Month: December 2017

Happy New Year!

So we’re here finally, 2017 was a hell of a year for a number of reasons, not the best year for everyone but I’ll take the good with the bad, there were ups and downs, pleasant surprises and disappointments but here’s to 2018 and the hope for things to be better. Personally I want to focus on progression and development of my own ideas (especially with creative stuff) and I want to try and stay positive in my thinking as much as I can – trust me it helps!

Anyway Happy New Year to you and yours, to everyone about to cross over and everyone already in the future in the new year, I hope you have a great night tonight, whatever you’re up to and theDoc will see you next year.

2017 comic book films ranked

2017 was another year chock full of comic book/superhero films,and one of the best years in recent years, some might say, Marvel had another strong year but so did DC I’d say, with Wonder Woman being a bonafide hit and showing the DCEU can do it right, yes there were ups and downs with other films but we can go into that another time. For now, let’s rank the comic book films of this year.

 

1) Spiderman: Homecoming – 8/10

One of 3 Marvel and MCU films this year, the latest Spiderman film is an entertaining welcome for Spidey to the MCU in the funniest Spiderman film to date, Tom Holland very much embodies a teenage Peter Parker in his insecurities, relationships and coming to terms with being a superpowered teenager, we don’t get bored with the same old origin story as well because Peter is already a semi-experienced hero, which is fun. The vulture makes for a fairly good villain as well, especially for a Marvel film, Michael Keaton espouses genuine malice about him and feels ‘real’, while the supporting cast aside Keaton does a good job and makes for fun character interactions due to the films top notch writing. Oh and Robert Downey Jr, having added Iron Man in the film never hurts.

 

2) Wonder Woman – 7.5/10

One of the best films in the DCEU is definitely Wonder Woman (not the best, Man Of Steel is obviously) and a wonderful film it is, with some great visuals, coherent, straightforward storytelling and interesting exploration of lore and legends in the DC universe, we get to see WWI told with a difference and it makes for an intriguing viewing. Gal Gadot is a superb in the role and plays Diana in her wisdom, strength and naivety with likability and accuracy, playing off well with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, oh and don’t forget the set pieces as well which are pretty great, showing just a taste of what Diana can do.

 

3) Logan – 7.5/10

Hugh Jackmans portrayal as Wolverine came to an emotional, impactful ending with Logan, a real gut punch of a film that brings things around full circle and closes off the chapter of the character on the big screen as we know it and boy is there closure, the performances are something to be noted as well, especially Patrick Stewart as a dementia suffering, aged Professor X and of course Jackman as a jaded, almost unrecognizable Logan. The film is real and almost unrelentingly bleak but it’s lit up by some rays of hope with X-23 and a potential future hinting at things that could come, an impactful, engaging comic book film with no third act sky beams or CG villain in 2017? I’ll take that any day, thank you.

 

4) Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 – 7.5/10

The sequel to Guardians is a surprisingly emotional one, coming at audiences with a few left turns that you probably didn’t see coming at all, we find out a bit more about Peter Quills background, namely in relation to his father and get some new additions to the team, the jokes come in thick and fast as is to be expected but they mostly land, with some genuinely funny character interactions and relationships.

 

5) Thor: Ragnarok – 7/10

The latest Thor film is probably the best in the series, very funny and quirky, clearly showcasing the intelligent Taika Waititis sense of humour, we do also get to see interesting sides to Asgardian lore, Thor and some more of the Hulk which is fun, returning characters (Hulk, Loki) are great and new ones make for some fun interactions, namely Valkyrie and the badass Hela. Ragnarok still suffers from generic Marvel villain syndrome and an abundance of humour that removes from dramatic impact in places but the final result is an entertaining, engaging romp and if that’s what Waititi and Marvel intended to do with the story, they succeeded.

 

6) Justice League – 6.5/10

The DCEUs latest and possibly most important film is a bit of a bomb according to some, not grossing the astronomical amounts that it really should have and not doing so well critically speaking but not all is bad, it’s not terrible and it’s actually rather fun, the problem being that it’s a bit of mish mash of tone and you can tell the film had more than one director (Snyder and Whedon). It’s great to see the league together nonetheless, the humour lands generally, the set pieces are well done but the story is let down by a rushed final third and generic CG villain (which every comic book film seems to have nowadays anyway), the film is a step in the right direction but DC can do better.

