Review – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is a loud, crass, childish, empty film that by the end had me completely bored by everything it had to offer. This is the type of film where it tries to fill the screen with seemingly interesting or exciting content, but if you look at it closely (to be honest you don’t have to look that close) you realise just how little this film actually gives itself to work with. I was utterly bored by the end of this film and couldn’t wait for it to be over. But why was that the case? Where did it go wrong to make this the case? Let’s explore those questions and more in my review. Read more

Review – It

It, directed by Andy Muschietti, had me gleefully smiling from ear-to-ear, throughout. Front and centre in this film are a wonderful cast of characters, who thanks to some great balancing, end up being one of the most enjoyable aspects of the whole film, and in turn create a nostalgic feeling kids adventure film; with a serving of disturbing horror. It’s also really refreshing to see a large studio produce a horror film that feels like it was allowed to express itself how it wanted too. There is a clear level of respect and love for the source material and it all results in something that feels like more than just your run of the mill horror film. But what exactly is it about this film that makes it so enjoyable – seeing as it doesn’t really do anything new or original with the horror format? Well, let’s explore the film through this review and find out. Read more

Review – mother!

mother! Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, was at first a very atmospheric, very tense feeling film, that then went on to become this very empty, repetitive feeling film, and then it transitioned into something surreal, and then from there it became overly farcical, and then by the end there was something truly profound about it. It was a journey that was ever changing; sometimes it was good and other times it wasn’t, but there was always something to it that, in some way, kept me watching it. The experience of watching this film was like it was slicing its way slowly but deeply into me and then staying there, waiting; in the end exploding into something I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about. This is going to be a challenging review but one I’m interested to write, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – American Assassin

American Assassin, directed by Michael Cuesta, is as bland as an action movie can possibly get. Almost every element of this film is either failed in its execution or overlooked as a possibly stimulating addition to the film. Nothing ever pays off in a way that makes sitting through this film worthwhile and nothing ever happens that makes it an exciting watch. It is nothing but mundane. But where does the problem lie? Is there anything that perhaps sneaks to the surface and creates some level of interest? Let’s dissect the film in my review and find out. Read more

Review – Wind River

Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, is a film with a haunting, quiet rage pulsating throughout it. With a vast, chilling landscape, some deeply nuanced characters and a plot that slowly hollows you out; Wind River is a film that makes its way into your bones and leaves you thinking about it, long after the credits have rolled. But what it is specifically about this film that makes it so memorable? I plan to answer that question and explore as much of this film as possible, through my review. So, let’s get to it. Read more

Review – God’s Own Country

God’s Own Country, written and directed by Francis Lee, is at times lonely; it is at times beautiful, but it is at all times honest. I at first didn’t find myself that pulled in by the film; the main character made me a little standoffish. But as it progressed and the true beauty and fulfilment of the film came to me, I became utterly surrounded by it. But why was that? What was it about this film that now makes me consider it one of my favourite films of the year so far? Well, let’s find out in my review. Read more

Review – Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh, is a film that is full of so much character. Not only do you have the eclectic selections of characters to enjoy, but you also have the all-American setting; filled with NASCAR, a lively culture that loves and respects its history and an overall charm and wholesomeness that just exists throughout the film. You take all of that and then inject it with the unique essence that makes up Virginia and the surrounding areas, and you get something that really stands-out and makes its presence known. And it is also a film that constructs and delivers a heist plot that keeps all the fun moving with purpose. This is a film that is brimming with wonderful amounts of charm and fun, and it never lets up. But can the film really be all enjoyment and no underlying problems? Well, let’s find out in my review. Read more

Review – American Made

American Made, directed by Doug Liman, tells an unbelievable story – that’s not hyperbole. The true story in which this film is based upon, will leave you slack-jawed and wide-eyed. In a refreshing departure from his usual bulletproof, all action all the time roles, Tom Cruise helps to deliver a fun, wild adventure that shows that anything is impossible in the United States of America. However, the film might be all flash and nothing meaningful, but let’s explore if that is the case in my review. Read more