Author: Jasper Hagan

Review: Godzilla 2 – King of the Monsters

There’s a scene early on in Godzilla 2 – King of the Monsters, that elegantly sums up its strengths and weaknesses. We’re on a high-tech underwater base, and they detect Godzilla approaching. They open the hatch, and there he is, slowly swimming towards them, eyes and back ridges pulsing with light as he gets closer. Kyle Chandler’s character tells them to stand down, that this is meant to intimidate. It seems to work and Godzilla breaks off for a moment, only to go flying past the window, his signature roar absolutely deafening. It nearly sums up the film’s features,...

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Review: Detective Pikachu

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is improbably, impossibly, really good. Fundamentally, a live action adaptation of a children’s cartoon shouldn’t be good. Detective Pikachu, though, makes things harder for itself by being the blend of at least three very different movies. Somehow, they click though, and the result is a good movie even less likely than 2008’s Universal Soldier – Regeneration. It’s set in the world of Pokemon, where supernatural monsters fight each other at the behest of their owners. Detective Pikachu ignores all the troubling implications of that by being set in Ryme City, a place that has no pokemon...

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Review: John Wick 3 – Parabellum

John Wick 3, Parabellum is the latest in the unexpectedly fantastic action series. Its plot is vestigial, but the execution is outstanding. Its style is its substance. We’ve ended up in a surprise golden age for action films. The people who grew up watching (and in some cases helping make) the dopey action films of the 80s and 90s have ended up applying their considerable talents and attention to detail to the genre, moving it forward. They’re pushing the envelope in terms of action, cinematography and the improbably very high quality of the cast who’ll be in a film...

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Review: The Favourite

Misleading trailers for difficult to advertise films are as old as trailers. The Favourite is the latest film to have that problem. Going by the trailer, it’s a laugh a minute slapstick period film with a much better cast than you’d expect. However, it’s not that. It’s much more. If it’s a comedy, it’s a pitch black one. It’s not without amusing scenes, but they come in the middle of a very dark character study of a trio of very broken people. Queen Anne of England (Olivia Coleman), one of the many troubled monarchs in England’s history, is falling...

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Review: Aquaman

Aquaman, the latest entry in the troubled DC comics universe, knows exactly what it is. It’s an over the top fantasy and adventure film full of wild locations, big action set pieces and comic book silliness. It’s a little light on depth (I could make a joke about the ocean there, but I won’t) but moves so quickly that it doesn’t matter. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of spectacle, if it’s at least spectacular, and Aquaman is. Following on, sort of, from Justice League (you didn’t watch it, that’s fine) Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is avoiding his Atlantean heritage...

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