The Grinch review “A nice looking present, broken by the mailman”

The Grinch movie posterIn the year 2000, Ron Howard of all people, director of such films like Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind, and Apollo 13, made a movie called How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey, and it was one of the best horror movies of the year. The terrifying makeup along with the weird fog over the lenses makes this movie- what?

According to the person who barged into my writing room, this Grinch is actually supposed to be a family-comedy? Then how do you explain all the creepy imagery, adult jokes and awkward pauses… Oh, it’s a Dr. Seuss movie from the 2000s, okay I get it now. Anywho, they made a non-horrifying version this year simply titled The Grinch, starring Belligerent Cabbagepatch and… yeah, let’s talk about it. Continue reading

Mary Poppins Returns review “Disney knocks it out of the park”

Mary Poppins Returns posterIt was 1964 when the world was introduced to a practically-perfect British nanny in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins. Back then, Julie Andrews starred as the eponymous character alongside Dick van Dyke and David Tomlinson. It was an instant hit and became one of Disney’s most-loved feature films.

That is, by everyone apart from the author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers. So incensed by what she felt was Disney’s misunderstanding of her source material, she banned all future work with the studio.

So, 54 years later and with Travers’ estate finally agreeing to a sequel (I wonder how much Disney executives had to pay for that), we get a sequel that no-one was really asking for. Mary Poppins Returns brings the titular character back into the hearts of newcomers and fans alike, but is the film as practically-perfect in every way like its lead? Or is it a bit of a dud? Continue reading

Aquaman review “Bad wigs aside, it’s really rather good”

Aquaman posterYou could be forgiven for being rather sceptical walking into the cinema to see Aquaman, and it’s easy to see why. An uninspiring set of trailers preceded by the DCEU’s shall we say reluctance to resonate with audiences.

Of course, Wonder Woman was a sterling effort by Patty Jenkins, only hampered by a poor final act and the feeling that the female superhero couldn’t quite shake off the trappings of Zac Snyder’s overarching vision for the DC Extended Universe.

Justice League was a steaming pile of mediocrity and Batman vs Superman was fun if entirely forgettable. Aquaman arrives on the scene with the hopes of Warner Bros. entire franchise on its shoulders. But is it any good? Continue reading

Bumblebee review “A fun-filled action-packed barrel of awesome”

Bumblebee movie posterI am filing a restraining order against Travis Knight, as he has most definitely been reading my diary. I mean, 80s pop culture, cool and easy to see action, surprisingly funny comedy, along with my future wife Hailee Steinfeld?

Yeah, stay 100 feet away Mr. Knight. Bumblebee was a movie I was expecting to be, well, awful. It looked cliche and melodramatic, but I am pleased to say that is most definitely not the case, with a movie that has penetrated my top 10 favorite movies of the year. With that, we have a large amount to discuss, so let’s dive in. Continue reading

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms review “Sour character development ruins a potentially sweet story”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms posterIt’s November in the US which means it is time to start celebrating Christmas, and along with The Grinch, Disney is kicking things off with their new Christmas film Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Based off the hit ballet, Nutcracker is taking a generally story-less tale and turning it into fantasy war epic similar to the 2010 Alice in Wonderland.

I generally dislike that reimagining from Tim Burton, as it tries to turn nonsense into a Lord of the Rings style action film. Now, another director who has made a superhero movie that I really enjoy has come in to do that exact thing with the Nutcracker, and now I ask you to allow me to explain why that did really did not work. Continue reading