25 March 2012

Hunger Games Film Review

We must be missing something on this latest craze. Like Twilight before it Hunger Games doesn't really do anything new that hasn't been done before. In fact this smacks of Running Man and Battle Royale. The kid actors don't exactly help either, with the main girl being played by a bit of a plank. However the film itself does entertain, and like In Time, plays on how the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The Hunger Games is designed to basically keep the poor districts in their place after some war (which is glossed over quickly in the intro), scratching around for food and supplies, while the city that organises the games has everything in excess. The Hunger Games themselves pitch 24 children against each other, with only 1 survivor, but unlike Running Man everyone's death is kept to a 12A. Good but not great, scrapes by with a cinema watch if nothing else is on.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 6 out of 10


24 March 2012

Sweeney Todd Theatre Review

A dark, foreboding set awaited us at the Adelphi Theatre in London for the new arrival of Sweeney Todd. Anyone who has seen previous versions will know the story and the songs, performed excellently by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. The other characters are pretty throw away, as this pair steals the show. The throat slashing is great and gory, with a trap door and slide down from the barbers to the pie shop. Imelda is outstanding though, far exceeding Helena from the movie, especially with the "Worst Pies in London" and "Little Bit of Priest" songs, adding flair and humour.

Ben 4 out of 5
Barry 3.5 out of 5


11 March 2012

John Carter IMAX 3D Film Review

Billed in many film magazines as Disney's Star Wars, they're actually not far off. Pixar now certainly has big budget, live action, CGI extravaganzer under their belt too! Directed by Andrew Stanton of Finding Nemo and Wall-E fame, John Carter is a story of a man plucked off Earth in 1811 and thrown into the middle of a war on Mars. Rescuing the princess from a warring faction, uniting the alien races to help each other, all the while being manipulated by a mythical race interfering in the timeline. Pretty standard sci-fi fare then! The pace is just right, the battles good and the CGI excellent. On IMAX you could feel the rumbles in your seat and the 3D popped. I actually want to go and see it again, as there was too much to take in!

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 9 out of 10


7 March 2012

Star Wars Phantom Menace 3D Film Review

Still a fairly boring entry into the Star Wars saga. Jar Jar Binks is as annoying as ever. The 3D film conversion is pretty poor, even the pod race which zooms into the screen doesn't impress. Doesn't bode well for the other 5 movies. Save your money.

Ben 5 out of 10


4 March 2012

This Means War Movie Review

Mc G, director of Charlie's Angels, tries to merge romcom with action movie, and succeeds on some levels. Pine and Hardy play CIA agents, who end up dating the same girl, Witherspoon. They end up using the CIA resources to bug, track and monitor their girl, while competing for her love. As with all romcoms it has an obvious ending, but getting there is far more fun than the usual movies.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10