What is a MiniKicker? Well it’s three mini reviews for your perusal! These reviews are brought to you by the letter W.
Winter’s Bone (2010)
Not the Eskimo porno that I assumed previously, Winter’s Bone sees Jennifer Lawrence in her first Oscar nominated role is as a teenager in rural Missouri who goes looking for her absent father to save her family home. Lawrence is perfect as the determined, brave young girl who’s had to grow up too fast. Winter’s Bone is a grim film that can be tough going but shines a light on back country ghettos that we don’t usually get to explore. A great movie with a star making turn from Lawrence. Recommended.
White House Down (2013)
John Cale (Channing Tatum) takes his annoying kid to the seat of American power when terrorists including Liam McPoyle take it over. Despite resembling a root vegetable injected with steroids and stuffed into a suit (a jacket potato, if you will), Tatum is great as the John McClane style everyman hero. The script is light and has some very funny lines. A solid action movie with a great cast it’s definitely worth a watch. It’s the best Die Hard film since Under Siege. I’ve confused myself again.
The World’s End (2013)
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are back for their first film together since the excellent Hot Fuzz. It has the genius idea of combining a pub crawl with the rise of the machines. Where the film falls down is in the number of jokes in the script. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz mixed action with loads of brilliant gags something that The World’s End can’t match. The fantastic fight scenes, the spectacular effects and the subtle nods towards the death of the traditional British pub rescue the movie from mediocrity.
Have you been on a pub crawl? What vegetable do you think Channing Tatum resembles? Can anyone give me J-Law’s phone number? Let me know in the comments below.