Like Father review “A somewhat successful replica of family”

Like Father posterThe relationship between a father and his daughter is always hard to replicate. It takes a lot of guts to try and even simulate it. There aren’t many bonds like parent and child – which is why hiring two strangers to bring this pairing to life is such an alien concept. However, Netflix’s new movie, Like Father, tackles this challenge head on – but does it work?

Like Father follows Rachel (Kristen Bell) and Harry (Kelsey Grammar), an estranged father and daughter. When Rachel is left at the altar for being a workaholic, she gets drunk and takes her dad – whom she has not seen for 26 years – on her honeymoon cruise with her. What then follows is a rollercoaster of emotions, as well as a lot of product placement regarding Royal Caribbean Cruises. Continue reading

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter review “A lot of bad decisions”

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter posterThe genre of the hunting film is not a genre that I have come across many times as I’ve scrolled through Netflix. There’s the odd horror, the odd action movie. However, despite first appearances, this was far from a movie just about hunting – it was a movie about a father trying to understand his son.

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter follows Buck (Josh Brolin) and his best friend Don (Danny McBride), who make hunting videos together. In this particular escapade, Buck and Don decide to capture the moment Buck’s son kills his first deer. After various interruptions, including a middle-school girlfriend and a shot gone wrong, this movie depicts the bond between father and son better than a lot of stereotypical family movies I have ever seen. Continue reading

Alex Strangelove Review “Cringeworthy in a good way”

Alex Strangelove posterJune can mean many things to many people. It’s the start of summer, the middle of the year and has the longest day of the year. However, for the LGBTQ+ community, it signals the start of Pride month. In keeping with this occasion, Netflix has released Alex Strangelove: an ode to the confusion that comes with being a teenager, especially if you’re gay. However, was it a home run, or did Netflix drop the ball on this one?

Alex Strangelove follows Alex as he navigates his heterosexual relationship, as well as the possibility of a gay one, all whilst finishing his senior year of high school. It tackles the issue of sexuality, taking on stereotypes and harmful stigmas in this 100-minutes of educative entertainment. With laughs, cringe-worthy moments and an honesty that breathes a new lease of life into gay rom-coms, Alex Strangelove is set up to be a winner all around. Continue reading

Annihilation Review “Trippy, but beautiful”

Annihilation posterNetflix is known for releasing some pretty impressive stuff. 2018 was the year that the first Netflix film was nominated for an Oscar. It seems they are continuing with their aim of producing quality content, with the recent release of their original film, Annihilation.

Annihilation follows Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who signs up for a secret expedition following the disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac).

First of all: this movie is brilliant. It’s a lingering, static kind of movie, one which blows your mind and makes you think of nothing else for days after. It, much like the Shimmer it is centred around, encompasses everything, drawing the watcher into a deeper state of unrest and curiosity with each passing minute. Continue reading

Mute review “Unnecessarily quiet”

Mute movie posterIt is likely that many people would assume a film with a lead character that cannot speak, wouldn’t do very well. 2018, however, has proved this wrong, with The Shape of Water winning four Oscars at the Academy Awards this year. Netflix has jumped on the bandwagon of unconventional leads, releasing Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.

Mute follows a mute, Amish barman called Leo, as he looks for his blue-haired girlfriend Naadirah in the gangster-ridden city of Berlin. With a stellar cast, amazing CGI and the director of Moon at the helm, it would be surprising if this movie was anything less than great. Continue reading