Film Review: LUCY (MA15+)

Lucy banner. Universal Pictures.

Lucy banner. Universal Pictures.

Lucy poster. Universal Pictures.

Lucy poster. Universal Pictures.

1 ½ stars

One problem with Lucy is that it simply starts and finishes in the blink of an eye. There’s no real introduction, nor is there a satisfying conclusion. It is a short film, only 89 minutes, however it still feels like less of a whole film than others that run similar lengths. Similarly to the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent, LUCY could’ve benefited from a longer running time to fully develop characters and plot points. That said, LUCY was still a waste of an hour and a half. As it was, any longer most likely wouldn’t have done anything to save it. Continue reading

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (MA15+) – Review

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

3 ½ stars
In a word: Typical

There is literally nothing to this movie other than an abundance of jokes. There’s no substance, no dramatic depth and no emotional stakes. To be perfectly fair though, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST never actually tries to exhibit any of these things – and that’s totally okay.

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST comes from Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad and the mastermind behind 2012’s best comedy – Ted. MacFarlane once again takes on directing and writing duties, but this time
around he has also cast himself as the leading man. Continue reading

BAD NEIGHBOURS (MA15+)

Bad Neighbours poster. Universal Pictures.

Bad Neighbours poster. Universal Pictures.

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Bad Neighbours poster. Universal Pictures.

4 ½ stars
In a word: Ribald

There is an unacceptable trend amongst comedies, the most egregious culprits of this trend being the R-rated comedies. The trend: compensating for a lack of depth, story and character development with an overabundance of generally stale albeit edgy humor. This is how R-rated comedies fool you into thinking they’re worth the price of admission.

Thankfully, Bad Neighbours bucks this trend and delivers the funniest film of the last year and the most expertly assembled and executed comedy since The Hangover. Continue reading