Mowgli (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Mowgli (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Mowgli is the second version of The Jungle Book story to come out in just under a year.  Directed by Andy Serkis, it’s a straight to Netflix release and, as you would expect from the king of Motion capture, the film has a LOT of CGI.  It’s a shame they didn’t finish most of it. Look Mowgli isn’t bad and it’s more adult take on the source material is a refreshing take.  But it also has issues… not least where the budget seems to outstrip the vision.  Which is quite often.  It’s solid for sure but we’ve seen it all before and the story is very well told in two much better films.  So one for a Sunday afternoon when it’s wet…

Best Bit: The chase

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Jungle Book (2018), The Lion King (2019), The Legend of Tarzan

 


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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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The Lion King (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

The Lion King (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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After his father King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) is murdered by evil Uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), young Prince Simba is banished from the Pridelands and is presumed dead by the rest of his family. Years later, a chance encounter with an old friend forces the now adult Simba (Donald Glover) to make a choice  – stay in exile or face his destiny and challenge Scar for the throne.


What worked: 

The photo realistic animation used to bring the animals and the varying African landscapes to life  is frankly astounding  – so good in fact that you will actually think what you are watching is totally real and not animated. The voice cast are also very good and the songs are still as wonderful as the 1994 original.


What didnt work:

 As amazing as the animation is it has two major problems – and that is as we all know in real life animals dont express a vast range of facial emotions  – and this is what happens here – meaning that you are left a bit cold as the characters faces dont express the same levels of emotions as the ones in the original version also and very tellingly it just didn’t look or feel right when they talked – see it for yourself and you will know what i mean. In addition it isnt nearly as downright hilarious as the 1994 version, yes Timon and Pumbaa (voiced by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen) still steal the show but simply can’t match the utter lunacy that Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella brought to the characters in the original film. 

 

Finally one has to say that its all very well having brilliant photo realistic effects but unlike The Jungle Book remake and to a certain extent this years Tim Burton directed Dumbo update, when you break it down the Lion King 2019 brings absolutely nothing new to the party and at its heart is little more than a shot for shot, line for line recycled copy of what was and remains to be one of the greatest animated films of all time. Therefore if you look it it that way this means that one must view this film very cynically  – as all its purpose seems to be is to show off some fancy SFX, and make lots of money for Disney. 


Review summary: Never less than enjoyable and the animation is the best you will ever see  – but there is not one scrap of originality on show here.

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek 

 

 

 


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Cinderella (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Cinderella (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

 


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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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Cinderella (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Cinderella (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

 


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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Re-shoots, changes of director and overruns didn’t bode well for Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms and for sure it feels like the sum of lots of parts.  That said at just over and hour and a half in length and a very game cast there’s quite a lot to enjoy here. Knightly especially seems to revel in her campy Sugar Plum role.  Foy is great and the production design top notch, it’s just a shame that  Nutcracker just lacks that special something to take the film from good to great.

Best Bit: Keira Knightly

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Beauty And The Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), Cinderella (2015)

 


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