Category Archives: Adventure

DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Despicable Me 3 (2017), Steve Carell (Gru)
Despicable Me 3 (2017), Steve Carell (Gru)

I never, ever thought I’d say this, but it’s official, the minion magic no longer works on me. The minions are not even in Despicable Me 3 that much but long gone is the version of myself that would literally squeal with delight at the mere sight of them. Now they’re more like a favourite song played over and over again that I can kind of no longer stand.

I actually found myself adequately bored in parts as I watched Despicable Me 3. The main reason being, my favourite moments in the movie were the ones I already saw in the teaser trailer with the Michael Jackson loving super villain, months earlier. One of the newest things in this instalment, namely the introduction of one of Gru’s relatives unfortunately felt a little too much like a desperate attempt to find any reason, any reason at all to keep the franchise going.

Just to be clear, I’m definitely not saying that Despicable Me 3 is terrible, generally speaking. I’m saying that I didn’t love it because it felt tired and I’m over all the characters; most surprisingly to myself, I’m tired of the minions.

Immediately below are just some of the thoughts that went through my mind as the credits rolled. In some ways, I really should have known.

‘What was I thinking?’

‘Why was I looking forward to this when I knew that I never really enjoyed the first two Despicable Me movies anyway?’

‘I simply must have forgotten that the minions were the ones I really loved (back then) – not super villain Gru and his children.’

If you’re super intrigued, watch it and see how you like Despicable Me 3.

Happy Film Loving

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STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI (2017): New Trailer From Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega Mark Hamill, Adam Driver…

Star Wars - The Last Jedi (2017), Daisy Ridley
Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017), Daisy Ridley

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega Mark Hamill and Adam Driver; trailer one for Star Wars – The Last Jedi is here…

I still haven’t watched a single Star Stars movie but even I know that what happens at 2:03 is a really big deal.

Star Wars – The Last Jedi Release Dates: December 15th, 2017 (UK & US)…

Happy Film Loving

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PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (2018): New Trailer From John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona…

Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), John Boyega
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), John Boyega

The fight to save the world from an apocalypse continues in Pacific Rim Uprising, where Jake, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots to confront the looming threat…

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight; the names Pentecost, Mako Mori and Jaeger pilots – none of these names mean anything to me since I haven’t actually watched (Pacific Rim (2013). I am however, contemplating rectifying that just so I can get to the new movie and listen to Boyega deliver the speech partly featured in this trailer in its entirety. I had no idea there was that much beautiful bass in Boyega’s voice.

Pacific Rim Uprising Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018 (US); May 18th, 2018 (UK)…

Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman and Charlie Day also star.

Happy Film Loving

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THE LEISURE SEEKER (2017): New Trailer From Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Kirsty Mitchell…

The Leisure Seeker (2017), Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren
The Leisure Seeker (2017), Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland and Kirsty Mitchell are the stars of The Leisure Seeker, a Paolo Virzi directed adventure / romance about a runaway couple on an unforgettable road trip in their faithful old RV…

Based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian, I’ll be watching because the actors are fantastic and I’ll no doubt be in the mood for something this sweet and adorable come release day.

The Leisure Seeker Release Dates: January 19th, 2018 (US); April 13th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ANNIHILATION (2018): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez…

Annihilation (2018), Natalie Portman
Annihilation (2018), Natalie Portman

Annihilation is the latest movie starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac and Gina Rodriguez. Adapted from novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s best seller of the same name, Portman plays a biologist on a dangerous secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply…

There are a number reasons I want to watch this. 1.) Acting queen and all round smart woman, Natalie Portman. 2.) Alex Garland, writer and director of my favourite Alicia Vikander movie, Ex Machina (2015)  – I’m still fantasising about a sequel that I know will very likely never happen.) 3.) This trailer is great! It made me so happy that I punctuated watching it with the words ‘Yeah baby!’ and the thought, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for.’ I’m so ready. I just hope it isn’t too similar to Arrival (2016), a movie I’m still yet to watch.

Tessa Thompson, David Gyasi, Cosmo Jarvis and Sonoya Mizuno also star.

Annihilation Release Dates: February 23rd, 2018 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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PETER RABBIT (2018): New Trailer From James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson…

Peter Rabbit (2018), James Corden
Peter Rabbit (2018), James Corden

Peter Rabbit is the film adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit determined to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden. Will Gluck directs while James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson…

I did grow up reading one or two of the Peter Rabbit books but I only remember the stories vaguely. My curiosity about how much I loved the books and the general cuteness of all the animals will have me tuning in. And… I’ve always enjoyed stories about mischievous and clever animals.

Peter Rabbit Release Dates: February 9th, 2018 (US); March 16th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ISLE OF DOGS (2018): New Trailer From Wes Anderson, Starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber…

Isle Of Dogs (2018)
Isle Of Dogs (2018)

Directed by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, Isle of Dogs is set in Japan and tells the story of a 12 year-old boy’s odyssey in search of his dog…

I know it’s a Wes Anderson movie which means it’s going to be noteworthy. Nevertheless, I’m not yet especially excited. Perhaps it’s something to do with the overall seemingly sleepy tone.

Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Ken Watanabe and Bill Murray also star.

Isle Of Dogs Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018 (US); March 30th, 2018 (UK)…

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TOMB RAIDER – BECOMING LARA CROFT (2018): New Trailer From Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen…

Tom Raider - Becoming Lara Croft (2018), Alicia Vikander
Tom Raider – Becoming Lara Croft (2018), Alicia Vikander

Directed by Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider – Becoming Lara Croft takes us to the beginning of of the story, where Lara Croft the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer must push herself beyond her limits – when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared…

I honestly remember very little of this story when Angelina Jolie played Croft. I’ll be watching because I’m curious to see how well Vikander does in this role. By this point, the thing I’m most impressed by after watching this trailer is definitely Vikander’s physical transformation. I suddenly have an urge to work on my fitness.

Tomb Raider – Becoming Lara Croft Release Dates: March 16th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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