Category Archives: Movies

Valerian

While over here in the USA, we went to see Valerian. The Fifth Element is a great Luc Besson film and I hoped that he would bring the same fun and vision to Valerian.

Unfortunately that was not the case, it started quite well with a potted history of the how the space station came to exist, the alien races were very imaginative. The trouble is that these aliens did not feature in much more of the film.
The movie universe and the special effects were brilliant, masterful, a pleasure to behold. The story was all over the place. Whole scenes seemed to be unnecessary and in a number of cases, just confusing. Half way through the movie, I had forgotten what they had to do to save whatever they had to save. Overall, great to look at, but no substance.

Anyway, Bladerunner 2049 and Thor: Ragnarok are coming soon.

Dunkirk

I don’t recall seeing any opening credits, it just starts at full throttle and does not slow down. From the beaches to the skies to the sea, several story lines progress to meet at the end.

The  story moves at three different speeds, similar to how Inception played out, not surprising really as Christopher Nolan was at the helm for both. Also common across his recent films has been the use of sound, BIG sound, sound that you feel inside. The screaming JU-87’s, the bursts of gunfire and the blasts of bombs all play as much a part as the actors.

This is what a good movie is like. Even though we all know it turns out, the suspense builds and builds. Apart from the last scene, there were no German soldiers, it was a story of escape rather than war. Brilliant.

War For The Planet Of The Apes

In a busy week for the movies, I went to see War For The Planet Of The Apes. Hmmmm, not bad, just a few too many dumb decisions by all sorts of people…and primates. This spoilt the movie for me as it started off very promising.

What is amazing is the quality of the CGI apes, the closeups of the faces, the hair, the eyes, the expressions are simply breathtaking.

Spider-Man Homecoming

Seems to be quite a few movies out at the moment that I want to see on the big screen. After Wonder Woman a couple of weeks ago, Spider-Man Homecoming was next on the agenda. A very young Tom Holland is now the third actor to play webhead since 2002 and the modern Marvel cinematic universe project.

It kicks off with Spidey’s part in Captain America Civil War before returning to New York and an encounter with Batman The Vulture played by Batman  Michael Keaton. The film is a blast and ties in with The Avengers and Captain America very nicely, with the abuse of the alien technology from the Battle Of New York being the main theme.

There are plenty of Marvel gags and Stan Lee pops up yet again for his fifteen second scene. I don’t like to say too much about new movies as I would hate to spoil it, but I did sit until the very end of the credits to see Captain America’s extra scene, the less said about that the better…

Wonder Woman

I went to see Wonder Woman, I reckon the best of the recent DC movies. Being set in World War I rather than the present day made for a nice change.

Diana Prince, the Wonder Woman, is a bit on the indestructible side so the danger never really seems to bother her.

The No-Mans-Land scene was the best bit as she struggled to understand how a war can come to a grinding halt with no side wanting to advance. Of course Wonder Woman had never faced down machine gun nests before.

The ending was disappointing, too much CGI for the villain. The bad guy should have remained in his plain three piece suit as that would have been much more disturbing, massive power and an ordinary appearance.

Still it was good fun and much more enjoyable than Batman vs Superman.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2

I went to see Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 yesterday with the family. Quite enjoyed it, but it did not grab me as much as the first one did.
The special effects are almost too much, there is sometimes so much going on that it is difficult to keep to with what is actually going on. It must be very difficult to act in one of these movies as it must nearly all be green screen on set. There are some good gags, but I did feel it tries too hard to be funny.

Still worth seeing.

Rogue One

I went to see Rogue One, A Star Wars Story. A great Star Wars war movie, reminds me of Saving Private Ryan in space. Intense and brutal.rogueone
The massive space battle beats anything done in Episodes I, II or III. The ground battles on some idyllic beaches were equally epic and rival the great assault on Hoth.

Considering it has only been out for a few days and we went on a Saturday night, why was the cinema so empty?