REVIEW: Early Man

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Aardman Animations’ latest sends comedy back to the Stone Age… but not in the way you might hope.

We open, according to a subtitle, on Neo-Pleistocene Earth, tracking away from a furiously erupting volcano. Dinosaurs tussle up on a ridge; a tribe of primeval persons are exuberantly beating the tar out of one another; all of which are expertly made of plasticine.…

Fantastic Beasts… (Electric Shadows podcast)

Robs Daniel & Wallis do a late night review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, having just watched the movie. Slightly tired (and punchy), the two embark on a spellbinding odyssey that covers inter-species coupling, the right way to cast spells, Eddie Redmayne’s fictitiously Batesian relationship with his mum and comparing King Kong to Sonny Corleone.

The Danish Girl is too tasteful for its own good

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

Why do we resent prestige pics, the kind of film you might call “Oscar bait”?

Maybe it’s their penchant for cloying sentimentality; emotional manipulation of the most transparent kind. Perhaps it’s the notion that a little gold man somehow represents the pinnacle of cinematic achievement, as opposed to simple mastery of the form.…

The Theory of Everything forgets about the numbers so ends up playing by them

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

James Marsh’s new film, a biopic of legendary astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde, is firstly a very traditionally British film; which is to say, a very reserved one.

In the face of tragedy – the gradual debilitation of a vibrant person – there’s nary a tear shed.…

Jupiter Ascending aims for the stars and ends up burying itself

1 Stars (1 / 5)

 

Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.

By the same token, any sufficiently misconceived work of science fiction is apparently indistinguishable from utter bollocks. Case in point: the Wachowski’s latest bloated epic, Jupiter Ascending; a film that substitutes the interconnectedness of the flawed but ambitious Cloud Atlas for a story with just as much scope and infinitely less point.…

Les Miserables: Faith, grace, mercy, and music (and getting a head in Revolutionary France)

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

You know that sometimes you leave the cinema struggling to articulate exactly what it is that you’ve just seen?

Those are my feelings regarding Les Miserables, the adaptation of Cameron Mackintosh’s blockbuster musical, directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).…