Category Archives: Adventure

CAPTAIN MARVEL (2018): New Trailer From Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Mckenna Grace…

Captain Marvel (2019), Brie Larson
Captain Marvel (2019), Brie Larson

Directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is the story of Carol Danvers. Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Key cast includes Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan Mckenna Grace…

Once again, another well edited trailer from Marvel Studios and featuring just the right music.

I’m in to see what I think is Marvel’s first female superhero movie. The ‘Earth caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races’ scenario is certainly very intriguing too. I wonder if I’ll still love Wonder Woman most after watching this movie.

Annette Bening, Jude Law, Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou also star.

Captain Marvel Release Dates: March 8th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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JURASSIC WORLD (2015): The Things I Liked…

Jurassic World (2018), Chris Pratt
Jurassic World (2018), Chris Pratt

Besides reminding me to be grateful that humans no longer share planet earth with dinosaurs, Jurassic World has officially awakened me to Chris Pratt’s super charismatic magic. A magic when combined with a good script among other key elements, the result is a very entertaining movie.

I’ve never been especially into dinosaurs myself but director Colin Trevorrow’s movie really is a fun ride. One that features a good number of wow moments. Impressive moments courtesy of great special effects and a beautiful overall visual style.

Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Nick Robinson, Jurassic World is set on the original site of Jurassic Park where a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur has now been created. The films true action really begins when said dinosaur escapes and commences a very well-captured killing spree.

My overall favourite thing about this movie is pretty much every scene featuring Pratt. You know, on account of his charisma as well as good dialogue. There’s also all the scenes featuring talented and adorable young actor Ty Simpkins who plays Gray.

As for the things that spoilt this movie just a little for me, there’s the scene where Gray and his  brother Zack (Robinson) are able to light a match even though I could have sworn that matches are impossible to light when wet. Did I perhaps miss a part where it was revealed that the matches were contained in a waterproof case? The second thing I didn’t quite buy into is Pratt and Dallas Howard’s characters as a couple. On the other hand, there are many unexpected couples in real life too, so…

You’ve likely already seen this movie but if not, do so for the fun ride, shooting style, that Pratt magic and especially if you love / or once loved dinosaurs.

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ADRIFT (2018): The Things I Liked…

Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley ..
Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley

I actually wasn’t sure how engaging Adrift would be considering that a good amount of it takes place at sea. I’m therefore very glad to report that a key highlight of the film for me at least is the smart way the story is told and edited.

The structure of director Baltasar Kormákur’s movie did a good job at ensuring I remained interested throughout. The performances by Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley certainly helped with that. As did the film’s general premise – the true survival story of a young couple stranded at sea. Being the sucker for a touching love story that I am, I also appreciated the romance.

I’d love to say that I’ve retained a few nuggets of knowledge about surviving at sea after watching Adrift – but really all I’ve learned is that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to know how to sail. Watch it if the story and actors appeal. Who knows.

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THE INCREDIBLES (2004): The Things I Liked…

The Incredibles (2004), Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible)
The Incredibles (2004), Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible)

The Incredibles (2004), a big hit Disney Pixar movie about a family of undercover superheroes forced into action to save the World is, as everyone else has said, a rather fun movie.

Written / directed by Brad Bird and starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly hunter plus Samuel L. Jackson – to name a few, I thought I’d actually watched The Incredibles already but it turns out I‘d just seen the trailer, a few clips shared by others and heard people talk enthusiastically about it.

Having now watched it at last – 14 years late and prompted by the long waited sequel Incredibles 2, I too can confirm I was delighted as well as entertained and moved in equal measure. I enjoyed all the characters, particularly the fun ridiculousness of Elastigirl’s capabilities. I also loved the two Incredibles sons. Though, if forced to choose a favourite son, it would for sure be Jack Jack, the super cute and underestimated one. In fact, I can’t wait to see what more he can delight us with in the new sequel.

As fun as The Incredibles is, Ratatouille (2007) still my favourite animated /Disney Pixar film, without a doubt.

I’m quite sure that you’ve probably seen the first and second film by this point but nevertheless… I say watch it because it really is good.

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018): The Things I Liked…

Deadpool 2 (2018), Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool 2 (2018), Ryan Reynolds

Having been introduced to Deadpool’s story in the 2016 movie, in this David Leitch directed sequel, our favourite wisecracking, foul-mouthed mutant is battling new personal demons, whilst also trying to protect a young boy with untamed super natural abilities.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin and Julian Dennison, Deadpool 2 is very much a fun action movie worth seeing. All the elements that made the first film great, including the humorous dialogue and cool action sequences are present in this sequel. Except that this time we have the addition of some fun new characters, my favourite of them being Domino (Beetz).

What I liked immediately about Deadpool 2 is the James Bond-style opening theme song and accompanying visuals. The second thing I fell in love with was Domino’s general cool factor which had me dreaming about a stand-alone film. Then came the crazy ‘baby legs’ scene followed by the moving moment towards the end. Overall, I’ll probably remember Deadpool 2 most for just being a good action movie and sequel. I’ll also hold it dearly in my heart for reminding me of how beautiful language is, particularly when it introduced me to the phrase ‘prison wallet’ and what it means. And yes, I definitely laughed afresh as I typed the words.

As for the question of whether Deadpool 2 is better than Deadpool? I think they’re both good movies. Though I would add that the original likely has the edge since the style and foul-mouth wisecracking was refreshingly new for the superhero movie genre when it was released.

So… watch it because you loved the first movie and this one is unlikely to disappoint.

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THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES (2017): New Trailer Starring Bill Bailey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie…

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (2017)
The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (2017)

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales is an animated comedy / adventure about a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. All the above is evidence that the countryside isn’t the calm and peaceful place you may have always imagined.

Written / directed by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner, key voice work is courtesy of Bill Bailey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie…

I started losing interest in this trailer soon after hitting play – but then the cute little chicks looked at the fox and said ‘mummy?’ It helps that the animation style happens to take me back to the illustration in some of the books that five year-old me used to love to read.

Adrian Edmondson, Justin Edwards, Phil Jupitus and Giles New also star.

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales Release Dates: August 3rd, 2018, (UK); 2018 (US)…

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GODZILLA – KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019): Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins Bradley Whitford…

Godzilla - King Of The Monsters (2019), Charles Dance, Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga
Godzilla – King Of The Monsters (2019), Charles Dance, Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga

Godzilla – King Of The Monsters is a new Michael Dougherty directed action / adventure of epic proportions. One that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

Millie Bobby BrownVera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins and Bradley Whitford star…

My favourite thing about this trailer? Each moment wings unfurl to that beautiful music – especially at 1:19. The combination of the visual effects, the score and the monster’s sheer size makes for an almost, dare I say, ‘spiritual experience?’

To be clear, I’m in for the special effects and would truly be delighted if this were a disaster movie that pleasantly surprised me in more than one or two ways.

Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Ziyi Zhang, Aisha Hinds, Thomas Middleditch, Ken Watanabe and O’Shea Jackson also star.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Release Dates: May 31st, 2019 (US)…

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AQUAMAN (2018): New Trailer From Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park…

Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard
Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard

In Aquaman, Jason Momoa is Arthur; a man who learns of his position as heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Arthur must step forward to lead his people and become a hero to the world.

Directed by James Wan; Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park star…

I’m in for the visual spectacle and to see Momoa do a good job.

The cast also includes Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe.

Aquaman Release Dates: December 14th, 2018 (UK); December 21st, 2018 (US)…

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