The Ooh Tray

The Ooh Tray is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ed Whitfield
Rating Title/Year Author
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Ed Whitfield Perhaps the reason Tarantino doesn't look to the future is that, thanks to filmmakers like him, there's nothing there. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Ed Whitfield Who was the story consultant, Michael Bay? EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
The Current War (2017) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Ed Whitfield A visual effects milestone without a human connection is a movie in name only. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Ed Whitfield A story so slight that it might have featured as a bonus feature on the Conjuring's Blu-ray. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Anna (2019) Ed Whitfield A movie that feels oddly jarring; a story that's unanchored and unreal. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ed Whitfield A self-indulgent one joke act of prolonged masturbation. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Stuber (2019) Ed Whitfield Stuber's an entertaining diversion on the strength of its leads alone. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Ed Whitfield A simple and straightforward kids' own adventure, that like every Marvel movie before it, lacks a signature style and personality. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Ed Whitfield Destined to become the go to movie for women disgruntled with their men everywhere. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Ed Whitfield 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? EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine (2018) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Ed Whitfield So outlandish and contrived, as to be darkly comic. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Ma (2019) Ed Whitfield Ma has no greater ambition that to deliver a b-grade teens in peril picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Ed Whitfield A cynical bid to mine old memories for new dollars. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Ed Whitfield Something incredible has happened and I need to tell someone - Dexter Fletcher has made a great movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Ed Whitfield It's just as lifeless as you feared. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Ed Whitfield How to tell today's tots that once going to the movies was about selling them stories not related products? EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Ed Whitfield It plays like a Wayans Brothers' parody of Frank Oz's movie. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Ed Whitfield Long shot? If such a thing happened in the real world you'd hear a gun shot. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Ed Whitfield Better dead than Red Joan. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Ed Whitfield A pornographic celebration of immorality. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Ed Whitfield King by numbers. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Ed Whitfield It has just enough charm and gentle humour to be enjoyable, the way a hot milk drink eases the transition to sleep. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
Us (2019) Ed Whitfield An intriguing and uncanny attack on America's divided self. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Ed Whitfield If Captain Marvel had been lovingly crafted and shot with style, perhaps the void at its heart would have mattered less. But Larson's fighter pilot, turned galactic defender, is the central character a characterless movie deserves. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Ed Whitfield It's lip curling in places...but there's not enough brutality or absurdity to make Cold Pursuit anything other than evocative of better movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Ed Whitfield Great fun. Part 3 anyone? EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Ed Whitfield The canvas is colourful and detailed, the characters likable but after a promising first act, the film gets bogged down in world building, punctuated by setpiece fights that advance the story not one inch. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Ed Whitfield Hell, make a few more like this, Melissa, and you might be forgiven. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Vice (2018) Ed Whitfield A biopic ripe with innuendo and scurrilous incident that asks its audience to join the dots and draw up its own indictment. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Glass (2019) Ed Whitfield Attempts to marry the realist take on the superhero mythos from the first film with the schlock sensibility of the second. This is like putting a cat's head on a raven's body. The creature doesn't live long but while it does it's fascinating to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Ed Whitfield Mary Queen of Scots works as an exploration of women born to power, struggling to survive in a ruthless patriarchal order. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Ed Whitfield The mordant characterisation and precision staging make for an unsettling and unkind spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Ed Whitfield Marks the moment Disney ceased to become a movie studio in the traditional sense. Pastiche is their game now - cannibalising and regurgitating, in the most perfunctory, mechanistic way possible, their considerable cache of 20th Century hits. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Ed Whitfield If the series is going to fully recover from Zack Snyder's early assault, it will have to better marry brains with brawn, resisting the false choice of Wan's salty blow out. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Ed Whitfield There's a mystery at the heart of this film, but it's not the identity of Ezra Miller's non-descript wizard, or the sparing use of Depp's Hitlerlarian sorcerer, rather why did Rowling think there was enough material to hang an entire second movie on? EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Creed II (2018) Ed Whitfield It's an effective sequel to two very different movies grown from the same cinematic DNA. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Ed Whitfield The movie's saving grace is its leading man, Rami Malek, and his blistering recreation of Mercury's on-stage performances, both of which capture our memories of Queen with comforting fidelity. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Hunter Killer (2018) Ed Whitfield Gerard, never mind a torpedo, fire your agent. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Halloween (2018) Ed Whitfield It doesn't dare to be different, and consequently it has the distinct feel of a redundant cash in. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
First Man (2018) Ed Whitfield First Man is no crowd pleaser but it's a very fine brain-buster; the kind of movie that audience apathy will consign to history, much like our once funded dreams to explore strange new worlds. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Ed Whitfield It has weight and depth, and that, as Cooper seems to intuitively understand, adds heft to the story's melodramatic complications. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018