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
Bombshell (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
1917 (2019) Ed Whitfield Will have broad appeal and a long afterlife on Sunday afternoon TV, subject to the odd trim for language. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Cats (2019) Ed Whitfield You'll never forget it - though you will try. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Ed Whitfield Next level breezy. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Ed Whitfield A neo-noir with brains and social commentary to boot. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Ed Whitfield [It] wears its influences without the tedium of pastiche or the tension-sapping laziness of parody. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Ed Whitfield A human life in deep focus. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Ed Whitfield The movie has enough propulsive action and tension built into its chase scenario to elevate it from schedule filler to compelling entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Ed Whitfield Good liar, good movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Ed Whitfield A Terminator movie produced by machine learning. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
Joker (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Ed Whitfield 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? EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Ed Whitfield Welcome to Downton Abbey: The Movie, or 10 b-stories hung on an event. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Ed Whitfield The second half of the story plays like a bland re-telling of the first. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Ed Whitfield 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
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 (2019) 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
() 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