To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review “An ode to John Hughes”

To All the Boys I've Loved Before posterNetflix have produced their fair share of teenage rom-coms. From The Kissing Booth to Alex Strangelove, it’s undeniable that their range is diverse, but lacking imagination. So, when Netflix’s latest release, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, popped up under recently added, I didn’t expect a lot from it. I can safely say, I was pleasantly surprised.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara-Jean (Lana Condor), a teenage girl who has never been in a relationship before. She is invisible at high school and, when her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish) moves away to attend university, she is left friendless too. However, over the years, Lara-Jean has written a love letter to every boy she has ever had a crush on and has kept them in a box, hidden away. Then, somehow: they are sent to all of the boys she has ever been in love with. Continue reading

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

Extinction review “A B-movie with blockbuster arrogance”

Extinction movie posterScience fiction movies have often toyed with the idea of the decimation of the human race. Whether it be through an alien invasion, robots or through our own doing – there is no denying that it makes great entertainment. Netflix’s latest release, Extinction, ticks all the boxes of your usual science fiction movie: is it, however, worth a watch?

Extinction follows Peter (Michael Peña), who keeps having recurring dreams regarding the mass murder of his people. His wife, Alice (Lizzy Caplan), believes he is going crazy, until the events in real life line up with events in his dreams. Together, Peter and Alice try to save their two daughters from being killed, as well as saving their own skins. 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

Set It Up review “A Cyrano for the ages?”

Set it Up posterThere’s nothing quite like a good romantic comedy. The cute moments that bring a smile to your face, the heartbreaking break-ups, the silly, overacted moments that make you laugh out loud. So, when Netflix released Set It Up, a rom-com starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, I was more than excited to see whether or not it lived up to my high expectations.

Set It Up follows Harper (Deutch), assistant to feisty sports writer Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Charlie (Powell), assistant to the arrogant and competitive Rick (Taye Diggs). Harper and Charlie hatch a plan to ‘Cyrano’ their bosses in order to gain more time for themselves. However, it soon becomes apparent that they have ‘Cyrano’d’ themselves instead. Continue reading