Cats review “What a way to end 2019”

Cats movie posterIt’s hard to think of a better director to helm a live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic stage musical, Cats, than Tom Hooper. Already with 2013’s Les Misérables under his belt and receiving critical acclaim (and an Oscar no less) from 2011’s The King’s Speech, he’s adept in this field of film-making.

Nevertheless, Cats has been under much scrutiny since its trailers debuted earlier this year, with criticism being levelled at the unusual choice of CGI to render a roster of famous faces as the titular felines. But is the finished product a new classic or a cat-astrophy? Continue reading

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review “Wait a minute, that’s it?”

The Rise of Skywalker posterI don’t think it would be remiss of me to state that The Last Jedi was one of the most divisive blockbusters in recent memory. Sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks pretty good, but as we all know, that only tells half the story.

Sure, Rian Johnson’s space opera scored an overwhelmingly positive 91% from critics, but for audiences; aka Star Wars fans, it achieved just 43% based on over 200,000 ratings. On that scale, it is the lowest rated film in the series.

You see, Johnson had full control over the story and the direction of The Last Jedi after J.J Abrams introduced a new generation of sci-fi geeks to the Star Wars name with 2015’s huge hit, The Force Awakensand many felt that not only did it deviate too much away from Star Wars lore, it made some poor choices too. Continue reading

The Star Wars Saga: Ranked

Star Wars franchise reviewThe Rise of Skywalker is finally here! To mark the occasion, let’s take a look back at the entire Star Wars universe, dogmatically review each and every film and create the ultimate and undisputed franchise guide.

If there’s anything you can rely on Star Wars fans for, it’s their vehement passion for George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away. With this mind, I am fully expecting to ruffle a few Porg feathers as we travel back through the past 40 years and reassess each entrant of the series. Continue reading

Sponsored: Escape into Jumanji: The Next Level in 4DX and ScreenX

Jumanji 4DX posterCinemagoers will be dropped into the hilarious and unforgiving world of Jumanji: The Next Level when the action-packed blockbuster is released in 4DX and ScreenX on 11th December, exclusively at Cineworld. Previews for the film will also be shown in 4DX on 7th and 8th December to help crank up the action for early-bird fans.

Audiences will be taken through the harshest desert landscapes, highest mountaintops and the deadliest jungles, as they’re get sucked back into the video-game for an even tougher challenge with the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karren Gillan returning for the ride along with many more. Continue reading

Lady and the Tramp review “So this is Disney+?”

Lady & The Tramp movie posterOh wow, there’s so many possibilities when it comes to opening this review. I could somewhat reformat a joke from “Zero Punctuation” about how Disney has been killing off their franchises with the efficiency that would worry the Gestapo. I could talk about how this is one of the launch titles of Disney+, which just came out in the states and how it doesn’t even graze the left buttock of the other titles Disney+ has at launch like “The Mandalorian” or the new Pixar short films like “Smash and Grab” which are amazing.

Or I could always just fall back to “Ol Reliable” and say that no one wanted a live action remake of Lady and the Tramp. I briefly touched on this in my Disney animated film review (which I now see I should have waited another few months for since everything is on Disney+), but I really enjoy the first Lady and the Tramp. It had charm and was a fun movie to watch. With this, we have one of the hardest movies I’ve had to watch for this entire year. There’s no use in delaying this doggy turd, let’s get into Lady and the Tramp. Continue reading