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

Outlaw King review “Kings, knights and Chris Pine”

Outlaw King movie posterIt’s not often that a gritty retelling of a historical conflict is sold as one of the most entertaining movies of the year. It’s also unusual that said movie does so well with audiences, and fairly poorly with critics. That’s what’s happened with Netflix’s newest release, Outlaw King. However, who is right – is this movie actually worth the time, or should you binge-watch another series instead?

Outlaw King follows Robert Bruce (Chris Pine) as he revolts against the English King Edward (Stephen Dillane) for control over Scotland. Continue reading

MM Retro Review: Grease

Grease movie posterGrease is not a good movie. Grease is not a particularly good musical either. By any ostensible measure of quality Grease is average at best, and that’s being generous. It is poorly structured, poorly plotted, and poorly made… and yet there is something undeniably infectious about it.

Just look at the showstopping “Greased Lightning” to see what I mean. I use the word showstopping because it’s a wonderfully cheesy musical set-piece, akin to Gene Kelly singing in the rain in Singin’ in the Rain. I also use the word showstopping because it literally stops the movie dead in its tracks. There’s no reason for “Greased Lightning” to exist in the context of the movie. The song doesn’t progress the plot in any meaningful way and we don’t learn anything new about the characters either. Continue reading