Reviews / 18.07.2019

How do you remake a film that's genuinely flawless? More importantly, why should you even bother? This is the inherent problem facing any Disney "live-action" remake seeking to capture the spirit and essence of a golden animated predecessor. We know the why, of course. Nostalgia brings in the box office dollars and Disney is intent on pillaging its vault of classics for huge financial gain. And they're showing no signs of slowing down. Arriving less than two months (!) after another remake of a 90s Disney treasure is edging...

Reviews / 18.06.2019

When Pixar brought their Toy Story franchise to an emotional close in 2010, they did so in truly remarkable fashion. Both critically-acclaimed (it remains the last animated film to be nominated for Best Picture) and universally adored (it was the first animated film in history to gross a billion dollars), Toy Story 3 was the perfect farewell to a perfect trilogy. Few truly wanted a fourth film. It wasn't needed. We'd said goodbye. We'd closed that door. We all suspiciously sneered at the announcement of another instalment as a cheap...

Reviews / 22.05.2019

Standing as the first Disney remake to be met with genuine alarm and sardonic online scorn, Aladdin arrives with a hefty point to prove. With many questioning the need for its very existence, this live-action re-imagining has caused all sorts of panicked anxiety amongst Disney purists. Put the pitchforks and torches down. Guy Ritchie's visual spectacle is far from the unmitigated train wreck many have predicted. Well, for the most part. While this updated version of one of Disney's most cherished animated works is entirely enjoyable (albeit rather pointless)...

Reviews / 27.03.2019

As we head towards our ninth year of Disney live-action re-imaginings, we're starting to reach the point of exhaustion, particularly when we realise we've got not one, not two, but three of them in 2019. These films represent a cash cow for the studio they simply cannot ignore. Audiences keep turning out in droves to watch the animated films of their childhood reworked into visual spectacles that have mostly artistically failed more than they've soared. Few films from my youth have meant more to me than the tale of...

Reviews / 11.12.2018

Join millions of other users and venture into a sparkling virtual world filled with flashy adventures, dark corners, and an endless cameo parade of beloved pop culture characters from past and present, as the daring male protagonist battles to save this potential utopia from an unstoppable evil force. Hang on. Haven't we done that already this year? And it wasn't particularly good? Thankfully, there's much more to Ralph Breaks the Internet than the lazy nostalgia fluff and pop culture reference overload that made Ready Player One so agonisingly disappointing. Standing as...

Reviews / 17.08.2018

While Disney's re-imagining of one of its most beloved icons tries admirably to reach the lofty heights set by that little bear in the blue coat, 'Christopher Robin' never quite gets there. With a tale that's unexpectedly despondent at times, there's a decidedly gloomy tone hanging over much of this film. That's not inherently a bad thing. It just may not be quite the film you're expecting. But when the clouds part and the joy shines through, it's every bit as utterly adorable and perfectly charming as you...

Opinion, Reviews / 15.06.2018

With the recent release of Pixar Animation Studios' latest film Toy Story 4, now seems the perfect time to look back on their incredible 24-year history. After changing the entire animation landscape with their groundbreaking debut film Toy Story, Pixar have continued to dazzle audiences for the last two decades with their knack for impeccable visuals, stellar storytelling skills, and the innate ability to deliver an emotional impact like few other film studios. Their arrival came at a time when animation was beginning to lose the public's interest. Disney...

Reviews / 12.06.2018

It's finally here. The Pixar sequel fans have been demanding for the last 14 years. It's a film many thought may never happen. It's a sequel some even suggested didn't need to exist. The Incredibles is considered by many to be one of Pixar's absolute best films. It's no wonder the wizards of Emeryville have taken their time, especially after the slightly-disappointing Finding Dory, which was equally as anticipated. How do you deliver when expectations are so dizzyingly high?...