Batman: Hush (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Batman: Hush (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Batman: Hush continues DC’s impressive run of animated adaptations of their classic comic book back catalogue.  This time is the seminal Hush storyline which gives us a veritable rogues gallery of Batman villains – from The Riddler, Joker, Scarecrow, Bane and many  more…  and once again you are left wondering why DC live action just doesn’t follow this massively successful template rather than the dross it’s produced.  So no surprises for fans of the original story but for everyone else this is super solid.

Best Bit: Bruce/Damien awkward chart

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman: Year One, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

 


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Missing Link (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Missing Link (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Missing Link was a rare failure for Laika Animation. Which is a shame because it’s a damn funny, entertaining and charming film which also set a new bar in stop motion animation. Branching out from their usual goth focused pallet, Missing Link is a more colourful and more accessible film delivering an excellent voice cast (including Hugh Jackman & Zoe Saldana) and a wonderfully simple but effective edemption and discovery themed story.  This is Laika at its most confident.  Sadly poor marketing hampered the film but make no mistake here this is a must watch.

Best Bit: Link

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Boxtrolls, Kubo And The Two Strings, Coraline 

 


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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This is strange.  A trilogy of animated films that, for the most part, are probably more consistent than almost ANY other trilogy of movies I’ve ever seen.  Seriously.  Okay so it’s far from high art of the heady heights of Toy Story but man Kung Fu Panda 3 knocks it out the park once again.  Great voice cast, stunning animation and a sense of fun & adventure often missing from these types of films, this was a pleasant surprise and highly recommended.

Best Bit: Jack Black

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Toy Story Trilogy

 


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The Lion King (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Lion King (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Disney remake train continues and next up is the oddest of the bunch so far – an animated remake of an animated classic.  Okay I say classic but in truth I’ve never seen the original The Lion King.  Yes.  I know.  But that aside it seemed like an odd choice… especially as for the most part I’m assured its near shot for shot remake.  So… was it worth it?  Well yes.  As a film in its own right the 2019 Lion King is a technical marvel that honestly leaves you jaw dropped to the floor.  It updates a few jokes, has a cracking voice cast (I could have done with Beyonce to be honest) and overall entertained the hell out of me.  This will get a new generation of fans for Disney and the Lion King story and shows that The house of the mouse is a true box office king.

Best Bit: Hakuna Matata

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Lion King (1994), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016)

 


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Toy Story 4 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Toy Story 4 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Toy Story 4 was always going to be a major risk after the near perfect Toy Story trilogy.  So I’m happy to report that for the most part Toy Story 4 is a success – a charming, funny and sometimes surprising continuation (and probably end) to over 24 years of flawless storytelling.   As you’d expect the animation is superb, the script on point and the voice acting first class.  What’s less expected is that the film hits a level of emotion and pathos you’re not expecting and by the time the final credits roll around you heart strings have been firmly tugged on… especially for those who’ve been there since the start.   It has flaws but you almost don’t care. A great family film and one that adults will love as much as kids.

Best Bit: The Ending.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

 


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Toy Story 3 (2010) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Toy Story 3 (2010) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Toys Are Back In Town to round up what is probably the greatest movie trilogy of all time (Yes Star Wars and Godfather take note). Mixing the usual Pixar magic with a heartwarming, emotional (yes I cried at the heart string pulling finally 10 minutes), funny and action packed story, the top notch voice cast (Michael Keaton as Ken! genius!) and a Randy Newman song or two it begs the question… can these guys make a bad film? As it stands I’d say no. Another 5 star Pixar Classic.

Best Bit: The Ending.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Toy Story 2,Up

 


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The Lego Movie: The Second Part (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Lego Movie: The Second Part (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original Lego movie was a bundle of joy.  It was funny, charming and a huge surprise. The Lego Movie: The Second Part doesn’t quite hit the heights of the original film but it’s still a highly enjoyable romp. Christopher Miller & Phil Lord return and once again deliver a lolly pop of a movie.  Okay so it lacks the laughs of the original and charm can only take a film so far but there’s enough here for both adults and kids to enjoy.

Best Bit: The kids & the message

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie

 


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The Secret Life Of Pets 2  (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Secret Life Of Pets was a great concept in need of a better film.  Thankfully The Secret Life Of Pets 2, whilst far from perfect, at least does a far more even job of delivering the film we all wanted first time out. Okay so it’s still VERY Toy Story in its execution but even a lesser version of Toy Story can still make for a fun,  sometimes funny, often witty film.  It’s hardly essential viewing but, if like me, you need a way to distract a kid across a Sunday afternoon you can do far worse.

Best Bit: Vets

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Secret Life Of Pets, Toy Story, Despicable Me 2 

 


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The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pets is basically Toy Story without Pixar.   That’s not a bad thing of course but it does feel like somewhat of a retread of the much better Pixar classic.  It’s charming, funny and (occasionally) smart.  It’s also not as funny as it should have been, not as clever as you want it to be and not as charming as it thinks it is… which is a shame as the film has bucket loads of potential. Ultimately the kids will love it, adults with find it witty and it will make money.  Hopefully of the sequel they can develop the bits that worked best into a what could be a comedy gem.

Best Bit: When the owners leave…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Despicable Me 2, Toy Story 3

 


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Incredibles 2 (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Incredibles 2 (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Incredibles 2 literally picks up where 2004 smash hit The Incredibles left off (ah the wonders of animation) and throws the family right back into the the heart of the action.  The twist here is that this time it’s Helen Parr / Elastigirl’s time in the spotlight whilst Mr Incredible is left at home to run the family.  And it works.  Brad Bird nails this sequel.  It’s funny, charming and with some of the best action scenes of the year.  It’s also got a great story about working together at its heart which drives the events in the film and grounds it in a relatable theme. Great voice cast, top draw animation and just great fun.

Best Bit: Baby get’s it’s powers

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Incredibles, Big hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph

 


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