Reviews / 19.03.2021

After the breath of fresh air that was WandaVision, the MCU returns to its roots with its next blockbuster Disney+ television series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Following in the footsteps of Wanda and co. will prove to be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the hugely popular series revived the public's interest in the Marvel universe after a total void of new content from Marvel Studios for more than 18 months. On the other, it set a new benchmark for daringly unique...

Reviews / 02.03.2021

After a slight release date delay and a change in release strategy, Walt Disney Animation Studios is finally ready to unveil their 59th animated feature film. In what will stand as one of the first big blockbusters of 2021, Raya and the Last Dragon is the breath of fresh air we all need after months of lockdown. With all the hallmarks of classic Disney animation, it's a dazzling, entertaining delight that gifts the world a courageous new Disney heroine for the ages and a hilarious, loveable sidekick who...

Reviews / 15.01.2021

2020 will be remembered for many, many things. In the world of cinema, it will stand as the year of a hundred release date delays. This also meant it was the first year without a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2009. Naturally, that was never intended to be the case. But when a global pandemic saw both Black Widow and Eternals punted to 2021, the MCU lay silent for the first time in over a decade. While we still await these two new cinematic entries (barring any...

Awards Season, Reviews / 21.12.2020

One of the biggest tragedies of all the cinematic casualties of 2020 is the difficult fact Soul will stand as the first Pixar film to not receive a theatrical release. As will undoubtedly be the case for many of you, Soul will sadly be the first Pixar release this film critic does not see inside a cinema. The bitter disappointment is only compounded by the realisation this film is easily their most visually ambitious and experimental to date and deserved to be seen on the big screen. But this...

Reviews / 25.11.2020

After five feature films, a TV mini-series, and a Hanna-Barbera animated television film, you'd think Anna Sewell's classic 1877 equine novel Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions, the Autobiography of a Horse had seen enough adaptations for one lifetime. But it's been over a quarter of a century since the titular horse last graced our screens, so, of course, it's time for another version, and this time it's brought to you by Disney. Over 50 years after the House of Mouse released an LP featuring a radio program...

Reviews / 06.09.2020

If you're still recovering from the terrible trio of Disney live-action remakes we were served in 2019, the idea of another cherished animated classic being lazily rehashed in 2020 is likely the last thing you're yearning for in the middle of a global pandemic. After the soulless shot-for-shot remakes The Lion King and Aladdin and the ambitious misfire that was Dumbo, something decently competent like Mulan ultimately looks like a masterpiece by fortunate virtue of comparison to a string of disappointments. After seeing its March big screen debut scuttled...

Reviews / 19.08.2020

With everything that's happened in 2020, you've likely forgotten the year in film started with the colossal $175 million flop that was Dolittle. Much to no one's shock, it continued a string of recent talking CGI animal films (Cats, The Lion King) that focused too heavily on crafting said digital creations and forgot they needed a heart to land any shred of resonance with an audience. Trepidation abounds when approaching another CGI creature feature this week. After the pandemic-induced cinema shutdown forced Disney to pull their adaptation of beloved...

Reviews / 05.08.2020

By the mid-1980s, Walt Disney Feature Animation was on its last legs. After the catastrophic box office failure of 1985's ambitious disaster The Black Cauldron, many within the Disney studio feared the once-illustrious animation department was on the verge of being shut down. It would take the herculean efforts of a dream team of collaborators to resurrect Disney animation and it would be spearheaded by a man whose influence was compared to Walt Disney himself. Arriving almost three decades after songwriter Howard Ashman's tragic premature death, Howard is a...

Awards Season, Reviews / 03.07.2020

The history lesson that made history, there has rarely been a Broadway phenomenon quite like Hamilton. After opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in July of 2015, the brainchild of the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda soon became the hottest ticket in town, much to the delight of opportunistic scalpers everywhere. After winning 11 Tony Awards from a record-setting 16 nominations, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton firmly staked its claim as one of the most acclaimed and successful...

Reviews / 13.06.2020

After being stuck in production hell for almost two decades, Disney's big-budget adaptation of Eoin Colfer's acclaimed 2001 children's book Artemis Fowl has finally arrived. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of the film's intended April theatrical release, Artemis Fowl has instead been unceremoniously dumped on the studio's streaming platform, Disney+. Frankly, that's probably for the best. An incoherent and confusing mess that rarely stops to take a breath, Artemis Fowl was clearly planned to be the first instalment of Disney's next great saga to join their ever-expanding...