Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Movies: Greta (15) & Avengers: Endgame (12A)

Greta (15) – what’s it about? A young lady finds a handbag on the tube and takes it back to its owner and the pair become friends.

I wasn’t sure what this was going to be like, Thrillers can be a bit hit and miss but this hit the nail right on the head. It managed to keep me intrigued throughout the story and gasping in parts…ok I admit it I was also a bit creeped out by the end of it. Yeah if you want a really good story and a bit of nail biting when you’re watching, then this is probably right up your street. I think truly this is a 3 ½ star movie and worth giving it a watch.

Rating: ***

Avengers: Endgame (12A) – what’s it about? The final instalment of the Avengers saga, after Thanos destroyed 50% of all life, the Avengers try to figure out where to go from here.

So going to try to keep this spoiler free. If you liked all the previous Marvel movies then you need to go and check this out asap as it is a good end to the saga, though be warned it is long so make sure you don’t drink too much otherwise you’ll be dying for a wee break but won’t want to miss any of the film. Yep it is filled with everything you expect from the Marvel franchise, a nice dose of story and a good lot of action, though I didn’t find it as funny as some of the previous films and it has quite sombre feel throughout. Yep it’s definitely worth checking out especially whilst it’s on the big screen!

Rating: ****

Monday, 15 April 2019

Movies: Dumbo (PG), Shazam! (12A) & Hellboy (2019) (15)

Dumbo (PG) – what’s it about? A remake of the magical story of the baby elephant that has ears so big that he can use them to fly.

I went to see this in hopes that it would be a really good adaptation of the story, and well, without being harsh it’s alright but sadly wasn’t anything special. I think the real little kiddies may like it but as an adult it just didn’t seem magical. I liked some of the characters as they were done well and the story was ok, but to me compared to some of the other amazing kids films that have been release/re-released this just seemed to fall a little flat. I think 3*’s is being too generous, but 2*’s would be too harsh, as its good but just not special.

Rating: ***

Shazam! (12A) – what’s it about? Billy ends up becoming a superhero when he is chosen to inherit a wizard’s powers.

I thought this looked amusing from the adverts but thought it could go either way, I have to admit I don’t really know the comics so I’m not sure how accurate it is to them but as a movie it was a good watch. It had some amusing moments, and I think the teenage audience will love this one. I think you’ll either get the humour and lol or you’ll be like wtf am I watching. Yep was just what I needed a good superhero flick with a good bit of action and all that jazz.

Rating: ****

Hellboy (2019) (15) – what’s it about? Hellboy tries to stop a powerful witch from causing the apocalypse.

So what to say about this one, well for starters it’s a reboot and not a remake of the previous films. I wasn’t quite sure from the adverts to how this one would be or play out, it just looked a bit off but maybe that’s just me. I don’t know it just didn’t have that oomph, now I wasn’t bored or anything but comparing it to the previous Hellboy films it didn’t meet up to them. I know this one is different, it’s a lot darker and less bright and comical – basically it’s not so kiddy and more believable which is good in some ways. It did though have a good story and action scenes, yeah, it’s a good watch but it sadly doesn’t meet up to some of the other comic book franchises released on the big screen…and the fanboys/girls might have a bit of a meltdown with it.

Rating: ***

Monday, 25 March 2019

Movies: Us (15) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (DVD – 12A)

Us (15) – what’s it about? A family go to their vacation home and are attacked by themselves

When I saw this advertised I thought hmm this looks interesting, I need to go see this. I wouldn’t say this is overly scary, its kind of amusing in bits and some is a little predictable. That said though it’s a good light horror film, filled with a will for survival, and a bit of a plot…and of course a good dose of killing! Yeah if you like a good bit of stabby stabby then go check this one out, don’t worry though you shouldn’t need to hide behind your coat.

Rating: ***

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? A boy moves to a new foster family who live in the outback, where he and his foster father go on the run.

