“A tale as old as time” Beauty & the Beast review

Beauty & the Beast review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: PG

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyWhichever big wig down at Disney decided it would be a good idea to remake all of their animated classics using live-action is surely due a massive promotion. The studio’s reputation is soaring after the acquisition of Marvel and Lucasfilm and this new way of thinking is paying off at the box office.

Last year’s The Jungle Book earned just shy of $1billion worldwide, their Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken upwards of $5billion and don’t get me started on Star Wars. Continuing the studio’s trend of remaking their animated features is Beauty & the Beast, but does this modern day reimagining of a fairly modern classic conjure up memories of 1991? Continue reading

“Fun for all the family” Sing review

Sing review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: U

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyTalking animated animals are big business over in Hollywood. After all, Disney’s Zootopia was one of only a handful of films to gross over $1billion last year. Its competitor, The Secret Life of Pets performed well but wasn’t critically successful.

Here, the company behind that second film, Illumination Entertainment, try to get the genre right with Sing. But are we looking at the next superstar of the animated genre? Continue reading

New Podcast: 2016’s Best Films

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyMovie Metropolis Play is back with a brand new podcast. After the success of the two previous videos that looked at the best and worst movies of 2015, myself and Rob decided there was only one option – to do another two!

There’s tears, screaming, swearing and possibly a couple of black eyes, but we can neither confirm nor deny the latter!

The first podcast is now live on the Movie Metropolis YouTube channel. Continue reading

“The Little Beauty of Notre Dame” Moana review

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nMoana review: By Rob Stoakes

UK Certification: U

It’s weird how long it took for Hollywood to get Dwayne The Rock The People’s Champion The Brahma Bull The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment It Doesn’t Matter What His Last Name Is right.

After all, here’s a wrestler who wasn’t very good at wrestling but so good at talking and had such good facial expressions that IT DOESN’T MATTER! which the wrestling fans among you read in his iconic shout. So, what’s he used for when he enters Hollywood? Shutting up and scowling.

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“Lovely in every sense of the word” Pete’s Dragon review

10933939_858255040882983_331142605952023910_n2016 really does belong to Disney. The House of Mouse has been churning out some incredible films this year with the live-action remake of The Jungle Book proving sceptical audiences (and critics) completely wrong.

The BFG was a pleasant and inoffensive adaptation of Roald Dahl’s wonderful novel and Finding Dory got Pixar back on the right track, and let’s not forget Captain America: Civil War, by far the best superhero film of the year.

Here, Disney continues its trend with recreating its classic cartoons in live-action; resurrecting Pete’s Dragon. But is this remake of the 1977 film of the same name as good as The Jungle Book? Continue reading