Thor: Ragnarok

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars:  Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate BlanchettTessa Thompson,Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Karl Urban
Review Date: June 2018
Last watched: April 2018
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

There were times when I wondered if I should have watched the rest of the Marvel movies before this. It’s the Is-This-Film-Ok-On-Its-Own syndrome. Then at other times I didn’t care as the script is so marvellous and OTT that you just ride the experience without thinking too much about back-stories.

So having put that to one side, Thor himself, Mr Hemsworth, was wonderfully stoic and funny in equal measure. All of them were in fact. There’s a real sense that the writers are not only comfortable with the heroes but also able to be playful without going too far from the point of the story or from the characters themselves.

Anthony is subdued but clearly in charge each time he appears and Tom is every bit the Loki I now think of when I consider Norse gods! But it’s not just the script and actors that make this an epic – the effects are so glorious you forget they exist. Everywhere. Not that you’d notice. It’s all so believable that nothing seems out of place and yet when you think about it nearly every scene has green screen written all over it.

Again, not so it would spoil your entertainment as the movie is a fantastic addition to all the sup-hero outings flying and crunching along at the moment as well as allowing Thor to be a bit more grown up (not much though).

Nicely played, Marvel. I really thought you’d over-extended your stay but looks like you’ve sneaked in a good ‘un.

Very funny script.

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

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Young Frankenstein

Year Released: 1974
Main Stars:  Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty FeldmanPeter Boyle Teri Garr
Review Date: June 2018
Last watched: March 2018
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: TV

Classically made with an eye for clichés, pastiches and appropriate slapstick, there’s a very comfortable way about the humour and the obvious nature of every scene. In places it’s missing a beat or two and doesn’t go as far as it might so maybe not fulfilling the script’s potential but overall it’s got a nice feeling and gives me a heart-felt grin each time I think back on it.

Terri is wonderful, Gene is exotic and Marti is suitably weird. An additional icing on the cake is Peter Boyle whose musical routine has ruined many a B+W musical for me over the years.

Although it’s maybe lost something over the years as senses of humour change and demand more ‘sophisticated’ laughs, this non-side-splitting movie is still good fun for kids and adults alike.

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

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Ghost Town

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars:  Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni           
Review Date: June 2018
Last watched: April 2018
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

Ricky gets given a vehicle. That’s what this is about. Not really more than a Sixth Sense rip off of poor quality and even being fair on Ricky, he seems either held back or maybe just out of his comfort zone.
Not really bad but not worth the effort.

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

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Jabberwocky

Year Released: 1977
Main Stars:  Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Max Wall
Review Date: June 2018
Last watched: March 2018
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: TV

Very Terry Gilliam. There’s a type of dust-and-rags scenery and script that he directs very well and it’s obvious here although clearly the film is an early one and he’s still finding his directorial feet. Missed jokes, attempts at humour that don’t really pull off and some disconnected character sketches bring it down.

Worth a look for the Terry touches and Michael’s acting. He really is good at that role of nervous, quite stupid and naïve.

There’s also a lot of almost mesmerising scenes with John and Max in the castle. These bits of senility and upper-class extravagance are wonderful.

Not so worth it for a good night in as it’s a little slow in places and perhaps not that funny if you don’t follow Terry or the Python team.

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

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The Peanuts Movie

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller           
Review Date: June 2018
Last watched: March 2018
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

“Good grief”

“!!!!!! !! !!! !!!! !! !!!!!”

For all the kids of young age and for all the adults over a certain age. Maybe less for the older kids.

There’s a lot of memories and really well done moments taken directly from the cartoons. In fact it’s like getting given a Peanuts book and although you open randomly at some slightly funny, three-panel page, half an hour later you’re sitting with a cuppa finishing the whole thing. Although the movie is much more than a half hour stint, it’s not dissimilar.

This is a film about the entire Peanuts family and tries to cover all the repeating themes from the cartoons with perhaps not enough time to get each one but that’s ok, you get hooked anyway and end up watching the whole thing just like reading the books.
My wife wandered into the room and sat down to her usual evening of Facebook but soon enough watched the movie instead. Believe me, that’s no mean feat.

An endearing community of children that have silly, non-adventures and you get caught up in their strange but also familiar world.

Maybe a Sunday afternoon of chuckles and charm rather than an evening of blockbusting excitement.

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

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Ghost In The Shell

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars:  Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano
Review Date: May 2018
Last watched: May 2018
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: BluRay

Always going to be glossy and colourful with effects to die for and to that end it lived up to everything.
As a plot, there’s not much and the whole corporation-made-me-a-ninja becomes apparent very early on. Not that this is bad as you pretty much know why you’re watching is the scifi-girl-force-to-be-reckoned-with.

Scarlett is well cast and uses her stoic expressions to best result while Takeshi stands like a reliable tree, doing what he does and being brutally good at it. The rest of the cast, Pilou included, are not exceptional and could be replaced with equals although that’s down to the centralised nature of the script that rarely sits away from Scarlett and her action. It’s annoying that the extras show a team who have worked on their on-camera roles much more than is shown. Perhaps this should have been a series rather than a single movie and been able to demonstrate their stories more.

I liked it as I have a soft spot for Anime and the transition to live action but I understand when the wife and a friend said they thought it was meh. I get it and kinda agree but some of that is the direction / editing which seems to miss the point of the action and slows the pace with lots of static face-shots. A bit of dynamism with wind blown over-coats and a little less glaring neon would not have gone astray.

Not great and didn’t leave a lasting impression but the effects might draw me back one day a long time from now.

BluRay Extras: Very disappointing. Two explaining-of skits that had some of the actors explain their characters.

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

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Colossal

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars:   Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell
Review Date: May 2018
Last watched: May 2018
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

What an idea! Superbly strange concept and with a scifi bit stuck on to a someone-with-big-personal-issues bit. Shame it all comes to nothing and just feels like a lot of weirdness.

When I was watching, I started thinking about what the plot might be doing. You know that thing where you see something get a little too much screen time and you try to work out why it’s there and based on all the usual ways films twist and turn you kinda know what’s coming. Then, when it was all over, I realised that there was never any delivery on all those pieces of the puzzle. Nothing connected. It all just sorta happened.

It was a bit like real life. Kinda. I know that sounds odd or even a good thing for a movie but it’s not. The really ordinary, life-like way each character was written made the vague reasons for all those plot strands feel very flat. Yes, there’s a big part that’s not so ordinary and if you read any synopsis then you know what part that is but amazingly the delivery is not as funny or even as cruel as you’d think.

As a comedy it fails to deliver and as drama there’s a problem with allowing anyone to understand who is doing what and why. Character development was all on Anne and simply a couple of lines on anyone else. I didn’t feel I could get attached to anyone.

All well directed, great location, effects are not only cute but a nice respite from the rest of the movie. But there’s no redemption, no learning, no sense that anyone is going to change or that the effects of the …er… effects are changing the world the way they should. I think this is one that appeals to people from small-town backgrounds and the rest of us don’t get as much of the “I can totally see myself and everyone I grew up with in there!” humour.

One of the missed opportunities for a cult film and perhaps it’s going to end up being a stage in the road to better things for some writer or director.

If you like a quirky idea and can put up with the sense that you’ve wasted your time watching it then this one is for you. Not for kids, scifi nuts or most other people.

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

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