Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Trisha Gum Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett Remember 5 years ago, when everything was awesome? Before Trump got elected? Before Brexit? It was a time of such utopian simplicity that none of us could possibly have appreciated it. Do you know happiness when it's happening? Back in the halcyon days … Continue reading Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Director: J. A. Bayona Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Daniella Pineda 2015's Jurassic World may have grossed colossal box office (5th highest worldwide), but in terms of creativity and ingenuity, it found the series on the wane, and represented something of a low. This despite the injection of some new blood into the series. … Continue reading Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Review: Avengers: Infinity War

I've tried to make this as spoiler-free as possible. One paragraph talks - in the vaguest of terms - about the end of the movie. I've placed it in [ ] if you'd rather not take your chances. Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin So here we are. 10 … Continue reading Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Three years on since James Gunn brought in the first Guardians Of The Galaxy film and its stock has changed considerably. When that movie rode in on the coattails of Captain America: The Winter Soldier it was a relatively unknown commodity; something of a gamble for Marvel Studios. … Continue reading Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett Denzel Washington - doggedly the least-interesting A-list actor working today - heads up the cast of this wholly unnecessary retread of John Sturges' 1960 film, itself a derivation of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai; a film which frequently finds itself in the top end of critics' polls of … Continue reading Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Review: Jurassic World

Jurassic Park wasn't the first film I saw at the cinema, but it's the first one I have vivid memories of. And while for anecdotal purposes I most often recall being told off by the usher for laughing too much when the kid gets blown off of the electric fence, the reality is that Spielberg's … Continue reading Review: Jurassic World

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

This review contains a paragraph (the 2nd one) which could be taken as significantly spoilery. You have been warned. Marvel movies, at least at present, seem comfortable abiding by a simple, sturdy and undoubtedly profitable formula. Loosely, it goes something like this: A bad object appears. A bad man wants the bad object. The bad … Continue reading Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

Review: The Lego Movie

On paper I should be against something like this. Product placement in movies is - almost always - the form's artistic nadir. Intrusive, unwanted, soulless and often downright irritating, it pollutes the medium and at its most invasive (I, Robot or Wreck-It Ralph) does considerable damage to the final film*. Then there's the smaller stratosphere of … Continue reading Review: The Lego Movie