The Big Sick – review

The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter is a romcom / drama rolled into one, sort of following the real life of Kumail Nanjiani, essentially playing himself as a Pakistani stand up comedian living the USA who falls for an American woman, forcing him to keep secrets and create a rift with his family that he has to confront, alongside an illness his girlfriend contracts. The film stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff and Adeel Akhtar.

This is a pretty different type of romcom in my view, being more or less a story based on a real person in Kumail Nanjiani, who basically plays himself in the role, we get a real taste of his sense of humour and personality which feels authentically like him, if you’ve seen him in past TV shows or interviews and this helps to make more of an emotional connection with Kumail in my opinion. This could have worked just as well with Kumail and the story being fictional but with the story being real (Kumail is now married to writer Emily Gordon who Emily in the story is based on) it’s all the more impactful.

The emotional aspect to the story was much more pronounced than I thought it would be actually, played quite subtly but it hits heavy, I was expecting a lot more laugh out loud moments than there were but the humour is done well nonetheless, not forcing in jokes every 5 seconds but using smart, sarcastic comedy at key moments. This is helped by the script being written by Kumail and Emily themselves, who lived the experience so this helps to add authenticity to it, the scenes involving Kumails family in particular are some of the funniest and also the most relatable, despite cultural and religious differences between his family and yours, you can probably relate to wanting to please your parents, despite their plans for you maybe being different to your own life plans.

And in that the story really resonated with me, because of potential awkwardness when dealing with family in your adulthood, especially if you’re living in a western country that you weren’t born in or even if you were, with parents that are still very traditional and conservative – a source of comedy for sure but another thing that I’m sure a lot of young adults in the US face everyday. The performances in the film are also really good, Kumail is great in playing well, himself and he brings a reserved yet surprisingly emotional touch to the story, playing off really well with Zoe Kazan who plays Emily and is pretty fantastic at it, nailing the emotional rollercoaster that is her relationship with Kumail with all the twists and turns that accompany it.

I like that the film also doesn’t exactly go the way you think it will either, keeping you guessing as to what will happen and it’s a more accurate representation of real life and not a fictional story, again helping with relatability and engagement in my view. The Big Sick is a funny, touching film with more emotional impact than you may expect going into it.

7/10

. Great performances from main leads, especially Zoe Kazan

. Well done comedy spread throughout, without taking away from dramatic moments

. Engaging plot

Ingrid Goes West – review

Ingrid Goes West is a black comedy directed by Matt Spicer, following an unstable social media addict as she goes to LA in search of a better life, inserting herself into the lifestyle of an insta-famous star, the film stars Aubrey Plaa, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Wyatt Russell and Billy Magnusson.

Ah where to start with this film, it’s a comedy alright but a pretty dark one, a bit darker than what I was expecting to be honest but with the plots opening and Aubrey Plaza in the lead role, I shouldn’t have been too surprised. The central theme of the story is social media and the way it manages to hook our interest and attention, much to an extreme level in the case of Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) whose whole life seems to revolve around the need for validation and attention, or at least her jealousy of other people whose lives are glamorous and seemingly ‘perfect’.

The truth, even in the real world being that no one has a perfect life and social media just shows the world idealized snippets of life but Ingrid doesn’t know that of course. There’s a very poignant, of the time feel to the plot and it’s so clearly on the nose but a story that I feel needed to be explored as a film nonetheless I feel, as Ingrid embodies the very real and all too common comparison of your life to someone elses, who may be a lifestyle blogger, vlogger or YouTuber and the danger that can arise when you try to imitate a life or lifestyle that isn’t yours.

Ingrid trying to do exactly that is what drives the plot forward in a dark yet humorous way, with this person devoting her entire existence to being essentially associated with the instagram famous Taylor Sloane played by chameleon Elizabeth Olsen who nails it in yet another role, effortlessly portraying the ambitious yet air-headed social media star and photographer. Using all the cliché, roll your eyes hash-tags that you can often see in real life, this is a credit to the good writing in the film which gives Aubrey Plaza a lot to work with and makes the plot more progressively tense as you expect bad things to happen to her, there’s interesting depth to Ingrid than what you see on the surface as you can see how she manipulates her way to get to what she wants, compensating for something missing in her life.

