You should know by now that I absolutely love a disaster movie. From cheesy 90s classics like Dante’s Peak and tense, emotional disaster flicks like Deep Impact, to the cheesy modern-era of big-budget blockbusters like San Andreas, I just can’t get enough of seeing the world catapulted into catastrophe.
Forgive me for being apprehensive then when I saw that Gerard Butler would be taking on the lead role in Greenland a film about a planet-killing comet hurtling towards earth. You see, as good an actor as Butler is, his film role choices of late have been, shall we say, questionable.
The ‘Has Fallen’ trilogy for instance are absolute trash and the less we say about Gods of Egypt the better, and even his last disaster film, Geostorm was only serviceable and faded into the background of this highly competitive genre. But am I right to be apprehensive or are we looking at the next brilliant disaster film? That’s what we’ll find out in this review.
I remember when Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006, and fans of the animation studio’s work up until that point were absolutely appalled. Concerned, and rightly so, that the House of Mouse would destroy that “small-time studio” feel that Pixar had, it was deemed as a billion dollar catastrophe.
Despite all those reservations, it’s now clear, 14 years on, that Disney’s acquisition of the studio was a positive move for both. Pixar had the ability to create films on a much larger (aka more expensive) scale, and Disney had another studio name to add to its profitability as they began their global domination-style plan. mwahahahaha!
That’s the history lesson over with. Now, as we approach the end of 2020, and with the world completely turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, Pixar’s latest film, Soul, released directly to Disney+ is just the film we needed to turn our frowns upside down. But how good is it?
Color is something we often talk about with movies. Movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Blade Runner 2049 are movies frequently discussed for their beautiful color palettes, but before we were talking about colorful movies, we talked about their colorful titles. Many of my favorite movies have colors in the title. Soylent Green’s political intrigue, R.E.D’s hilarious moments and witty dialogue, or the combination of all of those things in Primary Colors, which is a great movie which has not been thought of at all during this very fun campaign year in America.
However, if you ever asked someone to name a movie with a color in the title, they’d say The Pink Panther. A classic comedy which gave us a franchise that lasted almost fifty years before Steve Martin brutally murdered it with two very unfunny films. So how good was the starting point in order to form an eleven film franchise?
J.A. Bayona is one of the most exciting directors working today, a bold statement that maybe, but in this review, I’ll tell you why. His knack for creating superbly shot, engaging films like The Orphanage and The Impossible has meant many in Hollywood have been keeping an intrigued eye on him.
His hard work paid off in 2018 when it was announced he would be taking over directorial duties on the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom, and despite a less than stellar critical response, no-one could argue that it was the most beautiful film in the Jurassic saga. Before he took on that behemoth of a movie however, Bayona was busy working on A Monster Calls, based on the book of the same name by Patrick Ness. But how does it stack up when compared with the rest of the director’s resume?
In the final chapter of the most influential films of Movie Metropolis contributors, our newest writer, Jack Horsley, takes a personal journey through film, picking out the 10 movies that have meant the most to him. You can find the links to Adam, Joe, Daulton, Jesse and Louise’s articles at the bottom of this article.
In this article I will explore the films that influenced me. Those that gave me a passion for film and helped me look at film the way I do today.