Pan (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Pan (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It don’t want to see like I’m being overly harsh here but Pan possibly rates as one of the films I’ve least connected with in my long history of watching movies.  And I sat through The Thin Red Line.  Pan is admitably visually stunning but it lacks any cohesion, leaving you feeling oddly hollow. Ye this is as corporate films get.  The Birds Eye Fish fingers of movies.  What’s sad is there is a great idea in here, it’s just so clumsily  put together with dull, flat and noteless performances alongside a script devoid of any wit or charm.  Sadly then this film is worthy of the panning (get it!) the critics gave it.  One to leave.

Best Bit: NOT singing Nirvana thats for sure.  Probably the visuals.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Goonies, Never Ending Story

 


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Dolittle (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dolittle (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dolittle is a film that promises very little yet still manages to underdeliver, made in such a way it seems like the director cant wait for the film to end.  Something which we both had in common.  In truth Dolittle is the sum of its parts – numerous reshoots, director issues, script changes and, it seems, a desire by star Downey Jnr to ‘Do Something Different’… which in this case was to deliver a performance almost totally lacking in charisma.  Oddly Dolittle is a film that skews narrative structure and convention in such as way you’d think it was an arthouse film.  But it’s not.  It’s  a $100+ million dollar film that should’ve been a tent pole summer blockbuster, but instead dumped into January.   The best thing about Dolittle was it’s brief run time.  This said Kid 1 enjoyed it so what do I know…

Best Bit: Urm… it was pretty short.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Doctor Dolittle (1998), Zookeeper, Babe

 


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

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

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pet’s 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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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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