Anyone who enjoyed the first film is guaranteed to enjoy the second. Everything that we liked from the former returns, this time bigger and better: more story, more characters, more action, more laughs, more heart – think Avengers was the only excellent superhero film this year? Think again.
With terrific character interactions, hilarious comedy, sublime action and a bold ending that’s sure to shock – it’s all perfect. If the next Avengers film is anything like Infinity War we’re in for another incredible treat. A splendid and monumental achievement.
The story and writing are enjoyable and the cast really sell it. While it may be ultimately unremarkable, it’s nevertheless perfectly pleasant. An ideal film to watch with your feet up on a lazy Sunday afternoon with the whole family.
A Quiet Place is a special, unique horror that shows what can be achieved by this genre when it’s not pandering to the lowest common denominator. With an engaging concept and impressive physical acting by the cast, it’s a small, intimate film with huge tension. Hitchcock may have been the master of suspense, but sound hasn’t been used this strongly before. Is this the year’s best horror already?
Steven Spielberg gives us an electric, exicting and visually stunning glimpse into the near future, breathing fresh life into videogame movies and Macguffin movies. This is Spielberg going back to doing the type of films we love him for – old school Spielberg doing a modern film, with non-stop action, fun and an exhaustive list of pop culture references that’ll make repeated viewings a consistent delight.
On the face of it, Tomb Raider isn’t groundbreaking stuff. It’s a competent, enjoyable enough blockbuster, but still hasn’t got anything on the likes of Indiana Jones. Still, this is the first time a movie based on a video game hasn’t been flat out bad – so perhaps there’s more to praise here than you may think.
Lady Bird certainly deserved each of its five nominations. With a witty, funny script, Gerwig delivers an impressive directorial debut with excellent performances from Metcalf and Ronan. A hilarious and touching coming-of-age film, ripe with nostalgia, laughs, self-discovery and great characters.
An intricate, well-told story with some decent performances and an enjoyably bleak atmosphere can’t save a slightly underwhelming spy film, with some pointless scenes, superficial characterisation and a slow-moving plot. Le Carré can rest easy.
It may be lost among all the Oscar-nominated films dominating cinemas at the moment, but Finding Your Feet is a fresh alternative that can’t fail to please. Endlessly charming, an excellent cast brings a sweet, emotional story with plenty of good laughs and a few memorable lines.
With excellent writing, directing and cinematography, and emotional and realistic WWII London is brought to life, supported by an excellent cast. This is all topped off by an incredibly transformed Gary Oldman, fully evoking Churchill and giving us the performance of a lifetime. A big V for victory!