Importantly, we also see things aren’t perfect for Taylor, she’s a bit reckless and we get an inkling that she’s also putting up a front herself from her boyfriend Ezra (Wyatt Russell) which brings an interesting dynamic to things.

It’s not all doom and gloom though as landlord Daniel Pinto (O’Shea Jackson Jr) is a bright spark in the story and brings a genuine, laid back performance to everything, bringing a more realistic, grounded voice to what’s going on and to Ingrids actions, which are clearly over the top. On the whole, Ingrid Goes West is a very engaging, dark and tragic story with some light shining through, it’s entertaining in all the wrong ways and highlights societies obsession with the notion of the impossible perfect life and pursuit of it which clearly doesn’t work for everyone. It feels very of the time and I enjoyed it from start to finish, as uncomfortable as it got at points along the way because hey, life isn’t is more than just a series of perfect instagram images or at least I hope it is for most people.

7/10

. Good writing, simplistic and straightforward storytelling

. Good performances, especially Olsen, Plaza and O’Shea Jackson Jr

. Plot isn’t particularly that deep and may be a bit too over the top for some

Wind River – review

Taylor Sheridan directs Wind River, a mystery crime thriller set in the cold, frozen lands of Wyoming, we follow an FBI agent and a hunter as they investigate a suspected homicide of a native American woman, the film stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene and Julia Jones.

It’s interesting that we’ve randomly had two murder mystery thrillers taking place in sub-zero climates this year, Wind River and The Snowman, much to very contrasting receptions of course but there’s something almost ethereal, wild and perfect for setting crime dramas in snowy, frozen settings, putting an emphasis on natures unforgiving ruthlessness and contrasting it with humanities tendency to be just as cruel.

We’re in the frozen north-west of America this time as we follow Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) and his life in Wyoming as hunter with his son, we come to learn more about him as the story goes on and this ties into events in an interesting way, Cory is stoic, a bit of a loner and just wants to get the job done and Renner makes pretty much the perfect casting choice for the role. And it’s easily one of his best performances, understated but memorable, balancing off a cast of mostly unknowns, Elizabeth Olsen is the other main lead, playing a rookie FBI agent a bit out of her element, with shades of Clarice in Silence Of The Lambs.

Olsen brings her own touch to the performance however and is believably driven yet naive. The central plot of Wind River is set around the mysterious death of native teenage girl and of course, why it happened. But it’s no spoiler to say that it takes a while for things to really get going in any meaningful way and I get that this is a bit of a slower paced drama but it is really slow, so much so that it may turn viewers completely off but keep others engaged and I can understand the divisiveness of the film (although critics generally quite like it). The dramatic elements have some decent weight to them and there are some quite moving emotional scenes but they don’t really linger on, maybe pointing to the harsh nature of the work the cops and sheriffs in the area do.

The story just didn’t really impact me in the way I expected it to despite some good performances, The Lovely Bones this is not – and that did hit me quite a bit. The slow, lumbering plot put me off, despite it picking pace a ways into the film, the final third also felt a bit rushed along just to get to the conclusion. Slow burn dramas are very hit and miss with me and this one just didn’t quite hit.

6/10

. Plot pacing isn’t great, takes a while to get going

. Has good performances from main leads

. Lack of emotional impact from plot reveals for me

The Foreigner – review

Martin Campbell directs The Foreigner, an action/crime drama set around a businessman and father whose life is turned upside down after his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack, he seeks the names of those involved to get vengeance, looking to a politician who may have links to details around the attack. The film stars Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Katie Leung, Rufus Jones and Mark Tandy.

Ah it’s great to see Jackie Chan in a lead role in 2017, after a self announced retirement from the big screen he seems to be back and this time around, in a very different type of film for him, a sort of revenge tale set in London, Mr Quan is a believably loving family man who… also has special forces training because of course he does, devastated from losing his daughter. The premise seems all too real with real terrorist attacks taking place in London and the UK this year but a new sub-set of the IRA is the focus of the plot, it’s different and a bold take for a film involving revolving around modern terrorism in the UK.

