TL;DR – A compelling ride through the 1890s with a man trying to his best in difficult circumstances
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this film.
News of the World Review –
There are few actors around that you know going in will always give their best performance no matter what film they are in. One of those few is Tom Hanks who gives his all even in movies that are not that great. Today we get to explore a film that puts him right in the centre of a world going through a difficult transition.
So to set the scene, we open in Wichita Falls, North Texas, 1870, on a cold a rainy night. Here we find a Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks) speaking with the fine folks of the town. They are cut off from most of society, so he lets everyone know the news of the time, like a local fever going around or river crossings being cut, for a fee of 10c. On the way to the next town he stumbles across a black man who had been lynched, and the young girl Johanna (Helena Zengel) who he was carrying. She had been taken in a raid by the ‘Indians’, and she had been brought back to what was left of her family. When some Cavalry riders arrive, we discover that Captain Kidd served with the Confederate Army in the Civil War. They tell him to take the girl to the next town, but things are never as easy as that.
TL;DR – A fitting end to a series that I have loved
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
I am not sure if I have ever walked into a cinema with as much trepidation as I
did when seeing Toy Story 4. I have
mentioned in the past how much I adored the conclusion to the trilogy in Toy Story 3, indeed it is one of my favourite
animated films of all time. Given they had wrapped everything up so neatly
in 3 I was wondering what was going to be the point? Was this just a cheap cash
grab, was this going to be a victory lap or was this just an epilogue? Well, it
ended up being a combination of the last two and thankfully not the first.
So to set the scene, it has been a little while since Toy Story 3 and Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of
the gang are getting settled in their new home with Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw).
It has been a difficult transition for Woody because he is no longer the leader
of the group of toys anymore. Well, Woody needs to be helping so he sneaks into
Bonnie’s first day of school and to comfort her he sneaks her some crafting
supplies. All good, Bonnie is happy and Woody was not caught, so no problems.
Okay, so there is one small hitch because Bonnie created a new friend Forky (Tony
Hale) and he just came alive and he is about to go AWOL during their family
TL;DR – A wonderfully filmed, brilliantly acted look at what was one of the most controversial periods in United States’ history. While it is interesting it does take a bit to get going.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – No
I don’t think a film in recent history has had an easier sell as The Post, a film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks, scored by John Williams, and based on one of the most controversial periods in United States’ history. Indeed, this is a kind of line up that you don’t see happen very often, and it is truly amazing to see it all come together. That being said there are some structural issues that do hold it back, and it does have a very clear message, and it is subtle about it which might work for you or not.
TL;DR – A competently produced National Treasure like film, that really hopes you don’t start thinking through the plot points too deeply.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I should start this review with a quick clarification, I have not seen any of the films in this series (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno) nor have I read the source books, this is not because I have any dislike for books in general, indeed I have too many shelves full of them, but just honestly The Da Vinci Code never seemed to be that good. So with the third one of these films coming out and the ability to still get Tom Hanks and Ron Howard involved in something that feels like a straight to DVD release it did have me intrigued, have I misjudged this series? is there actually something here? So with this in mind, I decided to give it a watch with the worst case scenario I get something to write a rant about it. However, what I saw was not a bad film, but it’s not a good one either.
TL;DR – A solid film but it makes you wish for more
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
The Bridge of Spies is the third historical film we have had in a row now and unlike Legend (see review) and Black Mass (see review) it is not a mob flick, instead, it is all about spies. As well as this, unlike the other two, it actually is really quite good. The Bridge of Spies is a film about the Cold War, a time of bipolar world powers bent on outmanoeuvring each other and the fear of nuclear obliteration was very real one. Within this context, both the US and the USSR mobilised extensive resources to spy on each other and inevitably people got caught.