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Derry Girls (2018)
Derry Girls is one of the best new comedies I have seen on TV in recent times. There's great chemistry between the lead characters who are all likable and have their own hilarious personal traits. The supporting cast are also excellent, Grandad Joe in particular I thought was very funny. I laughed a lot throughout the series and it also handled some sensitive subjects very well. I am glad that it's already been confirmed we will have a series 2!
Atomic Blonde (2017)
It could be argued that Atomic Blonde is style over substance but the pros by far outweigh the cons when looking at the overall picture.
Yes the story may be a bit basic/forgettable but we have Charlize Theron in an outstanding lead role, a stone cold character showing no mercy on anyone who crosses her path. The fight choreography is outstanding.
The supporting cast are all very good. The cinematography is superb, mixing it up with neon lighting as well as some beautifully shot scenes of a Berlin winter. The soundtrack is also top notch.
Not exactly groundbreaking stuff in terms of story but for entertainment value it's right up there with the better action films of recent times so hopefully there will be more to come for Atomic Blonde.
Big Mouth (2017)
"Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty."
Just a few of my thoughts after watching Season 1 of Big Mouth:
The show is filled with crude and gross out humour. It's like there is no filter or limit to what they will show/do. Obviously most of the scenes are so over the top that you can't really take it seriously. Some people will be offended but if you just watch the trailer, it's clear that the show is not going to hold back.
I really liked the animation style, the image was crisp, clean and colourful with no sketchy lines in sight. The voice acting was top quality. I found each character had their own traits, Jay in particular I found very funny. The Hormone Monsters gave the show a real whacky edge. The dead characters and coach Steve were used a bit too often and weren't all that interesting.
My favourite part of season 1 was the Seinfeld scenes, we had the iconic restaurant and theme tune, and then 3 characters sitting round the table. Jessi sounded exactly like Elaine and then Jay came in with some classic Kramer mannerisms. I could easily watch a whole episode of that!
There isn't much more to say really, comedy is subjective so you can't be sure until you try it out. Big Mouth has the potential to go on for at least a few more seasons.
First of all, I am yet to read the book or see the original from 1990 with Tim Curry as Pennywise (I hope to put this right on both fronts asap) so when seeing the 2017 version, I had nothing to compare it to and no idea of how the story should be going.
I went to see 'It' on opening night at the cinema and it was one of the best cinema experiences I've ever had. For a start it was actually more than half full and there was a certain buzz in the air, a really great atmosphere.
I will say that I personally expected it to be scarier but I suppose if your fears are clowns then this will probably be terrifying, Bill Skarsgård gives a menacing performance as Pennywise. He changes his voice at times so one moment he can be hilarious and seem almost innocent and then the next moment he will have a real menacing look to strike fear in to the audience. The costume/make up that went in to this is spot on.
Although not as scary as expected I can still see why some would find this terrifying, although some moments did make me jumpy slightly, I found that the film in general was just creepy due to the excellent atmosphere created. The film got the mix of horror and comedy spot on, there were a lot of people in the audience laughing out loud and then gasping the next minute.
There have been a lot of comparisons to Stranger Things as well as classic films like Stand By Me & The Goonies. It is a horror film but it gave me equal enjoyment watching it for the comedy/coming of age aspect. I thought there might have been some sort of back story about Pennywise as well as more from the kid's parents/locals of the town etc but I think maybe that might be taking the film a bit too seriously. Unless this is explored in more detail in the sequel, like I said I'm yet to read the book so I am a bit unsure.
I think the casting was spot on, I can't praise Bill Skarsgård's performance highly enough (hopefully he will win some awards) and then the chemistry between the Loser's Club is terrific. All of them gave great performances and provided plenty of laughs but I have to praise Finn Wolfhard (Richie) who had some excellent one liners.
Overall an excellent film, probably my favourite film of 2017 (so far anyway) and I can't wait for the sequel.
Power Rangers (2017)
Most people had already decided that this film was going to be bad, so you knew it would get panned either way.
I liked the original show as a kid in the 90s but with the numerous spin off shows and movies that followed, I never really stuck with the series. I got older and simply moved on to different things. Apart from the basics, my memory of Power Rangers had pretty much faded.
This isn't exactly a film that we needed but I thought it's 2017, it probably has a big budget so it may well be fun. While I found it to be watchable, there was plenty of faults that even a casual viewer will notice.