And the film is an engaging, somewhat thrilling watch for a fair portion of the story but then it starts to lose its way, getting lost in intricate political relationships, one upmanship and a pretty incoherent plot threat following various people and plans among the IRA and calling a film ‘incoherent’ is something that’s way overused when it comes to film criticism, I genuinely couldn’t really follow aspects of the plot and didn’t really care to either. The heart of the plot is that tale of revenge for Mr Quan and it takes some suspension of disbelief, to really buy that a Chinese man in his 60s (Mr Quan) could do what he does in the film but hey it is Jackie Chan I guess and for what it’s worth, the action is done pretty well and Chan still kicks ass in close quarters combat, though we do get the feeling that he is fairly aged and mortal which helps bring some realism to things. That being said, seeing some of the things Quan manages to do border on unintentional humor – think Macgyver/Rambo melded into one.

Don’t get fooled though, this is definitely not an action film and you’ll be disappointed if you go into it expecting that. The main problem with the film is that it tries to be a gripping, emotional drama as well as an action thriller and half-asses it at both jobs, being an amalgam but a shallow take on either side. The action is good but few and far between while the dramatic elements are sparse and get lost in silly politics around the IRA and Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) who you probably don’t really care about at all. Failing to elicit emotional engagement with me was the films biggest downfall in my view, in a story that hinges on empathizing with the main character and his own emotions that drive him forward.

5.5/10

. Action scenes are done well

. By the numbers plot, goes nowhere interesting

. Some plot threads make no sense

Bright – review

David Ayer directs Netflix’s biggest budget film to date – Bright, a fantasy drama set in our own modern world, a world filled with fantastical history and creatures, orcs, fairies, elves and humans all live together and one infamous orc in particular (Nick Jakoby) is paired with a popular human cop – Daryl Ward as a seemingly routine mission has them come across a magical wand and certain players who want to use it. The film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry and Veronica Ngo.

I don’t want to go on the defensive immediately for Bright to imply it’s bad or anything so I’ll start with this, Netflix has done pretty well for itself, from its humble beginnings as a great idea for streaming to making fairly high budget films now with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton? That’s impressive, the film also looks pretty decent and I could absolutely imagine it coming out in theatres – though that’s not the case, seriously though everything thing from the on location shooting to the creature make up looks pretty good I have to say and at no point was I pointing out that anything looked bad, even the CGI.

The budget clearly was put to good use and it helps to create a sort of lived in, gritty Los Angeles were Orcs are now the de-facto ethnic minorities, though human minorities still exist, humans have interestingly been shifted to somewhere as Elves have their own closed off community and see themselves as superior to everyone else, making for some interesting social dynamics that aren’t really explored in the film which is a shame. And that’s a pointed low point for the film in not exploring its own interesting lore and ideas, with a barely 2 hour runtime, I understand that there simply wasn’t enough time to go into everything but when characters talk about past events and history, you get a semblance of what they mean but you still also have no idea what they’re talking about (who’s the dark lord?).

Things feel almost as a they’re setting up for a sequel without really having to get too much into origins for the world itself, with no explanations of magic, the different races and how/why they all live together but maybe that’s for another day. In terms of cast, the main players are quite good, Will Smith does Will Smith as usual with his smart talking, no nonsense attitude, playing off a kooky partner cop – think Bad Boys with magic and he’s good to be fair, though you’ve seen it all before. Joel Edgerton disappears into the role of Nick Jakoby quite literally with all the make up but also in personality. Almost naively fighting for what’s right in the face of discrimination and blatant abuse and he’s a highlight, while some of the elves are also quite good though, especially the Inferni (a special type of magic using elf), one of them is played by Noomi Rapace and she’s quite good in the role.

The action also is done fairly well, bringing an interesting mix of traditional shootouts with an added touch of magic. Bright overall is a decent film, far from terrible but erring on the side of being a generic buddy cop film, the magic and fantasy elements elevate the story and make it more interesting but a lackluster final third and no delving into the more interesting sides of the world itself ultimately hurt the story overall.

6/10

. Good performances on the whole

. Fairly good writing, has some funny as well as memorable lines

. Plot feels a bit by the numbers, predictable

. The lore is interesting but unexplored

mother! – review

Darren Arronofsky directs mother!, a drama set in a peculiar house, as we follow follow Javier bardem and Jennifer Lawrence’s characters – mother and him respectively as they live together in a seemingly idyllic house as strangers turn up and come inside, turning their lives around. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brendan Gleeson, Domnhall Gleeson and Kristen Wiig.

