The Witch

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie 
Review Date: April 2017  (only just within my close-to-view-time review criteria – oops!)
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

See it. I mean, this isnt all gore and stuff and many times I sat there knowing to myself what was going to happen and where the twist was going to be only to find out I was well wrong.

However, there is a tension about what might be GOING to happen and a mystery-style confusion about what DID happen and whether you saw what you think you did. It’s that kind of fun that kept creeping in, livening up what I thought I knew about the plot.
The set and production are really nice without any hint of intrusion into the plot – you know that point when you start wondering ‘would they really do that in those times?’  Totally believable.

I guess the one point that didn’t live up to expectations was the very end where there wasn’t enough of a shock-hit for me. That said, I’d watch it again so not such a put-off.
Great acting from everyone including the kids and a really sense of creepyness as it gets deeper into the plot.

DVD Extras: None.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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Bill

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas           
Review Date: April 2017
Last watched: April 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

Sit back, relax and let slip the dogs of comfy-funny.

As expected, the writing is good and the team are well-good. They know what comic timing is for and when to throw in a couple of seconds of throw-away humour. Really fun for both kids and adults and I hope they do more.

One of my tick-boxes for comedies is the time it appears to take to get through them… did it feel like a chore? Was there a point when you wanted to go make a cup of tea but leave the film running? Well this one went quickly and I didnt want to leave the sofa. I wanted to hear every word and watch each action by each character, including those in the background. That’s the sign of a good movie.

Not world-shakingly massive but a good comedy that should stand the test of time.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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Roman Holiday

Year Released: 1953
Main Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory PeckEddie Albert                        
Review Date: April 2017 (only just within my close-to-view-time review criteria but in my defence I wrote the review about January)
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD

“Is this the elevator?”

It’s easy to get lost in the heady world of green-screen and Oscar-winning cry-babies these days. Some are great and some are pants, just like always. In it’s day, Roman Holiday was a sumptuous outing into the strange world of Europe and the closed world of royalty but has it lost it’s charm when watched decades later?
No. Defo not. It’s a superb comedy with an innocent pleasure that would still win the awards today.
Audrey – OMG! – beautiful and spirited with an incredible playfulness that’s been lost for most ‘make-me-look-serious-and-great’ actors nowadays. She’s every bit the princess as well as, in one set of scenes, a fantastic drunk!
Gregory seems an odd pairing initially, especially due to the age difference, but, as the reporter in question, he fills the screen as a street-smarts who’s slowing losing control of what he wants.
Eddie is excellent as the ‘but I thought that you said… ?!?!’ element and the whole piece is wonderfully placed in a now lost Rome where the traffic and tourism were queue-less. Not name dropping here but I’ve been to Rome and yet the way the camera and direction loves the action and keeps the sight-seeing as a glossy backdrop makes it all look fresh and exciting.

Script is fast paced and the production is never in the way so I felt the whole thing was fun and quick to watch but it’s the actors you get involved with before anything else. Maybe that’s the close camera work or the script, I don’t know. All I know is I would recommend anyone and everyone sees this at least once in their lifetime.

 

DVD Extras: Loads of ‘Remembering’ style stuff and some costume tests for Audrey. What a good looking girl!

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice+.
Keep DVD?
Yes.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry. Defo.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams 
Review Date: March 2017
Last watched: March 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

What a load of rubbish. A clear cash-in on comic hero movies and an attempt by DC to do a Marvel-style tie-in for their other characters. This was badly done and wastes a perfectly good opportunity.

Obviously the effects will be good since there is so much money to throw around. The cast are good actors but everything is simply stereotypes, including the Lois character. The plot is just an excuse for a two minute fight that brings these characters together for future films and has no right to call it’s self ready for the movies. Direction is wooden and the script is as dull as the lighting and as dreadful as the ‘dramatic’ music that only managed to fill in time between effects.

What a drudge. from about 30 mins in I wondered why anyone would care what else happened. By the end – which didn’t come soon enough – I wondered why I hadn’t listened to everyone else and stayed away from this grumpy pile of bat droppings.

