Birds of Prey review “A psychedelic headache”

Birds of Prey movie posterDC seems to have been getting into the swing of things of late. After trying (and failing) to out Marvel the MCU with catastrophic flops like Justice League and Suicide Squad, they decided to switch things up a little and stop taking themselves too seriously.

From then on, we’ve had AquamanShazam! and last year’s fabulous, Oscar-nominated Joker. But let’s rewind just a tad. You see, while Suicide Squad was a hot mess of a film, it had one redeeming feature: Margot Robbie.

Film execs down at DC cottoned on to the fact that Robbie’s Harley Quinn was by far the best part of the movie and decided to give the character her very own picture. How nice. But is the resulting film a corker? Or are we looking at another bargain basement comic-book adaptation? Continue reading

Shazam! review “Someone saw Jumanji 2”

Shazam movie posterAh, the DCEU, probably one of the most inconsistent franchises there is. They started off with the so-so Man of Steel, then the incredibly dull Batman V. Superman, then one of my least favorite films ever Suicide Squad, the overall decent Wonder Woman, the mediocre Justice League, and my personal favorite, Aquaman. Now they come to us with Shazam, which had a fantastic trailer.

They made a trailer which looked like it was bringing wonder back to the superhero genre. I was super excited, and when I learned of advance screenings, I bought my tickets immediately. When I actually saw it, I sat there for two hours and twelve minutes, and when it ended, I was thoroughly feeling like I was brought back… to a superhero movie from 2013, but I’ll get into that. Let’s just get into the movie as a whole. Continue reading

The Worst Films of 2017: Dark Tower, Wonder Woman & More

Film in 2017So yesterday we entered the realm of 2017’s best films. From Kingsman: The Golden Circle to the divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latter half of the year has thrown up some incredible blockbusters and more independent films.

Now we get to the fun part, the worst films of 2017. The last twelve months hasn’t been particularly good or particularly bad, but there’s been a distinct increase in the number of unwanted reboots, sequels and prequels this year. With that in mind, let’s take a look through the dross of 2017 and see which films have the dishonour of being mentioned. Read on to find out. Continue reading

Justice League review “Hoorah, it’s not a total dud”

Justice League posterThe entire production of Justice League has been enveloped in the tragedy surrounding director Zack Snyder’s sudden departure from the project in March this year.

After losing his daughter, Autumn, to suicide, the DC regular decided to hand over the reins of his passion project to Avengers director Joss Whedon so that he could spend time with his family. Whedon came on board and decided to undertake costly reshoots in order to get the film finished on time.

In that respect, it’s a miracle we’ve even got a Justice League movie in the first place. What’s even more of a miracle is that it turns out to be not rubbish – unfortunately that’s probably the biggest compliment I can give this frequently entertaining but messy outing for our favourite selection of DC Comic superheroes. Continue reading

“All hail the bricks” The LEGO Batman Movie review

The LEGO Batman Movie review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: U

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyLEGO may have just single-handedly saved the DC Universe. Yep, you heard me right; the construction toy has come to the aid of one of the comic-book heavyweights in spectacular fashion.

Of course, this is not the first time the world’s biggest toy company has released a film. 2014’s LEGO Movie catapulted the popular bricks into the minds of more people than ever before, it was an astounding success, and deserved every inch.

Now, they’re back with The LEGO Batman Movie, a film with so many side jokes and movie references, it’s impossible to spot them all the first time around.

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