Despite twenty years of technical progress and the influx of competitors it spawned, Toy Story remains, to most film lovers, the finest and most visually innovative children’s film of all time. So, for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to borrow freely from such an ageless and beloved classic, yet ensure The Lego Movie remains universally appealing is a testament to the way this existing material is handled. It may not be wholly original, but nor is it derivative and this rip-roaring homage is imbued with enough freshness of its own to offer an experience like no other. This is Toy Story for a new generation; a cinematic event expertly crafted to attract and inspire film lovers new and old. Continue reading The Lego Movie Review
Night of the Living Clay
Laika, the animation studio behind Henry Selick’s flawed, yet creepily entertaining Coraline, return with a new stop motion horror comedy and though ParaNorman showcases their technical ability it never presents as much originality or charm as its predecessor.
Achievement Unlocked: Don’t Wreck It.
While cinema has mastered the adaptation of novels, theatre and comic books, among many other mediums, the thriving video game industry remains unconquered. Cinema’s leading studios have tried on several occasions, but even the better video game adaptations – Silent Hill, Hitman and Tomb Raider – left a large proportion of audiences disappointed. As their rival studios continue to fail, Disney step in to the still emerging subgenre with their original, video game influenced animation Wreck-It Ralph.
Pirates of the Clay-animation
Aardman are second only to Pixar as the studio who audiences trust to bring them consistently entertaining and inventive big-screen animations. With such tremendous reputation it’s only natural that every new project is met with heightened expectations and they usually deliver. However, following consecutive disappointments, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, Aardman’s fifth feature film received a surprising amount of trepidation.
Pixar’s attempts of redemption following the shameful Cars 2.
Ever since Pixar broke ground in 1995, with the innovative and universally acclaimed Toy Story, audiences have expected the same quality in each of their follow up films. Until recently the prestigious animation studio conquered the immense expectation and delivered consistently brilliant cinema experiences that reinvigorated the animation film. After hitting their first speed bump in 2011 with the disappointing sequel for Cars, Pixar attempts to refine their aim and hit the target with fantasy adventure Brave.
Dr Seuss, Dr Seuss!
The creators of sensational children’s film Despicable Me return to cinemas with an adaptation of Dr Seuss’ famed fable The Lorax. First published in 1972 the children’s book boasts many original characters, magnificent illustrations as well as the legendary author’s prominent poetic style. Continue reading Dr Seuss’ The Lorax Review