The last film I reviewed was about some punching buddies that punched for a bit and then were buddies. Captain America Civil War is about some buddies that decide to punch for a bit too. Two films with a similar premise in a row. One big difference though… and spoilers for my opinion here… but one of these two films didn’t suck a great big one. Batman V Superman is the film that sucks a giant chode by the way. Captain America 3 is a good film… a REAL good film. So, I’m going to avoid spoilers as I want to write a more detailed thing later on, but do click below to carry on to my full review where I say why Civil War succeeds where Batman V Superman failed miserably.
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So I saw Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Or as a bubby of mine calls it “Punching Buddies: First They Punch for a Bit, Then They’re Buddies”) and oh boy… I’m not sure where to start. I’m probably gonna have to go deep into the realm of spoilers with this one so I don’t suggest reading this before seeing the film. Even if you’re not fussed about spoilers. You have to be disappointed just like I was. I’ll say this though, the film gets quite a few things right. Mostly stylistic things and the occasional genuinely good scene… but overall, the film is a God damned (Batman) mess. It’s not Fantastic Four (2015) bad. It’s not really bad overall, just not good. I doubt you’ll remember my RoboCop remake review but there I felt for everything it did wrong it did something right. Batman V Superman is like that, but with a fair bit more in the wrong/infuriating column. So yeah, this is the end of the non-spoiler stuff. So I wouldn’t continue unless you really want to.
Making a film of Deadpool has been something many of the character’s fans would have said was a no brainer for years. If you’re a fan you just know the character could work really well on screen. He could also be done terribly… and I’m not even referring to whatever that was at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool has to traverse a very fine line where excess is required but go a little too far, or not far enough, and you’ll have something that feels inauthentic. Well, the Deadpool Movie starring Ryan Reynolds straddles that line perfectly. Prepare for a semi-large number of words on why Mr Pool’s movie is really very very good.
So I’m a Studio Ghibli nerd. You may not realise this because I’ve only covered Arrietty so far on here. That was a silly mistake. I should have covered way more than just that. This weekend I finally got around to watching Hayao Miyazaki’s currently, definitely, absolutely final film The Wind Rises. Miyazaki claims this really is the last film he’ll direct and I have reason to believe him this time. You don’t make films like The Wind Rises without it being the full stop at the end of the sentence that makes up your career. Click below and I’ll tell you just how brilliant this film is.
Four times FOX. Four fecking times have you tried to make a Fantastic Four film and you still can’t get it right. Yes, right of the bat I’m telling you that this latest Fantastic Four interpretation from director Josh Trank is a big old steaming pile of poo. That’s probably being harsh. It does a number of things quite well. But Jesus none of it comes together. I guess I should flesh this all out a bit. I suppose that’s the purpose of a review thing. Warning… this is gonna be one of them reviews where I just run through the events of the film wondering why it’s all so awful.
Well this has been a long time coming. Yes, the time is finally upon us to all bask in the resplendent majesty of a new review on The Film Dump. Yes, I realise it has been a few weeks. Yes, I realise some of you may have taken to getting film recommendations from… shall we say… lesser critics. But know that I am here for you. In your most desperate hour… I am your only hope, for I have seen The Force Awakens and I am here to tell you that it is… pretty decent. Click below for the words about the film. I’ll try to avoid major spoilers and anything too specific.
Oh my God I’m actually reviewing a new release film…. about 10 days after release. Yeah I’m late but I couldn’t exactly not cover a James bond film. Especially after I took on the foolish task of reviewing every Bond film in the space of one month a few years back. Now, I may go into a few spoilers in this review. It’s kinda hard to not talk about certain issues or strengths of the film without going into them. So that’s your spoiler warning. Suffice to say, Spectre is a pretty solid bond film. The third best Daniel Craig film, sure, but it’s way ahead of Quantum of Solace. So, let us proceed with the somewhat spoilery review.