Monday, 30 April 2018

DVD Roundup: "A game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind" edition

I have a feeling that I may not of been the target audience for this film. The sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams classic, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is thoroughly The Rock-anized. A bunch of millennials are transported into a new video game version of the omnipotent board game, and they are transformed into our high-profile actors. While I miss the emotional core of the original film, Welcome to the Jungle is all spectacle and jokes about having a penis, elevated primarily by its charismatic cast. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Our first Western of the week is the super violent Hostiles, starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. Bale stars as an army captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne chief back to his home, and on the way comes across a widow whose whole family was killed. The main point of this movie, or so it seems, is to show that in any point of time, on any side, there was a lot of violence.

Called a "90's throwback" and "as dumb and bloody as a slab of meat", Braven is an action film based up in the snowy mountains, where Jason Mamoa and his father go to spend a nice weekend, only to find a cache of heroin stashed in their cabin. Cue the drug traffickers and lots and lots of fighting. Great if you like some of that good ol' feel good violence.

Our second Western of the week is The Ballad of Lefty Brown, starring Bill Pullman, who I'm not so confident in recently since his turn in The Sinner. Pullman stars as a cowboy who goes out for revenge after his partner is gunned down, only to then be accused of his murder. Honestly, this film looks serviceable, but the trailer is filled with dodgy accents and cringe-worthy dialogue, although it does seem to pay faithful homage to its predecessors of the genre.

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