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.
Produced by Peter Jackson, Mortal Engines is a film about giant cities on wheels that drive around and attack one another. While the bizarre concept is perfect Peter Jackson territory, this fantasy adaptation spoils its fantastic special effects with a cliché screenplay, poor performances and a lack of interesting personality.
I must preface this review by saying that I am not a ‘Potterhead’. I like the original Potter films, I think they’re perfectly fine. I was NOT, however, a fan of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first prequel in J. K. Rowling’s ‘Wizarding World’. I found it boring, lacking in story and favouring style very much over substance. It’s with surprise that I announce this latest film is actually even worse, and highlights a lot of major issues in Hollywood’s Franchise-Saturated market.
Well, it’s no surprise to hear that Disney’s mega budget CGI fest of a Nutcracker film is utterly dreadful. When it was first announced, it baffled everyone. Why on earth were Disney funding a live-action adaptation of the iconic Russian ballet? The answer, they weren't. They were actually making a dull, predictable story under that banner, so they could use some iconic classical music to hide the death of their originality. And boy does it stink.
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.
By now you’ll have heard that ‘The Shape of Water’ is one of the best reviewed and well accepted films of 2017. Guillermo del Toro won awards for best directing at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA’s, and it’s won a whole host of awards in various other categories. While I see why its won … Continue reading The Little Merman (The Shape of Water review)
An enjoyable gothic fairy tale with some stunning practical effects, and some awful CGI effects (click to read more)