Monday, 28 May 2018

DVD roundup: massaged by a pig edition

From the brains behind Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Aardman Animation's Early Man plays out a bit like that shitty Jack Black movie Year One, but probably a whole damn site funnier. Featuring a fur-clad stone age man and his pig mascot, he has to deal with a whole new aeon with the incoming bronze age. While it never looked like it was going to live up to the heights of Aardman's previous films, it still looks like a good romp for the youngsters.

Get ready for it people, 12 Strong only goes and stars Michael Peña, a favourite actor of His and Hers, which makes this film well worth a watch in itself. Telling the story of the first covert mission in Afghanistan after 9/11, 12 Strong expects to play out like most over war movies, but this features a deft cast, including Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.

I was kind of interested to watch Winchester, starring Helen Mirren and being about that ridiculous massive haunted house that was built by Sarah Winchester, but apparently its pretty lackluster. The horror becomes routine, in the end forgets about the fascinating premise its taken advantage of.

As soon as I saw the trailer for Downsizing I sighed hard and deeply. Just that really contrived, pseudo-inspiring kind of story with a half-inspired social commentary. It just really kind of irked me. Anyway, it did kind of under-perform in the box office, and to quote Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal, "too-muchness ends up being not-enoughness".

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