LAIKA studios are rapidly becoming something nobody thought was possible; fierce competition for Aardman Animations. Their stop motion films both share a whimsical vibrancy and a taste for the bizarre. With their 5th feature film, Missing Link, LAIKA have delivered another exquisitely animated film with gentle comedy and a warm heart.
With the full trailer for The Lion King remake being released yesterday, I thought I’d take the time to look through what I think are the positives and negatives of the film from what we know so far. THE POSITIVES The Special Effects Okay, so for computer animation, I have to admit that it does … Continue reading Trailer Thoughts – The Lion King
The Lego Movie was one of 2014’s most unlikely hits. Based on the hit construction toys, nobody could have ever expected it would be as funny or enjoyable as it really was. Continuing the story five years on, the sequel is a gorgeously designed film with hilarious characters and an emotional undertone.
Mary Poppins, made in 1964, is practically perfect in every way. It is the jewel in Disney’s live action crown, and is rightfully regarded as one of the best films ever made. Naturally, in today’s modern saturated movie market, a long overdue sequel was made. While Mary Poppins doesn’t begin to eclipse the original, it gives it a damn good try.
It’s always going to be a bold claim to make after the hugely successful Infinity War coming out, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of 2018. Infinity War, with it’s exciting scenes and bold ending, was still fairly by the numbers. Huge CGI action and a dreadful subplot about Thor’s axe brought it down in my rankings. This, however, is such a powerful film, with amazing humour, incredible design and heartbreaking emotion.
Ready Player One has competition! It now may not be 2018’s film with the most Pop-Culture references, as Wreck It Ralph takes a trip through the Internet. Following on from 2012 Disney animation, Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fun and colourful sequel through contemporary technology, but one that will ultimately be lost by time.
Nominated for Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards, ‘Garden Party’ is a 7-minute French feature about frogs living in an abandoned mansion. I’m a sucker for a light-hearted film with a super dark twist, so I absolutely loved this.
Coco was a film I missed during its initial theatrical run. However, when it returned to cinemas for a week I knew I had to go see it, and boy am I glad I did. Not since Up and Toy Story 3 have I watched a children’s film that made me so overwhelmingly emotional. It’s a phenomenal piece of work.
Pixar haven’t had the best track record for sequels. Cars 2 was dreadful, Monsters University lacked suffered in comparison to the original, and Finding Dory was nothing to write home about. Only the Toy Story sequels have managed to do that rare thing of improve on the original. Having loved The Incredibles, I was really, really hoping that this sequel would manage to at least match it. What a shame then to report that The Incredibles 2 doesn’t quite live up to the freshness of the original.
Wes Anderson has done it again! By which I mean made a bizarre film with a totally unique premise, melancholy undertones and ridiculously underplayed humour. And of course, I loved it.