The best of the three films in my opinion. 'The Hunger Games' over, less computer game like action. I felt this was an altogether more intelligent film that (dare I say it?) begin to give meaning to the previous instalments. Well acted, whilst Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and her fellow young actors as always did a good job it was wonderful to see some of the older actors (Donald Sutherland as President Snow) with a more prominent part to play.
My only complaint? Unlike some book adaptations that saw the final book made into two films, with no real sense of a distinct beginning, middle and end, this really did feel like what it was, half a film. TT
Marginally more engaging than the previous two films there is a sense of this plot eventually moving forward and developing something potentially interesting. But, I'll wait and see. I can only hope that the conclusion gets beyond the personal and into the political. President Snow is right! The rebels have it all wrong? NJT
BIG HERO 6 ...
A long while since I've actually laughed (and laughed out loud at that) at a Disney animation - to be honest recent films such as Frozen have left me feeling nothing if not nauseated. I had worried I'd outgrown the twee cuteness and the all-singing-all-dancing 'villains'. And truth be told I probably have but that's OK because this isn't your typical Disney fare.
A quirky combination of East meets West. Set in 'San Fransokyo' there's a definite Japanese vibe to the film. Wonderful storytelling with several great message at its heart. The star of the show, Baymax, a marshmallow looking robot, whilst doubtlessly cute is not at all twee. But best of all .... hurrah, no schmaltzy romances, Go Go and Honey Lemon are no tiny of waist, pouted of lip young women waiting around for Mr Right or indeed any man to save them. TT
Going to have to be very nice about a Disney film which is much out of character for me. We watched this the day after the terror attacks in Paris and it was a good antidote for such a dark day. The young Hero's wayward existence is tempered by the big brother mentor's introduction to an education and such opportunity as it affords. Tragedy follows and the embittered young man finds comfort in the gentle ministrations of his brother's robotic creation Baymax. As events unfold we find the tragedy was not so incidental as believed and an unintended consequence of a plan of revenge. Hero too has to go through the pains of desire for revenge as he nears the perpetrator and events head to a climactic destruction. What prices are paid for the lack of forgiveness and what possibility exists when it is offered? ... and it's a good giggle. Baymax is a new role model. TT
THE GRAND SEDUCTION ...
Gentle comedy of small town relationships and the nature of community on a small island that is losing its way, its identity and purpose as the world moves ahead of it and its contributions. A possible resurrection is on the horizon if only the community can attract a resident doctor. Chance and a small packet of cocaine does bring a doctor (Taylor Kitsch) for a month and the whole community (co-ordinated by Brendan Gleason) goes into overdrive to persuade the man to fall in love with the island by means fair and well... not so fair. The strangest game of cricket and a postmistress who refuses to get all flirtatious and the elderly espionage unity tapping the telephone wires keeps the absurd ticking along as they woo their catch. NJT
No sex, no violence, no swearing, just a nice, gentle, whimsical story with some terrific characters. Need I say more? TT
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM #3: SECRET OF THE TOMB ...
Way better than the somewhat dismal Night At The Museum #2, I'd even go as far as to say I enjoyed this as much as the first film in the franchise.
Full of the usual 'exhibits' - Dexter (the monkey), my favourites, Jedediah and Octavius (the miniature cowboy and Roman soldier respectively) and, of course, the wonderful Robin Williams in his last major screen role as Teddy Roosevelt (how poignant to see his character slowly reverting to its wax self) - as well as newcomers, the rather dishy if somewhat simple, Sir Lancelot and Laaa (the caveman) who despite his monosyllabic grunting got more than his fair share of laughs - Secret Of The Tomb is set in the British Museum.
Full of good humour and with the nice touch of a father and son relationship at its heart, I'm only hoping that the series ends here whilst on such a high note. TT
Knockabout comedy romp with museum exhibits. Nothing more or less... NJT