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

Aquaman review “Bad wigs aside, it’s really rather good”

Aquaman posterYou could be forgiven for being rather sceptical walking into the cinema to see Aquaman, and it’s easy to see why. An uninspiring set of trailers preceded by the DCEU’s shall we say reluctance to resonate with audiences.

Of course, Wonder Woman was a sterling effort by Patty Jenkins, only hampered by a poor final act and the feeling that the female superhero couldn’t quite shake off the trappings of Zac Snyder’s overarching vision for the DC Extended Universe.

Justice League was a steaming pile of mediocrity and Batman vs Superman was fun if entirely forgettable. Aquaman arrives on the scene with the hopes of Warner Bros. entire franchise on its shoulders. But is it any good? Continue reading

Bumblebee review “A fun-filled action-packed barrel of awesome”

Bumblebee movie posterI am filing a restraining order against Travis Knight, as he has most definitely been reading my diary. I mean, 80s pop culture, cool and easy to see action, surprisingly funny comedy, along with my future wife Hailee Steinfeld?

Yeah, stay 100 feet away Mr. Knight. Bumblebee was a movie I was expecting to be, well, awful. It looked cliche and melodramatic, but I am pleased to say that is most definitely not the case, with a movie that has penetrated my top 10 favorite movies of the year. With that, we have a large amount to discuss, so let’s dive in. Continue reading

Cam review “An Empty Conversation”

Cam movie posterAdvancements in technologies in film are more often than not depicted as evil and wicked to the human race. Shows like Westworld and Black Mirror reinforce this idea that humans struggle to adapt to new shiny toys. Technology is ever evolving and because we have a difficult time keeping up in the real world literature and film have a field day with this unknown. This is where Netflix’s Cam comes into play. In the era of live streaming one’s personal life online, Cam tackles issues of internet safety and identity on and off the internet, but how well?

The movie follows an up and coming cam girl, Alice (Madeline Brewer), as she performs in front of webcams for a prestigious number one spot. She partakes in everything from erotic showcasing to “self-harm”, almost anything to get her rank up in the leaderboards. Just as her popularity spikes a mysterious doppelgänger steals her account and online identity. Continue reading

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs review “A western with a twist”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs posterThe Wild West. Full of outlaws, cowboys and guns, this has been a topic of many a blockbuster movie. However, Netflix’s latest release, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is a western with a twist. Comprised of six separate stories, this movie explores many aspects of the Wild West, without just focussing on the shooting part.

The movie follows a variety of characters, as well as the titular Buster Scruggs. We see them as they begin many adventures, fight a lot of random people, and perform a lot of boring shows. With a stellar cast, a few laughs and a pair of veteran directors, this movie seems like it’s on to a winner. Continue reading