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
Once Upon a Time in “Istanbul”
Unlike other senior action headliners returning to the genre in an attempt to cash-in on their popularity and reputation, Liam Neeson made his debut in mainstream action cinema late on in his acting career. Pierre Morel’s 2008-hit Taken was the spark that ignited the, then fifty-six year old, actor’s remarkable rejuvenation that saw him subsequently star in at least eight action flicks. Four years since the original, Neeson returns to his role as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills for a predictable sequel, but in this case under the direction of the underwhelming, but brilliantly named Olivier Megaton.
Get out of the woods!
Playing on the fear of the unknown is a technique commonly used in film and when paired with audience subjectivity it creates suspense that has been the success of some of cinema’s finest; Alien (1979), Jaws (1975) and more recently Gareth Edwards stunning debut Monsters (2010).
Liam Neeson’s impressive performance as Oscar Schindler was well worthy of a nomination for an Academy Award. But, as he steps away from dramatic acting and towards the action genre his performances over the past years have shown little in comparison to his greatest film. While his acting may have suffered, action films such as Taken prove that the fifty-nine year old “Neck-chop” Neeson can still pack a punch.