Review: The Florida Project

Some of cinema’s greatest stories encapsulate a rift between the hopeful and the hopeless, often projecting a fairy-tale like movement of characters becoming rejuvenated and moving from rags to riches. ‘The Florida Project’ is a nuanced, socially responsible and deep, yet also accessible, realisation of this, noting a real contrast between uncontrolled freedom and childhood, … Continue reading Review: The Florida Project

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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Crackling with wit yet also ablaze with violence, racially charged rhetoric and complex, meaningful and haunting characters, Martin McDonagh's screenplay is a beautiful beast. It elicits a crowning achievement in acting by Frances McDormand, as well as powerful and thought-provoking performances by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. These actors' three primary characters are of the … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Review: Bright

David Ayer’s visual wizardry is showcased here, as the director presents a grimy, smeared world of distorted fantasy colour that radiates with the hue of Los Angeles and the vibrance and hustle of a dirty underground magic city. Unfortunately, however, the awful screenplay which lacks control of tone, diverting between an attempt at high-fantasy, urban … Continue reading Review: Bright

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Director Rian Johnson’s impression is undoubtedly felt throughout this film on a visual level. The film both glistens and punches with the mesmerising energy of a director’s debut. As the cinematography is frequently breathtaking, the visual flair balances an epic grand scope pulsing of bursts of colour, with intimate destruction ravaged with emotional repercussion. The … Continue reading Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Review: Mudbound

Upon a canvas of torment, sweat and unstoppable commitment to ones’ family, ‘Mudbound’ is an epic that presents a current of conflict, duty and emotion. The story flows naturally, a sophisticated and respectful exploration of a small but symbolic snapshot in American history, addressing a key theme of obligation, not just in the social sense … Continue reading Review: Mudbound

Review: Justice League

Considering the intense scrutiny surrounding this film, I have decided to break from format for a review that is a little longer than usual: ‘Justice League’ exists within a tricky, awkward environment, as the film attempts to both cater towards critique of ‘Batman V Superman’ and reaffirm DC’s distinctive cinematic tone and visual flair. One … Continue reading Review: Justice League

Review: Thor: Ragnarok

  Within ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is two films not just narratively, but in terms of style and tone. The first has a theatrical intimacy, an emotionally potent view of its central characters, especially Hulk, that excels in the quiet moments  with witty humour and brilliant comedic performances. The other is an attempt at an epic, inter-dimensional … Continue reading Review: Thor: Ragnarok