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

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

Quick Review

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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Reign of the Supermen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Reign of the Supermen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
DC animation continues to deliver solid stories with its continuation of the Death of Superman adaptation.  Thing is you kinda know what you are going to get here – they are mostly straight adaptations – with a solid voice cast and solid animation.  That said after a few these are all starting to feel pretty familiar and I can’t help but think that they need to start making a few creative leaps to stop these getting ‘Hum Hum’. So solid but left me wanting a bit more…

Best Bit: Supermen Vs Lex

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

 


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Teen Titans Go To The Movies (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Teen Titans Go To The Movies (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Teen Titans Go To The Movies is a riot.  No really… it’s great fun and once again shows that DC’s characters exist better in animated form than they do in live action.  Okay so Teen Titans isn’t going to change the word but it’s a film that you can’t help but love and once again gives an incredible faithful (if somewhat tongue in cheek) recreation of DC’s characters.  It’s bright, it’s silly and it’s full of fart jokes… Snider and team could learn a lot here (well maybe except for the fart gags).

Best Bit: Stan Lee!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Incredibles 2, The Lego Batman Movie, Big Hero 6

 


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Batman Ninja (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Batman Ninja (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well Batman Ninja takes the rule book and throws it right out the door.  Take Batman and his considerable rogues gallery and plant them back into Feudal Japan, throw in a sprinkling of traditional Anime trappings, some Mechas and a whole bundle of crazy and you get what is one of the most fun Batman films ever made.  And that’s the thing – Batman films often lack the fun of Marvel movies but Batman Ninja delivers bright colours, impressive visuals and some insane ideas from start to end.  In short Batman Ninja is a must for fans.

Best Bit: Mecha-Fights

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: The Killing Joke

 


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Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ralph Breaks The Internet is a sequel that very much feels like more of the same – it’s well made, it looks pretty and has a few clever ideas but ultimately much like the original Wreck It Ralph it’s just not funny, charming or clever enough to hold my attention for it’s near two hour run time.  Okay yup The Star Wars stuff is fun, the Disney Princesses stuff clever but the rest is pretty Meh!  Both films just feel like lost opportunities and even my 8 year old daughter wasn’t that enamoured. One to skip.

Best Bit: Disney Princesses

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Wreck It Ralph, Zootopia, Big Hero 6

 


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Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy : A Quick Capsule Review

Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy : A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Naturally this wasn’t my first (or even tenth) choice of film to watch this weekend but with a four year old daughter in tow I didn’t have a great deal of choice (12 Years a Slave or Wolf Of Wall Street?).  And you know what?  It wasn’t bad.  In fact, for it’s scant one hour ten minute run time, I was never bored and even found myself quite enjoying it at times.  So it’s no Frozen, but with a good message and it’s heart in the right place alongside some superb voice acting by the always excellent Tom Hiddleston as well as a story by Disney supremo John Lassiter, my daughter was glued to her seat.  What more could you ask?

Best Bit: Tom Hiddleston as future Captain Hook

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

If you liked this try: Frozen (8/10); Wreck It Ralph (6/10); Monsters University (6/10)

Monsters University: A Quick Capsule Review

Monsters University: A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So it’s fair to say with cars 2, Brave and now Monsters University the perception is that Pixar have lost a bit of their mojo.  And perception would be right.  Mostly.  The thing is by most people’s standards Monsters University is a good film.  It’s charming, well made and occasionally funny.  BUT the standards here aren’t most people’s and compared to Up or Wall-E, Monsters University is too light, too fluffy and too predicable to be seen as anything more than just good.  Still Pixar good is better than most peoples superb.

Best Bit: Escape from the human world

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

If you liked this try: Up (9/10); Wall-E (9/10); Toy Story 3 (9/10)