“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

“Sir Ian McKellen is magnificent” Mr Holmes review

MR HOLMES   (UK CERT: PG)

Director: Bill Condon  

Music: Carter Burwell

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Frances De La Tour


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Sherlock Holmes is hot property at the moment. Robert Downey Jr has played the titular detective in two box-office behemoths and Benedict Cumberbatch is supremely popular across the globe for his take on the character.

Now, Sir Ian McKellen is giving it a go in the little-publicised BBC funded Mr Holmes. But does it continue the trend of crafting intriguing dramas from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Continue reading