Joker review “A cinema experience like no other”

Joker movie posterI’ve never left the cinema more unnerved than I did after watching Todd Phillips’ first foray in the superhero genre. Joker is a frequently violent, often grotesque and regularly intense portrayal of the iconic character that’s already receiving praise and backlash in equal measure from those in the critic community.

With development originally beginning way back in 2016, Joaquin Phoenix walking out of interviews and the press junket being cancelled altogether, it’s safe to say that the path to release has not been easy, but what’s the finished product like? Continue reading

Hustlers review “The best film of 2019 with the word hustle in the title”

Hustlers movie posterThis is going to be a difficult movie to review. Not because I don’t have clearly defined thoughts on it, not because I disagree with the consensus between both critics and audiences, it’s because this review is supposed to be family friendly and there were so many opportunities for jokes relating to the characters professions. So, I will attempt to make as little of said jokes as possible, but I think I can get can get the more inappropriate ones stripped off the list.

Gosh dang it.

Anyway, Hustlers is a film starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, and Cardi B for some reason, about a group of former strippers who drug Wall Street men to make a fortune and support their materialistic lifestyle. I can’t deny that even though I was excited for the film that I was pretty surprised when the film was getting positive reviews. Continue reading

Ad Astra review “I feel like I’ve seen this before”

Ad Astra posterAbout half way through director James Gray’s sixth feature film Ad Astra, I began to find myself thinking, ‘hang on, haven’t I seen this bit before?’ ‘In that other film about space?’ ‘And haven’t I heard this voice over before?’ In that film by Terence Malick about the tree?’

This feeling of déjà vu never quite left me as I ploughed my way through Gray’s self-indulgent space epic/Brad Pitt Oscar vehicle, bitterly disappointed as the film revealed itself to be no more than a style-over-substance space odyssey full of threadbare cliches.

Ad Astra is a film of two halves. One is a visually breath-taking science fiction adventure brimming with seamless visual effects, The other is a tepid father/son melodrama that tries it’s damnedest to drag the rest of the film down to it’s yawn-inducing level. Ad Astra looks poised to kick-start the age old debate of substance over style, and I imagine audiences watching the film will find that which camp they fall in will determine how much they agree with critical opinion. Continue reading

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock review “A litmus test for Jurassic World 3”

Battle at Big Rock posterAbout a year ago, eagle-eyed Jurassic Park fans noticed a strange addition to the franchise’s history. All over the internet, the name Battle at Big Rock was appearing. First in Mattel’s leaked toy-line and then on Universal’s own website.

Rumours of a short film soon swirled around the internet with many inside sources saying that it would be released prior to this year’s Hobbs & Shaw. The release date for that film came and went with no news on this intriguing addition to the Jurassic World universe. Continue reading

Unpopular Opinion: Avatar is an overrated movie

Is Avatar overratedThere are only so many times you can hear about a cinema classic, without giving in to the pressure of watching it. The guilt surrounding your lack of enthusiasm around a movie that appears to have turned the whole world upside down, dragging with it the expectations of film making as we have come to know it, forces you to need to watch something (even if you’re not really that bothered.) This is what happened to me with James Cameron’s Avatar: much to the chagrin of planet Earth…I didn’t like it.

As far as I was aware, as I walked into that cinema with my dad, not really fussed about if I saw the movie about blue people or just went home, this movie was going to be the best film I had ever seen. Even better than Clueless which, to me, was not an easy feat. Continue reading