Starting with the elephant in the room, this is the first ‘Star Wars’ film to officially flop. It’s something I thought was impossible but here we are. Whilst there are many factors as to why this is the case, I won’t dive into them here as I’m here to write about the film and the film alone. Due to the countless issues this film had during production, I went in with cautious expectations. I imagine this is how a lot of people went into it and it’s understandable. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, but thankfully, I’m pleased to say I thought ‘Solo…’ was great and a lot of fun.
This is going to be a completely honest review from the heart of a die hard nerd. I, like many others, have waited 10 years for this moment and now the time has come, I’ve already seen it twice in 24 hours. It’s arguably the biggest film of the century, and if I had to sum up my reaction to it after my first viewing, I would’ve said nothing because the film left me speechless. Now with all comic book films, I always go back and give it a second viewing to see how I really feel about it, without the hype and excitement clouding my judgement (I liked ‘Suicide Squad’ when I first saw it, now I hate it). So here is my review, but don’t worry, there are NO SPOILERS below, not even a hint at plot points or lines. Trust me, as an comic book fan and self proclaimed nerd, I wouldn’t dream of giving even a second of this film away.
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.
A few nights ago, I was lucky enough to see Annihilation on the big screen at Hampstead’s Everyman Cinema (Yes, it was a different beast in that format). What was even better was afterwards I witnessed a Q&A with director Alex Garland and composers Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury. Unlike other Q&A’s I’ve seen, this one was brutally honest about all the issues surrounding it as well as giving a greatest depth as to how much work went into this masterpiece.
Avoiding all the drama surrounding this films release (F**k you Paramount), Alex Garland’s follow up to ‘Ex Machina’ has annihilated all the other Netflix films out there. Now, while the bar isn’t set to high (‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ most recently dissapointed), ‘Annihilation’ is a future sci-fi classic that will be held in the same regard as ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in years to come. It is one of the most mesmerising and stunningly beautiful films to come out for ages (Like it was meant for the big screen…) and also tackles self destruction and more importantly, the state of mind within all humans. Simply put, this is as good as sci-fi gets.
Okay, what on earth happened here? Seriously, this film is such a chaotic mess I’m still reeling from watching it. Unlike the previous two ‘Cloverfield’ instalments that were full of shocks and mystery, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is full of lame clichés and baffling plot points. It’s almost as if they wanted to add as many questions in as possible to add to the mystery these films love to cause. Instead, we get a crew making some ridiculous choices and a wider link to the other films that, while some fans will appreciate it, seems to just be there for the sake of it.