Coco

Coco

A young aspiring musician unwittingly enters the Land of the Dead and gains a wider perspective on the importance of family in Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s Coco. Pixar are often among the best at bringing raw and honest emotion to an animated feature. Inside Out is one such example of this but much of…

Darkest Hour

Darkest

Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister and the decision he made that continues the Second World War. Winston Churchill seems to be a popular figure to adapt at the moment with his portrayal by John Lithgow in The Crown and Brian Cox bringing his own particular…

All the Money in the World

Money

Ridley Scott tells the true life tail of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and the drama that ensued when a ransom demand was issues to his billionaire grandfather in All the Money in the World. I’ll start by addressing the production issues that this film had. Ridley Scott was under a tight deadline when…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Billboards

A grieving mother openly challenges the local authorities for failing to solve her daughter’s murder by using billboards to make her feelings clear in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This film’s theme can simply be summed up as “life is unfair”. It forms the basis of the various character stories here and comes…

Molly’s Game

Molly

Aaron Sorkin takes his first seat in the director’s chair with the high stakes poker themed crime thriller Molly’s Game. The main thing Aaron Sorkin has become known for over the years is the way he writes his dialogue. This was made famous by the TV show The West Wing and was at the root…

The Greatest Showman

Greatest

Hugh Jackman dusts off his vocal chords in the romanticised story of P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s The Greatest Showman. Before I really begin the review let’s address the Elephant in the room. P.T. Barnum is absolutely a historically controversial figure so crafting a story around him where he serves as the hero is arguably…

Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Last Jedi

The new Star Wars trilogy continues with Rian Johnson’s heavily anticipated Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. I was somewhat critical of The Force Awakens for its numerous callbacks to A New Hope in its narrative. In many ways it felt like a safe high budget remake in order to reinvigorate the franchise and appease newcomers…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji

Hollywood delivers another long delayed sequel in the form of Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The original Jumanji is a serviceable if unremarkable adventure romp elevated by the presence of the late great Robin Williams. It wasn’t something that particularly needed a sequel nor was anyone really crying out for one. There was…

The Disaster Artist

Disaster

The story of the making of what many consider to be the worst film of all time is chronicled in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist I’ll start by addressing the biggest question that people will have before going into this film. Whether it’s essential to see The Room or not will probably inform many decisions to…

Justice League

Justice League

DC brings together their own team of superheroes to stop an alien threat before it can wipe out all life as we know it in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After the monumental success of Marvel’s shared cinematic universe experiment everyone else has been rushing to create their own with limited success. DC had all the…