Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

When a strange little blue hedgehog lands on an alien world, he is completely alone. A world called Earth. Now, to get away from an impending threat, he must team up with the local sheriff of Green Hill and fend off those who want to use the hedgehog’s power. Especially, the world’s most arrogant, brilliant, genius, Dr Robotnik.

This was a terrific film with a big opening scene. The story is well told and keeps you not wanting to blink, so you don’t miss a second of it. Every character and design was well thought through. Jim Carey’s portrait of Dr Robotnik was spot on in getting the personality down with an arrogant, pompous, smart and superior attitude. This film has great humour with a lot of fun references and jokes. Really big action scenes and a few heart-warming moments and feels.

I was a little sceptical at first having a live action Sonic film. I’m sure everyone was after seeing the first trailer for this film. It was a good thing they took their time because the final finish was well worth it. Awesome soundtrack, not over the top CGI and a wonderful new take on the origin of Sonic. There are some familiar faces for those who have grown up playing the games and a fun secret clip in the credits. I had hoped it would go a little longer. Overall 4 ½ out of 5 Stars

Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji: The Next Level

Feeling disconnected from his friends, Spencer decides to revisit Jumanji. Now his friends Martha, Bethany and Fridge must come to his rescue. Only problems are, the game is busted, things aren’t what they used to be, and they don’t have the same bodies anymore. This time they’re going to need eyes in the back of their heads.

New dangers, new adventures and a whole lot of problems. That is what you’re in for when you see this film. It has a lot of good comedy and energy that will keep you laughing right up to the very end. It does come with some life lessons in it and what is truly important in life, but mostly comedy. With amazing locations of rain forests, deserts and snowy mountains. 

Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillian, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and new company Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, every one of these wonderful actors have put such hard work into the new makeover of their characters, making this film entertaining. This film is so much fun, that you will want to watch it over and over again. 5/5 Stars.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

The resistance is running short on allies. Master Skywalker is gone and the First Order is building in strength. Now Rey and her team struggle to find the last chance they have to win this war or die trying. 

No matter the outcome, this story will end. All the characters have grown exceptionally throughout this franchise. Although there are some cheesy moments and some re-enactments from some of the original films, the story still flowed well. This film had a big opening to it with an old evil enemy returning and an impressive light show. The big final battle was epic. (Warning. If you are sensitive to lights flashing rapidly, take care) Lightsabre fights were well spread out and choreographed well. Explosions were over the top but that is what you want and we finally learn the origin of Rey. There is a very satisfying ending to all the characters stories.

If you enjoy a good sci-fi film and have enjoyed the franchise, then you will enjoy this film. Everyone has worked hard to make these films great, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (General Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), John Boyega (FN2187 a.k.a Fin) and Oscar Isaac (Poe). Even though Carrie didn’t get to see the final film, I’m sure she would have been happy with the finished product. 4/5 Stars.

Last Christmas

Last Christmas

This is a wonderful tale of friendship, family, love and the spirit of Christmas. When a young woman, Kate, who survived a great illness that almost claimed her life, returns back to the life she had, she discovers it isn’t what she had before. A year has passed, and now because of her selfishness, she is losing friends one by one, her boss is upset with her laziness, she is avoiding her family and just plain giving up. Until a chance encounter with a delivery boy, Tom, who comes into her life.

This romantic comedy, gives many wonderful laughs, heart felt emotions and faith. It does deal with a lot of complicated feelings of life, culture and Brexit. What made this film enjoyable, was the story of Kate (Emilia Clarke) seeing her rises and falls and her never giving up and living in the moment. Very different compared to other Christmas films which is why it’s more fun. There is a great soundtrack in this film and even a musical performance by Emilia.

If you enjoy comedy, romance, Christmas with a twist, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, a great cast and an amazing story, then you will not want to miss this film. Overall 4/5 Stars.

IT Chapter Two

IT Chapter Two

27 years ago, the Losers faced off against a psychotic child eating, shape shifting clown called Pennywise and defeated him. 27 years later he is back. Now the Losers reunite and must face Pennywise again and overcome their own personal fears if they are to stop him.

This is a story about friendship and overcoming your deepest fears. This film does not disappoint in the horror department with well put together designed CGI effects. The story starts strongly, slows down a bit for backstory of the Loser’s club but then picks up again for an amazing showdown against the Clown. Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) returns as the creepy clown with more teeth and hunger than before and loves to chomp down on many kids in this film instalment.

Each actor was well picked to play the roles for the Loser’s. Though the film wasn’t as intense as the first chapter, it did well in keeping the story flowing fluently. It didn’t have too many flash backs to the original kids and while it had only a few jump moments, I wouldn’t call this a film for young audiences as it had plenty of Horror Themes, Strong Language, Violence and Bloody Gore. The final fight was good but I was a little disappointed with Pennywise’s true form. They could have made him so much scarier. Despite that, it was still a good film with an amazing performance by Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) and Bill Hader (Richie). Overall 4/5 Stars.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

After his father’s disappearance, Tim Goodwin joins forces with his father’s Pokémon partner with amnesia…Pikachu, with whom he can talk to and understand. Together they must discover the truth about Pikachu’s past and uncover an evil plot that will destroy Rym City.

