TL;DR – It is a film of great character moments, wonderful music, and an interesting story of someone going from low to high to low and then back again.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
It looks like it is going to be the decade of cinematic superheroes and also of
the musical biopic. Especially a musical biopic of a seminal rock superstar
from England that took the globe by storm only to discover a world full of
drugs and dodgy management. Given they have been so far Oscar gold and have made
bank at the box office we are sure to get a couple of these and today we look at
one that is taking the standard biopic and twisting it up.
So to set the scene, we open with Elton John (Taron Egerton) exploding through
a door in full orange sequined devil glory. You expect him to be doing a grand
entrance into a stadium, but instead we soon find out that he is at group
theory session when the first question was asked “what was your childhood like?” and we drop through the floor back
to the 1950s when a young Reggie (Matthew Illesley) lived with his mother
Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard), grandmother Ivy (Gemma Jones) and occasionally
his father Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) when he comes back from the army. Elton
says he had a happy childhood, but we soon find out there is a difference
between what Elton says and reality.
TL;DR – This show is a masterpiece of building tension and always keeping you wonder, just who is telling the truth.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Across the internet, I had heard these whispers about the show dropping in the UK called Bodyguard. It was the kind of whispers that instantly makes you wonder, just what kind of show this is going to be, and then it dropped over here on Netflix. So, I thought, hey let’s give this a look, and then those first twenty minutes of the first episode happened and wow, never have I experienced such a tense twenty minutes of television before. From that moment onwards, I knew I had to see all of this as quickly as I could and I am so glad I did, even if it meant some essays might be returned a bit late, so a belated sorry to my students.
TL;DR – Not even Idris Elba can save this slog of a film, predictable, nonsensical, and almost a complete waste of time for all involved
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Review – So Bastille Day is here and is it a film, yes, well it is an action film, and it does have some action in it, and if it has been a couple of years since you have seen an action film you may get some enjoyment out of it, but if not, well … what a waste, I mean seriously you have Idris Elba, one of the most charismatic and strong action stars in cinema at the moment and you can’t put together a decent film.