The story is simple but takes way too long to get going. There is simply not enough material here to warrant a 2 hour run time. There isn't really anything exciting about any of the characters and the first half just shows them meeting each other. I liked Billy (pretty funny) the most.
OK so an hour later and a lot of talk about nothing, we learn that there is a villain who wants to destroy the world and the Power Rangers are the only ones who can stop her from doing so. Obviously.
Then we have some failed Morphin and finally they suit up (with like 20 minutes left of the film). The action scenes were good but nothing special. The suits were kinda weird and the Red Ranger looked more like The Flash.
I would say the thing that annoyed me most about this film was the dialogue. I can honestly say I think they spoke more about Krispy Kreme than being actual Power Rangers. Too much unnecessary build up and the action scenes at the end just weren't spectacular enough.
Despite all the faults, I still found it to be watchable. I don't think it is really aimed at fans of the old shows/people wanting nostalgia. It is more about gaining a new set of fans and it wouldn't surprise me to see more films/shows following on from this one.
Fist Fight (2017)
Dumb. Stupid. Not to be taken seriously.
That's how I would describe Fist Fight, but if you just want a quick laugh then this film is worth checking out.
It's hard to analyse a film like this because the plot is ridiculous and so over the top. It's not trying to be anything special so we have to take it for what it is. I done that and end up laughing more than I probably should have done.
The characters are all one dimensional and up to no good. Charlie Day and Ice Cube are both play their usual characters and provide enough laughs throughout the short run time of 80 or so minutes. Jillian Bell was an excellent supporting character. I think the funniest scene was the Father/Daughter sing and dance competition.
Not the funniest film you could wish to see but still enjoyable for a quick laugh. 7/10.
Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix have made some great shows in the last few years, with Stranger Things & Narcos being two favourites of mine. This is the first comedy that I have liked though.
Most of the jokes are standard sitcom style jokes but due to the story line (Sheila is dead and needs to eat people, not a spoiler, you already knew that) it has its own unique style and feel to it. It has been described as gory and as a horror in general but it's so over the top its just funny and makes you cringe a little.
The two lead characters are fine but I found the scenes involving Eric & Abby to be more interesting and Lisa was probably the character who provided me the most laughs with her sharp wit.
I liked the continuity of the episodes which made it a show that was really fun to watch through in 2 or 3 sittings. If it was a show where I had to wait a week then perhaps I wouldn't be compelled to keep watching it. Although I had a great time watching it, I don't think there is enough material here to have a long run, 2-3 seasons at most will probably be enough.
Overall a good 1st series but it has a few flaws. 7.7/10.
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen
If taken purely as a comedy, it's not the funniest film in the world (although it has plenty of very funny moments) but compared to other films of this genre (coming-of- age drama/teen comedy), its one of the best out there.
Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine, a teenager with only one friend, struggling to find her way in life. She doesn't get on very well with her family either. Things get worse when her best friend Krista starts dating her brother Darian.
It is a pretty basic plot and something which we have seen plenty of in the past but with Hailee Steinfeld giving an outstanding performance in the lead role, this film had a likable character that I actually cared for.
Usually in films like this it's ALL about sex, and although this film did revolve around sex at times, it was more about her character growing as a person, overcoming her struggles, meeting new people & making new friends. There was a lot of depth to Nadine's character and the scenes with Woody Harrelson (teacher) were some of the best moments.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable film but I wish it had been tied up a bit better at the end. Although you get the general idea with the ending, it would've been nice to see a little more. Maybe there will be a part 2 to carry it on further but if not its still an excellent film which I highly recommend.
Talking Snooker (2017)
Talking Snooker is a two part mini series that was aired on the BBC. One episode before the start of The Masters and the final episode on the day of the final.
Episode 1 is 'The People's Champions' which looks closely at the lives of Alex Higgins, Jimmy White & Ronnie O'Sullivan. Episode 2 is 'The Game Changers' which looks more at the game in general as well as some stuff with Barry Hearn & Steve Davis. Stephen Hendry's younger days as a snooker player is also looked at.
I've watched various documentaries/read books about snooker. Also during BBC tournaments they often have small segments during the intervals etc but this two part mini series seemed to go a bit further. Sometimes other documentaries are insightful but often tell the same stuff over and over, which a majority of hardened snooker fans will already know. I understand that new viewers may watch these documentaries so in that sense its fine but Talking Snooker seemed to take it up a notch and I actually felt that I learned something new while watching it.
There was a lot of old footage which I'd never seen before and it was fascinating to see it as all the players have been through so much since then.
