Writer/director Joe Cornish delivers a proper junior adventure – a modern-day Sword in the Stone that is part Famous Five, part Sarah-jane Adventures (©Dr Who), part BBC Sunday serial, part Children’s Film Foundation nostalgia trip from the 1970’s.
Quintessentially British to it’s core, the slightly ramshackle, not-quite-Harry-Potter-ness of it is entirely elevated by the junior cast abetted by Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Fergusson. Continue Reading
Lashed together from seventeen other B-movies, a bit of manga, a bit of cod-historical-heist-caper-fantasy, and a large slice of turkey, this is Robin Hood for the X-Box generation. As if they’re stupid enough to buy this steaming pile of CGI.
Revelation: Warners finally delivers a DC movie with FUN! James Wan’s underwater Excalibur knows exactly what it is; a CGI-tastic, Technicolour spectacular with tongue firmly planted in cheek romping through every mythic quest cliché, as sultry cuddle-muscle Jason Momoa almost winks through every scene.
Just when you think Chris McQuarrie finally delivers a proper, twisty-turny, impossible mission, he tacks on another half hour of ridiculous post-Bond, Fast and Fully-daft over-the-top action that finishes up as Cliffhanger. Okay, it’s better than that, but it’s a franchise juggernaut that’s longer than an Australian road train.
Peter Jackson protegé Christian Rivers turns in an instant Steam-punk classic; a CGI-spectacular of world-building in a post-WWIII, Mad Max landscape with traction cities, airships, and Frankenstein’s Terminator, rendered as a live-action Miyazaki/Studio Gibli flight of fancy.
As Y-A dystopias go, it’s more appealing than various Divergents and Maze Runners, but less charming than City of Ember. Faithfully adapted from Philip Reeve’s four-book cycle, you have to ask where can it go next? Then there’s that honking Empire Strikes Back moment… Continue Reading
Feeling like a difficult middle episode of a trilogy, CoG does a grand job of world-building in JK Rowling’s Potter-verse prequel, without ever feeling like a stand-alone movie. Which may or may not be just what you want. Continue Reading
Black Swan‘s Darren Aronofsky delivers an imaginatively unhinged, Mad Max version of Noah’s Ark in Middle Earth with big Russell Crowe (Robin Hood, State of Play) giving it the full Old Testament, self-righteous, religious zealot treatment. Somehow our Russ makes every role a difficult man to like…
With CGI galore, stone angels, and Ray Winstone as the scenery-chewing Daddy of the Cain Raisers, it’s down to Jennifer Connelly and the kids to steer this portentous Biblical behemoth toward Little Boat on the Judgement Day Prairie; but it’s Emma Watson who quietly steals the entire show. Continue Reading