Dumplin’ review “A diamond in a world of rhinestones”

Dumplin movie posterSome movies are made just to put a spring in your step. With just the right amount of saccharine sweetness combined with the perfect amount of laughs and a good old obstacle for the protagonist to work their way around, it seems as though a feel-good movie is a piece of cake to make. However, Netflix’s recent release, Dumplin’, as poised as it may be to take the crown of a feel-good movie, may have slightly missed the mark.

Dumplin’ follows Willowdean, the daughter of a pageant queen and life long Dolly Parton fan. After the death of her beloved aunt, she decides to join the pageant her mum runs to prove the point that it says nowhere in the rules, ‘big girls need not apply’. Continue reading

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch review “An adventure game for people who don’t like games”

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch movie posterThe world of the adventure game is one that is frequently explored. Many of the games released nowadays involve the player to choose exactly how their character lives their computer-generated life: what they wear, what they eat and what choices they make, are all in the hands of the gamer.

However, it’s less likely to be seen within the medium of the movie. With nearly all films ever, it’s like reading a book: you are prepared just to accept what happens. But what would happen if the fate of the protagonist was your decision? Continue reading

Bird Box review “Unbelievably tense”

Birdbox posterThe end of the world has been presented in many different ways. Huge natural disasters, aliens, even humans themselves, have been responsible for the apocalypse. However, Netflix’s newest release, Bird Box, won’t let you see what is causing the end of the world – because it makes you die.

Bird Box follows Malorie (Sandra Bullock), a pregnant woman who is desperately trying to survive a world where people keep randomly committing suicide after seeing an unknown entity. Continue reading

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House review “A well written Ghost”

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House posterWhether you call them apparitions, ectoplasms, or guilt-ridden hallucinations, ghosts have made their presence known in and out of fiction. Ghosts have a creative edge by being universal and interpreted in many forms. They can be vengeful sprits or helpful guides to the living. Netflix’s newest ghost story, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, is a more traditional take on the ghost. They are opaque, haunting and a real hassle for the living. With such an established trope (and before I make a bad ghost pun), let’s take a look at what I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House brings to the table.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is about a hospice nurse named Lily (Ruth Wilson) who is hired to look over the elderly Iris (Paula Prentiss) in her haunted estate. The movie opens with narration from Lily retelling her deadly experience in the house and from there the her words come to fruition. Continue reading

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle review “Humans and tigers and bears – oh my!”

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle posterEveryone knows the story of The Jungle Book. Everyone has watched a small boy float down a river on the belly of an amiable bear, all whilst singing upbeat tunes. However, what most people don’t know is the darker side of the story. Netflix’s newest release, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, is far from the cartoon jollity of Disney’s 1967 version. But, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s a bad thing.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle follows Mowgli (obviously), an orphaned child who is taken in by a wolf pack after his mother is killed by the tiger, Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). He is educated by Bagheera (Christian Bale) and Baloo (Andy Serkis) as he navigates his way around the jungle as a man-cub. Continue reading