The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Don’t believe reviews that give this movie a kicking, it’s not that bad. In fact, in parts it’s rather good. One reviewer said it’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of this franchise, which feels apt. In that it heavily references events from the first three movies, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes less so. And therein lies the problem. Some fans were likely hoping … Continue reading The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Following the film’s release on Netflix, much has already been written about it, both good and bad. With the bad, it seems to be that critics are focusing on the comedy, saying it’s too ‘on the nose’. With the good, many are saying that this is less a satirical comedy and more a documentary of the times in which we find ourselves. Thus the comedy … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): glorious fun, but where do we go from here?

How to talk about this movie without spoiling it? Because there’s a lot that could be spoilt. And if you go on Twitter for about five minutes you’ll unfortunately be subject to spoilers for a bunch of key emotional scenes and moments. But this was to be expected, because Spider-Man remains a big deal. And this can be demonstrated by the promising box office returns … Continue reading Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): glorious fun, but where do we go from here?

Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

The title of this review is possibly a weird way to begin, but we must set the scene. In this case, it’s the fact that before this movie even came out, critics and incel man babies decided to review bomb it, in order to get the Rotten Tomatoes rating score down. And they succeeded. Eternals is currently 47% at the time of writing. An abject … Continue reading Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

Jungle Cruise (2021): silly and throwaway, but that’s ok

I think if you approach this movie with the view, ‘it is what it is’, then you’ll have a fun time. It’s an adventure movie that’s kind of a throwback; in that it wants to be Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean. And no, it doesn’t come close to any of those (because they’re classics), but nevertheless it’s fairly fun. I mean… … Continue reading Jungle Cruise (2021): silly and throwaway, but that’s ok

Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

You might get the sense, from the title of this review, that I didn’t love Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi novel. This is not the case, at least not entirely. There are things I loved about the film, for sure. But there’s also a lot that I struggled with, not least the fact that I found it hard to care about the … Continue reading Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

Chaos Walking (2021): messy and chaotic, but still fun

Chaos Walking (2021) is a sci-fi fantasy adventure with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, and it’s not as bad as critics say. I’m putting that out there from the start, as there are many out there that consider it a total car crash of a movie. Yet it isn’t. It’s scrappy, yes, but at least things happen. I remained entertained throughout and that has to … Continue reading Chaos Walking (2021): messy and chaotic, but still fun

The Harder They Fall (2021): a scrappy mess, but still fun

This movie is tricky. First, the good: it’s got an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the cast (Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo). The soundtrack is super cool, and many of the characters get impressive entrances. The performances, as you’d expect, are all solid, with Majors shining. And yet… the movie doesn’t add up to what it promises on … Continue reading The Harder They Fall (2021): a scrappy mess, but still fun

The Green Knight review: strange, beautiful, but hard to love

I guess from the title you can probably tell what I thought of this movie. It’s one of those I file under ‘critics love it but audiences don’t really get it’. Well, when I say audiences, I mean people like me. And I suppose I could say that I did get it, in that I understood what the filmmakers were trying to do. I just … Continue reading The Green Knight review: strange, beautiful, but hard to love