Review: The Road to El Dorado

The bizarre combo of Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh as our leads gives a quirky heart to a forgotten Dreamworks Animation Studio style… Two thieves acquire a map leading them to the hidden city of gold, El Dorado. But when they find it their morals shift when they meet El Dorado’s natives and their friendship…

Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

Ahhh. That nice feeling of watching something original. Kubo is a young son of a warrior who is maimed as a baby by The Moon King and is raised by his mother as a storyteller. Now older he lives in isolation, with his injured mother, hiding from the Moon King’s servants who wish to take…

Review: Finding Dory (2D)

Finding Dory is like a metaphor for our lead character. Insane, dotty and full of slapstick comedy with just a dusting of heart string-pulling. After helping her friend Marlin rescue his son Nemo, the fish with short-term memory loss Dory begins to remember her past. Can she find her parents… somewhere out in the ocean?…

Review: The BFG (2D)

The BFG is a very humble, slow and Dahl experience! I enjoyed it, but only because I am familiar with the story. Sophie is a girl living in a London orphanage who has her life turned upside down when a Big Friendly Giant takes her to the Land of Giants. Based off of the Roald…

Review: The Sword in the Stone

A great look back at one of my most nostalgic Disney classics. While visibly flawed, I can’t help but enjoy it enormously. Disney’s 1963 crack at the legend of King Arthur remains their one and only attempt. Curious considering how involved and incredible and magical the stories and characters can be. The Sword in the…

Review: The Jungle Book (1967)

Like most Disney classics, The Jungle Book is starting to show its age, but it is an enjoyable light hearted walk through the jungle with some great songs. Mowgli is a boy raised by wolves in the jungle, and while he is content living with them and the other animals, a tiger called Shere Khan…

Review: Zootropolis (aka Zootopia)

Honestly I was expecting a good but perhaps exasperating time with Zootropolis, but actually… this was a really intelligent and err, human story. Judy Hopps has dreams of being a Police Officer in the big city, despite everyone (including her parents) thinking it is ridiculous; no bunny could ever be a Police Officer! But believing…

Trilogy Review: Kung Fu Panda

I am not a fan of Jack Black. In fact I tell people often that he only works best when not in a leading role. After all, we can cite plenty of films he has headlined that did not work out (Gulliver’s Travels, Year One etc) So it always perplexes me when I really enjoy…

Review: The Visit

Director M. Night Shyamalan funded this small and unique film himself to regain “creative control”. Honestly, it isn’t half bad! To help their mother cope with a divorce and have fun with her life, two siblings go to spend a week living with their grandparents, the daughter attempting to film their experience to give their…

Review: Inside Out (2D)

Pixar elite director Pete Doctor returns with another colourful yet human experience with Inside Out. Riley, a young eleven year old girl, experiences the hardships of moving house with her parents, her emotions are running riot inside her mind. Literally. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust are all present and failing to cope, especially when…