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The LEGO Movie 2

Published June 8, 2019

The LEGO Movie 2

I was nervous about watching this film because I vividly remember the first one being overwhelming and exhausting. It’s the bright colours teamed with the volume of references (both audio and visual). This film carries on in much the same vain and was equally exhausting. It’s good, though, don’t get me wrong. The voice acting is fabulous, the meta references are wonderful and there is underneath it all a really good and sort of heartwarming story about family.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Published May 18, 2019

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The trailer to this didn’t really make any sense to me, and didn’t make me want to see the film with any rapidity - that’s part of the reason it’s taken so long to watch it. Actually, the story does make sense and holds its own quite well. I don’t think I liked it as much as the first one but it had more story and morals and plot points which made it kinda different.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Published May 5, 2019

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Oh god, it was just so boring! I knew going into it that I had forgotten a good portion of the first film. But I thought I had enough of a hazy memory to get by. The guy who had his memory wiped, Newt and his nifflers, and Grindelwald at the end, with the kid that turned into a black scribble mess in the sky. That should do it right?

Solo

Published May 4, 2019

Solo

The negative reviews that this film has garnered had me a bit nervous about what on earth I was going to watch, and that’s why it’s taken so long to get round to viewing it. But actually, it was an alright film. There wasn’t really anything wrong with it as films go, the problem is just that it didn’t really add anything to the Star Wars story.

Bumblebee

Published May 2, 2019

Bumblebee

I pretty much knew I was going to love this movie from the outset. Bumblebee is everyone’s favourite Transformer, and I heart Hailee, so it was a good match. And the film was pretty much what I thought it would be - emotional scenes, an epic amount of cuteness, but tinged with those big robot fight sequences.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Published April 6, 2019

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I was really nervous about watching this one, given the hype and how extremely loved it is by most who have watched it. Spider-Man has always been a bit sort of love/hate, really, but the recent game has warmed me to Peter Parker’s universe enormously. I was glad we had played the game before this, to know who Miles and Fisk were, but even with that, I imagine there’s a lot we missed. I suspect this was aimed at the comic book fans more than those who have enjoyed the movies.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Published February 16, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I wasn’t blown away by the first movie of this series, but the dragon was cute and the voice-cast good so the second one was worth a go. I kinda wish I hadn’t. It was all fine, interesting enough story, the odd funny moment and Toothless was being much cuter in this one.

Shrek 2

Published January 20, 2019

Shrek 2

I think this movie is better than the first one, and it’s nice to have the solid foundation of Fiona and Shrek as a couple (albeit a foundation that is given a test during this story). My brain being a bit fuzzy from illness, I actually found it quite hard to follow the layers of potions on top of potions, but if you just go with it, it’s quite a lot of fun.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Published January 20, 2019

Ice Age: The Meltdown

We were medium happy with the first Ice Age movie, and having scooped up the rest of the pack in a Blue Sky bundle, we figured it was worth watching the sequel. I think I liked it more than the first, a serious situation about climate change lends itself to an interesting and funny story - animals on the move, alongside being the last of your species (or not), and believing you’re one thing when it turns out you’re another.

How to Train Your Dragon

Published January 19, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon

People love this movie, and it’s good but I have to admit I wasn’t completely blown away by it all. There was some underlying flaws which irritated (the kid was obsessed with being as good as the others but didn’t bother trying to get fitter or anything? And why didn’t the dragons just fly away from the massive dragon they were all scared of? What was keeping them there?).