Growing up, it became exceedingly easy for everyone at school to hate on ‘Twilight’. Despite the fact most of its critics were teenagers who’d never seen the film, it became a punching bag for people to take their anger out on. This is probably why I never even considered watching them when they were out. Even as I got more and more into watching a variety of films, it still was never one that I ever considered putting on. Finally, after a sick girlfriend asked to show me it, I couldn’t really say no as I had given her my cold. Despite all the negativity, I went in wanting to enjoy it. I thought there’s no way it’s as bad as all the internet trolls make out. Turns out, it’s pretty unwatchable.
Rounding off a pretty poor week of films for myself (following ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ and ‘Death Wish’) is Walt Disney’s latest. This film is proof that even a juggernaut company are capable of releasing a real dud. Actually, “dud” is putting it kindly. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a complete and utter mess.
I’ll keep this one short as there really isn’t anything of note to see here. Ten years after the original, the Kaiju return somehow and it’s up to Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) to lead a group of recruits to save the entire world. The plot is honestly the most baffling and boring one I’ve seen all year. As it goes on, you lose track of how everything is happening. The films brushes over pretty massive reveals and character development is non-existent. Honestly, when we get to the final battle I couldn’t name nearly all of those involved.
Blockbuster films have lost their appeal over the years. While we used to get ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘WarGames’, we are now subjected to ‘Transformers’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. When ‘Ready Player One’ was announced, it looked like it was going to be “References: The Movie”. While it undoubtedly is full of more easter eggs than any film ever, it’s so much more than that. I should know by now to never doubt Steven Spielberg.
Thirteen Oscar nominations is an incredible achievement, even more so when said nominations are for a film about a woman falling in love with a sea creature. In one of the most downright bonkers award-winning films of recent memory, Guillermo Del Toro has crafted a truly beautiful story with visuals that make even the craziest of scenes seem realisitc and a mesmerising score.