 

DVD Extras: A pishy ‘analyse the fight’ nonsense. No, I mean it – complete toss.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
NEVER.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid. In fact don’t avoid, push it over and shout at it to grow up. Sounds like I need a new category.

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Assassin’s Creed

ar Released: 2017
Main Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons
Review Date: January 2017
Last watched: January 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: 3D

“leap of faith!”

I like the games and had big reservations about a film-of-the-game. I went into this with low expectations.

Michael was good although I thought his part was more for muscle than acting. Marion was a little bit on the side (not meant to sound offensive but her character was less than necessary) and Jeremy was a cool cucumber as we expect, really stealing the show for the humans.

The other massive player was, as expected, the effects. Good and exciting though they were, I think the script was pushed aside and some of the entire-army-against-individuals bits were over the top, certainly letting it down. In the games (I’m trying not to make a comparison, honest!) there is an overview of locations, a setup for the in-the-past scenes where we have a layout of what the Assassins need to overcome. Here we did not and suddenly got confronted by overwhelming odds. I know it’s all condensed for this cinema outing but a couple of minutes of prepping the audience would have been enough to really make a difference.

The Animus – the long arm thingy – sounded unnervingly like ‘enemas’ and is going to be difficult to replicate in sequels, should there be any. Shame as the tech it represents is wonderful. I’d like to have seen a back-story to this.

Overall I went in with a low bar and it was about right which is disappointing. More script in the regression scenes and less concentration on the present, please. Give the idea time to breath.

Yes, go see it whether you are fans of the games or just like action. Just, you know, don’t expect anything deep.

3D effect: Yeah, a few out-of-the-screen moments and some noticeable people-in-front-of-other-people bits. An extra element but not substantial and in some rather frantic scenes I think it actually made them a little more confusing. I wore glasses for this one and although the 3D glasses fitted neatly over them there might have been some lack of clarity in these scenes.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No. Maybe at some point there will be a box set like the games and it might make sense then to have the lot.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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Superman Returns

Year Released: 2006
Main Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden        
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: DVD

“Clark!”

Cards on the table – I liked the first movie from 1978. It was damn good and exactly what Superman should be – cheesy, comicy, man-can-fly-y.

This picks up from there. The comparison is clear – the world has to be cleaned up, there’s an evil baddie, Superman must overcome odds that should have killed him. All there with a big helping of flight and the central core of a love story between a dweeb and an eccentric reporter.

Soapbox: That relationship, the basic love story, is actually what these films are buoyed up by and has been sadly missed in the big-budget, modern superhero movies that go for smashing and crashing and roaring and explosions. Writers should take some time to care about their characters rather than pander to what execs thinks sells. Write some guts into it.

The connection between old and new is obvious but the effects are updated although not by much. Nothing looks bad or unbelievable however it’s let down by the lack of stirring music even though the original score is used at times. Also the depiction of his flying and the camera angles on the bad guys is not as bold as it could have been so the element of wonder isn’t as keen. Not sure of Kate as a choice either as she’s a little but TV for the silver screen.

A nerdy word about James who has managed a cross over between DC and Marvel showing that this can happen!

Good effort, good modern kick-start for the caped-one but I can see why critics wanted more as the man of steel doesn’t pose with his chest out or have the charm of a more confident alien. (Christopher Reeves is still the Man)

DVD Extras: None. Really a shame but none.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
Yes.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Year Released: 2011
Main Stars: Daniel Radcliffe,  Emma Watson,  Rupert GrintRalph FiennesAlan RickmanMichael Gambon
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD boxset

Relentlessly dark and obviously charging towards the end game. Good wand action and some heroic kids growing up in front of the camera, this is a fitting, if difficult conclusion but maybe not as nicey-nicey as you might have expected from the rest of the series. Fans love this stuff and will probably be jumping up and down for the action. Those who haven’t seen any, go to the start and see the box set.

When you get the box set, this is good but I wouldn’t try otherwise.

DVD Extras: none.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No unless as part of the box set.
Watch if on TV?
Yes but only if you know the series.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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