Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
After the ‘slight’ misfire that was Early Man, Ardman returns back to one of its most beloved characters for a sequel to 2015’s  much loved Shaun the Sheep: The Movie.  It’s fair to say that once again they deliver the goods – Farmageddon is a wonderful film full of great jokes, charming characters and epic set pieces that rival (and eclipse) some of the best comedy films of 2019.  Smartly they also make sure there’s more than enough for grown ups – with references from a plethora of Sci-Fi classics like X-Files, 2001, Close Encounters and many more.  It’s a joyful, smart and beautiful film that will easily appeal to kids and parents alike.

Best Bit: The supermarket – one of the best scenes of 2019

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Early Man

 


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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dora and the Lost City of Gold walks a very fine line between entertaining the kids that would have more than a passing knowledge of the TV show and entertaining everyone else (kids and parents alike).  And surprisingly it does it really well, riffing on The Goonies, Indiana Jones and many others along the way.  The cast are obviously having fun and dora herself is endearing.  The fish out of water stuff is funny and the jungle scenes exactly what you would want.   In short: Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a fun action film, an entertaining kids films and a something that more than passes the time.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: The sly opening scenes

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Raiders of The Lost Arc, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle 

 


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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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Rim of The World (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Rim of The World (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I was surprised that checking online after quite enjoying Rim of The World, the reviews had been pretty brutal.  In fact it’s probably one of Netflix’s worst rated films yet… which is odd as, whilst it’s not amazing, it more than passed the time and I wasn’t bored once.  McG’s film has a certain late 80’s charm to it… a kids own adventure film set against the back drop of an alien invasion.  The kinda film that was a staple of my childhood.  Okay so it’s probably got less budget than BMX Bandits and it feels at times like an Asylum film but it for sure doesn’t deserve the panning it’s had.  Watch it, on Netflix, and make up your own mind…

Best Bit: Capsule lands!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Space Camp, BMX Bandits 

 


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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 Kid Who Would Be King (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Kid Who Would Be King passes the time but never really ascends further than feeling like a 70’s made for TV Disney movie.  Even the presence of Sir Patrick Stewart can’t elevate this film beyond just being ‘good’ and overall you get the feeling with a little less repetition and a tighter run time, it would have been much stronger.  There are things to like – Serkis, the effects and the Harry Potter feel – but ultimately the message is a bit heavy handed and the film a bit too flabby.

Best Bit: Serkis is great

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Attack The Block, Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone, Percy Jackson 

 


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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

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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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Nativity 2 : Danger In the Manger – A Quick Capsule Review

Nativity 2 : Danger In the Manger – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Nativity 2 : Danger In the Manger is one to miss.  Yup even if you liked the first outing (I was NOT a fan) there’s little to enjoy in this seriously bloated and unfunny sequel.  In fact I offer up that with much tighter editing and a much shorter finale (god so much pointless singing) this film would have least had the fact it was short going for it but now, at just under two hours, it doesn’t even have that. My kid liked it but I feared even she was bored by the end.  Watch one of the many better Christmas movies instead.

Best Bit: Tennant is the best thing here by far

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Nativity, Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?, Nativity Rocks

 


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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)