Dolittle (2020) does more than you might be expecting…

Almost universally condemned to be a ‘flop’ before it was released, Robert Downey Jr’s passion project ‘Dolittle’ seems to have fallen foul of an adult critical groupthink who, while quick to remonstrate with critics who differ in gender, ethnicity or sexuality who criticise a work ‘not meant for them’, have singularly failed to take into…

Last Christmas (2019)’s heart is in the right place, but it still flatlines.

Based on the most Dad-joke reading possible of the first two lines of the Wham! song “Last Christmas”, Paul Feig’s slight rom-com wears its genre clichés on its sleeve and uses copious fairy lights and tinsel to distract from its threadbare plot. Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a cynical, self-destructive Christmas shop worker, estranged from her…

The Tall Guy (1989) comes up short

There are a lot of firsts on offer in modest 1989 Britcom “The Tall Guy”: it’s the feature directorial debut of Mel Smith and it’s the first feature film script by Richard Curtis. It also features the theatrical film debut of Emma Thompson and, briefly, Jason Isaacs. Blogathon man of the moment, Jeff Goldblum, plays…

Late Night (2019) wants you to stay tuned for these important messages.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten more and more into American Late Night talk shows. Not the vainglorious onanism of James Corden but the biting satire of the more political shows like “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (the host of which cameos as himself in the…

Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Review

Like the banshee of the Bond franchise, appearing whenever that storied franchise finds itself mired in a creative or legal quagmire, Johnny English is back, summoned no doubt but the ongoing dithering over Bond 25. After a cyber-attack exposes the identities of all of the active undercover British agents, MI7 is forced to turn to…