Christopher Nolan’s war movie is predictably epic, but thankfully eschews the glorification and patriotism that often makes this genre so uncomfortable. Of course, the alternative is equally as difficult to watch – just in a completely different way.
Steven Soderbergh’s long-awaited return from retirement falls just short of successful comedy. You’re more likely to nod and say ‘ha!’ than to laugh out loud – but Logan Lucky’s entertaining cast, characters and screwball plot are definitely enough of a distraction from its deflated jokes.
Baby Driver is the kind of action movie I’ve been missing. The genre usually seems so tired and repetitive, and this is something new. While the ‘get the girl and get out’ theme is nothing original, the musical backdrop and the tireless commitment to rhythm definitely are.
I’ve never seen the originals, and I don’t know much about them – but I’m assuming that they had to be a damn sight better than this in order to warrant a remake in the first place. The first Mummy must be turning in his grave, more so than he already was.
I love Sherlock Holmes, and ordinarily I love this BBC adaption. Unfortunately, for the most part, this outing just didn’t tick all the boxes. Set in Victorian London, The Abominable Bride gives us a taste of what the series could have been like had Moffat and Gatiss not gone for a contemporary adaption.
Not that this episode was without its merits – but thank goodness they did.
Reviews of this epic based on the true story behind Moby Dick are mixed – but personally, I’m entranced. Intense, well-paced and complex, it combines blockbuster action with interpersonal politics, the guilt and moral turbulance attached to survival in the face of a disaster, and that most fatal, inescapable of human flaws – greed.
This is always my policy with movie reviews, but just to reiterate – don’t worry, fellow denizens of the universe. No spoilers ahead.