Ah mother!, there’s so much to say and everything has already been said by this point but this is a film that I’d wanted to see for quite a while but never got around to…. but I did…. and honestly it didn’t do too much for me. Arronofskys’ work is quite impactful, he creates thought provoking, sometimes hard to watch cerebral dramas and you may have gone into the film thinking it would be more of the same.

And you’d be mostly right…. minus the impact, the story is as visceral as it gets, with events unfolding pretty much at random, much to Mother (Jennifer Lawrences) chagrin and as thing goes on, you sort of get the point that the story is going for, it’s very on the nose and I feel that takes away from the ultimate impact that the director was aiming for. Looking back on the film as a whole in fact, it feels more like an elaborate arthouse stage play than a Hollywood film and its nature and tone are understandably what rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way, making it easily one of the most divisive films of 2017.

The performances are okay, though the nature of the story doesn’t really allow anyone to shine and do too much outside of being archetypes which is a shame, nevertheless Jennifer Lawrence still gives an enthusiastic performance with the fairly thin script that she probably had to work with. Because of what the story’s going for, the writing has to be a bit obtuse, enigmatic and thin but that’s no real excuse in my view and it’s bad, pretty bad with the way some of the lines get delivered being at best repetitive and at worst outright bad. And again that’s not Jennifer Lawrence or any other actors fault, it’s what they had to work with.

I get what Arronofsky was going for and writing the film out of a place of frustration and anger explains a lot of it but it just isn’t that impactful or hard hitting as it wishes it was, taking on a very on the nose allegory of biblical and theological motifs that doesn’t really make any meaningful point, let alone anything you haven’t heard before. Emotion can be a great avenue and inspiration for a film but take it with a pinch of salt, if we got a film made every time a director was in a place of anguish and frustration over the course of a couple of days, we’d one – have a lot more films out in general and two – have quite a few more pieces of cinematic garbage out as well, so take it as you wish.

4/10

. Plot solicits some pretty awful writing

. Very on the nose allegory, a feels a bit pretentious

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Merry Christmas!

So I’ve made this post ahead of time as to not spend time on the blog posting and whatnot on Christmas itself but yeah Merry Christmas all, I hope you’re having a fantastic day with your loved ones, whoever they are and whatever you’re doing I hope you’re enjoying it.

It’s important to think about family and people close to you on any day, not just December 25th so yeah, cherish them, cherish the lovely food you have and the gifts you’ve received and the lovely people around you. So, everything said and done, enjoy your day y’all.

Top 5 best & 5 worst films of 2017

So here we are, with just a few days left of 2017 as we draw towards awards season and into a new year, it’s been a pretty eventful, interesting year for many reasons as you may know but for film, it’s been a mixed bag I’d say. anyway there have a been a plethora of interesting films from 2017 that have enthralled, engaged, disappointed and annoyed film audiences and I wanted to rank my personal top 5 and bottom, so here they are.

The top 5

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 8.5/10

The latest and one of the greatest films in the Star Wars saga is just that, great, Rian Johnsons entry is divisive among audiences but nevertheless I found it to be impactful, surprising and importantly – engaging, following on in the vein of The Force Awakens tonally in some ways. But it feels entirely new and fresh in others, breaking down the mysticism around the Jedi, giving us a drastic new take on Luke and the force itself, there’s a major plot arc that could probably have been done without but that aside, the final product is a solid, engaging and thought provoking entry that Star Wars needed.

 

Baby Driver – 8/10

Edgar Wrights latest and largest cinematic outing is one of the most stylish and stand out films of 2017 by far, with a great soundtrack that matches the action in the film, namely the main character Babys’ getaway drives, Wrights signature humour and witty writing shines through, making for a genuinely funny and levity filled romp, though the drama and high tension is definitely there as well, turned up to 11 at point which makes for pretty thrilling viewing. Everything above said coupled with brilliant cinematography and choreography in the stunt driving which was all practical – which still blows my mind, makes the film a bit special in my books.

