Rampage review “Bigger isn’t necessarily better”

Rampage movie posterRampage is Hollywood’s recent attempt to make the video game genre work and be the next big thing. Anyone who has watched Doom or Super Mario Bros. would tell you that video game adaptations do not translate very well to the big screen. So it’s safe to say adapting a video game franchise is a big risk. An even bigger risk is making a movie based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name.

That involves enormous versions of animals destroying buildings while the army tries to stop them, it’s a premise we’ve seen before in movies like Godzilla and King Kong but can this video game adaptation hold a candle to those classics? Continue reading

Ready Player One review “Virtually amazing”

Ready Player One movie poster

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a novel with such intricate parts and such nostalgia it should be next to impossible to film. In the hands of most directors it would have failed, luckily for Warner Bros. and us as an audience the great Steven Spielberg stepped up. However is this massive task of bringing a world filled with wonder and excitement, too much for the veteran director?

Ready Player One follows Wade Watts in the year 2045, where the world is in decline and people fill their time in the OASIS, a virtual world where everything is possible and the only limits are people’s imagination. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he releases his will to challenge all the users of the OASIS to find his very own Easter Egg inside the game, whoever wins becomes the new owner. Continue reading

Early Man review “Stuck in the Stone Age”

Early Man posterAardman Animation and Nick Park have brought us some of the best stock motion animation over the years, from the likes of Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventures with Scientists and of course the Wallace and Gromit franchise.

They have brought together great British comedy that is relevant to both children and adults alike, and their films could even rival the likes of Pixar.

Now in cinemas is their latest project Early Man, a prehistoric story that looks at the early ancestors of our favourite Aardman characters. Continue reading

The Shape of Water review “Strangely beautiful, but bonkers”

When looking at directors with their own unique style you think of Tim Burton and his take on the Gothic, Edger Wright and the way he portrays action, but when you look at Guillermo del Toro’s work you realise that nobody could copy his style. Making the audience look at the supernatural with beauty as well as the terrifying and the Shape of Water is truly his love letter to classic monster movies, particularly The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The film follows Elisa Esposita (Sally Hawkins), a cleaner at a top secret USA facility during the 1960s. Elisa creates a bond with an amphibious creature who is being held captive by the US government, being guarded and tortured by the very cruel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Continue reading

Darkest Hour review “Gary Oldman’s Finest Hour”

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour (2017)Just a quick reminder that there is still time to cast your votes in the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars. It only takes a few seconds and you get the opportunity to get your opinions heard.

Speaking of the Oscars, one man who is clearly getting a lot of attention is Gary Oldman. For his portrayal of the great British icon Winston Churchill. Now it is a shock that he has never won an Oscar, he was rightfully nominated for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but to look at his acting career in the past and you realise it truly is a shame. Has he done enough to finally win that Oscar?

The film follows Churchill as he becomes the newly appointed prime minister, as Britain deals with the early days of World War II. Having to deal with opposition from both sides of the war, from the troubles that are occurring on the beaches of Dunkirk and members of his own party. Continue reading