Fifty Shades Freed is just about as bad as you would expect. With a lacklustre story, poorly drawn characters, sluggishly slow pace and and unsexy sex scenes that seem like an afterthought, it doesn’t matter how attractive the leafs are or how funny it all is, this is just proof that sometimes fan-fiction should just remain fan-fiction.
With exciting and varied action, plenty of laughs and an excellent ensemble of characters, it fits perfectly into the rest of Marvel. Add to that a refreshingly different feel with exemplary Afrofuturism, Black Panther is one of Marvel’s finest yet.
Downsizing is a small film that should have dreamed bigger and been daring enough to really embrace its refreshingly original concept. Instead it goes from a conceptually captivating film to a fairly generic drama/quasi-comedy whose plot plods along, quickly forgetting the central premise that excited the audience. Certainly a pleasant watch, but a missed opportunity.
It might seem like a daring move to make a ‘children’s’ film about death – but yet again Pixar prove they can make a film about anything and still make it wonderful. With an original, sweet story, gorgeous visuals, wonderful music and genuine Mexican representation, Coco is a beautiful, magical film that can’t fail to delight audiences worldwide. An absolute masterpiece! Bring some tissues and get ready for one of your new favourites.
McDonagh solidifies his talent with his third consecutive great film, this one being his best yet. With an incredible script and a perfect cast, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is an instant classic, able to challenge an audience and make them laugh the whole time.
A promising debut with a top-notch script, intriguing plot and excellent performances from the leads, Molly’s Game is a winning hand.
Good dance choreography and occasional enjoyable music, can’t save a film drowning in irritating noise from The Bellas, an incoherent central story consistently distracted by side-plots, ditzy and annoying characters talking nonsense over each other and unfunny, crass and embarrassing attempts at comedy that fall flat on their face, with most of them coming from one character in particular… Pitch Perfect 3 is so far from ‘perfect’, I can only hope that a fourth will never come to pass.
Not the ‘Greatest Show’ by any means, but not to say it’s all bad. In a film riddled with missed opportunities, it tries so hard to dazzle and inspire us with awe that it forgets fundamentals in storytelling and characterisation. Still, it’s pleasant and can easily entertain… but not much more. For an easy-going family-friendly musical, you could certainly do worse.
While it may suffer from a long run-time, thrown-away plot-points and just about edges on too much comedy, this is an excellent and incredibly enjoying chapter of the saga. Big, bold and exciting with brilliant characters, shocking story developments and beautiful action scenes – this is the Star Wars film we need.
Sweet, uplifting and inspiring. Despite an iffy structure and not having enough Wilson and Roberts, Wonder is a heart-warming film with a special message.