Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Movie: Suicide Squad (15)

Suicide Squad (15) – what’s it about? After a couple of big bads set out to destroy the world and a team of criminal heroes is formed to stop them.

I’m not quite sure why critics are slagging this one off as it’s a pretty damn good movie, but there is something I didn’t like so much about it and that’s that Harley gets all the screen time (with a tad of Deadshot thrown in) and the others didn’t really get a look in and just end up being side-kicks in the background. I’m hoping in the next one some of the other characters get a bit more of leading parts and it doesn’t just end up being Harley and Friends. That said though it’s a good movie, I did enjoy it, it’s typical DC being dark, gritty and violent so compared to the light-heartedness of Marvel it brings a refreshing change…and after Batman vs Superman being ugh it brings DC back to being a beacon of hope on the big screen. Yep so if you want a good bit of violence and mayhem then it’s definitely worth a look, if though you prefer your superheroes being super then you might not enjoy it as much.

Rating: ****

Monday, 1 August 2016

Movies: Jason Bourne (12A), Finding Dory (U) & The Dark Knight Rises (DVD – 12)

Jason Bourne (12A) – what’s it about? Bourne re-surfaces to look for information about his past.

So if you’ve seen all the other four – yes four – Bourne movies then you know the drill and what to expect with this one – a bit of gritty violence, guns, action and at least one high speed car chase (you get your monies worth in this one as you get two!) oh and not forgetting a bit of story to keep you intrigued. This one returns to the main character being Bourne and again Matt Damon (now say it properly) pulls off the character very well. I like these movies as they’re fun, even though they’ve got a bit samey now they’re still a good source of entertainment. If you liked the others then go and see it but if not then give it a miss.

Rating: J J J O

Finding Dory (U) – what’s it about? Dory goes in search for her family with the help of some fishy friends.

So we’ve been waiting years for another movie ever since Nemo graced our screens and become a kid’s classic – so does this meet expectations? Yes, yes it does. It’s again like Finding Nemo a good little family story with a bit of humour thrown in. I can’t really say much on this as I don’t want to spoil it, but yeah it’s got more about Dory and Nemo and introduces some new characters to the mix. This one will give you a nice happy feeling by the end of it…oh and speaking of ends remember to stay to the end of the credits as it’s got a little extra! So if you liked the first one then I’d go and watch it but if you didn’t then its best to avoid.

Rating: J J J J

The Dark Knight Rises (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Batman must put on his cape once again and try to stop Bane from taking over and destroying Gotham.

This is the final movie in the Dark Knight Trilogy. I have to say I really did like this imagining of Batman; it’s very dark and gothic and serious – it’s not so much of a comic piece as previous envisioning’s of Batman (by comic I mean humour haha and not comic as in graphic novels – just need to clear that up as comics are good as is Batman and he comes from comics so yeah…and now I’ve confused myself heh). It’s filled with action like the previous movies in this series, a dark setting and a deep/dark Batman who once again is played by the awesome Christian Bale – such a good actor. Anyway yeah more Batman, fighting, action, guns, violence and a save the city attitude…well kinda, it makes this another one that’s worth a watch!

Rating: J J J J

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Movies: Ghostbusters (2016) (12A), Star Trek: Beyond (12A), The BFG (PG) & X-Men: First Class (DVD – 12)

Ghostbusters (2016) (12A) – what’s it about? Ghosts invade Manhattan and a group of scientist’s team up to battle against the spooks.

Ok so I expected this film to basically be shite as I don’t think I like any film McCarthy has been in so much so I basically avoid watching anything she’s in…but this is Ghostbusters…Ghostbusters so I had to watch it! How annoying was this movie on the scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most annoying thing in existence and 1 being not annoying at all, probably about a 7. The characters were all pretty annoying, the plot was alright…it could have been way better if they had just made them a new set of Ghostbusters years later and not rebooted the series completely. Anyway yeah, I have to admit there were a couple of bits in this that did have me in stitches but I don’t think it has any re-watch factor like the old ones. I don’t know…it was a balance of good and bad ugh.

