I have never been a fan of attending the cinema during the summer months, as usually the films which are shown unfortunately tend to be a disappointment to say the least. It is well known in the film industry that May-September are the months in which the biggest of the blockbusters rake in their cash.
There are a few exceptions to this guideline, of course, but the fact still stands that these films are designed to be light-hearted. They aren’t trying to influence or educate the audience in any way – they are created for the purpose of entertainment through and through.
Okay so the point of this article was to give a few reviews of the blockbusters I did decide to give a go at my local cinema this summer. They are as follows…;
The Secret Life Of Pets
This is a great feature for it’s target audience, it has a fairly well developed narrative and I love the thought that has gone into some of the animal’s personalities. However something about this feature just wasn’t as enjoyable as some of Illumination’s previous works; it could just be that the success of Despicable Me set a really high standard for the studio. I wouldn’t completely say this was a terrible film though;
This Ramble’s Conclusion – 3 stars.
This was bound to be a big money-maker right from the start; a triple whammy of Dahl, Disney and Spielberg no less, to create a fantastic visual representation of a novel loved by the world over. The cinematography in this film was amazing to watch, and I can’t even begin to compliment it’s CGI. As a young Roald Dahl fan myself, I was waiting with baited breath to see whether or not the film would stay true to the narrative however it did not disappoint and I cannot urge readers of this enough to watch this film!
Click here to read more on my opinion of this feature.
This Ramble’s Conclusion – 4 Stars
Although the hype for this feature was massive and I did have some doubts as to whether it could really live up to standard of Finding Nemo, (I mean come on that’s got to be one of the best narratives of all time?!) Finding Dory was a delight to watch. It had me laughing and on the verge of tears just like the prequel still does today, the new characters such as Hank, Becky, Gerald and Bailey are all fantastic in their own uniquely hilarious ways.
The thing I was afraid of most with this film is that the narrative would not be add in any way to the colourful under-sea world home to Nemo, Marlin and Dory. However, the first 10 minutes of the film make you think – ‘wait… what about Dory? Where did she come from?’ and suddenly this narrative becomes absolute essential viewing.
This Ramble’s Conclusion – 4 Stars
Again, other very hyped up feature; what’s different about this feature though is that none of the characters (aside from The Joker) have been properly introduced to the general public. Therefore it felt to me as though they spent a lot of time doing just this, then after this followed a brief explanation of the villainous ‘Enchantress’, some pretty good action sequences and a slightly anti-climatic conclusion (sorry just being honest).
Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie were clearly the stars of this feature also, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but this meant many of the other characters were either under-developed or barely talked about at all (i.e Killer Croc/Boomerang).
This Ramble’s Conclusion – 3 Stars
P.S Apologies for not blogging over much of the summer however I now endevaour to get my blogs regular again.