Review – Dumbo

Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, certainly has some charm to it, and on a few occasions won me over with its dazzling visuals and its lovingly endearing big eared character, but for the most part, Dumbo was a pretty formulaic and unimaginative experience that offered no surprises and never had me as emotionally invested as the original did. Let’s see what it is about this film that has it feeling so… bland, and discover if it’s worth your time. Read more

Review – Widows

Widows, co-written and directed by Steve McQueen, is yet another enthralling piece of cinema from a director who is yet to make a bad film. Enveloping an eclectic and uniquely damaged cast of characters in an ever-evolving story that continuously keeps you on your toes; Widows is a film that engages you and challenges you every step of the way. It’s been too long since I’ve had the pleasure to talk about a McQueen film, so let’s be done with this introduction and get to the review, so I can delight in talking about a director I adore. Read more

Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, is another surreal, unsettling, and at times disturbing film from the unconventional director. There’s something so alluring, yet at the same time distant about Lanthimos’ work. This film feels out of cadence with reality, which makes for something that pulls on your attention as something sinister and distressing slowly unfolds and becomes wholly tension inducing. You don’t know what’s going to happen but with how odd the film is, you know it’s going to be something bad. I’m really interested to review this film as it might be quite challenging. So let’s get to it. 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 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling; offers up some truly unique and enjoyable moments. However, it never really seems to achieve anything of note. Behind all the towering wonders and exhilarating magical feats; exists a film that feels hollow in its attempts to introduce us to its new set of characters and its never properly explored locations. So much of the film feels like it has been left to other instalments to tackle, rather than be adequately fleshed out in this one. There are certainly some interesting points to breakdown about this film, so let’s get to it. Read more