Rating: J J J

Star Trek: Beyond (12A) – what’s it about? The crew must survive their encounter with a hostile race on a distant planet.

Set phasers to stun! pew pew pew. This is the third in the series of Star Trek reboot movies and I expect by now you’ve probably seen them and you’ve made up your mind to if you love or hate them. For the haters don’t bother as I’m pretty sure this movie won’t change your mind on loving it, but for the lovers as you’ve enjoyed the rest of the movies then I would totally stop what you are doing and go and watch this asap! I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say it continues the story well, has all the good special effects and action. I think it also gives Star Trek fans a bit more of a classic Star Trek feel, at points in this movie it was like a flash back to old school Star Trek and it was goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

Rating: J J J J O

The BFG (PG) – what’s it about? Sophie is taken into the world of giants after she sees the BFG; she learns he’s really a big softie and the pair become friends.

This is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, I remember reading this as a kid and loving it so I thought I’d have to go and see it for memories sake. I think they done this really well, the characters were spot on, yeah it’s a good take on the story and worth a look if you like the adventure and fantasy this one brings…oh yeah and there’s some good humour thrown in too (all I'll say is the corgis lol).

Rating: J J J

X-Men: First Class (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Set in 1962 Charles Xavier teams up a band of mutants that are destined to become the X-Men.

I really thought I’d already done a review of this one so my bad for not. So this movie goes back and covers the story of the origin of the X-Men and the Brotherhood which begins the re-boot part of the franchise. I really like the X-Men but I’m not too fond of movies set in the past (they usually bore me to death); that said though it works well with the X-Men. This one manages to give a bit of depth to the characters and how they all came together. Yeah it’s got what you want from an X-Men movie, story, character stuff, action and well cool ass mutants! *must resist the urge to paint myself blue again, must resist*.

Rating: J J J J 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Movies: The Legend of Tarzan (12A), Now You See Me 2 (12A), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (DVD – 12), Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (DVD – 12) & Meet the Parents (DVD – 12)

The Legend of Tarzan (12A) – what’s it about? Tarzan is called back to the jungle to try to stop the Belgians from taking control and destroying his world.

I like the story of Tarzan, this one though is not about him and Jane when they first meet in the jungle but is the later story of once he returns to London and then his return home to the jungle. It is really well done; it has a good mix of story and a good bit of action and adventure. I wouldn’t say this is the best movie ever but it’s pretty good and worth a watch, though I wouldn’t bother with the 3D.

Rating: J J J O

Now You See Me 2 (12A) – what’s it about? The Four Horseman re-appear and set out to reveal more secrets to the world.

So this is a follow on from Now You See Me and well what to say about it, it’s a really interesting movie and concept and you know the first one was pretty damn good and this one is more of the same. Sadly to me though it didn’t wow, it was good and interesting don’t get me wrong as it had some really good bits in it but I wouldn’t say this was an amazing film, its above average really but yeah that’s about it sadly.

Rating: J J J

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? A space ship from Cybertron is discovered on the moon and the Autobots fight it out with the Decepticons.

More giant robots fighting it out in the third movie in the series – so by now if you’ve watched all the others you really know what to expect. I’d say there’s nothing really spectacular about this movie as it’s kind of just more of the same but that said it’s still a brilliant movie as they’ve figured out what makes it fun by now so keep getting it right! It’s a good bit of entertainment as it’s got some great action and scenes in it as well as the usual style of humour. Yeah basically if you’ve seen the others and liked them then watch this one.

Rating: J J J O

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? The crew travel to the edge of the world to bring back Captain Jack.

Another pirate adventure with the gang, you completely know what to expect with these swashbuckling adventures by now, pirates, fighting, humour and well all out scallywagness. The usual thought though of if you’ve seen the previous ones then you’ll no doubt enjoy this one. I have to say re-watching them all close together has been really enjoyable!