I hope to see more sports documentaries like this in the future. Well done to Alistair McGowan and everyone else involved.
Harper's Island (2009)
13 Weeks. 25 Suspects. 1 Killer.
That's not strictly true, I watched it all in two days, I suspected only a about 8 different people throughout and in the end I'm pretty sure more than 1 person made a kill at some point.
Anyway this series was well worth watching. I did have my doubts at first as I didn't want it to be left on a cliffhanger that won't be resolved since the show wasn't renewed for any further seasons.
I really liked the setting of the show, the island was so big that nobody really knew what was going on and that kept me guessing. Although most of the characters make questionable decisions throughout the series, it was just one of them shows that kept me interested. It's no where near perfect but so watchable, loads of twists, characters dropping like flies and I kept wanting to find out more/get closer to the reveal.
Some of the dialogue was a bit corny at times, and the music sometimes made it feel like I was watching a soap. Overall the style and watch- ability of the show is very similar to Scream: The TV Series.
The reveal scenes were handled very well even though I was right about the killer with 2/3 episodes to go. The small description of John Wakefield (Harper's Island killer of 7 years previous) worked well to set the scene, then everything else is on this island until the end where we see some extra scenes to wrap the show up with a satisfying and resolved ending.
I wouldn't really be interested to watch any more episodes if it was to be about what happened next to any surviving characters but a new series with new characters and possibly setting, I would watch.
Overall, far fetched but compulsive viewing. 8/10.
Crashing is a comedy series that revolves around a group of 20-30 year olds living together as property guardians of a hospital. I really liked the setting of the show and the characters grew on me right from the start.
Although there isn't really much here in terms of storyline, there was just something unique about it that kept me watching. The performances of all the cast were spot on and each character had their own traits. The show relies heavily on sexual jokes and crude stuff such as puking up on food and poo in the bedroom, so obviously it's not going to be for everyone.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the writer and main star) is a very similar character to Fleabag (her other 2016 show) and so she is hilarious once again. Kate was an awkward character in the first 2-3 episodes but in the last few episodes she provided a lot of laughs. All of the guys were funny also but my favourite character has to be Melody, there was something edgy about her and I enjoyed her scenes the most.
The show is predictable in a sense that its pretty obvious which characters will end up with each other, but there's only 6 22 minute episodes so it's well worth checking out. I finished it in two sittings and I really did enjoy every second of it. It's good for a quick laugh.
I hope for a 2nd series soon.
The Witness for the Prosecution
I haven't read the original from Agatha Christie, nor have I seen any other adaptations there might have been before this so I had no idea how the story was going to play out.
Following the success last year of And Then There Were None, I was very much looking forward to this years BBC adaptation. I find that when shows like this are shown over consecutive nights rather than weeks, it's much easier to follow. It's easier to get more involved in the world on screen whereas sometimes when a show is weekly you may forget key parts (especially, if like me you watch a large variety of different things).
I had read a few reviews and comments from various sources of social media and there seems to be a lot of complaints about the sex scene and also the green mist, with people claiming they struggled to see what was going on. I personally found the picture to be perfect and the green mist gave the show a real gloomy atmosphere.
The story was intriguing with plenty of twists and turns over the two episodes. The acting from all the cast was very strong also, Andrea Riseborough in particular was impressive yet again.
The 1st episode was excellent and really set up the 2nd episode nicely. It kept me guessing all the way through. There was a slight lull in the 2nd episode but towards the end when the main reveal happened I was left satisfied with how it all turned out.
Overall a strong mini series that is well worth catching up on if you missed it. Highly recommend and I'm hoping that there is more of this type of drama to come in the near future.
Trolls is exactly what I expected it to be, good lighthearted fun. The plot for the film is basic and very predictable but nothing really worth criticsing since at the end of the day, it's just a fun film that hopefully all the family can enjoy. At just over 80 minutes it passes a bit of time.
The animation is superb, really nice to look at with lovely vibrant colours throughout the whole film. The songs were really catchy, some moments even made me laugh out loud but overall it was just one of them films that I happily sat and watched with a smile on my face. I like animated films but most of the recent ones just aren't very good so I'm pleased that I at least enjoyed this one. Also I don't do singing in films (can't stand Frozen) but this one wasn't a constant song fest.
The voice actors were very good, although most of them were easily recognized without even looking at the cast list. Overall a solid first film in which is more than likely going to end up as a franchise. Worth checking out.
