I really enjoyed the fun adventures of Chloe, Max, Snowball, Gidget and friends; particularly the way all the separate stories were written to work well together. There’s also a good number of fun and memorable scenes, moments and new characters to take in.
One of my favourite scenes happens at the veterinary office waiting room, especially the moment when ‘starting fires’ is mentioned. Character-wise, Rooster who’s brilliantly voiced by Harrison Ford is an unforgettable new character.
Overall, there’s really zero doubt in my mind that if you had a good time with The Secret Life Of Pets, this sequel too will be fun. I only advise that you remember to leave your ideas of ‘what would really happen in real life’ at the door. This is especially important in reference to the ‘silent new character’.
Watch it because it’s fun, good and features great voice work by the likes of Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Tiffany Haddish, Patton Oswalt, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet and more.
Even though Marvel’s Venom is definitely not in my top five list of favourite superhero movies – or my top five list of Marvel movies for that matter, I still found a scene that I loved.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer; starring Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, I’m not sure that the worst thing about Venom is the performances. For me, the key issues exist in three areas, the story editing / script, the final version of the fully formed CGI embodiment of Venom and Venom’s actual speaking voice, All these elements left me less impressed than I’d hoped to be.
To give an example of my issue with the story, I know that Brock, who later becomes Venom is supposed to be an antihero but because of his highly inconsiderate behaviour during the Colton Drake interview early on in the movie, I think I had trouble fully being on his side after that. I mean, he’s still the protagonist and I didn’t want him to get hurt; yet I was reasonably annoyed for his girlfriend. As a result, it wasn’t actually until the desperate scene in the restaurant that I was most moved; both by how helpless Brock seemed in those moments and by Tom Hardy’s arresting performance.
Along with a less cartoonish looking CGI version of Venom and Riot, I really did expect a far slicker execution from Marvel Studios overall; one where the finished product hit all the right notes in terms of what makes a good film and had me feeling like: ‘Yes! YES! I knew this would be good!’ instead of: ‘Yeah… it’s really not the best. What a shame.’
Watch it if you’re curious enough and if you’re a serious comic book fan, no doubt you’ll have a better time than I did.
For me, the title of ‘favourite superhero movie’ still belongs to The Avengers (2012).
Directed by Ruben Fleischer; Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed are the stars of the latest, Venomtrailer, an action / sci-fi / horror movie about a complex, badass lethal protector…
Thanks to all the acting talent, editing and special effects, this trailer is a thing of beauty. One that probably brought a tear or two to the eyes of many a film lover. Probably.
I can’t wait to experience all that appears to be different compared to other Marvel movies.
Jack Black, Jenny Slate and Vanessa Bayer are the stars of The Polka King; the true story of a local Pennsylvania polka legend called Jan Lewan.
Written / directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, the story focuses on Lewan’s development of a get rich plan that shocked his fans and landed him in jail…
I haven’t seen Jack Black in a movie for ages so I’m really glad he’s back because his energy is a thing of beauty. Looking forward to watching this one because of Mr. Black, of course and for the humour I’m expecting.
Jason Schwartzman, J.B. Smoove and Jacki Weaver also star.
My favourite types of Disney animated movies are the ones that do a great job of highlighting the importance of self belief and following your heart; especially in the face of great opposition. Ratatouille (2007) is my favourite of this genre; then came Brave (2012) and now Zootopia.
Starring the voices of Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jenny Slate and Jason Bateman, there is plenty to adore besides the well delivered positive messages. For one, that brilliant DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) scene. To say more about the scene would be to spoil, so refrain I must.
I love the story, the very well imagined city of Zootopia and everything in it – including the design and all the little touches of humour that have nothing to do with dialogue. There’s also the classic Disney animated cuteness and a great main song for the soundtrack – Shakira’s ‘Try Everything‘
You probably have already but watch Zootopia again. I’ve seen it twice and will again to remind myself to keep my inner Judy Hopps atthe ready, always.
At the heart of Gifted, the latest movie starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate is a custody battle over a child prodigy played by Mckenna Grace…
I’m intrigued by this one, though certainly not as much as I would be had the trailer not been a mere whisker from being a short film. Actually, scrap that. This is a ‘short film’, a.k.a., a lazy **s, far too long 2:34 minutes that substitutes a genuinely interesting and creative tease for a ‘show everything but the credits’ sad excuse for a trailer.
There. Now that my true feelings are out, should you want to see the much longer version, you can – in approximately six months from now. I may, I may not.