Review – Us

 

Us, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is a film with an initial concept that’s so interesting, and a first act that has you so tense, that it draws you into an experience that you prepare to be eagerly unsettled by. But the more the film progresses and the more it unravels, the less I found myself wanting to engage with it or even care about it. Peele certainly has a distinctive style and is still a creator that I find myself excited to see more from, but when it comes to his films, I still find myself struggling to connect with his writing or his directing. I’m really interested to talk about Us, so let’s be done with the introduction and make our way into the review. Read more

Review – Black Panther

Black Panther, co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, achieves something pretty special (especially when you consider that it’s another Marvel movie); Coogler has created a really personal feeling film; one with an identity and message that sees it standing separate from the usual MCU confines. It wasn’t a film I was immediately enamoured with and it is still plagued with some of the irritating issues that plague all Marvel films (issues that I do think hold it back from being something truly game-changing for the genre), but for the first time in a while, I’m actually looking forward to writing and talking about a new Marvel release. So let’s get into the meat of the review and see what it is that makes this film standout in a cluttered universe of films. Read more

Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars The Last Jedi

* This review does contain MINOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi *

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is a film that feels burdened by much that it tries to do. There are many moments to this film that I absolutely loved! Moments that reinforced and reshaped my love for Star Wars as a franchise, but to get to those moments, there were particular storylines, certain characters, and clear merchandising influences, that hampered the overall experience. However… some of the most impactful decisions this film creates, and the effect they will go onto have; I think evolves the franchise beyond the seemingly rehashed path it was going down. It will divide fans, but I hope it will move the trilogy into uncharted territory. Personally, I’m going to find this to be a challenging review to write, because I did have a genuine love-hate relationship with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This will almost be like a therapy session, as I try to come terms with all that this film is… so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, is a fun and a visually impressive, which from beginning to end is an entertaining watch. However, dominated by CGI, this film does make it difficult for you to fully lose yourself within it. Can the fun, and the slight hint of nostalgia keep you satisfied for the whole film, or is this nothing more than an unnecessary remake of a classic that was already great? Let’s jump into the many elements of the film and see if it all works. Read more