The second of four live action remakes from Disney this year, Aladdin tells the classic story of a pauper in love with a princess. Swapping stylish animation for over the top action, it doesn’t fall flat on its face, but on occasions it does come dangerously close.
The Toy Story Franchise was, and in my mind still is, the greatest and most perfect movie trilogy ever made. The story it told about childhood and growing up, all through the eyes of toys, was utterly masterful. While this latest film does not extend the trilogy into a perfect quadrilogy, it certainly acts as a thoroughly enjoyable epilogue.
The Men in Black franchise started strong. One of the breakout hits of the 1990’s, it set up a film series that has somehow survived a terrible second instalment and a mediocre third one to now somehow deserve a spin off. ‘Men in Black: International’ takes all the fun aspects of the world that was … Continue reading Alienating Entertainment relies on Star Power (Men in Black: International review)
2014’s Godzilla is a film I remember very fondly. Even upon rewatch, I love Gareth Edward’s adaptation of the classic Japanese character, and think it subverts enough expectation while providing an entertaining popcorn flick. This sequel to it, as well as the third film in the Legendary MonsterVerse (following Kong: Skull Island), unfortunately loses a … Continue reading Humans are the real monsters (Godzilla: King of the Monsters review)
Bo Burnham is, in the UK at least, a very underrated comedian, but his knowledge of timing, emotion and the balance between comedy and tragedy is stunning. His debut feature film 'Eighth Grade' is a stunning piece that beautifully depicts the social anxiety of an Eighth Grader (in the UK, a Year 9 student), and … Continue reading Essential viewing for Generation Z (Eighth Grade review)
Reginald Kenneth Dwight is widely regarded as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of his generation. Of course, that isn’t his stage name; his stage name is Elton Hercules John, and ‘Rocketman’ tells the troubled life that he had before and during his fame. After Bohemian Rhapsody broke box office records while remaining a mediocre film, … Continue reading “Burning out his fuse up here alone” (Rocketman review)
While other action films focus on grandeur, CGI spectacle and superheroes, the John Wick stands alone. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of grey Michael Bay flicks, the John Wick franchise is one that focuses on action in its purest form. The third instalment of the franchise promises that its supreme reign is far from over, delivering all the thrilling, over the top action that we have come to expect.
Based on the $90billion franchise, Detective Pikachu is the first live action film from Pokémon, the Japanese franchise that has spawned video games, anime series, card games, films and that infamous mobile app. I am someone who has never before touched the franchise, so I admit I was completely unfamiliar with anything being referenced. Perhaps … Continue reading Pika-Choose a different film to watch (Pokémon Detective Pikachu review)
Long Shot is a political Rom-Com starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. I’m a sucker for a good rom com, with Notting Hill and When Harry Met Sally being two of my favourites. What a joy then to say that Long Shot takes the best parts of both films, and makes an equally successful new film out of it.
In 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was launched with their bold new superhero, Iron Man. Over the next 11 years it has grown into a cultural phenomenon rivalled only by Star Wars. I, personally, have never been mad on Star Wars. I enjoy the films, I’m just not bothered much about the mythology or overarching … Continue reading “Part of the journey is the end” (Avengers: Endgame *Spoiler Free* review)