TL;DR – A delightful film about the tension between dreams and reality and how they don’t always add up
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
One of the things that is becoming rarer
and rarer these days is going into a film without any idea what to expect. Well, today I got to experience one of those
rare moments as I turned on Netflix and stepped into a world of glitter and
paint and every colour in the rainbow with no idea what I was getting myself
So to set the scene, we open with a montage of Kit (Brie Larson) growing up,
discovering her life, discovering her joy for art, only to have it come crashing down when she fails out of Art College and has to go back to live with her
mother Gladys (Joan Cusack) and her dad Gene (Bradley Whitford). This of course
sets of a period of depression as Kit fails to find purpose in her life, while
her parents try to help, like introducing
her to Kevin (Karan Soni), but it is not very successful. In frustration, she joins a temp agency where she
placed in an advertising firm, a place where creativity goes to die. When one
day she gets a letter to come visit The
Store and she finds The Salesman (Samuel
L. Jackson) waiting because he has the
one thing she has always wanted a Unicorn.
TL;DR – This is a film filled with wonderful characters, fantastic action, and some of the best banter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid to see this film.
It feels like it has been an eternity since Thanos snapped his fingers and
destroyed the world in Infinity
War. Since then we have been wondering wanting to know what happened,
however, in the closing seconds of the film Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) pulled out
a pager and sent out a signal calling
someone to help. Well, today we get to
see just who had that pager, and just who is behind the red and blue.
So to set the scene, we open with Vers (Brie Larson) asleep on the Kree homeworld. She rarely has a restful night’s
sleep because her dreams are punctuated with wars she cannot remember. Well, there is one way to get over a lack of
sleep and that is to wake up your commanding officer Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) and
have a good old-fashioned sparing session. Well as old fashioned as one can be
when you are on an alien planet, have no memories from before six years ago,
and oh you can shoot fire out of your hands. The
Kree are fighting a losing war against the Skrull, a race that can mimic anyone
down to their DNA, who infiltrate worlds and work their way up until they can
take them over from the inside out. After training,
she is finally brought to the Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening) the AI that
runs the Kree Empire and given her first mission. With the rest of the
Starforce including Yon-Rogg, Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) they are to infiltrate a
planet that has just fallen to the Skrulls to extract an undercover agent as
Ronan (Lee Pace) provides cover fire with an orbital bombardment. Well, that’s the plan but plans rarely quite work out as nicely as we would like.
TL;DR – Fantastic action, amazing visuals, interesting characters, and the best rendition of King Kong in a long while, this is a must watch film
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
P.S. There is a post-credits scene
The more and more we heard about Kong: Skull Island, the more I had a feeling that Kong was either going to be a masterpiece or a heaping pile of trash, I just could not see a middle ground happening. Well, I was right, Kong: Skull Island is not a mediocre film at all, and thankfully it is not a pile of trash either, instead it is an epic film that makes the most of the characters whilst setting it away from the traditional narrative. The effects alone make it a film you have to see, but it is so much more than just a technically brilliant film, it has a strong narrative, characters you relate to, and one of the more interesting island set ups I have seen since I read Dinotopia, quick aside, can we actually get that Dinotopia film now please and thank-you. Ok so let’s go break down why I think you should go see Kong: Skull Island.