Review: The Lion King (2019)

A technical achievement, but a carbon-copy of the original. Young lion cub Simba has to come into his own and defend the Pride lands from his power-hungry uncle, Scar. Next in the procession of Disney live action remakes, following Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and Aladdin, making this the third of these released in the…

Review: Toy Story 4

If you are certain Toy Story should have remained a trilogy, this will probably not change your mind. Nine years ago, Bo Peep was taken away after Andy’s sister decided she didn’t need her anymore. Now¬†Woody and the gang are with Bonnie, their new child, and Woody finds new purpose in caring for Forky, a…

Review: Missing Link

From such an acclaimed animation studio, you would hope for more than this. A British hunter looking for fame and fortune goes in search of the legendary Sasquatch. But what he finds is not what he expected at all; a living, breathing, talking creature who enlisted his help to find his way home. Laika animation…

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 3 – The Hidden World

So Dreamworks flagship goes the way of trilogy of Godfather, Robocop, and Back to the Future… where the third entry is definitely the weakest. When a new threat to their pet dragons emerges, the vikings of Berk need to consider finding a new home. Meanwhile, love is in the air when Toothless meets a Lightfury….

Review: The Lego Movie 2

Everything is average, everything is lame when it feels unnecessary. Following from the closing moments of the first film, the constructed heroes do battle against the cutesy forces from the Sis-star System, and only grisly determination can overcome the cuteness. Warning: this review contains overblown praise for the first Lego Movie. This film is a…

Review: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse

Possibly the geekiest entry for comic book adaptations in recent times, Sony Animation Studios hit a home run with this flick. Just as highschooler Miles Morales gains powers similar to New York’s local superhero Spider-Man, the villainous Kingpin tears reality apart, causing other Spider-heroes to arrive from alternate dimensions! Miles has to understand how to…

Review: Incredibles 2

Much like the first film, Incredibles 2 is good but not stand-out. The Parr family, after their exploits against the villainous Syndrome, are still at odds using their powers for good in a world that rejects superheroes. But when a corporation looks to promote Elastigirl to restore the superhero public perception, Mr Incredible needs to…

Review: Coco

An absolutely stunning piece of animation. A bright, vibrant and heartfelt experience. It is Dia De Los Muetros, the Mexican Day of the Dead, when families celebrate lost loved ones and honour their memory. Miguel is torn; his love of music is not shared by his family, who after his great-grandmother’s fury after her husband…

Review: Isle of Dogs

Did you hear the rumour? In the near future, a tyrannical mayor of Japanese city Megasuki, Mayor Kobayashi, deems all dogs be exiled to a remote island due to a dangerous canine virus. Now, dejected and unwanted, the dogs of the island gain new purpose when the young, twelve year old ward of the mayor…

Review: The Red Turtle

2017’s Studio Ghibli animation is… It’s… strange. A man is stranded on an island and desperate to escape, but he meets a mysterious red turtle and his life takes an unusual turn. Metaphors and hidden meanings in film are a good thing, in fact films that force the audience to think and make up their…