David Brent: Life on the Road
It's very rare that a sitcom transforms successfully in to a feature length film but nonetheless, as a a huge fan of The Office, I was looking forward to checking this one out.
The first 20 minutes or so were excellent and felt like one of the original episodes, it was a laugh a minute. Although I was a bit disappointed not to see any of the other original characters, some of the new characters had their moments, in particular the two guys from PhoneShop.
Once the film starts to move on to the road part, it really starts to drag. The road characters were mostly uninteresting, the songs were not funny and in general the laughs were pretty rare & very repetitive.
Gervais transformed back in to Brent seamlessly but overall there just wasn't enough material to warrant a feature length film. I give it a 6/10 overall and in future I will stick to re-watching the original episodes.
Blood Father (2016)
Blood Father has received a lot of good reviews & it was good to see Mel Gibson back in action but overall the film was a bit of a let down.
First of all, the story is very basic, almost non existent. The chemistry between Link (Gibson) & his daughter was somewhat lacking considering he supposedly hasn't seen her for years. They acted like she had gone missing for a few hours and all the trouble with the drug dealers didn't seem to be taken too seriously.
My main problem with the film was the dialogue which had me cringing on quite a few occasions. It was like they was trying to add some comedy to the film and it was all a bit unnecessary. The action scenes were decent and the bit at the end with the explosion and car fight was pretty memorable. Some of the scenery shots were done extremely well also.
But overall the characters were just unbelievable and I didn't connect with either of them. Mel had a few scenes where he kicks ass but the film overall is just lacking in terms of story.
Despite it's flaws, at 85-90 minutes its worth a watch and I'm sure fans of Gibson and action films in general will enjoy it. 6/10.
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Swiss Army Man
Some people will love this film and some people will hate it. I can see both sides of this argument & I'm not going to try and persuade anyone to watch it or avoid it. This is just a few of my thoughts on why I personally didn't like it.
The film just didn't connect with me, it started off reasonably well as we are introduced to the two characters but after that it becomes a real slog which is seemingly going nowhere. We have constant fart & boner jokes and not much else. Then we have them moving from one place to another and going over the same jokes again which to me just wasn't funny. I didn't laugh once throughout the film.
Although the film is undoubtedly unique, it just doesn't work for me as I felt no emotional attachment to either of the characters and at times I was utterly lost as to what the film was actually trying to be. The performances of Dano & Radcliffe were fine but for a film described as 'Adventure, Comedy, Drama' it was lacking in all 3 aspects. The whole soundtrack with the two characters singing parts of it was also pretty annoying.
After an hour I had lost all interest and simply didn't care how it was going to end. So the film is obviously not for me but I can appreciate some parts of it and people with different taste will like it and that's fine.
4/10, didn't like it but it had two good lead performances and at least tried to be original. I feel this could've worked better as a short film or maybe TV mini series.
Hush was one of them random picks on Netflix. I'd never heard of it but I wanted a film with a shorter run time to watch one night so decided to give it a try.
Hush is a basic story. The film follows Maddie (portrayed excellently by Kate Siegel) who is deaf and non verbal. She's a writer who lives alone in a very remote place.
The film is only 1 hour & 20 minutes so it gets pretty much straight to the point that she is going to be terrorized by an intruder. There is a few small jump scares along the way but the film's horror comes more from the tension and atmosphere it creates.
At times the film plays out like a silent movie & the atmosphere had me on the edge of my seat. It bubbles away nicely and I really started to like the main character and cared/hoped that she would survive.
There isn't much else to say but if you like atmospheric thrillers then you will probably enjoy this. There's a few minutes build up at the beginning and then the rest of the film is basically all in one location leading up to a bloody finale.
Well worth checking out. 8/10.
Only started watching Wentworth Prison a few weeks ago and so far I have loved every minute of it as I have caught up to where its currently at (Series 4, episode 7). It's definitely one of my favourite TV shows right now and I'm glad it has already been renewed for a 5th series at least.
The basic premise is the life of the inmates but after watching a few episodes you soon realise its much deeper than that. We see their lives inside and out as well as the prison guards who all add something a little different.
The main characters all have strong development as the series goes on so it's important that you find some of the characters likable as you will certainly be learning a lot about them. The Freak is one of the greatest TV villains of all time & Bea is a character that we see evolve massively. The supporting characters are all great too.
All of the story lines are captivating and most of the time I didn't want the episodes to end, I would usually watch 3 in one sitting. Each season seems to have one main story line but there is always something different going on elsewhere as well. Sometimes its shockingly violent but sometimes we just see the characters having a laugh. The tone of the show can change at any given moment.
