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

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

Legend: Review

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Another look at the Kray Twins and how they became a legend. It depicts the rise of the notorious gangsters who during the 1950’s and 60’s gained control over crime in London. Through his writing and direction Brian Helgeland shows the torment between the brothers as Ronnie became more and more mentally unstable, while Reggie attempts to control him and their growing business. The twins are pursued by Detective Superintendent Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read, determined to bring their downfall.
The brothers are played by Tom Hardy, who does an outstanding job in making both brothers different and believable. Supporting roles are from Christopher Eccleston as DS Read and Emily Browing as Frances Shea (Reggies love interest). After watching this adaptation of the well documented of the crime duo, I couldn’t help feel that there was something missing. Not one that I’d sit through again and not I fear worth buying the DVD. 2-5 Stars

The Demise of the British Sitcom – nothing to laugh about

ComedyBannerWhat has happened to British comedy? Scanning through the TV channels it’s difficult to find any form of sitcom that is actually funny. The idea of comedy is a scenario or situation to have a surprise twist at the end, making it funny. However most comedy written today relies on shock tactics that are vulgar or tasteless.
Granted after you’ve seen the 412th episode of Last of the Sumer Wine, the comical twist has become tired. And yes it does therefore need a new approach. But nowadays this new approach evolves blatant swearing or crude sexual visuals to bolster the already obvious outcome of the gag.

When I think back over past sitcoms with the likes of, Are You Being Served, Blackadder, Bread, Butterflies, Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Last of the Summer Wine, One Foot in the Grave, Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Rising Damp,  Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Steptoe & Son, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, The Likely Lads, The Royale Family, and even ‘Allo ‘ Allo!, Red Dwarf, The Office, Men Behaving Badly with their slightly riskier overtones, all these delivered the punch line with a subtleness that is sadly missing from today’s sitcom.
Have we as a race of people become so obsessed with fast foods, fast cars and fast Internet (unless your with BT), that we’ve lost the ability to make the fine distinctions between humour and poor taste.

Southpaw: Review

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Firstly, I’m not the greatest fan of boxing, however numerous people told me that Southpaw was good to watch, even my daughter, so watch it I did. The story line isn’t exceptional, it simply follows the rise and fall of a light-heavyweight boxer Billy Hope played by Jake Gyllenhaal. But you get a good sense of feeling as the tragedy unfolds, watching how it affects him and his family as he tries to piece his life back together after he is found unfit to box. After hitting rock bottom he turns for help from an old boxing trainer Titus Wills played by Forest Whitaker. There is a small part played by 50 Cent (Go back to the music day job) and some very emotional scenes by Oona Laurence who plays Billy’s daughter. The film is 123 minutes long but with the aid of some good acting and well shot fight scenes you are kept entertained until the end. As I said at the start, I’m no boxing fan but this is well worth the watch and could be one for the DVD collection. 4 Stars

Grimsby: Review

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Okay, lets start with the story-line, Nobby, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, is a football hooligan from Grimsby. Nobby has spent years looking for his brother Sebastain, played by Mark Strong (totally wasted in this film) who is a MI6 assassin.  Finally finding him whilst he is in the middle of terrorist attack. Right, that’s the plot now the critique. There is some attempt at humor as they try to build on some of  the cliché stereotypical northern gags. Then it slides into depravity with smut, base vile shock tactics in an effort to be comical, some of which border on pornographic. This bad taste then continues throughout the film, it’s not clever, funny, nor entertaining. I am sooooooo glad that I borrowed this DVD and didn’t waste my hard earned cash  on this utter rubbish.  I’m no snob, but have we lost the ability to write humor?  Not one for anyone’s DVD collection. (They brought this garbage out on Blu-ray – WHY!!) 1-5 Stars

Deadpool: Review

deadpool1Superhero or Villain that’s the question. The film takes us through creation of Deadpool, from his life as a mercenary, to the frenzy of revenge after he is turned into self-healing anti-hero. Wade Wilson, played by Ryan Reynolds, is wise cracking, smutty, and downright funny. The film is violent, has gratuitous sex scenes, plenty of swearing, a refreshing change to the deluge of the serious superhero films hitting us at the moment. Not to be missed by us more indulgent adults. Oh yes, my original question, superhero or villain, well I’ll let you make your own mind up on that one.  4-5 Stars

Memento: Review

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Here’s one you might have missed back in 2000, Memento a psychological thriller staring Guy Pearce. Guy plays the lead role, Leonard Shelby, who sets out to find the man who raped and murdered his wife. Nothing out of the ordinary here I hear you say, until you learn that the event caused him to lose his short term memory completely.  Shelby has to piece together any clues he finds with the aid of notes, self-inflicted tattoos and Polaroids. Add to this the film itself has been put together in chunks forcing you, the viewer, also to piece together the clues, so my advice is to pay attention. There is a few surprises and twists along the way, all of which helps the film maintain a good pace keeping you watching till the end. Well worth a viewing and one for the collection. The DVD also allows you to watch the film in it’s correct order – but where’s the fun in that?  4 Stars

Dad’s Army: Review

Having grown up with Dads Army on TV, unwittingly growing accustom to each Dad's Armycharacter, following it week by week, then year after year as it got repeated over and over again on various channels, I have grown tried of it. Then they announced the film. As you may have already deduced I wasn’t too enthralled about seeing it. Imagine my surprise as I found myself with a smile on my face while watching it. The humour is light, no bad swearing, just subtle one liners slid in here and there.   The cast worked well with all the well know faces, granted fitting in all the little idiosyncrasies of the original characters within the movies’ 100 minute time frame didn’t fully succeed. However for anyone that hasn’t seen the original series this is an enjoyable romp into the clumsy war time Home Guard platoon. It’s easy to compare and criticise but the film is well worth a watch. 3 Stars