Film Review: Exodus: Gods And Kings

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When it comes to the royalty of directors capable of bringing to life epic story lines and recreating worlds, events and imagery on a scale beyond anything imaginable, then there are only a handful of names that instantly spring to mind: Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Ridley Scott.

And so, a few months ago when I first saw the trailers for Exodus: Gods And Kings, I was simply blown away. Here was Ridley Scott leading an amazing cast in a film of epic proportions. It appeared to be Gladiator, arguably my all time favourite film, on religious steroids. I couldn’t wait. Read more

Small Screen Comparision: The Hobbit: TDoS

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Having already reviewed The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug when I saw it last year in the cinema is seems a little foolish to write another review. And so, it seemed to make more sense, in the same way as I did for Gravity, to compare how the film transfers from the large screen to the small. And how that effects, improves or changes the viewing experience.

The first thing that really hit me, and it was surprising, as it hadn’t happen at all with the first film, or even the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was that on the smaller screen this film just lost all its impact. It felt cramped, it felt squeezed. It didn’t feel anything like the spectacle it had in the cinema. Whether, unlike previous outings was because this was the first of Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkien films I was watching at home in 3D I don’t know, but it actually ruined the film slightly. This sense of compaction and loss of depth and connection to the film was so striking in the opening sequences that I did actually think at one point of getting up and changing it for the 2D version instead.
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Film Review: Dredd 3D

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The 2012 reawakening of the British comic class Judge Dredd is an interesting thing to critic. It should be pointed out to start with that it is a far cry from the mid nineties Stallone version. Stallone brought Dredd to the screen with a big helping of Hollywood cheese dumped on the side. This time around Dredd is served up more as the classic sausage and mash. I better explain.

Dredd is not a classic. It’s not going to shouted about from the roof tops as one of the finest movies ever made. But, it knows this, it knows exactly what it is. It is safe. Just like the aforementioned sausage and mash, you know exactly what you’re going to get, fine dining no, earth shattering never, but a decent, hearty, meal that will leave you more than satisfied.

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Film Review: Tron: Legacy

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There are some movies that you just have to question exactly why they bothered? What exactly did they plan to achieve when they set out and why invest all that time and money into production when the end product is so poor?

Tron: Legacy is exactly one of those films. It seems to serve no real purpose. The script is shockingly weak. It just plods along, hands firmly in its pockets forcing it’s cast to recite dialogue that never reaches beyond a level of English you’d expect from a primary school child. Read more

Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Peter Jackson returns with the 2nd helping of The Hobbit. The Desolation of Smaug. I really enjoyed the first film, and dear I say it, I actually enjoy the plot and story of The Hobbit more than the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. However, Mr Jackson’s decision to use all source material – whether through a dedication and love to the world created by JRR Tolkien, or a cynical marketing ploy to stretch and pad the timeline to such an extent he can edit it into three films is for another debate.

However, Smaug the magic dragon puff’s his way brilliant back onto our big screen. As it’s the “middle movie” we don’t need character set up, karaoke night at the local all you can eat or a reintroduction to middle earth. We simply need and get “Action!”. Read more