Monday, 19 March 2018

DVD roundup: "Double the dads, but half the laughter" edition



The sequel to a film that really didn't justify a sequel, Daddy's Home 2 sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as the reconciled co-father, only for everything to go tits up again when their own fathers, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, arrive for Christmas. I'll be honest, I really didn't want to watch this film. Looked boring, unfunny, and I really wasn't a fan of the first film. Listen to our review of the first film here.

Rex, or as its called in America, Megan Leavey, tells the true story of a new trainer in the K-9 unit who forms a close bond with an aggressive German Shepard. Obviously, there are going to be sad and upsetting moments in a movie about war, especially animals, but Rex chooses to focus itself on the trainer-dog relationship, rather then the politics of war.






This biographical film stars Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame, who finds love with a younger man, played by the much underrated Jamie Bell, and then is diagnosed with breast caner. Like Rex, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is guaranteed to be weepy romance, but considering its cast, which also includes Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave, you know its going to be a good watch in terms of characterisation.





If you don't know about the creation of Wonder Woman, then you're in for a treat with Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Dr. William Moulton Marston was an accomplished man, but he had a lot of help from the two women in his life: his wife Elizabeth and their lover Olive Bryne. Mixing in feminism, domination and submission, and polyamory, this looks to be a fascinating backstory to one of comics biggest heroes.










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