Unpopular Opinion: The Greatest Showman sucks

I hate The Greatest ShowmanThere are some movies that just become an instant hit. Everyone seems to love them – they’re all over the TV, a sequel is confirmed within 10 minutes of the movie being released, and everyone seems to be raving about this amazing and miraculous new film. This is what happened with The Greatest Showman (TGS). What makes it worse, is that it was a musical: even the radio wasn’t safe.

Now, I’m not denying the appeal of TGS, nor am I saying that it is badly made. However, the entire movie didn’t strike me as something to be ridiculously excited about, and the hype that has surrounded it ever since has slowly chipped away at my tolerance of the movie, as well as my will to live. Continue reading

The Greatest Showman review “All the fun of the circus”

The Greatest Showman posterAh, the movie musical. Once the choice of matinee viewings and Saturday nights in front of the TV, they’ve evolved over the last decade into something completely mainstream. From the ridiculously good remake of Hairspray in 2007, to the vibrant Mamma Mia, which gets its very own sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again this year, musicals have become the ultimate in escapism.

Following on from his exceptional role in the deeply depressing Les Miserables, everyone’s favourite Australian actor, Hugh Jackman returns to the genre with The Greatest Showman. But is it worth you warming up your vocal chords for? Continue reading

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert review “Life’s a Drag”

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Spanish posterPossibly the gaudiest film to come out of 1994, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a far cry from the action blockbusters the 90s are famed for. It follows two drag queens (Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce) and a transgender woman (Terence Stamp) on their adventure across Australia in a “lavender” bus, aptly named ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.

Weaving, Pearce and Stamp are the dream team. Their energy bounces off each other like kangaroos in the outback, making their friendship the standout in this movie. The dirty, gutter-scraped humour ricochets around the scenes, bringing a smile to the most sullen of faces. Their chemistry, and the stellar writing and directing by Stephan Elliot, ties the whole film together, making it flow like a dream. Continue reading

“A lesson for film-makers” La La Land review

La La Land review: by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 12A

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nScriptwriters! Directors! Anyone who works in film! Are you reading? Well, of course you are, the only reason movie reviews exist is to stroke your egos. I have some special advice for you, one storyteller to another. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Now, allow me to put my advice in patronising capital letters.

SHOW, DON’T TELL!

I am sick and tired of moviemakers who forget that film is a visual medium. I play video games, and by far the worst part of any video game is when I’m not allowed to play the game anymore while a mini-movie tells me what the plot is. Every gamer hates that bit! So why is it acceptable for films to start thinking that they’re books? Continue reading