Tuesday, 12 December 2017

WONDER WHEEL

The story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny, an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty, Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey, a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina, Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment.

Typical Woody Allen movie. Lots of dialogue. Complicated relationships. Kate Winslet is excellent. The problem is that it is all very contrived and artificial and comes across as an earnest stage play that doesn’t engage with what is an incredible tragedy. I guess some will want to see Justin Timberlake — he’s ok. Not one of Allen’s best, in my opinion. Too by-the-numbers.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

DETROIT

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

A gruelling, gut-wrenching, powerful story of incredible police brutality against black people in 1967 Detroit. Starts with a broad view of the events and gradually narrows down to what happened in one hotel room. It’s a compelling story that parallels how racism is still embedded in modern America.


Saturday, 2 December 2017

ONLY THE BRAVE

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

It is hard to criticise a movie based on a true story where so many people die for their community. But ONLY THE BRAVE is way too long and boring. There just isn’t enough tension in the way the story is told so that the complex work these firefighters do, and the danger they often face, is portrayed on screen. It all seems pretty bland until the final act. As the story develops, so do the characters. And it is good that the story is not over sensationalised like so many Hollywood “disaster” movies. That is refreshing. And there is a great cast. But it is just not enough to make for an interesting and, what should be, suspenseful movie with a real sense of danger.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

DADDY’S HOME 2

Having finally gotten used to each other's existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

More of the same but with the granddads this time. There are a few very funny moments but most of it is pretty bland and formulaic. John Lithgow’s character is the most interesting, but, of course, not explored in depth or given enough time on screen. Would make for a movie you can put on for the family on Christmas Day if there’s nothing else to do.


Monday, 27 November 2017

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
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A quirky biographical tale that, because of its comedy and fantasy elements, is difficult to distinguish truth from reality. A unique way of telling the story that essentially has Dickens experiencing the story as we are told how the story was developed. At times, so over the top it was hard to take seriously. And it’s too long. I got a bit tired of it after a while. Would be ok to put on for the kids to watch on Christmas Day while the adults party.


Sunday, 26 November 2017

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son Christopher Robin.

A sweet story of the way the Winnie the Pooh stories came to be. The acting is good with an outstanding performance by newcomer Will Tilston who plays Christopher Robin. The best part of is the relationship between Christopher Robin and his father, played by Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machine). The main problem with this movie is that about two thirds of the movie is spent on the idyllic life of Christopher Robin and so little of what happened when Christopher Robin was thrust into the public limelight.  Doesn’t quite come off as being completely authentic. Feels like it needed to have more tension and drama. It’s a movie made to please.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry, and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

An average superhero movie. Seems a bit dull and humourless after recently watching Thor: Ragnarok, although, there are a few funny moments if you catch them. Wonder Woman is the best character in the film. Most of the film consists of fight scenes so it’s all pretty spectacular action. It would have been good to have richer character development. If you are going to see it, you might as well catch it on the big screen so you get the full effect. It is, at least, better than the dreadful Batman vs Superman that came from the DC studio!