I was recommended this one so thought I’d give it a go, yeah, its one of those ones that is a little amusing but when the film was finished I didn’t know what I had spent the last couple of hours watching. Yeah, I’m on the fence with this one as I’m still not sure if I enjoyed it or not. It was good in some ways, but it didn’t seem to do much, maybe I thought it would be more amusing or I wasn't in the right frame of mind, I don’t know. Anyway, yeah it passed the time.

Rating: **

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Movies: Cold Pursuit (15), Captain Marvel (12A), Instant Family (12A), Fighting With My Family (12A) & Aliens in the Attic (DVD – PG)

Cold Pursuit (15) – what’s it about? Nels goes on a revenge killing spree after his son is murdered by a drug lord and his gang.

Well if you like Liam Neeson and all his movies then you will like this one, it’s just again a film in the similar style. It’s filled with revenge, revenge, revenge with lots of killing, oh and a dash of revenge thrown in for good measure. It’s another action style film so you know the drill – it has violence and all that jazz with a bit of a story thrown in for good measure. It does also have a wicked comedy element, it has some bits you probably shouldn’t really be laughing at but you just can’t help yourself, so yep if you have a darker sense of humour then this will also give you a giggle. I don’t think it’s the best Neeson film but it’s still an enjoyable watch and worth seeing, yeah I liked it 😊

Rating: ***

Captain Marvel (12A) – what’s it about? The origin story of Captain Marvel.

I have to admit I’ve not really followed Captain Marvel and didn’t really know too much about her, mainly because I always thought growing up she was just the fem version of Captain America. Now I’ve seen this I kind of freaking regret not looking into her a little more, she’s a great character and has a different story that hasn’t just been his re-hashed. Yep so slap me with a large trout! Anyway onto the film, it is bloody good, it has some really amusing and nostalgia moments – for the 90s which are pretty cheesy. I can’t really say anything on the story as I don’t want to spoil it, but I’ll just say if you love all the Marvel movies then this is 100% worth checking out…and before End Game!

Rating: ****

Instant Family (12A) – what’s it about? A couple decide to adopt a child but end up fostering three kids.

So I hadn’t planned on seeing this as I thought it looked a little meh but someone said to me it was quite good and I was at a loose end so I thought I’d go check it out. I totally thought this wouldn’t be up my street as it looked like one of those comedies I don’t really like, and well I was actually surprised by it. For starters, yes it has a good handful of comedy moments, but it also has moments that really hit me in the feels. I’m not sure if I was just extra emotional that day but I had three or four moments where I had to reach for a tissue, you know it made me shed a few tears – not like balling crying though…but I think it’s because you know it’s based on a true story. God damn that’s why I don’t watch true story shit it’s too emotional. Anyway yeah it was an enjoyable watch, it’s kind of one of those you watched curled up on the sofa with a blanket.

Rating: ***

Fighting With My Family (12A) – what’s it about? The story of the wrestler Paige and her family.

Again this was one I wasn’t planning to see but it was recommended to me and I was told I’d like it, so I just went because what the hell something to do. It was pretty damn good, I was really surprised by it, it had some funny moments and a good story which kept me entertained. The family were quite an interesting bunch and I have to admit it rekindled my love for wrestling which I used to watch all the time. Again this is based on a true story, so some of it is quite heart-warming and it has some sad moments – it also had some moments where I held my breath. The actors were really good in it too and they made the family life really believable, it definitely gave a good emotional journey and one that gave me that feel good feeling at the end. If you used to watch wrestling or want to watch a good bunch of Brits and have a giggle along the way, then this is worth watching!

Rating: ***

Aliens in the Attic (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A family take a summer holiday and their lodge gets invaded by a small group of aliens, the kids must save the day and stop the world from being invaded.

