Star Trek Beyond – Review

After the uncertainty that followed the very Fast and Furious-esque trailers, there was a lot of fear surrounding Star Trek Beyond – predominantly over whether it would be, well, shit. It looked to hold a lot of the subconsciously smarmy jokes and overly complex action shots akin to Justin Lin’s back catalogue.

We knew J J Abrams was no longer directing, after gaining our trust and confidence with the first two films, and had relinquished his title to Justin Lin (of shitty car film fame) which made us uneasy – and the trailers only stood to worsen this fear. However, many fans kept the faith. With Simon Pegg manning the script and him being a lifelong trekkie himself, fans still had high hopes. There was everything to play for, and nothing was guaranteed.

Well, fear not ensigns. They nailed it.

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A few years into their mission aboard the Enterprise, and it seems Kirk is getting tired of the same old ‘go to planet, save planet’ routine (we’ve all been there), when they agree to help a stranded captain reclaim her crew from a distant nebula. But all is, as I’m sure you can guess, not as it seems.

Tragedy strikes several times over, and new comrades are made, in what is an environment we’ve not yet seen in this incarnation.

Keeping true to the traditions of the previous two films, the build-up is snappy and the action is instantaneously forthcoming. The sort of action that gives a physical, visceral reaction – what Lin does best – but without his usual level of nonsensical overkill. Grippingly choreographed fight scenes, and villainous-ly designed enemy ships that one genuinely could not see a way of defeating (no shooting something in an exhaust chute here – sorry, will I be harangued by nerds if I mention both franchises in the same review? I’M ONE OF YOU GUYS, CHILL.) It is very difficult not to be engrossed.

However, it’s not without its flaws. In places there is choreographic convolution, making certain scenes perhaps a little too mind boggling to focus on which, whilst an awesome physical feat, is quite distracting.

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Pine and Quinto are flawless as ever as Kirk and Spock, and the theme throughout rings heavily of unity – a refreshing couple of hours away from a world where such sentiment is lacking heavily these days. A threatened crew join together to overcome new unseen threats – with many of the crew playing a larger role than we’ve seen them in before.

The newest character, Jaylah, is witty and independent and utterly bad ass – joyously adding another player to my new collection of female representation in action movies – and an alien that is incredibly easy to warm to, with her staggered English, damaged sentimentality, and obsession with “classical” (metal) music. Speaking of which, there’s a pretty epic (yet subtle) nod to First Contact in the third act, but I’ll leave you to spot that one for yourself.

Without getting too spoilery, of course, the antagonist is the infamous Krall, whom we know from the past (future?) will crop up in our crew’s lives once more, in a parallel timeline at least, but for this film he is stunningly and terrifyingly embodied by the untouchable Idris Elba.

Of course there is heartache, too, as the film pays homage not just to the late Leonard Nimoy (again, no spoilers, but trust me it’s heartbreaking) but also poignantly with the line “to absent friends” – a throwback to The Search for Spock – with its meaning even heavier in our hearts after the tragic death of Anton Yelchin just a few weeks before the film’s release. (For the record, he also received a standing ovation during the credits after the screening I attended. Very emotional.)

The movie does feel episodic, inasmuch as it brings together the themes and companionship of the previous two films, along with the camaraderie and fun. Much like the original series, the relationship between the viewer and the Enterprise crew is already inherently strong.

Star Trek Beyond slaps you in the face with overwhelming action – gripping and a lot of fun, whilst holding true to the atmosphere of the original series.


STAR TREK BEYOND IS OUT 22ND JULY 

The BFG – Review

by Anne Hunt 

Remodelling our children’s movies have become a gradual annoyance to the cinema lover. It seems nothing is sacred from the grabbing, greedy hands of Hollywood. Everything we’ve ever loved is going to get the big screen treatment, even if it has already a film before. Despite this, there are some reboots that have muscled their way into our lives, the most recent the fun-filled action packed new Ghostbusters movie!

No matter how unnecessary we believe these films to be, there are the occasional highlights that make us brim with delight and stories that will stay golden no matter how often they are rejigged for modern purposes.

Can the latest version of The BFG find its own voice away from the book and the 1989 version?


Based on a book by Roald Dahl, The BFG revolves around a world where Giants are child chomping beasts who gobble kids up in the night. Sophie, a bright young girl, has been trying to spy them but comes across something completely new – The Big Friendly Giant whose sole purpose is to give dreams to young’uns. Together, they enter the biggest adventure ever!

