Adapted from the theme park ride of the same name and acting as a remake of its 2003 predecessor, Haunted Mansion is the most faithful version to the dark ride attraction, even if it sacrifices the art of telling an enjoyable story to do so. Starring LaKeith Stanfield, the 2023 Haunted Mansion swaps Eddie Murphy’s…… Continue reading Haunted Mansion
A visually stunning epic about the splitting of the atom. An utter shame, then, that its moral judgement is lost in favour of a toxic white male narrative. “Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds”, so ripples J. Robert Oppenheimer across time. His words immortalised as both warning and an apology for his…… Continue reading Oppenheimer
Since the beginning of time, since the first little girl ever existed, there have been dolls. But the dolls were always and forever baby dolls, until there was Barbie. Ever since Barbies were invented, they have served as a way to allow children to express their imagination through the toy. Initially conceived for children to…… Continue reading Barbie
Some guy called Isaac once said that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Law persists throughout Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s marvellously mad but incomplete sequel to 2018’s Into The Spider-Verse directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson. Drawing inspiration from famous…… Continue reading Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
Greatest Days shines bright, perfectly capturing the power of music, friendship, and how we are never beyond the mysticism of childhood. A musical adaption of Take That’s greatest hits is undoubtedly a hard sell for audiences who don’t have a close affiliation with the 90s boyband. Thankfully, Greatest Days directed by Coky Giedroyc radiates its joy,…… Continue reading Greatest Days
The Little Mermaid may just be the best live-action remake since Beauty and the Beast, as it tonally merges the Best Picture nominated 1991 classic with the first of the many Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The vibe of the film is fun. Opening with waves crashing, music soaring, and anticipation bubbling under the surface,…… Continue reading The Little Mermaid
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 draws out its fanfare with little payoff for audiences. Before delving into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, context is needed as the film wasn’t likely to be released, held in production purgatory with director James Gunn fired following the emergence of old tweets. Gunn, who directed the previous two…… Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Hooked on a Fatigued Feeling
Adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Tom Holt, this adaptation is as confusing as it is tedious. Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) awakens, the alarm clock blaring, indicating late for a generic job interview at an unbranded coffee chain. Having a character wake to the close-up of an alarm clock is a…… Continue reading The Portable Door – How to make pencil pushing fun for kids? Add magic.
Lewis Capaldi’s management permits the musician to allow filmmakers to explore his anxieties and Tourette’s as a marketing tool for his next album. With a confusing tone, the Netflix documentary about musician Lewis Capaldi scrapes the surface of the Scottish singer’s experiences, pressures and fears whilst the vulture of capitalism greedily scavenges away. The documentary,…… Continue reading Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now – Uninspired to a hellish extent.
In 1993 Nintendo pulled the plug on all adaptations after the failed Super Mario Bros movie. Thirty years later, they should have stuck to their word. Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Minions, had already become the victim of Internet mockery from the initial trailer of Chris Pratt’s voicing alternative to Charles Martinet. Little had been…… Continue reading The Super Mario Bros Movie – A jukebox musical that spotlights Jack Black’s Tenacious B-owser.