TL;DR – A movie that has good moments, but is hamstrung by its narrative framing device that was unhelpful and unneeded
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a post-credit scene but not one you need to stay back for
When you grow up there are these touchstone moments as you discover the world
of cinema. For me, and I would say a lot of people in my generation that grew
up in Australia, the original Storm Boy
movie was one of those moments (well until you have to write an essay on it for
English, which was the worst. Well, it
has been many years since I have watched the original, so I was really interested
when I heard they were remaking it, well that was until I saw it.
So to set the scene, we do not start with the story of the pelicans, but instead, we begin many years later when Storm Boy
has grown into being an old man (Geoffrey Rush). He is back in Australia
because his son-in-law (Erik Thomson) is holding a vote to allow mining on his
company’s pastoral land. The old man’s granddaughter Madeline (Morgana Davies)
is very much opposed to it, but he is all just a bit ambivalent to it because
it is not really his business anymore. But before the vote could be cast a
storm damages the building and we get a day’s pause. It is during this time
that he decided to tell his granddaughter the story of when he was a child (Finn
Little) and he and Fingerbone Bill (Trevor Jamieson) found some baby pelicans,
orphaned after hunters killed their parents.
TL;DR – Sigh, oh DC, it really looked like you tried on this movie, but boy the best that you can do is an aggressively mediocre outing that adds nothing to the franchise, and as a self-contained film – well you can do a lot worse, but you can also do a lot better.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
P.S. There is a mid-credits scene
When it comes to that whole DC v Marvel comics rivalry which seems to permeate the internet these days, for me this was one of those arguments that was never really a factor in my life growing up. This is because we didn’t really get the comics where I lived, but what we did get was the animated series, like X-Men and Batman, and they were not aired in competition with each other, and indeed sometimes aired on the same TV channel. So growing up you were not a DC or Marvel person, it was more “did you see that episode yesterday”, I feel I really need to start with this up front because I really want this Justice League series to work, I really do. However I don’t think Suicide Squad is the film that will do it, and in fact all it does is show that DC/WB just don’t seem to know how to get this movie series off the ground. At best it is average, and at worse it is quite problematic, but in the end it is not really all that engaging and you’ll probably forget most of it within a day of watching it.
TL;DR – A Bit of fun, and a good watch, if you don’t take it too seriously
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
So the basic premise of all the Terminator films are in the deep dark future of 1994 a computer system called Skynet rose up and nuked the world and now it and the remaining humans are fighting for survival. Skynet feeling that it is losing does what all computers do, cheat and sends back through time a terminator to kill one of the Connors. Since the best film in the series Terminator 2: Judgement Day, we have had one ok but mostly forgettable sequel, one TV series that started strong, got messed with by executives and then finished strong but not strong enough to stave of cancellation and another movie sequel which was a train wreck from start of filming to the end. So how does this film hold up? Not bad, generally speaking.