Christopher Robin review “A future classic”

Christopher Robin posterThe characters of Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger are synonymous with the childhood of millions of adults across the globe. A.A. Milne’s classic creatures are etched into the memories of many, passed down through generations with tatty old story books and stuffed animals.

Their film history is a little more chequered. True box-office domination has eluded the little critters, until now at least. Rolling off the success of Paddington and its arguably even better sequel, Disney gets in on the action, the live-action that is, and brings Pooh and co to life in Christopher Robin. But does it work? Continue reading

Brigsby Bear review “Mary Poppins in a bear costume”

Brigsby Bear posterNothing quite says childhood like a person dressed up as a bear. Rainbow has it, Bear in the Big Blue House has it and, following on from tradition, Brigsby Bear also has a human in a bear costume. However, (arguably) unlike the TV shows of yore, Brigsby Bear has a much more sinister tone to it. Yet, from the clothes to the terribly bad special effects, this movie screams kid’s TV show.

Brigsby Bear follows James, a man who was kidnapped as a child and kept in an airtight bunker. His captors, played by Mark Hamill and Jane Adams, made him his very own TV show to watch, entitled Brigsby Bear, for him to while away the hours whilst trapped. After he is found many years later, James falls into a spiral of not knowing what happened to Brigsby, eventually deciding to direct the conclusion himself. Continue reading

The Meg review “Jurassic Shark”

The Meg posterAh the shark attack movie. A genre that has over the years changed itself from impactful horror suspense thriller to cheesy, throwaway popcorn entertainment. Apart from when Steven Spielberg changed cinema forever with his 1975 masterpiece, Jaws, audiences have been given few treats in the decades that followed.

Deep Blue Sea was a tasteful homage to its forbearer, but even that was riddled in cliché and was much more of a brain-numbing creature feature than Jaws was. And then came Sharknado and its raft of dreadfully titled sequels. Look back through cinema history and you’ll see that sharks are big business in Hollywood.

Now, as we enter the final stages of 2018, Jason Statham stars in perhaps the most preposterous shark movie yet, yes, even more preposterous than Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! But sometimes preposterous can be fun. Is that the case here? Continue reading

Like Father review “A somewhat successful replica of family”

Like Father posterThe relationship between a father and his daughter is always hard to replicate. It takes a lot of guts to try and even simulate it. There aren’t many bonds like parent and child – which is why hiring two strangers to bring this pairing to life is such an alien concept. However, Netflix’s new movie, Like Father, tackles this challenge head on – but does it work?

Like Father follows Rachel (Kristen Bell) and Harry (Kelsey Grammar), an estranged father and daughter. When Rachel is left at the altar for being a workaholic, she gets drunk and takes her dad – whom she has not seen for 26 years – on her honeymoon cruise with her. What then follows is a rollercoaster of emotions, as well as a lot of product placement regarding Royal Caribbean Cruises. Continue reading

Mission: Impossible – Fallout review “Cruise and Mcquarrie Do It Again”

Mission: Impossible Fallout posterThe year: 1996. In between From Dusk til Dawn and Independence Day came yet another 90s TV to movie adaptation, Mission: Impossible. As you can see 22 years later, it certainly succeeded as the sixth installment in the franchise was released, Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Being the sixth in the franchise surprisingly still presents a lot of firsts with the first recurring director in Christopher McQuarrie, first recurring leading female in Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, and the first recurring villain in Sean Harris’s Solomon Lane. However, did the return of many key roles lead to a movie as fun and exciting as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, or do we have another Mission: Impossible II on our hands. Let’s delve into that. Continue reading