Film Reviews by TH

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Holmes and Watson

What a dud!

Can't disagree with the other reviews...this is far from Step Brothers territory. It's a take and a bit of a mickey take on Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes'...the plot is pretty thin and the laughs few and far between. A lot of the dialogue between Farrell (Holmes) and Reilly (Watson) is sketchy and at times a bit too quick and incoherent to follow and usually ends with some unfunny slapstick moments or silly mimicking. I really wanted to like this but it just didn't get going, certainly disappointing considering Etan Cohen was directing. Give it a miss...

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Shin Godzilla

Better than the over Hollywooded 2014 version

More realistic than the 2014 version without the cliched missiles fired and army attacking every five seconds or following a solitary hero doing his best to bring down Godzilla, yes this does look at the political ramifications for a reasonable part of the film but wouldn't that be the case if somehow a mythological beast did start to rampage through a city?...discussions would need to take place between leaders on repercussions of such actions and the collateral damage. This movie actually makes you feel your on the precipice of something unholy if you were living in Japan.

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Bad Times at the El Royale

Tad disappointing!

Read a few good reviews regarding this so decided to view - the film is based around a hotel set on the California/Nevada state border which has seen better days, a group of characters stay in separate rooms all with a secret to hide or a past life connected to the hotel. A sequence of events bring them together regarding a heist, FBI intelligence and a sister being kidnapped by her older sister (I won't give anymore away). It has an old style feel about the thriller (certainly at first), rather slow paced with plenty of dialogue and the ambience of the hotel set probably in the late 60's or early 70's of a nostalgic theme and the performances from Hamm (Broadbeck), Bridges (Priest Flynn), Erivo (Darlene Sweet), Hemsworth (Billy Lee) and Pullman (Miller) were all spot on but unfortunately there were red herrings a plenty in the writing and some unanswered questions, you never get the feeling of any tension and the climax a little contrived for my liking, and parts left hanging in the wind i.e. who shot the fella at the start of the film?...unlike some of the above reviews I was hoping to see a decent twist relating to the hotel or even the concierge who was basically running the hotel by himself but it never really came and just ended up in a shoot up, felt a bit of a let down after the character development. 3/5

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Halloween

Put this franchise to bed!

Disappointing sequel (forgotten how many there have been)...although the first 10 minutes or so starts okay the film soon goes down hill with many questionable scenes (without trying to give too much away) how Michael Myers escapes?, how he coincidentally bumps into certain characters? (does he have a sixth sense alongside his psychopathic one)? and continues onto a very very similar rampage to 40 years ago and yes all on Halloween!...the script writing is lazy and most of the characters you don't care about other than Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie who plays the over top ex-escapee of Michael from the original and now has a house prepared for his return stocked with ammunition to take on North Korea. This slasher type of film was okay back in the day of the late 70's early 80's but now feels old hat and one question keeps calling how does Michael kill so many people including Police when he moves as quick as an asthmatic ant with a ball and chain?

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BlacKkKlansman

Underwhelming

Going by the above views you'd think this was the film of 2018...it's okay and watchable but the plot isn't that exciting and based on true events (Hollywood often overly dramatises them) about a black cop behind a police under cover operation in Colorado Springs (possibly late 60's early 70') and a fellow Jewish officer playing the same person 'Ron Stallworth' (one from the office the other in practice) to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and it's members. Generally slow in nature until towards the end when the Klan acts on a civil rights march.

Okay but not a 5/5 film.

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The Festival

Dreadful!

Poor script (not sure there is one) - University fall out with girlfriend so Nick (Thomas) goes with friend to a festival who then meets up with old Uni pals and not surprisingly his ex, then drugs, some sex, some fall outs etc.etc. - the jokes fall short and some of the dialogue at the beginning just time filling. Aspects taken from the Inbetweeners (the embarrassing father in law) and Joe Thomas can't escape being Simon and some actors in this have appeared in the fore-mentioned...go into this with low expectations because it really is poor!

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Sicario 2: Soldado

Inferior sequel

Lacks the menace and desperation of the Mexican state through drug cartels and there dealings...the plot is underwhelming where it switches more from drug dealing to human trafficking crossing the border into the States. The overall plot for the CIA to kidnap a cartels daughter and then leave her in another cartels land to create an all out war and not at any point can the CIA be connected even through the elimination of it's own operatives seemed a bit far fetched. As expected well acted from Brolin and Del Torro with his usual sinister emotionless features as the Colombian operative and still laying it on thick about his past...watchable but not up to the first film even through it's cinematography.

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Rampage

Funniest film of 2018

Not sure whether the director wanted this film to be comical or not but every aspect of it is farcical to the point you have to laugh. As the above reviewer has mentioned 'check in brain' before watching...and see how humorous Dwayne 'the rock' Johnson talks with his mate gorilla 'George' only to be infected with a virus from a falling shuttle which mutates animals into huge rampaging beasts controlled by a company called Energyne and it's 2 evil bosses (you don't see anybody else). Watch how Dwayne and Naomi Harris an embittered ex employee survive plane crashes, other beasts, a collapsing tower etc. trying to save Chicago - you get the picture.

