There are many reasons to explain why global release dates for films can vary so much from country to country. Some films need dubbing, others need to ferry their cast around for promotion, whilst a handful see the distributor test the waters before spending on global advertising. In the case of a select few, however, the delays are tactical strikes at nailing the box office and the awards season.
Twerking doves. So, that’s what the greatest story ever told was missing! Who knew? Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore apparently. It’s their script, at any rate, that Timothy Reckart directs in The Star: an occasionally sweet, intermittently amusing, but ultimately dim take on the Nativity tale, which places the animals front and centre. ‘Revisionist’ doesn’t cover it, stick with the school plays.
What a joy it is to be alive and live to see another exceptional cinematic outing for Paddington Bear. Painted in pastel bright colouring, and overflowing with the heartfelt charm of its predecessor, Paddington 2 is a pure delight. Here are boundless layers of family fun, each one lavishly spread with the finest homemade marmalade.
The journey to Justice League has been a gruelling one. Those who complained that Batman v Superman required bums of steal to experience from start to finish, know nothing of endurance the film has had to muster, having first entered production back in 2007. A decade of ‘development Gotham City’ plus one mixed bag of preluding offerings later, and the final product…isn’t bad. No, it’s not great – far too messy, a tad soulless – but it has got plenty of promise. There’s a start.
Marking the third time Sean Anders has produced an inferior sequel to a dreadful first outing, Daddy’s Home 2 (styled: Two) takes the petty comedy of its predecessor and ramps up the mean spirit. By the time the schmalzy Christmas singalong had plonked itself ungraciously on the end, I was thoroughly under the impression that I’d been too harsh on A Bad Moms Christmas.
From the Franco-Belgian producers of House of Magic comes one more, rather splendidly animated, flick for the youngsters. There’s nothing whatsoever demanding on show in The Son Of Bigfoot, but in its own mellow and bluntly wielded way Ben Stassen and Jeremy Degruson’s film offers entertaining fun, moulded around the structures of some very familiar plotting.
So, the first reviews are in and…yeah, the critics don’t like Justice League. Our review’s not due till Friday but could this be more of a blockbuster ‘for the fans’? It’s been a bumpy ride getting here so let’s weigh up the facts.