Review – The Snowman

The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a perfect example of a film that is completely unable to coherently manage the source material it is based upon. A poor start that sees most of the necessary set-up being overlooked and then a lack of any proper exploration of the characters and the plot, quickly sees this film becoming a mismanaged, dull detective story with no thrills and nothing to hold your interest. I was looking forward to this film, but alas, it failed to deliver on what could have potentially been an exciting, unsettling film. So let’s explore where the film went wrong and if there is anything that makes it still worth seeing. Read more

Review – Alien: Covenant

*This review contains minor spoilers for Alien: Covenant.*

Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott, suffers from quite a few of the same issues that plagued its predecessor, Prometheus. But, it also overcomes some of the failings, and to an extent, offers a little of what some were probably hoping for from Prometheus. However, I don’t think it is enough – or maybe it is, I don’t know yet. The best way to figure it out is to write all my thoughts out in this review; almost like a therapy session. So let’s move on from the intro and get on with the main review. Read more

Review – Assassin’s Creed

assassins-creed

Assassin’s Creed, directed by Justin Kurzel, is a film that has hints of potential. However, a failing on nearly every front, leaves this film lacking in anything memorable, exciting or interesting. It’s a shame to see a film that could have really been something that stood out (in the video game movie space); completely fail to capitalise on the opportunities it had. This is one of those films that quickly loses you and then never manages to pull you back in – no matter what it throws at you. But let’s get into the fuller review and see just where this film goes wrong. Read more

Review – X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer, is a film that tonal wise is a complete disaster. But perhaps its greatest failing, is the fact that, in the end, it’s a boring film. Early on I was completely disinterested in the plot of X-Men Apocalypse, and unfortunately that was a boredom that never went away. So let’s get this review underway and see where this film goes wrong. Read more

Review – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle and written by the always divisive Aaron Sorkin. This is a film that is chalk full of Sorkin-esque dialogue, a wonderful visual style, and a cast of actors who never once miss a beat. Despite this film being very small in scope, Steve Jobs as a film delivers something memorable and attention grabbing. Read more

Review – Macbeth

Macbeth

Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel is the antithesis of exquisitely indulgent film making, and each moment is more glorious than the last. Like a visual and auditory bombardment  — every aspect of the film is finely tuned, to a point where there is such a deliberate feeling to the smallest of details. This is a film that burrows itself deep within your memory and nothing is going to shake it out for some time. Read more

Reveiw – Slow West

Slow West

Slow West, directed by John Maclean is a simple, yet heart filled film. Though it omits some of the more helpful building blocks for concise storytelling, it does in the end; deliver something different and more satisfying than is first expected. Read more