The Suicide Squad finally finds itself, under the Gunn

The Suicide Squad finally finds itself, under the Gunn

Sometimes you come into a sequel standing on the shoulders of giants. Think Richard Lester’s SUPERMAN II or James Cameron’s ALIENS. With THE SUICIDE SQUAD, James Gunn finds himself in the unenviable position of standing in the hole dug by the previous – bafflingly Oscar-winning – film. Happily, as it turns out, that hole isn’t ..

Ferdinand (2017) Review

Ferdinand (2017) Review

Adapted from Munro Leaf’s beloved 1936 children’s book, Blue Sky Studio’s “Ferdinand” is also a remake of Disney’s 1938 Silly Symphony short of the same story. In light of the proposed acquisition of Fox by Disney, this movie offers an interesting example of the differences between the two studios. Ferdinand (John Cena) is different from ..

Argylle (2024) Review

Argylle (2024) Review

Argylle’s success as an action comedy is chequered Matthew Vaughn takes his already hyperactive spy movie sensibilities and turns them up to eleven with Argylle, a sugar rush of a spy thriller if your sugar happens to be of the Bolivian marching variety. Tiptoeing a fine line between self-indulgence and self-parody, Vaughn embarks on a ..

Fast X (2023) Review

Fast X (2023) Review

Fast X is very much Dominic Toretto’s Infinity War For a franchise which features more heel/ face switcheroos than WWE (and, to be fair, more than its fair share of WWE alumni too), it’s fun to see it push its villains so far that even the seemingly endless Fast & Furious family willingness to embrace ..

Playing With Fire (2019) produces plenty of smoke but never catches alight.

Playing With Fire (2019) produces plenty of smoke but never catches alight.

Although it suffers from the same problem which blighted the 2016 “Ghostbusters” – every supporting cast member is competing to one-up each other in a game of schtick – once things settle down a little and John Cena starts to take ownership of the movie, it ends up being a sweet – if slight – ..

Blockers (2018) Review

Blockers (2018) Review

Staggering its way into cinemas, “Blockers” strikes a clumsy blow for equality by showing that dumb, crass, tasteless teenage sex comedies aren’t just for boys anymore. Yay, equality? Three friends make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night but when one of their parents accidentally intercepts a text conversation, their parents band together ..

Bumblebee (2018) Review

Bumblebee (2018) Review

It may seem something of an oxymoron, but “Bumblebee” is a genuinely good “Transformers” film. Now, I’m happy to admit I’m heavily biased, having grown up loving and watching and reading the Gen 1 toys, cartoon and Marvel comic series but my tinted glasses just make the rosy nostalgia of “Bumblebee” even rosier. With the ..

Fast & Furious 9 (2021) Review

Fast & Furious 9 (2021) Review

Fast & Furious 9 finds the franchise, without The Rock, in a hard place Famously, the cast of the original STAR TREK didn’t get on. In that, at least, there is some common ground between STAR TREK and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. A similar rift exists at the heart of the “when you’re here, ..