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
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Ed Whitfield A breezy blockbuster, lacking any edge or character, is unlikely to convince millions to forsake the comfort of their living room and the known irritants in their household, for the unknowns of the multiplex. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Ed Whitfield Its sin, in keeping with the religiosity that permeates it, is that it pulls us in to a psychodrama centred on Michael's autumn years and the ties that bind, only to leave us exactly where Part II did, decades earlier. What then, was the point? EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Mank (2020) Ed Whitfield It took a bold impresario, naïve enough to be brave, to make Citizen Kane, but it required the kind of guy who vomits up an expensive dinner and placates his host with the line, "relax, the white wine came up with the fish", to write it. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Ed Whitfield Turns out that whatever Rufus told them, or whatever we were led to believe, back when men could be heroes, the Wyld Stallyns' real contribution to history were two lucky acts of ejaculation. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
Cuties (2020) Ed Whitfield The audience may have some growing up to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
Unhinged (2020) Ed Whitfield An unshoed nag with two broken legs that improbably became the star attraction on derby day. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
Tenet (2020) Ed Whitfield If big entertainments want to be respected as intelligent entertainments, they must communicate with audiences clearly, not flit between the abstract and pretentious. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
Peter's Friends (1992) Ed Whitfield What felt sincere and reassuring in 1992, seems indulgent and stilted today. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Ed Whitfield A well-plotted thriller with horror trappings that deserves praise for finding a new and unsettling spin on an old premise. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Ed Whitfield Content to be nihilistic and mean-spirited as an end in itself... it gives the audience not one character it can engage with emotionally or psychologically, leaving them adrift in a world of sensory overload and fetishized violence. In short, it's trash. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
Parasite (2019) Ed Whitfield One's left to wonder who's parasitically living off whom? The Kims off the Parks, or the Americans off their anti-communist allies? EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Ed Whitfield A gloriously bonkers two-hander. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Ed Whitfield I preferred the Boys when they were young and care free, and the characters understood it was better to burn out than fade away. Filmmakers used to understand that too. It's that understanding I'm nostalgic for. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
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 ultimate 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
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