There is plenty of twists and turns as characters come and go and relationships are ever changing to the point where nobody knows who to trust.
Overall I really liked the story lines and each character brought something unique to the show. Would recommend everyone to give this a chance. 10/10, top show.
The Boy (2016)
First of all I am not really a fan of horrors and only watch them occasionally if I'm watching a film with a few friends. So of course I haven't seen many horror films in my time but I really enjoyed this one.
The plot at the start is very simple, an American nanny goes to England to babysit. When she gets there she realises that she is in fact going to be taking care of a doll instead of a human. The parents go off and leave a set of rules for her to follow but she of course thinks this is silly, after all it's just a doll...or so it would seem.
Although the film does rely on a few jump scares, I found the atmosphere the film creates was terrific, and basic things happening seemed to ramp up the tension. At first I was suspicious of a few of the secondary characters involved in the film but as we got towards the end of the film, the reveal of who/what The Boy really is was a shocking twist which in my opinion worked very well.
The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan gives a good performance in the lead role (the first film I've ever seen her in) and The Boy is just creepy and put me on edge.
Overall I found it to be a good film with a good horror atmosphere which doesn't rely on the usual slash and gore. I would class it as more of a thriller. Better than expected and would recommend.
Room is a simple story that will hit you hard. Brie Larson plays a young woman (Ma) who was abducted and has been held captive in 'Room' for 7 years, where she has subsequently given birth to her son Jack. Jack has never been out of Room and knows nothing else.
We see how they cope in day to day life in Room, as the captor brings them basic rations every day. Throughout the film it is left to our imagination as to where exactly they are and what is the reason why. Jack believes that the outside world is non existent and anything he sees on TV is not real. Jack is key to their escape so Ma has to explain the situation very carefully to him in order for him to grasp that the outside world is indeed real.
The pacing of the film is very good, we pretty much have two halves: the first half starts straight away with the pair in Room, we see them go through many different emotions in their fight for survival. Then they plan the escape (which if you have seen any trailer for the film you will know that they eventually escape anyway so it's not a spoiler). The second half of the film is about both of them adjusting to the outside world. Ma going back to family life and facing struggles as her father can't even look at Jack. Thankfully her mum and mum's boyfriend are much more supportive and really help Jack along the way.
The acting is terrific throughout the film which gave it a lot of realism. I do wish that the film had perhaps been a bit more detailed, we could've had another 20-30 minutes which could've explained briefly how the captor took Ma, what exactly happened to him at the end and how he was caught, a few bits of news/interviews detailing the fact that she was missing, search parties for her, was anyone ever suspicious of him etc. And also a bit more of Ma and Jack as he was younger just to get a sense of even more struggle they went through and then perhaps a little segment at the end of him growing up in the world.
All in all though it is certainly my favourite film of the Oscar nominees for best picture this year.
9/10 and highly recommended to all.
Batman Forever (1995)
I watched it yesterday for the first time since I was a kid back when it was released.
Clearly it's not going to be remembered as a great Batman/Comic book film but it is a lot of fun and I think it takes a bit of unnecessary flack.
The plot to the film is simple: Two Face & Riddler vs Batman & Robin. Val Kilmer was good as Batman. Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey gave good over the top, cartoon like performances as the villains, which in my opinion suited the film as it's clear it wasn't taking itself too seriously. Robin was a bit of a weak link to start with but towards the end he became much more involved. I also really enjoyed Nicole Kidman's character.
The costumes/make up and vehicles were excellent and the action scenes were done pretty well too. Yes it's a pretty silly film but if you don't take it too seriously there's a bit of fun to be had.
The Rack Pack (2016)
The Rack Pack
Having just watched Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Barry Hawkins 10-1 to win his 6th Masters title, I tuned in to The Rack Pack on BBC iPlayer for a great throwback to the 70s & 80s of Snooker. I myself have been a massive snooker fan for the past 10 years, I know a lot about players from the past from reading various books about them and of course seeing a lot of them still involved in snooker today, playing and commentating/analysing.
Unfortunately I wasn't around when these players were at their peak so this film provided me with some great insight. The main actors playing Steve Davis & Alex Higgins were terrific. It was also great to see plenty of other players portrayed in the film such as Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, Cliff Thorburn, Willie Thorne & even a mention of Stephen Hendry towards the end of the film.