This film has much to offer, with a fantastic storyline and amazing look into what the world would look like if Pokémon existed in it. This detective story will keep you guessing with a lot of twists and turns and trying to figure out who done it. No disappointment with the design of each Pokémon with great detail put into each one. Ryan Reynolds even throws in a musical moment but only true fans will know this song. What film wouldn’t be complete without the plucky side-sidekick investigator helping the main character and his Pokémon pal and getting herself into trouble.

The opening of this film will bring much nostalgia to those who saw the first film twenty years ago. By the end of this film even you will say a line that Pikachu gives in the movie “That’s a twist, that’s very twisty”. The chaos sequences through this film were so magnificent and epic you wouldn’t want to blink. If you truly enjoy Pokémon and like a good mystery to solve, then you won’t want to miss this movie. 4.5/5 Stars.

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

After the events of Thanos snapping his fingers and wiping half the universe out, everyone tries to move on. Not everyone can though. Now the Avengers are attempting something incredibly risky. Time Travel, to fix everything. Seriously…what could go wrong?

This is a fun roller coaster from start to finish. With fun and humour, bringing great joy and laugh out loud moments to the film. There were a few good sentimental moments in this film that showed just how close everyone is. What really tops this movie, is the colossal battle that will make you not want to blink, so you don’t miss a second of anything. It has a truly satisfying ending that will not only tie things up, but give you a feeling of satisfaction of how Avengers ends.

This film was very well crafted and put together, bringing the Future/Present to the past and incorporating all the characters into the timelines. Just when you think you have the story figured out, they go and throw a curve ball like this. In order to really understand this latest film, you need to start from the very first film of the Marvel universe in order to grasp the magnitude and effort that has been put into this film.

6/5 Stars. Oh Yes, it’s that good.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Emmet, Lucy and friends return and find themselves facing a new enemy from a place called the Systar-System. With Emmet’s friends captured, he and new friend Rex join forces to take down the Evil Queen, before she ends the universe. Everything’s not Awesome this time around.

This film was a lot of fun. New worlds to discover and some awesome new characters to join this story. Emmet’s always been a softy, but, that’s part of his charm, and watching him grow into a kick butt tough guy is amusing to watch. Every character has changed since the first film, bringing more comedy and insight into more of their backstories on how they became them. This film has much to offer. A new soundtrack with tunes that will get stuck in your head, travel and a storyline that will keep you hooked till the end.

If you enjoyed the first Lego film, then you will not want to miss this one. It has a really good message, lots of laughs and a twist ending you did not see coming. 3.5/5 Stars

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

When new threat Grimmel, the Night Fury hunter arrives, the strength of Hiccup and Toothless is put to the test. In order to protect the Vikings and dragons of Berk, Hiccup embarks on a quest to find a legendary place told to him by his father… The Hidden World.

This was a brilliant film to end an epic trilogy and what better way to end it than a great story with action, hardships, and friendships put to the test, with a well put together soundtrack. This film brought back some nice memories from the first installment and a perfect ending that really pulled at the heart-strings. The relationships between all the dragons and their riders still brings much humour, especially Tuffnut with his glorious beard and Snotlout thinking he is number one. Hiccup, trying to help Toothless impress his new girlfriend the Light Fury, was so hilarious and Astrid, still in love with Hiccup but struggling to be there for him and support him.

This franchise has really outdone itself again and again. The visual designs of the world of Vikings, a world that really has a wonderful way of making you wish Dragons actually existed. If you have enjoyed the first and second film, you will not be disappointed by this final installment.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

When two junk collecting best friends look to sell some stuff from a spooky house, they uncover a mysterious book. After opening the book, they meet their new friend Slappy who seems nice but decides to create a family of his own. Now Sonny, with his sister Sarah and best friend Sam must stop Slappy’s plan of making Halloween last forever.

This story went more back to its roots, a good old fashion tale of scares and family with a real Goosebumps twist ending. Slappy returned with new sinister intentions and a twisted sense of humour bringing back a great feel just like the old days. The three kids of the story Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor), his sister Sarah (Madison Iseman), and best friend Sam (Caleel Harris) all played their roles perfectly. They have so much fun but eventually come across the same problem most kids do…parents who won’t believe them. This film has some interesting cameos in it, with R.L. Stine (Jack Black) returning and a fun moment with the real man showing, R.L. Stine himself.

4/5 Stars. If you enjoy a good horror monster film with a family adventure, good comedy, a twist ending, and dressing up for terror and candy, then you won’t want to miss this one.