Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling, is in dire need of a little bit of focus and a lot of heart. If it had either of those qualities (but preferably both) it could have really been a film to sing the praises of. Unfortunately, this will be my second review where I lament the failings of this new Harry Potter inspired franchise (though this one won’t be as negative as my review for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). So, let’s get on with the review; explore all that this film has to offer, and see if we can find a little bit of light in a review that I hope to not just be solely negative. Read more

Review – Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is an exciting, engaging film that presents a murder-mystery – and everyone loves a murder-mystery – surrounded by a host of intriguing characters who you want to learn more about – and you will. It’s all wrapped up in a stunning and classic looking experience that delights the eyes and engages the mind. However, is the film able to take the murder-mystery plot and its many characters and suitably expand upon them? Well, let’s ride on down the tracks into my review and see how the films varied offerings hold up, shall we? Read more

Review – Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

*This review will contain minor spoilers for, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge*

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, further proves that this franchise of films has well and truly had its day. It contains a laughably weak story that only becomes more uninteresting as the film goes on, and a host of characters who you don’t care about, and very much over-stay their welcome. This is a film that is unnecessary, tedious, and by the end, something you just want to be over. Let’s get onto the review – one that won’t be to kind, but that unfortunately can’t be avoided. 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

Review – Black Mass

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Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper is a film with an absolutely captivating lead performance by Johnny Depp at its core. Unfortunately the rest of the film focuses on a bland (what should be side plot) that over the 2 hour run time is constantly circling the drain, until it inevitably is sucked down into complete disinterest. Read more