movie: Moana

movie: Moana

Since watching this at the movies with my daughter, we’ve bought the BluRay and watched it as a family umpteen times. Largely a story of girl power, a re-imagined Disney princess, a comedy-hero performance from Dwayne Johnson and a great session from Jemaine Clement. There are some concepts around reincarnation and polytheism, which my kids at least have been able to take up as the world of the movie, rather than reality. Between the characters and the story, and the Lin-Manuel Miranda songs, it’s one you’ll find on high rotation, and not mind too much.

Movie: Silence

I wanted to see Silence on the big screen. I also didn’t want to. The Scorsese films I’ve seen have been more in the category of ultra-violent, and filled with characters who little valued human life.

I was glad to have spent the time watching this one. Decades in the making, it tells a story of faith, and what to do when your faith is tested that forces the viewer to think carefully about their own experience. Its lack of soundtrack made me more aware of the sounds around me even days after watching.

Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

The opening scene of Jack Reacher 2 – which is in the trailer – pans across the aftermath of a hand-to-hand fight, while the eponymous aggressor Tom Cruise sits in a nearby diner, waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Rather than starting with an action scene, we start after it. This seemed – in the trailer – a clever device, but is more the talisman for an action movie that feels a little phoned-in. 

I wanted to enjoy it, but despite moments of cleverness and amusement, it wasn’t stand-out enough for a Tom Cruise movie.

Movie – Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man tells the story of Hank (Paul Dano) – a man stranded on a desert island, who has given up hope of living, and Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) – a dead body. But it’s not a horror film. It’s oddly dramatic and funny; goes to some strange and dark places, but manages to keep a sense of wonder about life. It’s crass, a lot of the humour is around flatulence and other traditional male body humour, but not in the vein of more mainstream comedy movies.

Thanks to Dendy for the free ticket as part of a twitter competition.

Movie – Star Trek Beyond

Movie – Star Trek Beyond (pronounced as per the Madness song)

I really wanted to like this one, but there wasn’t too much there. Plenty of visual spectacle, and some laughs, some character interaction, but there were too many scenes where my response was to think “I know who is going to win this conflict: what’s going to happen after that?” rather than be swept along in what was happening.

One for the completists only.