Hotel Transylvania won The Great Halloween-Themed Animated Film War of 2012™, even if its commercial victory was undeserved. The classic monster movie references hid a litany of post-Dreamworks clichés, from the heavy use of gag humour to the unrelated closing musical sequence. Compared to Frankenweenie and Paranorman, it was as inspired as a cardboard box symposium.
The sequel continues the adventures of Dracula, his age-vague daughter Mavis, and her slacker boyfriend Jonathan. Mavis and Jonathan marry and spawn a child,…
Brian Helgeland's biopic does nothing to dispel the romanticism of gangsters. If anything, there's a weird transatlantic vibe in Legend that gives the grimy East End of London a touristy feel. Less crime-infested hellhole, more Swinging Sixties.
Tom Hardy performs the dual role of Ronnie and Reggie Kray well, adding to his ever-increasing repertoire of shambolic accents. His rendition of Reggie plays the straight-man, a doomed romantic whose moral compass is warped both out of circumstance and want. Reggie follows…