Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pokémon is not something I have any knowledge of.  Like at all. So a lot of Pokémon Detective Pikachu probably went right over my head.  So it’s amazing then, with that in mind, that I enjoyed this film as much as I did.  It’s really good fun.  Silly, OTT and never taking itself too seriously Pokémon Detective Pikachu will play well to both fans of the game universe and those who don’t know a Pikachu from a Swirlix.  So yes it plays very much like a PG-13 Deadpool (not a bad thing to be honest!) and without the epic voice talents of Ryan Reynolds I’m not sure it would have landed quite so well but hey he IS in it so who cares.  In short: forgettable fun.

Best Bit: Meeting Pikachu

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Kubo and the Two Strings, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big Hero 6, Deadpool

 


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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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Headrush (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Headrush (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Alas so far Headrush hasn’t made it to the UK – one of the many quality films that for whatever reason hasn’t found a release.  To be honest the films sales agent, Park Entertainment, should be shot for not being able to bring this movie to a UK buyer.  They have a real gem here, funnier than most Brit comedies of recent times the film, accompanied by rave reviews where ever it has played, has a charm and style that allow it to more than stand out from the crowd and heralds Shimmy Marcus as a name for the future.

In short: A gem of a comedy… funny, surreal and totally enjoyable from start to finish.

Best Bit: Huey

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrells, Layer Cake, Snatch

 


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Grimsby (2016)-  A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Grimsby (2016)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Critically Sacha Baron Cohen’s worst performing film to date, Grimsby in general however seems to have connected far better with the fans.  Why?  Well because its’ actually pretty funny.  Okay so it doesn’t hit the heights of Borat or Bruno, but there is a hell of a lot to like here as Baron Cohen pushes beyond the levels of decency in what could feature at least two of the most gross out sequences ever put in a comedy film.  Oddly behind its knob gags and The Sun level humour there’s actually quite an interesting ideas about where you come from and the meaning of family at play here, something that most critics missed (that said it’s easy to do under the weight of penis related jokes).  So occasionally clever than it thinks, frequently low brow but smashed the Kermode six laugh test with ease.

Best Bit: Elephants.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Borat, The Dictator, Bruno

 


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Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so this isn’t the disaster the early marketing suggested it could be but it’s also FAR away from the 4 star reviews it’s been getting. I think, ultimately, I just don’t get Paul Feig films – The Heat, Bridesmaids and Spy especially did NOTHING for me and here, again, whilst the cast all do okay (standout being Kate McKinnon) you just can’t help but feel there’s nothing new here once the role reversal gimmick wears off. You are left with a reboot I didn’t really want, of a film that didn’t need it, and a director that goes out of his way to remind you just how good the original film really was.

Best Bit: Hemsworth

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids,  Spy

 


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Green Book (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Green Book (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Green Book, the ‘true’ story of Dr Don Shirley and Tony Lip, and is proving to be quite the controversial film.  ‘White Saviour’ , “White Washing’, ‘Made Up’… are just some of the MANY accusations that have been made about the film.  They could all be true.  But, moving the politics aside for a second, this now Oscar winning Best Film is a well made road movie (even a buddy road movie) that hits all the right notes, has more than it’s fair share of laughs (and draw dropping moments) with two cracking central performances by the Oscar nominated Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali.  Comedy director Peter Farrelly does a great job with the material and overall whilst there may be wider issues, as a film Green Book nails it.

Best Bit: Ali/Mortensen’s chemistry

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Vice, BlackkKlansman, Roma

 


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Instant Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Instant Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Instant Family probably shouldn’t work.  It’s predicable (you know exactly where it’s going from the start), sporadically funny and relies heavily on you liking Marky Mark’s jittery charm. Yet despite all this the film ends up being an enjoyable, time passing romp.  That’s more than partly due to the cast who deliver admirably  (yup even Marky Mark), with particular notes going to Isabela Moner, Octavia Spencer & Margo Martindale’s who all deliver stand out performances.  Look it’s not breaking any new ground but it passed the time and made me chuckle more than a few times.

Best Bit: Christmas

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Daddy’s Home, Neighbors, Second Act

 


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Frank (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Frank (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What can you say about Frank other that… WFT? Yup Frank is one of those movies that is almost impossible to review.  Whimsical like a Wes Anderson film, with a bit of modern day Angel Share Ken Loach, a dash of Spinal Tap and Fassbender delivering one of his best ever performances even though you can’t see him for the bulk of the film… Frank is truly an original.  And it’s also funny, charming and well worth a watch. with excellent support from Gleeson, McNairy and Gyllenhaal. But make sure you are in the right mood because if your not then this could be a hard slog.

Best Bit: Fassbender delivers a masterclass

Buy, Stream, Borrow: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Grand Budapest Hotel, The Angel’s Share, This Life Aquatic

 

 


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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The passing of Robin Williams hit me hard.  Obviously I didn’t know him personally but his films and his comedy were cornerstones across my life.  His genius is very much missed.  This documentary takes words from the man himself along new interviews of friends, Comedians and family along with a healthy dose of film from his career and, most interestingly, rarely seen behind the scenes footage.  It’s fascinating stuff and gives you a look at just what drove him both as a person and a comedian.  Essential for fans of Robin Williams and for fans of comedy.

Best Bit: Mork & Mindy outtakes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (HBO)

If You Liked this Try: American: The Bill Hicks Story,  Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, Looking for Lenny

 


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Sorry to Bother You (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

Sorry to Bother You (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so to explain Sorry to Bother You would be pretty hard without some pretty big spoilers. That said if you think along the lines of Get Out then you are not a million miles off.  And much like Get Out, Sorry to Bother You arrives with great hype.  Also like Get Out, Sorry to Bother You probably doesn’t quite warrant it.  A pitch black social commentary without any subtly, it’s a good ride but ultimately it asks more than it answers.

Best Bit: The toilet

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Get Out, Idiocracy, Blindspotting

 


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