The Snowman – Short Film Review

It’s Christmas Eve everybody and the festivities will soon kick off. If you haven’t noticed, your televisions have been filled with the greatest Christmas movies to fill your hearts with yuletide glee. And if you are looking at definitive Christmas shorts to watch with your loved ones, then look no further than The Snowman.

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No. I mean the classic short.

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Better.

Based on a children’s picture book by Raymond Briggs, this 1982 short has been delighting audiences for over twenty years. The story is about a child who creates a snowman in his garden one winter’s day. At the stroke of midnight, magic happens and his frosty friend comes to life. In different sections, the snowman tries to adjust to life and appliances at the boys home. That’s when the story lifts off as The Snowman takes him on a journey through the skies and through his world of ice and snow.

The Snowman boasts some wonderful animation that still stands up today. Touching on every level, The Snowman is still as incredible now; with a heartfelt ending. Directed by Dianne Jackson, this adaptation is magnificent in the most genius of ways. And let’s not forget the music. As the pair explore each other’s world, the score by Howard Blake dances and fills us with the most ironic warm feelings ever. With Aled Jones’ Walking in the Air, it is delightful and superb. Even in the sequel with The Snowdogthe Snowman is untarnished. It is innocent and pure; an incredible feat of imagination.

Brilliant and iconic, The Snowman is one of the definitive Christmas movies.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Brand New Trailer!

When Disney aren’t pilfering their own animated vault, they are taking beloved classics under their wing. Next is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. 

Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film follows the story of The Nutcracker as young Clara follows a golden thread, finding a whole new world filled with eccentric characters and nefarious plots.

This looks more (or, completely and totally like,) Alice in Wonderland than A Wrinkle in Time but it has it’s plus. Kiera Knightley looks adorable and I’m all here for a fantastical Helen Mirren being a badass villain. Plus the visuals should be spectacular, right? And it has Queen of Ballet Misty Copeland so we could see some phenomenal dance sequences.

What do you think?


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms hits cinemas 2018! 

Sicario 2: Soldado – Brand New Trailer!

Denis Villeneuve’s triumphant, brutal, and dark thriller Sicario was a much celebrated and Academy award nominated film. Now the story continues with Soldado.

Starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, directed by Stefano Solimo, the film revolves around the FBI and a former member of the Mexican drug cartel working together to kidnap a kingpin’s daughter.

The lack of Emily Blunt here (or women, in general,) make it a lesser film than before. But ultimately, and visually, it could have the same notes. Plus, it is directed by the man who directed Suburra so he could definitely continue  the film’s themes.

What do you think?


Soldado is out 2018!