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Onward

Published May 5, 2020

Onward

The general consensus for this film is that it’s fine, a perfectly good movie, but not anywhere near Pixar at their best. And I agree with that to a degree. I thought both Chris Pratt and Tom Holland did a great job with lending their voices to this and had good chemistry as brothers trying to work out their relationship.

Trolls: World Tour

Published April 6, 2020

Trolls: World Tour

Actually, the story made more sense than the trailer made it seem. It was still loud and bright and glittery but I didn’t end up with a headache. I felt like the songs weren’t as strong, but I did enjoy country trolls and there was quite a lot of fun in guessing who all the famous people behind the voices were. So that’s something.

Jumanji: The Next Level

Published April 4, 2020

Jumanji: The Next Level

It was very similar to the first in terms of crazy action sequences within the game, lots of over-acting, great fun seeing the characters inhabiting different bodies at different times (although a bit confusing) and underneath it all, an actually heart-warming story about friends and growing up (either to adulthood, or coming to terms with growing older).

Yesterday

Published February 9, 2020

Yesterday

OKAY. Well. This was an experience. It’s one of the few films that we’ve watched where it was alright and almost enjoyable whilst watching but genuinely the second it ended, we started discussing, questioning, realising how terrible it was and growing to hate it. Quite remarkable.

Toy Story 4

Published October 18, 2019

Toy Story 4

I just looked back through my reviews of the other Toy Story films, and the last two got five out of five scores… which is weird because I remember absolutely nothing about the second one, and the more distance I got from the third, the more I hated it. But thankfully, this fourth entry in the franchise was brilliant and genuinely deserves the top score. It made up for my feelings on the last one.

Batman & Robin

Published July 29, 2019

Batman & Robin

I liked the women in the movie, Poison Ivy is an excellent foe, basically channelling Mother Nature who wants her revenge. Her backstory was good. And Alicia Silverstone kicked ass, which is always fun. Unfortunately, these upsides were offset by the endless misogyny and all that pheromone nonsense. Boo. Also, what on earth was Elle’s character about? She was just kinda there and then she just kinda wasn’t.

Batman Forever

Published July 28, 2019

Batman Forever

I liked the slightly more comic book approach, it suited Jim Carrey because he’s basically a comic book character in himself. Val Kilmer was probably the best of the three Batmen. Two-Face was good, and they were great as a duo together.

Batman Returns

Published July 27, 2019

Batman Returns

I said it above in the notes but it bears repeating: What the hell is this film? How is it by the same people as the last one? They took the comic feel and ran with it so badly that none of it makes any sense and it is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous. My biggest complaint with the film is that for a Batman movie, there is very little Batman. He’s barely in it in the first half an hour, and he’s very slow to react to all the emergencies.

Batman

Published July 26, 2019

Batman

It hasn’t aged particularly well, but somehow was still very entertaining. Funnier than I had expected. I loved Keaton’s portrayal of Batman/Wayne, kinda nerdy, and really not a superhero - very much just a guy in a suit with some fancy gadgets. It was relatable. If you had lots of money and an unfeasibly loyal butler.

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.