Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So nearly 20 years after Samuel L Jackson took over the role of Shaft he’s back once again for a sequel/reboot that has more in common with 21 Jump Street and Starsky & Hutch in tone than it does the original shaft films.  Arriving in the UK direct to Netflix just weeks after its US release and with a bucket load of poor reviews, expectations were VERY low.  Which makes it a real surprise that the film was as good as it was.  Yup it won’t change the world and it certainly won’t win an awards but Jackson & Usher have great chemistry, the support cast are fine and the script knows what it has to do and when teh film finally reunites 3 generations of Shaft you cant help but smile. Yup the villains are mere cardboard cut outs, the story wafer thin and the plot you’ve seen before.  YET I laughed, I cheers and I dug it.  Well worth  watch.

Best Bit: Jackson was made for this quipping type role

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 21 Jump Street, Shaft (2000), Starsky & Hutch

 


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The Babysitter – A Quick Capsule Review

The Babysitter – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The latest Netflix original horror film delivers two surprises… the first that it’s actually really quite excellent and the second that it comes from the directorial “talent” that is McG.  Yes Charlies Angels McG.  I know right.  That aside, The Babysitter is funny, smart and gory.  Okay so it lacks almost any actual scares but with a quick run time, great script and spirited performances this is another must see from Netflix.

Best Bit: Toy Car, Stairs, glass

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Happy Death Day, Tucker And Dale Vs Evil, The Final Girls

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Author: Phil Hobden

War Machine – A Quick Capsule Review

War Machine – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Overall War Machine is a let down.  It’s not a bad film by any means but it lacks the bite that you’d want from a satire on war and politics especially when films like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, War Dogs, In The Loop have trodden similar ground before.  Pitt however is good value for money and he relishes in a role different from those he usually plays.  It’s a shame because if the director and writer had delivered a bit more bite this could have been very special. Sadly it was just average.

Best Bit: Pitt is really good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, War Dogs, In The Loop

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Author: Phil Hobden

Death Note (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Death Note (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve not seen the Death Note Anime.  So with that in mind I approached director Adam Wingard’s live action reboot/remake with zero baggage.   Which is good because pulled away from all the “Not as good as the original” standard remarks, I found a heap of stuff to enjoy in this well paced, teen thriller.  Playing out like a mix of Donnie Darko meets Final Destination, Death Note is served well by it’s creative direction, strong leads and some impressive visuals.  Its not that scary or that violent but it has an interesting message at it’s core.  Not everything works – L is under served for sure and the film leaves things almost TOO open but overall I liked Death Note a lot.  Probably not for fans of the anime but recommended for everyone else.

Best Bit: Willem Dafoe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Donnie Darko, Final Destination , Death Note Anime

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Author: Phil Hobden