammer), a man in seek of true justice after his brother was murdered by the legendary, Indian-killer Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). But John must become a fearless warrior in the process, and as Tonto’s faith in him wavers, John must protect his brother’s widower, Rebecca (Ruth Wilson) and son, Danny (Bryant Price) for Butch’s evil clutches.”

Sam, age 12 also said: “First of all, wow, just wow! The Lone Ranger is a great film based in the late 1800s and there were lots of guns, action and adventure

I thoroughly enjoyed this film because, it was very funny! I don’t think there was one moment when I didn’t laugh or gasp. I thought that it had some unnecessary scenes when killing a person but apart from that I really enjoyed it, especially when Tonto fed his bird!”

Charlotte, age 12: I thought the film was really funny and exciting. However, the romance slowed down the action and comedy sections.

Sabrina, age 12: “This film was plain amazing. It was full of action, it was funny and something you would enjoy with your friends. For me what went well was that they made a lot of things happen at once and they make you forget about that one important thing that solves everything. The only thing I didn’t like was the little romance between the ranger and Rebecca. The kiss killed the moment just a little bit. Overall I think this film was very entertaining so I give it a 4 out of 5.”


From Up On Poppy Hill (PG, 2011)

This new film from Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought us Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro is out in cinemas on 2nd of August and FILMCLUB member Sophie, age 14 from Amersham School gives us an insight into what she thought of it!

‘Set in 1963 just prior to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, Japan is welcoming more ships into its harbours. Umilives on Poppy Hill in in the city of Yokohama and every morning she raises signal flags out on the garden which overlooks the ocean as a way to remember her lost father, before embarking on a daily routine to manage the boarding house which she lives and attending school. One day she runs into a reckless, dashing senior named Shun, and soon allows her life to open up to the optimism of the boys who occupy Quartier Latin, a dilapidated school clubhouse where intellects have set up various headquarters for their passions.The design and movement was magnificent, though this film is authentic Anime it is clearly adapted for a global audience. The background and setting was picturesque, looking as if it was painted with fine detail and vivid colouring. The sound sequences match the feel of the movie, which is serene and calm. The music is perfect for each scene, captivating the charisma and fascination which the film brings. In conclusion a delightful and intimate story — beautifully told and drawn. Directed by Goro Miyazaki, this Japanese anime can warm the hearts of the audience and lure them in into this moving tale. This film has a charm of its own.


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