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Posted by Ali Gray
at 07:00 on 03 Jul 2017
Let's just re-establish The Boss Baby Clause
from earlier this year: Despicable Me 3 is a kids movie, and it was watched in the company of a kid, and it was enjoyed by said kid, thus to me, it was a successful movie. Writing criticism of movies patently not made for you is a fool's errand, but we're all professionals here, so let's try and engage the critical faculties and fire up a review for old time's sake. Despicable Me 3 is... fine? I guess? Let's say yes.
Things that ruin your childhood: discovering that your parents are the tooth fairy/Father Christmas. Learning that grandparents and pets can die no matter how much you love them. Jimmy Savile. These are actual things that leave a lasting mark. A remake of a film that you probably originally saw on TV three years after its release because you weren’t old enough to see it at the cinema when it actually came out will not “ruin” your childhood memories (I also had an extended metaphor about how I have continually enjoyed cheese toasties despite once eating an amazing one a few years ago but that doesn’t diminish the good one I had, but I think you get my point). The new rebooted Ghostbusters isn’t going to piss on the fact that you can remember things from a movie that’s over 30 years old. But before I have to hand in my "I was a child of the 80s" badge, I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ghostbusters 2016 is actually funnier and scarier than the original.
Bel Powley is a very arresting and idiosyncratic actor, so expect to see her playing a superhero's girlfriend pretty soon. For now though, here she is in a fairly straightforward yarn about a teenage girl who has a bunch of sex. It has some good visual ideas and does a nice line in chiding you for forgetting the seediness of its main relationship, but none of this quite elevates it above a decent watch.
It has become a Hollywood truism that, since the advent of CGI, it is now possible to put literally anything up on the big screen as long as there’s a large enough suitcase of money involved. There are no limits anymore. Movies can now show us scenes that are beyond anything we can possibly imagine, such as alien spaceships or giant dinosaurs. Well, ok, I suppose we can all imagine both of those things. What about... a time before the universe existed? Or climaxing pastry? Anyway, movies can deliver it all. And now this film, about a hopeless fantasist swapping his daydreams for a real-life adventure, gets to play with those rules. The potential for visual spectacle is limitless. There are literally dozens of funny voices Ben Stiller can use.
Posted by Ben
at 18:30 on 29 Jun 2013
You could slap a three-star review on Despicable Me 2 and most people wouldn't complain, but whether you enjoy it or not depends entirely on two things: how much you enjoy the slapstick comedy of the minions, and how much schmaltz you can tolerate. The only way to give it a fair review is via the medium of chart.
Kristen Wiig really has cornered the market in movie posters featuring diagonal Futura bold type in 100% Magenta. If she died tomorrow, her gravestone would be white marble with pink, slanted, Futura lettering: "Here lies Kristen Wiig (1974-2013). She was in Bridesmaids, then she died."
Posted by Ali
at 23:20 on 26 May 2013
Posted by Ali
at 07:00 on 21 Jun 2011
I apologise in advance, because I'm about to do my favourite film of the year a disservice by writing a fairly brief review. All you should know is that it is hands down the funniest, most enjoyable, most heartfelt comedy I've seen for years – not only is it probably the best wedding movie ever made, it's up there with the best comedies of the last ten years. If I must indulge the needless gender war it seems to have ignited, the girls of Bridesmaids have taken the boys of The Hangover
to the cleaners. And then shot them.
Posted by Ali
at 15:44 on 19 Feb 2011
A movie made by geeks, for geeks, about geeks... Sounds awful, doesn't it? Don't make the mistake of writing off Paul as giant bout of auto-fellatio on the part of uber-nerds Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, because despite appearances - and loads and loads and loads of science-fiction in-jokes - it's actually great fun, well-written and extremely enjoyable. Seriously though, Paul is so full of nods and wink, it's like it has a facial tic - Spaced's homage-o-meter would be overheating under the strain.
Posted by Ali
at 21:21 on 07 Oct 2010
He's the ultimate tool, apparently, and so will you be if you miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime offer, not available in shops! Sorry, went a little 'infomercial' on you there.
Posted by Anna
at 08:52 on 11 Apr 2010
Brace yourself for an education in jamming, whipping and blocking courtesy of Drew Barrymore and her fictional roller derby team. Essentially, roller derby is a sport for people who don't like sport; it's the anti-sport sport, attracting the girls who never got picked to be in the team and got sneered at by the jocks and cheerleaders. In other words it's the perfect set-up for a traditional underdog story.