There has been a couple of attempts in recent times to do the ‘what if the fantasy realm that you know was set in modern times’ and well, on the whole, they have been bad. But as a concept, it is solid, so I have been wondering if anyone would be able to pull it off. Well if anyone can do it, it is Pixar, and boy did they.
So to set the scene, Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland) is just an average teenage elf, winning math awards, learning how to drive, avoiding his brother Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) and trying to find friends. He is trying to find his place in the world with his brother, who is a bit of a screw-up, and his mother Laurel Lightfoot (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who is trying her best with the chaos. On his 16th birthday, their mother surprises them with a gift from their late father Wilden Lightfoot (Kyle Bornheimer) which turns out to be a magic staff and a spell, one that can bring him back, but only for one day.
TL;DR – There are some moments of real humour and it can be really heartfelt, but it has also be smashed into a rigid three-act structure to the point that you can see the plot beats coming a mile away.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Adoption and foster care are two very important issues in society today. There
are not enough foster parents for all the kids in the system, meaning that they
get bounced around from house to house, or left in a worst state than when they
came in. Which is a tragedy because these are some of the most vulnerable members
of society and we need to be protecting them. Today we look at a film that
explores this issue by looking at what happens when you go from having no kids
to having three.
So to set the scene, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are a couple
going through life that seemingly has it
all. They run a successful renovation business where they buy down and out houses and then do them up to flip them for
a profit. This helps gives their lives purpose, until one day Ellie’s sister
mentions that they are never going to have kids and a look ensues. This leads
to them having a look at adoption websites and being overcome by the need. So
they attend training run by Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro) and
on a lunch playdate/get to know all the kids/totally weird event, they come
across Lizzy (Isabela Moner) who everyone else is ignoring because they don’t
want teenagers. They really like Lizzy but there is one catch, she comes with
two siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) and all of a
sudden they become a family of five.
TL;DR – A compelling film that pulls you in with its content and visual style, and then used it to tell a story of a world not that dissimilar from today.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – No
So today we are looking at a Guillermo del Toro’s monster film, ok wait no that is too broad a category. Ok a Guillermo del Toro’s monster film featuring Doug Jones, ok no that is still too many, Ok a Guillermo del Toro’s monster film featuring Doug Jones as a water monster … seriously still. Now, of course, I kid because all of these films are visually stunning and some of the most fascinating stories in modern cinema, indeed I still think about the ending of Pan’s Labyrinth. So today we are going to unpack Guillermo del Toro’s latest film The Shape of Water which is up for a fantastic 13 Oscars at the moment.
TL;DR – Hidden Figures is an amazing film about our past and very much relevant in our present, that when you oppress people it holds everyone back.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Straight from the start, I should say I love movies about space, the history, NASA, the satellites, probes, and rockets, I watched the Curiosity landing even though it was very early in the morning here. So what I am saying is Hidden Figures, much like The Martian & The Dish, is a film that automatically peaks my interest before I make it to the cinema. This means that I have to be really careful when reviewing these films to make sure I am being objective and not just getting caught up in my joy of the subject material, but even with a cautious approach Hidden Figures still knocks it out of the park, or knocks it into orbit, or, wait no I think I am starting to mix metaphors here.
TL;DR – A beautiful movie that is well acted, well animated, and has a very thought provoking story, whilst still being amazingly funny.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
For a while it seemed that the only good movies coming out of Disney were from its partnership with Pixar, but then something changed and we got Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6 which have all been outstanding, and now we have Zootopia which we can add to this esteemed group.