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
An adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower fantasy-western-sci-fi-horror series so perfunctory that four hours after I watched it I’d forgotten what I’d seen; generic fantasy with a high gloss finish that reduces the King novels to a mercifully brisk genre romp with good performances and no new ideas to speak of.
Young Jake Chambers has nightmares of a dark tower, a gunslinger and a Man in Black, while New York suffers increasing earthquakes. Except they’re not nightmares, and the Man in Black is a sorcerer trying to destroy the actual Dark Tower that keeps the demons from our universe. And the gunslinger is… a gunslinger. With six-guns made from Excalibur. No, really. Continue Reading
Rian Johnson helms the difficult middle episode of the new trilogy to re-mix a crowd-pleasing Star Wars Greatest Hits Volume 8 into something just different enough that we haven’t seen all of it before. Expect dog-fights, chases, cute furry things, comedy robot side-kicks and a lot of existential moodling about the Dark Side of The Force. Die-hard fans won’t praise Johnson’s handling of all the material and there are good actors desperately scouring the script for clues. And then there’s some bloke called Luke Skywalker. And Yoda – the puppet is back! 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
Guy Richie’s King Arfur Daley is a geezer movie – think Lock Stock and One Smoking Excalibur. Too long, with too much going on and several parodic Richie fast-cut exposition sequences, it makes A Knight’s Tale look like pure Chaucer. And yet, despite the cringingly awful mockney-cockney banter, there’s good work from principal villain Vortigen (Jude Law) and chivalrous Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) to keep us watching. Continue Reading
Patty Jenkins steers DC to it’s first decent movie hit but can’t avoid the cliches of a bash-smash-and-crash ending against a laughably unlikely villain.
One question remains, though; if Wonder Woman is such a feminist icon, why is she still dressed in a leather-bondage-showgirl outfit? Continue Reading