Is it good that there have not been many reviews on the site during this busy awards season?…no, no it’s not.
Very sorry for the lack of updates but it has been hectic of late and to be honest I have had less time to watch films and even less to write reviews.
This is not the end of the world, but I do appreciate the small group that check out the reviews on this page. Please drop a comment on the reviews now and then it keeps me and my fellow reviewer Darren motivated that there is someone out there.
Here is a quick recap on the films I did not get a chance for a full review but really did deserve one. Get them on DVD or avoid like the plague!
Rise of the Apes – Surprise of the year!
After the trailer everyone I know said the same as I did “that looks awful” But I was pleasantly surprised. The character development was so good coupled with another great CGI performance by Andy Serkis, it made you totally forget that you were routing for a computer character. The story did not matter that much is was just to give the Ape Caesar something to overcome. I found it very enjoyable 3/5.
Hugo – Finally worth the 3D
Martin Scorsese received critical acclaim for his first attempt at a family film and quite rightly so. I felt immersed in this movie, the 3D gave a sense that I was in that lovely warm train station with all the hustle and bustle of it. The characters were quirky and the story was quite unexpected, but very nice. It was the only movie I could classify as “Christmas-ey” and I really enjoyed it. A little bit long but a small price to pay for a little cinema magic and the gratified smile you will have at the end. 4/5 extra point for use of 3D.
The Descendants – Vote Clooney!
I thought this was a great film, George Clooney playing a very real character with all the faults you would expect in the circumstances. The location of Hawaii was good too as we saw it more as a place people live rather than a holiday destination. Solid performances, and a great script all came together in a film that I have recommended to people and none have been disappointed. 5/5 I really hope he gets an Oscar for this, it’s been a long time coming.
Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows part 2
It must have been 5 years ago that I read this book and wondered how they would bring it to the screen. The did it almost exactly how I had it in my head while reading the pages of the book. It was real rollercoaster ride, and a great way to end the series. I through previous films I have thought did not stand up to the books as well as it could have but it’s the biggest box office movie franchise of all time so what do I know J 4/5
Shame – Fassbender is a “BIG” actor
The story of a good looking, affluent sex addict. Boo Whoo!
I get it! It’s about addiction, and I am a fan of Fassbender performance but I felt that the film concentrated on the day to day of him as a sex addict rather than why he is one or a story of him working to overcome it “excuse pun”
I did not enjoy it myself and certainly would not be that happy to be on a date in the cinema watching it. Maybe if Michael Fassbender role was played by Jonah Hill or Nick Nolte it might not have such a great following J 2/5 Just for his performance and the bit part Carey Mulligan had.