The Willoughbys review “A childhood fever dream”

The Willoughby's posterAnimated kids films have, over the years, gone from strength to strength. With franchises like Toy Story and Frozen, and indie animations like 2019’s Klaus, it’s clear to see that children are hardly deprived of top-notch filmmaking. Netflix’s latest foray into the cartoon business is The Willoughbys: an energetic, colourful, and plain weird take on family life, based on the book by Lois Lowry.

The Willoughbys follows the Willoughby family: a red haired, spectacularly moustachioed cohort that are known, throughout history, for doing creative and courageous things. However, Mother and Father Willoughby are more interested in each other than their four children, leaving them to live with no food, no fun, and no love. After a child is left on their doorstep one night, the Willoughby children hatch a plan to become orphans themselves – but it doesn’t quite go how they were planning. Continue reading

The Perfect Date review “The same as always”

The Perfect Date movie posterThere are only so many new formulas a romantic comedy can take. Soon, the magic of the boy-meets-girl meet cute starts to wear off, and you’re just left with the same old movie, but with different people playing the same characters. The most successful rom-coms tend to follow formulas of their own creation, bringing something new and exciting to the world of love. Netflix’s newest release, The Perfect Date, tries to do just that: but does it succeed?

The Perfect Date follows Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo), a kid from the poor side of town who has big dreams, but not a lot of money to follow them through. After being paid to take a girl (in this case, Laura Marano of Austin & Ally fame) on a date, he devises a plan to become rentable: he’ll go with you wherever you want to go, as whoever you want to go with. Basically, he’s a non-illegal male gigolo who doesn’t have a human pimp but has an app instead. Sound interesting? Continue reading

The Highwaymen review “Lots of driving, and that’s about it”

The Highwaymen movie posterEverybody knows the story of Bonnie and Clyde. They’re the star-crossed lovers who robbed, shot, and raced their way across the south of the USA. Many a movie has documented their romance, making them appear as some kind of 20th century Robin Hoods. However, what isn’t as often explored, is the story behind the fellas who brought them down. That’s where Netflix’s newest release, The Highwaymen, comes in.

The movie follows Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Gault (Woody Harrelson), a pair of Texas Rangers who come out of retirement to help bring down Bonnie and Clyde. It’s a tale of murder, mystery, and quite a lot of driving. 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

The After Party review “A coming-of-age movie for the present day”

The After Party movie posterWith September rolling closer by the second and the new school year approaching, this year is passing by like lightning. Thousands of youths will be making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, and following dreams that they have had for years. It seems only fitting, then, to watch the new coming-of-age movie by Netflix, titled The After Party.

The After Party follows two best friends – Jeff and Owen – as they try to desperately sign a record deal the night before Owen is signed up for the Marines. With strippers, Rolls Royce Phantoms and a handful of chart topping rappers, this movie appears to have it all. Continue reading