John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum – 4/5 stars
As a fan of Gun Fu, I really enjoyed this film. At two hours and twenty minutes of back to back action with Keanu doing what he does his best, great stunts, great action and a sizeable body count. The film sets up a potential sequel (studio has announced will come out in May of 2021) it won’t win any Oscars but it does what it says on the box with plenty of action and entertainment.
Aladdin – 3/5 stars
All the reasons everyone should have enjoyed this film; A classic boy and girl love story, a musical score that everyone knows, $183 million dollar budget and Will Smith as the genie. What was delivered was frankly disappointing and I still prefer the 1992 animated version. On the plus side, Will Smith is great as the genie and saves the film from complete failure. A pleasant way to spend 2 hours on a rainy day with the kids.
Rocketman – 5/5 stars
You won’t find me giving many films 5/5 but this is one of them. Taron Egerton gives an Oscar worthy performance as Elton John, The songs and the imagery are perfectly intertwined with the narrative. Director Dexter Fletcher delivers an Oscar worthy film. Elton John’s warts and all biopic (he was an executive producer) is certainly dark in places and earns its 15 rating and might shock the older demographic. However it would have been impossible to tell the story of his career without it.
Ma – 2.5/5 stars
Despite a great performance by Octavia Spencer, an Oscar winning actress, a unique premise and a great director in the form of Tate Taylor (last time they worked together she won an Oscar for “The Help”) this film doesn’t really go anywhere. It was predictable at times, not a total disaster but I wouldn’t rush to go see this again.
Godzilla King Of The Monsters – 2/5 stars
This film was what it’s all about a monster disaster movie. This film pretty much had all the ingredients of a great movie with the classic Godzilla saving the earth from an army of Kaiju. Basically, you are going to see Godzilla fight other monsters – unfortunately it takes a very long time to get to that point (over an hour). Instead you watch a painfully slow build up where a great cast is given the opportunity to shine but disappoint. One for the small screen I’m afraid.
Dark Phoenix – 1/5 stars
Sadly the disappointment continued this month. I really like the X-Men, no I love the X-Men…normally! The Dark Phoenix Saga was a self-contained story within the X-Men which had the potential to be a great movie. However 20th Century Fox had an opportunity for a final bite at the successful X-Men movies and completely overplayed the story, expanding the backstory. Whilst only 1 hour and 51 minutes, you feel like its longer and I couldn’t wait for it to finish. Having giving a top score to a film this month, I know give a movie my lowest score. Sorry Dark Phoenix.
Reviews by Matthew Farrelly