Rating: J J J O

Meet the Parents (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Greg and his girlfriend head to her parents’ house for the weekend, where Greg gets to meet the parents for the first time!

This is a weird film in that it’s kind of people’s fears rolled into one when you have to meet your partner’s parents for the first time (you know you’ve been there), even though you know it’d never be this much of a disaster it’s still like an ahhhhh moment. This movie does the comedy of this very well, even though some of it is a bit cringe worthy, it has some good funny moments, it’s not crude or over the top shouting or swearing like most of the modern day comedies but is a random mix of amusing disasters. It’s one to give you a chuckle!

Rating: J J J O

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Movies: Gods of Egypt (12A), The Secret Life of Pets (U), Independence Day: Resurgence (12A), Independence Day (DVD – 12), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DVD – 12A) & Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (DVD – 12A)

Gods of Egypt (12A) – What’s it about? Set puts Egypt into slavery and chaos, and Bek and Horus join forces to kick his butt.

So if you know me then you’ll know Ancient Egypt is a bit of my thing. I absolutely love all the myth and magic relating to all the old gods and goddesses so it was kind of a given that I’d love this movie unless it was complete and utter shite. Thankfully it wasn’t, even though in parts it was a little bit pass the sick bucket love story for me and the accents which didn't fit with the characters made me cringe a little. That said though the action and the story of the gods and goddesses and the world kept me completely engrossed. Yeah it’s a great movie and one to take a look at if you like a good bit of fantasy type stuff. Oh yeah and I totally want a scarab chariot because you know how cool is that!

Rating: J J J J

The Secret Life of Pets (U) – what’s it about? After Max and Duke end up getting taken by the Dog Warden the pair try to find their way home.

So this is a cartoon and it’s been promoted for ages, in my thoughts though the hype has built this up a bit too much, yes it was good and I did laugh and I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. After seeing the adverts countless times I’d seen most of the amusing bits over and over so they had lost their humour by the time seeing the movie. But with all that said I’m not at all saying this was a bad movie; it was really good, enjoyable, light-heated fun for all the family.

Rating: J J J O

Independence Day: Resurgence (12A) – what’s it about? After 20 years the aliens return to try to conquer earth.

I’ve been waiting 20 years for this, 20 freaking years!!!!! So was it worth it, I ask myself? Yes, yes it was! That said though it isn’t as good as the original imo, of course it wouldn’t be, there aren’t many sequels out there that are better than their originals. I’m so glad though I spent the time last weekend to re-watch the original, it made this one so much better. A lot of this in my eyes has been done before, when you watch it you’ll see they’ve just re-hashed some of the stuff from the previous movie or other films, but sci-fi is sci-fi and how many ways can you defend earth from aliens if you know what I mean. Anyway yep, this is a gooden, lots of action, some story, good effects and actors so it’s worth a watch if you like aliens and stuff.

Rating: J J J J

Independence Day (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Aliens have come to conquer earth and destroy it, can humanity stop them?

Who doesn’t like aliens and the destruction of earth? Ok maybe mankind because you know it’s our home and we have nowhere else to go. This in my eyes is a classic movie, I can’t believe it’s been out for 20 years, it doesn’t seem that long, and when I re-watched it I couldn’t believe how well the graphics and effects in this still looked good. As a movie its aged pretty well, it’s only when you see the technology in this film such as computers, TV and mobile phones that you chuckle to yourself as you realise yes it has actually aged. In general though this is one of my favourite films, just well love it really!

Rating: J J J J J

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? Sam goes off to have a normal life at college but ends up freaking out and the Autobots come to the rescue…

Transformers robots in disguise – ok how many of you sung that line? Hehe. Anyway enough of that, the movie well if you’ve seen the Transformers movie and you enjoyed its rebootiness then you’ll probably like this one. It’s a continuation of the story with Sam and his Autobot friends, so you know a mix of action, story, humour and of course not forgetting giant robots fighting it out and blowing stuff up…you know the score. Yep yep fun times, fun times.

