The Iron Giant review: Retro Review

The Iron Giant posterGiant alien-robots, laser beams, sci-fi, oh my! The Iron Giant has everything to capture the imaginations of young space fanatic viewers. But the movie also touches on darker themes older viewers will catch and appreciate. Themes of war time tension, nuclear weapons and death are sprinkled throughout the movie. These darker commentries  separates The Iron Giant to more than just an animated feature for the kiddies.

The Iron Giant is directed by Brad Bird, the writer behind Ratatouille (2007) and Up (2009) and was released in 1999. Most recently, Brad Bird is known for his work on the animated Incredibles 2. The movie features the voices of Eli Marienthal as the young Hogarth Hughes, Jennifer Aniston voicing Annie Hughes and Vin Diesel as the titular Iron Giant. Continue reading

Incredibles 2 review “Was it worth the wait?”

Incredibles 2 movie posterIt’s been fourteen years since Pixar introduced the likes of Violet, Dash, Robert and Helen Parr onto unsuspecting audiences across the globe. The quartet of superheroes swiftly became one of the studio’s best and most profitable films, with a loyal legion of fans begging for a sequel soon after.

Nevertheless, Pixar went on to create some of the greatest animated films of all time. Then the slump came. After Cars and its dreadful sequel came and went and The Good Dinosaur reminded us that not even Pixar was immune from the movie critic curse, they swiftly regrouped and brought us the thrilling Coco and new classic, Inside Out. Now, 14 years later, Mr Incredible and the team are back. But are we looking at a classic Pixar, or a sequel that is too little too late? Continue reading

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter review “A lot of bad decisions”

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter posterThe genre of the hunting film is not a genre that I have come across many times as I’ve scrolled through Netflix. There’s the odd horror, the odd action movie. However, despite first appearances, this was far from a movie just about hunting – it was a movie about a father trying to understand his son.

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter follows Buck (Josh Brolin) and his best friend Don (Danny McBride), who make hunting videos together. In this particular escapade, Buck and Don decide to capture the moment Buck’s son kills his first deer. After various interruptions, including a middle-school girlfriend and a shot gone wrong, this movie depicts the bond between father and son better than a lot of stereotypical family movies I have ever seen. Continue reading

The First Purge review “Yet another wasted opportunity”

The First Purge posterYes! Get in! Finally, the producers over at Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse realised that what fans of the Purge series were wanting was a look at how the night of legalised crime came to be. It’s all we’ve been asking for since 2013 after all.

After three films of decent quality in which the second, Purge: Anarchy is the highlight, The First Purge promises to shake up the formula by introducing a prequel into the horror franchise. But does it do enough to stop the series from feeling stale or are we looking at yet another paint-by-numbers horror flick? Continue reading

Tag review “Tag, you’re not it”

Tag movie posterThe humble American comedy. To many British viewers, this genre of film is a sacrilege to all that is hilarious in this world. However, when I first saw the trailer for Tag, the latest foray into the world of slapstick comedy, I was surprised. Excited, even. However, did this movie live up to its thoroughly intriguing premise? Or, did it miss the mark completely?

Tag follows a group of five friends who all reunite during the month of May to play a huge game of tag. However, following the rumour that the elusive Jerry (Jeremy Renner) is retiring from the game after this season, it becomes a mission for the other four men to be the first to tag him in 30 years.

As far as an idea for a movie goes, this one has it all. It’s inventive, it’s based on a true story, it’s (supposedly) funny and it has a brilliant cast, including Ed Helms, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher. However, the execution leaves much to be desired. Continue reading