Black Panther is one of the movies I’m really excited to see this year. I have been avoiding reviews and spoilers recently, but the cast is more than enough to recommend this film.
I have been looking forward to this film for ages. Guillermo del Toro is a reliably superior film-maker and the cast here: led by Sally Hawkins, Olivia Spencer and Michael Shannon is superb. That would be enough but the period setting and unusual mix of genres really piqued my interest.
Steampunk Batman? I am fascinated. On the one hand, the DC Animated movies are really hit-and-miss. Under the Red Hood was really good. Killing Joke was so awful it’s hard to believe some producer actually signed off on it. But I read some good reviews of this one, and Steampunk appeals to me. So…
The parallels between the story of the Pentagon Papers and the current political climate in the USA are almost too obvious. It’s no secret that this movie is, in effect, Spielberg’s statement on that. I didn’t want another film to make me angry this week. Also I have a real dislike of true-life movies where everyone already knows the ending (Titanic – spoiler: the ship sank! And in this case, it’s one of the most famous First Amendment victories in history. Even this ignorant Brit knows it.) But Spielberg rarely puts out bad movies and his cast here is worth the price on its own.
Coco, oh, what can I say? Coco is simply wonderful!
I wasn’t expecting much from Downsizing. At first glance it looks like an original, fun idea but a fairly average execution. But the trailer really doesn’t do this film justice. It’s funny and insightful and hides a serious message at its heart. Continue reading “Review: Downsizing”
At the very least, you have to give Ridley Scott credit for getting the film out on time after what was an eleventh hour decision to replace Kevin Spacey as one of the stars. I’m not sure I would have gone to see it otherwise, not just because Spacey but because rich people with rich people problems isn’t my notion of entertainment (unless it stars Joan Collins). But I was curious.
Wow, what a way to start my movie year!
I got to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ahead of its UK release. I knew going in that it dealt with some difficult subject matter and I was prepared. But this is bowl-me-over powerful.
I really like the soundtrack for this film. I like the circus. It seems to have all the right ingredients for me.
So…there’s not much doubt I’m going to like this one, is there? I am not the kind of hard core Star Wars fan who reads all the novels and comics, but I have read a few and I’m a fan. I also loved The Force Awakens, comparisons with A New Hope be damned. I will try to avoid spoilers.