Crawl Review

Crawl reminds me a lot of the genre films I loved watching growing up in the late 90’s-early-2000’s, movies that did their rounds consistently on TV which included Lake Placid, Anaconda, Deep Blue Sea, Rogue and Snakes on a Plane. They’re thrill rides from start to finish, at times silly — some more than others — but a fun ride. And Crawl is very much that: a fun ride.

Rocketman Review

Last year Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was a runaway success that raked in at the box office and was very successful during award season. With that film’s uncredited director Dexter Fletcher, who took over after Bryan Singer was removed from the project, directing this Elton John biopic it is difficult not to see similarities and compare these two films. The one clear difference between the films is that while Bohemian Rhapsody is a film about musicians, Rocketman is a musical about a musician and that makes a big difference.

Aladdin Review

The latest live-action remake to come out of Disney’s pipeline is here and this time it’s Aladdin. Aladdin hasn’t had the smoothest ride to the big screen with casting issues, accusations of colourism and the internet’s reaction to Will Smith as Genie at several points before the film’s release. While this version is unlikely to replace the 1992 animated film as people’s preferred version of the Aladdin story, it is a bit of fun and a solid modernisation of the story.

Avengers: Endgame Review

So here we are, one year later, with Avengers: Endgame. The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a project the likes of which we have never seen before, primarily due to it not only having to deal with the events of Infinity War but also wrapping up the “Infinity Saga” that has taken place over the past 11 years. So this kind of serves as the world’s most expensive and long season finale.

Pet Sematary Review

Pet Sematary, based on the novel by horror master Stephen King, runs two-minutes less than the 1989 original for which King penned the script. This version is a fast-paced dive into the macabre with a constantly unnerving mood, jump scares galore and fantastic performances. A big change to the source material may annoy purists, but either way this 2019 release could have used more character development to truly deliver it’s final punch.

Shazam! Review

Shazam is a character with a long lineage in comics and an similarly long list of aliases and legal issues. The Superman-like hero debuted in 1940 with the name Captain Marvel, which of course clashed with the Marvel hero of the same name. Perhaps it is thus fitting that this film releases within just months of the Marvel film.

US Review

US is about you and I, it's about the U.S and it's about all of human civilization. Although Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out wore its theme on its sleeve and was transparent with its story of racism in American, US wears its theme with a thin-veil, but the most obvious thematic story being told is one of workers class in American, and ultimately the world over. And yeah, it's scary.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Review

Nobody was expecting great things from The Lego Movie when it was greenlit back in 2011 but when it was released in 2014, it shocked the world with its smarts, humour, heart and beautiful animation. Five years later and we now have a sequel that is just as clever, funny, stunning to look and emotional but it is missing the surprise and the freshness of the original which isn’t helped by being the fourth film in the Lego Movie franchise (following 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie).

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Review

How To Train Your Dragon is one of the best cinema experiences I have been fortunate to enough to have had. Flying through the skies with Toothless for the first time was a joyous moment that brought a wide grin to my face. There was just a certain magic to that film and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is proof that that magic is very difficult to recapture.

Anna and the Apocalypse Review

Anna and the Apocalypse calls itself a “Christmas Zombie Musical”, a combination I didn’t know I wanted until I did a Reacts video for the trailer with Dylan. While its pitch might get people people to watch it, the film is good enough to make sure people won’t think of it as just a gimmick movie.