Jojo Rabbit review ‘Monty Python, but in Nazi Germany’

JoJo Rabbit posterAh, the beauty of childhood. Running around with your best friends, making your own fun. It’s highly likely, however, that your childhood didn’t involve being a part of the Hitler Youth. Well, in the newest movie from triple-threat, Taika Waititi, it features just that. As well as, you know, the Gestapo, public hangings, and actual Hitler himself.

It doesn’t go amiss to question why such a successful comedy filmmaker would tackle such a risky subject. What also doesn’t go amiss, however, is how the story of Jojo Rabbit is handled. The movie follows Jojo, a 10 year old lad born in Germany in WWII.

His dedication to the war effort is apparent from the off – he marches around in his Hitler Youth uniform, knife readied in his belt, with his imaginary friend (who just happens to be Waititi as Hitler) issues rallying cries of support for his tiny friend. His mother (Scarlett Johansson) is quick-witted, unapologetic, and fiendishly brave. It seems as though its them and Hitler against the world, until Jojo makes a discovery in his very own house. Continue reading

The Best Movies of 2019: Alita, Joker & More

The best movies of 2019I hope you’ve been enjoying your leftovers this Boxing Day. We’ve already counted down the worst blockbusters of 2019, with some interesting films being thrown into the mix together, and now, as we come to the end of the two-day Bank Holiday here in the UK, it’s time to look at the very best big budget movies the year has had to offer.

There have been some real highlights this year. Some have been unexpectedly great, while others we always knew they would turn out to be fab. Here are my picks for the best movies of 2019 (from the blockbuster category of course). 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

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