Ghostbusters 2016: Review

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I can fully understand why people want to try to continue with a franchise. But when the original had Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, anything that followed has some mighty big shoes to fill. So, where did they go with this latest rendition? Pick up where the boys left off, – nope. Give us a new thread into the supernatural, with the so acclaimed “funniest actors working today” Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Allowing us to be enveloped into a new era of comedic ghost busting, – nope. Did they make no effort at all with the storyline, stick four wannabees together in the hope that those who didn’t see the original will welcome this with open arms… – yes, yes they did.

I find myself asking this more and more when it comes to “remakes” – WHY? This film brings nothing to the table. If there were any good lines to be delivered, they were sadly lost by the total lack of timing, an absolute must if you’re trying to be funny.
Even the cameos by some of the original cast couldn’t bring this 105 minutes to an end quick enough for me.

1 Stars

Hacksaw Ridge: Review

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To be honest, with the words “True Story” and “about a Conscientious Objector”, I didn’t hold much hope of me watching it all the way through. The story starts a little slow as we get to understand the circumstances of why Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) decides not to pick up a gun when he enlists in the army. He has a rough ride through his basic training with hopes of becoming a medic. Then the action really starts with dramatic scenes of warfare in a bloody battle where our hero comes into his own. Trust me, you will stick it through to the end.

4 Stars

The Nice Guys: Review

niceguysSet in the 70’s, Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are forced together to investigate a missing girl. They stumble about gaining leads on a conspiracy connected to the death of a porn star. I almost pasted by this film, but I’m glad I gave it a view. Both Gosling and Crowe work together well giving the film, although dark in subject matter, a light humours feel. Add to this the retro music backdrop and bad hairdos and it was very enjoyable to watch.

4 Stars

Suicide Squad: Review

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The US government assemble a task force from a selection of expendable super villains.

Their first mission is to “save the world”. Once they realize that they are on a suicide mission, they decide to take things into their own hands as they face the oncoming apocalypse.

There’s the plot and it doesn’t take too many brain cells to work out the ending, and an ending which didn’t come soon enough for me.

A patchy, disorganized, poorly acted 123 minutes. I felt sorry for Will Smith, who played Floyd“Deadshot”Lawton, the inadequate dialogue failed to add any enrichment to his character. There was a few fleeting moments from Margot Robbie who played Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel / “Harley Quinn” but I’m struggling to give any examples that don’t have any reference to her clothing or the lack of it. Then we have Jared Leto, well how cheap and tacky can you go? Why on earth he was trying to do a very inadequate impression of Jim Carrey as he thought he might act as “The Joker” rather that “The Riddler”, I do not know. I hated every scene with this tacky impostor. Once again the Warner Bros./DC combo have failed. This is NOT on my Christmas list of Blu-rays.1-5 Stars