Film Review: Minions

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It’s currently 32ºC outside, so why moan that it’s “too hot” as a table fan stutters depressingly left and right almost audibly sighing as it stirs nothing but warm air, when you can be blast chilled in a cinema, avoiding both the mid day sun and popcorn munching, always talking children, while watching Minions?

Why? Because it’s not very good.

The minions were destined for their own spin off film from the minute they stepped foot in Gru’s lair 5 years ago. And that’s my problem. Minions feels rushed. It’s been 2 years since Despicable Me 2 and for an animation of the scale of Minions that really isn’t very long. As a result, it doesn’t feel like a film that has had time and passion spent creating it, making it as polished and perfect as they could, instead lacking that little spark needed to make it into a classic and give it longevity. Read more

Film Review: The Book Thief

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve come home from the cinema feeling as dejected and disappointed about a film as I do right now. Even The Monuments Men left me feeling better than this. There was just so much promise to The Book Thief that to have been let down this badly just feels almost unforgivable. Based on the novel by Markus Zusak and with a trailer that promised so much, that to me, promised a deep harrowing tale, to receive this as the end product, the final movie, is actually proving hard to put into words just how far the fall from grace, from the pedestal I created has been.

I had seen and heard reviews in the run up to getting to see it that it wasn’t as good as it should have been. There had been a familiar thread to opinion that implied that’d taken a 9 out of 10 book and turned it into a 5 out of 10 film. But I was hoping that it was just another case of a film, like The Railway Man for instance, which is draws upon a book for it’s inspiration rather than relying on it to provide every last detail and that as a result, both become virtually incomparable to each other but both able to stand on their own two feet.
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