Yes, I’m a cynic in real life. But movies are when I let go of all that…usually. That’s what I was expecting from Goodbye, Christopher Robin: a couple of hours of unashamed twee sweetness and sentimentality. And, that’s sort of what it is, but this film tries way too hard. Continue reading “Review: Goodbye, Christopher Robin”
Remakes and reboots are, I think, best seen without the original fresh in the mind. I don’t have any particular nostalgia for the 1990 Flatliners; though I was – and am – a fan of the original stars, the movie itself never resonated with me. So I’m not comparing. I went to see the remake/reboot/sequel with an open mind.
Evil!Cyborg!Batman breaks my heart in Dark Nights Metal; Tim Drake finally returns in Detective Comics and Wonder Woman begins a new mission.
Two actors I love, and a writer-director I don’t. I’m not saying I hate Taylor Sheridan, but his previous films haven’t really appealed to me. But this one seemed different. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for snow.
Aquaman is back! After more than a month between issues my favourite DC hero returns. Another favourite series based on the 1977 TV Wonder Woman and Bionic Woman concludes, Dark Nights turns truly dark and Batwoman begins a new adventure.
I am very tired of movies that suggest British Colonialism was any kind of a good thing. Or that the “native savages” were grateful for their white rulers. So I had no intention of seeing this. But Mum chickened out of seeing IT so we agreed on Victoria and Abdul instead. I’m glad we did.
Lots of new stuff this week, but a few disappointments. Well, even the best comics have a few dud issues, don’t they?
It is by far my favourite of Stephen King’s novels. Maybe it’s partly because I was fairly close to the age of the children when I first read it. (It was published in 1986; I probably bought it in ’87, so I was 14. The Losers are 11 or 12. Yeah, I was reading adult horror at 14. This was the video nasties era. Reading the nasty was no big deal when I could rent Cannibal Holocaust for a quarter of the price of a book.)
I hated the previous adaption with Tim Curry as Pennywise. I felt it completely missed the point, though I would have had trouble articulating what that point was back then. Now I can. It isn’t about friends killing the monster. It’s about how the monster can’t be killed because it’s everywhere you look. It’s everyone. It’s about how you get though a world full of monsters in the best way you can. There’s a passage in a different novel that sums It up perfectly: where a boy is looking at a perfectly ordinary set of photos and is terrified because he is certain the monster is just out of the shot in each of them.
I’m not convinced it’s possible to convey the soul of It in a movie. But I no longer expect an adaption to be perfect. I really, really wanted this movie version to be good.
Only one comic on my list this week: Marvel’s Champions, which does an awesome job of demonstrating why Marvel’s events suck.
I love Gothic horror and Penny Dreadful type murder stories so this is perfect for me.