The idea that Shakespeare didn't write his plays is not a new one and… MoreThe idea that Shakespeare didn't write his plays is not a new one and is definitely worthy of a film treatment but Emmerich isn't clear which direction he should take this. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a tragedy? He seems to have modelled the film on the whole of Shakespeare's canon and the whole thing is a hodgepotch of styles. Ifans is very good as the lead but Spall seems to be playing more of the comedy and it all gets a bit ridiculous towards the end with loads of secrets revealed. A nice try but it's all a bit of a mess.
OK it's made for kids but adults will enjoy the humour in this too and… MoreOK it's made for kids but adults will enjoy the humour in this too and they've done an amazing job creating a believable Paddington Bear. The London in the film isn't the one I'm familiar with but that's not surprising as it's made by the same team that made Harry Potter so the film has the same sheen. Bonneville is great as Mr Brown and is ably supported by Hawkins as his kooky spouse. The only sour note comes from Kidman as Paddington's nemesis and her story seems at odds with the charm of the rest of the film. Besides that I think Paddington is a bit of a triumph and I wouldn't be surprised to see a sequel in the pipeline soon.
Capitalising on the success of First Class this is almost like the… MoreCapitalising on the success of First Class this is almost like the Avengers of X-Men films with all your favourite characters making a return. The conceit is clever and the acting from the younger cast is top-notch with McAvoy and Lawrence particularly good. A shame we don't see more of the future world but the glimpses we get (especially the fight at the beginning) are stunning. Jackman, although our guide on this journey is pretty redundant this time as Wolverine and actually spends most of the film being beaten up by other mutants which at least harks back to the original X-Men film. The 'cheat' at the end harks back to what was done in 'Star Trek' but at least it blotted out Last Stand which is no bad thing. They can probably just focus on the younger cast now but it was good to see them all back in action one last time.
For the first 3/4 of the film this is great viewing. The kills are… MoreFor the first 3/4 of the film this is great viewing. The kills are effective, the strong lead girl is established and the masked killers are terrifying. However once the masks come off and the motive is revealed the film loses it's edge and although it never becomes boring you just wish the film-makers had kept their nerve and not bottled out with the motive. A worthy effort though and for most of the film it lived up to its hype.
It's nice to see a horror film that isn't all about gore and shock… MoreIt's nice to see a horror film that isn't all about gore and shock tactics but this film didn't quite work for me. Perhaps it was the use of too much humour in the first half of the film that didn't sit well with the scares in the 2nd. Paxton is good but a little too kooky in the film and her relationship with Healy works well but you never really get why she doesn't just leave when things get too weird and the ending, although scary, is never really explained. A nice attempt but not worth revisiting.