It can be difficult writing reviews when you watch far too many films in a row. That’s where Mini-kickers come in. Little bite-sized reviews from the laziest man in the movie blogging universe. The theme this time is films based on existing characters and universes. Wow, all this stretching is starting to get painful.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
My love of Scarlett Johansson is no secret. Sometimes I even spell her name correctly. Which makes it feel like I’m cheating on her when I say Ghost in the Shell is kind of crap. It’s based on the superior manga and anime but this time it’s live action. Scarlett is a sexy robot uncovering a deadly plot by the huge robotics company in futuristic Tokyo. The effects are spectacular but there’s a strange lifeless-ness to the whole thing. Like a robot! (my analogies need more work). Sorry Scarlett! Watch the original instead.
The Void (2016)
The Void is a crowd-funded cosmic horror film set in a beseiged hospital. Clearly inspired by John Carpenter classics such as The Thing and Prince of Darkness it’s actually really good. I’m a huge fanboy of the writing of H. P Lovecraft and The Void is one of the best interpretations of his crazy mythology. The acting from lead actor Aaron Poole is excellent, there are mad cultists and practical monster effects and I was gripped. Check it out.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Let’s get this straight, Peter Jackson’s King Kong film was a load of monkey shit. It had terrible special effects, boring characters, and was far far far too long. In contrast Kong: Skull Island is great fun. The CGI is spectacular, it’d full of action, and at one point Samuel’s L. Jackson stares down King fucking Kong. The cast are great particularly John C. Reilly as a WW2 pilot stranded on Skull island for thirty years, and Tom Hiddleston as the hero of the piece. Kong: Skull Island is a thrilling throwback to those classic Ray Harryhausen monster flicks. A pleasant surprise.
All these films are available somewhere. Have you seen any of them? Are you reading this Scarlett? Come back to me, I didn’t mean to trash your film!