Category Archives: Adventure

MOWGLI (2018): New Trailer From Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Matthew Rhys…

Mowgli (2018), Rohan Chand.pngDirected by Andy Serkis, Mowgli is another live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved adventure story, the one about an orphaned boy raised by wolves.

Key cast includes Rohan Chand, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto…

I’m interested to find out the ways in which this version of The Jungle Book story will differ from the rather good Jon Favreau directed version, The Jungle Book (2016).

Tom Hollander, Jack Reynor and Peter Mullan also star.

Mowgli Release Dates: Octobober 19th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, I found Jumanji – Welcome To The jungle to be OK. It’s just the kind of silly fun that kids will likely love most. It’s well modernised and there were some amusing moments, especially courtesy of  Jack Black’s portrayal of a teenage girl and Kevin Hart’s one-liners.

The reason that Jumanji is OK and not great is because by the end, I felt as though something was missing from the movie. Perhaps it’s substance, heart, character development or a mixture and then some, but for me, the amusing and clever moments aside, something is definitely missing at the very core. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t wholly convinced of Nick Jonas’s acting skills.

As I watched the film, the jungle setting did have me reminiscing about how much fun I had while watching Kong Skull Island (2017). Overall, I say watch Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle if you’re curious enough. It may just be the kind of silly fun you need.

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Good…

Wonder Woman (2017), Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman (2017), Gal Gadot

As good a film as Wonder Woman is, I’m quite sure that I adore the trailer more. This is probably the first time I’ve said I love a trailer more than I love the film, without meaning that the film is bad. The pace of the movie was OK and the humour was fun but there’s something about the movie’s initial trailer that I just loved more.

Of course, the exceptionally chosen, perfectly rousing trailer music coupled with great editing, storytelling and visuals had much to do with it. With that said, Wonder Woman’s crime, for me, may be that the wonderful high I experienced as I watched the trailer from beginning to end, wasn’t constantly present throughout the film. Not that I’m saying hat would have been a great idea, clearly. Yet the truth remains, there’s no denying, for me at least, the noticeable absence of said high by the end of this movie. Instead of taking my hands to the air whilst silently yelping, so as not to annoy my neighbours (as I did post trailer viewing), at the end of this movie I said out loud, ‘It’s not a bad film’.

Gadot is really great. She’s beautiful, strong, very capable and in my mind, my big sister. You probably already have but I’ll still say it, watch it because it’s good.

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THE PREDATOR (2018): New Trailer From Jacob Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown…

The Predator (2018), Boyd Holbrook.png

In new action / adventure / horror The Predator, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race, after a young boy accidentally triggers the return of universe’s most lethal hunters.

Directed by Shane Black; Jacob Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown star…

This is a very good teaser trailer but not for a second would I ever think that an 11 year-old actor would be the one to put me at ease in terms of the expected quality level of a new movie. But then, not every 11 year-old is a very talented Canadian called Jacob Tremblay.

I’m very much looking forward to this, in part because of the beautiful bass in Boyd Holbrook’s voice.

Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key and Lochlyn Munro also star.

The Predator Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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ROBIN HOOD (2018): New Trailer From Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn…

Robin Hood (2018), Taron Egerton
Robin Hood (2018), Taron Egerton

The Robin Hood story of an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown has been refreshed for a new outing. 

Directed by Otto Bathurst; key cast includes Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn…

Before I knew that Bathurst was in charge, I couldn’t help but think of Guy Ritchie as the director while this trailer played. I’m in to see Egerton have even more fun on screen.

Eve Hewson, Josh Herdman and Tim Minchin also star.

Robin Hood Release Dates: November 21st, 2018 (US); November 23rd, 2018 (UK)…

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JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN (2018): New Trailer From Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson…

Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Rowan Atkinson
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Rowan Atkinson

In director David Kerr’s latest instalment of the Johnny English franchise, Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), English is forced to come out of retirement to find a mastermind hacker following a major cyber-attack.

The main stars include Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson…

It’s really the beautiful shots of my beloved London, England that has me thinking about watching this. I like that Emma Thompson is in the cast, however, I do find myself distracted by my love of Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

I could be wrong but kind of feel as though the humour in this movie is the type that will likely make me smile; whereas I’d really much rather laugh my head off, so to speak.

Lastly, is it me or does the plot of this movie sound quite a bit like the plot of one of Daniel Craig’s Bond films?

Johnny English Strikes Again Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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ADRIFT (2018): New Trailer From Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas…

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

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Adrift is  an action/ adventure/ drama based on the true survival story of a young couple who find themselves facing one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Thomas star…

I’ll definitely be watching for reasons including Sam Claflin’s wonderful beard.

Of course, the story, particularly anything useful I could pick up about survival at sea are also motivating factors.

Adrift Release Dates: June 1st , 2018 (US & UK)…

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FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 – THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD (2018): New Trailer Starring Katherine Waterston, Jude Law Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne…

Fantastic Beasts 2 - The Crimes Of Grindenwald (2018), Eddie Redmayne
Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes Of Grindenwald (2018), Eddie Redmayne

From David Yates (director of several Harry Potter films and the last Fantastic Beasts movie – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Eddie Redmayne is back for Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes of Grindenwald.

Redmayne is joined by Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farell and others for more ‘wandtastic’ adventures as Newt Scamander…

The stunning visuals – including costume design, that’s why I’m in. I also can’t wait to see what Johny Depp’s character gets up to.

I have a feeling that this movie is going to be a constant reminder for of the reason why movies are my absolute favourite. They are, when done wonderfully, a true perfect amalgamation of all the arts.

Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes Of Grindenwald Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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