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FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Few can deny the timeless appeal of the original Mary Poppins. Led by the legendary Julie Andrews in her feature debut, the 1964 classic boasted a much-loved soundtrack by the Sherman brothers, some of the most memorable dance sequences ever seen on screen, and of course, animated dancing penguins. As portrayed in 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, Poppins’ creator, P.L. Travers, was pursued by Walt Disney for the rights to the film for over twenty years, and was not at all happy with the end product when it did eventually come to fruition. Travers rejected the concept for a film sequel in the 1980s, and acquiesced to the stage musical adaptation (which premiered in 2004, eight years after her death) on the grounds that no one from the original film – the Sherman Brothers in particular – be involved. Fast forward to 2018, a whopping fifty-four years since the original magic, and Poppins is back on screen. The sequel was approved by Travers’ estate but one can only assume she would not be thrilled; the penguins are back and they’re dancing on her grave. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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FILM REVIEW: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train (Tate Taylor, 2016)

Released in 2015, Paula Hawkins‘ The Girl on the Train is the fastest selling adult novel in history. This is no doubt due to it being spruiked as “The new Gone Girl” which quite frankly is a ruse because it doesn’t match it. With the film adaptation, fans eager for another Gone Girl may leave disappointed, but based on its own merits it’s an impressive feat nonetheless. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Girl on the Train

FILM REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, 2016)

Chris Hemsworth returns as The Huntsman in this prequel-sequel-in-one, a film that proves that sometimes there simply isn’t enough backstory to be fleshed out for a whole extra movie. The Huntsman: Winter’s War wraps itself around 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, with some added faces and one notable omission. Snow White isn’t seen this time around (only briefly from the back), most likely on account of Kristin Stewart’s indiscretion with previous director Rupert Sanders. This time it is visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan who takes the director’s chair. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

FILM REVIEW: Sicario

Sicario (Denis Villeneuve, 2015)

Sicario is likely to appeal to a very niche audience. Concerning the Mexican drug crisis, it doesn’t go the patriotic route of putting America up on a pedestal, but nor will it be entirely accessible for all. The first comment from a guy in my row at the conclusion of this film was “it was a bit pretentious”, and while I wouldn’t describe it as such, I get where he was coming from. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Sicario

FILM REVIEW: Into the Woods

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

Musical lovers, rejoice! At long last Into the Woods is here (a full two bloody weeks after the US I might add) and it is as exquisite as we could have hoped. There are a few changes from the stage musical though these seem to be minor. As I’ve only ever seen an average university production of the musical which I have tried to forget, I wasn’t too bothered by these changes, though I can’t speak for its biggest fans. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Into the Woods

FILM REVIEW: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014)
posterWhile I’m sure many will stay away from this movie purely because it stars the likes of Tom Cruise, you should know that you get to see him die over and over again. Cage (Cruise) gets stuck in a time loop while combatting an alien invasion, with the day resetting each time that he dies. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Edge of Tomorrow