Hobbs & Shaw review “Unashamedly ludicrous”

Hobbs & Shaw posterPart of this post is sponsored by 4DX Cinemas. The Fast & Furious franchise has carved itself quite the enviable niche over the course of its nine-film run. Starting out as little more than a load of pretty people racing pretty cars around pretty locations, the series has evolved into a well-connected universe that is frankly, absolutely ludicrous.

Two of those big names, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham were true highlights in the two previous instalments in the series, both of which crossed the coveted $1billion mark at the global box office and with spin-offs being the order of the day, a Hobbs & Shaw solo film was greenlit.

David Leitch who made his directorial debut with John Wick and then followed up with Atomic Blonde and a decent sequel to Deadpool was drafted in to make this film as bonkers as anything he’s created before. But what is the finished product like? Continue reading

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood review “What is the longest and most drawn out way to say it’s meandering?”

Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood posterYou may remember that in October 2018, I reviewed a film called Bad Times at the El Royale. I really enjoyed that movie, which took place in the sixties, featured a star-studded cast, and mainly revolved around a Charles Manson-esque serial killer. I called it “Tarantino-esque Fun”. Now, we have Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood from Quentin Tarantino himself, which takes place in the sixties, featured a star-studded cast, and was said to revolve around Charles Manson.

I can say there are a few differences here though, Bad Times is much more of a thriller while this is more of a dramedy. I also enjoyed watching Bad Times and found this movie to be a massively underwhelming, somewhat dull, and meandering disappointment. I mean, everything seemed like it was going to be great, right? Tarantino, a ton of great actors, a cool set-up with the Manson murders, as well as a character named Daulton, even if they did spell it wrong. Everything seemed to say that this would be an incredible movie, so went wrong? Well, allow me to tell you why in the review of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Continue reading

The Lion King review “A technical marvel”

The Lion King posterAnother month, another Disney remake. After audiences and critics alike were underwhelmed by Tim Burton’s bizarre take on Dumbo, tensions were high with the releases of Aladdin and The Lion King. Thankfully, the former was a colourful, spirited adventure that updated the 1992 classic for the modern-age.

It also has grossed nearly $1billion to-date, but that’s by-the-by – what am I saying, of course it’s not. Money speaks volumes. Nevertheless, The Lion King is perhaps the biggest risk Disney has ever made. It’s arguably the most-loved animation in the studio’s back-catalogue. Think of Aladdin and Dumbo as a litmus test and you wouldn’t be far wrong.

Thankfully, Disney were well aware of this and assembled a strike force of film-makers and actors to ensure this adaptation is as good as it possibly can be. Bringing in The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau was a good idea and his reimagining of that classic performed very well with both critics and audiences. But has he buckled under the pressure? Or is The Lion King a treat for the senses? Continue reading

Midsommar review “Ari Aster does it again”

Midsommar movie posterWatch the walls. Director Ari Aster’s advice to cinema-goers heading out to see his second directorial feature may seem strange, but it makes sense once you see it. Aster’s Hereditary (2018) follow-up is sunny, funny and so pretty you barely notice the horror.

Our protagonist Dani is reaching the end of a four-year relationship with Christian (Jack Reynor), an uninterested, inattentive boyfriend who wanted to end it months ago but stayed with Dani when tragedy befalls her and her family. Dani joins Christian and his pals Josh (William Jackson Harper), Mark (Will Poulter) and Swedish native Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) for a nine day once-in-a-lifetime festival celebrating midsommar in Pelle’s hometown of Halsingland. Continue reading

Booksmart review “A surprisingly realistic fantasy”

Booksmart movie posterHaving gone to three high schools myself during my teenage tenure, I feel like I have more knowledge about different kinds of high schools than the average person. That being said, if the things that happened in this movie happen, I must have missed out because Booksmart is freaking insane. It’s a good insane, one of my favourite comedies ever made insane, but insane regardless. The directorial debut of Olivia Wilde is the best comedy I’ve seen since Game Night, which was also among my favourite films of the year. Enough lollygagging though, let’s dive into Booksmart.

So the best thing about Booksmart is the comedy, and it is so funny. For a movie to actually get an audible laugh from me is rare. Does it happen from time to time? Yeah, I audibly chuckled a few times in Long Shot, and I had probably one or two extended laughs during Isn’t it Romantic, but my laughter in Booksmart was just constant. The lengths that our heroes go to in order to prove that they’re cool is astounding and the ways that they mess up in this endeavour are even funnier. Continue reading