I thought I’d give this a go for a laugh as I hadn’t seen it before, it’s aimed at a younger audience – I’d say younger teens downwards really. It’s an ok film with a bit of a story and some humour with a little action thrown in. It has a bit of sibling rivalry and hashing stuff together to try to win the day, so it has a few bits that may make you giggle. It’s basically what would happen if aliens invaded and kids had to save the day. Its ok to pass the time and probably to keep your wee ones entertained but I don’t think it’s one of those that all ages will love.

Rating: **

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Movies: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG), Alita: Battle Angel (12A), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (U) & Die Hard 2: Die Harder (DVD – 18)

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) – what’s it about? Hiccup and his chums return, and this time they must stop an evil villain from killing Toothless.

This movie was totally what was expected really, it continues on in the same vein with lots of adventure and dragons, so you know exactly what to expect. If you liked the adventures of the gang before then you’ll enjoy this one, I kind of love how the dragons are like big kitties in some of their actions, it’s so cute. Though this one is underpinned by a love story, so it is a bit sickly but it’s not too bad as there is enough other stuff going on to keep everyone entertained. Yep it’s another good all round family movie, that’s worth looking into, especially if you’d like to keep the wee ones entertained for a bit!

Rating: ***

Alita: Battle Angel (12A) – Alita is restored to life and begins to re-discover her memories which leads her to an old enemy.

I wasn’t sure if this was going to be any good or not, it looked ok from the adverts, but I never knew if there would be much to it or if it’s just for flashy effect. I only loosely remember the manga from any a very long time ago, and not enough to compare it. As a movie I did think it was better than I thought it would be, it had some story to it, which was more than I thought, even though of course it was filled with some great action and animation. If you like a good bit of plot and action, then this is pretty good. If you liked the style of Ready Player one, then you know it’s that type of thing.

Rating: ****

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (U) – The Lego world is under threat and the gang must try to survive the ordeal.

The second movie after The Lego Movie of course and all that really needs to be said is this keeps to it and is a similar style and sense of humour as the first. So if you found that amusing you may have a couple of giggles in this one. I didn’t think it was as good as the first, but it was still an enjoyable movie and one that the little ones will probably enjoy. It’s got a nice little story so it’s not just a re-hash and there are a few bits to keep the adults entertained as well.

Rating: ***

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (DVD – 18) – a gang attacks an airport and John must battle them and save the day.

I thought I’d give this a re-watch after I watched Die Hard recently, so expect the other ones to follow too. Though this is a little bit dated compared to some of the current action movies now, so it can seem a bit meh, it’s still quite a nice leave your brain at the door action movie. If you enjoyed the previous one, then this continues on from there and you’ll probably enjoy it too. It’s also worth a re-watch if you haven’t seen it in a while…even if it’s not Christmas!

Rating: ***

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Movies: Glass (15) & 13 Hours (DVD – 15)

Glass (15) – what’s it about? A kind of continuation on from Unbreakable & Split, where the three main protagonists are institutionalised and questioned about their abilities.

So if you liked the weirdness of Split and the characters of Unbreakable then this one will be right up your street. Though I don’t believe either of those films were set up for a joint sequel as such when you watch them, this though expands the universe a little and sets it up for probably more movies. It was a good watch, it kept me entertained and intrigued, though it isn’t an action movie or fast paced, it’s all to do with the characters and their stories. If you want to watch something that’s a little weird, is about comic heroes but remains more believable than all the action of the Marvel/DC movies then go check this one out.

Rating: ***

13 Hours (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? Based on a true story of the CIA being in Libya during the civil unrest in 2011/12.

I was recommended this by a friend and thought I’d pick it up as I found it in the local second-hand store, and well I haven’t seen a film this good in bloody ages! Its fast paced and hits the ground running straight from the get go, don’t get me wrong I’m not really into war films but this isn’t that at all even though about military etc. Also this is based on a true story, and god you know by now how much I hate those, but this one even though it has its sad points isn’t all depressing or uneventful. It’s full on edge of your seat for the entire film, I was glued to the screen and couldn’t take my eyes off it, so if you like a good story but also action movies then this one is 100% worth looking up, because it’s fantastic!

