Film Review

Mr Peabody & Sherman: Review

Starting in the 1950’s and 60’s as a television series, the characters of Mr. Peabody and Sherman came about.

Mr. Peabody, a talking dog how was never adopted as a puppy. He wins the right, in court, to adopt a human child. This joy comes to him in the form of Sherman, whom he tries to raise in the best possible way, and prepare him for the world. Mr. Peabody is an acclaimed scientist, consulting for many governments and winning countless awards, and it’s this genius that prompts him to create The WABAC, a time machine he uses to take Sherman to different historic events, in order to teach him first hand what he will be learning in school.

Following an incident at school, where Sherman bites a girl in his class, Mr. Peabody invites her family to his house in order to make amends and prevent Sherman from being taken away from him. The two children get bored, and against Mr. Peabody’s instructions, they take the WABAC for a ride, and of course, things go wrong.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman is one of those animated stories that has plenty for the younger viewers, and loads of laughs for the adults. The history puns are thrown about thick and fast as the engrossing tale unfolds, with many interesting characters, and caricatures of those they represent from the past.

The plot is simple enough for the younger audience to follow, yet there are enough twists to keep the adults guessing. This is a film the whole family will enjoy, and anyone who is looking for an escape to have a few laughs, with a touch of sci-fi, adventure and drama in the mix.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens 20 March 2014 in South Africa.

Film Review

Need For Speed: Review

It began in 1994 with a game from Electronic Arts (EA), The Need For Speed was first released on the 3DO, and then ported to DOS on the PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The game included racing exotic cars, impressive audio and video for the day, and introduced us to police pursuits, where players would race head-to-head while the police force chased them.

A slew of games followed, across many gaming platforms, with a new incarnation released every year since that initial release.

And now, to the joy of gamers around the world, we are finally presented with Need For Speed, the movie.

Tobey Marshell (Aaron Paul) works at the family garage he inherited from the family. On his off time he partakes in the illegal street racing in the area, in a bid to gather enough winnings to save the shop from financial ruin, with the bank after him, and staff to pay.

Racing against a long time rival, things go wrong, and Marshell ends up in prison for a 2 year stint. He thinks of nothing but vengeance, and so begins the story. Cue racing, action and some awesome cars.

Need For Speed is not just about driving fast with loud music and special effects. All the car stunts were performed for the camera, with no CG. There is a plot to the film as well, and one that is engrossing, and full of drama. It’s not overly complex, but streets ahead of other such movies in this genre.

The cars are amazing, listing many of the game favourites, and those who have driven the Need For Speed worlds will recognise many little snippets of scenery, not to mention a few of the car stunts performed by Marshell on his adventure.

Good story, fun stunts, great exotic cars, and an engrossing story.

An adrenaline filled ride of drama and exotic cars at full speed. Need For Speed opens 20 March 2014 in South African cinemas.

Those looking to get a feel for driving exotic cars, at high speed, while evading police, might want to try their hand at the free online Need For Speed: World game for PC.

Film Review

The Lego Movie: Review

A delightful tale, imagined by a child, comes to life on screen with the one of the most widely acquired toy in the world. Lego, loved by children, and still used by adults. Those bricks that can make anything come to life.

The Lego Movie tells the story of an ordinary Lego man, thought to be the MasterBuilder. He embarks on a quest to stop an evil tyrant who is gluing the Lego world bricks together, making them permanent.

Anyone who has ever heard of Lego (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) will love this film. There is a barrage of in-jokes from all the popular movies of the past few decades, and appearances by a whole host of characters we all know and love, from Batman (in a hilarious parody), to Wonder Woman, and appearances by the Star Wars team.

The Lego Movie is one of those you need to see a few times in order to catch the fast paced barrage of humour sent your way. The main story isn’t too complex for the little one’s in the family, yet will keep the adults entertained as well. It’s clear to see why there are already talks of a sequel.

A fun filled, laughter inducing, feel good film. See it a few times.

The Lego Movie opens 14 march 2014 in South Africa.

Film Review

I, Frankenstein: Review

I, Frankenstein, the tale of the monster of Victor Frankenstein 200 years on. Having wondered the Earth after the death of his creator. Following an incident where he kills a group of demons, he is recruited by the gargoyles to fight in a war that has raged for generations, being the one who is able to kill each of the warring parties, due to his not having a soul.

The film is short, and thankfully so. The plot is simple in theory, yet you are treated to basically one long special effects fight between the two groups of creatures, filled with sparkly orange and blue lights that signify when one of each side does – blue for gargoyle and orange for demon.

It’s a pity that such actors as Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski should appear in something like this. For the viewer looking for the story of Mary Shelley’s creation, it’s best to look elsewhere.

Film Review

Prisoners (DVD): Review

The Film

How far would you go to save your child? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) goes far, crossing the line. With Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) close on his heels. With Dover’s daughter and friend missing, Prisoners is a drama about family, and loved ones, and an intense thriller.

Plot twists and red herrings a-plenty, the police pursue multiple leads, Keller Dover follows his own leads, and they all come together in one of the most unpredicable endings of late.

Prisoners is well acted, and well written. The phenomenal cast bring the characters to life on-screen, while the editing and setting bring that feeling of foreboding that chills us all.

For anyone interested in a dramatic thriller, Prisoners is one ride that will suck you in, and leave you wanting more.

The Disc

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning there are no on-screen artefacts, and should the viewer have an appropriate system, it can be scaled up to an HD screen. Sound is mixed in 5.1 audio, but this type of story does not lend itself to much use of the surrounds. Some scenes however create a great atmospheric effect, drawing the viewer into the scene, and making you part of the setting.

There are no special features on the disc, but at just under two and a half hours, there is likely not much room left on the DVD for bonus material, and it’s better to have the main title encoded for clarity, than to try squeeze more onto the disc.

Prisoners is available now in South African stores.