Hellboy (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hellboy (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 2019 version of Hellboy is a real slog.  Okay full disclosure I was never a massive fan of the Del Toro Hellboy films but at least I could see WHY people liked them.  This Hellboy… well let’s just politely say that it’s a hot mess.  Okay politeness over… from it’s 90’s quality visual FX to it’s 70’s quality make up to it’s scenes that literally look like they were shot by low-budget filmmakers in a Car park stairwell there is little to recommend here.  Script, direction, design… all poor.  And man its dull. Yup there was studio interference but even with that in mind Marshall needs to shoulder some blame.  It’s just a mess from start to finish – not least the cast which just doesn’t work.  It’s not QUITE the worst film of 2019.  But it’s damn close.

Best Bit: When it finished

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Doomsday

 


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The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Late runner for best Independent of the film, The Domestics is a cracking post apocalypse (Kinda) action road trip film that owes a debt to Mad Max, Escape From LA and The Road but with a bit more violence and pulp. It’s nothing new but what it does it does really well and when the violence and blood hits it hits really well. Boswell is good as it Hoechlin (TV’s Superman) and the direction keeps the film moving at pace.  Really enjoyed this one.

Best Bit: You served me what?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max,  The Road, Doomsday

 


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What Still Remains (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

What Still Remains (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whilst ultimately predictable, What Still Remains avoids the usual post apocalyptic tropes and drills down on the human side instead of the gore. And it works.  The central relationship between Anna and Peter takes many twists and turns  as they both do what they need to do to survive in this world.  It’s interesting stuff and even though it’s obviously done on a budget, director Josh Mendoza delivers a well crafted movie with excellent performances and a few shocking moments.  Think The Last Of Us as you are half way there…

Best Bit: The central relationship

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Last of Us (PS4), The Road, Children Of Men, Doomsday

 

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