Apollo 11 review – A Mesmerising Odyssey | Sundance London 2019

The first part of the film I found myself asking, is this real? Was the footage new? The vibrance and restoration of these never-seen-before shots are startlingly beautiful and unlike any documentary footage I've seen. There is a lack of traditional documentary technique, Apollo 11 is almost entirely using found-footage and reminds of Asif Kapadia's…

Godzilla: King of The Monsters review – A Monster Extravaganza That Shines on Kaiju and Fails Humans

King of The Monsters is the third film in a good-standing franchise of monster films. I am very fond of Kong: Skull Island, to which gets referenced but is barely connected. That sense of disconnection allows it to focus on Godzilla, but painstakingly bright is its errors in all the brilliant monster action. King of…

The Farewell review – An Overwhelming Sledgehammer of a Film | Sundance London 2019

Based on an actual lie, The Farewell is an overwhelming tragicomedy that hits you with a sledgehammer punch of emotions. This film is intensely personal for the director, Lulu Wang - filming took place in her own Grandmother's town, Changchun in China. It is truly bittersweet, scattered with a slew of hysterical moments and contrasting…

Aladdin review – Naomi Scott Soars in This Staggeringly Wondrous Musical

Aladdin is a staggeringly energetic musical, that is ravishingly extravagant and full of life. Adapted from the 1992 Disney classic, this twist takes new steps forward - including an enchanting new song for Jasmine. Naomi Scott is a powerhouse presence from scene to scene and people critising Will Smith before watching will be eating their…

High Life review – An Intoxicatingly Beautiful Space Odyssey

Claire Denis's odyssey High Life is an intoxicatingly beautiful and sensual experience of intimacy. Set in the far future, we are presented with a non-linear narrative that unfolds the horrors and beauties of life in space. Taking place in a pressurised spacecraft, Denis tackles the the question of what it means to be human. Relations…

MIDSOMMAR: The Summer Film Not To Miss (An Analysis of Ari Aster)

Hereditary (2018) was a smash hit for A24, raking in an impressive $79.4 million and was a critical darling. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to enormous buzz, later moving to Sundance London continuing that trail of excitement as the release became imminent. In all of the A24 excitement, the real prize was that audiences…

Detective Pikachu review – Ryan Reynolds Shines Over Everything Else

Pokémon finally gets its inevitable big screen live-action adaptation in the form of Detective Pikachu. The colossal phenomenon that is Pokémon holds the hearts of millions, including this writer right here. Whether it was Pokémon cards or the animated shows, people all around the world have felt the impact, through childhood or parenthood. With the success and…

Booksmart review – Howlingly Hilarious, Wild and Gives Many F’s!

Booksmart is an absolute blast that WILL make you howl with laughter. It's one of the best coming-of-age films I've ever seen, just like 2017's Lady Bird is (which happened to have Beanie Feldstein in it). Both films are coming-of-age stories directed by ace first time actors-turned-directors, Booksmart holds the beautiful direction of Olivia Wilde…

The Captor review – Ethan Hawke’s Hilariously Charming Reservoir Dogs-like Film

Ethan Hawke returns to the big screen with a sure-fire bang. After a great 2018 with Hawke garnering acclaim off of his performance in Paul Schrader's First Reformed. His latest, The Captor is an intriguing dark comedy laced with infectious energy. It is uniquely stylish and Hawke gives one of 2019's best performances so far.…

Avengers Endgame review – A Beautifully Heartbreaking End

Never have I ever felt so passionately and emotionally about a Marvel film. This tore me down and ripped me apart. A beautifully heartbreaking ending to a saga, which had its bumps, but not this one. No, this truly is a film of wonder, something of a gem, shining. Routing back to the films of…