Steven Spielberg’s captivating fantasy romp is helmed by brilliant performances. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill as te precocious Sophie showcases a heartfelt and terrific debut that is somewhat lacklustre and grating against the gravitas of Mark Rylance’s essence. It is evident that the Academy Award Winner is throwing his almighty talent into every pore of the BFG and the character is broiling with heart. His kind eyes illuminate the big screen and are wholly powerful. The CGI appearance is jarring at first but soon you let go into the dreamscape of his world.

It’s near on a scene for scene take on Roald Dahl’s book which is wonderful to see come to life. The dreams look spectacular; the sequence where Sophie and The BFG catch brightly coloured dreams around the Dream Tree is just pure, pure magic.

It’s funny, even as an adult. Whizzpopping (or farting if you’re a ‘human bean’) is always going to make you chuckle no matter what age you are, and the scene in the Queen’s breakfast room is a superb example of this. On that note, it’s also great to see the BFG in the normal world – he eats his posh royal breakfast with a sword, garden fork, and trowel. His stature against the city as he flies through the shadows is a breath-taking use of the capitol.

Spielberg is very conscious of the technical difficulties and took great care in keeping eye-lines correct and it shows, you never once think that the BFG aren’t interacting with other characters directly. All the sets were built practically, and you can tell the intense and passionate artistry that the classic director has implemented here. The phenomenal attention to detail was phenomenal such as corgi’s embroidered on the Queen’s dressing gown. For fans of Roald Dahl, look out for moments: Quentin Blake’s famous illustrations make an appearance. Steven adds in nods to his other epics – a wispy dinosaur can be seen in one of the dream jars.

There are lovely and complex themes about the power of reading as well as overcoming bullies. It’s important life lessons that were constantly imbued in Dahl’s storytelling and it’s vital that they were conveyed so excellently here. It may not be a perfect film but it is splendiferous none the less. You’ll feel absolutely spiffing, coming out as though you were hugged by a big fluffy rainbow. With John William’s gloriumptious score, you’ll feel the goosebumps that classic Spileberg movies would inspired.

A great family fantasy flick!


The BFG is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now! 

Suicide Squad – Brand New Trailer!

Perfectly timed music to a grimy yet ultra-neon aesthetic that pulsates humour and action? A bunch of hilarious stars all tackling villainous and heroic roles that titillate the screen with their hi-jinks and antics? A new found respect for the previously dull Jai Courtney?

Yep. It’s time for yet another Suicide Squad trailer. I’ll give you a moment.

Suicide Squad revolves around a group of Gotham’s heinous villains who are roped into a scheme that could see them turn into heroes too.

Amidst the rumours that the film is being re-shot to add more comedy and the polarising response for Batman v Superman, one would assume that the excitement for this movie has fizzled. But, whilst there is fear that all the entertaining bits are locked fully in these bits of promo, we still cannot wait for this movie to be smushed into our yearning eye-lugs.


SUICIDE SQUAD IS OUT 5th AUGUST! 

Moana – International Trailer!

There are a lot of princess movies in Disney’s repertoire. Spanning across the globe, there have been stunning depictions of women were sent of a mystical journey! Now we get a brand new one with Moana! 

Moana revolves around the titular young girl who is set on a perilous journey when she meets demi-God Maui.

This international trailer sees a baby version of Moana playing with an animated wave and its so friggen’ adorable. So cute. It is so so so cute. This may be the best Disney film of the year! What do you think?


MOANA IS OUT LATER THIS YEAR!

 

For the Love of Spock – Brand New Trailer!

The world of science fiction lost a great last year. Leonard Nimoy, who had been immortalised in our lives as the great Star Trek character Spock. His work on the show gifted generations of geeksyears of space exploration, cool wit, and regale intelligence. His work will be remembered forever and documentary For the Love of Spock takes an intricate look at his life.

The film is directed by his son Adam Nimoy and the legacy of Spock that his father created, including memories of his fellow cast members and more!

Warning, you will cry loads of tears after watching this trailer which means the actual film will be just as emotional! What do you think?


FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON THE 9th SEPTEMBER! 

Before I Wake – Brand New Trailer!

Any movie that takes its title from a biblical prayer surely must be a horror or thriller. There is something so terrifying about religion anyway, especially as it birthed demons, that you place these horror movies. So Before I Wake is already insanely creepy.

Starring our collective son Jacob Tremblay, Before I Wake revolves around Cody, a young boy who is terrified of falling asleep. People assume it’s because of the instable homes he has lived in but truly, it’s because his horrifying dreams become reality as he sleeps. And his new foster parents have to battle with it.

There’s a lot of interest here and it certainly looks creepy enough.

What do you think?


BEFORE I WAKE IS OUT LATER THIS YEAR!