Tuesday, 22 December 2015

The Peanuts Movie

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

BBFC Certificate: U

'The Peanuts Movie' is CG animated film based on the classic Charles M. Schulz comic strip 'Peanuts'. The film is directed by Steve Martino.

Using a mix of 2D and 3D animation 'The Peanuts Movie' is film targeted for fans of who grew up with the comic strips and television specials and is also geared towards the new generation of children. This film truly feels original to the source material, but also has the variety of the new technology not only to keep the younger viewers invested, but to also further emphasis the cinematic value of this type of animation. The film uses a very basic story, and for the most part it is well executed. The comedic timing was golden, the film successfully shifts from each tone without becoming too forced and over bearing. The film has a few flaws, the smplicaty of the story can at times feel repetitive for older audiences, and the film does often shy away from being striking. However, the peanuts movie is a charming and entertaining family film, that does not feature a single fart joke, and that's good enough for me.

Rating: 7/10

Friday, 18 December 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BBFC Certificate: 12A

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is the latest entry into the sci-fi saga 'Star Wars'. The film features a large assemble cast and is directed by JJ Abrams.

The latest film in the 'Star Wars' franchise is likely to please most audiences. With references to the original trilogy without being nostalgic and having too much fan service to drown the narrative. Seasoned director JJ Abrams gives us a marvelous looking movie, his direction perfectly fits the materiel. The special effects in this film are incredible, a perfect blend of visual and practical effects, which is refreshing for a major blockbuster film. John Williams awe-inspiring score is absolutely beautiful, hearing the score brings the whole audience back to childhood.

 I myself have never been a huge Star Wars fan, I haven't been invested enough in the characters in previous installments to be in love with the franchise, however after watching The Force Awakens things started to click for me why people love this franchise, and after this film I for one like this franchise a whole lot more. The villain in this film is one of the better ones in the franchise, not quite Darth Vader, but certainly interesting enough to keep you invested into the story.  The two main protagonists are likable however it's Harrison Ford who steals the show. The film has some flaws though, for example; the film is quite tongue and cheek with it's humor, which does work for the majority, but can sometimes lead to a fault. There is also a romance in the film which feels a bit forced and rushed together.

Overall 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is a return to form for the long living franchise, The film may not be a masterpiece, or a fan-boy's ultimate dream, but it is sure to entertain young and old alike and does more than enough to serve it's purpose. Good job Mr Abrams.

Rating: 8/10

Wednesday, 9 December 2015



BBFC: Certificate: 15

'Carol' is a period romantic drama film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film is directed by Todd Haynes.

'Carol' might not the first film you would think to watch during this festive season, but Edward Lachman's cinematography gives the most warm and nostalgic feeling for the audience, which does a great job of grabbing the audience into the curious romance of the two leads. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have a wonderful chemistry; you could believe every moment of their relationship. Both of the leads play their roles down, which is a relief because the trailers for the film have an unquestionable "Oscar touch" to them. Todd Hanyes prominent direction lifts the story from some genre pitfalls.

However, the surface is not the hole layer. 'carol' is for the most part a two act film, the first act is the romance, the second act is the split up. While 'Carol' is not as cliche to leave it there, the film doesn't do enough to fully separate itself from other films, the second act of the film felt quite cluttered and anti-climatic.

Rating: 6/10 

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