Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: http://theoohtray.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
69% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell does a reasonable job of telling the tale like a Fox story - establish the villain, castigate those involved for moral cowardice and political pragmatism, signal righteousness - but that extends to the synthetic ire. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) Will have broad appeal and a long afterlife on Sunday afternoon TV, subject to the odd trim for language. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi opts to forego the affected solemnity usually associated with period, substituting it with something closer to the truth; a false consciousness and heightened acceptance of the absurd. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
20% Cats (2019) You'll never forget it - though you will try. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Who'd have thought the filmmakers had so little confidence in their audience? Who'd have imagined the finished film would mirror the creative lethargy underpinning it so perfectly? It's slapped together, half-hearted, cynical and tired. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Next level breezy. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) A neo-noir with brains and social commentary to boot. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) [It] wears its influences without the tedium of pastiche or the tension-sapping laziness of parody. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels insults and patronises the built-in audience for this mediocre IP, i.e. men, without having any idea what a woman would want to see instead, assuming she'd be interested at all. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) A human life in deep focus. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) The movie has enough propulsive action and tension built into its chase scenario to elevate it from schedule filler to compelling entertainment. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) The film has all the heteronormative family values parents rely upon to do their parenting for them, in a handsome package that also reminds kids to look after their siblings and pets. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) In this movie released under the Fox banner after its acquisition by Disney, the theme is that of the team of industry pros, working under experienced leadership, fighting off the imbecilic & misguided directives of the parent company. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) Good liar, good movie. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The irony being that a dead filmmaker has managed to linger and control the living from the grave. On the other hand, King's next novel just wrote itself. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) A Terminator movie produced by machine learning. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker knows that its status as a property trumps secondary considerations like art and originality, but it purports to offer both under the safe and reassuring DC umbrella. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Like all great space movies, Ad Astra knows that progress without enlightenment is simply technological refinement. Humanity means more than that, and what a great time to be reminded. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) As though it were playing in John Rambo's mind, it's quick, populated by fleeting images of death and destruction, senseless, dehumanising, nihilistic, humourless, cruel, and psychologically taxing. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) If the movie's ultimately aim is to understand how this seedy scam came about, it succeeds. If the hope is to generate sympathy - well, that would be a kind of con, wouldn't it? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Welcome to Downton Abbey: The Movie, or 10 b-stories hung on an event. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) The second half of the story plays like a bland re-telling of the first. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The bus advertising reminds you that this is the third film in the series; an implicit acknowledgement from the filmmakers that they've made a derivative and therefore forgettable product. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Perhaps the reason Tarantino doesn't look to the future is that, thanks to filmmakers like him, there's nothing there. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Who was the story consultant, Michael Bay? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
33% The Current War (2017) The Current War is highly stylised and edited for pace, ensuring that even the most obtuse teen will be carried along by the bombastic staging and heightened performances. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) A visual effects milestone without a human connection is a movie in name only. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A story so slight that it might have featured as a bonus feature on the Conjuring's Blu-ray. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
36% Anna (2019) A movie that feels oddly jarring; a story that's unanchored and unreal. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A self-indulgent one joke act of prolonged masturbation. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Stuber's an entertaining diversion on the strength of its leads alone. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A simple and straightforward kids' own adventure, that like every Marvel movie before it, lacks a signature style and personality. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Destined to become the go to movie for women disgruntled with their men everywhere. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Curtis isn't interested in teasing out the possibilities of his fantasy premise; genuinely interesting questions like what would a world without the Beatles sound like? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) If Trekkies ever needed reminding that their thoughtless and thought terminating rejection of the so-called black sheep of the Trek family was imbecilic then and, in the age of Star Trek: Discovery, indefensible now, this is the time. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) So outlandish and contrived, as to be darkly comic. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It provides a resolution for all the toys, which though predicated on the same idea as previous films, namely each toy finding their purpose, gives that theme expression in a way that feels more individuated to the characters and satisfying. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn has some nice ideas - an alien wasp-like predator is indeed creepy, and it makes a fist of some disturbing setpieces on a limited budget, but it fails as a character study. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Everyone's dressed for a funeral and that's the right look because if we keep getting movies like this one we'll be putting the cinematic experience in the ground. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A lethargic affair, in which the entire cast appear to be carrying out a contractual obligation rather than putting the seal on their First Class characterisations. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
55% Ma (2019) Ma has no greater ambition that to deliver a b-grade teens in peril picture. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) In the absence of out and out jokes, because this is still a movie in thrall to the orthodoxy that everyone must be on all the time, there's a pleasing optimism. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It would be even better Keanu Reeves could emote or deliver a line of dialogue, but he's so good shooting, punching, and kicking people, one can forgive him. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) A cynical bid to mine old memories for new dollars. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Something incredible has happened and I need to tell someone - Dexter Fletcher has made a great movie. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's just as lifeless as you feared. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) How to tell today's tots that once going to the movies was about selling them stories not related products? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) It plays like a Wayans Brothers' parody of Frank Oz's movie. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long shot? If such a thing happened in the real world you'd hear a gun shot. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) We won't talk about the technobabble inelegantly cited in a bid to hold it all together - the equivalent of taking out an airplane's jackscrews and replacing them with chewing gum. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019