Christmas approaches and with it, a slew of feel-good films. Some good, some bad, some utter catastrophes. Second Act, directed by Peter Segal, falls into the latter category as a film so farcical it’s embarrassing.
Maya (Jennifer Lopez) is incensed after she loses out on a promotion at work that goes to an educated douche. On her birthday she makes a wish that she lived in a world where “street smarts equal book smarts”. And honestly if the film had taken that explicitly magical route, it would have been better for it. Instead, her best friend’s cyber-savvy son overhears, makes her a fake CV and Facebook page, and sends in an application on her behalf to a top finance firm. She has a five minute interview and she’s hired, despite not even appearing to check beforehand what the job was for. Because it’s just that easy you guys. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Second Act (2018)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (David Yates, 2016)
It’s been five years since we bid farewell to Harry Potter on screen and lost our will to live through to November. Harry Potter has indeed lingered beyond the screen, with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently selling out on the West End despite its audience being required to attend two separate performances to see the entire show. Even Daniel Radcliffe has managed to find work, continuing his attempts to prove that he actually can act. But the absence of any films set in Harry’s wizarding world has left somewhat of a hole, only able to be filled with excessive fan fiction and Harry Potter trivia nights. Praise be to Dumbledore that finally, Potter nerds have something to get excited about once more, with the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Pan (Joe Wright, 2015)
Fairies, pirates, and Hugh Jackman. This should have been awesome. And it started off looking like it would be. Initial scenes showing Peter (Levi Miller) in the orphanage carry a sense of excitement, and when pirates start bursting down from the ceiling to whisk away the boys on a flying pirate ship, it seems as if we’re in for a treat. The sequence that follows is incredible, and then we end up on Neverland, where a bunch of ferals scream out a Nirvana number which, quite frankly, is odd. You’re not Baz Luhrmann, Joe Wright. If you’re going to insert a random contemporary musical number, YOU NEED TO COMMIT. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Pan