 

Wonder Woman – 7.5/10 

The film that had the hopes of the DCEU riding on it turned out to be a hit, with a tight plot, a nice infusion of action, drama and levity (important for a DC film!) and some great performances, Wonder Woman was a nice surprise – a surprise for anyone expecting it to be trash that is but overall it’s a solid and enjoyable outing with re-watch ability, Gal Gadot is the perfect embodiment of the Amazonian princess and she’s fantastic in the role. And she plays off well with Chris Pine (Steve Trevor in the story), the film goes to show that DC can do gripping action and drama with levity, keeping things easy to follow but without dumbing thing down.

 

Logan – 7.5/10

Hugh Jackmans last outing as Wolverine was an understandably emotional one, with a lot of baggage and memories and wow… it was pretty heavy wasn’t it? Anyway James Mangold did a great job in sending off the character with no holds barred, Logan bloodied, broken and beaten in a post apocalyptic future sans the X-Men, the themes are dark and things look bleak but there’s a nice undertone of hope and optimism in the story that saves it from being completely bleak. And while the film may not get any oscar nods for its performances, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart give some pretty stellar performances, the pair of them bringing sides to characters we’ve never seen before.

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 7/10

The sequel to the first Kingsman film is sort of a riot and a bit of a sleeper hit in my opinion, even more frenetic and balls to the walls crazy this time around, we get to return to the world of the Kingsman and the threats they face down and stop, with fun, kooky technology and brilliantly done action set pieces. The Statesmen bring a fun new dynamic to the story with their own set of unique characters and the plot tackles some fairly serious, poignant themes like mental illness and drug use, in its own irreverent way of course, it’s over the top but knowingly so and important; it’s entertaining.

 

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And the 5 worst

Mother! (4/10)

Darren Arronofskys latest roller coaster drama is an obtuse one, easily one of the most divisive films of the year and in recent memory, the concept is one to be lauded in its ambition but in execution, oh boy… it’s rough, I totally get why some people hate it and I’m not too fond of it either, with some terrible writing and a story that simply tries way too hard. You sort of see where things are going after a while but it takes some time to get going and when it’s in full swing, it may prove a bit too much for some and I understand that, I get what Arronofsky was going for but the film wasn’t insightful or engaging in any real meaningful way, with an ending that adds to the fleeting nature of the story in my opinion.

After all is said and done, it has the impact and weight of a snapchat story.

 

The Mummy 5/10

No real surprise with this choice, I saw The Mummy recently, wondering if the criticism against it was really that warranted and well yeah, it was, a barley coherent plot, bad pacing and one too many silly plot point make the film a really odd watch, bringing nothing interesting to the Mummy mythos but instead bringing a tonally jumbled mess with a lack of tension, just watching it you can tell the film was mainly a set up for the coming Dark Universe but at the cost of a decent new Mummy film, which is a shame.

 

Flatliners – 5/10

Sort of sequel to the 80s film in the same vein, sees a bunch of thrill seeking college students flat line themselves in initial aim of seeing what’s there in the afterlife and yes it is as ridiculous as it sounds, clichés follow, you won’t really care about the plot and characters aaand scene. Yep it’s that generic.

 

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – 5.5/10

There’s a bit of a trend with the worst films of this year (and of any year really), bad storytelling, incoherent plots, weird looking action that lacks any real, notable tension, Guy Ritchies take on the legend of King Arthur is just really weird, mixing the vibe of a group of modern day lad best friends who happen to live in the middle ages, parts are entertaining but most of it doesn’t make sense, feels rushed and yeah, what an odd, odd film.

 

Alien: Covenant – 6/10

Maybe a bit of a controversial choice for one of the worst films of the year but not controversial in my view, Covenant was a real let down, promising to be an intriguing follow up to Prometheus, it touches on literally 2 or 3 plot points from the previous film, devolving into another generic Xenomorphs killing people fest, with added philosophy, maybe I felt a bit disappointed because I enjoyed Prometheus so much but judging this film on its own, it wasn’t up to scratch. Bringing nothing interesting to the franchise and even re-hashing moments from both Alien and Aliens, if Prometheus upset fans of the franchise for having nothing to do with Alien despite it ambitious ideas, Covenant represents the franchise wholly running out of ideas.