Johnny English Strikes Again is the third film in the comedy spy series led by Rowan Atkinson. What started as a great first film grew slightly tiring in the second, and unfortunately this third film continues the slow death. It’s not totally without redemption, but it’s not far off.
Shane Black is one of the highest regarded writer directors working currently, known for writing ‘Lethal Weapon’ 1 and 2, and for writing/directing ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘The Nice Guys’ and ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ (all great films). Unfortunately, his latest film continuing the Predator franchise is a break from his pretty consistent track record, and one that features a dull story, ropey CGI and offensive stereotypes.
The Spy Who Dumped Me, with the clue in its name, is a Spy Action Comedy. However, it is actually not a comedy due to it having no funny jokes. I also would suggest that a spy flick needs espionage, thrills and believable plot twists. It doesn't count just because your lead characters are CIA agents. So now it's just an action film. And boy is it a rubbish action film.
If you’ve ever wondered what a Sharknado quality film would look like if it cost $150 million, then The Meg is the film for you! While admittedly enjoyable, this appalling film drags all the post-Jaws troupes through the water, but leaves viewers dry.
The Mission: Impossible franchise is one of the few in Hollywood that continues to grow in quality. Mission: Impossible – Fallout not only meets the high bar set by franchise, it actually exceeds it and is potentially one of the greatest action films ever made.
Mission: Impossible is arguably the most consistent movie franchise going. Sporting some of the most incredible practical stunt work in movie history, the franchise has jumped from strength to strength and has only grown in quality and scale. With the sixth film arriving in cinemas next week, I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back and review the franchise so far.
If you’ve seen the poster for this film, then you already know it’s going to be ridiculous. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is back, in my mind the best A-List star to make B-List films, and this time he’s climbing a burning skyscraper to save his family and uncover a plot to destroy the building.
Capping off Josh Brolin's triumphant summer at the box office, 'Sicario 2: Soldado' sees the return of Matt Graver (a CIA agent played by Brolin) and hitman Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) as they team up to fight the Mexican drug cartels who have begun transporting terrorists across the border. I only watched the first film (made in 2015) a few weeks ago, but I must say I was a huge fan. It was dark, intensely brooding and morally ambiguous. What a joy to say that I felt this one managed to maintain that level of intensity.
The unthinkable has happened. According to most box office reporters, Solo has become the first Star Wars Film to officially flop. Despite not being a huge super-fan of the franchise, I can’t deny I do enjoy most of the films and am deeply shocked that a Star Wars film hasn’t broken the box office. More surprising, however, was that the box office survived the new trilogy (Phantom Menace etc.) and instead fell apart on Solo, a film which I found to be thoroughly enjoyable.
Following on from 2015’s great reboot on the classic Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom delivers some fantastic set pieces, but is ultimately let down by a bland and boring script.