Solo: A Star Wars Story – Review

Out of the new Star Wars movies this is certainly the one that has had the least hype leading up to it but just as much discussion regardless due to the production. I can’t say I was ever excited about seeing it but I was always interested.

I liked it. It’s not great but it didn’t need to be, it’s a movie about Han Solo so the only thing I really wanted it to be was fun and it was. It’s not without its flaws including a lot of scenes where the lighting is a little too dark and it did feel like they were trying to fit a little too many elements of Solo’s past into one movie so he meets Chewie, meets Lando, sees/rides/flies the Millennium Falcon, does the Kessel Run, wins the Falcon AND does his first job for Jabba the Hutt in the span of a few days.

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The main strength of the movie is the cast, especially getting to see new takes on Han and Lando. As expected Donald Glover is fantastic as Lando Calrissian finding the right balance of Billy Dee Williams impression and his own spin on the character. Alden Ehrenreich is also pretty good as Solo himself, he’s playing the character differently from Harrison Ford  (which I expect why it was so hard for the trailers to sell him to people) but it fits where Solo is at this point in his life and as the film gets closer to the end he starts acting more like the Han Solo we know.

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If you’re unsure about this film or don’t go to the cinema that often maybe wait for it to come out on DVD/TV/Netflix, it’s not something you need to see on the big screen but it is worth at least having a look at if you’re a Star Wars fan. Anyway now to ruin the layout of my Star Wars ranking image…

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Now the poor little Clone Wars pilot movie is on its own at the bottom. I do hope we get another animated Star Wars movie at some point, one that isn’t a pilot episode to a TV series, as an animation fan it’s a shame the only animated Star Wars movie is also the worst one.

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Deadpool 2 – Review

I keep delaying writing these reviews for some reason, I saw this a week ago now. I could say I did it because I got to talk about the movie with friends and watch other reviews to get a better idea about what I want to say about it but the truth is I just keep forgetting.

I had a lot of fun with this one. If you enjoyed the first movie chances are you’re going to like this one too. Something I have gathered from conversations and reviews that your expectations can impact your enjoyment, I know some people who enjoyed it but were maybe a little too excited going in and it wasn’t able to live up to that hype. I went in expecting a fun Deadpool movie that stays true to the way he was portrayed last time and that’s what I got.

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This is very much a movie for comic fans. There’s of course your MCU and DCEU jokes (with a particular Age of Ultron reference being one of my favourites) but then you also have one about Rob Liefeld not being able to draw feet and a nod to Deadpool’s X-Force costume that I wasn’t expecting but were really neat.

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As far as characters go Ryan Reynolds continues to be perfect casting, Negasonic and Colossus are back enough to appeal to fans of the first movie but don’t take attention away from new characters, Negasonic and Yukio are a cute couple, Zazie Beetz is great as Domino and 2018 continues to be a good year for Josh Brolin. Oh and this includes one of the best credit scenes in a movie to date that the audience at my screening applauded, something that I’ve never seen happen at a cinema (figured that was more of an American thing).

Batman Ninja – Review

I’ve said before that I’m not that interested in DC’s lineup to the point I think there’s a very strong possibility that Teen Titans Go! To the Movies has a very strong chance of being their best film of the year. Meanwhile apparently a lot of people were really hyped for this film.

It’s alright, I’d say each element of the film has a positive and a negative side to it. As a DC animated movie the animation and art style are a refreshing change of pace but as an anime movie it’s pretty mediocre. It looks a lot like cutscenes for a video game and honestly I think this would have been much better as a video game as the narrative is mostly big fights with regrouping to plan the next attack in-between them.

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I think the biggest strength of the film is in its designs. There’s a decent selection of characters each with a pretty neat look to them, except Batman’s regular batsuit which is the high tech armour I’m sick of seeing DC use as his regular outfit. It’s pretty cool having the Bat Family too, though the absence of any of the Batgirls or Batwoman was a shame.

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Most of the villains are also underused and it’s weird that one of the few that isn’t is Gorilla Grodd who isn’t even a Batman villain, however Wataru Takagi is great as The Joker. There’s some cool fights but they can drag on a bit and the ones towards the end can get a little too silly. Maybe give it a look if you think it looks cool but there’s not rush.

Digimon Adventure tri. 6: Bokura no Mirai – Review

And so Digimon Adventure tri is over. I’ve had mixed opinions on the series but my main criticism has mainly been tied to the release schedule rather than the series itself, I don’t think it should have been released as both a TV and movie series.

As for my opinion on this movie/these episodes specifically I enjoyed it/them. It had its weak points including the fact that while we finally found out where the 02 characters were we still only ever say them in silhouette and because of the format Metalgarurumon never got an evolution sequence to itself making it the only Mega level Digimon in the series not to get one (even though it was animated and can be seen in the group evolution sequences) but overall I think the story ended well.

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It also left things open for a follow up story and considering a new Digimon project has been announced that’s probably what’s coming up next. Also since Meichi is clearly canon hopefully it includes more cute scenes of Tai and Meiko because while the scenes we got were cute (especially the phone call) we didn’t have enough of them and the Tai/Sora/Matt love triangle teasing in Confession wasn’t fair on anyone.

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I won’t rank the films until I finally get around to watching the rest of the old movies and to do that I need to get back to watching Tamers in Japanese. I’d also like to revisit tri in a marathon at some point so I can experience the story in a shorter span of time, maybe I’ll check out the dub too.

Rampage – Review

Before April ended I went to see this as my third Odeon film of the month, but didn’t really feel the need to write my review right away. Now with the final instalment of Digimon Adventure Tri about to come out I should write this review before watching another film.

It’s pretty much what is being advertised. Do you want to see giant monsters fight while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says a bunch of one liners? That’s what you get. I’ve seen other reviewers call this the best video game movie and no it’s not, maybe it’s the best live action one but there are 20 Pokémon movies with a 21st around the corner and I doubt these reviewers have seen more than one (and the one with a lot of bad dub changes too).

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It is cool that they have Dwayne Johnson’s character communicate with George through sign language. This is a silly monster movie based on a video game I’ve never played but it’s a neat attention to detail, including the way he talks while signing.

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And that’s about all there is to say. It’s an enjoyable movie with some cool designs (especially the crocodile) and funny jokes but not really worth going to the cinema for if you don’t have a cinema membership like Limitless. But if it shows up on TV or Netflix and you like the look of it give it a look.