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

IT: Chapter Two review “Good job I wore the brown pants”

IT: Chapter Two posterPart of this post is sponsored by 4DX Cinemas. With poignancy and heart on its side, 2017’s IT managed to avoid its occasional flaws to become an unnerving addition to the horror genre. While the film could never be classed as outright terrifying, the character of Pennywise, portrayed exceptionally by Bill Skarsgard, is an unsettling antagonist and one of the best in film.

Two years later, the town of Derry is back on the big screen in Andy Muschietti’s epic conclusion. But at nearly 3 hours long, is IT: Chapter Two just a bloated mess, or does it float to new heights? Continue reading

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review “Guillermo del Toro makes a solid creepy movie! Shock!”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark poster“Euhuheh” – A quote from me in four separate scenes in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. After either the first or second trailer, I can’t remember which, I was really worried about this movie. It appeared to be the standard scares that you’ll find in any PG-13 horror film like Escape Room or Happy Death Day 2U, as well as the pretty bad CG Ghost of Sarah Bellows, and that scared me going into it.

Then the reviews were positive and I became optimistic, so when I saw this film on opening weekend, I had a sense of cautious optimism. As the credits rolled, I found myself relieved, as this is the second best horror film of 2019. So, let’s get into Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Continue reading

Angel Has Fallen review “At least it’s better than the last one”

Angel Has Fallen posterIt’s always surprising when a truly awful film performs well at the box-office, but that’s exactly what happened with 2017’s London Has FallenDespite overwhelmingly poor reviews, the sequel to 2013’s marginally better Olympus Has Fallen made over four times its production budget in ticket sales.

Naturally, a sequel in the now originally named ‘Fallen’ film series was greenlit soon after with the majority of the cast returning for the third instalment. But is the finished product, Angel Has Fallen as bad as its predecessor? Or is this the turning point? Continue reading