Rating: *****

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Movies: Mary Poppins Returns (U), Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse (PG), Bumblebee (PG), Cool Runnings (DVD – PG) & Die-Hard (DVD - 18)

Mary Poppins Returns (U) – what’s it about? The title says it all - Mary Poppins returns to look after the next generation of the Banks family.

Well I’m pretty sure most people have seen the original Mary Poppins film, I can’t remember how many times I must have watched this as a kid. And the big question is does this meet up to the expectations of all those children that have now grown up? Well imo its ok, its not amazing but it’s a good watch to pass the time – but to those who are still young or who may have not seen the original will probably love this. It’s basically more a movie for the next generation, so if you or your little ones like a happy clappy magical film with lots of singing then this will probably be right up your street. If though you are wanting to re-live your youth, you’ve become a grumpy old git or have great expectations of this one then you may come away a little disappointed.

Rating: **

Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse (PG) – what’s it about? Evil villain sets off a collider and ends up mashing up universes which results in multiple Spider-people.

I went to see this after a couple of people I know said to go see it, its amazing! I wasn’t too fussed on it, though I love my comic book movies, I just didn’t think it looked too good from the adverts. So it’s more of a kid’s film but it has some moments which adults will get more than the kids, so it’s one of those where the parents and the weens will like it. I have to admit in parts I was in stitches, I was crying in laughter in the cinema – whilst everyone else was pretty reserved, so it definitely has some good humour in it. It’s got some good action and adds something else to the Spiderman story. It was actually a really good film, with only one character that got on my nerves, and if it wasn’t for one of the Spider-people I probably would have given it another star – but its there for the kids so is probably me just being a grumpy pants.

Rating: ***

Bumblebee (PG) – what’s it about? The story of Bumblebee arriving on earth prior to the other transformers after the downfall of Cybertron.

Now everybody loves Bumblebee right? Such a fun Transformer. Well if you’ve liked all the Transformer movies to date then you can probably guarantee that you’ll like this one, though a bit of a re-harsh of the first movie, where a Transformer ends up being taken in by a teenager and they become friends and have to save the planet and all from the evil Decepticons. It’s still a good and fun movie to watch though, it’s got some story, some humour which made me giggle – but sadly not LOL funny and as always it’s got some good action as is expected from this movie franchise. If you would like to see a little more of what happened on Cybertron and learn how Bumblebee became the radio-talking Transformer we all know and love then this is totally worth watching.

Rating: ****

Cool Runnings (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A group of want-to-be athletes set up the first Jamaican Bobsleigh team.

I hadn’t seen this for years and found the DVD in the second-hand shop for cheap so I thought I’d re-live my youth and re-watch it. I wasn’t disappointed with it, it was still a good watch all these years later. I still laughed away at it and it made me smile, its one of those stories where you can just watch and enjoy, where you don’t really need to think about it. It’s heart-warming and fun to watch, so if you haven’t seen it before or if you haven’t seen it in a long while then maybe its time to re-visit this one.

Rating: ***

Die-Hard (DVD - 18) – what’s it about? A group of robbers set their sight on the vault of a high-flying company – can a cop save the hostages and the day.

This was another where I hadn’t seen it in years and thought I’d give it another go, it has been Christmas after all! And there we have it the age-old argument of if Die-Hard is a Christmas movie or not. Anyway yes back to the movie, even though it’s getting on a little bit now and movies have changed a little over the years, this is totally a classic and a classic action movie at that. It’s got everything you need, the good guys vs the bad, the action, the whole guns and bombs and the good guy trying to save the day etc etc. Yeah it’s definitely one of those leave you brain at the door films where you don’t ask too many questions, but it’s totally worth re-watching or watching if you’ve never seen it and like some good classic action style movie.

Rating: ***