Rating: J J J O

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? Captain Jack sets out find the heart of Davy Jones before his time runs out.

You’ve gotta love these pirates, Captain Jack and the crew are a good source of entertainment. This one is the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, so if you’ve seen that movie and enjoyed it then you’ll probably be entertained by this one as well. The movies themselves I think are great, they have action, humour, story and well pirates so it’s a good mix of fun. They managed to keep the quality of the movies up and with this it’s not like the sequel is shite compared to the original – it’s nearly as good! Anyway lots of rum and pirate fun for all the family…again though it’s maybe a little bit too scary for the real tiny humans though.

Rating: J J J O

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Movies: Jumanji (DVD – PG) & Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (DVD – 12)

Jumanji (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? Two children discover a board game that brings the wild world to life.

I hadn’t seen this one in years and thought it was worth a re-watch. It is one of those movies that has that magical feeling about it, much like a lot of the movies from that era, though it maybe nostalgia talking. Anyway yeah it’s a great family film and its aged pretty well too which makes it good for a re-watch all these years later. Good times and good movie.

Rating: J J J O

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Captain Jack Sparrow sets out of get his ship back.

I thought it was about time I re-watched this series, so I’m going to be watching them over the next few weeks. It’ll be nice to see them close together as I’ve never watched them like that. I do love these movies, Captain Jack is a great character and generally they are fab stories. I always thought though, this movie in particular probably in parts is a little spooky for the younger views but that said it’s still an enjoyable family film, just not for the really tiny humans.

Rating: J J J J

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (12A), Warcraft: The Beginning (12A), Alice Through The Looking Glass (PG) & Underworld: Awakening (DVD - 18)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (12A) – what’s it about? Shredder escapes prison and teams up with Krang to take over the world.

It’s turtletastic! Ok this might be nostalgia talking as I was a massive Turtles fan growing up so to me this is totally awesome. I do love the way they’ve kept the characters personalities and the storylines. Shredder was a pretty cool enemy along with all his little gang; they are such an odd and quirky bunch. This movie doesn’t disappoint after the last one, it’s as good, and again is filled with humour and action.

Rating: J J J J O

Warcraft: The Beginning (12A) – what’s it about? The Orcs invade Azeroth in hope of finding a new world to call their own.

I think if you’ve played Warcraft or know of it in some capacity it will help with enjoying this one. I have dabbled but am not a total fangirl but I got a lot out of the movie and stuff but the people I was watching it with didn’t, I came out really hyped thinking this was brilliant but they came out meh. It had a good story in my opinion, gave a little more humanity (probably the wrong word to use) to the races and the world really, and it had some good action too.

Rating: J J J J

Alice Through The Looking Glass (PG) – what’s it about? Alice returns to Wonderland to help the Mad Hatter.

This is the sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland so really if you liked that movie then you’ll probably like this one too. This one has Alice both in the real world and Wonderland so you get a mix of the two and some parts of it are a little dark – well some of the bits in the real world anyway. It was a good story but anyone who knows the Alice stories will know the plot and kind of what to expect, but the movie generally was made and acted well. Yeah I have to say I found it pretty enjoyable and laughed a few times too!

Rating: J J J J

Underworld: Awakening (DVD - 18) – what’s it about? The existence of Vampires and Lycans is now known by the humans and the races must battle for survival.

Raaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh more Vampire and Lycan action in another action packed and violent film with the gang! What more do you want in life than these creatures having a good scuffle and guns and chowing down on the odd human, nothing! This is what life is all about! If you love the Underworld series then you’ll enjoy this one and if you haven’t seen it in a while (like me) then it’s definitely worth a re-watch just to step back into the world!

Rating: J J J J