Three months in and I’ve finally seen something released in 2018! A superb ensemble cast marshalled by black director Ryan Coogler (Creed) delivers a fresh take on a Marvel superhero movie – well, we’ve not seen armoured rhinoceros’ before.
After an impactful debut in CA – Civil War, Chadwick Boseman gets his own show as T-Challa, the titular Black Panther – or as I see him, Africa’s Batman – and for all his shining everyman integrity, is nearly sidelined by the talent around him. Continue Reading
Latest in a long line of alien invasion movies, the badly titled Revolt takes a potful of genre clichés and throws them at buffed-up Lee Pace’s amnesiac special forces soldier. Part Battle Los Angeles, part Cowboys and Aliens (not a good start), with the remainder Independence Day, Starship Troopers and Skyline, Revolt makes the most of its African setting and complex CGI aliens – but that’s about it. Continue Reading
DC’s comic-book adventure about the press-ganged-from-prison team of super-villains is… The Dirty Dozen. That’s it.
Okay, Will Smith (After Earth) is back on Fresh-Prince form as fast-talking family man and lethal assassin Deadshot, whilst Margo Robbie (Focus) again steals the show this time as crazy, vulnerable Harley Quinn. Jared Leto (Blade Runner) is properly unsettling as The Joker. The rest is by the comic-book, block-buster numbers. Continue Reading
Favourite French film bloke Luc Besson (Lucy) aims to rival his own commercial and cult classic Fifth Element with a grand space opera and love letter to the comic books of his youth. Visually exuberant, whimsical and packed, as always, with more ideas than will fit on screen, Besson fans will love it whilst still seeing the flaws that kept multiplex audiences away. Continue Reading
Cross Ridley Scott’s 1989 Alien Nation with 1995’s Bad Boys, add Tolkien’s Elves and Orcs, prisoner-escort thriller 16 Blocks and what you’ve got is a sweary, violent, cop-buddy-movie-fantasy crossover from Netflix by Suicide Squad‘s David Ayer that’s divided critics and audience alike. Continue Reading
“What if Debbie Harry had been a British spy in the run up to the fall of the Berlin Wall? This is the entire basis of Atomic Blonde‘s derivative Tinker-Tailor hokum meets video-rental exploitation, with Charlize Theron alternately looking magazine-cover cool or battered senseless in gratuitously over-the-top action sequences. It’s hardly feminism’s finest moment. Continue Reading
If you like cool, retro-feel, heist-caper movies with a retro jukebox sound track, Michael Mann-style shoot-outs and a compelling central character, then Baby Driver is one for you. There’s a direct line between this and 70’s classics such as Vanishing Point, The Getaway and The Driver, right up to Winding-Refn’s Drive. What could have been merely a ‘me-too’ knock-off is strong enough to stand on it’s own. Continue Reading