We are living in a world of sequels, our Box Office is saturated with them and Hollywood seems constantly on the look out for the next nostalgic property to milk and capitalise upon. So it made sense that they would turn their eyes to Zombieland, a little film from 2009 which gained praise for its story and tone and a decent following for the same reasons. Ten years have passed since the film left its cultural footprint on the world and much has changed since then. All the core actors have gone onto other successes, with Emma Stone even wining an Oscar for her performance in La La Land. And yet all four actors were happy to return to the franchise, leading to a film that does not break much ground but sure as hell has a lot of heart.
I think it is safe to say that the original Maleficent film is a bit of a mess. Not an entirely terrible one, but a mess all the same. The film didn’t exactly go through a production hell, but the original vision seems to have been scrapped a bit through editing and piles upon piles of revisions. Slap on a first-time director and a somewhat problematic screenwriter and you can see why reviews were somewhat mixed. And yet the film proved popular in the mainstream, bringing Angelina Jolie back into the public eye as well as heralding in the recent Disney live-action trend. The film’s success even saw a sequel green lit by the mouse house, something that I, and many more questioned. How could they possibly do a sequel to a film that in of itself was something of a prequel? Well they did and honestly it’s pretty damn good.
As a casual cinema goer, I am not often immediately drawn to the kind of films that just immediately scream Oscar bait. This does not mean that I have not seen any ever of course, but I do question how enjoyable the experience will be if its been lauded by critics and panned by average viewers. So to say that I was not interested in seeing Ad Astra is something of an understatement, and yet I have seen it. Given the chance to see the film in 4DX made me swallow my pride and embark on the cosmic journey, a journey that went on for eternity, a journey that I wish I had never travelled to begin with.
After enjoying the shockingly delightful Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark, I thought that my horror movie options for 2019 were reaching their end. And with only a handful of films actually surprising me, I doubted I would see another one this year that would grab my attention. That was, until I had the pleasure of sitting down and enjoying the quirky gore of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not. A film that is both cutting in its dialogue as it is in its gore, which the film lovingly dishes out on.
So after what seems like years of waiting and anticipation, we have finally gotten our first full trailer for the new Birds of Prey movie. Or, as I like to call it, Harley Quinn – starring Harley Quinn, with additional puns and jokes by Harley Quinn (also some other chicks because bird puns). Yes, it seems that some worries have come to light with the release of this recent trailer, particularly the worry that this film would basically evolve into another solo platform for budding starlet, Margot Robbie. After bagging a producer role and wedging herself into a script that I’m pretty sure was meant to have Barbara Gordon as the protagonist, Robbie also stole the primary narrative of the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. And after dozens of gorgeous posters only showcasing Harley as the sole character, it has become clear that Robbie intends for this film to be all about her.