Over the past few years, there has been a big trend of reinventing fairy tales with works like Once Upon A Time and Grimm on TV, along with Frozen, getting high praise for how they reinvented fairy tales. Out of this, there has been one project that has been teased for years, a reinvention of Sleeping Beauty focused on Maleficent and now that film has come out. As a reinvention of Sleeping Beauty, it doesn't work and feels like a complete hodge-podge of all the tropes that have made recent fantasy movies popular.
28 May 2014
Out of all the films I've seen this year, Bad Neighbours was the one I was unsure about. Whilst I'm really like the cast, the premise of the film made it sound like a film I wouldn't enjoy. After hearing the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the film though I decided to give it a go and I found to film to be okay. Whilst the cast are all game, the jokes don't hit as often as they should.
25 May 2014
I have a bit of a mixed view of the X-Men series. X-Men was okay, X2 was great, X-Men: The Last Stand is not as bad as people make it out to be (I just did a defense of the film here), whilst X-Men Origins: Wolverine is. X-Men: First Class is excellent and The Wolverine is just okay. It's a pretty mixed record when it comes to the films and with this film, the franchise has gone back to its roots, getting Bryan Singer back to direct an adaptation of one of the most popular story arcs in X-Men history, Days of Future Past and has made another great X-Men film.
23 May 2014
This is a strange one. A film where Michael Fassbender wears a paper-mache head and is a member of an offbeat music group has to be a strange one but the level of strangeness needs to be seen. The trailers make it out to be this quirky dark comedy but underneath there are very serious themes about mental illness and artistic integrity to be seen. Thankfully, all of these elements work making Frank a brilliant, unique film.
19 May 2014
When I saw the first Amazing Spider-Man film 2 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised. All of the trailers made me think the film would be awful but a strong cast and a decent script helped make the film pretty good. The Amazing Spider-Man was not the film I thought was going to be released based on how bad the trailers were, they saved all of that for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This is a pretty bad film and easily the worst of all the Spider-Man films made so far (yes, including Spider-Man 3, which is nowhere near as bad as everyone says it is).
17 May 2014
Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of giant monster movies. Films such as The Host, Monsters and Pacific Rim have ignited the passion in the movie going audience to see more films like this. As such, it was only a matter of time before a new Godzilla movie was made. This was also a good way for America to make up for the complete butchering of Godzilla done by Roland Emmerich in 1998, giving the world a proper Godzilla film. I am happy to say that this does feel like a true Godzilla film, although there are still a few problems.