An entertaining film to pass an hour and a half if you can suspend all reality... 2.5/5

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Bobby Robson

The man was a class act!

Trying not to be too biased but Bobby Robson was a large part of my life growing up as I'm an Ipswich supporter and what he did for the club in the 70's and early 80's is basically legendary for a leafy out the way club. The film charts his time at Ipswich, Newcastle, abroad briefly at Porto/PSV but centres quite a bit on his time at Barcelona and period with England and the unsavoury and unwarranted treatment from the press. Contributions from Pep Quadiola, Terry Butcher, Gary Lineker, Gazza, Alan Shearer and Jose Mourinho (same snarling facial expressions when he was younger)! A gentleman above all and certainly the type of manager they don't make anymore and sadly missed...a must watch.

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Death Wish

Pointless remake

Not sure what big differences Eli Roth could have made to the lets face it average Michael Winner's 1974 version. This time round we have an unconvincing Bruce Willis (particularly in the emotional scenes) as Doctor Paul Kersey who turns into the 'reaper' of Chicago when his wife is murdered in her own home after a bodged burglary and daughter put into a coma goes on to extract revenge on the assailants and other wrong doer's. Not much really to write home about script wise other than a pair of cops who seem to do the entire police work of every homicide in Chicago whilst the climax is particularly cringe worthy as well as the over the top scenes portrayed towards Kersey's daughter Jordan makes it a Missable film for me.

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Daddy's Home

Ferrell goes down hill

Saw this at the cinema, not that funny. Too many contrived over the top scenes with little plot and Wahlberg doing what he does best being the cool, macho dude weaving between trying to be comical and menacing. Only saving grace is this is better then the sequel (god knows how that came about) which is completely missable. Trying to think the last time Will Ferrell was in a half decent movie.

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Traffik

Unsatisfying end

Story which tells of a couple going into the country (looks like the Appalachians) for a break to a friends retreat, unbeknown to the lady (Paula Patton) a satellite phone has been dropped into her handbag and in tow are some angry hairy bikers and not so in regards to Luke Goss (remember him from Bros)? who are all part of a Human trafficking gang wanting the phone back. Violence breaks out, shooting, murder and stabbing and without giving too much of the plot away the ladies are particularly 'wanted'. One or two mild twists ensue but the film is largely cliched with a contrived ending which tends to make you think really!?!... but at least as a journalist (Patton) she get's her news coup, 2.5/5 for me due to the poor end.

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Den of Thieves

Reasonable cops and robbers flick

Certainly not the worst movie Gerard Butler has been involved in (think of the dreadful 'Geostorm'). The film is gritty, plot okay and acting even from Butler good although the bad boozy cop with domestic problems thing has been done many times usually just to fill the running time and no different here. The bank heist (Los Angeles Federal Reserve) is quite memorable although the film is let down at times with scenes that really don't need to be in it (e.g. Levoux's, played by 50 cent daughter scene), the climax shoot out in a traffic jam also questionable. Other than that watchable.

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Gringo

Not sure what type of movie it is

One thing for sure it tries to be slick...(like Smokin' Aces) but largely fails. Partly dark comedy and action (at times) but undermining this is a poor script with too many contrived scenes and characters not really needed (e.g. Harold's wife, the young couple going to Mexico for a drug deal) just to make the film feel that it's fast but just comes across muddled and don't think the movie is based around drugs and a cartel as it's mainly about the nice rather gullible Harold who tries to get his own back on his conniving boss Richard (Edgerton) after he hears he is surplus to requirements, hence an ensuing false kidnapping (to get the company's insurance) and real kidnapping attempts thereafter in Mexico mixed with Richard's brother who just happens to be an expert as a hostage retriever getting involved. Overall disappointing.

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Downsizing

Wasted opportunity

WARNING SPOILERS: The idea of the film actually was very good although done in different guises before but there was certainly potential for this to be a good movie and could have gone down the road of being either humorous (Wiig and Sudeikis appearing suggested this but strangely only briefly!?!) or the more likely darker side but what we got was neither, instead we had a environmentally green film with tones about 'big people' being wasteful, carbon emitting and helping an over populated planet etc etc.

The first half hour or so keeps is an intriguing watch to see what happens to 'downsize' the mindset particularly financially, the process and the post reaction but there after the films wheels just fall off. Paul Safraneks (Damon) wife Aubrey changes her mind at the last second not to downsize leaving Paul at Leisureland (small people world) on his own, divorce follows and he tries to rebuild his life thereafter the film becomes a mess with not much direction as he becomes involved with his larger than life upstairs neighbour (Waltz) and his oriental cleaning maid who is an immigrant refugee and a sole survivor in a TV box (yes I know) that orders Paul to help poor small people. The rest of the film rather trudges to the end and gets overwhelmed by ecological and human impact issues, I'm sure the director made this film on the premise to make you think after. But all that clouded my mind after I ejected the disc was weren't they lucky with the sea conditions in the Fjord considering they were in a boat a few feet long! (if you watch it you'll know what I mean as well as many other things, weather? birds? debris on the water)?

Sadly disappointing...

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