We’ve been having a bit of a spell recently of sequels coming out YEARS after the original. Some have been well worth the wait (‘Blade Runner 2049’). Others haven’t (‘Independence Day: Resurgence’). ‘The Incredibles’ was a film my generation grew up with so I had a lot of faith riding on this to not let me down. 14 years later and this 21 year old can happily say it was well, well worth the wait.
Nominated for an Academy Award but only now gracing our screens, ‘The Breadwinner’ follows the remarkable story of Parvana who disguises herself as a boy to help provide for her family when her Father is captured by the Taliban. Set during 2001 at the height of the Taliban, the film explores how women, no matter what age, were treated as nothing, to the point they couldn’t leave their own house without a male accompanying them. The film may sounds extremely harrowing, but it’s biggest strength is how the events unfold and will affect everyone emotionally, no matter of age or gender.
“Tra La Laaaaaa!” A simple noise that once you watch ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ you won’t stop chanting when the opportunity arises. Sadly, whenever I chant it, I’m met with bewildered looks and awkward silences. That’s because, in a world where seemingly everyone saw ventures as average as ‘Minions’ and ‘The Boss Baby’, no one managed to catch not only the best animation of last year, but one of the funniest films full stop.
‘Cars’ has always seemed like the unwanted step child of Pixar. It was the first film they released that actively disappointed and ruined a perfect run they had going for years. I remember watching it as a kid and being really bored. As I grew up, I learnt that most people had this opinion and, if anyone did enjoyed it, it was typically the younger kids. I never gave it another go and missed the subsequent sequels. Fast forward to now, and my girlfriend claims ‘Cars’ is one of the best Pixar film. After laughing in her face for months, I agreed I’d give it another go after we stayed in the ‘Cars’ hotel at Disneyland Paris to see if my older self liked it any more than my younger self did.