Review – Dunkirk

Dunkirk, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, is an absolutely incredible experience. Every single element of this film comes together; supporting and building on each other and delivering something that is powerful in its emotion and wholly engaging in its presentation. Almost from the moment the film starts, you are pulled into a true story that is unbelievable to witness, and never-failing in its momentum. There is much to break-down and talk about with Dunkirk, so let’s get out of the intro and on with the review. Read more

Review – Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper, written and directed by Olivier Assayas, is a film that was forever evolving. I didn’t know where this film was going to take me next, but where ever it was, I wanted to follow it there. Watching it was one of those hypnotising experiences that films can cause every so often, where you get lost in everything about the film, and you just let it take you away. I’m left with questions and I’m left with much to process – to think over. Part of that processing is actually through this review that I’m about to write. So, let’s get into that and find out what exactly it is about this film that I found to be so affecting. Read more

Review – The Beguiled

* This review contains spoilers for The Beguiled. *

The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola, is a film that is full of multiple missed opportunities. There were many chances to have some genuinely compelling, stimulating content to this film. Instead we get characters who lack any depth, a plot that almost feels non-existent and just a general lack of anything of real substance. As someone who is a fan of Sofia Coppola’s previous work, I was surprised at just how empty this whole film felt. But is it all bad? Are there glimmering lights of hope within the film that make it worth seeing? Well, let’s explore those questions and more in my review. So, let’s get to it. Read more

Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, is a film that is so full of a fulfilling emotional resonance and a defining central role in Caesar (Andy Serkis) that this is one of those films that leaves its mark on the summer blockbuster season and absolutely stands out from what is usually a pretty bland assortment of films. I’ve loved this new set of Planet of the Apes films since the beginning and I’m looking forward to breaking down this final instalment and exploring what it does well, but also what it struggles to fully succeed at. So, let’s find our way out of this intro and into the main review itself. Read more

Review – It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, is a film that is tense, atmospheric and forever playing with your expectations, though the way it plays with your expectations may hinder some peoples enjoyment of the film. You see, I’m of the mind-set that general audiences will struggle with this film; not finding it to be the all-out scare-fest that they are hoping it to be, but for me this film was exactly what I was hoping for, and more. But let’s find out through this review if this is a film for you, while also giving me the chance to gush about it, ever so slightly. So on to the review we go. Read more

Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, is pretty much… well… it’s a Spider-Man film. For me it didn’t really do anything new or particularly interesting with the webbed slinger, but what it does do with him is still enjoyable to watch. I was certainly entertained by the film and I think that Tom Holland is a brilliant choice. But still, I couldn’t ever get past the fact that I’d seen all of this before and while it was slightly enhanced by the Marvel way of doing things, it was still something that left me feeling lukewarm on the whole thing. There’s much to dissect about this film, so let’s get onto the main review and see what it is this film has to offer. Read more

Review – 20th Century Women

20th century Women, written and directed by Mike Mills, is a film so full of life; the vibrant, messy, spontaneity of life. This is a film that juggles a deeply nuanced and unique set of characters who all feel so brilliantly explored and so wonderfully crafted. Though at times I found it to be oddly structured, there was something so magnetic about the experience of watching this film; one that felt freeing in how open and exploratory it was. I could go on gushing about this film, but I’d rather move onto the actual review where I can continue to do so, but also point out a few things that still nagged away at me. And so onto the review we go. Read more

Review – Baby Driver

Baby Driver, written and directed by Edgar Wright, is a film that is bustling with an energy, a rhythm and a general sense of fun that most films would beg to have. However all of that energy and fun doesn’t come packaged with a story and characters that ever feel more than just surface level. This put me in an unfortunate place where I would at times be loving the experience and tapping my foot along to the ride that was Baby Driver, and then other times I would struggle to keep my attention on the film and its attempts at plot/character development. But perhaps in Baby Driver those particular elements don’t really matter, or maybe they really do? I’m not sure yet, but let’s hopefully discover the answer through this review. So let’s get to it. Read more