Movie Review – The Foreigner

TL;DR – This is a movie with a lot of moving parts, some which are simply amazing and others that don’t quite work as well.

Score – 3 out of 5 stars

The Foreigner. Image Credit: STX Films.

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The Foreigner is a really interesting film, because it is a film with a lot of moving parts, and it is delving into an area and setting you don’t see very often these days. However, while some parts of this film are simply amazing, others just don’t work at all, which creates a kind of juxtaposition. You’ll be sitting there during these moments of high intensity, or fascinating filmmaking, but then something from the story will just rip you out of it. So today what we will do after setting the scene is break down this juxtaposition.

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Movie Review – Kung Fu Yoga (Gong fu yu jia, 功夫瑜伽)

TL;DR – Kung Fu Yoga is a classic Jackie Chan action film, with a Bollywood villain, and Indiana Jones plot, and if that does not sound amazing to you then I am not sure how else to sell it to you.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

Kung Fu Yoga (Gong fu yu jia, 功夫瑜伽). Image Credit: Shinework Pictures.

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I remember my first Jackie Chan movie, one of my friends had gotten their hands on Rumble in the Bronx and we all snuck over to their house, because it was more mature than we were allowed to normally watch at the time, and it was amazing. I had never really seen a Chinese/Hong Kong action film before, and it was a revelation that action could be fast paced, but also fun, as long as you didn’t find yourself on the wrong end of a wood chipper. Since then we have had a lot of delightful films from his comedy turns in the Rush Hour’s, to the really quite good The Forbidden Kingdom (yes it has a rough start but go with it and it’s so fun), but neither of them really harkened back to these movies of the past. So I was really excited to hear that one of my local cinemas was showing his latest film, and while it has some rough edges Kung Fu Yoga was an amazing blast of fun.

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Movie Review – Kung Fu Panda 3

TL;DR – A beautifully animated film with real heart and warmth, that elevates it above most ‘kids’ films that you see in cinemas.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

Kung Fu Panda 3. Image Credit: Dreamworks.

Review

Before we start, let’s be honest for a moment, it is not that hard to make a successful kid’s film. Kid’s love simple slapstick humour, vibrant colourful characters, and hey chuck in a sing-along CD and a toy line and you’re set. Indeed parents like anything that they can sit their kid’s in front of so they can have a moment of peace to clean up the carnage that kids leave in their wake. This is why Angry Birds will be a financial success and parent’s cabinets are filled with DVDs of whatever Cars knockoff is going at the moment. Making a successful kid’s film, not that hard, making a good kid’s film, well that’s another thing entirely. However, after last week’s Zootopia and this week’s Kung Fu Panda 3 we can see that it is possible to create a kid’s film that is both successful and in fact really quite good. Indeed it is a really good time for animated films at the moment, and kid’s films in general, because people are actually taking the time to create thought-provoking quality work, see Inside Out, Wreck-it Ralph, Big Hero 6, How To Train Your Dragon, literally anything by Studio Ghibli and indeed today’s film Kung Fu Panda 3.

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