Film Review: 101 Dalmations II: Patch’s London Adventure

Posted on by 5WC in Film

At the end of last year I reacquainted myself with the ageless charm of the original animated version of 101 Dalmatians. A film, that while slightly dated and simplistic, has a lovable quality and nostalgic familiarity to it, and thanks to the wonders of special edition box sets, I still had the potentially difficult second album, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, ready and waiting to continue the story.

Coming, over 40 years after the original, there is a real risk that the films will struggle to connect to one and other, but thankfully, there is enough similarity in the style of the drawings that everything ties together. Visually, Patch is as wonderfully dated as his father. You once again get the rough squareness, the free-form style of drawing that encapsulates you so much with the original and while the animation may be a little bit smoother, losing some of the “flick book” qualities of it’s predecessor, it didn’t take long for the film to drag me back into that earlier world and make me feel like I was about to watch an extension to the original tale, rather than a stand alone story. Read more

Film Review: Maleficent

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I’m not exact sure what I was expecting from Maleficent. I never really bothered to pass it a glance when it was out in the cinema. It is, after all, a kids story. And they’re never any good? So I’m not exactly sure why after it’s DVD release I was suddenly drawn to it. But something drew me in and so into the “to watch” pile it went; having sneakily managed to convince Santa that a 3D Bluray copy was a fair Christmas treat.

What makes this sudden draw even more surprising is that as a film it seems to have divided wider opinion. The general consensus seeming to be that its strongest suit is the performance of Angelina Jolie and that after that, it wipes it’s feet but not much more. Once again though, I couldn’t help but remind myself, that it’s a kids movie. And that critics are usually maturing men with a Vitamin D deficiency! Read more