18 June 2011

Green Lantern 3D Movie Review

Origin story of how Hal Jordan came to be the Green Lantern is covered quite quickly and concisely. It also covers the back story between Hal (Reynolds), his rival and girl in peril. Aparently green is the colour of "will" and yellow is the colour of "fear", and this film is a battle between the two. Long ago one of the Green Lantern elders tried to use fear instead of will, but got consumed by it, he's now a huge blob of an alien killing worlds as he flys around the galaxy. Earth is next and Reynolds isn't sure if he has the will to tackle the big blob alien. If this all sounds a bit weird and far fetched, then it is, like the whole film, the isn't your typical super hero movie! The 3D yet again doesn't really show, so I'd save your money on this. The film itself is fairly light on story but high on CGI spectacle. True summer popcorn fun.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10


17 June 2011

Shrek The Musical Theatre Review

Shrek The Muscial at the Theatre Royal in London is a retelling of Shrek 1 to music. All the characters are present and correct with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Pinocchio, Gingy, Three Pigs and other fairy tale characters, including a guest appearance from Puss. The songs are catchy, the costumes bright, a gigantic dragon puppet, and a show stealing Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad. Harman plays his height challenged role on his knees with black cloak and little tiny rubber band legs, which induce some eye wateringly funny moments. Its a shame that Blackwood as Donkey is a bit naff (considering he is funniest in the films), Holden would be honked off for dropped a few creaky notes and a couple of bits where it drags slightly. On the whole though thoroughly entertaining.

Ben 4 out of 5
Barry 4 out of 5


5 June 2011

X-Men: First Class Film Review

Using the Cuban Missile Crisis as a backdrop story to introduce the mutants to human society is a stroke of genius. Bacon, a mutant who believes they are the next generation, is trying to start WW3 between USA and Russia, so that humans wipe themselves out and mutants become to dominant force on Earth. We are introduced to the back stories of Professor X and Magneto, or Charles and Eric. Loads of new mutants, including old faces such as Mystique. Nods to the other X-Men films with Jackman and Romijn popping up (older Wolverine and Mystique). Loads of action, great plot, great characters. The first true summer blockbuster has finally arrived!

Ben 9 out of 10
Barry 9 out of 10