Review – Justice League

* This review contains SPOILERS for Justice League. *

Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder (and to some extent, Joss Whedon as well) is a totally empty, totally disappointing experience. Once again, you have a film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) that tries to tackle everything at once, rather than sensibly or properly developing things in a way that is smart, comprehensive, fulfilling or satisfying. You have the rushed development of key characters; a plot that is formulaic and filled with exposition, a villain with no characterisation, and action scenes that are ugly to look and lack anything exciting. This film is all that is bad about blockbuster films and also DC ones in particular. This review won’t be kind, which I’m disappointed about, but the MANY problems in this film have to be discussed – for the sake of people who might consider sitting through it or already have. Let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Snowman

The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a perfect example of a film that is completely unable to coherently manage the source material it is based upon. A poor start that sees most of the necessary set-up being overlooked and then a lack of any proper exploration of the characters and the plot, quickly sees this film becoming a mismanaged, dull detective story with no thrills and nothing to hold your interest. I was looking forward to this film, but alas, it failed to deliver on what could have potentially been an exciting, unsettling film. So let’s explore where the film went wrong and if there is anything that makes it still worth seeing. Read more

Review – La La Land

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La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, is vibrant, fun and uplifting; a clear love letter to a time in cinema that’s long past. Chazelle really does construct something that’s so full of wonder and romance. Films like this don’t really exist anymore, and to see something be so unabashedly what it is, certainly makes for an enchanting film watching experience. But… the film is lacking in something, and while it isn’t a mood killer, it was something that was forever on my mind. La La Land is a film with heaps upon heaps of praise (and rightly so) but I still have one main issue with the film; an issue that I have to talk about. So let’s make our way into the review and see what it is that makes the film so loved. Read more

Review – The Accountant

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The Accountant, directed by Gavin O’Connor, delivers a well-balanced and interesting set of characters that are also weaved into a story that is coherent and compelling. I went into this film not expecting much, and came out pleasantly surprised at just how well-rounded of an experience it delivered. Also, anyone who is still on the fence on whether Affleck is a good choice to be Batman, this is certainly a film that will help to bring you on-side with him and his responsibility with the iconic character. But I shouldn’t let myself get side-tracked with that topic (just yet) so let’s get to the matter at hand: my review of ‘The Accountant’. Read more

Review – Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor is a messy, almost unnecessary film that over complicates an already complicated franchise. Despite it introducing some new and interesting ideas, there is a lot about the film that just continues down the unfortunate path, the overall Terminator franchise has taken. Read more

Review – Whiplash

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Whiplash directed by Damien Chazelle is a fast paced, rhythmically sound film that keeps you entranced by its brilliantly executed scenes and its tremendous leading roles. Some things in the film aren’t as cohesive as I would have liked but Whiplash is still an engrossing watch from beginning to end. Read more