The whole atmosphere of the film was excellent and seemed very realistic. The Crucible looked as good as ever, the commentary was authentic and the crowds looked real. Although many snooker fans will know the outcome of the film and each match that is shown, that doesn't make it any less dramatic. It's just great to see how these characters dealt with the fame that snooker bought them. The film had a lot of heart and the story was told with a lot of realism as well as a lot of good humour. The film also boasts a brilliant soundtrack which sets the scene perfectly.
Overall I am very impressed with this film on iPlayer and I hope to see more of this kind, whether it's about snooker stars or a different sport altogether. Highly recommended to snooker fans especially but I also think people who like good drama programs can enjoy it too.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
If you are a fan of comedy horrors then I'm pretty sure you will like this film, although it is very entertaining it is certainly nothing we haven't seen before.
The film follows three scouts (Ben,Carter & Augie). Ben & Carter are embarrassed to still be scouts but still do it for their friend Augie. Ben & Carter have had enough one night and decide to leave Augie alone in the woods as they head out to a party, unaware that an apocalypse has just broken out which is why their camp leader has not arrived.
The 3 lead characters are all likable in their own way and I really wanted their friendship to work. The film has some funny moments in the first half hour or so but it's once the apocalypse starts when the fun really gets going. Ben & Carter have teamed up with Denise (a really cool character, takes no prisoners and eye candy) but they are stuck in a prison cell surrounded by zombies until Augie comes to rescue them and the adventure really begins at this point. There is tons of zombies and the way in which some are killed is hilarious. In particular I found the trampoline scene to be one of the best. Carter was the character who made me laugh the most, with a memorable zombie boob scene and also a great one liner when they run over the deer "hood f*#*~d Bambi".
The film also has a good soundtrack which makes certain moments even more hilarious. The cleaner guy at the beginning deserves a special mention for setting the mood with a barrel of laughs straight away.
Overall a very fun film which I would highly recommend. This one came out of the blue for me and as it stands right now it has a good chance to make my top ten for the year. If you enjoyed this film then I also recommend Shaun of the Dead (2004) & Cockneys vs Zombies (2012).
Get Santa (2014)
Good Christmas film
Get Santa is a good Christmas film where a father & son bond while trying to save Santa Claus from prison or Christmas will be ruined. Although its all to do with Christmas, the father & son rebuilding their relationship takes centre stage. The story is good and perfect for a nice easy going film leading up to the big day.
There are plenty of familiar actors from British TV Shows/films in this film such as Matt King (Peep Show), Jodie Whittaker (Broachurch), Nonso Anozie (Cass), Stephen Graham (This is England), Warwick Davis & Rafe Spall. Santa Claus was played by Jim Broadbent.
The story progresses at a nice pace and there is quite a few decent laughs along the way. It's certainly not a film I would watch every year but for a first time viewing it was plenty good enough. The humour of course has a very British feel to it and the locations used were also good. The soundtrack over certain parts of the film made it even funnier. Although parts of it are a little cliché, the ending is very heartwarming.
Overall a good Christmas film. 7/10.
If you happen to have a strange phobia of flatulent reindeer's then please avoid the film at all costs ;)
Absolutely Anything (2015)
To me, Absolutely Anything is a very unique comedy. This didn't seem like a film I would normally like, I figured aliens in a comedy would be pretty stupid. The 6.0 rating was also kind of off putting but I decided to give it a go as I generally like Simon Pegg films.
Simon Pegg plays schoolteacher Neil who lives home alone with his dog Dennis (voiced superbly by Robin Williams). Neil is chosen by a group of aliens as part of an experiment and is given the power to do absolutely anything. Chaos ensues as Neil begins to use his power.
There are a lot of very funny moments in the film such as walking turds, the dead rising and Neil changing his body while looking in the mirror. However most of the laughs come a little later on in the film when he gives his dog the power to speak. Robin Williams had me in stitches at various points with the way he described certain characters and kept talking about biscuits and sh*#*#* Kate Beckinsale plays Neil's neighbour with a lot of charm but thankfully the film doesn't focus too much on making the two of them a major love story. I came solely for laughs and that's what I got.
Overall it's a very funny & enjoyable film with a unique story. I feel it could have been explored further as there was plenty more that could've been done with the power. Could've easily been 30 minutes longer and I'd still find it funny, perhaps even a mini series could work but for now the film is very good as it is. Highly recommended for those in need of a laugh, as long as you don't take it too seriously and look for negative points. Just simply enjoy it for what it is.