Film Reviews by MP

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Wonderful animation but story less exciting

(Edit) 09/02/2021

The animation, as its stop frame using models, is extraordinary, and the whole design really wonderful. However, I struggled with the story. I might love magic, and dark is fine, but either this is cultural story I cannot reference, and it's a bit complex and odd if you cannot, or it's just an odd story without a clear sense of root for me to give it real depth, just a weird made up story. I might have gone along with it but the modern bright and cheerful in your face American accents of the characters, were at odds with my personal experience of Japan and certainly traditional Japan. So with matching resonance of story seemed like any old mediocre Disney film but difficult to follow not anything that felt like it came from mythic Japen where its set. All that amazing animation work..... And let down by the writing that inspired the film in the first place. Perhaps like Fantastical Beasts if you let the technical wonder dominate and reflect that in the creative team you don't bring in sufficient rigor to deeper film creativity that gives a more rounded satisfying film. Worth a watch but may not watch again.

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Harriet

Great inspiring biopic

(Edit) 27/01/2021

Harriet was such an awesome person and so courageous. The character wonderfully portrayed. Good straight forward story telling which makes a great, if necessarily tense film to watch. This is one of those stories that we should all know. Without knowing it you are depriving yourself of seeing some really important history of not only the USA, but by implication much of the world. A legacy we all need to understand fully in current world politics.

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Pink Panther

Very funny

(Edit) 18/09/2020

Would it be up to the Blake Edwards films. Yes it was very funny. Steve Martin did a great job with Inspector Clousseau without trying to imitate. Fresh new, revived an old favourite series as something new to enjoy.

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