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  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★★

    Some films can at least initially win you over on casting alone.

    The new Luc Besson film, which boasts a cast that includes Herbie Hancock, Rianna and Rutger Hauer, is such a film.

    I'm not saying the cast makes the film, but it makes me more predisposed to liking it.

    The film itself is a messy, sprawling, sometimes barely coherent scifi action flick that in some ways feels like a messy sticking together of offcuts from The Fifth Element.

    It's…

  • Evolution

    Evolution

    ★★★★½

    There's absolutely no reason on God's green earth why this film should work at all. Radically rewritten from the original (the flick was designed as a scifi horror piece before Ivan Reitman came on board and rejigged it as a comedy), the humour is strained. The seams show (it's fairly easy to spot seeming remnants from the early, horror drafts). The plot doesn't so much progress as stumble forward. Many elements mske no senes whatsoever.

    Yet... it's still a favourite…

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  • 1941

    1941

    ★★★★½

    Steven Spielberg said that, in making this movie, he wanted to replicate the experience of getting your head stuck in a pinball machine while it was on tilt.

    And you know what? He achieved exactly what he set out to do.

    Loud, boisterous, and always funny, 1941 is from the everything but the kitchen sink school of comedy where bigger is always funnier, loudier is always better and the more chaos and destruction the bigger the laughs.

    And, it works.…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    I really, really, REALLY wanted to love this film.

    Yet... it didn't quite grab me.

    Bits of it were fantastic - at its best a heady mix of golden era John Landis, Richard Lester and Stanley Donen... and while it captures those elements incredibly well.

    Where it fell down for me was with the attempted Walter Hill vibe. For me, it just didn't fully capture the raw, gritty feel of that world - despite its best efforts.

    Wright still hasn't made a bad film, but this doesn't reach up to the dizzy heights of his other films - at least in my opinion