Category Archives: Fantasy

JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017): New Official Trailer Starring Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck…

Justice League (2017), Jason Momoa
Justice League (2017), Jason Momoa

Starring Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa, the official trailer for DC Comics’s Justice League has arrived…

I’m intrigued and most curious about Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

Justice League Release Dates: November 17th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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THE LITTLE MERMAID (2017): New Trailer For Live-Action Movie Starring Shirley MacLaine, William Moseley, Gina Gershon, Poppy Drayton…

The Little Mermaid (2017), Poppy Drayton
The Little Mermaid (2017), Poppy Drayton

Before you get too excited, this new trailer for The Little Mermaid is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and not the better known Disney film of the same name. Starring Shirley MacLaine, William Moseley, Gina Gershon, Poppy Drayton and directed by Chris Bouchard and Blake Harris, this story centres around a little girl and her young uncle’s discovery of an enchanting creature they believe to be a real mermaid…

I’m a fan of the disney film and my reason for watching this version would be that I’m curious about the original Hans Christian Andersen story. Call it a hunch but the look and feel of this trailer tells me that I may end up missing the ‘glossy finish’ afforded by a Disney budget. How nice it would be for me to be proved so very, very wrong.

Will you be watching The Little Mermaid? If not you may already know that a live -action version of the Disney film is coming. There’s just no release date yet since they’re still in pre-production. Though, I’m quite sure that it definitely won’t be here in 2017.

The Little Mermaid Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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BRIGHT (2017): New Trailer From Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace…

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Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton’s new movie, Bright is directed by David Ayer and set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. Smith plays a human cop who’s forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for…

I’m going to think positively about this movie for three reasons. The first  two being that the story is intriguing  and this trailer looks promising, even though it shows very little. Lastly,  Ayer’s last movie (Suicide Squad (2016) was far from great, but he did make several before that are still celebrated today; Fury (2014), Training Day (2001) and End Of Watch (2012) to name just three.

There I was thinking that orcs only existed in Warcraft (2016)

Edgar Ramírez, Lucy Fry, Ike Barinholtz and Kenneth Choi also star.

Bright Release Dates: December 2017 (US & UK)…

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THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC (2016): New Trailer From Jeremy Irvine, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott…

This Beautiful Fantastic (2016), Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine
This Beautiful Fantastic (2016), Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine

This Beautiful Fantastic is a Comedy / fantasy / drama about the friendship between an aspiring children’s author and a  cantankerous, rich old widower. Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine, Tom Wilkinson and Andrew scott star…

Fantasy generally isn’t my favourite genre but the humour between Wilkinson and Brown Findlay’s characters is the main reason I’ll be watching. It may be the case that I have a thing for seemingly unexpected friendships. I.e. The Intern (2015).

This Beautiful Fantastic Release Dates: March 10th, 2017 (US)…

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TALE OF TALES (2015): The Things I Liked…

Tale Of Tales (2015), Salma Hayek
Tale Of Tales (2015), Salma Hayek

Based on the celebrated fairytales of Giambattista Basile and directed by Matteo Garrone, Tale Of Tales which stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and  Toby Jones is the story of three neighbouring castles and the troubled rulers within.

Not long after Tale Of Tales began, I found myself wanting some of the players in the movie to meet and be connected somehow. Reason being, in my mind that’s at least one option that could have increased the chance of an overall more satisfying film experience.

I’m still not convinced that Tale Of Tales needed to be more than two hours long. A tighter edit and perhaps two tales instead of three would have allowed for some of the gaps in the story to be filled in a more satisfying way.

Tale Of Tales (2015), Stacy Martin, Vincent Cassel
Tale Of Tales (2015), Stacy Martin, Vincent Cassel

Salma Hayek’s performance as the jealous Queen of Longtrellis is the one I enjoyed most. That, along with the films other highlights including the cinematography, makeup and costumes.

The most exciting part of the whole movie, for me at least began at the point that the princess found hope when there was none.

By the end of Tale Of Tales, I knew one thing for sure and that is that I don’t completely get it. The story of the jealous queen I understand, the story of the mad king and his daughter is relatively straight forward enough. But that of the nymphomaniac king and the two wrinkly sisters? I understand the sister dynamic and a lustful king but everything could have been woven together in a more satisfying way.

Watch Tale Of Tales if you must. I was compelled because of the costumes, cinematography and Salma Hayek.

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THE MUMMY (2017): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. It’s the story of an ancient princess awakened from her crypt which leads to…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

My guess would be that this The Mummy, has nothing to do with the Rachel Weisz and the Brendan Fraser The Mummy of 1999 but I can’t be sure. I’ll be watching because I loved Sofia Boutella in Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014)

Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson also star.

The Mummy Release Dates: June 9th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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THE BFG (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance

The idea of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) had me excited because I vaguely recall enjoying the story as a child. Having seen the Steven Spielberg directed film, it’s clear for me that this is one of those instances where the book may definitely be much better than the movie.

The lovely nostalgic walk down memory lane I’d been hoping for isn’t what transpired here. My biggest issue with Spielberg’s film is the pace which is so slow that at one point when the ‘bad giants’ were looking for a human child for their afternoon snack, I may have uttered the words ‘Just find her and eat her already, so that this massive let down can finally be over!’

Things didn’t get interesting and engaging for me until the part that takes place at the palace towards the end. Another positive is the narration at the very end.

Prior to my The BFG experience, I’d actually been thinking about re-watching the Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – but I’m no longer sure about that now. The BFG has reminded me that sometimes re-living stories and/or  re-watching films I loved as a child, especially if they were made with children as the target audience may result in those films not being well received by my adult brain. One such example would be The Never Ending Story (1984). I really wouldn’t recommend revisiting that.I  did and I ended up wishing that I’d let it remain as magical as my young brain remembered.

I just hope that children, the key target audience for The BFG have a good time when they watch. Should I finally muster the courage to re-visit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, I’ll certainly share my thoughts on here. Until next time…

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016) Movie Review: Good Story, Fun Special Effects…

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is enjoyable and well acted. Eva Green’s talents and a bunch of children with abilities different to what I’ve already seen in plenty of superhero movies were what appealed the most. I enjoyed the well imagined peculiarities of the films characters. I also loved watching Chris O’Dowd in a ‘struggling father’ role – a highlight because he did a good job.

The story is well constructed and with Tim Burton plus his rich imagination in the director’s chair, it’s unsurprising that the visual manifestations of writer Ransom Riggs’s characters is another highlight.

Contrary to my initial thoughts after watching the trailer, Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children are not quite superheroes in the traditional sense. Reason being, their main concern is saving their own particular kind rather than humanity as a whole (not a criticism, just something I realised).

There is a moment in the movie where I thought, ‘really? you went with that take?’ It was during Asa Butterfields’s character’s anguish at his grandfather’s demise. It’s not so much that there were no tears in sight since I know that not everyone cries in such predicaments. It’s just that his supposed anguish didn’t ring particularly true for me. Something about the rhythm, maybe.

Though not exactly perfect, I say watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for the story, fun adventure, special effects and refreshing difference when compared to the ‘peculiarities’ of todays well known superhero movie characters.

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