X-Men: Dark Phoenix review “Goodbye normal Jean”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix posterIt would be easy to write off X-Men: Dark Phoenix as a complete and utter disaster. With the departure of Bryan Singer (again) from the franchise, first-time director Simon Kinberg taking his place and rumours of costly reshoots pushing the budget north of $200million, things weren’t looking good for this adaptation of the popular Marvel comic.

Let’s not forget that the last time Fox tried to adapt this storyline we ended up with 2006’s The Last Stand, and the less said about that the better. Looking back over the last 20 years, the X-Men’s film franchise history has been chequered to say the least.

Nevertheless, this particular timeline that started with Matthew Vaughn’s adequate First Class, followed up by the excellent Days of Future Past and the flabby Apocalypse ends with Dark Phoenix. But is it worthy of your consideration? Continue reading

The Entire X-Men Franchise: Ranked

X-Men Movies Ranked
X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
is out in UK cinemas on June 5th, but it’s been a bumpy ride getting here. After the release date was pushed back twice, the whole third act had to be reshot and rumours of on-set tensions between some of the cast, things don’t look too rosey for our merry band of mutants.

Nevertheless, this is the culmination of everything Fox has been working towards since the release of X-Men: First Class in 2011, so it seems prudent to rank all the X-Men films, including standalone movies, before our spoiler-free review of Dark Phoenix is released on Friday 7th June. Without further ado, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Continue reading

Top 5: Ian McKellen Performances

Top Ian McKellen rolesHappy birthday Ian McKellen or to call him by his full title: Sir Ian McKellen. The British thespian turns 80 years’ old on May 25th 2019, and with that milestone comes a career filled with memorable performances and exceptional acting skills.

Ian McKellen is arguably one of our greatest living actors, alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Sir Patrick Stewart and looking a little younger, Hugh Jackman. His acting career includes film, television and where he made his debut; the stage. In this article, we’ll look at Ian McKellen’s best performances from the world of film. Without further ado, let’s begin. Continue reading

The Darkest Minds review “An exercise in poor world building”

The Darkest Minds posterWas I the only one who thought we were done with YA movies? Especially with Maze Runner: The Death Cure being released earlier this year, along with the final Divergent movie being cancelled, I thought the whole “movies based on books with an evil adult government stopping the young people in a futuristic setting” genre was over with.

However, I was wrong with The Darkest Minds hitting theatres in the U.S a few weeks ago. I was one of the few people to see it opening day and after seeing it, I can see why this has one of the worst openings at over 3,000 theatres of all time. I can’t sum up how bad this movie is in just a sentence, so I suppose I should jump into why this is one of the worst movies of the year so far. Continue reading

Deadpool 2 review “More of the same”

Deadpool 2 posterWho would have thought we would get to this? I certainly didn’t. After the right royal mess 20th Century Fox made of everyone’s favourite anti-hero, Deadpool, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine all those years ago, it felt like a solo outing would never be possible, never mind a sequel.

Deadpool senior went on to gross nearly $800million worldwide, impressive for an R-rated (15 certification) flick, and was an undisputed king of comic-book hero movies. Like Guardians of the Galaxy was for Marvel Studios, Deadpool was a huge gamble that paid off massively thanks to Ryan Reynold’s brilliant comic-timing and an origins story that wasn’t done to death. Naturally, a sequel was always on the cards. But are we looking at a sequel of Empire quality or Speed 2: Cruise Control? Continue reading