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If you watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters looking for a good story you will be sorely disappointed as what little story there is here is incredibly weak and illogical. Basically, a group of eco-terrorists are awakening kaiju to follow King Ghidora in destroying humanity in order to prevent our destruction of the planet. It's stupid and defies logic that even the most zealous eco warrior would happily go along with this sort of plan but someone in the writing team thought this was a good idea as did someone who greenlit the script so what do I know. This also falls foul of the common blockbuster curse in throwing in a pointless comic relief character in the form of Dr Stanton. He doesn't bring anything to the story and isn't funny in the slightest.
Thankfully, if your here for kaiju v kaiju action then you've come to the right place. Ditching the slow build of the previous film (which I personally loved), this film goes straight into the action pitting Godzilla against Ghidora early on in explosive encounter and it doesn't let up ending with a thrilling finale. Sadly there are a few cutaways (i'm guessing due to budget restrictions) that do take you out of the action a bit. With great action and effects, Godzilla: King of the Monsters should prove a fun watch for anyone that can look past its flaws.
If you thought Transformers 2-4 were gutter trash that could only appeal to the lowest common denominator then you haven't seen anything yet Transformers: The Last Knight is a film so horrendously bad that only the most simple minded could derive any enjoyment from it. This is basically 2 hours and 35 minutes of random moving images incoherently sewn together in a completely non-sensical way. The basic plot (which is incredibly basic) is easy to follow but all the hour and half of padding is just completely random and illogical and filled with 'jokes' that only Michael Bay and a 3 year old could possibly find amusing. This feels like it was written by an small child that just wanted to throw a load of flashy (and dull) action sequences together but had no idea how to tie everything together. It really is a mess. It isn't even a film that's so bad it's funny, it's just plain awful and a candidate for the title of the worst film ever made.
A film this bad should see Michael Bay blacklisted from Hollywood forever. Sadly it won't although the commercial bomb that this was, this will hopefully be the final Transformers film that Hollywood's biggest man child is allowed anywhere near.
Aquaman is fun but deeply flawed entry into the so far bitterly disappointing DCEU. Picking up straight from the aftermath of Justice League, Aquaman sees Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) head to Atlantis to defeat is half-brother Orm who is plotting war with the surface. It isn't an overly imaginative plot and follows the typical fall and rise of a hero storyline that has been done several times before but strong performances from Jason Mamoa and Amber Heard as Mera help elevate Aquaman above it's lack of originality. It's also nice to see James Wan fully embrace the campiness and silliness of comic books instead of going for the dark, gritty and almost edge lord style of approach that has plagues all previous DCEU films bar Wonder Woman. It helps make for a much more fun and endearing film.
Unfortunately, it's clear to see that like BvS, Suicide Squad and Justice League, large portions of the film have been left on the cutting room floor as the film often feels scrappy, jumping from one scene to another with no real flow. It's also sad that for a film of this length both villains are badly developed. Orm does at least have some degree of development but Black Manta is left with pretty much no background other than being out for revenge on Arthur for leaving his dad to die. I can't help but feel that the film would have felt tighter and more focused if Black Manta had been the sole villain for the film with Orm being built as the villain for the sequel. As it is, it feels like they have over extended themselves for a first entry in a franchise.
As you would expect for a comic book movie there is a lot of action. For the most part this is really well done, bringing to life some great fight scenes with some excellent choreography. On the downside, slo-mo shots are used far too often and quickly become irritating. Some of them do look cool but most are unnecessary. Sadly, the final battle also becomes little more than a disorientating CGI mess, cheapening the films climax. On the subject of CGI, the visual effects are a bit of a mixed bag. Some scenes look incredible, almost making Atlantis feel real. But in places they are really and it feels like little effort has been made to hide that it was shot in front of a green screen.
Aquaman might not be one of the best superhero films on offer but it's still a fun watch despite it's many issues.
A Ghost Story left me feeling conflicted. On one hand it's a sad but oddly heart warming drama but on the other, even at just an hour and a half, it's a film that can really drag at times.
The film follows the husband (Casey Affleck) returning as a bed sheeted ghost to watch over his wife (Rooney Mara) only to find that as her life moves on, he is stuck in the same place destined to spend eternity without her. It's hard not to be saddened watching him trapped in a miserable existence without his wife before eventually coming to terms with fate. And it's great to have a rare arty film that never crosses into pretention. But there is a lot that I found annoying. Long shots of nothing really happening occur far too often. Watching Rooney Mara eat a pie whilst snivelling for what seems like five minutes isn't interesting whilst the lecture by Will Oldham's character about everything being destroyed is also quite tedious. Moments like this really do detract from what works about this film.
Would I recommend this film? I really don't know. There are moments of near greatness but an equal number of moments that will bore a lot of people.